...and consequently I had completely forgotten about it until 10 minutes ago.

I blame all of you. Pah, 27 reminders about the UK elections, but none of the NL?

...going now

Victory

Apr. 20th, 2010 04:43 pm
I managed to psych myself up enough to go into the Expert shop (it took some loud music) and got my money back.
The guy I dealt with last week walked by with some boxes and looked decidedly unhappy to see me. I suspect he got a sound slap from head office, or he would not have backed down.

I am thinking about complaining to head office anyway, but I'm not sure what I want out of it and if I care to expend the energy.

My new footwarmer arrived on friday. Yay warm feet.
Your puppy very obviously needs to be taken for a walk. Please stop yelling at it to be silent - has that ever worked? I didn't think so - and take it to the floodlands for a run. It needs to burn off that energy it's currently using to race around your house barking.

No love,
Downstairs neighbour
The regular busline between here and someplace else has vid screens in them, narrowcasting news, clips and advertising. I say narrowcasting but what I really mean is 'miscasting', but that's a rant for another day.

One of the things they play is aimed at kids (presumably). And it's been sending me in a quiet fuming rage for weeks now. Imaging is part of my professional field, and I've rarely seen it worse than this:

Girls, don't choose science
Quoting from A TV viewer's Bill of Rights

I hereby inaugurate the TV Viewer Bill of Rights. These are things that we demand that networks start doing. You want us to watch, market and support your shows? Fine. Do these things for us. And trust us, this is not rocket science.
1. Stop caring so much about overnight Nielsen ratings. When DVR playback was added in, “Jericho’s” ratings rose at least 10 percent. When making decisions to cancel or save a show, networks should factor in iTunes sales, online streaming, on-demand viewing and the fervor of a show’s audience. NBC did that with “The Office,” and look how that paid off. With an Emmy, thank you.
2.
Live with lower ratings expectations. You have a million ways to sell shows now – through foreign rights, DVD sales, syndication, iTunes and so forth, and now you can sell ads online too. Get over the obsession with this week’s numbers and look at the big picture: You now have even more ways to sell your products and make money.
3. Give marginal shows more of a chance – let them air for at least six episodes before you yank them.
4. If you do cancel a show, put all of the remaining episodes online immediately. Don’t dole them out once a week. And if you’re going to burn off episodes of a canceled show on the air, tell us when they’re going to be on and then don’t stop airing them without warning us.
5. If a show is going to be pre-empted or moved, tell viewers that. You have a broadcast network – broadcast the news, for Pete’s sake! Have an on-air announcer tell us when we can next see the show and tell us on the Web site why it wasn’t on that week.
6. Speaking of Web sites, sites for individual shows often are a joke. Tell us when a show has been moved, preempted or canceled – before we read it somewhere else. And improve the often-clunky access to streaming shows on your Web sites.
7. Don’t yank shows around for no reason. ABC, you wanted good ratings for “Men in Trees” – and you got them. You moved it to Thursdays but then pulled it and never told us when it was coming back. Ask us again why we’re watching your shows in shrinking numbers.
8. For the love of TiVo, don’t give your shows two- or three-month breaks (at least “Lost” has learned this lesson). We have lives, and we don’t always remember when a show is returning or what happened before the break.
9. Don’t respond to the rise of DVRs and commercial-skipping by shoving endless product placement down our throats. Done right (meaning, done subtly) it’s an acceptable evil. Done wrong, it’s gross.
10. Last but not least, take chances. Make good shows. We’ll forgive you interesting misfires as long as you stop making tired versions of somebody else’s hits. Nobody saw the success of “Lost,” “Heroes,” “Ugly Betty” or even “Jericho” coming. Keep surprising us and creating interesting characters and worlds, and we’ll do our best to show up.

Cutty Sark

May. 21st, 2007 11:07 am
The news reached me, and I was momentarily quite sad, and then...

..then the old question came up - if THAT amount of money is put into restoring a ship that only gets worse every passing year, why not invest in a replica? It could be near-exact (allowing for new safety legislation) and it could actually SAIL. Since I'm a firm believer in sail training and sail learning being in the doing, not the walking around on a lifeless hull, I really wish that the PTB would allow Cutty to rest and build a replica to honour it instead.

Maybe it helps that I'm so aware of the financial struggle of the Tall Ship Youth Trust, which does very good work, but has a lot of trouble maintaining its ships. Ships are basically holes in the sea where you pour money into to keep them floating...
HOW OLD IS THE GRAND CANYON? PARK SERVICE WON’T SAY — Orders to Cater to Creationists Makes National Park Agnostic on Geology

Washington, DC — Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees. Despite promising a prompt review of its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah's flood rather than by geologic forces, more than three years later no review has ever been done and the book remains on sale at the park, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

In order to avoid offending religious fundamentalists.. )

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