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You know your insomnia has wrought unspeakable ill upon your person, when your girlfriend forbids you to look in mirrors. I got to sleep sometime between 2:30 and 3:00 ayem, then woke at 8:45. After hardly sleeping the night before. And I was a lot more awake at 8:45 than I am right now.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,005 words on what I hope to fuck all is the beginning of "As Red as Red." I'm running out of month. And I still have Sirenia Digest #40 to get out, when this short story is finished.

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My disdain for the Sci Fi Channel is no secret. After the cancellation of Farscape, I refused to watch for a year or two, then only went back for Battlestar Galactica and Doctor Who (the latter is not actually a SciFi produced series, of course). The former SFC vice-president, Bonnie Hammer, went so far out of her way to alienate the channel's core market, and launched such insulting attacks on the people tuning in...well, I wasn't sure it could get much worse. Wrong. Which is to say, "Sci Fi Channel Aims to Shed Geeky Image With New Name." Yes, the SciFi Channel will now be the SyFy channel. And you know why? In the words of Dave Howe, president of the Sci Fi Channel:

When we tested this new name, the thing that we got back from our 18-to-34 techno-savvy crowd, which is quite a lot of our audience, is actually this is how you’d text it. It made us feel much cooler, much more cutting-edge, much more hip, which was kind of bang-on what we wanted to achieve communication-wise.

So, there you have it, kiddos. Ys are quantitatively cooler than Is. I suppose this means that it's time to change my name to Caytlyn R. Kyernan, so I can be so much cooler and more cutting edge and txty and all that shit. Anyway, you should read this article. It'll make your brain cramp. I think David Howe actually makes me miss Bonnie Hammer.

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Speaking of things that make your brain cramp, let's say you were to join a Second Life roleplay group with the following charter:

"We are seekers into the mystery, dedicated to the discovery, rediscovery, and preservation of ancient and occult knowledge. We serve no master or mistress but this one purpose. In all matters concerning the world beyond the AI, we maintain a stance of inviolable and absolute neutrality. We do not take sides. We do not offer aid or shelter. We do not interfere. We are one and many. We seek the Truth, and shall hold no creed nor take any action contrary to our mission."

Now, having joined, having read that charter for such an esoteric and clearly self-centered order, would you then dare feel somehow justified at expressing righteous indignation upon learning that the group doesn't take sides, or offer aid or shelter? That it doesn't help blind old ladies cross streets, or sell cookies to send kids with special needs to summer camp, or run a kennel for stray dogs, or give good homes to fucking orphans? Oh, and do keep in mind that the order's founder is a vampire hailing from the Tzmisce sect, and, in earlier times, she was known as Countess Báthory Erzsébet, and La bête du Gévaudan, and Jack the Ripper? Never mind that she might also have been responsible for the Tunguska explosion in 1908 (and yeah, those last two sentences are surely geektastic enough to send David Howe of the SyFy Channel running for cover, lest he be stricken with unhip, unsalable paroxysms of mortal fucking agony). I'm just asking, you know? Because my tolerance for stupid is scraping bottom this morning.

Is it just me, or are people far less ashamed of looking foolish than they once were? I think it's becoming a badge of honour.

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Please have a look at the new ebay auctions. We have a copy of The Five of Cups up, and keep in mind, this is one of the last of these I have to sell. Thanks.

Tomorrow I am banning all Is from this blog. Because, you know, then I'll be, like, way cooler. And make more money. And stuff.

Oh...I have some more photos from our trip to the Common Burying Ground in Newport on Monday:













All Photographs Copyright © 2009 by Kathryn A. Pollnac

Comments

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cucumberseed
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
makes me miss Bonnie Hammer.

Here's to the improvement of your aim.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)

Here's to the improvement of your aim.

I need a bigger ion cannon.
cucumberseed
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
I need a bigger ion cannon.

I can waste hours thinking about all the problems such a device would solve.
mevennen
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Well, tut. Personally I'd text it as 'SF' and assume that everyone knew I wasn't talking about San Francisco.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC)

Well, tut. Personally I'd text it as 'SF' and assume that everyone knew I wasn't talking about San Francisco.

You know...I've actually had people on Second Life think that I meant San Francisco when I used "SF." No fooling. Kids these days...or something.
criada
Mar. 18th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
I have the opposite problem. Whenever I see "SF Gate," I assume it's some industry mag and not San Francisco's newspaper.
wolven
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Asyde from the ynsultyng, demeanyng, Lowest-Common-Denomynator-panderyng... You know what? I just can't do it.

See Rage Here: http://wolven.livejournal.com/1628268.html
greygirlbeast
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)

Asyde from the ynsultyng, demeanyng, Lowest-Common-Denomynator-panderyng... You know what? I just can't do it.

But it does sort of make everything look Welsh.
wolven
Mar. 18th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
I was thinking Exactly the same thing... It kind of messes with my head...
txtriffidranch
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
When I was heading home from work yesterday, I realized that the Skiffy Channel's name change made perfect sense. After all, it's a longstanding tradition for companies infamous for toxic products to change their names to something that isn't already a profanity and hope that this is all they need to do. Phillip Morris changed its name to Altria. Blackwater changed its name to Xe. The Chicago Archdiocese changed its name to "NAMBLA". It happens all the time.

What's funny is that by choosing a name that's Polish for syphilis, SyFy only managed to exceed one other company for stupidity above and beyond the call of duty. Back a decade ago, Andersen Technical Consulting had done such a good job of building a reputation for ripping off clients (the billions Andersen stole from FoxPro nearly murdered the company) that it split off Andersen Consulting from the technical division. Andersen kept its name, and went on to various atrocities at Enron, but the new tech company went by the name of...Accenture. The fact that most people who've dealt with Accenture reps or recruiters refer to it as "Ass-Enter"? Pure coincidence.
wolven
Mar. 18th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this is a standard "Oh-Dear-Lords-Of-The-Outer-Dark-No-One-Likes-Us-Let's-Change-Our-Name-And-Hope-No-One-Notices-It's-Still-Us!" kind of move. But it doesn't work. It never works.

Well. Not "never."

But the frequency with which it works is decreasing, with the increase in ability to track and monitor actions made by these companies.

I still want to start my own SF/F channel. With Blackjack. And Hookers.
gargirl
Mar. 18th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
"The Chicago Archdiocese changed its name to "NAMBLA". It happens all the time."

*dies laughing*
You are hilarious. ^_^
txtriffidranch
Mar. 18th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
Well, you know that old South Park episode where Mr. Garrison was furious with his father for never having been molested? I start to wonder how I was the only altar boy in Chicago who escaped unscathed. Am I that ugly?
gargirl
Mar. 18th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
That episode was hysterical.

A friend of mine was introduced to his finacee's family's priest and the priest asked him if he'd ever been an altar boy. My friend said it took every ounce of willpower he had NOT to reply: "Are you hitting on me??"

*gigglefit*
txtriffidranch
Mar. 18th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
When I was first dating my ex-wife, my future in-laws had issues with me. This was right about the time of the West Memphis Three trials, so they saw I had black hair long enough to sit on and assumed that I was a Satanist. The day before our wedding, they called and asked if they could bring anything to the wedding, and it took every last bit of my self-control not to say "A bushel basket full of black candles and a fresh goat's head."
gargirl
Mar. 19th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
lol! That would have been hysterical, and very ill-advised. ^_^

*giggle* omg, can you just picture their reaction?
txtriffidranch
Mar. 19th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, I have an idea. My father's side of the family is very viciously Catholic, and my paternal grandmother has spoken maybe three dozen civil words to my mother in the last 44 years. I was written out of the will in 1985 for two particular incidents, the first being that I celebrated my nineteenth birthday by catching the local premiere of George Romero's Day of the Dead. (My grandmother apparently still has pattern nightmares from watching James Whale's Frankenstein in 1932, so she wasn't amused at my cheering on the zombies in the slightest.) The other was when she started nagging me about when I was going to settle down and get married, and I snapped back "Oh, when I find a nice Jewish girl."

The real irony? She doesn't know yet that I kept my promise.
fremen_dancer
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
would you then dare feel somehow justified at expressing righteous indignation upon learning that the group doesn't take sides, or offer aid or shelter?

Hrm? O_o Sounds like I missed something.
And it also sounds like I should be glad I did.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)

Hrm? O_o Sounds like I missed something.
And it also sounds like I should be glad I did.


Yeah. You were one of the lucky ones. Definitely.
fremen_dancer
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Please for to be enlightening me on what must be gloriously funny wank when you have time. If you like, you can just send it via email.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)

Please for to be enlightening me on what must be gloriously funny wank when you have time. If you like, you can just send it via email.

It may or may not go out as an AI notice. I don't have the full transcript.
txtriffidranch
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, Bonnie Hammer is still there. Howe's just taking the flak for the team. There's no way that Bonnie would pass up the chance to piss on Skiffy's core audience for years more.

(By the way, I was informed this morning that the long-delayed check I was owed for services rendered to Science Fiction Weekly was sent today, five months after I submitted my contract. Apparently, a lot of angry mail from very good people helped resolve a situation where legal action would have failed. In a strange way, it's a pity: I was so looking forward to outing Bonnie's personal E-mail address and phone number if I didn't get my damn check.)
greygirlbeast
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)

There's no way that Bonnie would pass up the chance to piss on Skiffy's core audience for years more.

I honestly thought she'd crawled off to haunt some other corporate sewer. Ah, well.

In a strange way, it's a pity: I was so looking forward to outing Bonnie's personal E-mail address and phone number if I didn't get my damn check.

I am well aware of that odd sort of victory, when, well, sure you've won and all, but you really wanted to push the Big Red Button.
txtriffidranch
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
You know it. That was an incredibly shiny candy-like button, too.
unknownbinaries
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Is it just me, or are people far less ashamed of looking foolish than they once were? I think it's becoming a badge of honour.

I don't think they are, at all, anymore. I shouldn't worry about looking stupid as often as I do; it'll just make me one of the 'cool' kids. Or something.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)

I don't think they are, at all, anymore. I shouldn't worry about looking stupid as often as I do; it'll just make me one of the 'cool' kids. Or something.

So, it's now okay for me to pick my nose in public?
txtriffidranch
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Only so long as you don't show off your magic nose goblins to passersby. People are still pretty weird these days about that. Philistines.
fremen_dancer
Mar. 18th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
It's only ok if you're texting in all acronyms on your overpriced trendy handheld device in your other hand. LOLCat screensaver is not optional.
unknownbinaries
Mar. 18th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
As long as it's ironic, done with scorn, and your pants are far too tight whilst you do so. *sage nod*
nullmode
Mar. 18th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Is it just me, or are people far less ashamed of looking foolish than they once were? I think it's becoming a badge of honour.

That scene was all kinds of stupid. You even gave them permission to try what they had proposed. I think there was more interest in arguing than anything. You didn't miss anything after you left the room. Angst vitriol injustice whine...sums it up pretty well.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 18th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
You didn't miss anything after you left the room. Angst vitriol injustice whine...sums it up pretty well.

I actually have that part of the transcript, as Joah sent it to me. And, yeah. Angst, vitriol, injustice, whine...

I do wish someone had pointed out that no, Nareth is not "immoral," but, rather, ammoral.

Edited at 2009-03-18 05:42 pm (UTC)
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gargirl
Mar. 18th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a stupid reason to change their name... and "SyFy???" ugh. How idiotic. God, I so hate "marketing decisions." Sometimes it boggles my mind thinking about how it wasn't just one stupid person; a whole lot of stupid people got together and agreed that this was a great idea. I have kids and I often think things like this watching children's programs or ads for toys and things.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 18th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Sometimes it boggles my mind thinking about how it wasn't just one stupid person; a whole lot of stupid people got together and agreed that this was a great idea. I have kids and I often think things like this watching children's programs or ads for toys and things.

We must never underestimate the power of consolidated stupidity.

Edited at 2009-03-18 06:43 pm (UTC)
stsisyphus
Mar. 18th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
...it's time to change my name to Caytlyn R. Kyernan...

I'm sending you my ophthalmologist's bill. I'm fairly certain that fragment is causing the screaming coming from my eyeballs and I'm also fairly certain that should not be anatomically possible. Yet it is happening anyway.

...the order's founder is a vampire hailing from the Tzmisce sect, and, in earlier times, she was known as Countess Báthory Erzsébet, and La bête du Gévaudan, and Jack the...

Oh fuck it, I can't even bother to quote the rest of this. I can understand people who have characters that aren't yet fully formed, that are still in-construction while they are in play. But I hate lazily constructed PCs.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 18th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)

I'm sending you my ophthalmologist's bill. I'm fairly certain that fragment is causing the screaming coming from my eyeballs and I'm also fairly certain that should not be anatomically possible. Yet it is happening anyway.

I am sorry that I made your eyeballs scream. Still, that's kind of cool.

Oh fuck it, I can't even bother to quote the rest of this. I can understand people who have characters that aren't yet fully formed, that are still in-construction while they are in play. But I hate lazily constructed PCs.

Word.
stsisyphus
Mar. 18th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Still, that's kind of cool.

Well, I guess they were right, then.
docbrite
Mar. 18th, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Ys are quantitatively cooler than Is.

I apparently thought so when I was 14 or 15, because I changed the spelling of my surname to "Bryte" for some space of time around then. I would have been able to forget this ancient, cringeworthy fact by now except that I bought a lot of books during that time, and always wrote my name in them, and now and then I find one and wince.

I think it may have had something to do with my thing for Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 18th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
I apparently thought so when I was 14 or 15, because I changed the spelling of my surname to "Bryte" for some space of time around then. I would have been able to forget this ancient, cringeworthy fact by now except that I bought a lot of books during that time, and always wrote my name in them, and now and then I find one and wince.

Oh...to be 14 again.

Or have molten glass poured into my rectum. Six of one...

Edited at 2009-03-18 06:37 pm (UTC)
martianmooncrab
Mar. 18th, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
change my name to Caytlyn R. Kyernan,

so what disease does that mean in Polish? something squicky I hope.

You make SL sound like fun, I have never played, but have had friends drop in and out of it. Do they allow snarky 6 foot Crabs?
greygirlbeast
Mar. 18th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)

Do they allow snarky 6 foot Crabs?

Oh, I'm sure there's a sim somewhere that does.
martianmooncrab
Mar. 19th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
now I am tempted to try SL.
greygirlbeast
Mar. 19th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)


now I am tempted to try SL.

If so, look at Grendel's Children for a crab avatar. I'm guessing you could score one.
chris_walsh
Mar. 18th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
Katee Sackhoff Q and A
Wanted to send you this link to Katee Sackhoff's hour-long Q&A in Portland on Friday night.

"You're frakking hot. So say we all," says a fan in the first clip. There are six clips total, plus photos and links to earlier interviews she'd done with the DJs hosting the event. There were over 700 people in the theater for the Q&A and nearly as many people who were turned away because there wasn't room.

Hope you enjoy it! It was an amazing event.
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