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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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)
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.
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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.
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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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