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29 October 2007 @ 04:10 pm
Sci-Fi Channel can frak themselves  

I was out of the internet loop the last 4 days or so, being out of town to Tallahassee for FSU's homecoming this weekend.  

While playing catch-up, I just came across what

amaleka_crone also pointed out, that season four of Battlestar Galactica isn't returning until April!  And that's just for 10 episodes, then we'll probably have to wait until 2009 for the back 10! WTF?!?

SciFi Channel is not winning over any geek/fandom supporters with their antics, after the unceremonius dump of Farscape a few years ago, then the recent cancellation of The Dresden Files (while dren like Flash Gordon and Painkiller Jane got full seasons), and now the dicking around with the absolute crown jewel in the history of the network.  I've heard that even Ronald Moore and David Eick are not pleased with this asinine scheduling - the creators know that this is a little absurd and unfair to the faithful fans.  I'd guess all of this is for the sake of stretching the promotion and ancillary revenue for almighty NBC-Universal - from online media and the DVD sales that are spaced so far apart.  It's just stupid that by the time the fourth season airs, it will have taken the better part of six years - starting with the miniseries in Dec. 2003 - to air 4 seasons of show, none of which consist of the full 22 episodes that network TV usually runs (unless the upcoming Razor telefilm counts as two eps of S4 - then that makes it 22).  It just sucks for the fans, and all the cast and crew know this - it's NBC-Universal that is the problem.

Anyway...  Also wanted to catch up and spread this meme of sorts that I came across from wsasianboy.  

Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.


Here were the selected interests from my profile, with my answers. Most of these are pretty self-explanatory, but this is still fun:

1. Battlestar Galactica - Pretty obvious, but just for clarification, this has nothing to do with the farce of a goofy sci-fi show from 1980 with Dirk Benedict as Starbuck and Lorne Greene as Bill Adama. This interest is all about the "reimagined" series concept that spawned from the SciFi Channel miniseries in 2003.  There were some grumblings from the original fans about major character alterations ('Starbuck and Boomer are chicks? What?!'), but once the sheer quality of the drama began to unfold, it became clear that this series would erase the campiness and cheese previously associated with the BSG title.  The show has hardcore science fiction elements, but is first and foremost a deeply plotted drama, driven by some of the most complexly developed characters found anywhere in television.

2. Clana - One of the banes of my existence in the television fandom world for so long.  And I say that mainly because the chemistry of the actors forced me to care when the actual happenings on the show made me want to vomit. For those fortunate enough to not actually be in the fandom, "Clana" is the 'shipper term for Clark and Lana on Smallville.  My obsession with all things Superman mandated that I watch this show when it debuted in 2001, and the on-screen likeability of Tom Welling and Kristin Kreuk also made watching Clark Kent's formative years enjoyable.  The show began with a promise of potential - that gradually became less and less realized for what it "could have been" over the course of 6+ seasons now.  The actual storylines are absurd, and the characterizations - if you can call them that - of the primaries can be all over the place from one episode to another.  But even if I weren't such a Superman die-hard, the charm that Tom and Kristin can still manage to bring to wildly unevenly written characters would probably keep me more intrigued than I wish I were, for a show who's executive producers care more about the longevity for bottom line profitability than actual storytelling.  _cinjudes_and latinatemptresshave been part of this bumpy ride for years now, too.  I won't expand any further, except to point you to a terrific rant by _cinjudes_from a while back, found HERE.  It's a great explanation of many of the shows woeful issues.  And a great read.

3. Kristen Bell - HominaHomina.  The sweet love of my life - you know, if a celebrity who's a virtual stranger could qualify as such a thing. I can almost chronologically point out the primary objects of my affection in the fandom/celebrity world, based on when they came to my attention and how front and center they became after that. It started with Jennie Garth, then continued with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and now Kristen Bell.  Kristen seems to have hit me the hardest, though, since she's been so visible in the public as Veronica Mars became a critical success, and since current technology in the media allows fans to see and hear way more than they ever could before.  Veronica Mars became a show that managed to evoke a devotion in me similar to that for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and no matter how much love I have for SMG as Buffy, I honestly think that KBell fully embodied Veronica even more completely.  I just cannot fathom anyone else in that role. It was made for her.  The glimpses I've seen of Kristen's personality from interviews and appearances only add to her obvious physical appeal, as she honestly seems to be a truly considerate person, with a fair amount of humility so far. After getting to meet her in person, her sweetheart status was confirmed, and I was pretty much head over heels by then.  She's got the intelligence, wit, and humor to match her charm and physical beauty, and she's a triple-threat talent - actor, singer, dancer.  She's got the complete package, albeit miniature-sized. I will pretty much follow anything she is ever a part of.

4. Miami Dolphins -  Oh man, this is so not the year to talk about them.  Each NFL week shows the team as an example of futility on the field, as this season is pretty much the worst in franchise history - they have yet to win a game.  But once upon a time, the Dolphins were THE team in Florida, as the Tampa Bay Bucs began in the late '70s - and were terrible for years - and the Jags were only a gleam in Jacksonville's eye until the '90s.  As I grew up and followed sports, the Dolphins had my still all-time favorite player, Dan Marino - the most prolific pure-passer in NFL history, recently-broken records be damned (he played fewer games on worse teams than Brett Favre).  The 80's and 90's Dolphins were always among the league's better teams, but never really elite.  And they were never really bad, either, which was part of the problem - and IMO, why Marino never got back to the Super Bowl after his second season.  With seasonal records of usually at least 9-7 or 10-6 or better, the Dolphins never did poorly enough to get high draft picks, and the management of personnel acquisitions through free agency was piss poor. Marino had mediocre offensive lines, at best, and never had much of a running game or decent defense to compliment his gaudy passing stats. In the late 90's and early 00's, after Dan's best years were done, the Dolphins had one of the best defenses in the league, highlighted by Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor. Both men have had long careers there, but the franchise as a whole is now in the midst of some major rebuilding woes. No more needs to be said about them right now.

5. The Killers - Awesome modern rock/alternative band.  Got turned onto them after their first album Hot Fuss really started getting some radio play, and have been a fan since.  Have yet to get to see them live, but my brother has, and said they put on a great show.  Sam's Town, their second release, was a big change from the style of their first, but still rocks.  Not much else to say.

6. Superman Returns - This is a bit of a mixed bag on the geek/fandom fronts, but this was a re-launch of a film franchise that I was completely enamored with.  Many a fanboy and fangirl have had issues with the "slow pace" and lack of action (their words), but I was thoroughy impressed wih Bryan Singer's take on a reintroduction to these iconic characters. To me, the film stands out from most of the other current comic-to-film adaptations because it treats the subject matter with some reverence.  The overal vibe comes across as more of a drama about a superhero than just a typical comic-book action film.  And for the gravitas that should accompany the story of the ultimate and original superhero, I think the film worked magnificently.  Even the minor qualms I had prior to the release - Bosworth's young age, Lex still being a center-point villain - did not detract from the overall sense of awe that I found myself with, and still maintain after seeing it 22 times in theaters (and another 9 or 10 times so far on DVD).  The less than anticipated box office (approx $400 million globally) has made the haters feel justified in their disdain, but I think Warner Bros. knows it was a quality film, and with so much $$$ put into the effects and actual invention of filming techniques just to get this long-delayed (almost 20 years) restart, the studio can now approach a more action-packed environment that the attention-span-challenged seem to crave, following a successful first look at who these characters are now, after so much time away. Not sure where the timeline will be on the proposed sequel, The Man of Steel, with a new Justice League flick being fast-tracked, but I have faith that the deserving Brandon Routh will get to embody Clark once again.

7. Whedonesque - If you're a fan of anything related to the work of Joss Whedon: his TV shows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly), his films (Serenity), his comic work (BtVS: Season 8, X-Men, Runaways) - then Whedonesque is the place you need to check out.  Not only is it THE news-haven for anything Joss-related, but updates on the universe of actors, characters, co-creators, producers, writers, artists, and other crew associated with Whedon's work in any way, shape or form can be found through the threaded and linear boards. There's also an LJ RSS feed, in addition to the main website.

And to continue the work-procrastination, I also found this 100 Questions meme from wrthy2bluvdthat seemed entertaining, and at times totally random:

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

2. Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotels?

3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
Usually half tucked-in, half pulled out.

4. Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
Yes. In college. You do all kinds of crap in college.

5. Do you like to use post-it notes?
They are almost a must for any office job (for both business and goof-off time), so yeah.

6. Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?

7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees?
Probably bees. Since I'm not allergic, the chances for survival are probably a bit higher.

8. Do you have freckles?
Used to, but they've pretty much faded to nothing.

9. Do you always smile for pictures?
I suck at posing for pictures.  I never think pics of me are any good.  I try to smile, but it's hard for me to force it sometimes.

10. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Shitty drivers. 

11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
Hardly ever, unless I'm measuring something.

12. Have you ever peed in the woods?
Hell yes.  Anyone who has ever really camped or even taken a long road trip as a child has probably done this.

13. What about pooped in the woods?
Not nearly as frequently (thankfully), but yeah.

14. Do you ever dance even if there's no music playing?
Occasionally - but only when no one else is around.

15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?

16. How many people have you slept with this week?
Sadly, none - unless you count sharing a pop-up camper with my folks in Tallahassee this weekend. But that's different.

17. What size is your bed?

18. What is your song of the week?
"Believe" - Bravery (the current Friday Night Lights promos have used this - got stuck in my head).

19. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
Depends on the reason. If it's for an occasion like breast cancer awareness or something, then sure. But normally? No. Especially if it's that "pink means pimp" bullshit.  Those people need to be punched in the face.  

20. Do you still watch cartoons?
Of course.  Everyone should once in a while.

21. What's your least favorite movie?
Your Friends and Neighbors. Saw this in college in a theater, and had to walk out 20 minutes before it was over. it was that awful.

22. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
Why would I tell you? 

23. What do you drink with dinner?
Lately, it's been water.  Sometimes milk or soda.  Beer on the weekends (but that's usually before or after).

24. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
BBQ sauce. Or ranch dressing.

25. What is your favorite food?
Anything Italian is awesome.  Also still a basic steak and potato guy too.

26. What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
Braveheart. Serenity. Superman Returns.

27. Last person you kissed/kissed you?
My mom.

28. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?

29. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
Sure, if the price is right.

30. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
Wow. Ummm... probably at least a year or two ago.

31. Can you change the oil in a car?
Yes. And I do. Never had a "professional" oil change.

32. Ever gotten a speeding ticket?

33. Ran out of gas?
Not myself, but I was in the van with my folks when they did - three separate times over the years.

34. Favorite kind of sandwich?
Pastrami and Swiss with mayo on toasted Pumpernickle bread.

35 Best thing to eat for breakfast?
Health-wise? Wheaties or Frosted Mini-wheats (which I do eat regularly). Taste-wise? Eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, grits, biscuits and gravy, buttermilk pancakes, country ham.  All or a combination of. Mmmmm.

36. What is your usual bedtime?
I try to be in the sack by midnight during the week, since I have to be at work by 7AM.  Weekends may be the same or a little later.

37. Are you lazy?
Sometimes I feel like I am, but then I'll ponder how much I've crammed into a day, and then I think not so much.

38. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
Superman, He-Man, Darth Vader, G.I. Joe, Optimus Prime, The Joker 

39. What is your Chinese astrological sign?
Not sure - I forgot. Cindy can help me out if she comments.

40. How many languages can you speak?
One - English.  I can read a little Spanish, but conversation is out of the question.

41. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
Yes - three: Maxim, Stuff, and ESPN.

42.Which are better: legos or lincoln logs?
Legos. Hands down. And I played with both.

43. Are you stubborn?
I can be when I want to.  But I can also be laid back if it's not worth the effort.

44. Who is better...Leno or Letterman?
Leno.  People rag on him for being all stand-up and an easy, soft-ball-type interviewer, But that's what makes him watchable. Letterman is a pompous ass who thinks he's funnier than he really is. Guests always seem way more comfortable with Jay.  But Conan dominates them all.

45. Ever watch soap operas?
Not if I can help it.

46. Afraid of heights?

47. Sing in the car?
Of course.

48. Dance in the shower?
No - could bust ass that way.

49. Dance in the car?
Sometimes. Depends on the mood.

50. Ever used a gun?

Sure. Firing ranges are fun. Never been hunting though.

51. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
A real photographer? My college graduation, I guess. Unless you count the theme park snap-shots they take when you first walk in, that you can pick up later.  That was last year.

52. Do you think musicals are cheesy?

They can be, but some are really well done.

53. Is Christmas stressful?
Depends on the year.  But usually it is - at least a bit.

54. Ever eat a pirogi?

55. Favorite type of fruit pie?
Blueberry or apple.

56. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Doctor, fighter pilot, superhero.

57. Do you believe in ghosts?
Perhaps. Spirits, maybe.

58. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
Yes. At least a few times a month.

59. Take a vitamin daily?

60. Wear slippers?

61. Wear a bath robe?

62. What do you wear to bed?
Sleeping boxers. Sometimes a t-shirt, too.

63. First concert?
Umm... Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton when I was too young to know what the hell was really going on.  First one I chose to attend was Boyz II Men. They were the bomb.

64. Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?
Wal-Mart or Target, depending on convenience.

65. Nike or Adidas?
I have no problem with Adidas, but Nike is the only athletic shoe I'll buy.

66.Cheetos Or Fritos?
Like 'em both.

67. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
If plain, then sunflower seeds.  But boiled or honey roasted peanuts are awesome.

68. Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?

69. Ever take dance lessons?
No. That's my brother's area.

70. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
Not really.  Anything's possible.  (actress if I'm wishfully thinking, though)

71. Can you curl your tongue?

72. Ever won a spelling bee?
Yes - several from elementary and middle school.

73. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
Yes. Manly tears of elation.

74. Own any record albums?
A few on vinyl.

75. Own a record player?
Not of my own. I should buy a good turntable, though, now that I think about it.

76. Regularly burn incense?

77. Ever been in love?
Ummm.  Sort of. But I was young, so it was exaggerated hormones, more than likely.  Been close another time or two, but the unrequited nature turns that stuff bitter. So, really - no. 

78. Who would you like to see in concert?
Matchbox 20 (again), No Doubt, The Killers, Nickelback, Mariah (again), some others

79. What was the last concert you saw?
Lifehouse and Goo Goo Dolls

80. Hot tea or cold tea?
Iced tea. Mmmm.

81. Tea or coffee?
Tea.  Not a coffee drinker.

82. Sugar or snickerdoodles?
Like sugar cookies? Then snickerdoodles.

83. Can you swim well?
Yes. Anyone who lives anywhere in FL should.

84. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
I should hope so. Swimming with one arm is difficult.

85. Are you patient?

86. DJ or band, at a wedding?
Probably a DJ, unless the band is totally kick-ass.

87. Ever won a contest?
Nothing major.

88. Ever have plastic surgery?
Ever have had or ever will have? Probably no on both.

89. Which are better: black or green olives?
Don't like olives.

90. Can you knit or crochet?
Not a lick.

91. Best room for a fireplace?
Living room or family room.  If you can afford it, bedroom is also nice.

92. Do you want to get married?
Yes, someday.

93. If married, how long have you been married?

94. Who was your HS crush?
I had a few.  No one mention-worthy, really (some years are best left buried).

95. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?

96. Do you have kids?

97. Do you want kids?

98. Whats your favorite color?
Blue.  Garnet & Gold closely follow.

99. Do you miss anyone right now?
My long-distance friends that I only see occasionally.

100. Did you watch Next Great American Band on FOX?
Good God, no. 

And I've screwed around long enough that it's almost time to go home. Sweet.

Kristen Bell is awesome.
~ CinJudes ~: spn - dean - 2.05 - wtf?!_cinjudes_ on October 29th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
First of all - you are a mother-frakkin' AQUARIUS - damn. Seriously, it's embarrassing that you don't know. Geesh.

Second of all - hit me with the intrest meme. Although, you probably know all the answers to my interests, what do you think would entertain the masses? Do that. I'm also going to do this 100 meme when I have time. Both of which probably won't get done until at least Thursday since I'm in the throws of end-of-the-month HELL. Bleh. BTW - Thanks for the shout in the Clana department. I have always and will always consider that like a culmination of our experience together - so it's fitting that you do. ♥ *muah*♥

LOVE your rantlet. I saw that last week but was hoping it was a mistake. Don't even get me started. Shit, we are like going to HAVE to rewatch S3 to just get in the groove. It totally sucks monkey balls dude. Like, I'm so serious.

OK, back to my grind - but I am so going to be doing these soon. ;D
Jeff: SR - smirkj_mac179 on October 29th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
Hold the phone. I know I'm an Aquarius, but I believe the question was for which Chinese astrological sign. I could be a horse or goat or something, but I can't remember.

And it was pretty much a given that I had to include a shout to your rant when I was prompted for Clana. I could write for days on a similar vent, but yours was already pre-made and fit most of what I would foam at the mouth over anyway. ;)

And let's see... I'll pick ones that I know at least something about and find interesting.

Brandon Routh. Dean Winchester. Everwood. Firefly. Michael Vaughan. Picture whoring. Veronica/Logan.

That should let your fingers do some work, whenever you get the chance to ramble. ;P

~ CinJudes ~: spn - dean - 2.17 - stripper view_cinjudes_ on October 30th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
I didn't see chinese, sorry. Anyway - you are the year of the HORSE - which of course you should know that the Chinese new year is different every year - and it fell on Jan 30th in 1979 (your dates are Feb.07,1978 to Jan.27,1979) - so you are barely a horse, almost a sheep. Oh, the jokes I could make in my secure place as a Tiger - oh the jokes... Anyway - here is a complete list. :D

I am more than interested in your list. I might start on it at home tonight - since I feel deep interest exploration is needed and I know I won't have time at work. Love it. Great choices - with plenty of room in there for me to give you your props along the way. Sneaky, I like it. *kiss*

Hope your week is better than mine. End of the month, fighting a cold - I just sneezed and one of the scariest things I have seen in a long time flew out of my nose or mouth, not sure which - and of COURSE it's the end of the month when this shit happens. Grrrr.
~ CinJudes ~: ff - cast - the message - funeral fun_cinjudes_ on October 30th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
Sorry Jan 28th in 1979 - I was in a hurry and cold meds. *cough*
houseshouses7177 on October 29th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
My husband looks awesome in pink, thank you very much. Several of the bestest men in my life look amazing in pink, too. Manly men can pull of pink if they have the right attitude and skin coloring. And are southern.

They canceled the Dresden Files? WTF? And BSG, what died in their cornflakes?
Jeff: bsg - sealj_mac179 on October 29th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
I will concede that some dudes can pull off the pink attire just fine. Skin tone and coloring plays a big part, and more power to them if the ladies in their lives appreciate it - they'd be fools not to whip out the pastels. I just don't like it on myself, so perhaps that colors my opinion (no pun intended).

Yes, sadly - The Dresden Files is no more, apparently. That cancellation sort of flew under the radar right after season one was released on DVD. Asshats.

Wasn't clear if you wanted to play, but just in case, I'll pick seven of yours...

Animal adoption. Ballroom dancing. Explosions. Infrasound. Minivans. Outer Banks. Steeplechasing. ;)
Shane: Hayden and KB girlcrushhavemy_heart on October 29th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
Another meme to do! A few of our answers are the same. Lifehouse/Goo Goo Dolls was the last concert I went to also. I loved it.
Jeff: kristen - Reefer Madness - Mary Janej_mac179 on October 29th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, this one was pretty long, so it made me read and get interested. And it was another one that gives some insight/perspective into the poster, so it was worth doing.

Where did you attend the concert? I saw them in Tampa in August at the Ford Amphiteater. Lifehouse played for just under an hour, and the Goo Goo Dolls played for just over an hour, until Johnny Rzeznik started losing his voice. But it was a decent show. Not knowing who she was at the time, that new chick Colby Calais opened up for Lifehouse, and now I hear her single all over the radio.
Shane: Elle/Josef OTP crossoverhavemy_heart on October 30th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
We saw them July 31st at Chastain Amphitheater, here in Atlanta. Colby opened here too, but we missed most of her set. I don't remember how long each of them played, but GGD did play longer than Lifehouse. I was happy with both of them. Some singers/groups just aren't as good live, but I thought both of them were great.
Shane: adorkable JDhavemy_heart on October 29th, 2007 09:49 pm (UTC)
p.s. - I'd like to do the interest meme too, please :)
Jeff: calvin - facesj_mac179 on October 29th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
Calvin & Hobbes. Jason Dohring. Multiple orgasms. Rhymes with orange. Roswell. Wonderfalls. Yellow Xterras.