cosmic_celery: (TW: Andy: Well fuck you too)
I watch the SciFi channel all the time. Lately they've been running ads about how they're changing the name of the channel form SciFi to Syfy. At the off, it seems like a ridiculous thing to do, and seems even more ridiculous (and insulting to their audience) when I looked up just why they're changing the name.

In a re-branding move, the SciFi channel is aiming to lose their "geeky" image by renaming the network Syfy. That name was chosen out of three hundred different possibilities, because it sounds the same as the old name, but also supposedly distances itself from Science Fiction and allows them to branch out into new genres and attract new audiences, especially young "tech savvy" people and women.

"The name Sci Fi has been associated with geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that, as opposed to the general public and the female audience in particular,” said TV historian Tim Brooks, who helped launch Sci Fi Channel when he worked at USA Network."

One of the comments on the article said this, and I agree with it:

"Thank you, idiotic executives, for finally making overt what your programming choices have implied for years: that you hate your core audience.

I might (and I emphasize might) have considered watching the new channel, despite it's absurd and meaningless name. Not, however, after I read this article. It's full of quotes that are not only stupid, but actively insulting to the very people who should be your most loyal supporters.

You continue to perpetuate the very stereotypes from which you wish to distance yourselves. Instead of acknowledging what the literary and academic worlds have known for at least two decades, that SF is more than just "space, aliens[,] and the future," you'd rather continue to sucker audiences in with lowest-common-denominator drivel and derivatives of ideas that intelligent audiences were calling inane ten years ago.

Thank you for letting me know that I am not welcome in your new, hip channel. If you need me, I'll be spending my money in my local bookstore, exploring the real, thought-provoking cutting edge of SF.

-- Jason Ramboz"

It makes me wonder just how stupid they imagine women are. It's like their old ad campaign for Battlestar Gallactica which promoted the show as sci-fi that women can like, as if no woman has ever enjoyed a science fiction television show before. It's especially insulting to a woman like me, who grew up on SciFi and genre in general. A cheap re-branding of the network name is not what's going to draw anyone to the network. What draws people to a network is good programming.

Dave Howe, advertising executive for the channel said β€œIt 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.”

Well, you know what, Dave Howe? FUCK YOU.


EDIT: [ profile] studyofrunning has posted her own response at her journal. If you're interested, that's worth a read as well.


Mar. 6th, 2009 10:52 pm
cosmic_celery: (DW: 5 - Tegan dress)
People were staring at me on Thursday. Two cars honked while passing me on the street. This is not normal, and I am trying to account for it without much success. I was wearing jeans with a pink t-shirt, black tank, and black vest over the top. None of this was revealing in any way. I had my hair back in a ponytail. I did my make-up. There was nothing especially out of order about it.

1) I was self-conscious about wearing something I would have usually worn with a jacket, or something else over the top, so I was more likely to notice when someone looked at me.
2) There was something off about me that people were drawn to look at, but which I didn't notice.
3) There was a quantum leak in the multilayered "attention field", which caused it to shift, momentarily, to bring focus on me.
4) Inexplicably, I looked nice.

...I think I'm going with #3.


Oh, also, I've written Red Dwarf fic...but not the one I mentioned working on before. It's over here at [ profile] reddwarfslash  if you'd like to read it (though it's not particularly slashy, more of a character study).


Nov. 5th, 2008 12:16 pm
cosmic_celery: (RAGAD: Guil un sub or supernatural discu)
Because this morning, one of the clocks in my room was two hours early, I made the mistake of assuming that one was the correct time, and now am two hours early for my first class of the day.

Or at least I think that's how it happened. The whole thing is a bit confused in my head at the moment.
cosmic_celery: (dr. horrible ahhh human contact!)
Dear YouTube,

I'm not really interested in videos of breastfeeding. Please stop putting them in my recommended videos list. It's kinda weird.

Confusedly yours,

cosmic_celery: (Nothing - a daydream)
Had a piano test this morning, which is nice because we got out of class early, and I got 5 out of 5, so hooray!

Took the bus home...I think this bus driver was having issues of some kind, or wasn't used to driving that bus or something, because he kept using the brake all the time, jostling everyone (all three of us) forward each time. Maybe they give the new drivers the less crowded buses as a sort of primer? Or maybe he was just a crap driver.

Mum's working this morning, so when she gets back we're heading to Hillcrest for my birthday. Yay. In the meantime I'm watching Stranger Than Fiction.
cosmic_celery: (Roz ellipsis)
From OG: "BBC One will air John Barrowman: The Making of Me, the first part of a series in which celebrities investigate the causes behind their "defining trait". In subsequent installments, violinist Vanessa-Mae will investigate the roots of her musical talent, and sprinter Colin Jackson will investigate what makes him fast; in tonight's segment, Barrowman will investigate what makes him gay."

Is that really his most defining trait?

cosmic_celery: (george- wha?)
We're down to the deadline on rehearsing our plays for the show on Tuesday, and while I've gotten to go over most of the plays I'm in, I haven't gotten to go over the revision of the play I wrote. I'm not sure if one of my main characters is going to be at our final rehearsal on Saturday, so I'm a bit nervous about how it's going to go over.

A guy that I had a total crush on last semester showed up to act. I contacted him after last semester, and he offhandedly mentioned that he had a girlfriend. So, no possibilities on that front. Which would be okay if I didn't totally win at being weird around him.

Him: Hey, sorry if I smell, I had to come right here and didn't get a chance to take a shower.
Me: Oh, that's fine, i wasn't....smelling you. *facepalm*

And then, in one of the plays he's supposed to be in love with me, and hugs me at the end. It's all a bit odd.

From there I had to go straight to my abnormal psych class, wherein the teacher had a member of Club X come in and talk to the class about BDSM stuff. It was very strange, especially since the woman was not the kind of woman I expected...or wanted to picture being into BDSM. And then at the end of her talk (psychological motivations, safety concerns, etc) she bent over the table and was spanked by a man with thick eyebrows.  It was a very odd thing to experience in a classroom.


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