East of the Sun, West of the Moon

2007/6/8

Jericho go bye-bye? (part 2)

Filed under: News — Erwin @ 6:02 pm

Apparently the fans made an impression:

To the Fans of Jericho:

Wow!

Over the past few weeks you have put forth an impressive and probably unprecedented display of passion in support of a prime time television series. You got our attention; your emails and collective voice have been heard.

As a result, CBS has ordered seven episodes of “Jericho” for mid-season next year. In success, there is the potential for more. But, for there to be more “Jericho,” we will need more viewers.

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On behalf of everyone at CBS, thank you for expressing your support of “Jericho” in such an extraordinary manner. Your protest was creative, sustained and very thoughtful and respectful in tone. You made a difference.

Sincerely,

Nina Tassler

President, CBS Entertainment

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P.S. Please stop sending us nuts 🙂

Excellent! Now, please CBS, be sure to include in your count the people that watch it online, on TiVo, or that buy episodes on iTunes?

2007/6/2

Jericho go bye-bye?

Filed under: News — Erwin @ 9:44 pm

In the it’s a small world category of events, I had ordered a few more bags of oriental mix and when they arrived, I found a free sample of gigundamundo yogurt raisins (that are a hit with everyone here, oh dear), which prompted me to go back to the website to at the details and price, and such.

That’s when I noticed the NUTS for Jericho section on their front page, with the subtitle NUTS! Save Jericho! Jericho fans unite!. Eh. What? Since when does Jericho need saving, I thought they were doing alright?!

Apparently Jericho was canceled about two weeks ago, and because I have other things to do than watch a CBS show about its fall line-up or so, I hadn’t heard or read about it yet. CBS’s excuse appears to be that the ratings dropped. Big shocking surprise:

The ratings were down 25% following the nearly three-month hiatus and subsequent return opposite American Idol.[7] During its one season run, it ranked 48th, with an average of 9.5 million viewers in the United States.

Yeah, I guess nearly 10 million viewers just isn’t enough, these days. Idiots.

Now the fans have taken to sending bags and bags of nuts to CBS executives in NY and LA, a reference to the last aired episode, where Jake Green (Skeet Ulrich) calls an offer of surrender “nuts”. Is it going to work? Who knows. But the NutsOnline folks initially just happened to be surprised by the unusual amount and target of bags and bags of nuts being ordered, then stepped in to help the fans pool their resources, saving a bunch on shipping that way.

In the history of television these actions don’t often work, but I’ll cross my fingers that somehow, somewhere, the fans of the series (myself included) can get something better than the collection of cliffhangers that the producers gave us, because they weren’t expecting this cancellation either!

Nuts!

2007/4/17

Linkage (…)

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Linkage,News,Software,Technology — Erwin @ 2:39 pm
  • This doesn’t sound so good. Vonage admits it can’t avoid Verizon patents:

    Vonage has admitted that it has no technical work-around to avoid infringing Verizon’s patents on key VoIP techniques, putting the future of the company, and other VoIP providers in the US, in doubt.

    The article suggests that Skype might not be affected, but I can’t imagine that Skype, owned by eBay, does not run anything on servers located in the US? Time will tell.

  • US teen jailed for school’s daylight-saving cock-up:

    Fifteen-year-old Cody Webb, of Greensburg, “called a school district hot line to listen to a recorded message about school delays at 3:12am EDT on 11 March”, his mobile phone records later revealed. The next morning, school officials discovered said bomb threat logged at 3:17am.
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    In fact, because the school had not reset the clock on the hot line, which continued to show Eastern Standard Time, officials and police failed to spot that the bomb threat had actually come in at 4:17am – more than an hour after Webb’s innocent call.

    Those who can’t (think logically), teach? Ahem.

  • Chimpanzees ‘more evolved’ than humans.:

    Zhang’s team found that 233 chimp genes, compared with only 154 human ones, have been changed by selection since chimps and humans split from their common ancestor about 6 million years ago.

2007/4/13

Linkage (…)

Filed under: Books,Linkage,News — Erwin @ 2:32 am

A Man Without a Country

2007/4/10

Linkage (…)

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Linkage,Music,News,Software — Erwin @ 1:14 pm

Haven’t done one of these manually in a while.

  • Cool (relatively long) article in the Washington Post that can be interpreted in many ways. My take on it is that people are too busy, living to work instead of working to live. Sad, but true.
  • On CNN, a story about a woman selling nearly everything she owns on eBay.
  • Interesting software project sponsored by Google.
  • The 21 Biggest Technology Flops according to ComputerWorld.

2007/1/17

A good start (follow-up)

Filed under: News — Erwin @ 10:52 pm

That stunt ended up getting a few people fired (Guardian Unlimited):

A US radio station has fired 10 staff after a stunt resulted in a woman dying from water intoxication in a bid to win a games console.

I just hope someone learned something from this?

2007/1/14

A good start

Filed under: News — Erwin @ 11:07 pm

… for the Darwin Awards, that is (CNN.com):

A woman who competed in a radio station’s contest to see how much water she could drink without going to the bathroom died of water intoxication, the coroner’s office said Saturday.

Creationists

Filed under: News — Erwin @ 4:18 pm

Maybe it’s foolish, but I did not expect this from the NPS:

  • Doonesbury:
  • New Scientist:

    The Grand Canyon was formed a few thousand years ago by Noah’s flood, and not a few million years ago by geological forces, right? So says a glossy book still on sale in Grand Canyon National Park, despite scientists’ protests.

  • Boing Boing:

    According to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), park superintendent Joe Alston in 2003 lobbied to keep the book, titled Grand Canyon: A Different View, by Tom Vail, out of the park’s bookstores; the National Park Service responded by promising a “high-level policy review” of the matter. PEER claims that three years later, a Freedom of Information Act request shows that the review wasn’t even “requested, let alone conducted or completed.”

  • PEER.org:

    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.

I know there is a park ranger reading along here occasionally, I wonder if she (or anyone else, of course) would be willing to share her view on what’s (not) going on here?

2007/1/9

MacWorld 2007 Keynote summary

Filed under: News,Technology — Erwin @ 7:08 pm
  • Apple TV (formerly known as iTV), a set-top box of sorts, allowing you to stream to 5 clients. Shipping in February.
  • iPhone, a wide screen (3.5 inch) iPod Nano-like (4GB or 8GB storage) touch screen device that runs OS X with all the usual suspects (Mail, Safari, Widgets) and has a novel user interface.
  • Apple Computer, Inc is now Apple, Inc

2006/10/12

The Votemaster is back

Filed under: News — Erwin @ 7:11 pm

After two years of letting the website gather dust (I assume), Andrew Tanenbaum is back with Electoral Vote Predictor which now follows the polls for the upcoming US Senate & House elections in November.

Click for www.electoral-vote.com Click for www.electoral-vote.com
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