You know, if you like the Super Bowl, swell, more power to you, but do we ALL have to be beat over the head with it for a week? Do I need to see it EVERY flippin’ time I turn on the TV? I DON’T CARE! Sports belongs on sports channels and during the sports segment of news. I don’t need it during the business report! I don’t need to know how much people are spending on tickets…I don’t need to see snippets of the commercials…I don’t need to hear about it during the entertainment report!
This is one of the main reasons why I like soccer, your scores from the entire season determine the champion, not just one game. This insanity seems to get worse with each passing year, and this year it seems to be leaps and bounds worse.
The 6th hour of the 6th day of 24 and STILL no Satchel of Doom! *hugs his own, brand new S.O.D.* Sure, we have Bauer’s running all over the place, making the terror seem even more silly, but they could at least give us some hot S.O.D. action!
Interesting article about a group of EastEnders fans in the Washington D.C. area that rallied to save their favorite British soap. Their local PBS channel, WETA, had informed their viewers they were going to be dropping the long-running BBC soap opera from the line-up due to the cost vs. ratings. It seems the show costs the channel $25,000 a year, with a 2 year minimum. With only 8,000 households tuning in weekly, and the contract coming up, they opted not to spend the $50,000 required to renew.
Enter the fans.
Led by a classics professor and a real estate lawyer, the fans asked if they raised the money, would the channel accept the funds and renew? The channel said they would if they got the funds by January 16th, 2007. The fans went to work and gathered up 143 checks, totaling $52,504 (or ab average of $367.16 per check), and presented them to the station by the deadline. The channel was good to their word, accepted the funds and have renewed the much-loved show.
I have seen a lot of fan drives over the years to save a show, but never one that took such a direct approach, and I applaud them. I’ve heard of buying newspaper ads, mailing in small trinket that is an inside joke from the show, those never seemed to make much sense to me. Cold hard cash? Total sense. Good on them, and I hope they enjoy their two years of British drama, they’ve earned it.
So…remember how I mentioned the website I was behind, BAMForBeginners.com, got mentioned on Canadian TV? That brought us some traffic, but now comes the site being mentioned by the lesbians-in-media news site, AfterEllen.com. In their weekly column, Best.Lesbian.Week.Ever., they mentioned the current storyline on All My Children and named Bam For Beginners as the place to go and get caught up on the storyline.
It generated so much traffic that Google Analytics couldn’t keep up and the updating was way behind the normal time. I’ll post in the near future what the numbers were because, as of right now, I’m still missing five hours of data.
So why do I bring this up again? Two reasons:
1) None of this would have happened if it wasn’t for the amazing folks who went out and found message boards to post links on. Without them, it wouldn’t be getting half the notice it’s getting.
2) It’s getting far more traffic than my company websites! I guess I should have more middle of the night, random ideas!
Just amazing what can still be accomplished still in this day-and-age with everyone and their dog having a website!
According to this article, 20th Century Fox is threatening to withhold some of their movies form Canadian theaters due to the pirated camcorder copies coming out of them unless more of a crackdown happens.
Doesn’t that just make you lose more money? Follow my logic:
20th Century Fox withholds a movie
Canadians turn to pirated copies online coming out of other foreign countires
Theaters go out of business due to lack of customers
20th Century Fox releases their movie to less theaters and do lousy per screen average due to more people having downloaded the film
There are times where it is better to realize your knee jerk policy reaction to a problem is just going to make the problem larger, not solve it. Sure, piracy is wrong, but if they really think this solve anything…yeah…it won’t.
AGLOCO isn’t the first to do this, but it’s been awhile since anyone has. Since I signed up through Roy, I’m going to steal his explanation as he did it so well (feel free shoot me Roy!)
AGLOCO is the new way to earn money while surfing the web. A small linkbar is installed on your browser and every time you surf the web it shows some contextual ads and so forth. The search engines pay AGLOCO and they pay you. You don’t have to click on the ads or anything. Just keep on it. They pay by the hour up to 5 hours per month. That doesn’t seem like much but if you refer other people to join and they refer other people to join, you earn a percentage of everyone in your pyramid up to 5 levels deep. Yes, it’s like a pyramid network scheme but with no catch and zero downside as far as I can tell. And apparently if you have lots of referrals you can make a fairly hefty some of money or shares in AGLOCO itself.
The reason why you should join now is because the linkbar is still in beta and will be released at the end of February. That’s when the payout starts so get a head start, sign up and start telling everyone about it now cause once it begins anyone whose interested in doing this kind of stuff will have already signed up and you’ll end up at the bottom of the pyramid.
So, in example, I signed up through Roy. When I surf my 5 hours each month, he gets a cut. If you sign up through me, I get a cut of your surfing, and Roy gets a cut, down to 5 levels deep. Now IS the time to sign up as it hasn’t even started yet.
My biggest concern is how this will mess up my screen, but as you can see from this screenshot, it doesn’t look like much. Look above the Start button for the “AGLOCO” logo.
As I mentioned last week, no sign of the Satchel of Doom had happened yet on 24! Five hours down, and still no S.O.D.! Did it demand too much money this season? Did it want it’s own trailer? I mean, come on, I located my own for $24 today, and yes…I ordered one. I expect to join C.T.U. at any moment!
Well, Amazing Race finally did what everyone knew they would do eventually…an All-Stars addition. I have had mixed feelings when Survivor and Big Brother did it, but with Amazing Race I think it will be pretty much like any other Race due to the fact there are so many variable that can’t be controlled.
Amazing Race 5 Charla & Mirna – Mirna…I’ll be blunt, she’s not a rocket scientist. Charla though is a dwarf, but has a spirit twice her size. Their elimination, and Charla’s speech at their elimination, is the only time I have ever seen the host, Phil, tear up.
Amazing Race 7 Rob & Amber – How many flippin’ times is CBS going to force these people down my throat?!? 2 Survivors, and now 2 Amazing Races. This is the *fourth* chance they have given Rob to win something, will someone please just give him a check already and put him out of my misery? Uchenna and Joyce – The only team to win their season to come to All-Stars. I loved them, great team, great attitude.