TV Before It Was Hijacked By The Sickos

August 17, 2007

Soupy Sales Show (unaired pilot) march 3, 1966 – Judy Garland + Ernest Borgnine.mpg — embedded GUBA Flash video

A little under seven minutes apparently from a faulty VHS cassette.






TV that, unlike this disgusting underhanded bag-biting pilot, won’t make you feel unclean or ashamed or angry. It will make you feel — ohmygod! — happy.

Preair Leak: Pilot Of CW’s Aliens In America

August 17, 2007

Aliens In America S01E00 Preair Pilot — veoh embedded Flash video




I don’t know anything about this show other than tripping across it and watching it.

Oh what an evil bastard this writer is. So, Americans — whoops!, make that white Americans — are all bigots? What kind of creature writes something like this? What America did this guy (gal?) grow up in?

A cold knife blade emblazoned with Fuck You is delivered beneath the few chuckles of this cloying and twee pilot.

I think even thoroughly-illiterate TV addicts will be smart enough to realize they’re being spit on. This will die quickly. And its failure will probably only reinforce the warped view of this country held by the mentally-twisted scripter.

Really, you bastard, if writing was like the army, I’d have you fucking court-martialed and shot. You are scum.

Comcast Finds A New Way To Be A Bastard

August 17, 2007

Comcast Throttles BitTorrent Traffic, Seeding Impossible
Over the past weeks more and more Comcast users started to notice that their BitTorrent transfers were cut off. Most users report a significant decrease in download speeds, and even worse, they are unable to seed their downloads. A nightmare for people who want to keep up a positive ratio at private trackers and for the speed of BitTorrent transfers in general.

Unfortunately, these more aggressive throttling methods can’t be circumvented by simply enabling encryption in your BitTorrent client. It is reported that Comcast is using an application from Sandvine to throttle BitTorrent traffic. Sandvine breaks every (seed) connection with new peers after a few seconds if it’s not a Comcast user. This makes it virtually impossible to seed a file, especially in small swarms without any Comcast users. Some users report that they can still connect to a few peers, but most of the Comcast customers see a significant drop in their upload speed.

The throttling works like this: A few seconds after you connect to someone in the swarm the Sandvine application sends a peer reset message (RST flag) and the upload immediately stops. Most vulnerable are users in a relatively small swarm where you only have a couple of peers you can upload the file to. Only seeding seems to be prevented, most users are able to upload to others while the download is still going, but once the download is finished, the upload speed drops to 0. Some users also report a significant drop in their download speeds, but this seems to be less widespread. Worse on private trackers, likely that this is because of the smaller swarm size.

Advance notice to Time Warner: do not try to pull this shit on Roadrunner.

Comcast will eventually be the ISP of decrepit senior citizens who will ooh and ahh over the miracle of that there internetworkthingie.

If Verizon was smart, they’d aggressively target Comcast areas for building up FIOS.

Depression 2.0: Bank Run

August 17, 2007

Californians rush to pull money from Countrywide Bank

LOS ANGELES — Anxious customers jammed the phone lines and Web site of Countrywide Bank and crowded its branch offices to pull out their savings because of concerns about the financial problems of the mortgage lender that owns the bank.

Countrywide Financial Corp., the biggest home-loan company in the United States, sought Thursday to assure depositors and the financial industry that both it and its bank were fiscally stable. And federal regulators said they weren’t alarmed by the volume of withdrawals from the bank.

The mortgage lender said it would further tighten its loan standards and make fewer large mortgages. Those moves could make it harder to get a home loan and further depress the housing market.

The rush to withdraw money — by depositors that included a former Los Angeles Kings star hockey player and an executive of a rival home-loan company — came a day after fears arose that Countrywide Financial could file for bankruptcy protection because of a worsening credit crunch stemming from the sub-prime mortgage meltdown.

Just how big is this meltdown going to be? Will it dwarf the original S&L crisis? And can we recover this time? Ugly days might be ahead.


August 17, 2007


See more at this user’s Flickr account.

Search Terms That Please Me

August 17, 2007

Searches that led to this blog that warm me battered ticker.


Seeing Things Canadian television series
“Bless the Maker and his water”

Earlier this week:

1960s japanese cartoons
Derek Raymond
diver dan
Sora of the girls don’t cry band
“crooked looks”
myrna loy sexy “thin man”

Seeing how tech-heavy the searches are, I am thrilled to have non-tech searches bring people to this blog.

Fall Network TV Doom Watch List

August 17, 2007

The Top Five 2007/2008 Pilots Likely to be Yanked From the Air Prematurely

5. Pushing Daisies [ABC]
4. The Return of Jezebel James [FOX]
3. Life is Wild [The CW]

2. Journeyman [NBC]
1. Viva Laughlin [CBS]

He gives very good reasons for each. Viva Laughlin is dead in the water. As soon as I read that Viva Blackpool (nee Blackpool) was being morphed into an American series, my gag reflex kicked in. The same one that kicked in when I read Touching Evil was undergoing the same process. USA’s Touching Evil died (not soon enough!), and so will Viva Laughlin (one hopes after the first episode!)

What bothers me is seeing Journeyman at number 2! His timeslot reason makes sense (I haven’t watched Heroes nor do I plan to), but his critique of the series itself is troubling. So far, this has not been getting great reviews from those who got an advance viewing.

I have to wonder what sort of bubble NBC is living in that it’s not taking advantage of the Internet to get buzz going for Journeyman. Leak the goddammed thing, NBC! Leak it now!

You only get this one chance to get the buzz started. Once you fail, you can’t turn back the clock!

Stop believing the Journeyman ads, NBC!

Not for you, NBC! The time is now!

Reminder: someone has already started a Journeyman blog.

Previously in this blog:
Journeyman: All Available Vids
Journeyman: No Leak, But Two YouTube Vids
NBC: Leak Journeyman NOW! Early Reports NOT Good!
YouTube: NBC Fall Preview
ABC Kicks NBC’s Ass For Fall TV Buzz
Hey, NBC! Leak Journeyman NOW!
Now NBC Has Pissed Me Off!
Journeyman: Interesting Bits
Hey You Three. Email NBC!
Journeyman Still Not Leaked
September 2005: NBC Promotes A New Earl Show
I Give NBC A Kick To The Nuts. It’s Called An Incentive.
Now Sinfest Persecutes Me!
Hey, NBC! Leak Journeyman, Dammit!!
Bourne Ultimatum? Yes. Journeyman? No.
Hollywood: Settle!
Brightcove: Journeyman Preview
DailyMotion: Ha. Ha. Ha.
Are The Suits Using P2P To Hype Their Shows?

This Manuscript Should Have Never Been Published. It Should Have Been Shot To Death.

August 17, 2007

The Time Traveler’s Wife, page 48 [trade paper edition]:

We have a long afternoon and evening to frivol as we will […]

What? The? Fuck?

Frivol? Frivol?!!?

This is a male character saying that. A straight male character.

Have any of you ever heard a man — straight or gay — use the word frivol?!!?

In the thousands and thousands of books I’ve read, this is my first encounter with that word. And that, you-may-teach-but-you-can’t-fucking-write-Audrey, is not a compliment.

It sent me scrambling through my tons of back email and then Google to find a brilliant essay that encapsulates why I automatically flee from anything that screams “National Best-Seller” on its fucking cover.

The brilliant eassy: A Reader’s Manifesto by B. R. Myers. And this is its opening paragraph:

Nothing gives me the feeling of having been born several decades too late quite like the modern “literary” best seller. Give me a time-tested masterpiece or what critics patronizingly call a fun read—Sister Carrie or just plain Carrie. Give me anything, in fact, as long as it doesn’t have a recent prize jury’s seal of approval on the front and a clutch of precious raves on the back. In the bookstore I’ll sometimes sample what all the fuss is about, but one glance at the affected prose—”furious dabs of tulips stuttering,” say, or “in the dark before the day yet was”—and I’m hightailing it to the friendly black spines of the Penguin Classics.

The Time Traveler’s Wife is a piece of shit. I’ve waded through 102 pages of this goddammed thing waiting for something other than the alleged writer’s hubris to happen — and nothing has.

I will no longer inflict this torment upon myself.

Those of you who read the whole thing: you’re out of your fucking minds.

You Make Me Want To Bleed To Death

August 17, 2007

On the subway earlier this week, this low-class loud cow was mooing across the car to a young kid (12? 13?) who was apparently part of a hellish group she was with:

All art is gay! A straight man can’t do art!

Jesus Christ. Aside from braying out that she has no fucking brain, it made me wonder if within the low-class demographic she inhabits this shit is taken as truth. It would explain a lot.