The Law of Cable Media

I think we have enough evidence to generalize now: any genre cable channel will progress until it becomes a parody of its original mission. Whether it's a Music Television station that plays no music, or an Arts and Entertainment channel with shows like "Duck Dynasty" and "Storage Wars," any themed cable channel will eventually come to resemble a spoof of its original concept.Consider:(via James McGrath)Or consider the Science Fiction channel, now SyFy for the same reason that … [Read more...]

Leaving the Deadlands

NOTE: This is a pure geek post. It has nothing to do with the topic of the blog. You may skip it, and it will not count against your claim to be a regular UF reader.Wil Wheaton mentioned the roleplaying setting Deadlands. That reminded me of the system, which sent me scurrying back to the corebook, which reminded me of why I don't like the setting.For those who haven't heard of it, Deadlands is a roleplaying games set in the weird west. That's a sub-genre that fuses cowboy stories … [Read more...]

Our Knowledge vs. Their Knowledge

A day when certain quotes line up. From Slacktivist, here's Fred talking about the Creationist facing counter-evidence and recieving advice from a creationsim proponent:They will tell you that all of these others — these outsiders with their “evidence,” these people who claim to “know” things — are evil liars. They will explain to you that these others are part of a conspiracy. It is a huge, vast, global conspiracy of wicked people that encompasses everyone — everyone except, of course, them … [Read more...]

Pi in the Sky

On September twelfth, a team known as ISHKY flew a formation of planes around the San Francisco Bay area, using a dot matrix sky-writing technique to write out the first 1,000 digits of Pi.ISHKY suggests that this was the world's largest ephemeral art installation. Their understanding of their own work is at their Kickstarter page (which, I note, wasn't very successful.) … [Read more...]

Who Owns a Symbol?

Over at Bad Catholic there's an interesting attempt to repurpose symbols. In a piece titled 5 Things People Think Make Them Hardcore (And why they actually make them Christian), Marc lists several symbols, including the pentagram, the Guy Fawkes mask and the swastika, that he wants to claim as Christian symbols.It's a light piece, so I don't want to push it too far. For example, I suspect that Marc realizes that Alan Moore repurposed the Fawkes mask in V for Vendetta, playing up the … [Read more...]