Monday, July 21, 2008

How to ruin a fanbase:

1. Create a TV show with a lot of foreshadowing, then put out a finale which ignores all of it and goes a totally different direction with no explanation
2. Leave a bunch of holes in the plot
3. Have an eight month hiatus between episodes then run all remaining shows and finale in six days.
4. Release the details of the finale three months before airing in a book written for 10 year olds
5. Introduce characters, spend time developing them, make them vanish, and never say what happens to them.
6. Insult your fans in an interview

Great job Viacom, Nickelodeon, Michael Dante DiMartino, and Bryan Konietzko

Friday, July 18, 2008

What does this mean?

What does this mean?
Originally uploaded by bilhelm96
I saw this sign at a country/western bar/restaurant near my office. I find it hilarous and frustrating at the same time. What does "management" base its discretion on? Will I get kicked out if I don't wear cowboy boots and a hat? What if I wear colors that aren't in style? If you want the ability to throw people out for any reason, just put up a sign that says, "We can throw you out for any reason we want." Don't hide behind some unclear random dress code "policy."

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Open Comms

I've been home sick the last two days and have been watching a lot of TV while I lay on the couch. Yesterday I watched "Pump up the Volume" for the first time since it came out on video. If you haven't seen it, it is from 1990 and Christian Slater is a high school student who causes problems for the school by starting a pirate radio station. Being in high school myself when the movie came out, I enjoyed reminiscing while watching it, I couldn't help realizing how the movie did not stand the test of time. Seriously, a pirate radio station! Nowadays one can just get a free account on Podbean or one of a hundred providers and start a podcast. Or create a blog like this one if you desire. The boundaries to creating communications today are down to almost zero.