Friday, September 04, 2009

Stupid Twitter Fringe Tweeter Thingmee

Warning: Pointless rant about completely unimportant things to follow. Unless you are a member of FOX tv. Are you reading this, FOX tv? I know, it's embarrassing, I watch the occasional bit of tv on FOX. I'm going to hell for sure. But I'm pretty sure I was going anyway so what the hey.

It was a long day yesterday. One of those days, you know the kind. It's a little different for all of us but for me it started out with getting up at 5 dark o something to get to the Rez for my morning swim. As if that isn't bad enough the water decided to turn freezing. It was 70 degrees last Thursday, 67 on Tuesday and low 60's yesterday. This is the kind of cold where you never quite warm up even with a wetsuit and you can barely feel your feet when you get out. It takes a good long hot shower and a million cups of hot tea before you fully warm up. Some guy that finished his swim is pitching a fit about how cold it is. I'm pretty sure that's the end of his Rez swimming for the season. Might be the end of mine too unless maybe I decide to splurge on some neoprene booties for swimming. Or I could admit defeat, sleep in and go back to the chemical laden but heated swimming pool.

The rest of my day involves scrambling to pick up an impossible amount of changes for a project at work that were given to me at the end of the previous day and need to be completed by noon the next day. The client would have liked it the day before yesterday but since even we clever engineers haven't invented time travel yet they'll settle for giving me 1 1/2 days. And of course at 1:00 pm they're still feeding me new changes. Also of course the draftsman who I'm counting on to do several hours worth of work only has 45 minutes at the end of the day to spare for me then tells me he's gone the next day.

So it was a long day and when I finally got home and hit the couch all I wanted to do was unplug my brain. Lucky me, there's a show I like that's been away all summer and they're showing a rerun of the season finale which is even luckier since I'm pretty sure I saw about 10 minutes of it then fell asleep, waking up here and there to catch bits and pieces and it's not the kind of show where you can do that but lucky day I can watch it again and I'll be all caught up for the new shows. The show is called 'Fringe' and it's a blatant rip off of the X-Files which was a sort of blatant rip off of an old 60's spy show called 'The Avengers' which was about my favorite tv show when I was a kid. I so wanted to be Emma Peel when I grew up and it so didn't happen. Is it too late to go to secret agent school? Anyway, the show's not all that original or anything but it's visually nice to watch. Something about it, I don't know, it's more like watching art, tacky lowbrow tv art I'll grant you, but still it stands out above all the other drek and it soothes my brain and shuts it right down and that's probably why I only ever see the first 10-20 minutes of it and it's the perfect thing for the end of one of those days and maybe this time I'll stay awake for the whole thing. Except about 5 minutes in the Twitter feeds blink onto the screen. Huh?! WTF is this about? They take up about 1/3 of the screen and are so distracting. I'm pretty sure I don't have to go into a rant about why this is wrong on so many levels. Jonny was equally appalled and we turned it off. Did you hear that FOX tv people? Really, what sort of geniuses do you have working there? Oh uh, yeah, never mind.

I hope this isn't a permanent thing for this show, if so what a waste. I also hope other shows don't start doing this too and it's the future of tv. I'm already lobbying for cancelling the cable, this will be the final nail. If people have such ridiculously short attention spans that they need to Twitter their Tweeter while watching tv well fine, that's between them and their laptops and all the other halftwits that want to listen to them. But pleeeeeze leave me out of it. I just want to turn my brain into pudding in peace.

Good luck to everyone going to Regionals or other trials this weekend! We have one day of DOCNA and I'm going to try to be the picture of good, focused, timely handling. Oh yes I am.


  1. Oh man, I can hardly imagine getting up so early to work out, nevermind to jump into a big bowl of ice water. UGH! Good for you having such get up and go.

    You've got to be kidding about Twitter on tv. I'm only just starting to accept the little channel logos in the corner of the screen.

  2. Yeah, I'm kind of an idiot that way. Don't know how many more Rez workouts I'll go to though now that I know how cold it's getting because I'm not a hardcore idiot, maybe just a little bit 'touched'.

    I can't stand all the ads and logos on the screen during shows. It's one of the main reasons I want to cancel the cable. If I really want to watch something I can get it on Netflix with no commercials or disruptions on the screen. And when I inevitably fall asleep I can rewatch it when I wake up.

  3. I'm afraid that I won't be happy until I can pay nothing on a regular basis, then go to one menu, pick what I want, pay $2 or $3 to watch it on my TV, and then go away again for a couple of months. I turn on my TV virtually never, and it's always such a stress when I do (ok, dvd is playing but it's not showing up on the tv--why? ok, satellite box is on but all I'm getting is static--why? etc.). And if I'm going to pay $6 for a movie, might as well go to the matinee at the theater, which I prefer because it gets me out of the house (maybe opposite thing from what people who work outside their home want).

    Meanwhile, it's literally months between times when I turn on the TV. Tweets on the screen would annoy me even more than various messages that seem to scroll across from time to time.

  4. One year it was my New Year's resolution to cancel cable. So I did. Only, they didn't get around to actually canceling it until three years later. Yup, free cable for three years. And that despite me calling them several times to remind them! True story.

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