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  • in reply to: I’m going to Toronto, I’m going to Toronto #71399

    Ah! The water tour! People at my college who had saved enough money used to spend the summer bringing a jar of Atlantic water to the Pacific. That’s how you trigger El Nino, you know. πŸ˜‰

    One of them who didn’t have the money did it by hopping trains. He lost his wallet and ID, but he got a dog and an interesting odor out of it.

    in reply to: I’m going to Toronto, I’m going to Toronto #71363

    The Planetarium is sorta cool, too, if it’s still there. It was a good place to cool off in the afternoon nd rest your feet for a bit if you were going to be out all day.

    And the subway is SOOOOO CLEAN! There are stores at the stops! It’s like going to a mall but the crowds are smaller and you don’t have to walk very far. We did that when it rained.

    Last time I was there they had a store set up like an old-time candy store called the Condom Shack on Queen St. which was amusing as well as disturbing 😳 , but it’s not the kind of place you go with your Dad!

    (Did bump into my cousin there, though, which was exceptionally funny.)


    in reply to: Recently Locked Post #71360
    lexxrobotech wrote:

    Jokes aside. I don’t think Fayguy is such a bad guy, it’s just that sometimes he floods the boards and argues for the sake of arguing.

    Still, you gotta abide by rules.

    He had more than enough warning so his banning is totally fair and reasonable.


    I don’t think he’s a bad guy either. It was a good idea for him to get his own space for renegade journalism, and I’m glad it attracted like-minded people and it grew so quickly. Since he got it he’s been more often polite to me than not, but who wants to be associated with someone who thinks its funny to repeatedly anger your friends, you know? That’s just not cool. He’s a smart guy, he knows that, but he’s an infector by nature so he just doesn’t care.

    Listening to him rant about political freedom in the middle of threads about spaceships is kind of like watching someone stand up and talk about football during a church service. While people may be interested in talking about football in the parking lot or while watching a game, they don’t go to church to discuss it.

    (I’m not interested in either, myself, but you see what I mean…. about the sacred turf that is sci-fi cult πŸ˜‰ )

    I can’t take credit for the “pissing on the floor” analogy. It’s an old expression applied to people who like to mark their territory by offending other people. We used to use it to describe an acquaintence who thought it was funny to break his beer bottles on the dance floor so the DJ would have to stop playing a song he didn’t like while someone turned on the lights and cleaned it up. I think I saw Nursewhen or Streudel use it once or twice, too, ’round these parts.


    in reply to: Futurama Guide? #71287

    Ooh! Lookit the bright colors!

    Hey, I’d like to tell you guys you’re distracting me with the Futurama and TTR guides.

    Not that I mind…. πŸ˜‰ Very well done. I’ve seen all the Futuramas many a time, but I still enjoy reading about them, and you’ve picked up a future TTR DVD customer here, no question.

    I find the Omicronian culture guide really funny, for some reason, seeing them boiled down like that (instead of deep-fried). πŸ˜†

    (Getting to the zany insomnia stage, losing coherence… think I need wormegg salad sandwich…. must sleep now…. kill all humans…. kill all humans…. hey, sexy mama… wanna kill all humans?)

    in reply to: Evil Winds #71209

    Ditto, um, to both of the above posters. πŸ˜‰

    Did your winds look anything like this? These have been my problem these past few weeks:

    (Took this last week. Sorry about the quality, but it’s from stills. It got bigger as it went along and eventually picked up a toolshed, but not mine and no one got injured.)


    in reply to: Recently Locked Post #71076
    mok wrote:

    ZIIIIIIP! Sorry pet glad you explained that πŸ˜€ I’ll stick to my own floor in the future πŸ˜‰


    I’ve been looking around and it just occurred to me this club has a pub but no restroom…. πŸ˜‰

    in reply to: Recently Locked Post #71072

    There is a difference between censorship and constantly cleaning up when someone thinks its funny to piss on your floor.

    If the government came in and said you couldn’t piss on your own floor, that would be censorship. If I say you can’t piss on my floor, I don’t think that’s unreasonable.

    Fatguy has never been able to tell the difference between his own floor and other people’s floors. He thinks he has the right to piss on anyone’s floor. I try to be polite about it, because maybe he just needs a case of Depends, but I know that eventually no matter how polite he is to me, he’s going to piss on the floor again, and personally I am getting sick of walking around it. He knows that. I’ve had that discussion with him before. Doesn’t change anything.

    This place is a private club with an open membership owned by someone else and a little civility and decorum is to be expected. People who want to piss in public for the sake of pissing in public should go to That’s what they do there.

    in reply to: The Best…movie…EVER!!! Game. #71051

    from the far side…

    in reply to: Who’s your 5 favorite Heroes? #70998

    1. Number 6, uh, well, duh!

    2. Leeloo: I don’t know what it is about the Fifth Element, but for some reason I’ve watched in more than any other movie. I think I’m impressed with the art and the editing, but I also like the Leeloo character. She’s fulla coolness and extra DNA.

    3. Sgt. Todd (Soldier): Kurt Russell had less than 60 words, but he was almost always onscreen and you always knew what he was thinking. I thought it was a very moving performance for a character that was largely viewed as a futuristic (actually historical)action role (it’s not). Am I the only non-veteran to see the series of parables in this movie?

    4. Deckard (Blade Runner): Is he or isn’t he?

    5. Tom Veil: Has just beat Kirk on my list. Won’t give up one set of negatives on principle, no matter the cost. Even finding out his memories are on a timer and are slowly being erased doesn’t make him give up, it makes him move faster. Yet he still finds time to help damsels in distress even when he’s reasonably sure he can’t trust them. What a guy! Too bad he falls for the same lies I did and ignores the same truths I did the first time through. The second time through it’s almost like watching a different show!

    in reply to: The Visitor… more garbage :( #70995

    😯 You made it through two episodes?

    😯 Two WHOLE episodes?

    I’m impressed. I didn’t have the stamina.

    I never saw the first ep, but whatever episode I saw was the one where I got up to do my laundry during the show instead of the commercials. And y’all know how I feel about commercials….


    in reply to: B5 movie mentioned this week #70967
    ”LexxLurker” wrote:

    I love The Simpsons (who doesn’t?), but I can’t help but see this as taking up a valuble slot on a list it does not belong as much as I like ’em =)

    I would have to differ. The Simpsons is most definately a cult show (IMHO).

    While the majority of the “believers” just go to the Simpsons on Sundays to watch and listen, there are distinct hard-core groups of followers from the Flanders look-alike Christian Men’s group (courtesy of Faux News– my Baptist friend tells me this group now convenes wearing Flanders garb on a regular basis) to the newsgroup analysts who have made it their life’s work to pick out each cross-reference, quote, mistake and old movie scene. (Check out the analysis of The Computer Wore Menace Shoes, and they do this for all 300+episodes!), to the essayists in The Simpsons and Philosophy, which explains philosophical archetypes (quite seriously) using our yellow mythological heroes.

    Merely having a mainstream casual following doesn’t necessarily rule out a cult, or several, based on the same principles but wildly interpreted. Look at Jesus. And Krishna. And as you noted, Trek.

    I daresay the Comic Books Guys are just as picky about canon and continuity as the Trekkers, disturbingly so, IMHO. You should have seen how they ripped into the Simpsons life-sized replica house in Las Vegas; Color is too bright, lights look different, Bart’s head is disproportionately big, what’s the deal with the rumpus room…. Really bizarre complaints.

    But Red Dwarf should have been there.

    Oh, anyway, a B5 movie is better than no B5 movie! Whoo-Hoo! πŸ™‚


    in reply to: Who’s your 5 favorite Villians? #70875
    ”Number wrote:

    Still haven’t seen Tank Girl — one to watch.

    Please do! It’s one of the only movies in which the hero doesn’t fall for the “I’ll kill your friend if you don’t help me” line.


    Oh, and Flesh Gordon or Lord of the G-String might fit better in this forum than Caligula, anyway. πŸ˜‰

    in reply to: Who’s your 5 favorite Villians? #70873

    There are so many ways this could go it has to be limited somehow. I’m going to go with line delivery. I tend to go for villains who believe they are doing the right thing more than villains who are bad for the sake of badness.

    I completely agree with Elroy-L from Space:Above and Beyond. Ooh, this guy’s delivery is so chilling, especially because he believes he’s right as he’s just following his programming. Oh and Lrrr! What a fabulous delivery he has! πŸ˜† But anyway:

    (I’m using Mr. Winky-face to avoid possible spoilage spillage. πŸ˜‰ )

    Straight Sci-Fi:
    [*]Zorg in the Fifth Element. Badass badguy with brains, who still makes the mistakes he berates others for making. (Should have checked the case!)

    [*]Mr. Morden and Bester from Babylon 5. I can’t decide. They’re both so cocky. Tie. But, someone already said Bester, so I’ll go with Morden.

    [*]Adelai Niska: the sadist from Firefly.

    [*]Alpha: the computer from Alphaville (not the leader of the Catwomen of the Moon). I think he’s so much more disturbing than HAL.

    [*]Number One, um, πŸ˜‰ .

    Cult films and shows:
    [*]Gabriel in the Prophecy movies. Well, I mean, it’s Walken. Who can beat Walken as a bad guy?

    [*]The Kurgan from Highlander.

    [*]Bob from Twin Peaks. Um, πŸ˜‰ .

    [*]Those creepy assassins and the person they are working for from Neverwhere.

    [*]The bad guy from Unbreakable. Um, πŸ˜‰ .


    in reply to: UFO’s #70872
    ”snooklepie” wrote:

    we probably have as kids, all taken stuff apart, just for the sake of nothing else but the need to know what was inside. maybe this is the same thing. all i was saying about the arrogance thing was that some people seem to assume that the only reason aliens would visit us is that we would something spectacular to offer them, and that we would be equals. i’m suggesting that aliens could visit for completely opposite reasons.

    Ah! I gotcha now. We’re kind of on the same wavelength as to human insignificance. πŸ˜‰

    I probably can’t envision coming here as an alien life form to investigate the critters because I wasn’t the type of kid who liked to take things apart. There were books for that if you really wanted to know, and I had seen my mother’s rage when my brother took apart our record player.

    I was more of the “looking for cool stones and clay and building forts” type. I guess that would explain my focus on natural resources first. How bizarre! πŸ™‚


    in reply to: UFO’s #70856

    I don’t think that’s arrogant. I truly believe we (as a planet, not as a race of humans) don’t have anything useful to offer a spacefaring race. If there are other life forms out there (which there must be) and if they are space or dimension travelers (maybe, maybe not), compared to other planets and bodies in this solar system, the Earth isn’t the best choice for exploration. It doesn’t have anything to do with having humans on it or not. With or without us Earth doesn’t have much to offer.

    There are other planets which are richer in base elements than our planet, and which aren’t (that we know of) infested with critters that would need to be exterminated. The asteroid belt would be easier to mine and it would be more efficient to get water from a comet or from H and O than the surface of a planet with an atmosphere (assuming they needed any).

    But, in my view a spacefaring race stepping into this solar system would be more interested in keeping their technology going and gathering information on natural resources. Unfortunately that view is based on human history sending out explorers to find new resources, then followed by merchants, then pirates, then by scientists studying the local lab rats once the piracy is quashed and the shipping lanes are safe.

    There’s no way to know how alien history and psychology might be different, but that’s my only logical point of reference so that’s what I go with. They could just as easily send the scientists in first to study the lab rats, either as a food source or to check for disease, but it seems more logical to me (keeping in mind my only point of reference is that of a non-spacefaring creature πŸ˜‰ ) they would just mine around us and freak us out terribly before showing any interest in us as biological specimens.

    in reply to: UFO’s #70848
    ”LexxLurker” wrote:

    Actually that didn’t come off too well, not the way I meant it anyway 😯

    I wasn’t responding to you in particular, just rambling in general to the UFO’s are Flying Saucers conspiracy theory. My bad! 😳

    I know someone who made a crop circle in High School. Yet the experts still brought in instruments which showed there was “unusual energy”. Uh huh.

    And they remarked on the local news there was unusual odor as well, which actually came from one of the boys… erm… marking his territory with beer and urine in the middle before they left. πŸ˜†

    in reply to: UFO’s #70843

    No government has denied the existence of UFOs, they’ve just denied the theory that they are alien spacecraft. Merely being unidentified doesn’t make something otherworldly.

    Personally, I think it’s haughty to believe Earth has the only life in creation, or that carbon-based life is the only possible kind, but I don’t believe for a minute we have any flying saucers (or equivalent) visiting us. Wouldn’t they have better things to do than come down here and do donuts in a cornfield?

    Also, it seems the fever has died down in the US since digital cameras have become available on the general market.

    Then again, I apologise to my trees and give the woods some whisky when I cut their errant limbs off, I always say “Hello” to crows, fast on medieval holidays and believe I share part of my soul with my sweet l’il orange cat, so really you shouldn’t listen to me when I argue against someone else’s beliefs, if you know what I mean. πŸ˜‰

    No one believes the exact same thing as anyone else. If we did, we wouldn’t have anything to talk about. Mathematicians are still arguing about whether the probability of getting heads on a coin on the 100th toss is based on all the previous tosses or is just 50/50. It all depends on how you look at the evidence. I see tricks of light, no lifeforms. If other people see lifeforms, it doesn’t bother me any. To each his own. I remember when I was in High School many scientists didn’t believe ball lightning existed in spite of all the eyewitnesses until someone reproduced it in a lab (on a small scale with plasma, if I remember right).

    But, I would like to add that I get out of work at about sunrise, and drive west past an airport. In the spring and fall we all see many glowing floating lights which disappear when we get closer, or rather, when the plane banks to the right or left and the sun no longer reflects off of it. They look exactly like some of the videos I’ve seen of sunrise and sunset UFO’s filmed from the ground.


    in reply to: Sex: The Final Frontier #70820

    LOL! πŸ˜†

    You’re just saying what everyone is thinking….

    in reply to: Sex: The Final Frontier #70815

    That’s funny, Mr. Pet suggested the same thing. If they used a crew of 6 women, no one would need to have their testosterone lowered. You would need women who were multi-talented, good at following orders and who can go without sleep in case something happened to one of them. They’d also need a dark sense of humor.

    My list:

    Amanda Carter (SG-1)
    Sara Sidle (CSI)
    Kaylee (Firefly)
    Ripley (Alien)
    Nurse Chapel (She’s probably a doctor by now, huh?)
    Maya (Space:1999– She’d be good for heavy lifting once they got to Mars)
    Susan Ivanova (B5)

    in reply to: Just saw the pilot episode, Serenity #70780

    Beware! Rumors only, may not be true!

    Well, no Ron Glass so far.


    Movie Trailers and movie posters here:

    Industrial Looniee and Madness

    (These are not real, but I like the tagline “Big Damn Movie”! πŸ˜‰ )

    And you can sign up for the Versal’s mailing list here, but you’ll get a lot of Bridget Jones sequel crap as well:

    Universal Pictures[/url]


    in reply to: Just saw the pilot episode, Serenity #70760

    Inara pulls out a small case when the Reavers are upon them. It’s assumed to be some kind of suicide thing. In the commentary they said it wasn’t, but it was very important. They had planned to bring it back later, but, you know, the show got cancelled and then won an Emmy…. moronic TV execs. πŸ™„

    (I’m a sucker for commentaries. Especially when Dimaggio shows up in the Futurama ones…. Or when he and Billy West do theirs in character. Best commentaries ever! πŸ˜† )

    in reply to: Just saw the pilot episode, Serenity #70748

    I love how they use the above referenced logical violence and not TV violence. It’s not a show where you ask each other “Why don’t they just kill the bad guy?”

    Also, Kaylee “represents the soul of the ship” according to the commentary.

    And Captain No-pants is cuter, but Jayne is my favorite character. He’s the funniest.

    I hope the movie answers what’s in the Companion’s case and who the Shepherd really is, I’m dying here! πŸ™


    in reply to: Dear Pet… #70708

    Limited time only: Here we are!


    in reply to: Dear Pet… #70679


    Excellent! It seems Vandevere wishes to return to our little Village! 8)

    You can post here without being logged in. Tell me what error message you get, if any, and I can usually narrow down the problem. Most often it’s cookies, but not always.


    Dear Logan,

    Since it’s an OT thread, I have a TV Guide from the 70’s with a preview of Logan’s Run, the series. Would you like a scan? It came with an article on Rafferty, which starred Patrick McGoohan, who appeared in The Prisoner. Oops! back on topic! πŸ˜€


    in reply to: If Kai was gay and dressed up in drag on Xmas.. #70629

    I know! I can’t look at it with out thinking “Good God! Does it ever look like Kai let himself go!” πŸ˜† He looks like a pity-role understudy for Brigadoom.

    “Suckin’ on a chili dog, outside the Tastee-Freeze!
    Suckin’ on a chili dog, outside the Tastee-Freeze!
    Suckin’ on a chili dog, outside the Tastee-Freeze!
    Suckin’ on a chili dog, outside the Tastee-Freeze!
    Suckin’ on a chili dog, outside the Tastee-Freeze!….”

    Can you imagine?!

    If this show ever comes near me (as if) I have to go!

    in reply to: The Prisoner #70627

    In all fairness, the first complete episode I saw was the Girl Who Was Death, before that I saw part of Checkmate, and I didn’t watch it again for ten years. I also thought it was the worst Sci-Fi show ever because my expectations were so high.

    Also, people into hard Sci-Fi don’t seem to like it much, because none of the tech is explained. Of course if they actually watched to the end and found out it isn’t really what it appears to be… well, you know. πŸ˜‰

    Mr. Pet didn’t get it at first; those 18 frames of Number One’s face passed right by him because “I don’t know; my mind couldn’t accept it from TV. That’s too advanced a concept to come out of that idiot box. Kind of the way no one sees werewolves in plain sight because the idea is so farfetched.”

    (Ya gotta know him to get that, I suppose. He’s a genius, but slightly off…. πŸ™‚ That’s why I love him!)


    in reply to: If Kai was gay and dressed up in drag on Xmas.. #70626

    Why the hell, of all the Lexx stuff I used to have, did I keep this? 😈

    Here is a review of the act.

    And here is “her” album:


    in reply to: I. Can’t. Take. It. Anymore! #70466

    Just thought I’d add this. Don’t usually read forwards, but someone insisted I check my trash (which is where anything with “FW” automatically goes).

    I thought the Frey might get some use out of it.



    George W. Bush
    The White House, USA
    I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1976 for driving under the
    influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver’s
    license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been “lost”
    and is not available.
    I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a
    drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the
    Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.
    I graduated from Yale University with a low C average. I was a
    * I ran for U.S. Congress and lost.

    * I began my career in the oil business in Midland, Texas, in 1975.
    I bought an oil company, but couldn’t find any oil in Texas. The company
    went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.

    * I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that
    took land using taxpayer money.

    * With the help of my father and our right-wing friends in the oil
    industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected governor of Texas.

    * I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies,
    making Texas the most polluted state in the Union. During my tenure,
    Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America.

    * I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions
    in borrowed money.

    * I set the record for the most executions by any governor in American

    * With the help of my brother, the governor of Florida, and my father’s
    appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President after losing by
    over 500,000 votes.

    * I am the first President in U.S. history to enter office with a
    criminal record.

    * I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one
    billion dollars per week.

    * I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S.

    * I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S.

    * I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any
    12-month period.

    * I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.

    * I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the
    U.S. stock market.

    * In my first year in office, over 2 million Americans lost their jobs
    and that trend continues every month.

    * I’m proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any
    >administration in U.S. history. My “poorest millionaire,” Condoleeza
    Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.

    * I set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S.

    * I am the all-time U.S. and world record-holder for receiving the most
    corporate campaign donations.

    * My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends,
    Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in
    U.S. history, Enron.

    * My political party used Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to
    assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election

    * I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against
    investigation or prosecution. More time and money was spent
    investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent
    investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history.

    * I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused
    to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.

    * I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.

    * I changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded
    government contracts.

    * I appointed more convicted criminals to administration than any
    President in U.S. history.

    * I created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy
    in the history of the United States government.

    * I’ve broken more international treaties than any President in U.S.

    * I am the first President in U.S. history to have the United Nations
    remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.

    * I withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law.

    * I refused to allow inspectors access to U.S. “prisoners of war”
    detainees and thereby have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.

    * I am the first President in history to refuse United Nations election
    inspectors (during the 2002 U.S. election).

    * I set the record for the fewest number of press conferences of any
    President since the advent of television.

    * I set the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one-year

    * After taking off the entire month of August 2001, I presided over the
    worst security failure in U.S. history.

    * I garnered the most sympathy for the U.S. after the World Trade Center
    attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country
    >in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.

    * I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to
    simultaneously protest me in public venues (15 million people),
    shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of

    * I am t he first President in U.S. history to order an unprovoked,
    pre-emptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I
    did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S.
    citizens, and the world community.

    * I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in
    duty benefits for active duty troops and their families-in wartime.

    * In my State of the Union Address, I lied about our reasons for
    attacking Iraq, then blamed the lies on our British friends.

    * I am the first President in history to have a majority of Europeans
    (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and

    * I am supporting development of a nuclear “Tactical Bunker Buster,” a

    * I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden and
    Saddam Hussein to justice.

    * All records of my tenure as governor of Texas are now in my father’s
    library, sealed and unavailable for public view.

    * All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my
    bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public

    * All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-president,
    attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and
    unavailable for public review.




    (Mr. Pet is calling him President Clark.)

    in reply to: Six vs Six #70464

    This one:

    (Shoulda seen that coming…! πŸ˜‰ )


    in reply to: Bandwidth Problems #70331
    theFrey wrote:

    SadGeezer wrote:

    Pet: The going rate for banner ads at the moment is peanuts per 10,000 views. Most look for a click through ratio also. The site wouldn’t generate much money from banners I’m afraid. πŸ™‚

    Who cares about the going rate, and click through pricing? I am sure a lot of the Sci-fi peeps who have their own sites would pop $10.00 a month to have their banner rotate on your site. I know I was totaly stroked when mine made it up there! (Nag? Who nagged? Me? Surely not? πŸ˜› ) I was so excited I took screen shots of it. πŸ˜€

    I am pretty sure you could get five or six a month and a waiting list to boot. :D[/quote]

    Those are my sentimonies! A conventional banner exchange wouldn’t be necessary.

    [begin channeling Logan pun]
    Conventional doesn’t have the same ring to cult TV sci-fi fans, does it?
    [end channeling Logan pun]

    I wouldn’t care about what “the business” charges, it’s more important to me to get a recognisable logo out at a site I like for a flat rate. This would be the perfect place to have a fan-site-only banner program. Since most of your visitors are rabid fans of something here I don’t expect they would be offended to find out you were selling banners to fan sites. I always kind of thought you were, actually, but I was afraid of how much it might cost.

    My site’s just a hobby, like most fan sites, so I prefer a flat rate to sudden changes in CTR or being drowned out by official sites with more money. I would think that most other hobby webmasters feel the same way– especially if they’re just starting to take their design seriously or just had a major overhaul.

    I have about 4% CTR at Google for less than $5 a month, but it’s not a graphic. The only reason I went with them is because I could set a price limit which is almost like having a flat rate.

    I probably wouldn’t pay $10 each month, but I would buy one month for $20, for a fan event perhaps, or a website grand opening, or a year for $60. There’s 3 months of extra BW right there. If you can get 3 other fan sites signed up, your BW problems would be taken care of. (For the moment ;)) If it tests well for that, you might get up into the dedicated server range. If not, then you abandon it after a year is up.

    Since you could moderate your own banners you could decline sites in direct competition or that are clearly under construction… or just selling bootleg vids… or pop-up hell… or whatever. I mean, we’re not talking personal ads or pop-ups or major studio fare.

    With a flat rate you wouldn’t have to deal with CTR, either. You agree on a price in a PM, they make a donation, you put up a picture, then it’s all overwith for a month or a year.


    in reply to: Bandwidth Problems #70321

    I’m sure this has been brought up before and I just missed it, but has any thought been given to selling moderated banner ads? Perhaps elcheapo text ads to fan sites that are just starting, moving up to more money for ads for non-commercial but intricate fan sites to high-stakes ads for commercial sci-fi sites?

    Pretty much you could charge whatever you liked, you’d have total approval over which sites and which banner design they submitted, and unlike that rotating service I remember you being on they would all remain on-topic. You’re not the kind of people who are out to grab the biggest bucks, so I don’t think there’s any danger of being inundated with off-topic banners. And you could limit it to a certain number of purchased ads monthly so no poor Admins get overworked.

    You could even give discounts to contributing members to encourage interaction. People who have engaged in a few discussions or uploaded pics if they’re shy, nowamsane?

    Submitting links is cool, but I bet a few of the webmasters who did so might consider donating to the cause if they could get a $5 ad rotated in on the left, and moreso for an ad at the top, and you’d be providing a double service to the cult tv Village… uh… Community by linking people who are looking for exposure to people looking for information.

    I’m currently paying Google for a little tiny 3-line text thing. I’d gladly drop $20 in Paypal for a banner rotated at the top here for one month. (But perhaps that’s the Nytol talking…. πŸ˜‰ )


    (P.S. I was never really sure if your off-site banners are paid or trade or just informational. What are they?)

    in reply to: I. Can’t. Take. It. Anymore! #70304

    As a Black Man – I spent 20 years in school only to find out North America would not employ me for anything but menial work; so I now laugh as you find out your “dream” job finally goes to someone with dark skin…..

    Uh, my Hispanic husband’s job was replaced by another Hispanic person, so what the hell are you talking about? πŸ™„

    Furthermore, my friend Meaza, who is from Ethiopia*, had two sisters who worked there who were not at all happy thet their jobs were being outsourced out of the country after all the work they did to get here. The tech from India was perhaps the most vocal about outsourcing his department to his home country.

    (*This is a country in Africa.)

    I think it’s very old-fashioned to insist that all tech jobs in the US belong to white males. Very few of the people Mr. Pet worked with and for were white males, actually. This is a big immigrant town.

    Also, during a recession when people are out of work, the only business that is historically sure to boom in every case that of Ice-Cream . When people aren’t buying, they aren’t shipping. Truck drivers also get laid off and their wages get cut to match the overstock on available workers.

    If your country starts outsourcing as much as ours, you may want to think about getting a little bell and becoming an ice cream man. πŸ˜‰


    in reply to: I. Can’t. Take. It. Anymore! #70282

    I also usually avoid the political stuff, but I have to say I completely agree. What exactly does retraining accomplish if there is nothing in the field?

    They offered Mr. Pet “retraining” after Gateway laid him off last year. Turns out they meant they would pay for his books if he took more computer classes. Why? So he can get a job for half the pay or less at Best Buy?

    Now he’s moved on to Pharmacy Tech, since there are so many older people it’s actually kinda booming, and probably will continue to do so…

    right up until Social Security runs out in a few years. πŸ™„


    in reply to: WARNING – False emails from SadGeezer.Com #70202
    nursewhen wrote:

    Most of my emails go straight into thewastebasket. I’m even considering attaching my shredder to my letter box.

    LOL! I’ve seen a few people with wastebaskets attached to their mailbox posts for junk mail deliveries.

    I had people accuse me of sending them spam after some spammer started using its lists as return addresses as well. Luckily now that I can create 600 email addresses I can make a new one for every place I visit and track down once and for all who is selling my address when they said they wouldn’t.

    I always expect everyone to know not to accept attatchments by now. Isn’t it all over the news every time there’s an email outbreak?


    in reply to: WARNING – False emails from SadGeezer.Com #70187

    😯 ❗ πŸ‘Ώ

    I don’t think πŸ™ covers it. You need this:


    in reply to: Back with a new server! #70059
    ”3.14″ wrote:

    My two cents. For me it is not the wandering IP address that presents a problem. I use dial-up with a new IP every time and never had a problem with phpBB2.

    The wandering IP with AOL is per page (or is it timed now?), not per session. Basic dialup IPs are per session, so when the script checks for cookies you are still in the same IP as long as you remain connected. AOL users aren’t so the scripts see them as different computers every time they move.

    Conspiracy theory: In addition, the AOL browser is designed to keep people using AOL. It’s unlikely they will change it any time soon because as long as people get frustrated when they leave AOL’s circle, most of them will just give up without saying anything and stick to AOL pages. Less than 1% of people with a complaint will actually say anything about it, and since many AOL users are beginners or not into the tech stuff they assume the problems are with the sites they visit because a company as large and popular as AOL couldn’t possibly be the problem.

    (Can you tell I used to have AOL and I’ve had this discussion many times? πŸ™„ My ISP has trouble with newsgroups and sometimes pages in Britain come up blank, but at least I can communicate outside of it.)

    When Mr. Pet worked for Gateway tech, he had a woman call who said that AOL told her to call Gateway because the reason she was having trouble with all the pages she tried to visit was because she had too much memory. That’s not the only time they swung people, but that was the weirdest.


    in reply to: Back with a new server! #70055

    I’ve had to tell people on numerous occasions to use IE with their AOL connection, then to reduce the default settings on Norton and IE security.

    The problem is the script keeps checking that the login cookie is coming from the same IP address. It was designed to keep people from having their identities hijacked. So with AOL’s wandering IP, the script believes that it’s a hacker on another computer. I’m thinking of commenting them out if I can find a way to do it without allowing any robot willy-nilly into the members-only areas.


    in reply to: Babylon 5 and Number 6 #70032

    “Who are you?” and “What do you want?” in addition to “Be Seeing You!” as well. Also, there’s a rendition of Dem Bones.

    Among other things.

    Wish I could take credit for it, but I didn’t find it, I just made a clip of it. πŸ˜‰ Imagine it 16 times faster!


    in reply to: Babylon 5 and Number 6 #70015

    Isn’t that sweet?! πŸ˜† Hee Hee!

    in reply to: You Want Information? Information! Some information… #69982

    Hee! Hee! Wait till you get to the end! Hee Hee! πŸ˜†


    in reply to: Mods: Number 6 skins #69917

    One of the Droolers has requested “Shirtless Drake”. I think I’m going to make “Pleasantville Drake” first because all I gave to do is make Number 6 in greyscale. πŸ˜‰

    in reply to: Is Space: Above and Beyond geezer worthy? #69916


    Well-differentiated main characters, some of whom actually die, deep-set political and corporate corruption on par with B-5, good guys with flaws, bad guys with depth, several levels of prejudice explored in a non-preachy way between the treatment of the biologically created slaves, the Invitros, and the self-aware AI race who became programmed for rebellion when introduced with a computer virus which said simply “Take a chance”, not to mention the barely-contained explosive energy of James Morrison’s Lt Col McQueen.

    Also, it’s one of those shows in which everything finally becomes clear in the final episode, but it completely turns your view of the series upside-down. Not on par with the Prisoner, but I think clearly one of the best Sci-Fi series endings.

    R Lee Ermey and Coolio made guest appearances, and French Stewart has a startlingly good dramatic role as a psychologically tormented MIA in an early ep.


    in reply to: Mods: Number 6 skins #69888

    Hey, guys, I made a Number 6 Sims skin. Getting the hang of making things w/o a frelling PAINTBRUSH!! *grumble*.

    I was going to upload it here, but zips aren’t supported πŸ™ (I’m pretty sure that’s for security reasons). My downloads area is actually just a type of links module so I can manage there.

    Anyway, tested, works on standard meshes, instructions included. Click below if you’re lurking and have no idea where to go! πŸ˜‰


    in reply to: Yay! DMOZ thinks I’m cooool! #69833

    Two weeks ago I suggested I should be moved from the Prisoner section to the PMcG section, then I became cool in the Prisoner section, now they move me to the PMcG section and I am no longer cool. LOL! πŸ˜€

    Ah, you win some, you lose some! So do I take the button down? What if they’re toying with me?! Am I Unmutual? Will I be cool again?!


    in reply to: Yay! DMOZ thinks I’m cooool! #69824
    ”LexxLurker” wrote:

    I outta check this series out, from all the talk around here about it, it must rock.

    It’s the ending that’ll get ya hooked or make ya mad. It either does one or the other. 😈 If you enjoy analyzing TV shows for philosophical content, this’ll do it for you.

    If it gets you hooked, you then have to watch Secret Agent and Danger Man to see if you think The Prisoner is really season 5.

    Just don’t watch The Girl Who Was Death first. I did that and was so lost I never watched another episode for ten years.

    SadGeezer wrote:

    Wadda cracking site!!! Well done Pet, I know how difficult it is to set up a Content Management System (like Nuke) and I’m well impressed with the result babe! – Excellent job!

    Thanks very much! πŸ˜€ Of course you know where my inspiration lies….

    This was much weirder than html. In retrospect I probably should have bought a book. πŸ™„

    in reply to: No server after 14th February #69812

    Yikes! 😯 I almost went with that guy because it was such a great deal! I got talked into going with Ipower by a family member.

    Good luck, I hope you find one quickly.


    in reply to: Kindred series.. #69754

    I’m not big on the vampire thing, nor the soap thing, but it aired the same year as Profit and I was editing a vampire mag at the time (long story) so I did end up watching it.

    The stories and the writing were far superior to what I expected for a vampire soap, and the backstories were nearly exactly like the Vampire: The Masquerade module. If you play, you’ll get it right away.

    The acting was bit too melodramatic for my taste, but that’s just my taste. I don’t go for the “Do you have any idea what it’s like to live without sunlight?” whine. And I figure if I was going to live forever without eating I certainly would not be working or clubbing…. I’d be spending my nights hopping from vault to vault looking to steal a copy of Catch My Soul πŸ˜‰ and Scrooging rich people in the middle of the night.

    C. Thomas Howell and the actor who played the main vampire both stood out as being more subtle in their acting than the rest. It’s unfortunate the actor playing the main vamp died because I thought he showed some talent and charisma. I think he could have gone somewhere.

    There’s a nice Romeo and Juliet subplot, if you go for that sort of thing. You may also like “Blood Ties” a pilot that went nowhere but was along the same lines, and “Near Dark”, which shows a different “tribe” of vampires. “The Reflecting Skin” if you’re into the artsy stuff. (They may all give you new twists for LARP.)


    in reply to: The Unmutual in Online Syndication #69640

    I should have mentioned that Feedster[/url] has a free aggregator, and if you look up Unmutual there you get a whole host of articles. It got me to sign up for “Morons in the News” as well. πŸ˜†

    in reply to: Sci Fi SadGeezer Credit Cards #69590

    Again I don’t know how to vote. I am anti-credit. It’s a bigger scam than mandatory insurance and income tax put together.

    On the other hand, I would like to have a Sad debit or Buxx card.


    A nice Sadgeezer card with a big “I am not a Number! I am a FREE MAN!” quote would be fun and useful as well as ironic…. πŸ˜‰

    in reply to: Rock The Foundation! #69567

    I would like to quote the Frey on this:


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