August 25th, 2005

Suited at Stanford

Has Joss been reading William Gibson?

I have to wonder if Joss has been reading Pattern Recognition by William Gibson.

I mean, viral marketting is a central theme, so I could already have wondered that back when Joss and good ol' 'Versal[1] were clearly supporting grass-roots Browncoat efforts to help promote the BDM[2] and so on, but it really made me wonder when these clips started showing up on the 'net. When the second one showed up (the first to show up was "session 416", then second "session 1", and "session 22" [well, "excerpts" from said "sessions"] showed up all over the 'net today), it really hit me that this was so much like "the footage" in Pattern Recognition. I mean, random or seemingly random bits of unexplained footage showing up in a non-linear order on-line, with no explanation? It's not quite so mystical as "the footage" in Pattern Recognition, where there is no clear order to the clips, and it is very hard to know what they are about, but there are some things in common with it.

The second one to show up was apparently "submitted" by one "John Dowses", which happens to be an acronym for you-know-who[3], which is pretty cool/amusing. :) In a way they kind of spoiled it by admitting that it was them (and actually Joss is in the clips himself, along with Summer Glau), but it's still fun/interesting to see what'll surface next: What will it show? Which session will it be?

It's a really intriguing way to get a buzz going!

Go Joss! Go Universal! Go Serenity!

[1] Universal! They've been shiny!
[2] The Big Damn Movie--Serenity, of course!
[3] Joss Whedon!
Suited at Stanford

Anyone want a free TV?

While I think of it...

I have a 27" Philips TV (CRT). It is not a flat screen (y'know; it's the usual mildly curved type of screen). I think it's essential Trinitron-type tech. It's 4 and a bit years old. It shows pictures and puts out sound just fine.

It does, however, have a problem (one which I have not attempted to fix, so maybe it's fixable, but I wouldn't hold out too much hope): It has stopped responding to remote control signals entirely.

That is, you can control it using the buttons on the front (Power, Channel up, Channel down, Volume up, Volume down -- importantly, channel up/down do let you access the A/V inputs as well as regular channels [i.e. it cycles, roughly: ... N-1, N, video 1, video 2, video 3, 1, 2, 3, ...], so you can access all of them), but it responds not at all to its own remote control unit or to my TiVo remote control unit or, presumably, anything else.

If you are in need of or would like a perfectly serviceable display which would be ok especially if you use a receiver for audio and video (i.e. the receiver switches inputs and controls the volume and stuff) or if you don't want to do anything complicated and you don't mind using the buttons on the front ... then this could be yours!

Let me know if you would like it. Pick up from San Jose, CA.