November 12th, 2009



I got my A for CRIM212 - and it's not even the 14th yet! I recommend the course to anyone interested in the topic. They were onto it from the word go in terms of keeping us informed, getting results back and generally giving our money's worth*. The lecturer, Liz Stanley, is engaging and informed.

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* Yeah, I actually do care about how much it's costing me vs the value I'm getting from it. Possibly this is because I'm paying up front for each course. If I had a student loan, adding $2500 to it would seem like a drip in the ocean and I'd be less inclined to think about the cost of it - this way, I'm all "I paid $800 for this course, make it worth it!" Hehe, ph3ar my Yorkshire blood..

PS I'm kind of saddened by the Stupak amendment to the US healthcare plan. I understand that it's a compromise that's been made, probably in order to get the rest of the plan through, and that in the long run it's detrimental to some in order to benefit the majority. But it's also sending a message that the government values morality over health and that it believes women should only have choice around reproduction if they can afford it.

They did it again

Dollhouse has been canned. This is not really news.

But as I've been reading the wailings and teeth-gnashings of fans around the internet, the question WHY keeps popping up. Firefly died a similar death, despite having a strong cult following.

And I wonder if Joss Whedon's stuff has an appeal to a certain segment of the population that is small but keen, and if that small but keen segment of the population happen to be geeks, with broadband access to the internet and progressive views about copyright. The mainstream masses who'd watch show as broadcast on TV instead of downloading it, and thus make money for the networks, just weren't that interested.

Which to me, begs the question (and here is where I get out of my depth a bit because I'm not a downloader of series) - are networks making series available for download at a price as they come out? Because if they aren't, they should be - the financial support of that small but keen segmant of the population might be useful for keeping shows like Whedon's being made, but if the show's not available to the people who want it in a timely manner, they'll go find it somewhere else and the network will get nothing.

Just thoughts..