According to an article on TV Week, the Sci Fi Network is changing it's name to Syfy. They want to expand out beyond their core demo of "geeks and dysfunctional, antisocial boys in their basements with video games and stuff like that."
Um, I'm offended. And I think it's stupid.
a)I'm a chick and I wear my Sci Fi Geek badge with honor.
b)Don't disparage the basement. Was a frequent make out spot during the high school years. Good times.
c)General rule: It's not a good name for a brand if you have to explain how to pronounce it. See-fee? Siffee? Sci fi, just spelled differently?
New site is already up, though just with a landing page. www.syfy.com.
2. Cisco Flips Over Pure Digital
Cisco Systems has bought Pure Digital Technologies, better know to you & me as the maker of the super-simple Flip digital video recorder. The NY Times has a piece on the history of Pure Digital and how their rockin' product led them to be acquired by Cisco for for $590 million in stock. By paying attention to how the market was reacting to their products and subscribing to the KISS rule (keep it simple, stupid), Pure Digital was able to find that one magic gizmo that made them profitable.
In the article, Jonathan Kaplan, chief executive of Pure Digital, says, “The Flip will find its way into some very obvious places and maybe some not-so-obvious ones."
Fine with me, as long as those places don't include my bedroom.
[Source: The New York Times]
3. Sundance Kid Favors Solar Power
Robert Redford, an early supporter of solar energy, laments the loss of three decades of unrealized progress in a piece on The Huffington Post, and urges readers to take advantage of the second chance we're now getting.
He produced a short film in 1975 called The Solar Film which looks at the benefits of getting our energy from that big ol' furnace in the sky. The film is a bit of a time capsule, and watching it, I can't help but imagine where we'd be now if we'd been working steadily for 30 years on researching and implementing solar solutions.
You can watch the film online at DAS FilmFest [montly movies on Design, Architecture and Sustainability] here.
[Source: Huffington Post]
4. Kevin Pollak's Chat Show
I never think of Kevin Pollak as a stand up comedian - in my mind he's firmly on the actor side (just like I never think of Bon Jovi as an actor - he's a rock star). But according to Pollak's website, he is indeed an active comedian, with tour dates booked from Louisville to Tempe. This gives me hope for his new live streaming chat show, which debuts this weekend on Sun 3/22. First guests include LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and Samm Levine (Freaks and Geeks). You can catch it at http://kevinpollakschatshow.com.
5. Tech on Trial
If you're looking for an excuse to get our of jury duty, try citing Facebook addiction. According to an article in The New York Times, mobile and web technology are causing a ruckus in the courtroom. Jurors are doing their own research on cases online (despite being instructed to the contrary), and posting trial status updates on Facebook and Twitter. Not kosher courtroom activity.
Jurors are not supposed to seek information outside of the courtroom. They are required to reach a verdict based on only the facts the judge has decided are admissible, and they are not supposed to see evidence that has been excluded as prejudicial. But now, using their cellphones, they can look up the name of a defendant on the Web or examine an intersection using Google Maps, violating the legal system’s complex rules of evidence. They can also tell their friends what is happening in the jury room, though they are supposed to keep their opinions and deliberations secret.
[Source: The New York Times]
6. S'lush Song: Twitter Rap
You know something's gone mainstream when a rap duo from the Netherlands writes a song about you. For your viewing pleasure...Gringo Yank on Twitter.