Did you see it?

American Gladiators was on last night and again also tonight. This was one of my favorite shows growing up, and I was very happy to hear that it was coming back. Who says the writers strikes are bad for TV? They have a whole bunch of new Gladiators that are ready and willing to take you down, and a whole bunch of people that are willing to let them. One guy that was on last night had waited 14 years to be on American Gladiators, because he had missed his chance before because of LA traffic. If I remember correctly he lost, but he did get to finish his dream, so at least he has that going for him.

But that’s not what you had to see.

During the commercial break they showed it, I couldn’t believe my eyes, I wasn’t expecting it at all. Yup is was a commercial for the new Knight Rider Backdoor Pilot. A Backdoor Pilot is basically a made for TV movie, that if it does well enough, can be made into a series. Of course with the good also comes the bad. Mr Feeny will not be returning as the voice of KITT 🙁 Also something interesting KITT this time will be a black 550 HP Ford Shelby GT500KR Mustang, not the Trans Am that it has been in the past. I like Mustangs better anyways.

How TV news has failed us.

Slashdot reader ravenspear writes.

I’ll sum it up in one name.

Paris Nicole Spears

Seriously, I really don’t give a f**k. If I did I would purchase tabloids. How about some substantive reporting on actual world events? Or if you still have time to fill, some factual information on the presidential candidates. Like, maybe some stories on what they actually believe and have a record of voting for, so the public will be more informed and can make better decisions. Not stories analyzing who is ahead by 3% in the latest poll in what states or who has the best chance of winning. That only breeds bandwagoning subject to the control of the media. This is of course exactly what they want though, which is why we will continue to see no stories with real factual content, and simply sound bites.

The internet is much better as a news vehicle because I can actually find stories with real content which complexly explore the issues. Apparently the news networks think that no one’s attention span is greater than 1 minute and 30 seconds, so they mandate that no stories should be covered in depth. Occasionally there are multi-hour specials on certain things, but apart from that, there is rarely regular substantive coverage of important goings on.

I feel exactly the same way about it. I don’t want to hear about how a celebrity has ruined their life yet again. I don’t care who got married for the fifth time. I don’t care who was drunk at a bar the night before. If the NEWS would stop making such a big deal about the stupidest things maybe they would have time to talk about some real issues.

Site: feeds back up

Some of you may have noticed that the feeds here at Quiglag.com had been down for a few days. I was in the process of cleaning up some code and I accidentally deleted a redirect. After I had changed servers a while back, I also wanted to move the directory wordpress was in. In order to do this I would lose all search indexing for all of my pre move posts. So I set up a redirect, to redirect everything quiglag.com/blog to quiglag.com. This also saved me a lot of hassle, unfortunately I didn’t update my feedburner account. So after I deleted the redirect, feedburner didn’t know where to get the feeds from. After trying to get everything back up and working with feedburner support, and then realizing that it was all fault, I of course felt like an idiot.

Check your URLs boy and girls.

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Happy New Year. No S needed.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 
You know, one thing that always bugs me is when people say “Happy New Years“. Its “Happy New Year” without the “s”. I think people add the “s” because of New Years eve. That is allowed to have an “s”, because the “s” is telling us that the “eve” belongs to New Years Day. We are celebrating the new year, not more then one.

I just had to get that off my chest. 😀