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no one can stomach making heads or tails of it, but everyone knows it needs to get passed
I hope this works better for you than it does for Congress.


Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 11:12 AM
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Heebie Geebie is Max Baucus! I always knew the whole math thing was a ruse. But that baby business was very convincing -- you really had me going for a while there.


Posted by: CharleyCarp | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 11:18 AM
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I think from a marketing perspective the creators of Ugly Betty really fumbled the ball . They should have named the show "Hott Betty" or "Princess Betty"or something like that. It's like putting the word "Crispy" right next to that little runty pig you want to save from the butcher's knife. Which, come to think of it, "Some Betty" probably would have worked as a name and saved the show from cancellation.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 11:40 AM
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As someone who occasionally has to clean up that sort of work product, I beg to differ.


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 11:41 AM
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4: Agreed. Of course, you have to make the meeting stop somehow, but there are more honorable ways to do that, like puking on the table.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 11:44 AM
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Or "Bring an incontinent cat to work" day.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 11:46 AM
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What is it with faculty and meetings? News flash: America's faculty members may not actually be as good at governance as they think they are.


Posted by: Not Prince Hamlet | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 11:52 AM
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We got this awful, horrible long proposal for a new major. There will be some situation with some student which highlights how bizarrely and ugily it was cobbled together. I just want to be off the committee by then. But I wouldn't want admin designing this major, either.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:00 PM
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Did someone already ban masturbating to Salinger? I just saw.
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Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:01 PM
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Nevermind 9. I just got home and am behind on things.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:02 PM
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What is ugi cobbling?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:03 PM
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I'm staff, not faculty, but it seems to be intrinsic in the academic environment. I used to hate meetings, but Rah helped turn me around on the possibility that there are good meetings. My team has good staff meetings, but I spend a lot of time in other meetings that are not productive. I think institutional meeting addiction is simply the manifestation of a slavish desire to demonstrate how much work is being done by accepting every invitation to talk about how much work is being done. No one will know how busy one is if one doesn't tell everyone all the time how busy one is, etc.

I'm a little sad to hear about Ugly Betty being canceled, but I never watched it. I think more series should set out a specific road map of "one/three/whatever seasons and we're done". I suspect a lot of shows get canceled while there's still life in them because networks worry that if they don't kill something nownownow it might leech them dry as it sputters. I think definite end points would increase the odds of something hanging on long enough to tell its story even if it isn't a smash hit.

Now, nobody tell heebie that Betty killed Laura Palmer.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:04 PM
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I think it was Dave Barry who said that meetings happen because a corporation cannot actually masturbate.

I think institutional meeting addiction is simply the manifestation of a slavish desire to demonstrate how much work is being done by accepting every invitation to talk about how much work is being done.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:08 PM
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13: you'd think the supreme court could address that.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:12 PM
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But with the right litigants, maybe SCOTUS can change that situation.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:13 PM
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The major in GUI cobbling should be quite distinct from Heebie's department, so I don't see the controversy.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:13 PM
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Pwned on a comment to my own comment.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:13 PM
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more series should set out a specific road map of "one/three/whatever seasons and we're done".

Right. Like a telenovela.


Posted by: Megan | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:14 PM
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Ugly Betty was transgender? No way! I had no idea.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:17 PM
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No, Ugly Betty herself was not transgender. That was the character played by the supermodel.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:18 PM
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Ugly Betty was transgender?

No.


Posted by: redfoxtailshrub | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:18 PM
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[M]ore series should set out a specific road map....

Let's try to keep this discussion from lapsing into "and I love the way British television has so many ugly people" territory, gang. The Brits think those people are attractive.


Posted by: Flippanter | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:19 PM
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18 - Korean soaps also do this -- they don't run forever, but for like a few months or a year.

Veronica Mars would have been an absolutely perfect one season television show.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:20 PM
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20, 21: Ah. I was very surprised to think the main character might have been transgender and tripping over her own big feet.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:23 PM
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Did someone already ban masturbating to Salinger?

Already violated, even. The trouble with me is, I stop. Most guys don't. I can't help it.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:23 PM
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15: But with the right litigants, maybe SCROTUS can change that situation.

Ahh, much better.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:24 PM
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There is a reason why TV producers don't want to limit The length of series in advance. It's called advertising money.

(actually, in this, as in other areas, pay cable changes the basic business model so that a pre-commitment to a short but good series works; you bring in subscribers based on quality, and then can sell the video rights. But for network or basic cable, there's really no reason to not milk a show to death, until it becomes too expensive, which UB has become, on the other side, there's REALLY no reason to precommit to a large number of episodes.).


Posted by: Robert Halford | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:25 PM
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But for network or basic cable, there's really no reason to not milk a show to death

Speaking of, does The Simpsons still suck? I have not watched new episodes in a long time.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:27 PM
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11: What is ugi cobbling?
There's a missing "g". How do you think Uggs get made? Elves? No, it's hardworking Australian cobblers, out at some dusty station, methodically stitching sheepskin to rubber so that sorority girls can have sweaty feet all year round.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:27 PM
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Why should I be the only one with perma-sweat on my feet?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:30 PM
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Now, nobody tell heebie that Betty killed Laura Palmer.

Dammit, I'm only on Season 1 of Twin Peaks!!


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:34 PM
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31 was me, using a different browser.


Posted by: Sir Kraab, using a different browser | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:35 PM
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No, no, ugli cobbling. Those things don't grow on trees, you know.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:43 PM
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Right. Like a telenovela.

There's no way Ugly Betty could ever work as a telenovela.


Posted by: politicalfootball | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 12:46 PM
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24: Homophobe.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 1:36 PM
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In other TV news, Rah told me Better Off Ted has also been canceled, which makes me very sad.


Posted by: Robust McManlyPants | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 1:55 PM
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36: Maybe Rah was just playing a cruel joke on you.


Posted by: M/tch M/lls | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 2:21 PM
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Now that SCROTUS has officially handed the country over to anyone with the money, do you think we could petition Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to buy the place and fix it? And maybe J.K. Rowling could pitch in for literacy, for the youngsters.


Posted by: DominEditrix | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 2:42 PM
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You know - for the kids!


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 3:21 PM
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Warren Buffett

He'll dock you.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 3:25 PM
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In other TV news, Rah told me Better Off Ted has also been canceled, which makes me very sad.

I'm not finding definitive evidence of this with Google. It would make me sad as well.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 01-28-10 4:07 PM
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more series should set out a specific road map of "one/three/whatever seasons and we're done".

The trouble with that is that you lay out a five-season plan at the start, and get it agreed to, and then when you start writing the fourth season the network suddenly says "Oh, wait, no fifth season for you!" and so you frantically shoehorn two seasons' worth of plot into the fourth season, and then the network comes back and says "Psych! Fifth season now please!" and you have to write a new fifth season with virtually no long-term arc elements and it SUCKS.
B5, in other words.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 01-29-10 6:07 AM
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