Firefly and Battlestar

I rather liked tonight’s episode of Battlestar Galactica. It was twisty and turned a lot and I even liked the subplot with the Adam and mechanical Eve back on Caprica. Loved the last scene and the jazz and the whole crew dancing together.

The development of the female characters in the show continues to be terrific. They are wonderfully strong, independent, and, most importantly, consistent. I do think there are too many characters and subplots to be managed effectively, and I’m surprised more people haven’t noticed that Baltar talks to himself a lot. Still, it’s rich, and I’m glad to see SciFi hasn’t ‘mainstreamed’ it.

If you’ve not seen Battlestar and don’t have the SciFi channel, you can at least see the first episode, as SciFi has released a complete recording of the first episode including outtakes. (Thanks to SFCrowsNest for link.)

However, as good as Battlestar is, it doesn’t compare with Firefly, and I wanted to extend a thank you to those of you who recommended it. I rented the DVDs, watched them, gave them to my roommate, he watched them and then immediately went out and bought himself a copy. Now I’ve watched the series again — especially the Train job, which is one of the better of the episodes, though Out of Gas and Trash are, also, exceptional.

Can’t wait for the movie. Perhaps Firefly fans who are also bloggers should get together in one city and go see it at the same time. Anyone want to see the release of Serenity in St. Louis, September 30th?

Diversity Weblogging

Somebody is in trouble

I’m mostly considered a technology weblogger, if I’m pigeonholed into any category (usually I fight this kicking and screaming). I’ve written on politics, but I don’t focus on it. Same as I write on technology, but not exclusively (and hiking, and photography, and travel, and …) When I’ve been included in lists of ‘female political webloggers’, this has been more of an inclusive gesture than not, and appreciated.

So I haven’t been too involved in a recent continued discussion about the Steve Levy Article, Kevin Drum’s take, and the reaction thereof. However, one issue that keeps getting raised–that there aren’t as many women political webloggers because we women can’t handle the heat–can be firmly and safely put to rest when you read the responses of the lady politicos at the following weblogs:

Shakespeare’s Sister:

We’re not going to get anywhere as long as the male bloggers who post about this issue continue to do so with such appalling intellectual dishonesty. In private emails, male bloggers who publicly wring their hands about how to solve the problem of the dearth of women bloggers in the upper echelon, will admit that the reality is the difficulty of finding women worth linking to.

Women don’t give me much linkable material.

Women write on subjects that don’t interest me.

Women don’t know how to compromise on abortion rights.

Why don’t women post about Social Security? It affects them, too.

Women don’t write commentary, don’t come up with new ideas.

Gender politics is all secondary issues.

Rox Populi:

… clearly there’s a disconnect between what some male folk convey on their blogs and what they truly believe. And, I strongly suspect the leadership of the Democratic Party works much the same way.


Compromise on abortion rights? Social Security? And women are accused of following trends like a dog with its nose buried in its own turds? Right. Real original, dude. And I’m not even going to mention how specious it is to suggest that women are “uninteresting�? because we follow legislation that directly, tangibly affects us and only us.

Oops, here I go with that hysterical shit again. At least I’m more reserved than Jeff Jarvis’ rowdy channelling of Bushwick Bill: “Damn it feels good to be a cracka.�?

This subject is so unbearably boring and repetitive — and yet so freakishly maddening. And this time especially so. Apparently the candle lit romanticism induced by wide-eyed men blogging about the sad dearth of femininity in the political sphere is nothing but a sham.

(Jonathon, “Damn it feels good to be a cracka!” is better than “White, male, and proud of it!”, don’t you think?”)

Pam’s House Blend:

What is different is the defense floated out there that isn’t a hierarchy in the major blogosphere. This is ludicrous — there is passive resistance to acknowledge, seek out or promote new political voices, especially those that have something to say about gender politics from a perspective that is not white or male — why wouldn’t you want to bring something fresh to the table. You wouldn’t if you didn’t have a serious interest in those issues.

Our big boy bloggers have tended to gloss over the fact that the blogosphere is still, looking at sheer numbers, the domain of the Technorati testosteroni. Men currently rule the roost in terms of perceived bloggers of influence, and the article points that out. Guys arrived at the party first, and it’s a remained a fairly closed system on the Left for reasons that are complicated, but not excusable.

Grr, ladies. You make me proud.


Ethical dilemma

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

This is an ethical dilemma. There’s a weblogger reporting something as fact, yet I’m 99.99%, his ‘fact’ is completely fabricated. In fact, I’ve been pretty sure he’s full of it for a long time — taking weblogging on the longest roll in history.

However, I don’t have proof. I have strong circumstantial evidence, but no proof.

I suppose if this person was a reporter for New York Times, being a weblogger I wouldn’t seek proof. But we don’t fact check each other, like we fact check the Times or CBS. In fact, we don’t necessarily have the means to fact check each other.

Then there’s the issue of what harm does it cause. “Who cares.” After all, it isn’t that any of us are Dan Rather. In this case, though, I think there could be harm. I’m pretty sure it will result in harm to the weblogger, but it could result in harm to others.

Perhaps what I need to do is see if Sheila’s paper will fact check him — kind of turning the tables on the tabbies, so to speak.

I do know one thing: you all believe webloggers too much. And there’s nothing in this environment to support such faith.