June 16th, 2006

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Backup Plan: Throwing a bomb through their window

A couple of years ago, when I was returning from a trip to a scientific conference in Arizona, I took a cab back to my apartment and ended up losing my phone. It was the nicest cell phone I had ever owned either before or since. It had one of those flip open mini keyboard whozits and while I didn't actually send all that many text messages, I loved the thing.

Needless to say, after losing it in the cab, I never saw it again. Certainly no one tried to contact me about it nor reported it as being found in any manner. I was quite pissy at the time because I figured that the cabbie most likely just walked off with it. This was after I had tipped him quite extravagantly and despite the fact that he had taken the long way back from the airport to finagle a few extra dollars out of me. It had been a very long flight and was early morning by then and all I wanted to do was to get home and go to bed.

Why am I telling this story? Well it looks like there's currently a lot of net interest in someone else right now whose friend lost her Sidekick in a cab. The people who found it not only failed to return it but began using the phone and even used it to take pictures which of course was uploaded to the t-mobile database and viewable by the understandably pissed owner. A site, Stolen Sidekick was started to document the attempt to retreive the phone and it has become quite the internet saga.

Like any good net drama, this is part detective story as people tracked down things like pictures, myspace pages, and addresses, part angst with open publication of the conversations between the parties, and mostly a daily soap opera as people check in to see 'what happens next'. It's quite an interesting little tale, though frankly, I would have cut to the chase and just posted their damn home address and phone #. A nice thorough disclaimer would be enough to shield you and then the nutjobs and diehards could go to town.

It's too bad I was never able to track down which exact cabbie was driving the cab I lost my phone in. If he ended up taking and keeping it, I certainly hope that he's picked up some horrible fatal disease since then.
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The show goes on

Still trucking my way through the Babylon 5 episodes. I find that as I'm watching the series, there are all sorts of interesting little factoids that I missed when I caught the whole thing piecemeal. I've had to pop over to wikipedia or the Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5 a dozen or so times already just to look up more information.

It turns out that the entire series was conceptualized as a novel at first which explains why it has such a coherant and well-integrated plot. Everything was designed to have a beginning, a middle, and an end instead of just fumbling its way from episode to episode like most serials. There's almost no comparrison to any show I've ever seen. Even all of the various star trek franchises were, at best, planned from season to season, with a bunch of gaps in there for filler episodes or segways into new areas. At times, the person who wrote the season finale was not the same person who wrote the season opener for the next season, nor did they actually communicate. It was simply up to the new guy to take the plot threads that he had been left with and try to weave them into something that wouldn't suck like crazy.

Really though, you can't expect any series based program to plan out multiple-year storylines. It'd simply be too farging expensive as an initial cost. Not to mention it's a huge risk considering just how shaky the success of any tv program is nowadays, forget the fact that it's sci-fi on top of it. Think of how many shows get canceled nowadays afte less than a season on the air, and it's no wonder that studios are usually unwilling to invest that heavily up front.

Anyway, I'm around a third through season 4 at the moment which by my calculations puts me at around 64% of the way through the whole thing. I've been watching the episodes like I expect there's going to be some sort of massive final exam at the end of it. Oh well, I'll leave this with a Lorien quote that I've always liked.

We've lived too long, seen too much. To live on as we have is to leave behind joy and love and companionship because we know it to be transitory, of the moment. We know it will turn to ash. Only those who lives are brief can imagine that love is eternal. You should embrace that remarkable illusion. It may be the greatest gift your race has ever received.