Terri's Cellar Door

Stuff that happens to me, Terri.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

And Now We Begin the Crying....

Seriously, this is the saddest thing that I've heard since Mr. Rodgers died. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit company that produces Sesame Street has had to lay off 67 workers in this new, terrible economy. It wasn't enough, Bush, was it that you did almost everything wrong, now you have to take Elmo away from me too?! Anyway, so, according to the story here, Sesame Workshop is in some real trouble. I don't know about all of you, but I was raised on Sesame Street, and I've never stopped loving the characters (real and puppets), and there is nothing better to watch on tv, even now with Dora the Explorer and all that other stuff, for a kid to learn about numbers, shapes, counting, and just being themselves. Sesame Street had a way of telling us that it was perfectly okay to be who you were, and not to worry about other people telling you that you weren't fine. And it taught us to accept other people even if they were black, white, or snuffalupaguses. We learned the stuff that would help us pass test, but we learned stuff that would help us when we were out there in the world. It helped mould the minds of kids, the most impressionable, innocent beings on the planet. Children are what we should strive to be, open and nonjundgemental, innocent and basically kind. We take the lessons we learn from life, we digest them and learn from them, but we don't let them change who we are, and who we are. I don't think it's too much to give Sesame Street credit for some of that. I watch it from time to time today, and marvel at the simplicity of it, the hope that it offers, and the kindness and caring that it tries to impart on the children. So, anyway, I went to the Sesame Workshop, and I discovered that you can donate directly to them. I will be donating and I hope that anyone reading this will do the same. If Sesame Street touched you in anyway when you were growing up, or even yesterday, then give what you can. This is a resource that we have to pass on to our children, so we can tell the next generation how to get to Sesame Street.

You liked that didn't you?
I know you did.

Donate to Sesame Workshop. Elmo will thank you!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

SCI FI Channel to become Syfy

Okay go here and read this article. Seriously, just go read it, it's like a paragraph. I'm sure you can handle it. I'll wait.

Back already? Or did you never leave? All right, all right, basically the article says that the Scifi Channel, home of Battlestar Galactica, crappy Scifi movies, and wrestling (inexplicably) is changing it's name to SyFy channel. Here's an actual quote from the CEO or something:

"By changing the name to Syfy, which remains phonetically identical, the new brand broadens perceptions and embraces a wider range of current and future imagination-based entertainment beyond just the traditional sci-fi genre, including fantasy, supernatural, paranormal, reality, mystery, action and adventure. It also positions the brand for future growth by creating an ownable trademark that can travel easily with consumers across new media and nonlinear digital platforms, new international channels and extend into new business ventures."

If that made sense to you then you should probably just go ahead and kill yourself because there is no place for you in a civilized society. Meanwhile, the message boards were exploding with comments which mostly ranged from "this is stupid", to "this is frakking stupid". I happen to agree with them, but you never know how much of that is it really being a stupid name, or people not liking change. I mean, I think we can all agree that the name is stupid. I mean, c'mon SyFy? Someone on the message board said that it sounded like a venereal disease and I'm inclined to agree with them. But making comparisons to G4? I mean, can't we just wait and see before we start damning a network to the very pits of hell? I think that people like Bonnie Hammer are execs, but haven't entirely been converted to the dark side. If shows like BSG can exist on that network, then there's hope. So, yeah, the name is stupid, but the network can still be good, for a while anyway. At least as good as a network that had Mystery Science Theater 3000 and gave it up willingly.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


So, wow, this is my first post of 2009. What a gyp, right? I know, I know, I've fallen off in the post department, but don't blame me. I just got a new computer after almost a year without one, and I can tell you, it's like being let back in out of the cold. Anyway, I'm going to post some things, tshirt ideas, short stories, and longs stories, among other things, and you know, we'll get these things back on track. So, yeah, My bizzle. I don't really have anything new to add to this post, but I would like to mention that this shows up on facebook, and if you are reading it there, you'll have no idea what I'm talking about, so go to http://tdcellardoor.blogspot.com and read what I've been up to. I mean, it's boring for now, but it'll get better. Or so I assume. Heck, I'm reading this with you all.

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