Lady Aleena

Welcome!

This is where I will share long thoughts that I can not fit into a tweet. If it is long enough, I may just put it on my website.

Currently we watch Necessary Roughness on the USA Network; NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS; Haven on Syfy; Castle on ABC; and Bones on FOX. I do not like situation comedies or reality/competition shows.

I like several cosmologies including Evil Dead, Stargate, Doctor Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, EWA (Eureka, Warehouse 13, and Alphas), Star Trek, and others.

You can find out more about me on my website or contact me elsewhere.

Let’s have some fun with Apocalypses?

I think there are only 2 creature apocalypses that @Syfy could do next, Robot Apocalypse & Dinosaur Apocalypse. Then sell an Apocalypse set.

I tweeted the above a few hours ago which Syfy retweeted. I got a lot of responses and retweets which made things fun for me. I would like to share some of their ideas for new Apocalypse films. Syfy has already done Alien Apocalypse and now Zombie Apocalypse.

  • Jelly Monster Apocalypse by MUNDIALIZADOR
  • a cyberpunk Robot Apocalypse by Yetigoat
  • Zombie Robot Apocalypse by kamidonttweet
  • Worm Apocalypse by rob_krol
  • Cat Apocalypse by rocza
  • Fairy Apocalypse by FPMolina
  • Diatom Apocalypse by FPMolina
  • Puppy Apocalypse by FPMolina
  • Robot Dinosaur Apocalypse by jonhudson33
  • Puppet Apocalypse by me
  • Koala Apocalypse by OceanicBlue
  • Star Fish Apocalypse by OceanicBlue

Can you think of any other apocalypse ideas?

I would like to thank all of the people who responded to my little random tweet and to those who retweeted me.

Replies from: twdb333, RealWayneScrogg, MUNDIALIZADOR, Allahweh, Yetigoat, kamidonttweet, AJflattop, rob_krol, rocza, FPMolina, lambzilla, jonhudson33, KeithD3.

Retweeted by: Syfy, victorvaldez, dvchaos, psybrspcsuprstr, jarmendariz, FreeRangeZombie, Lupaket, AM_Hiles, brentonsmithson, CofCchick, AIZAFitness, mr_dai.

My favorite television series

I was asked for a list of my favorite television series; however the list is rather long. I grouped them by network and listed their twitter accounts if available. I’ve listed related movies with some of the television series. Anything I own on DVD is in bold (if incomplete, the seasons will be in parentheses).

  • ABC @ABC
    • American’s Funniest Home Videos @AFVofficial
    • Battlestar Galactica
      • Battlestar Galactica
      • Galactica 1980
    • Bionics
      • The Six Million Dollar Man
      • The Bionic Woman (moved to NBC later)
      • The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman
      • Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman
      • Bionic Ever After?
    • Body of Proof @BodyOfProofABC
    • Castle (1-5) @Castle_ABC
    • Extreme Makeover: Home Edition @extremehome
    • Fantasy Island (The sequel series just didn’t make sense.)
    • Happy Town
    • The Love Boat
    • Matt Houston
    • Moonlighting
    • No Ordinary Family @NoOrdFamilyABC
    • Once Upon a Time @OnceABC (I quit watching because the kid got annoying.)
    • Probe
    • Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
    • That’s Incredible!
    • Who’s the Boss?
  • BBC @BBC
    • Being Human
    • Connections
      • Connections
      • Connections²
      • Connections³
    • Doctor Who
      • Doctor Who (1-4 + specials)
      • Torchwood (1-3)
      • The Sarah Jane Adventures (1)
    • Monty Python’s Flying Circus
    • Pride & Prejudice
    • Primeval
  • Bravo @Bravotv
    • Celebrity Poker Showdown
    • Scariest Movie Moments
      • The 100 Scariest Movie Moments
      • 30 Even Scarier Movie Moments
      • 13 Scarier Movie Moments
  • CBS @CBS
    • Beauty and the Beast
    • Cagney & Lacey
      • Cagney & Lacey
      • Cagney & Lacey: The Return
      • Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling
      • Cagney & Lacey: Together Again
      • Cagney & Lacey: True Convictions
    • Judging Amy
    • It started with JAG
    • Numb3rs (2) @Numb3rs_CBS
    • Otherworld
    • Scarecrow & Mrs. King
  • Discovery Channel @Discovery
  • Food Network @FoodNetwork
    • Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives
    • Unwrapped
  • FOX @FOXBroadcasting
    • The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
    • Bones & The Finder
    • Firefly (I didn’t see it on this network, I just bought the DVDs for the series.)
    • The X-Files
      • The X-Files
      • Millennium
      • The Lone Gunmen
  • The History Channel @HistoryChannel
    • Evolve
    • Ice Road Truckers (He watches this, I don’t.)
    • IRT: Deadliest Roads (He watches this, I don’t.)
    • Mega Disasters
    • Modern Marvels
  • NBC @nbc
    • The A-Team
    • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
    • The Cape
    • Cheers
    • Chuck @nbcchuck
    • Cosby
      • The Cosby Show
      • A Different World
    • Crossing Jordan
    • Dear John
    • E-Ring
    • Earth 2
    • Ed
    • ETM
      • ER
      • Third Watch
      • Medical Investigation
    • Fame
    • Free Agents @NBCFreeAgents
    • Grimm @NBCGrimm
    • Harry’s Law @NBCHarrysLaw
    • Heroes @heroes (I quit after the first season from boredom.)
    • Hawaii
    • Knight Rider
      • Knight Rider
      • Team Knight Rider
      • Knight Rider
    • L.A. Law
    • Law & Order and Homicide: Life on the Street
      • Law & Order @nbclawandorder
      • Homicide: Life on the Street
      • Exiled
      • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit @nbcsvu
      • Homicide: The Movie
      • Law & Order: Criminal Intent @USA_LawOrderCi (Started on NBC.)
      • Law & Order: Trial by Jury
      • Conviction
      • Закон и Порядок: Отдел оперативных расследований (NTV)
      • Paris Enquêtes Criminelles (TF1)
      • Law & Order: UK (BBC)
      • Law & Order: Los Angeles @NBCLOLA
    • LAX
    • Night Court
    • Nightmare Café
    • The Others
    • Outlaw @NBCOutlaw
    • Raines
    • Real People
    • Revelations
    • seaQuest
    • Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
    • Surface
    • UC: Undercover
    • V (I will not watch the ABC version.)
      • V
      • V: The Final Battle
      • V (the series)
  • Syfy @Syfy (Used to be Sci-fi which made sense.)
    • Andromeda
    • The Chronicle
    • The Dresden Files
    • EWA
      • Eurkea
      • Warehouse13
      • Alphas
    • Farscape
      • Farscape
      • Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
    • First Wave
    • Haven
    • Painkiller Jane
    • Sanctuary
    • Stargate
      • Stargate
      • Stargate SG-1
      • Stargate: Atlantis
      • Stargate: The Ark of Truth
      • Stargate: Continuum
      • Stargate Universe (I couldn’t get into it.)
    • Tremors
  • TNT @tntweknowdrama
    • Babylon 5
      • Babylon 5 (I know that it didn’t start here, but they saved it for the last season.)
      • Crusade
    • Falling Skies @FallingSkiesTNT (He watches this, I just can’t get into it.)
    • Leverage (1-2) @leverageTNT
    • Rizzoli & Isles @RizzoliIslesTNT
  • UPN
    • Legend
    • Mercy Point
    • The Sentinel
  • The USA Network @USA_Network
  • VH1 @VH1
    • Bands Reunited
    • I Love the …
      • I Love the ’70s
      • I Love the ’70s: Volume 2
      • I Love the ’80s
      • I Love the ’80s Strikes Back
      • I Love the ’80s 3-D
      • I Love the ’90s
      • I Love the ’90s: Part Deux
      • I Love the New Millennium
    • Also some of their top 100 miniseries
  • Premium networks
    • Dead Like Me
    • Six Feet Under
  • Miscellaneous networks or syndicated
    • BattleBots
    • Blood Ties
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
      • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
      • Angel
    • Earth: Final Conflict
    • Highlander
      • Highlander: the Series
      • Highlander: The Raven
    • Jack of All Trades
    • Star Trek
      • Star Trek (1966)
      • Star Trek (1973)
      • Star Trek: Phase II
      • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
      • Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
      • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
      • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
      • Star Trek: The Next Generation
      • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
      • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
      • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
      • Star Trek: Generations
      • Star Trek: Voyager
      • Star Trek: First Contact
      • Star Trek: Insurrection
      • Enterprise
      • Star Trek: Nemesis
      • Star Trek (2009)
    • The Tomorrow People
    • Tracker
    • Traders
    • War of the Worlds (It was a sequel to the 1953 film.)
  • Web series
  • Award shows
    • The Academy Awards
    • The Emmy Awards
    • The Golden Globe Awards
    • The Screen Actors Guild Awards
    • The Scream Awards (when we catch it)

Why I want more scripted television to watch

I watch television to escape the day to day drudgery of my life. I want to see spectacular lives in amazing situations. That is why I drift more towards science fiction and fantasy than anything else.

I am almost equally passionate about scripted and reality television series. The difference is my passion for scripted is positive while my passion for reality is negative. When a reality series offers compensation to its participants, it becomes a game show. I am not into game shows anymore. The last game show that I liked was The Price Is Right when I was a child. If more of these reality series were like Real People and That’s Incredible where there was no competition between the participants, I may be more inclined to watch them.

That does not mean that I am tired of documentary type series. I am a fan of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! hosted by Jack Palance. (Sorry Dean Cain, you just do not scare me as well as Jack did.) I like The History of Sex and most episodes of Modern Marvels on the History Channel. I like Mythbusters on Discovery. I watch series like Unwrapped And Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives on the Food Network. I even like the various I Love the… series on VH1. I enjoyed watching The 100 Scariest Movies Moments on Bravo, and my one competition guilty pleasure, Celebrity Poker Showdown.

So take away competition from your reality series and change up the stories each week, and I would watch. I just do not like how these series are taking over television and, in some cases, wrecking havoc on other industries like music. Now, if Idol (and others like it) were shot in a bar where the singers were behind chicken wire and had to deal with cigarette smoke, possibly disgusting bathrooms, and sleazy bar managers who would only put women on the stage only after the women slept with the manager; then they would have the ability to be called idols. Sorry people who “win” on Idol, you are a pale shade of those who had to put up with the above to get anywhere. You are all too clean for my taste. Also, stop covering other artists work; write your own music and bring your own band.

Dancing celebrities who have fallen off the radar a long time ago makes me wonder what the big deal is. I mean, if they get legends like maybe Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, William Shatner, or Bruce Campbell to dance, and I would watch every week. Those quasi-celebrities do not excite me.

The whole Survivor series is a joke. They are not surviving while there are production personnel around. Now, put hidden cameras and microphones all over an area, dump the people into that area, give them no outside aid, and tell them they can not leave for one year for any reason; that is surviving. I mean, if a participant gets sick or hurt and leaves, too bad no money for that one. That participant did not survive without outside aid. No stupid games either.

I do not want to see celebrities real lives out of the spot light. I would rather keep the mystery of their personal lives just that, a mystery. I also do not want to watch celebrities detoxing or losing weight. I do not need to see a bunch of celebrities fighting each other while living together. The mystery of celebrity is ruined by those types of series.

Rich people who are looking for spouses on television are just milking more money out of the audience. Remember, these rich people are getting paid (and richer) to be on those shows.

There is just so much wrong about the current trend of reality series. How about more reality where we learn something of value?

A rainbow over my backyard.

Why I am for gay marriage and polygamy

Why is a there a debate on gay marriage, and why is polygamy sensationalized. I believe that marriage and a free society can not exist together, but if marriage is to continue to be included in our society, any consenting adult should be able to marry any other consenting adult as long as there is enough of a biological difference between them. A consenting adult is anyone 18 years old or older with a clear head who says yes.

My partner and I are for gay marriage. Gay marriage will not impinge on our basic rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness granted to us by the Declaration of Independence. Voting for gay marriage will allow homosexuals to have the liberty to pursue their happiness with the choice whether or not to get married. I am disgusted that my state allows first cousins to marry while not allowing homosexuals to get married. First cousin marriage is disgusting to me, while gay marriage appeals to me greatly.

In 1967 the Supreme Court ruled in Loving v. Virginia that race-based legal restrictions on marriage were unconstitutional. If the states can not enact laws based on sexual orientation in other legislation; how can they enact or uphold any legislation, which includes marriage, based on sexual orientation? What is worse is that one person in the couple is being discriminated against based on gender. I have personal experience with gender discrimination, and it is not pleasant.

There are polygamists out there who are not Mormon. Polygamy is also practiced by Wiccans, Islam allows for polygamy but the amount of wives allow is four, and even so called normal people can practice polygamy. It seems that only male polygamists are covered in the media, by why aren’t women polygamists ever covered? I would like the media to cover at least one polygamous bisexual who has a husband and a wife and maybe even see how prevalent polygamy is in the homosexual community. When it comes to polygamy, the media fails from a lack of imagination.

I support non-institutionalized marriage which includes gay marriage and polygamy.

By state and church, I’m not married to the husband of my heart. In my opinion, we got married the first time we kissed. I’ve been him for over 20 years, but both state and church want me to say some words and pay to be able to call him my husband. So, I have no problem with how people want to or with whom they want to express their love or just have sex. Just love or enjoy each other! When it comes to love, carpe diem!

I make you a deal. You stay out of my bedroom, and I will say out of yours unless you invite me in. Deal?

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but whips and chains excite me.
Me

Being clear on Twitter without losing too many characters

One of the many problems with places like Twitter is that a person can not be entirely clear within the character and formatting restrictions. With that in mind, I would like to propose a few combinations that would help make your message clear within a character limit without formatting.

For words I would normally emphasize with italics, I have no choice to to type in all caps. I do not like to do it that way, however, places like Twitter give me no choice.

To express sarcasm or to make a word opposite, just add an exclamation point before the word. So, if I !love something, you’ll know that I actually severely dislike it and probably would say the word snidely. If I !have to go get something, I really do not care about getting it.

Another tip for Twitter to preserve a hashtag would be to just concatenate it with a dot (.). So, if you are using the hashtag #PetPeeve, you can make it plural by typing #PetPeeve.s. Your hashtag will be preserved.

The idea to concatenate with a dot (.) and express the opposite with an exclamation point (!) came from coding in Perl.

Do you have any other suggestions for help people keep their comments short?

Nudity and sex in film and on television

I find it peculiar that male mammaries can receive a G rating, while female mammaries are consistently rated R. Does the Motion Picture Association of America know that all nipples and the surrounding area of the body are erogenous zones? Also, why is the act of human life creation given an X rating, yet the act of human life destruction can be as low as a PG rating. Full frontal nudity of an aroused woman could get an R rating, yet the full frontal nudity of an aroused man will get an X rating. As far as I know, defibrillation is administered on bare skin, so any television series that is not brave enough to bare female breasts to the camera should stop having female heart attack patients. The United States of America one of the most prudish countries in the world when it comes to sex; yet not to blood, guts, and gore.

If the United States of America were a free country, we could have erect penises and complete sex scenes on network and commercial TV at 10 a.m. on a Sunday just like we can see war and mutilation. When will we come out of the sexual dark ages?

The United States of America, home of the brave but not the free.

This is the beginning of a new series of posts under the heading If the USA were free. Feel free to join me in pointing out where our freedoms have been taken from us under that tag. If you do not live in the United States of America, but want to point our your nation’s problems, please just change the country name.

The United States of America is not a free country. It is a democracy, which means that the majority of voters rule. We have freedoms, but do not for a moment believe that it is free. With demands made by the citizens of the United States for more safety and with the government complying, the more freedoms we lose. True freedom is not safe. For every safety measure added, a freedom is removed. So while less regulation means more freedom, it means we are not as safe as we once were. So, you have to ask yourself, do you want freedom or safety from your government?

What science fiction fans owe Jules Verne and H.G. Wells

After watching Prophets of Science Fiction on the Science channel about Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, I’ve concluded that Jules Verne is the father of science fiction with H.G. Wells being the godfather of science fiction. Jules Verne gave us spectacular machines and devices. H.G. Wells gave us concepts that endure to this day. We science fiction fans owe Jules Verne for showing us that the technology we can dream can become reality if we study hard enough. H.G. Wells showed us that we need to be careful stewards of that technology.

Social media websites domination of the internet is frightening

It is becoming very clear that Facebook and Twitter are taking over the internet. I can not go anywhere on the web these days without encountering a Facebook or Twitter button to “like” or “follow” someone or something. I remember when sites only asked me to bookmark them or add them to my favorites. There are people who use the internet now who do not know how to write a basic web page, but they would not be satisfied with just plain static text. They crave interactivity, which is good, but they crave it on a large scale which a simple web page might not be able to give them.

Companies are now putting their Facebook or Twitter accounts or both in their advertisements, eschewing their own websites. If I need a product or service, I would rather read about the product or service on a corporate website. If I am pleased with what I see and subsequently make a purchase which end satisfactorily, I may follow that comapny on Twitter depending on the level of excitement the company engenders in me.

It is sad that more and more companies are going the the Facebook and Twitter route. Those who do not use those services may be denied valuable savings and possibly entry into contests for free items. Another problem is the decline of web design services that this can cause. How many web designers will be put out of work because companies decide to use Facebook as their only contact with their customers?

You can put Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social networkds’ feeds on your website, but don’t let them be your website. If your company runs a robot, you need to keep watch on your robots that follow people. I will not buy something from your company just because you follow me. Your follow bots will not be effective if all they do is sit idle as a silent follower. Mostly they annoy the Hell out of people.

The bigger your company gets, the more pointless it appears to be to communicate with you. I will not deny that Facebook and Twitter may be easier ways to communicate with your customers, however, what about your customers who do not use any of those services?

Hate is a misused word, so stop it!

When you use the word hate, stop and really think about how you really feel. Do you really feel so passionately negative about the subject of the feeling that it has built up to hate? Most of the time I find myself using hate when in reality the subject either annoys, disgusts, or scares me or just makes me angry.

Let’s look at the passion that it takes to hate something. You first find out about a subject. You find it interesting enough to study, but you start feeling negatively about it. You want to know more, but the feeling you have keeps getting more and more negative. You keep studying the subject even though you feel so negatively about it. Your negative passion increases exponentially with every new fact you find. That is when you really hate something. If you have stopped before you study the subject in depth, you do not really hate the subject.

There are so many other words that could describe your lesser passion such as dislike, despise, abhor, or loathe. There are plenty of dictionaries around to help you describe what you are really feeling.

Sometimes I see a person asking someone “If you hate it so much, why do you stick around?” Well, the answer is simple. The “hater” is passionate about the subject, so wants to know more about it.

We have seen on film and television two characters who start out hating each other, and we the audience wonder why they stay around each other. Well, its the passion all over again. Normally by the end the two characters fall in love. Isn’t that sweet?

It takes the same passion to hate something that it does to love something. If you can find at least one redeeming quality about a subject, that will lessen your negative feelings about it. So, instead of looking for more negative about a subject; look for something, anything, positive. It is not easy to start feeling positive about something you feel very negative about, so you have to ask yourself what keeps you so passionate about the subject? Also, authors and script writers, do your characters really feel that passionate?

My body after death

A discussion on Twitter got me thinking about what I want to happen to my body after death again. First and foremost I am an organ donor. If any part of my body can save lives or even enhance a physically miserable life when I die, I want the parts disbursed immediately.

I know that my lungs will probably be useless because I smoke heavily. To discourage children from starting, I would like them frozen and sliced to be put on display to show children what happens to lungs because of smoking. (I got this idea from the Visible Human Project.) I know it is a bad habit I should quit; but not only am I physically addicted, I am psychologically addicted.

If I am dying in a place where measurements could be taken, I would like to be weighed before, during, and after death to see if there is any physical signs that a soul is present. (I got this idea from the aforementioned Twitter discussion.) If it could help gain quantitative proof of a soul’s existence or lack thereof, I am for the use of my body to find out either way.

After all of that, if there are any further uses for what remains other than burial, I am not against my body being used. Anything unusable should be put into the cheapest coffin that can be found and buried in the least expensive grave; unless cremation is less expensive than that. I will not be there anymore, so please do not put any special significance on my body, memorialize me without it. Please?

If you threaten suicide, I will try to save you.

I’m starting this off with a true story of what I did in the middle of the night about ten years ago when a friend, at the time, threatened suicide.

(Note: This was before Windows was automatically installing Internet Explorer, so I had not installed a browser with which to search for the web for more detailed information.)

Prior to her suicide threat, we had exchanged physical addresses for reasons I can’t remember. When she threatened suicide; I called my local police, told them that a friend of mine had threatened suicide, gave them her out of state address, and hoped for the best. The next night she was online and told me of her surprise of having her local police showing up at her door to check up on her.

I was happy that I did not lose a friend that night, even if she had never spoken to me again.

So, you must know that I would do the same for anyone I talk to online anywhere. I would swing into action the moment I read a suicide threat. If I know your street address or only your town, I will call your most local police (some towns do not have a police force, so usually it falls under county jurisdiction). If I only know your state, I will call your state police. If I know only that you live in the United States (or country unknown), I will more than likely call the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). If you are outside of the United States, I will call your country’s embassy here in the United States.

I do not care if you never speak to me again, unfriend or unfollow me afterwards. I will do everything in my power to save you from yourself. So, do not ever jest about committing suicide unless you use a clear qualifier. Even then I will still be concerned.

(I wrote this after I got a little scare today from someone.)

Producers, stop making remakes please?!

A little over a month ago, I wrote a petition to temporarily suspend the production of film and television remakes. It says…

Your audience who uses Twitter (we, us), for the period beginning 1 January 2012 at 12:00 a.m. (UTC +12) and ending 1 January 2013 at 12:00 a.m. (UTC -12) (the period), request that the motion picture and television industry (you), not approve nor start production on any film, miniseries, or television series (work) which is a remake of a previously produced work. We recognize the terms reboot and reimagining to be alternative vocabulary for remake.

We ask you to not approve nor start production on any sequel, prequel, or sidequel to a previous work which is greater than the second work in a series of works.

We ask for more original works. We ask you to send artists to libraries and book stores to find written materials that have never been adapted into works. We ask that artists produce ideas that we have never before seen. We ask that you communicate within your industry to ensure that two works which are similar are not released within 30 days of each other.

We believe as the fictional Vulcans of Star Trek believe that there is “infinite diversity in infinite combinations”. We ask you to show us more of that infinite diversity. As Frank Herbert wrote in his Dune novels “fear is the mind killer”, so we ask you to not fear the infinite diversity. We are more intelligent, critical, and savvy today than we have ever been before now. We ask you to tell your accountants that when making decisions about what to produce.

While remakes might make you more money from being easy to produce, they are far more forgettable than an original work and are “creatively bankrupt”. Change is as good as rest, so will you please let us rest.

On television, we’ve seen several attempts fail such as The Bionic Woman and V. There is currently a new Hawaii 5-0 with a new Charlie’s Angels and Bewitched coming. Do we really need to see those all over again?

Coming to theaters is a new Footloose. I also have seen a new Dirty Dancing mentioned. Fame has already been remade too. The list of horror remakes is truly horrifying. Do you really want to pay for something that was easy to make because all the original scripts needed were a few tweaks to update them?

You can see the petition here on Twitition. It has less than 50 “signatures” on it. If you read this, have a Twitter account, and agree please sign it. If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still “like” this post. It will take a great outcry to make the production companies to even think about this issue.