Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

21 Jul 2005, 20:39 p.m.

My Patience Is Not Rewarded

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2005 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Recently I have less and less patience for disrespectful or snarky or dumb blathering. I put on my headphones at work less for the music and more to drown out particular people's incredibly useless yakkety-yak. And online I find myself scrolling past stupid comments on blogs with the unspoken incantation "Screw you, screw you, screw you." That's why I can't read Heather Havrilesky's "I Like To Watch" column in Salon: too much posing and insulting, not enough substance. And that's why I haven't watched Battlestar Galactica yet.

Leonard and I have heard great things about the new BG series on the Sci-Fi Channel. So he set up his TiVo to record them, starting from the beginning, but we didn't catch the miniseries that kicked off the whole saga. I'd like to read a transcript of it, or a very complete summary, but all I could find was Television Without Pity's recap. Reading a TwP recap is slow going at the best of times (example: "The Body" from Buffy The Vampire Slayer), but the BG miniseries recap has the highest noise-to-signal ratio I've ever seen on the site. The recappers seem to actively avoid saying anything positive about, well, anything except their own discriminating tastes.

I've been saying "Screw you" at every paragraph.

So those TiVoed episodes will have to wait.