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Some people stand in the darkness,
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Some people need to help somebody

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When the edge of surrender's in sight:
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Don't you worry,
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it's gonna be all right.

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'Cause I'm always ready,
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I won't let you out of my sight.

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I'll be ready
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-- never you fear

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-- no don't you fear
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-- forever and always
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-- I'm always here.

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In us we all have the power

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But sometimes it's so hard to see

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That instinct is stronger than reason

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It's gonna be all right

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I'm always here.

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Bring back Baywatch, damn it. I wonder if there's a parable here.

NBC had Baywatch first, and canceled it because it got "low ratings". (No surprise there; NBC is famous for this kind of shortsighted economy -- look at Star Trek, or Quantum Leap, or In the Heat of the Night!) But instead of lying down, rolling over, and meekly going along with what the media moguls decreed, Hasselhoff and Co. said, effectively, not no but hell no.

Cast and producers took a huge pay cut, sucked up their belief in the righteousness of their work, and made more shows for syndication.

And in three short seasons they had the No. 1 TV show in the world. Not the No. 1 TV show in the US (NBC wishes), in the world. For several years, Baywatch was on the air at least once a day -- and in some parts of the world you could see different episodes in the morning, after school, and post-eleven-news slots seven days a week.

Eventually it stopped; Hasselhoff aged out, as did Pamela Anderson Lee; but first to last there was one consistent member of the LA County Baywatch team -- some years in the opening credits, some years not -- named Michael Newman ("Newmie," to fans). Michael Newman really was an LA County firefighter and lifeguard; he started with the show as "technical advisor" and ended up being one of the best characters in the ensemble.

It may be time to think outside the media box when we look at who, and what, we want from our next President. It may be time to suck it up and tell the TV Moguls, Faux Noise and the (increasingly irrelevant) print press not just no, but hell no.

Howard Dean was a good example of why, in 2004.
John Edwards is a great example of why, in 2008.

I think we deserve better. I think we're people with every bit as much passion and fire and dedication, who've been touched by something every bit as world-changing, as the fans who kept Baywatch and Star Trek and Babylon 5 going.

The next big thing in populism? Keeping a campaign going in spite of the media. Meanwhile, because my mood has been dismal ever since I heard the Edwards news today, a moment of nostalgia for a time when the hottest show on TV didn't feature torture, wasn't focused on some alphabet-soup government agency, didn't want us all to hate the sky and earth and sea and melt the polar ice because the most important thing ever is oil-company profits.

(Oh, and California? Look out, guys. Lots of people who can't afford their mortgages anymore are headed for the beach.)

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Submitted by [Please enter a... (not verified) on

I didn't want to cry this morning.

Submitted by lambert on

The fans keeping it alive, that is.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

Submitted by lambert on

Changed "withd" to "width" in first picture.

Good coding, though!

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Sarah on

I looked and looked and looked for what was wrong there -- must've previewed it half a dozen times before I finally gave up.
I am going to learn to make videos if it kills me.
Sarah
We can admit that we're killers ... but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill today! ~ Captain James T. Kirk, Stardate 3193.0

Submitted by lambert on

Here's the thing, though. Just think of it as reading a more sophisticated form of prose. Don't be put off by all the angle brackets and the delimiters. HTML was designed, in the open international standards process, to be both machine and human readable.

All of which is a roundabout way of saying, if you've got problems with the width of an image... Look for the word "width".

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Sarah on

Look for more things like this.
There are too many good songs in the world, and honest to FSM, lambert -- we NEED a lifeguard now. More than ever.
(can you do spellcheck in html?)
Sarah

We can admit that we're killers ... but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill today! ~ Captain James T. Kirk, Stardate 3193.0

Submitted by lambert on

The term of art for "spellchecking" HTML tags is "parsing." There's a list of allowed values that witdh is not on, and width is. Alas, parsers tend not to be built into tools, because (short version) most users don't care, and it's a PITA for the software engineers.

Drupal6 will have an HTML corrector, so presumably many of these little glitches will go away.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by Sarah on

Unless and until I can figure out how to embed music in it.

Meanwhile, thanks again to Lambert for his proof-reading in HTML skillz, and to Iris for the killer video at YouTube.

We can admit that we're killers ... but we're not going to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill today! ~ Captain James T. Kirk, Stardate 3193.0