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Brain is all fuzzy today. Not sure why; hopefully just random biochemical weirdness and/or Chicago Monsoon Season. (Seriously, Mother Nature, WTF?) Sometimes this happens when I'm coming down with some ick or other and not yet otherwise symptomatic. Slept fine, though I did wake up about 20 minutes before my alarm from a very creepy dream about a time-traveling stalker!fan.

The signal-to-noise ratio in the Craigslist talent gigs section seems to be deteriorating. I expect to have to ignore obviously ill-conceived and amateurish projects, and of course the ubiquitous scams. But dude, it's not rocket science to advertise for wait staff or salespeople or someone to make you a frelling skirt out of a rainbow flag in the APPROPRIATE SECTION. (And don't get me started on the $*(&# headshot photographers and one extremely persistent alleged publicist. You are offering services, not work. GO POST IN SERVICES ALREADY.) I used to flag maybe one or two postings a day as "miscategorized," but lately it's more like eight or ten. Which is irritating because it's still a great resource. You have to go in with more caveat actor than in the gatekeepered industry arenas like Actors Access, but 2/3 of the cool stuff I've done in the past year or so has been from Craigslist. And they're getting buried by scammers and idiots. Humph.

When I think about it, I'm kind of stunned by the accumulation of TV shows from the past five years or so that look interesting but that I haven't actually watched. And it's amusing to think about why any given show didn't make the "I can cram one or two new shows into my week" cut when they started. Sometimes there isn't a specific reason except "I never got around to actually recording it." Occasionally I deliberately decide to give it a pass unless I start hearing people saying things about it that make me think I'm missing something. I think this didn't actually happen with Supernatural until about the middle of second season, at which point it just seemed like too much trouble to try to catch up. I do, however, remember announcing aloud to the CW promos that "That isn't a title. It's a genre." I don't know what else they should have called it, but if that hadn't been it, chances are decent that I would have watched it from the beginning. As it is, I think I've seen three five-minute snatches of it at various times (most recently to blink at recognizing the LeVeque Tower in downtown Columbus). There is no particular point to this paragraph.


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Jun. 17th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
You remind me that over in Salon's Table Talk, somebody linked to the You Suck at Craigslist web site. Some of the examples were hilarious, but after a very short while they were just pathetic, and then sad. One example was a photographer looking for "headshot models", who took pains to assure them that they didn't have to take their clothes of [WTF(1)] -- unless he could talk them into it [WTF(2)]. I figure I'm going to lose my membership in the feminist movement for thinking that anybody who agrees to take her clothes off for a headshot....
Jun. 17th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't even mention the skeevemeisters. Because, ew. (Although the upfront porn producers should have been included in the "miscategorized" list.)

I'm not going to be the one to yank your membership card, but there are an awful lot of very young/gullible/desperate hopefuls out there. :-/

WTF(1) is, on its own, a perfectly sensible thing for a photog to say, since there are so many skeevemeisters posting. But, um, yeah, WTF(2) rather negates it.

Also, I now need to edit my memory to forget that "You Suck At Craigslist" exists, or I will lose years there. :: dies laughing ::

Edited at 2009-06-17 06:38 pm (UTC)
Jun. 17th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Also, I would have been thrilled beyond reason to recognize the Leveque Tower in a TV or movie.
Jun. 17th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
I did quite the double-take. And then watched the next few minutes in hopes that it would have something to do with the Palace Theatre (surely there's some location in Vancouver that could stand in for it!), but there was just the one establishing shot.
Jun. 17th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
*hugs Supernatural like crazy*

And if you were at all familiar with it, I would totally point you toward the fic I wrote, which has some writing that I'm insanely proud of. Even if it also has porn. Which it weirds me out to share, but the insanely proud parts win.
Jun. 17th, 2009 08:26 pm (UTC)
I'll get around to it eventually. Little did I know back when I didn't watch it at the start that there would end up being so MUCH of it... %-}
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