notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Commitment People

Jeff recently issued a rallying call to all fans of Veronica Mars to take action to save the show from being cancelled. Now I know the June 15th deadline has come and gone, and I am unsure as to whether the mass confectionery bombardment was successful or not and whether a new series is in the pipeline. I suspect not, and now, instead of wallowing in self pity, I propose we raise the stakes; how does 17 months in an isolated simulation tank of Mars sound to you?

Europe's version of NASA is looking for 12 volunteers to take part in a simulated trip to Mars to see how people cope being cooped up in close quarters with one another under stressful situations. What better opportunity than this to show the Network we mean business? All you Veronica Mars fans should apply for this and use the time to protest the loss of Veronica Mars; if one letter is seen to represent 100 people, what would 12 people locked up in isolation wearing "Save Veronica Mars T-shirts" (fashioned by our new friend Rodrigo) tell those fickle executives?

This will take commitment from you all, although you will get to experience a simulated launch and an excursion on the face of Mars, this will not be a fun time:

With the exception of weightlessness and radiation, the crew will experience
most other aspects of long-haul space travel, such as cramped conditions, a
high workload, lack of privacy, and limited supplies.

And you'll have to do without any contact with friends, family, and your respective blogs:

Once the hatches are closed, the crew's only contact with the outside world
is a radio link to "Earth" with a realistic delay of many minutes.

We need to consider which personell to send. They say they have 160 applicants, 12 of whom are female so I'm looking in the Rat Bastard's and Niki's direction. I think Jeff would be our obvious nomination from the Muck as he started the ball rolling on this. Some of you may have read that they are asking for Eurpean volunteers and wondering whether I will be particpating. I have thought long and hard over this and decided any role I take will be limited to consultation/management and I'll tell you why. I've never seen the show and I wouldn't be a good enough advert for it. For those of you who love it and want to make this sacrifice I will provide you tips on how to seem Eurpopean, and also make sure your message is not misunderstood. I'll start you off; guys, you may want to turn up the ends of your jeans - these jeans should also be tighter; not as tight as the goth kids on the down town mall god bless their souls however.

So there it is, apply now. They say this will not be televised but I will work on having your plight documented here.

Go now, Veronica needs you.

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