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Comment: Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (Score 1) 202

by theshowmecanuck (#47734941) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci
Given their pay, royalties, and their appearance fees at just about any geek convention they wanted to go to (and probably still can for a while)... if they managed their money properly, they're probably set for life. Or would be in terms of what average folks try for.

Comment: Re:My wife will miss Grant. (Score 2) 202

by theshowmecanuck (#47734921) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci
I think they put Kerri and Tori on for personality reasons. And it worked for a good long while. Grant was probably because they actually needed a real engineer on the show to help build things, so why not put him on the air too. Bill Nye started as a Mechanical Engineer and studied at Cornell. One of his professors was Carl Sagan. He worked at Boeing before.

Comment: Re:"Fan favorites"? (Score 5, Informative) 202

by Sycraft-fu (#47734671) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

It should be understood that while her looks surely played a part in her getting cast on a permanent basis, that wasn't how she got in the door. They didn't post an ad looking for female models/actresses. She was an intern on the show, working there because she loved creating and wanted to work for M5. She got called on camera to help with a myth (by providing a mold of her butt) and that was what started it.

Skill got her the position with the show initially,

Also as you note, personality goes a long way, and she has a very good one for the screen. That is why Adam Savage is a part of the show. Mythbusters was originally pitched to Jamie Hyneman but he knew, correctly, that he wouldn't be able to carry a show like that alone because of his dry personality. So he suggested Savage, who he'd worked with in the past, in part because he's a goofball.

With a show like that it takes a combination of skill and presentation to make it a hit, and that was what the hosts had, Byron included.

Comment: Re:Does it really matter ? (Score 0) 364

And he doesn't have nuclear weapons or expansionist plans. So while he might be working on a totalitarian state very similar to the USSR, no one around him needs to worry. Good to know his daughter will take over after him too. Those tzars! Keep it in the family, that's the royal way. It's all good. Thanks for clarifying that for us.

Comment: Re:Correction: (Score 1) 332

by geekoid (#47726519) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

The USOS has been under attack by the Pubs since the 70s.
It used to be btaz supported, then in 1970 is was changed to break even.
In 1982 stamps stopped being a tax, and became a postal product.
Mean while unusually hire bars keep being put in place and the point to as a 'failure' by pubs.

This is classic for the pubs.
Cut it, give more responsibility, point to it as a failure, try to give the work to private corporations.
You see it over and over again.

The try it with SS. They keep lying that it's broke. It is not.Not even close, but that keep lying until every one believes them, then they will gut it and we will be screwed.
  Last year, the program ran a $32 billion surplus, adding to its $2.7 trillion trust fund. That’s not what I’d call “going broke.” But they raid it when ever they can and then blame it.

They have moved so far away from being fiscal conservative and social moderates to fiscally stupid and ultra conservative socially.

Comment: Re:Correction: (Score 2) 332

by geekoid (#47726463) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Dems, as sloppy as they do it, try to build a society of individuals. Pubs has turned to trying to create a society of consumers.

You should take of your 'there all bad, no matter what' hat and really pay attention.
Can you name the last thing any of you representatives have voted on? which way they voted? Their records? have you ever talked to one?
If you are't paying attention to what they are actually doing, not just media sound bites, then you don't know squat, your opinion is worthless baseless tripe, and you should shut up and pay attention.

Comment: Re:Correction: (Score 4, Informative) 332

by geekoid (#47726427) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Over the last 14 years, the Pubs have been bent on openly doing anything they can to hand everything over to larger corporation. It really start with Reagan, but this millennium they just blatantly lie, and when they get called out their media machine just spreads more lies until people with believe it or the next artificial pub 'controversy' comes up.

Don't talk about the dems as if it's balances. Both have issues, but the pubs have become far worse. The are basically extremist at this point.

You have bought into the the trap the pubs have created. 'Both do the same thing to the same degree therefor it doesn't matter.'

And don't even try to guess how I vote. OTOH, I actual watch CSPAN, read bills, and find the context for any statement a politician make that is reported in the media.
Sound bite manipulation needs to stop.

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman