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> Hi TH!
> glad you could stop by
<a_blip> But... it just doesn't feel right :)
> hahaha...I dont mind...I'm one of many voices
> TImH: What's the good word, any latest news?
<TimHeather> Hi
<TimHeather> Nothing new to report from the networks
<a_blip> How about me serving a little theory of mine...
> The last I heard was the snippet from one of the cast members 
that said there was still that the latest news you 
have too?
> go ahead blip...we would love to hear it
<TimHeather> Carrie said that the last she heard Warners was 
still supportive of the show
<a_blip> The mysterious producer JMS is working with might be 
Chris Carter...
<TimHeather> Since budgets aren't yet finished for this year, I 
believe there is still hope that Crusade...
<a_blip> He is a well known SF producer who ocationaly directs
> I would put money that he's worked with Magel B. even though 
he denied it.
<TimHeather> could be picked up for next year
> TNT still hasn't pulled the plug on their website have they?
<a_blip> With Millennium and Harsh Relm cancelld, and X-Files 
future shady
<TimHeather> No, they've just made their bboard 'read only'
<a_blip> he needs a new job
> Chris Carter is definitely going to leave Fox soon...cant 
trust them anymore
> That's kind of an unfriendly gesture
> Dont they know we can get the criticism to them in harsher 
ways...closing the BB was actually a safe outlet for fan 
<a_blip> JMS has said the both X-Files and Millennium was on the 
very short list of TV sereis he took time to watch
<TimHeather> they say they're going to redo that section, but 
with their record its easy to suspect ulterior motives
> Me included
<a_blip> and they may have met through Harlan Ellison
> Why on god's name would they redo a section for a cancelled 
show...they are nuts over there
> With all due respect to Harlen, his involvement in the series 
was highly over-rated
> Would think JMS would have met Chris a long time ago on his 
<TimHeather> I'm hoping this means the BB postings can have an 
effect and posting to Sci Fi and Warners might get us a 
positive response
> Just the fact that they are making some progress with the SIM 
has me encouraged.
<a_blip> What do you meen - involvment with B5 or X-Files?
<a_blip> JMS or Chris Carter?
> B5 <- Harlen's involvement
<a_blip> JMS and Harlan Ellison are *very* good friends
<a_blip> They "hang out" on a regular basis
> I didnt say that they werent
> once again I didnt say that they didnt
> TimH: Is there any prospect of WB approaching Showtime?
<a_blip> I interpeted you're statement as something like that
<TimHeather> Do you mean the upcoming Showtime sci-fi channel?
> no...all I meant was that Harlen Ellison's involvement in B5 
has a hole was highly over-rated.
> Yes, Showtime Beyond...
<a_blip> Well - it was just in the context it was said
<TimHeather> As we understand it, that won't start for about 
another 18 months...
> I can think of a hundred people that should have gotten credit 
for their involvement as a consultant ahead of him, but I will 
not dwell on it.
> sorry, context is not easy here... :)
<TimHeather> It might be possible to sell Crusade to them 
> They actually already launched Showtime Beyond...
> Its currently running in test markets
<a_blip> Well the original credit he wanted was "Really 
Important Guy"... but the Writers Guild didn't approve :)
> hahahahaha
<TimHeather> do you know what programming they have for the test 
> As i understand it reruns of series THEY have made so far
> like Stargate and the Outer Limits
> Which would mean they would probably pull Stargate from 
syndication soon to prevent over-exposure
> But it isnt like they have a glut of shows...they definitely 
need more
<TimHeather> Perhaps the 18 months we heard is when they'll be 
fully launching and thus looking for outside material - not 
> and its obvious that science fiction has no home on the 
networks anymore
> That's probably accurate
> Then again they would need a few months to prepare any new 
> So what's the local convention scene look like around your 
areas?  There's one here in MASS this weekend
<a_blip> Resseructing Crusade would take more 
<a_blip> whoops
<a_blip> wrong button
> blip...what do you think it would take to bring crusade back?
<a_blip> Something to motive the suits
> We've prodded all of them...more likely we need a "new" suit 
in the mix
> We've seen what can happen when they change...Chris Carter 
suddenly is unwelcomed in the network he helped build just 
because one man came to power
<a_blip> I see three opertuinites - the game, the new JMS series 
... and the B5 movie
<a_blip> The game is probably the least likely
> well, two of the three are semi-short-term so thats good...the 
movie is at least half a decade off
<TimHeather> That's one source of hope - if we get a new "suit" 
in a critical place, Crusade may suddenly be welcome
> if ever
<a_blip> It isn't that they don't want to... it just isn't 
important enough
> Think after all the rocks that have hit us TimH, the creation 
of the new Crusade soundtrack at least gives us some 
<a_blip> WB needs 100+ eps to make a profit of Crusade
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<RingSongs> hey guys
> hey rings...made it in
<RingSongs> yea I was at burger king
> hahahaha
> what did you have?
<TimHeather> We were really pleased to see it got made
> The new Rodeo Crusade Burger?
<RingSongs> 2 burgers w/just bacon and ketchup, french fries, 
onionrings and large coke hehe
<RingSongs> well me and my mom shared fries and rings
> Chris F. is a god-sent...what a guy to help Chen like that
<a_blip> But with shows like ER or Friends cost about a whole 
season of Crusade for *2* hours
<TimHeather> agreed
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<Derfel> good, I picked the right week
> I don't think the problem was ever that Crusade wasn't making 
a definitely was.  It is rather cheap to make.
* webcs yes you did
<RingSongs> farscape and voyager is the only good sci fi on 
right now IMO:(
<a_blip> Yes, but how much of a profit
<a_blip> ?
<TimHeather> there was an interesting discussion at the Farpoint 
con Crusade pannel
> Dont know, all I do know is that is i owned any business and 
it was making something I wouldnt can it.
<TimHeather> Those on the pannel, who had a bit more experience 
with the tv industry...
<a_blip> Crusade is a good preformer... but they need a reason 
to stick their necks out
> go on..interesting
<TimHeather> felt that what happened to Crusade was personal - 
never about profit or quality
make sure every other show does exactly what its told.
<RingSongs> the onyl thing TNT LA and TNT GA could agree on was 
to stop crusade
> I think if they did agree on that there would be no website 
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<RingSongs> why would that matter?
> well, someone has to be keeping it up for a reason
<a_blip> The webmaster because he might like the show
> I know if I had a sour apple I wouldn't exactly put it on my 
mantle and display it, so to speak
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* webcs Hi BigE
<RingSongs> how's the badge thing comin?
<a_blip> One thing is that some of the suits might actually like 
the show... but came with suggestions as to what they felt 
the target audience wanted
<TimHeather> According to Sandra Bruckner, the people running 
the TNT Crusade page like Crusade and B5...
> TIMH: So as I understand it TNT's contract runs out in just a 
few months correct?
<TimHeather> that may be the only reason its still up
> a_blip...the thing is they repeatly told JMS to do one thing 
and then another which were in conflict with each other, and 
then whined when they couldnt get both
<RingSongs> I'd say thats probably the reason why
<RingSongs> because the webmasters like it
<TimHeather> we've heard both Feb 2000 and 18 months - don't 
know which is correct
<RingSongs> but they dont got any say in it
> Well, something has to give soon...because of the whole legal 
default issue
<RingSongs> what legal issue?
> the fact that TNT was contracted to pay for an entire season 
and didnt
<Derfel> who here believes that the TNT chat room "upgrade" was 
a result of our postings?
> hmmm...good question...well, I wouldnt doubt it
<RingSongs> how do we know TNT didnt pay it off and just stop 
the show?..
<RingSongs> TNT has chat rooms? I didnt know<g>
<TimHeather> since TNT and Warners are part of the same 
"company", Warners won't sue TNT
<a_blip> As I understand WB just doesn't want to sue itself
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> JMS has stated that they didn't pay, correct?
> hey allie
<Allie> hello everyone...
<TimHeather> Derfel, I think its highly likely
<Allie> what's highly likely?
> Then again is David Duckovny (spell) can sue Fox while he is 
still an employee anything can happen
<a_blip> The BBoards: Anyone checked if this might be something 
happening to all the boards?
<TimHeather> That TNT closed the bb and chat rooms due to 
Crusade fan postings
<RingSongs> warner's chat is like or 
<RingSongs> at least i was in Jan of 98 when b5 first started
> I think they may be reprogramming the boards to assure that 
there is a limit on how many posts are generated to avoid 
<RingSongs> and I remember TNT having like for 
chat i forget
<a_blip> But anyone at Warner Bros is anserwable to Time Warner 
Vice president Ted Turner
<Allie> yes and no blip
> thats a definite yes and no!
<Allie> the website people may be responsible ultimately to TT, 
but he's so far up the chain that it's unlikely something at 
the level of websites will ever reach him.
> That's like saying everyone in america is answerable to Al 
<Allie> lol
> :)
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<Allie> so, what's new?
> I know that the chain of command in large companies is NOT 
pyramid shaped, there are usually factions.
<Allie> anything I haven't heard or SOS?
<RingSongs> SOS means?
<Allie> yes, I know Rings, I still read the list.
<Allie> Same old Stuff
<RingSongs> yea well noone responded.
<a_blip> No... it like saying someone in the white house decided 
that the white house should take offical action against a 
project Al had personaly created
<TimHeather> who is doing ?
> Speaking of lists...are there other lists we should be 
subscribing too, since ours is slowing down it seems.?
<RingSongs> I'm getting loads on a farscape list LOL my box gets 
full all the time;(
<Allie> Not that I know of Will.
> hey, whats this sballiance thing...first I've heard of it
<Allie> Is sballiance based on my "Resistance" idea?  I'm 
curious, since I've been too busy to check in lately...
<RingSongs> nope
<RingSongs> space battles alliance has been in the making for 
around a year now..
<RingSongs> never got the domain til a few weeks ago though
<RingSongs> Its basically to bring sci fi fans together, ya know 
how trekkies get mad at b5 fans and stuff alot
<RingSongs> flame wars happen on sci fi boards alot between 
different fans of different shows
> yes, and most of them are royally stupid
<RingSongs> got that right
<RingSongs> I've seen so many arguments of white star vs. 
> oh god...dont even say it
> Well Allie, I definitely think your idea has lots of merit
> and I think there is a good base for what we have all done to 
put something together
<Allie> thanks
> Have you dont anything further on that project or is it in 
<Allie> unfortunately, I don't have time for the proejcts I'm 
working on now...
<Allie> in limbo indefinitely.
<Allie> if someone else has the time and energy, i'm all for 
them picking it up.
> Same here...unfortunately the majority of us are either 
heavily involved in something or burnt out
<Allie> If sballiance wants to carry the torch, I'll willing 
hand it over..
<RingSongs> you should email Allie.  I 
think he'd like to check out your site..
<Allie> yep, that's the thing.  those of us who care enough to 
do it are already busy doing other stuff.
<TimHeather> yes, all of us way too busy
> well that site seems extrordinarily empty so far, so we'll 
have to keep an eye on it
<RingSongs> I hate school. LOL
<Allie> test
<Allie> me too...
<RingSongs> yea but the message board at works 
<Allie> well, no I don't.
> Then again it isn't like we should be expected to carry the 
torch 52 miles instead of 26
<TimHeather> Ring, I checked out the spacebattles site, it 
seemed like they're still trying to figure out fully what 
they want to do
<RingSongs> yea.
<RingSongs> they're helping the to save the b5 
game...I think
> From my experience even discussing those types of battles on 
usenet sometimes expands them
<Derfel> OK, so we're here to plot strategies for saving Crusade 
- so any ideas?
<RingSongs> I dont know why the SBA people arent involved in the 
save crusade campaign in the first place, they must know 
about it..
<RingSongs> has the crusade CD been released yet?
> yes!
<Allie> I don't know... I've been hearing bits and pieces of 
rumors that Sci Fi is still interested, but, nothing concrete 
and nothing from anyone who's connected enough to matter.
<TimHeather> As I mentioned on the list, we're considering 
trying to get the cast to help distribute badges and 
<Allie> Anyone else heard anything?
<a_blip> Yep... you can get free samples on
<TimHeather> but this will require raising more funds to pay for 
> sometimes I think it would be easier to start out own 
<a_blip> Ad banners on the Web sites?
<RingSongs> hey
<RingSongs> it gives like 50 cents an hour your online or 
> Speaking of the badge thing...can someone please explain the 
whole thing to me...somehow I missed it over the past few 
weeks...whats the plan there?
<RingSongs> you have an ad widnow or something
<TimHeather> how does that work - getting ad banners?
<RingSongs> and whenyou refer people you get another 10 dcents 
for each hr they're on
<a_blip> Amason associate program?
<TimHeather> We handed out save Crusade badges with nice Crusade 
pictures on them at the Valley forge con...
<Allie> really nice badges.
<TimHeather> They were a big hit - got people talking to us, 
taking flyers, and wearing the badges all around
<Allie> good work Heather!
<TimHeather> Thanks, Allie
> how much do these cost to make each?
> and what are they made out of paper or fabric?
<TimHeather> about 30 cents a piece
<RingSongs> you should check this alladvantage thing, you could 
make up to at least 20$ a month with it.
<TimHeather> They're made of plastic pin nametag badges with 
inserts made of photo paper printed with a color image on our 
home printer
<RingSongs> and then referring all the save crusade people gives 
you even more!
<TimHeather> alladvantage?
<RingSongs> yea
<RingSongs> go
<RingSongs> check it out..
<TimHeather> thanks, I'll take a look
<Allie> I help run an ezine, and there are tons of those kinds 
of things, but it's been my experience that you don't make 
all that much...
> but as I understand it theres no way to sell these for money 
to raise money for more?
<RingSongs> and if the rest of the crusade list joins it and 
they put you in as referred you'll be making loads
<Allie> not that it's not worth trying, but...
<TimHeather> legal issues make it a very bad idea to sell them
* webcs Brainstorm coming
<a_blip> What you want is a site that gives a banner, and then 
whever someone clicks on it you get money
<TimHeather> they've got Crusade images on them - but that's 
what makes people like them
> Hey...did anyone ever create a Save Crusade web ring?
<RingSongs> blip, noone ever clicks on those things
<RingSongs> and they bring in hardly any money
<RingSongs> I probably still have some EAds accounts omewhere 
with like only a quarter in it LOL
<TimHeather> The new info abou the badges is that Peter and 
Carrie handed them out for us at a recent con...
<a_blip> If the site said "Please support the Crusade campaign 
by visiting our sponsor they would"
<TimHeather> then asked us if they could do it again
<Derfel> isn't there already a "save Crusade" ad banner out 
<TimHeather> So we're considering trying to make this an ongoing 
thing - to keep up interest in Crusade and help ge the save 
Crusade info out at cons
> thing is gotta pace ourselves because we are going to have 
heart attacks...not that we havent had plenty already
<RingSongs> I just thought of something..
<TimHeather> that's part of the problem - we'd like to try to 
keep things going, but not go crazy in the process :)
<RingSongs> how bout you take "donations" for like oh 5 or 10$ 
and everyone would get a badge for "donating" and it wouldnt 
be illegal sales...
<Derfel> I would go for that Rings
<TimHeather> That's one of the things we're considering - I 
think it's a good possibility
> TimH: It did work extremely well with the shirts, albeit there 
were no images like are on your badges
> The responses I got from all involed were incredibly happy to 
see something like that in place
<RingSongs> I didnt get money sent out:( it sucks for me oh well
<Allie> T&H, I just had an idea that might work. I'll need to 
toss it around with some other people, and then I'll get back 
to you.
> And since the badges are so cheap even a small domation would 
mean alot more than in the case of the shirts where the 
margins were larger
<TimHeather> Ok, thanks Allie
> I mean, I would be more than happy to plug a final badge idea 
on my website...I have people coming to me weekly pleading for 
me to make more offering badges would quench them
<RingSongs> hey will if you make more shirts you tell me 
<TimHeather> yes, the biggest problem with doing donations is 
all the little bits of work involved in handling money and 
sending out badges - it ads up
<Allie> and I'll definitely put it up on Voice, as soon as I get 
a chance to breathe... I'm doing research between comments 
> Since the shirt situation was so complex, there wont be more, 
but thanks for the interest.
> TimH: do you have specific info and images of the badges on 
your website?
<TimHeather> I still need to talk to Peter and Carrie and see if 
they're interested in doing this long term before we make any 
decisions or announcements
<Derfel> With badges, we target people attending sci-fi 
conventions.  How do we reach a broader base?
> The internet is pretty broad
<Allie> probably not a bad idea... Carrie's pretty good about 
answering her email.  How do you plan to contact Peter?  He'd 
be key since he's got the most intensive con schedule.
> He's a con nut
<TimHeather> We're sending him the badges for his next con, so 
we'll be able to contact him
<TimHeather> Derfel: we've tried asking people to put out flyers 
at their local comic book stores etc.
<RingSongs> we still got 10 minutes will
<RingSongs> lol
<a_blip> How many hits do the save crusade sites get?
> I may stay as long as you like
<RingSongs> I have no clue..isnt there counters on the pages?
<Derfel> T&H' s site is at 92,000 now.
<RingSongs> TH: did you check out the alladvantage thing?
<TimHeather> our main page gets about 1000 per week now, the 
latest news page probably get's more
<TimHeather> we'll check it out later tonight
<RingSongs> I dont think I've had the URL since I lost my fav. 
<RingSongs> and crusade ended
<Derfel> "after the holidays" - are you talking January?
<Allie> my site's at about 33000 since July... not much recently 
since I haven't updated...
> Yes, I am talking least for my organizational 
effort...I anticipate having zero time in the next two months.
> as always I encourage others to organize
<Allie> T&H, how are you holding up?
<a_blip> there are a lot of associate programes out there
<TimHeather> very tired
<Allie> I expect so...
<TimHeather> and you, Allie?
> your efforts are appreciated T&H
<Allie> busy busy busy...
<TimHeather> Thanks
<Allie> spending several hours a day working on my new project 
and making good progress
> sounds promising
<Allie> should be ready for a major public announcement after 
<RingSongs> I'm gonna be in Hawaii over thanksgiving week
> vacation Rings?
<Allie> at which time I'll be taking volunteers. lol.
<RingSongs> you bet
> I'll second that
<Allie> have a good time Rings, I'll be visiting family in 
<RingSongs> In Christmas break, I'm sure I can schedule 
something with TWO WHOLE WEEKS OFF of school :) :) :) :) :)
> I'll be battling my inlaws.... :)
<Allie> oh light...
<Allie> heh, my parents and J-P's parents will meet for the 
first time after Xmas...
<RingSongs> my cousin's in college adn gets like 4 weeks off for 
<Allie> I'm terrified, excited, enthused, amused and nervous all 
at once...
<TimHeather> good luck, Allie :)
<Allie> thanks T&H
* webcs Gotta go...thanks to all again for lending there time 
and voices
<Allie> hey, is anyone going to Agamemcon?
<Allie> I know it's not til June, but... :)
<RingSongs> I have homework:( lots of homework I'll talk to you 
guys um whenever I talk to you<eg>
<Allie> might as well plan ahead...
> Where is it allie?
<Allie> ciao Rings.
<RingSongs> where is agamemcon?
<Allie> Aggie is in LA
<TimHeather> bye
<a_blip> bye
<RingSongs> Los Angeles???
<Allie> T&H, you aren't leaving are you?
<Allie> Yes, Los Angeles...
<RingSongs> They sellling tickets yet? Must give me URL I have 
never been to a con :)
<TimHeather> saying bye to Rings
<Allie> maybe Burbank...
<Allie> I dunno if they are selling tix yet, but they are 
definitely taking volunteers...
> unfortinately I'm in MASS, otherwise I would be there
<Allie> I'll put the URL on Save Crusade this week.
<RingSongs> They couldnt use a 14 year old for anything<g>
<RingSongs> I was gonna go to a trek con in pasadena but I 
<Allie> If it were going to be super-incredible cool would you 
be able to come Will?
<Derfel> Allie - Beee-have
<Allie> Huh?
<Allie> Always do...
> If I had unlimited resources and a transporter yes
<RingSongs> I dont care if its super incredible or not I want to 
go! :) bye all
<Allie> see ya!
> cya
<TimHeather> is this a hint, Allie?
<Allie> nope.
<Allie> :)
> Maybe stop by my neck of the corridor :)
<Allie> Just a tip that Will might want to start saving his 
> oh boy
<Allie> lol
> hehe
> dont know Allie...think you and me in the same building would 
open a worm hole or something?
> just kidding :)
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<Allie> nah, we're past all that.
> I know...good to laugh about it all :)
<Allie> Besides, it'd be kind of cool if it did...
<Allie> I mean, I'd love to visit the Delta Quadrant!
<Allie> ;)
> anyways, gotta go, my wife is gonna kill me...
<Allie> Together we can tear a hole in the space-time 
continuum... hehehe
> hahahaha
> have a good night all
<Allie> Indeed, tell her we're sorry to have kept you so long.
> I will be sure to do that.
<Allie> night Will!
<a_blip> bye
<TimHeather> bye Will
> make sure to send me info on the badges if you finalize so I 
can post it...later
-> *chat* log end...
<TimHeather> will do...and thanks
* webcs chat log end....
Session Close: Mon Nov 01 21:09:17 1999

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