I am actually a bit annoyed with the Sci-fi channel today. And it has nothing to do with Mansquito this time. I am irritated with their Sci-fi Investigates show. I have always had a guilty fondness for Ghost Hunters. I like watching silly people scare themselves silly, and they go to some truly lovely places, even if they then proceed to misuse electronics and have hysterics.
Sci-fi Investigates has a somewhat similar premise, four 'experts', consisting of a "forensics expert" who seems to be a just graduated technician (who also apparently was involved with a dance troop a while back), a "scientist" and an "author and historian" who are ufologists, and someone who has suffered the indignity of appearing on two previous reality tv programs. So far, no problem, I hope noone watches the sci-fi channel for scholarship. The heavily staged "conversations" bewteen the characters are only mildly grating, but the really irritating part is that they never investigate anything! They just come to town, go to the tourist sites, maybe talk to witnesses who always show up for these kinds of shows, then they go hike in the woods or something for 15 minutes and never find anything. Not only does the show just give a surface retelling of general information about the topic, they don't even go into detail on it. How can you discuss the MIBs in Point Pleasant during the Mothman flap without mentioning either John Keel or Gray Barker (who probably was most of the men in black).
Also, whenever they look for monsters, the ufologists tries "monster calls" in the woods. He even had a Mothman sound. That makes me feel sad to watch.
On the plus side, they had lots of cool footage of PP's new Mothman statue. I think it needs a smaller statue of a terrified and fleeing Richard Gere to complete it, but hey, nothing's perfect.
On a nonranting front, I found out my van has a vanquished head gasket, so I'm renting a Taurus for the rest of the week to get to work. House repairs continue erratically. Generally all is well.