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Late last Saturday night, I caught an animated program called Lloyd in Space. The show chronicles the exploits of an adolescent kid who has to deal with friends, family and middle school life. This is from the long line of Disney 'kids in school' programming for children — Doug, Pepper Ann, Recess — apparently of the belief that for escapism from school, kids want to watch other kids in school. What supposedly differentiates this show from ... let's say Doug is that Lloyd is an alien. He goes to school in some sort of intergalactic space station, and this is the future and everything.

OK, this is what I saw. Lloyd wants to get into good graces with his mom so he offers to babysit his little sister, Francine. He hopes this will convince her to give him some toy he wants. However, Francine figures this out and uses it as blackmail to force him to be nice to her and do all of her chores. Francine has control of Lloyd until Lloyd steals her doll, something she treasures. So, yes you figured right, Lloyd now gets revenge on Francine by making her follow all of his orders. As Francine sneaks to steal her doll back, she overhears Lloyd complain to his friends about how he hates having a little sister and how life was better before she was born. Francine, upset, runs away. Lloyd eventually finds her, they both apologize to each other, and everyone lives happily ever after.

And if you're wondering how this show actually different from Doug or Recess or Pepper Ann or the various 'kids in school' animated shows, or even the 'kids in school' live-action shows — Sister, Sister, Even Stevens, Boy Meets World — that Disney precedes this with over the early morning (eliminating Vault Disney), so am I. Of course, Disney never out the point to having this show either. It was cancelled after one season from Disney's One Saturday Morning (what ABC called their Saturday Morning block up until this year, where it is now known as ABC Kids.) Of course old Disney programs never die (well, except Vault Disney stuff), they just pollute other company owned networks.

That was how I am feeling about this journal. That it was very much extraneous. A poor man's photocopy of a poor man's photocopy of a good you take your pick (journal, column, diary, web log, rantsheet). Of course, you can say, if being derivative is a vice, a whole mess of professionals are sinners. Hell, I just indicted Disney in the passages above. I like The Proud Family on Disney but it hasn't reinvented the junior sitcom.

No, I was becoming disenchanted with it. No, I don't see anything that differentiates this page from the hundreds of thousands out there, whether here on LJ, on the other publishing systems, or sitting on its own server space using dedicated software, or none at all. I can randomly surf and read stuff I wish to say said better by someone else. Sometimes they said it years ago. Simply put, you're watching
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Late last Saturday night, I caught an animated program called <i>Lloyd in Space</i>. The show chronicles the exploits of an adolescent kid who has to deal with friends, family and middle school life. This is from the long line of Disney 'kids in school' programming for children &#8212; Doug, Pepper Ann, Recess &#8212; apparently of the belief that for escapism from school, kids want to watch <i>other kids</i> in school. What supposedly differentiates this show from ... let's say Doug is that Lloyd is an alien. He goes to school in some sort of intergalactic space station, and this is the future and everything.

OK, this is what I saw. Lloyd wants to get into good graces with his mom so he offers to babysit his little sister, Francine. He hopes this will convince her to give him some toy he wants. However, Francine figures this out and uses it as blackmail to force him to be nice to her and do all of her chores. Francine has control of Lloyd until Lloyd steals her doll, something she treasures. So, yes you figured right, Lloyd now gets revenge on Francine by making her follow all of his orders. As Francine sneaks to steal her doll back, she overhears Lloyd complain to his friends about how he hates having a little sister and how life was better before she was born. Francine, upset, runs away. Lloyd eventually finds her, they both apologize to each other, and everyone lives happily ever after.

And if you're wondering how this show actually different from Doug or Recess or Pepper Ann or the various 'kids in school' animated shows, or even the 'kids in school' live-action shows &#8212; <i>Sister, Sister</i>, <i>Even Stevens</i>, <i>Boy Meets World</i> &#8212; that Disney precedes this with over the early morning <a href="http://www.latimes.com/la-fi-disney03sep03.story">(eliminating Vault Disney)</a>, so am I. Of course, Disney never out the point to having this show either. It was cancelled after one season from <i>Disney's One Saturday Morning</i> (what ABC called their Saturday Morning block up until this year, where it is now known as <i>ABC Kids</i>.) Of course old Disney programs never die (well, except Vault Disney stuff), they just pollute other company owned networks.

That was how I am feeling about this journal. That it was very much extraneous. A poor man's photocopy of a poor man's photocopy of a good you take your pick (journal, column, diary, web log, rantsheet). Of course, you can say, if being derivative is a vice, a whole mess of professionals are sinners. Hell, I just indicted Disney in the passages above. I like <i>The Proud Family</i> on Disney but it hasn't reinvented the junior sitcom.

No, I was becoming disenchanted with it. No, I don't see anything that differentiates this page from the hundreds of thousands out there, whether here on LJ, on the other publishing systems, or sitting on its own server space using dedicated software, or none at all. I can randomly surf and read stuff I wish to say said better by someone else. Sometimes they said it years ago. Simply put, you're watching <a http://psc.disney.go.com/abcnetworks/toondisney/shows/lloyd_in_space/index.html"="http://psc.disney.go.com/abcnetworks/toondisney/shows/lloyd_in_space/index.html"">Lloyd in Space</a> and wondering why it looks like <a href="http://psc.disney.go.com/abcnetworks/toondisney/shows/doug/">Doug</a>.

I could differentiate this page by talking about myself more. The only problem with that is that I am dull and likely derivative as well.

I wake up, go to school. Live my life in quiet frustration, go home, do homework, and go to bed. On weekends, I lead a team of international spies around the world in covert operations, but otherwise, I have nothing to talk about. I'm an observer, mostly, so I typically keep to myself. I will talk up anyone who wants to talk but mostly it is never anything about myself. Besides, the fortress of solitude is comforting. More so than the cone of silence.

Worse, I feel stupider after reading my own journal. And I don't mean old posts where it's expected that I was stupider than now. I feel stupider after reading stuff that I wrote yesterday, that I linked to the day before. No, I didn't expect that I would become better after time with this, I was warned from that <a href="http://scalzi.com/plojournals.htm">by a professional</a>. But everyday, I see yesterday's musings staring me in the face, advertising to the world of my foolishness. I can pull up a random day on this thing and feel the same queasiness in my stomach I used to feel after eating a Greyhound bus stop hamburger &#8212; like I've eaten a petroleum covered brick. It's demoralizing to me and my much abused digestive system to see no discernable improvement.

Now, with all of that said, I've had about six people come and ask me to bring the page this back. Apparently, despite this page becoming pretty much unreadable by to me, a small posse of you think I don't completely suck at this communication medium. That I haven't ran you screaming off the deep end is a minor miracle.

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