The head honchos at STARZ like to give the show’s actors one-year contracts, which can be good if you are presented with other opportunities (like Jane Lynch with Glee), but on the hand, it is horrible if you are looking for some semblance of job security.
I have read interviews/articles stating that Adam Scott’s decision to go to Parks and Recreation (and leave Party Down) hinged on the fact that whoever is in charge at STARZ was waiting too long to decide whether or not the show will be picked up for a third season. With the whole issue of the yearly contracts and how Parks will give him more exposure (and probably more money), going to Parks and Rec was probably the better scenario all around, even though he did not want to leave the show. I think Adam Scott could have (well, probably) easily done both Parks and Party Down had he known in advance what was going to happen to the show (I believe the two shows have difrerent shooting schedules, though I could be wrong).
Both Ryan Hansen and Lizzy Caplan shot pilots for different shows (though I think Lizzy appears in the pilot only while Ryan will probably be part of the series if it is picked up). With Adam gone and Ryan most likely going, the show really won’t be the same (as it is, Megan Mullally can’t replace Jane Lynch).
How can you keep track? I mean. they all kind of look the same to me depending on the era….
I don’t know, really. I’ve seen so many photos of them that it’s easy to remember which ones I’ve come across before, whether they are posted on Tumblr or another website or books/magazines. I also have favorite eras and photo shoots, so that helps me remember as well.
A new software program can tell whether a blogger is depressed.
The program scans online text and blogs, identifying not only obvious keywords, but even subtle clues that can determine the blogger’s psychological state.
“The software program was designed to find depressive content hidden in language that did not mention the obvious terms like depression or suicide,” said Professor Yair Neuman of Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, who led the study.
“A psychologist knows how to spot various emotional states through intuition. Here, we have a program that does this methodically through the innovative use of ‘web intelligence,’” said Neuman.
Many people with depression are undiagnosed. While there are a number of screening tools available on the Internet, only individuals who suspect they may have depression are likely to use these tools.
To design the program, named Pedesis, Professor Neuman and his team first used extensive English language web searches to define word patterns associated with depression, analyzing the text associated with the search term: “depression is like….”
For example, the program might detect words that express different emotions, like colors that the writer uses to metaphorically describe a situation, such as “black.” Other concepts associated with depression that might trigger the software include terms like sleep deprivation, or loneliness.
To test the program they analyzed more than 350,000 texts from 17,031 bloggers. (Permission from the bloggers was obtained prior to the study.) The Pedesis software identified the 100 most depressed and the 100 least depressed bloggers.
A panel of four clinical psychiatrists reviewed the posts from each group and found that there was a 78 percent correlation between their clinical impressions based on the texts and the software’s diagnosis.
Computer-generated diagnosis or online therapy is not a substitute for human interaction, but may provide a useful screening tool. “No one can actually replace excellent human judgment,” says Neuman. “The problem is that most people are not aware of their situation and they will never get to an expert psychologist.”
Although the Pedesis program was originally designed for academic purposes, Neuman hopes that these findings could be useful clinically, to screen for potential suicides. If implemented on a widespread basis, a screening process might increase the user’s awareness of his or her condition, and provide recommendations. If the blogger agrees, he or she could seek professional help.