Archive | March, 2012

It’s Hard Out There For a Bank

According to AP:

Since November, Wells Fargo has charged $15 a month for some checking accounts unless customers have three accounts with the bank, maintain a minimum balance of $7,500 or have a Wells Fargo mortgage. … Some Citibank customers are being charged $20 a month unless they keep $15,000 in their accounts, up from $6,000 before December. …

Banks aren’t charities, and they say they need to make money, or at least cover the cost of doing business. … The big banks are public companies and are expected to make a profit somehow.

You’d never guess from this writeup that bank deposits are loans to the bank – which means that deposits themselves already include payments for the bank’s services. In what other industry does the lender have to pay interest to the borrower?

As in most cases, the solution would be competition and free entry in the banking industry. But regulations make that a distant ideal.

There Will Be Chrome

So it’s been about a year and a half since the announcement of Blood and Chrome, a story that would take place between Caprica and Battlestar Galactica, and which would feature a young Bill Adama during the first Cylon war.

Cylon war

Since then, Blood and Chrome’s announced status has shifted back and forth among three possibilities: being a pilot for a new series, being a standalone tv-movie, and being a sequence of online webisodes. The only two definite things we’ve known about it are a) that filming has been completed, and b) that no release date has been announced.

Well, it’s still the case that no release date has been announced; and we still don’t know whether to expect a series, a standalone tv-movie, or a mere congeries of webisodes. But we do know, now, that Bear McCreary, the composer for BSG, has just finished the score for Blood and Chrome. (See here and here.) So that means the project is still a go; and if music is indeed typically “the final piece to be added to a television production,” i.e. after special effects etc., there’s some reason to think we might see it reasonably soon.

In related news, a BSG theatrical movie is also still in the works. This is reportedly yet another reboot, following the continuity of neither the 1978 nor the 2004 series.

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