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  posted on 4/11/2007 at 08:44 PM
I didn't even have my tv set up for 8 years until this year's World Cup. Subscribed to rip-off cable for a month then got it turned off, but didn't put my tv away. Now I occasionally check out 1 of my 3 network channels. I just saw "Something About Jim" which I thought wasn't so bad. Until the family breaks a dinosour and go to the local Home Depot for supplies....talk about product placement....the entire famiily was decked out in Home Depot Hardhats, Aprons, and other crap....and of course every other word was "HOME DEPOT". jeez!!!!
 
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  posted on 4/11/2007 at 08:47 PM
Television: A medium - so called because it is neither rare nor well done. ~Ernie Kovacs


 

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  posted on 4/11/2007 at 08:54 PM
I love TV. With all the Channels, there is something for everyone. A lot of garbage, so you have to sypher through. But so many imformative shows, and classic movies. And Sports!
Besides..If no one watches TV, or goes to the movies..Im out of work
C'mpn, you know you really love it

 

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  posted on 4/11/2007 at 08:57 PM
The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little. ~Ray Bradbury

 

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  posted on 4/11/2007 at 10:01 PM
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I didn't even have my tv set up for 8 years until this year's World Cup. Subscribed to rip-off cable for a month then got it turned off, but didn't put my tv away. Now I occasionally check out 1 of my 3 network channels. I just saw "Something About Jim" which I thought wasn't so bad. Until the family breaks a dinosour and go to the local Home Depot for supplies....talk about product placement....the entire famiily was decked out in Home Depot Hardhats, Aprons, and other crap....and of course every other word was "HOME DEPOT". jeez!!!!


Ummm.............


are you upset?

 

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  posted on 4/11/2007 at 10:07 PM
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Besides..If no one watches TV, ..Im out of work




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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 12:39 AM
I'm with you. I turned the boob tube off about 5 years ago. Better things to do with my time.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 01:21 AM
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I'm with you. I turned the boob tube off about 5 years ago. Better things to do with my time.


i hear ya, me to.

ummm. yeah, let's see, i have a lot better things i could be doing right now.

like, ummmmm. well. let's see,

well. **** . ummm.

ah **** it, where's the damn clicker.

maybe clowie gowen is on poker after dark tonight.

i'd poker anytime...

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 07:45 AM
I think TV is alot like life in general. It's what you make of it. I have a satelite hookup and really love it. Sure there's plenty of cr#p on it, but there's also tons of good stuff. PBS programs music (not nearly enough though), especially during fundraising. Austin City Limits rules! I'm a history buff, so The History Channel gets mucho air time on my set. I love Discovery and Travel channels, I learn quite a bit from them. Old movies from the 30s and 40s are awesome. I'm really into cooking so I watch those shows regularly. In short I find that I learn an awful lot from TV and it enriches my life. Of course I only watch at night for 2 or 3 hours, otherwise it can be mind numbing.Experiencing a world class chamber ensemble doing Mozart in Vienna is exhilarating and I get to enjoy that - thanks to TV. Or how about The Sam Bush Band in concert. Or Cream reunion at RAH, or Gov't Mule on Conan, or Derek Trucks Band on Sunday morning?
 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 10:30 AM
I have a TV for four reasons 1) wife, 2) son, 3) 24, 4) The Sopranos.

If I wanted to squeeze a fifth one in there, Comedy Central keeps me company when I give the kitchen a thorough cleaning every Saturday Morning.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 11:15 AM
I no longer have cable... and miss a few of the things mentioned in theis thread before...

I AM however in a beta test for a computer application called Joost.... it's a free TV service over your internet connection...

it's basically ALL on demand style viewing and you can repeat stuff as many times as you'd like... there still working the bugs out but it is fantastic... tons of National Geographic and the like... comedy central has some stuff on their... some old ren and stimpy... and lots more content to come after they go "live"...

 

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 11:48 AM
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I think TV is alot like life in general. It's what you make of it. I have a satelite hookup and really love it. Sure there's plenty of cr#p on it, but there's also tons of good stuff. PBS programs music (not nearly enough though), especially during fundraising. Austin City Limits rules! I'm a history buff, so The History Channel gets mucho air time on my set. I love Discovery and Travel channels, I learn quite a bit from them. Old movies from the 30s and 40s are awesome. I'm really into cooking so I watch those shows regularly. In short I find that I learn an awful lot from TV and it enriches my life. Of course I only watch at night for 2 or 3 hours, otherwise it can be mind numbing.Experiencing a world class chamber ensemble doing Mozart in Vienna is exhilarating and I get to enjoy that - thanks to TV. Or how about The Sam Bush Band in concert. Or Cream reunion at RAH, or Gov't Mule on Conan, or Derek Trucks Band on Sunday morning?



I agree. If you can't find the good things on TV, that is your own fault. I watch BBC News out of the UK and DW-TV news out of Germany nightly, both on PBS, to get a different perspective on world events, and not long ago I watched Great Performances on PBS that featured an incredible concert by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the conductorship of Claudio Abbado who led the orchestra in playing Antonín Dvorák's "Symphony No. 9, From the New World" as well as Brahms' "Violin Concerto, Op. 77" and Giuseppe Verdi's "Sicilian Vespers," and did so with the wonderful lead violinist from Israel Gil Shaham out front and center, and the concert was performed in the absolutely beautiful Teatro Massimo opera house in Palermo, Sicily, Italy;




and I also watched a show called "Digging For The TRuth" on the History Channel where they looked into the claims of a tribe in Africa who say they are a Black Hebrew sect that is one of the Lost Tribes of Israel called The Lemba, and learned that there is a difference between Hebrews and Jews because Judaism didn't come along until after the Hebrews were attacked and the Lost Tribes were exiled, and that through DNA testing they found out that "a certain group of the Lemba priests—called the Buba—have a certain Y chromosome pattern called the Cohen Modal Haplotype. This pattern shows up in the priestly class of the Jewish people elsewhere in the world, suggesting a potentially strong link between the Buba/Lemba and semitic people elsewhere," (http://www.history.com/minisites/diggingforthetruth/viewPage?pageId=650)





.. and tonight I'll probably watch "Man Versus Wild" where an expert in survival, Bear Grylls, A British Special Forces alum who is the youngest Brit to successfully climb Mount Everest, shows you the tricks of surviving in Kenya, Africa if you were stranded and your life depnded on it,

...and then I'll watch a great show called "1,000 Places To See Before I Die" on the Travel Channel that explores the jungle and urban life of Brazil,

....and then I'll record "Naked Science" on the National Geographic Channel where scientist look into the theory that a meteor hitting the Earth caused the extinction of the dinosaurs,

....and then I'll probably tape Emeril Live on the Food network because he is showing how to cook Celery Root Bisque with Sauteed Lobster and Napoleon of Rutabaga Chips with Sauteed Shrimp, Avocado Mash and Tomato Oil.

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  posted on 4/12/2007 at 06:06 PM
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I think TV is alot like life in general. It's what you make of it.
Agreeing with Ed and Derek on this. I have basic cable - got rid of all the pay channels because I just didn't watch them (of course they have since gotten some good original programs like Soprano's - oh well...I can catch reruns if need be). I like the History, Discovery, and Travel channels (don't believe I get Nat'l Geo or I'd probably watch that). Enjoy some of the music programming on PBS like Austin City Limits (btw Derek, that Berlin Philharmonic concert sounds like it would have been amazing). Sometimes I check out Home Improvement and Cooking shows to pick up tips (am attempting to renovate my house, a Craftsman style bungalow built in 1915, so this do-it-yourself stuff can come in handy! ) I also enjoy reading, gardening, hiking, traveling, playing cards with friends, concerts, etc, etc so it's not like I'm tied to a television.

 

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  posted on 4/14/2007 at 08:43 AM
lolasdeb - I love the Craftsman houses. If I ever get the chance to have a house built (yeah right) I would love to have it modeled after those. They have alot of charm.

 

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  posted on 4/14/2007 at 09:06 AM
If you have a TV in your house, then you can't put it down. You hate it, throw it out the window, then we can talk. You may hate that you love it, but that's something you need to deal with.

 

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  posted on 4/14/2007 at 09:34 AM
I have unplugged for what, half a year now. I rent DVD's for my visual entertainment. I have the first 2 seasons of Seinfield on DVD I am halfway through watching. It is great to buy it with no commercials. So you can watch shows quicker without the interruptions or annoyance so I will over time buy like Sopranos and I want all the old original Popeye cartoons and Hogans heroes and weird stuff like that, but I am weaned of "TV"........ I lived like this in my old hippie days and I read more, did more activities (non couch) and just lived a better life. So here I am now. At night I play guitar, work on things needing worked on, and get to bed generally at a better hour rather than TV veg through the hours. Believe me, I can watch Court TV endlessly, I am a junkie on that...

So I get my news from AP Reuters Yahoo, etc and instead of the ten second stupid TV news version, I spend time and read the whole journalistic version. When the story interests me, I follow links and read more articles. I am better informed now, not less....

It can be done, and i'm never going back to TV vegging or pablum information, or incesssent sensory product bombardment...

That is the WORST of TV is people leave it on, like some vile propoganda machine, spewing mind warping social idiocy at them for hours every day, and let it randomly invade their childrens minds, to whatever happens to be on..... it is like there is a void without the endless chatter eminating from The Box.... it is rude and teaches kids to be rude............ the more I think about it, shoot the damn things........... but there is Seinfield DVD's......

 

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  posted on 4/14/2007 at 09:40 AM
A funny TV note.....

I recently adopted one of my Husky dogs out to a ranch to companion a male dog who had lost his lifelong dog buddy. It went really well, and the funny thing is for 4 to 5 hours a day, the dogs are left unattended in the nice ranch house. So the owners leave the TV on for company for the dogs. The guy turns it to the Western Channel or whatever it is called. So the dogs evidently lay there watching old cowboy movies and Bonanza shows. I wonder if they like the horse scenes the best.......

 

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  posted on 4/14/2007 at 11:22 AM
This is off-topic (though likely linked on a deeper level), but isn't it a shame that the movers, shakers and builders of today no longer think that things like this are necessary:

 

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  posted on 4/14/2007 at 10:34 PM
In the immortal words of Chauncey Gardner, "I like to watch."

 

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  posted on 4/15/2007 at 02:32 PM
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So the dogs evidently lay there watching old cowboy movies and Bonanza shows. I wonder if they like the horse scenes the best.......
LMAO Bird! My dog Lola responds to dogs and horses on TV! Cats she could care less about but dogs and horses - she runs up, sticks her nose against the screen, then looks behind the TV after the scene is over (I suppose to find out where the critters have gone to).

 

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  posted on 4/15/2007 at 04:32 PM
Now, here is a love story about a marriage that many didn't think would work that should be on TV;

http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/ukfs_news/hi/newsid_4740000/newsid_4748200/474829 2.stm

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  posted on 4/16/2007 at 01:55 PM
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I didn't even have my tv set up for 8 years until this year's World Cup.
You watch soccer?
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TV....why I hate it!
Oh yeah, doesn't get much worse than tonight:
8 CDT, Fox
24 renamed 17 + 7 , as this basically unrelated Chinese thing basically comes out of nowhere, basically.
9, NBC
A full hour, at a special time, of My Name Is Earl.

Try 'em, DancingRhonda!

 

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  posted on 4/18/2007 at 02:55 PM
I was forced to endure "Earl" at a friends once.....just didn't get it!

But I do watch soccer - great stuff!

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 09:00 PM
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I was forced to endure "Earl" at a friends once.....just didn't get it!
I didn't like Earl much the first few times I'd watch for 5 minutes or whatever, DRhonda. Too crackerish or trailer trashy or whatever. Then I saw one that had me cracking up for the whole half-hour, and now I catch it most of the time. (Earl wasn't on Monday, after all, because of special Virginia Tech coverage.) As far as the cracker or trailer trash aspect, that's okay with me now--it's all just funny, and the humor is remarkably good spirited for TV. Also pretty absurd at times, which I like more than "realistic" sitcoms.

I saw the last 15 minutes of tonight's Earl, and it was pretty funny, though there was much off-color (painfully so, if anyone saw it) humor that dampened my enthusiasm. Norm MacDonald, whom I usually don't like much, was doing a great Burt Reynolds impersonation, playing the son of a character Burt himself once played on Earl.

Also, all the regular actors are hilarious. I like it whenever Catalina gets a big role. Awesome dancer!
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But I do watch soccer - great stuff!
Watching soccer on TV--I still don't know what to say.

 

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  posted on 4/19/2007 at 09:14 PM
"I'm gross and perverted
I'm obsessed and deranged
I have existed for years
but very little has changed
I'm the tool of the government
and industry too
for I am destined to rule
and regulate you
I'm the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I'm the slime oozing out of your TV set"

Who else but Frank Z. could have come up with something that gleefully whacked out?
He did this song one time on TV -- had a TV on the stage with slime coming out of it & everything.
Frank -- boy is he missed.

But I do think there's a lot of good programming -- besides sports, I like the Documentary Channel, along with the PBS, History Channel, some of the movie channels & stuff.
Because of the huge number of channels to pick from now, maybe Frank would be less jaded about ye old "boob tube."

 

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