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Can You Hear Me Now?

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In the opening minutes of the Adventures of Superman TV series episode entitled “Beware the Wrecker” (Season 2 Episode 20), which first aired on 30 January 1954, Clark Kent apologizes for being unable to trace a telephone call from the Wrecker, opining that the villain might be using a “portable telephone.”

Ummm, hit the rewind there. Say what?! Yep, I heard that correctly: “Whoever it is who is making these calls must be using a portable telephone,” says Clark. Not only that, but neither the Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Planet, Lois Lane, Inspector Henderson nor the heads of the city’s three transportation systems (in the IMDB page’s snapshot of the episode, depicted moments before Mr. Kent’s statement) think to ask what he means. And just as obviously, the show must have expected the TV audience to know what was meant. That, and apparently everyone understood without second-guessing that of course Clark Kent was right, about calls from such a device being immune to a trace.

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10 January 2015 at 12:03 am

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Bloomberg’s Fake Magic

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Same way as CNBC’s corporate policy requiring rudeness eventually turned me off, now Bloomberg’s done them one better. Already the Magic Jack commercials had been unbearably obnoxious. But this morning they hit the level of inhumane insanity: two Magic Jack commercials per commercial break!

At first I joked about it, thinking they’d blundered in their programming. After four successive commercial breaks with the same waterboarding technique, it became sadly clear how low Bloomberg’s standards had dug below the cesspoll they’d already been swimming in.

Any TV station – but particularly a station broadcasting what purports to be informational, educational programming – must accept responsibility for all of its content, including whether or not the commercials alienate its viewers. Either Bloomberg doesn’t give a damn, or else it’s worse: this Magic Jack blitz is not really all that different from the quality of any of the rest of Bloomberg’s content.

So let’s lighten up our TV news favorites listing and send Bloomberg off to join Fox, wandering out there talking to themselves. There are better places one can go to get financial news without putting up with such junk. Bloomburg’s no longer on my TV because it no longer cares about what matters.

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18 June 2009 at 7:34 am

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Best TV of the Year

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canon-090226-013A side benefit of getting a new roof put on the house: we finally get something on TV worth watching!

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26 February 2009 at 6:06 pm

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TV Programming Worth Watching

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After using the Weather Channel as our TV’s home base for most of the early part of the week, this morning I turned to Houston’s ABC 13 channel for some local insights on Hurricane Ike. Then wound up just leaving 13 on most of the day, with only brief digressions to check on the market and to watch some of our usual weekday afternoon line-up. (No, that afternoon lineup did not include Cash Cab. The Discovery Channel has made it quite clear they don’t care to have viewers turn Cash Cab into a habit.)

Which gave me wall-to-wall coverage of Hurricane Ike. No soap operas or any of the other usual junk. No obnoxious commercials, whether political or not. Amazingly, not a single word about the 7th anniversary that today was. Just Ike. Finally, TV programming that isn’t just bland background noise!

But I won’t bother giving a link to ABC 13’s website. For one thing, their pages are poorly designed bandwidth hogs. I’m not interested in waiting forever until all their overhead for each and every page has to completely reload before I can follow any link to a story or whatnot. More so than that, though, I have a serious beef with a website that hasn’t a clue about the need for some degree of permanence to it. Seriously, if I were to give any link to ABC 13 content about Ike, I have a much lower expectation that the link would still be working after Ike has vanished over the horizon than the survival rate I might expect of a western Galveston beachhouse surviving Ike’s storm surge.

Still, good TV coverage on the storm. The kind of TV we’ll sorely miss after Ike has departed.

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11 September 2008 at 9:05 pm

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Marinated Moments

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“Have some beans,” Lindsey encouraged me to at dinner last night. “He doesn’t eat green beans,” Susan explained why my plate remained content with half a chicken breast (very flavorably seasoned with rosemary) and a slice of potato. “I ate green beans at the Thai restaurant,” I protested. “Yes,” Susan admitted, “He does eat green beans spiced with curry.”

“And three-bean salad,” I quickly added. I pile up on three-bean mix at almost any salad bar. “Yes,” Susan gave me the look, “But we know why that is. It’s not for the beans.” OK, yes, it’s true: I will eat almost any veggie if it’s been sufficiently drowned in vinegar. “But at least I’m getting some fruits into my diet along with my veggies,” I offered as paltry excuse. Fruits? Yes, fruits. Isn’t vinegar made from apples?

Thereby launching a moderately invigorating dinnertime debate over exactly what one uses to make vinegar. That’s right: a dinner table with four boneheads who were not really sure where vinegar comes from. Our pantry’s vinegar bottle was of no help, not only failing to provide any list of ingredients, but also lacking any nutritional information whatsoever. Our dinner-question researcher ChaCha skipped the first time we asked, then told us a little of how vinegar emerges from some distilling process without helping us on what one throws into the distillery. This must be why we happened to have a laptop close to the dinner table: it took more poking around on the Internet than one might have thought necessary, but we found that vinegar can come not only from apples, but from grapes, corn and other grains, and maybe even from wood.

OK, so early this afternoon after Susan returned home from her morning of work, with me telecommuting from the corner of our room, she was flipping channels on the TV, what with NBC’s typically mediocre Olympics programming having gone stale well before its expiration date. Whereupon she chances upon a History Channel program on Acid, coming into the middle of the program exactly as the topic turned to how vinegar is made.

Sweet. Vinegary sweet. What should we chat about over dinner tonight, eh?

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20 August 2008 at 1:36 pm

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I Street?

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It’s the only thing worth having on the tube tonight, but siriusly, you’d think they’d know how to spell the Boss’ name if they’re going to devote an entire channel to him 24/7.

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9 July 2008 at 8:07 pm

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Best Thing On

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Dish Network farts yet again.

We never had any of this until our old satellite box burned out late last year and we picked up this new one. I must admit, this new box is a significant improvement, what with its artificial intelligence capability: when it recognizes that there’s nothing but crap on the screen, it gives us this sort of programming, which is far far far superior to whatever had happened to show up by default otherwise. And infinitely more responsive than if we were “relying” on cable.

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18 May 2008 at 3:49 pm

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