New cousins

Discussion in 'Technology / Science' started by too larry, Jun 23, 2018.

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    too larry

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    canadian1969

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    Saw it a couple years ago. 'Last Human Standing' is an interesting one as well. I would like to see a dedicated documentary about Homo Florensiensis; if you know of one please let me know
    If you are a documentary nerd like me you will love this site.
    http://www.sprword.com/mustwatch.html
    I am doing the quantum physics docu's lately, mind-blowing; 'quantum activist' is cray cray
    check out 'what the bleep? down the rabbit hole' thats a super mind screwing weird one.

    Too bad Trump is trying to kill PBS eh, I grew up on PBS, CBC and BBC documentaries and nature shows with the top shows throughout my many decades being Nova, Nature, The Nature of Things and Horizon. Breaks my heart to see America attack "learning". #wtf
     
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    too larry

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    Thanks for the link. I do like a good science based documentary. But these days I watch very little TV at all. Doctor Who, FSU Basketball and F1 Racing is the short list. {also record all the Austin City Limits, but am a good year behind on watching them}

    I was born in 1961, way out in the sticks. We had four channels growing up. ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS. I didn't get cable until I was nearly 30, so I watched a lot of PBS. And when I used to watch the news, the News Hour was my choice. Giving up watching the news 9 years ago was the best move I have made in a long time. A lot less stress. {I do peak once in a while, just to see the crazy shit 45 has done}

    It is tough seeing everyone so gleeful to get rid of learned folks. I was waiting to get my Camry serviced just before the election, and a lady started talking Trump. Her said she didn't like what the pro's had done, so she was willing to give him a chance. So I ask her why she had brought her car to the Toyota place to get it serviced instead of letting someone with no experience do it. She said, that is different. You need to know what you are doing to change oil.
     
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    canadian1969

    canadian1969 Well-Known Member

    That's an awesome story man, gonna remember that one. Similarly, I stopped watching TV in general about 2009-2010. The 'no more commercials' thing for me was huge, I tried watching a few news shows the other week and that lasted about 15 minutes, The format for news used presently is retarded, everything super sensationalized and dragged out ad nauseum with about 45% of the content time dedicated to advertising, it is insane, without question. I dont think people realize what all that shit does to your brain and stress levels, cortisol levels, blood pressure etc. There is also what I would call a "psychic overhead" to all that advertising, negativity, violence and general BS. Within a couple months I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my consciousness, sort of weird to try and describe. I constantly tell people to ditch the cable tv, you can get everything you need off the internet and commercial free. When I do occasionally see a commercial for something these days it just fills me with disgust. lol. Another thing I noticed is that when I do watch something it's whatever I want to watch and whenever I want to watch it, but in addition I study the program in much more detail and am much more engaged with what I am watching.

    As a kid in Canada we had access to a lot of British TV which in retrospect was awesome, however Doctor Who, (which I watched like my life depended on it) was broadcast to us Canucks on? you guessed it PBS! The Doctor has been with me my entire life, for real. Jon Pertwee/Tom Baker (3 and 4th Doctors) back in those days. Fond memories. PBS is needed more than ever now. I hope it survives the current administration. I am sure it will. I think. Maybe.
     
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    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    if trump kills pbs, the next president will bring it back.....if they want to remain president. i'm pretty sure the next president will win by running on a platform of undoing everything trump has done....give nasa back to the scientist, fund pbs, demilitarize space, renegotiate every trade deal with every country trump is currently trying to screw over....tell Putin to get fucked, and send government assassins after russian hackers....ok, maybe that one is my personal fantasy, but that's what it's going to take to get me to vote for you, pledging your first term to fixing trumps shitpile mess...
     
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    too larry

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    Most of Public Broadcast funding is from the viewers. The tax payer money is a small percent. The GOP always rail against it because it works with their base, but it's really very little actual money.
     
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    canadian1969

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    agreed wholly , thats sort of the problem with a binary political system though, it's going to take the democratic party 8 years just to fix everything and by that time people will be pissed off at the dems and ready to put the reps back in office. And its like every time that pendulum swings it swings farther to the right or left; getting more insane each time on both sides. As an outsider I dont have any skin in the game really, but this shit is scary to watch. Even from way up here.
     
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    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    i can't believe one of these super rich assholes isn't seizing the public opinion opportunity to make a huge donation to pbs, enough for them to run a year or two....people would love them, it would be a hell of a tax write off.....and it might encourage other wealthy people to join in, "philanthropy can be fun"....
     
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    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    try watching it from directly under the path of the pendulum.......
     
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    too larry

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    I'm the same way with ads. I listen to the local NPR Jazz channel due to no ads. It used to be a Blues channel, and I had listened to it for years. When the old DJ died, and they switched over to Jazz, I made the switch with them. Here is the link if you guys ever wanted to know what was going on in Panama City Florida. The morning mix is rock, country, blues and pop, but from noon on, it's jazz. {Sunday is classical, so today might not be a good time to check it out, unless you like that sort of thing}

    https://www.wkgc.org/hd1stream/

    I loved all the Brit coms on PBS. Keeping up Appearances is one of the funniest shows of all time. So is Are you being Served. I loved those shows.
     
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    canadian1969

    canadian1969 Well-Known Member

    Are you being served was/is a classic. I laugh just thinking about that show. I know what I am going to be downloading today lol

    Some others that you may not have heard of but will want to check out
    Faulty towers
    Blacks books
    Father Ted
    (original IT crowd) although newer
     
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    Roger A. Shrubber

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    love all those shows, father ted is awesome, love the old mean ass priest "FECK!"
     
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    too larry

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    Faulty Towers is a classic. I've never seen Black Books or Father Ted.
     
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    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    black's books is good, neurotic used book store owner barely held above insanity by his clerk manny and his friend that owns the shop nextdoor.
    father ted is 3 priests that get a very remote island post because they're incompetent, father ted is fairly normal, but a little larcenous for a priest, he has a younger very dumb helper, and an older priest thats in a wheel chair, but he still drinks, curses, and chases women.....
    both worth checking out
     
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    too larry

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    I'll put them on the list. But I have so little viewing time. I'm "watching" F1 now on my laptop while I'm surfing YouTube and RIU. When I'm off work, I'm outside. Either in the garden, at one of my camps, or in the woods tending my patches.
     
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    canadian1969

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    Yeah, Graham Linehan anything really , guy's a comedy genius (Father Ted/Blacks books and IT crowd are all Linehan).

    btw found a Homo Florensiensis doc
    PBS NOVA Alien From Earth, The Little People of Flores
     
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    whitebb2727

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    You would be surprised how many channels you can get with a large outdoor tv antenna since it went digital.

    I have cable and high speed internet now. I mainly watch TV on the web. Only reason I have cable is it was cheaper to bundle. Though the on demand is cool with cable. Just fast forward through commercials.

    I grew up with about 4-5 channels myself. Went it went digital we were getting about 40+ channels just off our 12 foot antenna.
     
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    Roger A. Shrubber

    Roger A. Shrubber Well-Known Member

    i live in the mountains, antennas do nothing here. you can't even get dish tv where we live, the "window" is too narrow
     
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    too larry

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    We have pretty much the same 4 broadcast channels we did 40 years ago, but since they are digital, each one has 3-4 sub-channels. Sister and BIL use an antenna, and they get 12-15 channels if the weather is right.

    Sister is a Denver Bronco fan, and she will come over to our house to watch the games. She will call and say, "I'm coming over to watch the game, is that alright?" Neither the wife nor I are big NFL fans, and it's a pain in the ass having company that was not planned, watching a game we wouldn't be watching except for them. Plus she has made snide comments in the past about folks who pay for TV.

    I have Dish, and often the FSU basketballs games are on a broadcast channel out of Panama City that I don't get. I always kid about going over to watch the game at their house. But I just end up listening on the radio.
     
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    canadian1969

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    I am not into it, but a friend (originally from Romania) is big into the free to air satellite thing. He has a multi-dish switch and some customized open source dvr thing and he gets a tonne of channels, of course many are in different languages. And you have to hang multiple dishes. Apparently most satellite transmissions are unencrypted and its just a matter of finding the right sats. That was a few years ago, dunno if its still a thing or not. I think he was doing it mostly for the European football (aka soccer).
     

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