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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Remembering Chessie 

One of Chessie's favorite places to sit: my lap, while I was sitting in my Ikea Poang chair watching TV.

Here's a photo Lille took with the self-timer on her camera last October, when she and Brian were at my place to watch Game 2 of the World Series.

(Also a rare photo of me wearing glasses!)

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Oh, Conan! 

I suspect the NBC graphics department was too busy coming up with "LAST COMIC STANDING NEXT THURS 9:30/8:30c" to do the necessary proofreading.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

It's still in Spanish! 

With no writers, Conan O'Brien is being forced to do things on camera such as going to the NBC prop department and breaking valuable artifacts. On Friday night's show, while he was examining an Oscar getting a prostate exam, I couldn't help but notice one of the items on a shelf behind him.

Yes, it's 1993-94 1-Red favorite Polly the NBC Peacock, unceremoniously shoved behind a laser printer.

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Monday, January 14, 2008

The game show seeds are planted 

This is the earliest game show I have a distinct memory of watching: "The Cross-Wits," which in 1979 was airing weeknights at 7:30 on Channel 13 in Tampa.

But I remember it in black-and-white -- we didn't have a color TV yet.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

"Monk," a TV show about an obsessive-compulsive man, takes place in San Francisco 

Culver City municipal "Culver Citybus":

Los Angeles County "Metro Local" bus:

Los Angeles County "Metro Rapid" bus (I assume the destination sign would be legible in HD):

Santa Monica municipal "Big Blue Bus":

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Life Day from Golbanimaniarta! 

(Aired Friday, November 17, 1978. From a new addition to my TV Guide collection.)

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Disclaimer of the day 

"Medicine is magical, and magical is art." -- Paul Simon

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Monday, September 17, 2007

I find your lack of spelling knowledge disturbing 

A couple of months ago, DirecTV left a message on my answering machine to tell me that subscribers in Los Angeles now had the opportunity to get WNBC in New York for an extra monthly fee, without having to worry about "waivers," or "giving DirecTV a fake address," or anything like that. Now that the fall season is about to start, I called them today and signed up, after playing a brief game of "stump the customer service representative" (who eventually found details of the offer on his computer and exclaimed, "I've never seen this one before!").

It being 2:55, just for fun, I TiVoed their 6:00 news. And there was a story from my father's old neck of the woods -- some men had stolen about $50,000 in jewelry from the Nordstrom at The Mall at Short Hills in New Jersey. The mall is apparently located in Millburn, which I happen to know has two L's...

Well, okay, a little typo while they were creating that graphic. Surely it would be correct next time...

Third time's a charm?

I'm thinking this just shows how little happens in the Millburn area that makes the local TV news. There are probably other places in New Jersey that they know how to spell backwards and forwards.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

New toy (part 2) 

Okay, the main reason I bought the TV-recording device: so I could hook up my VCR and bring you 10-year-old Tampa Bay area station IDs.

No, the real reason is so I can transfer my VHS tapes to DVD. That station ID preceded Pat Sajak guest-hosting "Jeopardy!" on April 1, 1997.

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Monday, January 22, 2007

New toy 

I've got a bunch of VHS tapes that I'd like to transfer to DVD. In order to accomplish this, I bought a device called the EyeTV Hybrid, a little box that hooks to a Mac and can take an analog video input (say, from the output of a VCR) and save it as a digital recording.

But it also has an over-the-air digital TV tuner built in. So that's what Paris Hilton looks like in high-definition!

I'm not particularly impressed. With Paris, I mean. The HD actually is pretty impressive (it's better "live" on my monitor than in the scaled-down image above) -- on this local newscast, there's an obvious difference in quality between actual HD content and everything else (i.e., everything that didn't come from one of the local station's cameras).

I may have to watch the Super Bowl while sitting in front of my computer.

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Television from a parallel universe 


Seen during "Hockey Night in Canada" -- part of a midseason "free preview" week of the NHL Center Ice pay-per-view package. I think that's the only way someone in the U.S. not near the northern border can (legitimately) get to see Canadian TV commercials.

Don Cherry is a very strange man.

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