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Linking URLs on the TV

Posted 2011.08.15 20.28 in Computers/Internet/Technology, Music/Movies/TV

Here’s something that has been bugging me for about the last 5 years or so. When you see a URL on the TV, why can’t you just click it and have the link open up on your browser on your computer?

Ok I know the TV isn’t usually connected to the computer. Doesn’t matter. What about the digital hub stuff that they’ve been going on about for a few years? Between all the digital devices we’ve got in our homes, there should be a way to make this happen.

If the rumours of an Apple-branded television are true, then I expect this has to be one of the features. Click a link on the tv screen and it opens on your iPad or your Mac. So you can keep watching the show, while you follow the link.

Dinosaurs vs. End Of The World

Posted 2010.11.22 8.19 in Music/Movies/TV

So last night, there was this show on Discovery Channel, about the dinosaurs getting killed by the meteor or comet or whatever it was. They’ve been hyping it for a week or two, making such a big deal out of it.

Well, So I started to watch. I tried. But after only a few minutes I had to switch it off.

It’s not educational — we already have a pretty good idea of the cosmic collision theory. And it wasn’t entertaining.

Make-believe CGI beasties or not, I just can’t find anything entertaining about watching animals suffer for 90 minutes. It was just sad.

Sorry Discovery Channel – I’m sure you spent lots of money on the special effects, but special-effects-alone does not a good show make. So, booo.

Unobtanium?

Posted 2010.05.09 22.56 in Music/Movies/TV

So I finally saw Avatar the other day. It was a lot longer to watch, than it was to read the synopsis. It was a lot like the Pocahontas movie, only with blue aliens and heliopter gunships. I didn’t see the Pocahontas movie, but I read the synopsis of that too.

So the first big thing that stuck with me, was this unobtanium stuff. The word unobtanium has been around for a long time, and it more or less means something that is next to impossible to get.  I first encountered the term in the late 90’s, relating to Apple’s Newton eMate product. The memory upgrade was said to be made of unobtanium, because it was virtually impossible to get your hands on.

So in the movie… unobtanium sounds like it would be acceptable as a working-term for early on in the script developtment. But it shouldn’t have made it into the finished film. Considering this grey rock was supposed to be so important and so valuable that it was worthwhile to travel so far and spend so much money to mine it, I’d have really liked to know what it was good for.

I think the corporate guy said it was worth $20,000 / kg which at first seems like a lot. When you consider though that it takes about 6 years to travel between Earth and Pandora, and how much it must cost to move every kg of supplies back and forth, how much personelle and material had been moved to Pandora, and how long they had appearantly been there, $20,000 / kg seems fairly reasonable.

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More Obscure TV Trivia Answers

Posted 2009.11.27 23.00 in Music/Movies/TV

Recently I posted another little TV trivia quiz – essentially, a commercial had asked, “Do you have what it takes to run a TV station?”  And to that, I immediately responded, I have a wheelchair and a fedora – of course I have what it takes to run a TV station!

I was referring to a certain character on a certain TV show. 150 points were on the table – and Doug won them all! Congratulations!

For the rest of you, here’s the answers:

You get 50 points for each correct answer. Cheers!

P.s. my fedora is red and I don’t have a matching suit, but I could still run a TV station.

More Obscure TV Trivia

Posted 2009.11.24 8.41 in Music/Movies/TV

Last night I had the TV on, providing some background noise, when I heard a commercial ask, “Do you have what it takes to run a TV station?”

I don’t know if they were advertising a new show, or a contest, or a video game, or whatever – after they asked the question my brain tuned it out as I immediately thought to myself, I have a wheelchair and a fedora – of course I have what it takes to run a TV station!

Then I thought to myself, woah that was an obscure TV reference.

So here we go:

  1. For 50 points, name the TV show I was thinking of when I thought I could run a TV station.
  2. A further 50 points will be awarded, if you can name the exact character on that TV show.
  3. Finally, there are 50 points for naming the actor who played the character on that show.

Ready? And…. go!

Maple Leaf Forever

Posted 2009.11.17 8.09 in Music/Movies/TV

Back on Rememberance day, the best version of Maple Leaf Forever that I could find was a crummy synthesizer midi file that just didn’t cut it.

Here’s a clip of a better version. It’s an m4a (aka AAC) file, so if you have trouble playing it you may need to add another codec or whatever to your music playing software.

Maple Leaf Forever

This clip is the right size to make into a ringtone, by the way… if you download the file and change the suffix from m4a to m4r then drop it into iTunes, you can copy it to your iPhone and use it as a ringtone. Just sayin’ is all.

Obscure TV Trivia Answers

Posted 2009.11.06 10.19 in Music/Movies/TV

Ok so here’s the answers to last week’s obscure TV trivia questions:

For 5 points, all we needed was the names of any two movies that actor Troy McClure has starred in. This was an easy one as just about every time Troy appears on a Simpsons episode, he introduces himself with “You may remember me from such films as…” and names two films. For instance “Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die” or “The President’s Neck Is Missing!”

For 50 points, we needed the superhero identity of Drake Mallard. This was a tougher one, though the name makes it obvious we’re talking about a duck. What duck? When you’ve got trouble you call DW! DarkWing Duck!

For 100 points, we needed the detective agency where Cornfed works. Again, slightly more obscure, but the name and the fact that it’s a detective agency tip the hat. Duckman’s detective agency.

And finally, at 250 points, the most obscure reference at all. El Ka-Bong was an alter-ego of the drunken / senile Franklin Sherman, father of Jay Sherman, “The Critic”. (Side note: Is it wrong that Franklin Sherman is one of my heros?)

Cheers!