Filling The Void  

Fallic40 53M
3214 posts
3/8/2006 8:10 pm
Filling The Void

There are very few absolutes in my life. But one of the very few commandments that I adhere to is “Thou Shalt Not Watch Reality TV”. And you know, strangely, my life does not seem in any way diminished by this.

And so televisionwise, there is a vast vacuum that needs to be incorporated. I mean there is American Idol, The Great Race, Survivor plus others just too numerous to mention: although I am assured by my daughters that these are all brilliant entertainments on a scale that Nero would have used to control the Roman masses.

Now usually there is my guitar, my model kits, my books, the computer and also soccer to fill this void; but there is also a need for quality sofa time and since there is not a Mrs., Miss or Ms. Village Idiot, the only quality thing to do on the sofa is watch television.

Here are some of the cool things I have found to watch:

Globetrekker (Oregon Public Broadcasting and The Travel Channel) This is the opposite of almost any travel show on television. It is strictly for the serious back packer and minimalist tourist. What sets this show apart are the destinations: the Silk Road perhaps as it goes through Samarkand, or remote Chile and Peru, or the northern part of Alaska in midsummer.

Aussie Football Highlights (Fox Soccer Channel) This would be the show for Trav and his Manly Men as it features shorty shorts, violent collisions, blood, and officials dressed like butchers . For profound, and profuse, athletic violence on the grandest scale, nothing beats aussie rules. (By crikey, that poor fella just got his teeth kicked out, but he’ll be right back out there, just you wait and see). It’s like American Football but with 80 minutes of brutality as opposed to 8 minutes. Bonzer!

Good Eats (Food Channel) Usually I would find someone like Alton Brown to be annoying on the scale of David Letterman but somehow this is the perfect vehicle for him as he is a truly annoying bastard on Iron Chef. But the science of food is really interesting and has been fascinating m ever since I started doing science experiments at school some 35 years ago.

Footballers Wives (BBC America) This is better than Desperate Housewives. The bitch factor is awesome. It has even got real footballer’s wives crying out to the world that it just isn’t like this in real life (unless you are Victoria Beckham, I suppose). My daughters watch this every week and have a bunch of their friends hooked. Of course they watch Desperate Housewives too ‒ but it is on too late for a geriatric like me.

Bass Fishing (ESPN2) My youngest daughter gets up on a Saturday and has toast (and Marmite) and watches this with me. It is strangely compelling to watch professional fishing ‒ in the same way that NASCAR is compelling. We have favourite anglers: mine is Kevin VanDam and hers is Mike Iachonelli. The only thing not available yet is fantasy leagues for the fishing (as far as I know).

The Henry Rollins Show (IFC) Henry Rollins has been a favorite of mine for a long time as I like his take on popular culture and politics. Last year he made a very good monthly show for the IFC that concentrated on independent movies. It was unlike any other movie show I had seen. This year, his show has been expanded to a weekly show that will crossover into politics and whatever else he feels like talking about and will be premiering in three weeks time. A word of warning, if you are a Republican who worships at the altar of George Bush ‒ you might not want to watch this. I would suggest the 700 Club instead.

Mythbusters (The Discovery Channel) All of the great mysteries of the universe are answered in this program. It specializes in destroying urban myths. Some of the best shows I have seen were the feasibility of using a giant catapult to propel illegal immigrants over the border (it is not feasible), does toast always fall butter side down (no ‒ it was about a 50/50 split) and can a fart be set alight (yes). The two guys who host this show are special effects designers and can build some amazing props to test their theories.

Cash In The Attic (BBC America) It’s like a training movie on what to grab when my mum dies. I can only hope that my sister is not watching as well or she will beat me to the good stuff. Of course, I am not really that much of a money grubbing bastard, but I now have the necessary training. Some of the most amazing crap sells for major money when it goes to auction. Of course the show is heavily edited to give it some dramatic content, (or magically the biggest selling item always sells last).

Mail Call (History Channel) R. Lee Ermy was the sadistic drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket and a real USMC Gunny. His show on military weapons and happening goes from the ancient to the modern and is a font of information. It really ties in a lot of solid information to go with a lot of what I watch on the news.

Now these are some of the ways that I spudify on the couch when the muse is not upon me (and nobody else is upon me either). There is some serious information imparted on all of these shows, except for Footballer’s Wives, and I find the reality in these shows to be so much more enjoyable than the reality of The Bachelor.

PrincessKarma 43F
6188 posts
3/8/2006 11:19 pm


Mythbusters is on??

*makes a mega-bowl of popcorn and plops on the couch with Fallic*

How long do you think it will take before Adam gets a bruise this time?

The Big Bang was the mother of all orgasms.PrincessKarma

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
3/9/2006 8:05 am

PrincessKarma, have a seat and enjoy.

Some of the ideas that Jaimie and Adam get are just brilliant. This is a metal shop that I would love to go and work in for a couple of weeks. I have the sheet metal skills and the mathematical skills so maybe I need to send a resume down to them.

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
3/9/2006 8:07 am

hotnsultry, Cash In The Attic is indeed very educational. Are You Being Served is on BBC America upon occasion as is Fawlty Towers.

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
3/9/2006 8:13 am

No, Sil, I have no man love fantasies involving Henry Rollins: he is all yours. I only appreciate his social commentary, sardonic wit, and insight.

I generally don't watch MXC although the "Queen Cobra" (my oldest daughter) watches it with her boyfriend occasionally. I don't get EastEnders here so I will have to stick with Footballer's Wives.

And as for Food Network - I have a binder full of recipes that I have downloaded from them. Even though I very rarely eat red meat, there was a crab crusted fillet mignon on Emeril's show that looked incredibel that I will make this weekend.

MissAnnThrope 56F
11488 posts
3/9/2006 9:25 am

Damn it, my cable company only has IFC for HDTV. I feel so ripped off. I need to know... Were any of his picks the films of Richard Kern? If so, I really feel ripped off.

I love Mythbusters, it's been one of my favorites for years. It even seems to have a budget these days.

whats4dessert2 49M

3/9/2006 8:03 pm

Falic, I share your contempt for reality TV. I despise it with a passion and cannot, for the life of me, understand why they call putting people in contrived and controlled situations constitutes reality at all. You want to really impress me with survivor..put a bunch of these twits on an island with nothing but dull butter knives and see who comes out the winniner in ooooh say six months.

There are four shows I watch reasonably faithfully.

1) Family Guy...yes it's a guilty pleasure but I can't help laugh
2) Dead Like Me...based on the little I know about you I think you'd love the incredibly dry wit of this show
3) CSI (the original)

I do catch the odd Seinfeld rerun but I've come to realize that I truly have 500 channels and there's nothing on

rm_titsandtires 51M/41F
3656 posts
3/9/2006 8:04 pm

If your daughter likes Mike I. you should have her check out his book, "Fishing on the Edge". Very good read. Not a whole lot of fishing talk going on, but more a story of someone who has a deep passion for many things in life, and how he came to crossroads along the way where he had to prioritize different activities, and learn the hard way (sometimes) what's really important to him. I would most definitely put it on my "must read" list. Not because it's a great book, but it can teach all of us a thing or two, and it's a quick read as well. Very cool guy.


Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
3/10/2006 6:48 pm

tires, I will find a copy of that book for her. She fancies herself as a bass fisher(wo)man extraordinaire and her results so far have been pretty impressive.

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
3/10/2006 6:49 pm

whats4, I love Family Guy.

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
3/10/2006 6:53 pm

MissAnn, I do not recall seeing anything on Richard Kern but it may well come up this season since the show has been taken to a more inclusive format rather than just movies. His best shows last year were with Don Cheadle on how to select scripts and with Philip Seymour Hoffman talking about Capote more than three months before it's release.

_Safira 53F
11260 posts
3/12/2006 8:57 pm

Did you tape "FW" for me, my love???

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Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
3/15/2006 11:22 am

Saf, no I did not. I got called away to deal with a homework crisis so I ended up missing the show too.

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