Shaw TV’s ‘The Frame Channel’ is a perpetual scenery saturated experience. It usually shows great landscapes, beaches, rivers, popular city locations, famous bridges and meadows with fluffy sheep etc. It is for people who just want to let their minds relax. Come the holiday season the channel narrows its focus. It only shows a fireplace all the bloody time. The same fireplace all the time. Over and over and over. Sometimes a lumberjack’s arm appears in the bottom left corner of the screen and adds a log or two to the fire.
To watch this fireplace for more than 3 minutes would be strange behaviour. A person would have to be on some really good 1980’s acid to get their senses warped enough to get immersed in the looped fireplace for any length of time. Either that or a pyromaniac with a 70 inch wall screen and no money to fill his jerrycan with gasoline. Hopefully The Frame channel discontinues the perpetual flames by Valentines Day.
Flipping the channels around the other night I was surprised to see my hometown’s name all over the screen. On the show ‘Incorporated’ a guy is tossing basketballs around, what’s better his jersey has Winnipeg across the front. Winnipeg is not exactly a basketball hotbed. But what the hey.
Incorporated is an American television drama series. The show premiered November 30, 2016, on Syfy. Before its official premiere, Syfy released an advance preview of the first episode online on November 16, 2016. The story takes place in Milwaukee.
I checked the filming locations on IMDB and it’s shot in Toronto. So there must be a former Pegger with some influence regarding content on the show. Way to go!
In the vid below I dubbed music over the dialogue because of its use of obscene terms. This is a family blog, sort of.
When televisions were still a luxury, high-tech item, designers wanted to make them look as crazily futuristic and beautiful as possible. Here are some of the most bizarre and breathtaking television sets that ever existed.
Kuba Komet (1957-1962, Wolfenbuttel, West Germany)
The sailboat-like ultra-heavy (it was 289 lb. or 130 kg) home entertainment system of its time had a 23″ black and white television, eight speakers, a Telefunken phonographs and a multi-band radio receiver. The Komet cost more than a year’s average wage.
Marconiphone Television 702 with a 12-inch screen from 1937, by the British Marconi
A Baird Lyric with a 12-inch screen, 1946
Tele-Tone TV-209 (1949)
A Teleavia Panoramic III, designed by Philippe Charbonneaux, 1957
The 21-inch Philco Tandem Predicta with a 25 ft. cord between the screen and the cabinet, 1958
Philco Safari, the first transistor portable television, 1959
The 15 pound (6.8 kg) set had a 2 inch display and worked with a 7.5V rechargeable battery.
Panasonic/National Flying Saucer (but also known as The Eyeball, originally TR-005 Orbitel), produced by Panasonic in the late 1960s and early 1970s
It had a five-inch screen, earphone jack, and could rotate 180 degrees on its chrome tripod.
The Keracolor Sphere, designed by Arthur Bracegirdle, 1968-1977
This English set, an icon of the Space Age, was really expensive because of its small size. It was available in various colors.
The JVC Videosphere, introduced in 1970, and produced to the early 1980s
Inspired by Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and appeared in the Conquest of The Planet of the Apes (1972) and in The Matrix (1999).
Sinclair Microvision TV (Model MTV-1), 1977
The first ever miniature television with its 2 inch screen wasn’t a real sales success: it was really expensive, priced like the average models.
Seiko T 001 TV Watch, 1982
Casio TV-70, the portable TV from the early 1980s with “Solar Projection System”, 1986
Behind the cool name it was just a mirror that reflects the picture from the LCD screen. The only 13 mm thin TV worked with 3 AAA-size batteries and had a 2-inch black and white screen.
Not exactly sure what the make and name of this wild TV is. Almost looks like a stove is built into it. But what an enjoyable way to cook dinner, watching Spock and Bones McCoy sparring.
This series is re-running on some channel lately. What always catches my attention is Tarzan’s hair. It looks like he just walked out of a Manhattan hair stylist. Hair is always 1990’s perfect cool. The only time it looks like he really is a Tarzan is when he jumps in a river and that lion’s mane gets wet. Notice the producing countries, that may be a clue as to why this series was so bad.
Tarzán was a French-Canadian-Mexican television series that aired in syndication from 1991–94. In this version of the show, Tarzan (Wolf Larson) was portrayed as a blond environmentalist, with Jane (Lydie Denier) turned into a French ecologist. The series aired in syndication in the United States.
Ron Ely, famous for playing Tarzan in the original series, played a character named Gorden Shaw in the first season episode “Tarzan the Hunted”.
Jane has a professionally manipulated doo going as well.
You are in the midst of a heart breaking movie just as the ending approaches, the bloody channel flips to a series of commercials. I hate commercials, but not everybody does. Some people are addicted to the shopping channel. So here is the idea:
Have a couple channels show all the commercials non-stop, this leaves the rest of us uninterrupted by these snake-oil salesmen trying to sell me volvos, chryslers, f-150 pick-ups, cameras, tampex, oreos, booze, mouthwash, European river cruises, and all the other nonsense materialistic bullshit out there. Lets lobby our politicians to get this done. It’s a great idea.
And I won’t have to listen to those damn Aussie accents that have taken over the commercials. Like the one below: