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TV Channel 222 has had the Holiday Fireplace going 24/7 for six Bloody Weeks!   Leave a comment


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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.

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Posted January 5, 2017 by markosun in Television

Basketball player in TV show ‘Incorporated’ wearing Winnipeg jersey   2 comments


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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!

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In the vid below I dubbed music over the dialogue because of its use of obscene terms. This is a family blog, sort of.

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Posted December 24, 2016 by markosun in Television, Winnipeg

Ancient Aliens: The persistent popularity of this TV show’s nonsense boggles the mind   Leave a comment


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The Idiocy, Fabrications and Lies of Ancient Aliens

The History Channel presents self-appointed challengers of science who take on the idea that aliens caused the extinction of non-avian dinosaurs

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Until now, I have assiduously avoided Ancient Aliens. I had a feeling that if I watched the show—which popularizes far-fetched, evidence-free idiocy about how human history has been molded by extra-terrestrial visitors—my brain would jostle its way out of my skull and stalk the earth in search of a kinder host. Or, at the very least, watching the show would kill about as many brain cells as a weekend bender in Las Vegas. But then I heard the History Channel’s slurry of pseudoscience had taken on dinosaurs. I steeled myself for the pain and watched the mind-melting madness unfold.

I’m actually glad that my editors don’t allow me to cuss a blue streak on this blog. If they did, my entire review would be little more than a string of expletives. Given my restrictions, I have little choice but to try to encapsulate the shiny, documentary-format rubbish in a more coherent and reader-sensitive way.

The episode is what you would get if you dropped some creationist propaganda, Erich von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods and stock footage from Jurassic Fight Club into a blender. What results is a slimy and incomprehensible mixture of idle speculation and outright fabrications which pit the enthusiastic “ancient alien theorists,” as the narrator generously calls them, against “mainstream science.” I would say “You can’t make this stuff up,” but I have a feeling that that is exactly what most of the show’s personalities were doing.

There was so much wrong with the Ancient Aliens episode that I could spend all week trying to counteract every incorrect assertion. This is a common technique among cranks and self-appointed challengers of science; it is called Gish Gallop after young earth creationist Duane Gish. When giving public presentations about evolution and creationism, Gish rapidly spouted off a series of misinterpretations and falsehoods to bury his opponent under an avalanche of fictions and distortions. If Gish’s opponent tried to dig themselves out, they would never be able to make enough progress to free themselves to take on Gish directly. Ancient Aliens uses the same tactic—the fictions come fast and furious.

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While the main point of the episode is that aliens exterminated dinosaurs to make way for our species—a sci-fi scenario accompanied by some hilarious, mashed-together footage of dinosaurs fleeing from strafing alien craft, perhaps a preview of Dinosaurs vs. Aliens the movie—the various ancient alien experts do little more than assert that such an event must have happened. Surprise, surprise, they provide no actual evidence for their claims. Instead, they borrow evidence for fundamentalist Christians, who are never actually identified as such. Creationist Michael Cremo is identified only as the author of Forbidden Archeology, and Willie E. Dye is credited as a biblical archaeologist without any mention of his young earth creationist views. Ancient Aliens producers clearly did not care about the credentials or expertise of the talking heads they employed—just so long as someone said the right things in front of the camera.

And the creationists didn’t disappoint. About halfway through the program, Cremo says, “Some researchers found human footprints alongside the footprints of dinosaurs.” The quote is a line out of context from Cremo’s interview, but is played in a section claiming that American Museum of Natural History paleontologist Roland T. Bird found human footprints associated with dinosaur trackways in the vicinity of Glen Rose, Texas.

Bird didn’t find any such thing. He found many dinosaur footprints and trackways—one of which he and his crew partially excavated and anachronistically placed behind the AMNH’s “Brontosaurus“—but no human tracks. Strangely, though, hoaxed human tracks did have a role to play in Bird’s decision to initially visit the tracksites.

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Erich Von Daniken is one of the noisiest blow-hards propagating the myths and archeological lies of the Ancient Aliens family.  He is a big proponent of the theory that the Nazca Lines in Peru were space alien landing strips. The aliens travel billions and billions of miles through outer space to get to earth and they need landing strips?!! 

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The show can’t seem to decide whether aliens exterminated dinosaurs 66 million years ago or whether dinosaurs somehow survived to the modern era. Which is it? Did aliens clear away dinosaurs so that we might live? Or did some dinosaurs escape extinction somehow? Competing ideas bounce around like ping-pong balls during the whole episode. Grandpa Simpson tells more coherent stories.

Ancient Aliens is some of the most noxious sludge in television’s bottomless chum bucket. Actual experts are brought in to deliver sound bites that are twisted and taken out of context while fanatics are given free reign. Fiction is presented as fact, and real scientific research is so grossly misrepresented that I can only conclude that the program is actively lying to viewers. To present the show as a documentary, on a non-fiction network, is a loathsome move by the History Channel spinoff. (Technically, Ancient Aliens airs on an offshoot of the History Channel called H2.) If the network and the show’s creators want to present Ancient Aliens as a light survey of fringe ideas and make it clear that the ideas aren’t meant to be taken seriously, I can’t quarrel with that. But Ancient Aliens and shows like it winnow away at actual scientific understanding by promoting absolute dreck. Ancient Aliens is worse than bad television. The program shows a sheer contempt for science and what we really know about nature.

The narrator on the show does nothing but postulate conjecture. Question after question: Is it possible…, could it be…, is there a chance…, what if…,?  The questions go on and on. And the ancient alien theorists assume that their speculation has to be true!

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This clown has gotten dirty rich off this TV show. He is laughing all the way to the bank.

Posted September 9, 2016 by markosun in Conspiracy Theories, Paranormal, Television

The Most Insane Television Sets in History   Leave a comment


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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.

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Kuba Komet (1957-1962, Wolfenbuttel, West Germany)

 

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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.

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Marconiphone Television 702 with a 12-inch screen from 1937, by the British Marconi

 

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A Baird Lyric with a 12-inch screen, 1946

 

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Tele-Tone TV-209 (1949)

 

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A Teleavia Panoramic III, designed by Philippe Charbonneaux, 1957

 

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The 21-inch Philco Tandem Predicta with a 25 ft. cord between the screen and the cabinet, 1958

 

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Philco Safari, the first transistor portable television, 1959

 

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The 15 pound (6.8 kg) set had a 2 inch display and worked with a 7.5V rechargeable battery.

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Panasonic/National Flying Saucer (but also known as The Eyeball, originally TR-005 Orbitel), produced by Panasonic in the late 1960s and early 1970s

 

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It had a five-inch screen, earphone jack, and could rotate 180 degrees on its chrome tripod.

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The Keracolor Sphere, designed by Arthur Bracegirdle, 1968-1977

 

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This English set, an icon of the Space Age, was really expensive because of its small size. It was available in various colors.

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The JVC Videosphere, introduced in 1970, and produced to the early 1980s

 

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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).

 

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Sinclair Microvision TV (Model MTV-1), 1977

 

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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.

 

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Seiko T 001 TV Watch, 1982

 

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Casio TV-70, the portable TV from the early 1980s with “Solar Projection System”, 1986

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Posted August 31, 2016 by markosun in Technology, Television

Tarzan TV series where the He-Man had to have had a blow dryer   Leave a comment


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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.

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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”.

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Jane has a professionally manipulated doo going as well.

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Posted August 24, 2016 by markosun in Television

Open Exclusive Commercial Channels   Leave a comment


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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:

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Posted August 13, 2016 by markosun in Television