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Thursday night on the couch, watching Chopped (Episode 225 - All-Burger Meal).

Dessert Basket

  • hamburger buns
  • chocolate peanut clusters
  • shaved coconut
  • sesame seeds

Me to Heather, mockingly predicting what the annoying male contestant is going to make: “Derrrrrp. Yeah I’m going to make a Bread Pudding Burger!

Audio from the TV: “I’m going to make a Bread Pudding Burger.

Me to the TV: I told you! Goddammit! You’re so predictable!

Me to HeatherIf the next girl makes French Toast, I’m going to kill someone tonight!

Me, mockingly predicting to the TV what the respectable female contestant will make: “I’m going to make Coconut Ice Cream and a Hamburger Bun French Toast!

Audio from the TV: “I’m going to prepare a Shaved Coconut Ice Cream and Hamburger Bun French Toast.

Heather, terrified and jumping away from me: “Oh!My!God! BB! WHO ARE YOU GOING TO KILL?!

Both of us: *uncontrollable laughter*

tbridge:

steelopus:

tbridge:

danfaust:

Ha. Ha. Ha. You do not understand something that I know a lot about. Ha. Ha. Ha. That makes me better than you. Ha. Ha. Ha.

COMEDY! 

Also known as: why I didn’t care for The IT Crowd. Maybe it’s that I work in IT.

I can’t believe I’m taking the bait on this one…

This scene is not using Jen’s ignorance as the butt of the joke; it is negatively calling-out the condescension that Moss and Roy are exuding. We are laughing at Moss and Roy, not with them. The entire series was built upon the (wholly valid) stereotype* that IT personnel are condescending and socially inept.

That’s exactly why I loved The IT Crowd. Maybe it’s that I work in IT.

My point is: the condescension is awkward and awful. We all know IT guys like that. I am an IT guy who is NOT like that. I’ll take the time to explain why memory isn’t disk space, why RAM is important, etc, not give you “HA HA HA I am superior” spot.

IT guys are supposed to help you get your job done, they’re not there to stand in your way. I gave a whole talk on this at PSUMA this year, because it’s that fucking important.

So yes, some IT guys are like that. Are all lawyers ambulance chasers? That’s why the IT Crowd makes me crazy.

Tom,

Congrats on being better than the stereotype. Here’s a medal in appreciation of your important speeches and lack-of condescension. It’s a good thing you never condescend when people like things that you don’t.

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If you’re going to spend your life hating comedy that is based on stereotypes, then you’re going to have a hard time finding things about which to laugh. It is OK to laugh at things that are funny. We are not bad people for finding humor in things - even things that are at someone else’s expensewhether it’s a couple of nerds who think everyone else is technically inept or whether it’s an image that pokes fun at the fact that the icon design on iOS 7 Beta looks childish.

tbridge:

danfaust:

Ha. Ha. Ha. You do not understand something that I know a lot about. Ha. Ha. Ha. That makes me better than you. Ha. Ha. Ha.

COMEDY! 

Also known as: why I didn’t care for The IT Crowd. Maybe it’s that I work in IT.

I can’t believe I’m taking the bait on this one…

This scene is not using Jen’s ignorance as the butt of the joke; it is negatively calling-out the condescension that Moss and Roy are exuding. We are laughing at Moss and Roy, not with them. The entire series was built upon the (wholly valid) stereotype* that IT personnel are condescending and socially inept.

That’s exactly why I loved The IT Crowd. Maybe it’s that I work in IT.

High-res 20 of those 23 minutes were spent trying to blindly talk him through the process of disabling the closed captioning system on his Samsung TV, something that would’ve taken me - quite literally - about 15 seconds.




"OK. What do you see now? … OK… push the Menu button… now push the left arrow once… now what do you see? OK, now push the down arrow until you… what happened? You don’t see anything now? You’re changing channels? Wrong down arrow."




Etc., for 20 minutes. While I patiently waited for him to stop making the same mistakes, I found myself wishing I could just pull out my iPad, open Safari, type in an IP address, and be remotely controlling the TV and adjusting its settings from the comfort of my couch.
More than anything, I want the rumors of an “Apple TV” to be true if only for the fact that it might contain a menu system and remote control that are useable by people of all technical skill levels, or remotely configurable by people with advanced skill levels.
Help us, Tim Cook, Craig Federighi, and Jony Ive… you’re our only hope.

20 of those 23 minutes were spent trying to blindly talk him through the process of disabling the closed captioning system on his Samsung TV, something that would’ve taken me - quite literally - about 15 seconds.

"OK. What do you see now? … OK… push the Menu button… now push the left arrow once… now what do you see? OK, now push the down arrow until you… what happened? You don’t see anything now? You’re changing channels? Wrong down arrow."

Etc., for 20 minutes. While I patiently waited for him to stop making the same mistakes, I found myself wishing I could just pull out my iPad, open Safari, type in an IP address, and be remotely controlling the TV and adjusting its settings from the comfort of my couch.

More than anything, I want the rumors of an “Apple TV” to be true if only for the fact that it might contain a menu system and remote control that are useable by people of all technical skill levels, or remotely configurable by people with advanced skill levels.

Help us, Tim Cook, Craig Federighi, and Jony Ive… you’re our only hope.

How It’s Made - Rally Cars (by PanosDCC)

Combining two of my favorite things: How It’s Made and rally!

The first advice most aspiring rally racers receive is to never build your first car; instead, buy a used rally car - it’s cheaper and it teaches you a good lesson: it’s definitely going to break and it’s probably going to be your fault.

You’re less likely to be emotionally attached to a used car than to something you spent weeks designing and building - emotional attachment has no place in rallying, because…

  • If you’re focused on not breaking your car, then you’re not focused on winning.
  • If you’re not focused on winning then you’re not focused on driving.
  • If you’re not focused on driving then you’ll think you heard your codriver say “keep left over crest into short 4 right plus" when he actually said "keep left over crest into short 4 left plus" and then you’ll find yourself crying because you wrapped your car around a tree.

Anyway. Rallying is a serious goal of mine - even if it’s just a 5-day class at Team O’Neil Rally School.

Truthful Tuesday

It’s a bit weird, but I have a huge crush on the actress in the QuiBids commercials.

Thanks to this creepy blog, I know her name, her history, her favorite color, why she will never again eat Thai food, and what kind of toilet paper she prefers for wiping her beautiful bum.

Anyway. It’s only weird because she’s so far off my radar in terms of the type of woman I’m attracted to and because I’ve tried to program my DVR to record QuiBids commercials but the stupid thing doesn’t know how to do that.

Fake Obituaries: Serenity McLavabo (1962 – 2011)

fake-obituary:

Serenity McLavabo, who has died at the age of 49 of embiggened lymph, will be remembered by many people mostly for her roles in many popular children’s television programmes. She will also be remembered by many other different people for her roles in many popular hardcore bondage films…

OK, people. Listen up. I’ve bottled this up inside for a few months but I can’t keep on like this.

Consistently smart and exceptionally witty, Fake Obituaries deserves to be followed by everyone. The Laughs Per Paragraph meter is pegged at the top. It’s quickly become one of my all-time favorite Tumblrs.

High-res Ladies and gentleman,
Bob’s Burgers is far and away the best new show on television. It has me laughing heartily with each new episode, and the writing has more intelligence and heart than any of the other crappy animated series’ on Fox.
Do yourselves a favor and tune in.
This has been a public service announcement from your friend,Steelopus
PS: It’s been greenlighted for a second season. SQUEE!)

Ladies and gentleman,

Bob’s Burgers is far and away the best new show on television. It has me laughing heartily with each new episode, and the writing has more intelligence and heart than any of the other crappy animated series’ on Fox.

Do yourselves a favor and tune in.

This has been a public service announcement from your friend,
Steelopus

PS: It’s been greenlighted for a second season. SQUEE!)