Stuff about television.

Top Gear Comes to the US

So Top Gear is coming to the US. Ignoring that Top Gear has already come to the US. And then left after people threw stones at them and tried to kill them.

Er, actually, the UK version of Top Gear is currently shown on BBC America at 8PM Eastern on Mondays. In the past the Discovery Channel has shown episodes.

If you haven't watched Top Gear on BBC America before, then you're missing out on what's easily the funniest show on cable.


More Dumb Computer-Related Mistakes on SVU

Really, sometimes you have to wonder about TV shows and computer technology on them. Some of the stuff they pull makes absolutely no sense.

First off, the concept of tracing an IP address to a real-world address is somewhat iffy, without ISP help. It's conceptually possible, though, assuming the ISP actively tracks which IPs are assigned to which subscribers.


Ah, Computers in TV Shows

This comes courtesy of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Staedler: Subscribers?

Morales: The creeps who pay to watch and download Teddy's Treehouse for thirty bucks a month.

Staedler: Times how many guys?

[Cut to computer screen, displaying "3,139 active accounts" with a list of accounts below. Typing, and then scrolling through the list.]

Morales: Over a thousand.

I'll take a wild guess that there are approximately 2,139 accounts "over a thousand" there.


Robot Chicken Credits

Almost every episode of Robot Chicken lists credits for Sarah Gellar, Mila Kunis, and Garret Elkins. The following is a partial list, with episode names taken from TiVo's guide. They're in no particular order.


How It's Scewed Up

How It's Made is a TV show demonstrating how various objects are made. It's made by a Quebec-based company, which means that much of what it shows is originally created in Quebec. (Imagine that.)

Well, those crazy rest-of-the-worlders use this funky measuring system called the "metric system" I guess. So at some point they realized that they'd have to convert to the measuring system the US uses when showing it to US audiences. So at certain points, they add an overlay which gives the measurement the narrator is giving in English units.


Katamari Pepsi

Anyone else see the new Pepsi pinball ad and think "Katamari Peh-eppp-siii, ii, iiI, ba ba, baaa ba baba ba baaa ba, ba ba ba ba, baa ba, bum ba baba ba, bum baba ba!..."


Harry Shearer Looks Like Bruce Perens

I wanted to create an actual comparison, but I can't find any really good photos and I'm too lazy.

So instead I'm just going to observe that Harry Shearer looks like Bruce Perens.



On Monday's Colbert Report, Colbert coined the term "wikiality" (which, unlike truthiness, he gets to keep as his own invention). He used the term to describe how, when enough people believe something, it may as well be true, regardless of reality.

Specifically, the concept was that, because Wikipedia can be edited, if enough people edit it a certain way, the view expressed there will become the "truth" regardless of reality. He then "edited" two pages, The Colbert Report recurring elements and George Washington.


Great Mythbusters Quotes

Well, just one quote, but:

[Inside the barrel of a cement truck.]

Jamie: This is wonderful in here, I'd like to live in here. It's sort of like some sort of psychedelic thing going on with the spirals and what not. It's actually quite pretty.

Narrator: Jamie lives in San Fransisco.

[End Scene]


Ah, the Media

Sunday, on Fox 25: "Is Massachusetts going to give up millions of dollars in Homeland Security funds?"

Tuesday, on Fox 25: "Is Massachusetts misspending millions of dollars in Homeland Security funds on unrelated expenses?"

Got it. Government sucks. Media "investigates."



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