Wee bit pressed for time here… I’m trying to finish up PR3 (85% done), I need to get the game mods done for the next HodgePodge session before Friday night, and at my day job a bunch of code/designs are in the pipeline and we might even be moving to a totally different office. Add on top of that the usual timesinks of food/hygene/sleep and yow, things are tight. Should ease up a bit once PR3 is done / Monday hits, whichever comes first. It’s also gonna snow tonight, which means telecommuting, so maybe I can pull double duty and edit NWN during slow moments on the job.
Of course, I need to talk about more than timecrunches to make this a worthwhile journal entry… so I shall add more Tivo ranting. I’ve been able to keep up (mostly) with a bunch of shows that I haven’t seen in an aeon or never really had a good chance to see.
First, South Park. I haven’t watched it regularly since season one, but I’d say it hasn’t lost its edge. I’ve been watching season 3 and 4 eps, and even if the show’s not a monster of popularity, it’s still sick and warped and silly enough to make me grin. We need more vicious yet goodhearted humor out there; that’s what really makes the show work, it’s not afraid to break taboos, but in the end it affirms core human traits. It can be bleak and cynical yet also uplifting. Go figure.
I’m also finally going to get to see some Futurama. The show Fox kept shuffling around and preempting is now on Cartoon Network, and other than missing Monday runs due to WWE Raw, I’m getting the eps. Fun stuff, very inventive visually and with some trademark Simpsons style cynical situations.
The Daily Show is another must-grab; I like it because once you cut out the interview and the commercials, you can watch it in 15 minutes while eating dinner. Score! Of course, I had a small problem of spraying my table with chewed carrots when I was struck by a particularly hillarious joke while watching. Eww. Something about Jon Stewart’s delivery, his facial expressions and tones, just WORKS for me.
Although I’ve seen all of the first two seasons of it and season three was kinda iffy, I’m also grabbing Gargoyles. Possibly the best thing Disney’s animated for television next to Darkwing Duck, I’ve been re-watching key eps I remember really enjoying… usually putting the Tivo on x2 speed during meaningless action scenes, since the closed captioning still works on that setting.
Lastly, due to the Sci-fi channel’s erratic schedule I lost track of this show, but now I can finally watch Lexx. Scifi comedy with a slightly hentai edge? I’m there, dude. And since it’s on at 2am, it doesn’t conflict with any of my other recordings. Sweet! Problem is, it means taking 45 minutes a day to watch an episode, unless I hoard ’em for a marathon run on a weekend. The other shows I can compress down my viewing of a lot easier.
Finding time to WATCH all this TV is a bit of an issue, but if I delete episodes I’m not interested in or reruns, it becomes a bit more managable. I know that ranting about how awesome Tivo is makes me sound like a derranged cultist who’s trying to indoctrinate you all or some Chadian prick who wants to brag about his toys, but… I gotta be honest, this thing is fabu and I’m glad I got it. I can finally watch the things I want to watch, commercial free, and on my own terms.
Now someone please go ambush Jack Valenti in a bathroom and threaten to mail his balls to the LA Times and the New York Times, press release style, if he decides to crush Tivo through legislation.