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Monday, 29 August 2016


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Mike, if you like Grey's videos, check out the podcasts Hello Internet and Cortex. They're good for listening while working on something else, provided you can work while someone is talking. Probably not the best thing for writing, but maybe while out shooting.



I agree completely when you say you can not abide commercials on television. I adore the Olympics and I watch many events in the recently ended Rio games. But the only way it was possible was to record hours and hours on my Tivo and then watch only what I wished to while zipping past all the commercials. That Tivo made it feasible for me to enjoy my favorite sports. I love my Tivo and if that technology didn't exist I to would give up on regular TV.

Maybe those GGP Grey videos are good but I shall never see them as they have 20+ seconds of unskippable ads at the start of the few I checked!

I tell my friends that I watch television two hours......per year. Then I see their eyes like almost pop out.

Seriously, I wonder if my quality of life is any worse if I did not watch TV.

Speaking of Youtube, I watched this PBS American Masters documentary called Darkness and Light about Richard Avedon last week https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1f3egvLwVE It was 90 minutes well spent.

One word: "NETFLIX" - for 10$/month, no commercials, It will change how you think of TV.

I switched off the TV permanently some 30 years ago and the improvement that made in my life was comparable to the improvements that came with switching off a few other things that were interfering with my life around the same time.

For one thing, there are so many more hours in the day when TV isn't part of it.

Hours that can be spent taking photographs and processing them, or hanging out with friends, or reading reviews of camera equipment that I'll never be able to afford to buy …

TOV is on its way

Mike wrote, "I didn't set up my TV after I moved in 2014. Haven't had a TV since."

How should we define "TV" these days? By the device, the signal source or the programming?

We have several classical TV devices in our house but I can view YouTube videos on them as well as my computer, tablet and phone. I can also watch broadcast TV shows on the same devices.

Netflix seems to have less and less, for more and more money (second price increase since I signed up). What I really hate is that they just took away the latest couple of seasons of a series I was watching -- just as I got to those seasons. Getting tempting to drop back to watching over-the-air network broadcasts only, mediated with a free-software DVR application on a media computer. Not very good, but consistent and cheap. And it's not very important anyway.

I watch a lot of YouTube. But not for reviews of camera gear.

Yesterday I was watching reviews about SLS prototyping and manufacturing.

Last week it was doing some research on Intel's Skull Canyon NUC mini computer.

The week before it was Lap Steel Guitars. I discovered Peavey's Robert Randolph Signature PowerSlide® which I'll probably buy when I have some extra money.

If you like photographer biographies I'd recommend Hulmet by June https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52hxDJweTCs and Fame, Fashion, Photography: Bailey's 70s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S678bcdXsag

For music lovers there's Carol Kaye: Session Legend Interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?

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