TV and Me

Seems fine. Cable was installed yesterday, and I set up my Tivo last night. I can’t record anything until today, so I just watched the Daily Show last night.

I think I’m going to get a lot of use out of my Tivo. Commercials annoy me. Yes, I know, without commercials we wouldn’t have the quality programs that so enrich our lives, like Trading Spouses (which was ALREADY DONE as a parody on Chappelle’s Show last year). I just can’t stand the pandering and degradation that goes on in many commercials. With the Tivo, I can either record a show and watch it later sans commercials, or if I want to watch it live, I just hit pause at the beginning of the show and wait 5 minutes. Then I can fast forward through the commercials.

Back to TV

After not having cable TV for the past 3 years, I’m going back. I’ve considered it for about a month, and found three compelling reasons for me to reconnect to Minnow’s Wasteland.

1. TV programs I actually want to watch. The Daily Show, Chappelle’s Show, NOVA, and almost anything on The History Channel.

2. I’m a Telecommunications Design and Production student. We focus mainly on television production.

3. Tivo. I’m not beholden to the broadcaster’s schedule, and I don’t have to mess with tapes. Plus, I can connect it to my wireless network, so I still don’t need a land line.

So Monday I reinsert myself into mainstream America’s biggest time sink. God help me.

Lotus Fest

So I spent a good deal of my weekend running around Lotus Fest, listening to some of the best live music I’ve ever heard. If you live in Bloomington, you shouldn’t miss it. Even if you don’t want to pay for a ticket, you can still stand outside the 4 tents they had set up. Shoot, if you live within 2 hours of Bloomington, there’s no excuse for not going to Lotus Fest.

What, you had work to do? Come on, how often do you look back and say “hey, remember that weekend where I worked the whole time? Yeah, that was great!”

I listened to artists like Väsen, a Swedish bluegrass/polka group, who were all like 6’5″; Marko Petricic and Mathieu Névéol, Serbian/French Gypsy music with bayan and violin (my favorite performance! they were called back for two encores!); and Funkadesi, an Indian/Caribbean/Hip Hop group based in Chicago. In all, I saw over 20 different performances this weekend. I-n-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-e.