My top three would be MacGyver, Red Green Show and Monk.
MacGyver was a fun action show. Mac could solve any problem with a piece of gum and string. I liked how he had creative solutions to get out of messes. The way Mike, from Burn Notice, solves problems is reminiscent of MacGyver.
Red Greenwas a low-budget Canadian show that aired on our local PBS affiliate. The series revolved around Red and his friends, a group of middle-aged guys, who hung out at the Possum Lodge. They came up with some of the funniest things.
I guess it was time for Monk to end but I wasn’t consulted in the decision. I’ve always liked mystery shows like Colombo and Diagnosis Murder. Monk was my favorite of this genre.
It is time for my annual list of the most popular posts for the years. All posts were posted this year. I re-posted videos for posts that features just a video. Three of the most popular posts for the year featured videos. Another trend was that three Top 10 lists were among the most popular posts this year.
Today’s top 10 is in honor of Sesame Street’s 40th birthday. As a child we would watch Sesame Street right before watching my dad on the evening news. Sesame Street and later School House Rock contributed greatly to my education. Today’s list is a combination of favorites and things I learned from Sesame Street. More
Ernest and Ronel along with others waiting to get out of Haiti are still stuck in the U.S. Embassy. Earlier today they were told my officials in the U.S. embassy it they got a flight they could leave the country. Well, Ernest got a flight and it seems that the officials in the U.S. embassy had no intention of letting them leave Haiti. The staff is being difficult and causing unnecessarily causing delays. Read More.
Note: For live updates check out Ernest Parker’s Twitter.
I am re-posting this from Aaron Ivey’s blog. The Ivey’s were in the process of adopting from Haiti when the earthquake hit. Their son Amos was one of the children with Humanitarian parole who came home last Saturday on a military flight. 27 children from the Real Hope for Haiti rescue center were supposed to be on that flight, all of them except Ronel were allowed to leave. Apparently, he was missing one piece of paper. More
#10: Cars (2006) — Racing champion Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) ends up being stranded in the tiny town of Radiator Springs and in the process tears up the town. The town judge Doc Hudson (Paul Newman) sentences Lightning community service to repair the damages. In the process Lightening learns some valuable lessons about life from Sally (Bonny Hunt), Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) and the other locals. More
After the Extreme Makeover Build in Gainesville, Florida I begin hearing rumors about the show that trouble me. After doing some investigation I have been able to confirm one of the rumors. It seems that some recipients of the homes have lost their home because they cannot afford the mortgage, increased taxes and/or increased utilities bills. … Read More.
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. 42 When Jesus was twelve years old, they attended the festival as usual. 43 After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn’t miss him at first, 44 because they assumed he was among the other travelers. But when he didn’t show up that evening, they started looking for him among their relatives and friends. …. More
This post was inspired by a recent conversation with The Big Guy. For some unexplained reason our conversation evolved or eroded to a discussion about our favorite search engine from back in the day (late 90′s/early 2000s). Read More.
When I post videos I like to include something about the artist or song. I think Andrew’s description of the inspiration for this song is better than anything I might write.
In December of 2009 my wife and I celebrated fifteen years of marriage. A few days later, we got in a silly argument and I wrote this song after she went to bed. Marriage, see, was God’s idea. It’s one of the most potent metaphors in all of Scripture for the way God loves us and the way we’re to let ourselves be loved by him. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. To the contrary, it’s fraught with peril. Any good marriage involves a thousand deaths to self—the good news is, in Christ that marriage involves at least as many resurrections. We lay our lives down and enter this perilous dance with another human being who has done the same. Why should we expect to emerge unscathed? Read the original post (Link to Peterson’s website)
Ok, this one just creeps me out. According to Chris Albrecht at NewTeeVee, Comcast is developing devices with a built in camera designed to recognize the person turning on the cable box. Comcast’s official reason for developing this is to improve the quality of the customer viewing experience. The cable box would make recommendations on the user profile. Comcast claims that it would be based on facial recognition but rather based on body forms.
There are enough surveillance cameras in public places. I understand that it is possible to be caught on one of those several times a day. Also, for the most part these cameras are needed for security reasons or for loss prevention. However, I do not want or need essentially another video surveillance camera in my own home. This entire idea just seems a little too Orwellian for me.
In 2004 the FCC decided that any use of profanity on Broadcast television or radio was unacceptable. However satellite and cable channels are not held to the same standards. The networks responded by suing on the grounds of creative expression. Groups like the Parents Television Council continue to file complaints against networks for indecent or offensive programming.
The FCC increased its standard in response to declining moral standards. FCC officials believe it is necessary to protect the public and ensure quality or at least non-offensive programming is aired. Another reason for the increased standards is to protect children and teens.
Personally, I do not choose to watch certain programming or even channels because of the programming. We also have TVs with V-Chips programmed to block R rated and higher programs. Yes, we can enter the code but it does prevent seeing some offensive things while flipping channels. The V-Chip does not always work properly, so it can be quite humorous at time. Especially, when a violent movie will be allowed but the weather will be blocked when describing “violent thunderstorms.”
I agree with the FCC and the Parents Television Council wanting to protect children and teens. However, for teens the internet is more of a threat than TV. It is possible to access just about anything on the internet. I am not supporting or even suggesting the FCC should regulate the internet. However, I do think that it is the parents’ responsibility to train children and teens what is appropriate. Not just regulate access to media but rather provide explanation, instruction, and guidance about what is acceptable or unacceptable and why.
So what to do think about the FCC’s increased standards? It is it a good thing? Should networks be given complete access?