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    I decided to give Ascension a try. I got through to the end of the 2nd episode. What the actual ... ... heck! I totally and completely lost any interest in watching any more of it after the big "twist" at the end of episode 2. I went to Wikipedia and read the synopses of the remaining 4 episodes, and NO THANK YOU. I AM DISAPPOINT.

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    I'm giving Doctor Who another try. Up till now I get so far then lose interest, this time I'm starting with Chris Eccelston and am 5 episodes in without hitting the interest wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noisy Rhysling View Post
    Mild one. Add "fatal" to the search if you're brave enough.
    Probably not, the cringe factor was pretty strong for me on that video. The guy getting bumped by the car then filling it with bullets was about as far as I'm comfortable with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starcanuck64 View Post
    Probably not, the cringe factor was pretty strong for me on that video. The guy getting bumped by the car then filling it with bullets was about as far as I'm comfortable with.
    I just watched a guy try to pass another car. Problem was, the front car was towing him. When he went around he whipped the tow car and they both went into the ditch. The Russians are utterly fearless, they will make a left from No. 3 or No. 4 lane in heavy traffic. They pull out to pass when another car is already trying to pass them. They ignore lanes with a sublime disregard for the laws of physics.

    I just reminding myself we're seeing the worst, that if the driving we see in the videos was common we'd see huge mounds of wrecked cars alongside the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noisy Rhysling View Post
    I just watched a guy try to pass another car. Problem was, the front car was towing him. When he went around he whipped the tow car and they both went into the ditch. The Russians are utterly fearless, they will make a left from No. 3 or No. 4 lane in heavy traffic. They pull out to pass when another car is already trying to pass them. They ignore lanes with a sublime disregard for the laws of physics.

    I just reminding myself we're seeing the worst, that if the driving we see in the videos was common we'd see huge mounds of wrecked cars alongside the road.
    The fatalities are up there compared to the US at 18.9 to 10.6 per 100,000 people per year, but Africa is nuts. Libya is the worst at 73.4, you could film a Death Race reality show there.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ted_death_rate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noisy Rhysling View Post
    I just watched a guy try to pass another car. Problem was, the front car was towing him. When he went around he whipped the tow car and they both went into the ditch. The Russians are utterly fearless, they will make a left from No. 3 or No. 4 lane in heavy traffic. They pull out to pass when another car is already trying to pass them. They ignore lanes with a sublime disregard for the laws of physics.

    I just reminding myself we're seeing the worst, that if the driving we see in the videos was common we'd see huge mounds of wrecked cars alongside the road.
    What's the point of having a repressive government if you can't punish crazy driving???

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    Quote Originally Posted by starcanuck64 View Post
    The fatalities are up there compared to the US at 18.9 to 10.6 per 100,000 people per year, but Africa is nuts. Libya is the worst at 73.4, you could film a Death Race reality show there.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ted_death_rate
    I have to believe that vodka is involved in most of these accidents. Otherwise I'd have to think that Russians don't know how to drive on snow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noisy Rhysling View Post
    I have to believe that vodka is involved in most of these accidents. Otherwise I'd have to think that Russians don't know how to drive on snow.
    They do like their drink in Russia.

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    The pedestrian are the really freaky people. I've seen a woman walk into the side of a bus (yeah, she was on the phone.) Children run across the road, without looking. A woman with a big hood that completely blocked her peripheral vision just stomped across the street, got bumped by a driver who managed to stop, and she kept on going without looking around. And drivers will blow the crosswalk red lights without blinking. One trucker got out of his truck and slugged a guy because his truck had to stop at the crosswalk.

    It's really insane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starcanuck64 View Post
    They do like their drink in Russia.
    Yeah, I found that out when I was picked up as an emergency relief escort for a guy with a briefcase changed to his wrist. He couldn't go anywhere without an escort and his original guy had a hot appendix. Their plane grounded at Signonella, Sicily, and I got spend four days in Moscow waiting for a ride back to Italy. I tried the vodka thing, ONCE.

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    Just watched the first three episodes of "The Expanse" in one go.

    Really liking it so far. Wife couldn't cope with the plot (it has that thing again, where it's hard to make out the characters voices, I just managed) so I'll need to watch alone, when I can wrest control of the T.V.

    (An entry for the "bugs you thread" could be made of my attempts to make the voices heard. Back in the day, there were two audio leads. Yay, we now have HDMI and surround sound and all that - but now things have to work together. I thought I'd go for surround sound, so I could increase the centre channel, but for some reason the ARC (Audio Return Channel) "input" on the Home Theatre wasn't getting anything from my T.V. May be about the recent "upgrade" to the satellite decoder, maybe not. It's been a bit dodgy from day one. May need to buy yet another receiver, so I can have one with HDMI inputs, and route through that to the T.V., instead of using ARC, so maybe it'll work better. Sigh.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by pzkpfw View Post
    Just watched the first three episodes of "The Expanse" in one go.

    Really liking it so far. Wife couldn't cope with the plot (it has that thing again, where it's hard to make out the characters voices, I just managed) so I'll need to watch alone, when I can wrest control of the T.V.

    (An entry for the "bugs you thread" could be made of my attempts to make the voices heard. Back in the day, there were two audio leads. Yay, we now have HDMI and surround sound and all that - but now things have to work together. I thought I'd go for surround sound, so I could increase the centre channel, but for some reason the ARC (Audio Return Channel) "input" on the Home Theatre wasn't getting anything from my T.V. May be about the recent "upgrade" to the satellite decoder, maybe not. It's been a bit dodgy from day one. May need to buy yet another receiver, so I can have one with HDMI inputs, and route through that to the T.V., instead of using ARC, so maybe it'll work better. Sigh.)
    I just turn on the closed captions. Had to do that for Interstellar, and for most British TV shows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noisy Rhysling View Post
    The pedestrian are the really freaky people. I've seen a woman walk into the side of a bus (yeah, she was on the phone.) Children run across the road, without looking. A woman with a big hood that completely blocked her peripheral vision just stomped across the street, got bumped by a driver who managed to stop, and she kept on going without looking around. And drivers will blow the crosswalk red lights without blinking. One trucker got out of his truck and slugged a guy because his truck had to stop at the crosswalk.

    It's really insane.
    I'm sorry. Are you still talking about Russia, or are we on Houston now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noisy Rhysling View Post
    I just turn on the closed captions. Had to do that for Interstellar, and for most British TV shows.
    A non-trivial thing that bugs me is lack of closed captioning on discs. I really do believe that, in the US at least, that should be illegal--Americans With Disabilities Act violation, you see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    A non-trivial thing that bugs me is lack of closed captioning on discs. I really do believe that, in the US at least, that should be illegal--Americans With Disabilities Act violation, you see.
    I'm that way now too, Netflix has spoiled me that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    A non-trivial thing that bugs me is lack of closed captioning on discs. I really do believe that, in the US at least, that should be illegal--Americans With Disabilities Act violation, you see.
    If it's an ADA violation, then it's already illegal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astrotimer View Post
    Since we have been discussing Gold Rush, John Schnabel passed away.
    That makes me very sad. It'll be hard on Parker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    I'm sorry. Are you still talking about Russia, or are we on Houston now?
    Or in Tehran where apparently a crosswalk is simply just a more colorful part of the road.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2K_hy-3EEs

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    Quote Originally Posted by starcanuck64 View Post
    I'm that way now too, Netflix has spoiled me that way.
    For a long time, I didn't have access to captioning on my Netflix streaming, and it drove me nuts. I'm glad my Blu-Ray player supports it; my Roku didn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starcanuck64 View Post
    Or in Tehran where apparently a crosswalk is simply just a more colorful part of the road.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2K_hy-3EEs
    I'll see your Tehran and raise you India.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuUagZvvk7Q

    Check out at 0:40 when a white car at the top of the frame drives against the traffic for several seconds.

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    Despite my undying hatred of reality shows, we've been watching Gold Rush since the beginning. Parker's beloved grandpa John Schnabel passed away Friday at 96. That makes me very sad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesabrown View Post
    I'll see your Tehran and raise you India.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuUagZvvk7Q

    Check out at 0:40 when a white car at the top of the frame drives against the traffic for several seconds.
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    "I'm going to walk across this busy, busy street. I'm quite sure that everyone else can see me, has quick reaction skills, and has top-rated brakes."

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    Those are inscrutable philosophies on display.

    If a tree falls into the lane ahead of me, I'm going to slow down, stop, and pause to thank my lucky stars before doing anything else. I suspect that most of you would do likewise.

    For these folks, the idea seems to be "My lane unavailable! Must maintain speed, immediately move into the other one, and count on no one coming the other way."

    And their governments must say: "No free speech for you, but drive any way you want to."

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    Just back from the monthly "Classics Of the Silver Screen" showing.

    This months show started off with a very early WB cartoon "starring" a slightly different Elmer Fudd- right voice but looked more like WC Fields than his later persona. His "co-star" was an unnamed rabbit with Bug's personality but not his voice and a different look - he also had a Woody Woodpecker laugh.

    Then a 10 minute 1940's short followed by the main feature "The Man Who Came To Dinner" based on a play by the fabulous Kaufman & Hart. It stars Monty Woolley, Bette Davis & Anne Sheridan and is full of hilarious acidic lines -:

    Sheridan Whiteside: [opening a box of candy] Ah, pecan butternut fudge!
    Nurse Preen: Oh, my, you mustn't eat candy, Mr. Whiteside, it's very bad for you.
    Sheridan Whiteside: My great aunt Jennifer ate a whole box of candy every day of her life. She lived to be 102 and when she'd been dead three days she looked better than you do *now!*


    As an aside they ran the trailer for the next feature - "On the Town" with Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garret, Ann Miller etc. To show how language usage changes - the final line in the promo was "Twice as gay as Anchors Aweigh". (And yes, I know about the Cary Grant line from "Bringing up Baby")

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    I just started watching Jane the Virgin. It's a show that doesn't take itself too seriously, except when it does. Gina Rodriguez is fantastic in the title role, and I'm hoping the writing continues to be as quirky fun as the show progresses. I've a few seasons to catch up on yet.

    I've also resumed watching Murdoch Mysteries (The Artful Detective, for some reason, here in the US). The show is still good, but the historical anachronisms are starting to get wilder and more revisionist. The current season has been a bit uneven (A circa 1905 space program??). I think if I start looking at it like an alternate history or something, that might help with the suspension of disbelief required to enjoy the show.

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    Watched the first episode of Houdini and Doyle.

    Apparently Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle have teamed up to solve cimes that have 'supernatural' overtones.

    Like an Edwardian Scooby Doo show without the dog.

    I can't work out why it was made or who it is aimed at.

    I don't think I will watch the next episode.

    It isn't as bad as the recent Jekyll and Hyde that ITV foisted on us at Saturday prime time and they have put it on to the cable 'ITV Encore' channel that is usualy reserved for repeats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    I've also resumed watching Murdoch Mysteries (The Artful Detective, for some reason, here in the US). The show is still good, but the historical anachronisms are starting to get wilder and more revisionist. The current season has been a bit uneven (A circa 1905 space program??). I think if I start looking at it like an alternate history or something, that might help with the suspension of disbelief required to enjoy the show.
    William Shatner plays someone who is allegedly Mark Twain on one episode. I'm not sure anyone involved actually knew anything about Mark Twain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    William Shatner plays someone who is allegedly Mark Twain on one episode. I'm not sure anyone involved actually knew anything about Mark Twain.
    Hey, if they got Shatner I don't suppose they cared what the script was and Shatner just plays Shatner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by captain swoop View Post
    Shatner just plays Shatner.
    No need to be redundant, there.

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