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Dec 4, 2009 11:35 pm

Just curious how many people have TV's IN their office.  Not in their lobby or whatever.  I'm talking tv/flat screen on the wall with CNBC, ESPN, Oprah, or whatever garbage you want to watch.  

Dec 5, 2009 9:32 am

Beavis and Butthead don't count.

Dec 5, 2009 9:40 am

I don't even have a TV in my home...high-speed internet...but no Television.
Nothing but a black hole in time.

Dec 5, 2009 5:34 pm
Ferris Bueller:

That explains a lot about why you are the way you are.




I don't have a TV at home, either.
It forces the kids to play outside, or read, or draw, or do their damn chores.
Somebody told me once that the average child watches two hours of TV per day. If that child practices his piano two hours a day, or played soccer two hours a day he would get real good at playing piano or playing soccer. Watching two hours of TV every day makes you real good at .... watching TV.

As for the office, I wouldn't want my advisor watching financial stations. I'm sure you'd agree that stuff is like pornography.

Dec 6, 2009 9:00 am

I guess I should clarify. I have a TV, but no cable and never got digital television.

I originally made this decision (like 10 years ago) because I felt that the cable company was a monopoly and I didn't want to give them my money. If it wasn't for the 20% taxes added to a cable bill, they would certainly be broken up.

I still watch TV for entertainment. I have the 4-DVD Netflix membership plus they have a great selection of movies at my local library. What I don't do is turn on the TV because I am bored and can't think of anything else to do. 

I never want to make TV time a black hole in my life...Other than catching headlines on the internet, I never want to know who Jon & Kate are or who Adam Lambert is...

Dec 6, 2009 5:14 pm

Where do you people come from where you don't have tv(explains why you are EDJ though) Hillbillies..

 
I echo the statement that your kids hate you, or have no concept of reality(your kid gets beat up at school)
 
Still... .so what do you do when you are bored?
 
PS my kids watch tv and both of them are in the academically talented program at school, so your logic is wrong...
Dec 6, 2009 5:19 pm

My kid watches more TV than I would like. And I mean real-brain rotting stuff - Hannah Montana, Phineas and Ferb. But is 9 years old doing algebra and geometry.



TV is awesome for entertainment. I just hate paying the cable companies.



Dec 6, 2009 6:14 pm

I have heard of Dish and DirectTV.  Every time I go see my parents, the picture quality is not as good, and if there's a thunderstorm, reception is spotty.

Fcuk that.

I think I'm just going to start using Hulu.

Dec 6, 2009 9:10 pm

I guess if I had a kid(s) in school, I might have to cave in and get cable. I agree, I don't want them to be outcasts...although, if it is a boy, I might give him a choice - a motorcycle or cable. I'd rather have my 9 year old learn how to ride than watch Hannah Montana...

sh*t, I'd rather get my daughter a pony than let her watch any of that crap...

I'm going to have to think this through some more.

Dec 7, 2009 11:36 am
Moraen:

I have heard of Dish and DirectTV.  Every time I go see my parents, the picture quality is not as good, and if there's a thunderstorm, reception is spotty.

Fcuk that.

I think I'm just going to start using Hulu.

 
We got AT&T's Uverse a while back.  I've had DirectTV, Dish, and now Uverse.  I like some things about all of them.  I liked DirectTV's programming packages.  It always bugged me that Dish didn't include Fox News on their basic package.  I liked Dish's DVR better than Uverse.  I've only had Uverse on my HDTV, so I don't know about the picture quality of them all.  But, it can be storming outside and I don't lose my signal since in comes in through our phone line.  Additionally, there isn't a dish on my roof.  It's a small thing, but I always worried about the installers not sealing the holes in my roof properly.    
 
Hulu might work fine for a small computer window, but I wouldn't want to put that kind of low res feed on my big screen. 
 
ice - don't kid anybody about the reason you have the big TV's.  It has more to do with Halo or Modern Warfare than Big Bang Theory in HD. 
Dec 7, 2009 6:08 pm
[email protected]:

I never want to know who Jon & Kate are or who Adam Lambert is...

 
Sounds like you already do... 
Dec 7, 2009 7:26 pm
iceco1d:
Spaceman Spiff:
Moraen:

I have heard of Dish and DirectTV. Every time I go see my parents, the picture quality is not as good, and if there's a thunderstorm, reception is spotty.Fcuk that.I think I'm just going to start using Hulu.



We got AT&T's Uverse a while back. I've had DirectTV, Dish, and now Uverse. I like some things about all of them. I liked DirectTV's programming packages. It always bugged me that Dish didn't include Fox News on their basic package. I liked Dish's DVR better than Uverse. I've only had Uverse on my HDTV, so I don't know about the picture quality of them all. But, it can be storming outside and I don't lose my signal since in comes in through our phone line. Additionally, there isn't a dish on my roof. It's a small thing, but I always worried about the installers not sealing the holes in my roof properly.     



Hulu might work fine for a small computer window, but I wouldn't want to put that kind of low res feed on my big screen.



ice - don't kid anybody about the reason you have the big TV's. It has more to do with Halo or Modern Warfare than Big Bang Theory in HD.

Man, I wish I had the time to play some Halo! And I'd really like to try Modern Warfare 2 out...but I digress. What's "Big Bang Theory?" Is it porn?





Actually, Big Bang Theory is a funny show. Ice we need to get some Halo going before the New Year. I'm sending the wife and kid to New York for a week. A week of beer-drinking and Halo with maybe a few strippers sprinkled in.

Dec 7, 2009 7:53 pm
Ferris Bueller:
[email protected]:

rather have my 9 year old learn how to ride than watch Hannah Montana...




I'd rather my 9 year old boy ride Hannah Montana!



Come for the career advice...stay for the life advice!
- still

ps: i can honestly say I do not know who adam lambert is or why he is famous. all I know is he gets about as many headlines as amy winehouse (whose songs I have never heard).

Dec 8, 2009 4:32 pm
Ferris Bueller:
buyandhold:
Ferris Bueller:

That explains a lot about why you are the way you are.

I don't have a TV at home, either. It forces the kids to play outside, or read, or draw, or do their damn chores.Somebody told me once that the average child watches two hours of TV per day. If that child practices his piano two hours a day, or played soccer two hours a day he would get real good at playing piano or playing soccer. Watching two hours of TV every day makes you real good at .... watching TV.As for the office, I wouldn't want my advisor watching financial stations. I'm sure you'd agree that stuff is like pornography.



What does being entertained have to do with being good at something? I watch tv for entertainment, not to get good at something. Your kids must hate you.

 
Wow, this is interesting. Watching TV together can be great family time (even edgy stuff when they get older).
 
When "V" came out, we almost died laughing at the political satire, and we were making fun of the government, Hollywood, big business and the PC teachers who try to brainwash public high school students. ( Some things never change.)
 
"24" teaches kids about dealing with terrorists. "House" is good for learning about how to deal with a$$hole doctors. "Monk" teaches respect for OCD folks. "Lost" is a stepped up version of the skills and strategies played out in "Survivor".
 
I remember building a fireplace fire and camping in the family room with the family around "Survivor" and popcorn. The best way to teach kids to deal with and thrive in the popular culture is to embrace it.
 
Being able to play the piano is nice, but being able to think for yourself is a function of cultural literacy. I have to agree, I hope your kids don't end bitter. Same goes with the internet.
Dec 10, 2009 1:20 pm

This thread is a much better distraction than TV. Some real funny stuff in this one.

Full Disclosure: I'm a tv junkie who thinks DVR is the greatest invention ever.

Dec 10, 2009 1:42 pm
Milyunair:
Ferris Bueller:
buyandhold:
Ferris Bueller:

That explains a lot about why you are the way you are.

I don't have a TV at home, either. It forces the kids to play outside, or read, or draw, or do their damn chores.Somebody told me once that the average child watches two hours of TV per day. If that child practices his piano two hours a day, or played soccer two hours a day he would get real good at playing piano or playing soccer. Watching two hours of TV every day makes you real good at .... watching TV.As for the office, I wouldn't want my advisor watching financial stations. I'm sure you'd agree that stuff is like pornography.



What does being entertained have to do with being good at something? I watch tv for entertainment, not to get good at something. Your kids must hate you.

Being able to play the piano is nice, but being able to think for yourself is a function of cultural literacy. I have to agree, I hope your kids don't end bitter. Same goes with the internet.
 
They won't end up bitter.  They'll just teach piano lessons from their home and be referred to by their neighbors as the "crazy cat lady" or "crazy cat guy".  Kinda like the old guy on Home Alone that Kevin was scared to death of, except that that guy actually turned out to be quite normal.
Dec 10, 2009 1:46 pm
Incredible Hulk:

This thread is a much better distraction than TV. Some real funny stuff in this one.
Full Disclosure: I'm a tv junkie who thinks DVR is the greatest invention ever.

 
I couldn't agree more.  We DVR everything.  Until last night I had 6 weeks of Numbers waiting for me.  My in laws don't have DVR and watching TV at their house is painful. 
 
ice - if you don't know what Big Bang Theory is, set your DVR to record it on Monday nights.  CBS I think.  Funny, my DVR tapes it so I don't really even know what station it's on or what time. 
Dec 10, 2009 2:52 pm

with Netflix you can rent most any series from the beginning, we are currently watching "The Shield"...awesome awesome addictive program.  I HIGHLY recommend it to all.  The only problem is that we watch it so often that our life revolves around it during that time...so crazy..but fun!

Dec 10, 2009 3:25 pm
Spaceman Spiff:
Funny, my DVR tapes it so I don't really even know what station it's on or what time. 

Spiff you are showing your age again.

Dec 10, 2009 4:29 pm
3rdyrp2:
Milyunair:
Ferris Bueller:
buyandhold:
Ferris Bueller:

That explains a lot about why you are the way you are.

I don't have a TV at home, either. It forces the kids to play outside, or read, or draw, or do their damn chores.Somebody told me once that the average child watches two hours of TV per day. If that child practices his piano two hours a day, or played soccer two hours a day he would get real good at playing piano or playing soccer. Watching two hours of TV every day makes you real good at .... watching TV.As for the office, I wouldn't want my advisor watching financial stations. I'm sure you'd agree that stuff is like pornography.



What does being entertained have to do with being good at something? I watch tv for entertainment, not to get good at something. Your kids must hate you.

Being able to play the piano is nice, but being able to think for yourself is a function of cultural literacy. I have to agree, I hope your kids don't end bitter. Same goes with the internet.
 
They won't end up bitter.  They'll just teach piano lessons from their home and be referred to by their neighbors as the "crazy cat lady" or "crazy cat guy".  Kinda like the old guy on Home Alone that Kevin was scared to death of, except that that guy actually turned out to be quite normal.
 
What this crazy world needs is a few more old cat people, anyway. I don't believe Hollywood has a monopoly on eccentricity.