Sunday, February 16, 2014

10 Differences between old TV and new TV

New and old.  The good old days.  New fangled.  Everything seems to have changed. Not the least of which is TV.  Our main source of entertainment in the 70's and 80's is still a major source of entertainment now.  But it has changed a LOT.  We just might not have noticed it.  Imagine if you came from 1979 to visit now and watch some TV.

10.  Wow is that big! -  The first thing that would strike our time traveler would be the sheer size of the tv.  Back in the day, a REALLY big tv was 35 inches and it weighed upwards of 150 lbs or more.  Glass tubes and phosphors.  It was dangerous to sit close to the TV what with the radiation and all (wives tale).  Now, big lightweight screens that show more colors than the eye can see.  Our friends of the past would be amazed.  Not only is it big, but everything is produced on a much more polished scale.  Everything looks bigger AND looks better.  The next generation of TV's will be upwards of 120 inches and show more colors than is actually possible for your eyes to see.

9.  Lots of gray areas -  Now that we are watching TV we find that it's harder to tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys.  The only white and black hats to be had now are computer hackers.  Back then, good guys were very good without more than one flaw.  Usually that they got mad too fast.  Tv used to be about showing us how we wanted to see ourselves.  Now TV is often about showing us what we don't really want to see, but can't look away from.

8.  How many channels are there? - If you have cable or satellite TV, you have more channels than there are hours in a week.  You get more channels on Air TV as well, but not many are watchable.  This was a long running joke, but now they aren't channels anymore, they are other things like Netflix and Hulu that come through other devices and play on your TV.

7.  Why isn't anyone watching TV? - One word, INTERNET  Kids don't even bother watching TV.  They are more about games and YouTube or Vine or whatever the flavor of the month is for sharing media.  Everyone wants to be known for something and it's more interesting for the kids to watch that than stupid tv shows.  When I was a kid, everyone had the fleeting idea that they could be a star and famous.  Now, you can be, just to a smaller audience, but anyone can go 'viral' and without an agent!  So who needs TV?  Besides, everyone likes to watch cats anyway.

6.  Is everything police Shows? -  Apparently someone decided that Police shows were the only ones that were interesting at all.  So now all shows are police dramas?  Well, not everything, but most things.  There are one or two doctor shows and a couple of comedies about dumb people.  But everything else is Police Investigators.  They have better technology than we can have for another 10 years at least and they solve every crime and the criminal is always the right guy, unless they find him early in the show and then it's the wrong guy.

5.  Is this for real? -  Sorry I said Police shows.  The OTHER TV programming is the reality TV show.  In the 70's and 80's they didn't have a name for reality TV, they called it things like Battle of the Network stars and That's Incredible! and Variety shows like Carol Burnett.  All of those go away and now we have gritty regular looking people doing things that don't look that interesting if you do it, but when they do it!  Wow, it's captivating.  To some people.  Of course, it's all scripted.  Not by words, but by action.  They will set up situations so the real people will look the way the producers want them to.  Everyone's life is more interesting if you get to edit it.

4.  Lawyers and drugs didn't exist in the 70's - Back then, tv commercials consisted of Beer, and Cars.  A rather surprising combination.  Well, today the majority of the commercials are Drugs and Lawyers.  Hmm...yet another surprising combination.

3.  I just started liking that show, where is it? - Networks don't let a lot of grass grow anymore when a show doesn't hit the top of the charts right off the bat, they pull it harder than a punk teenager pulls a fire alarm. Sometimes they will let the story run to the end of the season but not often.  Of course technology has made this a lot easier and cost effective.  Remember, they don't care if YOU like it.  They care if ALL of you like it.

2.  These commercials go on forever! - 1982, the first infomercial for a product guaranteed to promote hair growth took a whole slot of programming.  In 1984 the FCC took restrictions away from commercials that made it easier and more legal to push whole blocks of time dedicated to sales.  Originally TV shows were crafted by the sponsors to be a showcase for their product.  Then networks separated out the commercials from the entertainment.  Now, rather than showing TV reruns on off peak times and paying syndication fees, the networks will show infomercials and get advertising money.

1.  Hey they have the TV I'm used to on! - Everything old is new again.  So now that TV has shifted so much from what it was there is a whole new category of TV network.  The nostalgia networks!  There are several of them.  MeTV, AntennaTV, Cozi TV.  They all rerun the hit shows of the 50's through the 80's.  Sure, they have commercials.  Mobility Scooters, supplemental Medicare insurance, end of life insurance and Adult protective underwear.   Hey, I didn't think I was THAT old!  Well, I'm not getting any younger.

There's my latest.  I appreciate all of your eyes reading my thoughts!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

10 Red Things

Red is quite a color.  We associate red with all kinds of things that red has nothing to do with.  I don't exactly know why, but we do it.  Other things are the very essence of red because that's the way they happen.  It's become so obvious that I've run out of material, that I'm writing about colors now.

10.  Communism - It's them Ruskies!  The Chinese!  Seems like the communists love red.  In fact, for a long time we called them Reds.  Why?  I'm not really sure.  It seems that the original Reds were the Soviet Union who had a real love affair with red long before the communists took over.  Better dead than red and all that.

9. First Aid - The RED cross.  First aid kits everywhere.  Even in video games more often than not little red crosses accompany your impending health.  Boxes of bandages and ointments all bear the universal symbol of healing.  Sometimes they are green, but red came first.  Green just horned in later.

8. Rage - Seems like when you really get your ire up there is a term for it:  Seeing red.  Seeing red also seems to be related to the bull really hating the color red.  I don't think that's particularly true.  But in the cartoon world red will bring the snap judgments of a bull right to your doorstep.  A bull full of RAGE.  It might be the color of high blood pressure too.

7. Embarrassment - Red in the face is different than seeing red.  They see the red in you.  Your face flushes with blood and you feel embarrassed.  Apparently it's that devil adrenaline that causes most of the trouble.  Once you get that squeeze of adrenaline, your blood rate goes up and your face flushes.  This shouldn't be confused with the red face of the drunk.  They aren't embarrassed until later.

6. Candy Apple - Sure, there are other fruits that also have red in them, but candy apple seems to also be the color of car paint that has a great bit of appeal.  Naturally, it's the color of red that is a candy apple.  Not my favorite, but caramel apple doesn't really find it's way to this list.  The funny thing is, if you say candy apple people naturally think 'RED'.

5. 5$ - Many of my blogs tend to find their way back to the Casino.  In this case, it's nearly universal to every casino everywhere.  If you have a 5 dollar chip or check, that color is red.  It might be trimmed with other colors, but it is going to be red.

4. Errors - In the computer world, you won't get very far in your career as a programmer without finding errors.  If they have colors, those colors are usually red.  Nearly any other system that alerts its users of errors will alert them with the color of red.

3. STOP - Red is a universal color for halting your motion.  Green of course means go.  Once again, I don't really know why.  But since Christmas is both red and green, it seems to be appropriate because everyone is in a hurry but everyone is stopped.

2. Blood - The thing that keeps us alive.  It supplies oxygen to our brains and moves energy to our muscles.  It rebuilds our injuries and it feeds vampires.  Blood is said to be blue or even purple.  Not so.  It's always red.  Blood red.

1. Fire Engines/Paramedics - Now I've heard that in some places those vehicles are a fluorescent yellow or green because it stands out more.  Probably because regular cars are often the aforementioned candy apple.  It seems that Fire Engines are also a named color of red, and I've only seen red fire engines lately.

Well, there's a bunch of red stuff.  Sorry this one was late, but my interwebs were not webbing properly.  Probably the NSA adding exploits to my cable modem.