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My TiVo, retrofitted to hold up to 205 hours of programming, was too full to hold much Olympic coverage.  Choices had to be made.

What I removed:

  • The 2007 Wimbledon Men’s Final
  • Ace of Cakes (Duff Goldman is adorable, you know, but not adorable enough to keep me from taping badminton)
  • After Sunset
  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2 episodes, including one on Iceland that I was really looking forward to)
  • Before Sunrise (I was always going to sit down and watch both Sunrise and Sunset at the same time)
  • Bernard and Doris
  • Bizarre Foods (3)
  • The Cleaner (2, if the reviews are any indication, I would’ve ended up deleting these anyway)
  • Frontline (a single episode called “Sick Around the World”)
  • Goodbye Lenin!
  • Ice Road Truckers (2)
  • Iron Chef America (7, including one involving hunky Iron Chef Michael Symon)
  • King of the Hill (2)
  • Law and Order: SVU (1, I just never got to that “very special episode” starring Robin Williams, sorry)
  • Life’s a Trip (2)
  • Michael Palin’s New Europe (7)
  • Monk (4)
  • Pioneers of Television (for some reason, I enjoyed the eppy on game shows so much that I saved it)
  • Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (2)
  • Samantha Brown: Passport to Great Weekends (4, including an episode on Washington, D.C., that I was excited about)
  • Stay Eat Play: Louisiana
  • Swingtown (8, I managed to watch only the series premiere)

What I kept (at least until harder decisions are necessary):

  • 30 Rock (the hilarious season finale)
  • Masterpiece (née Masterpiece Theatre, “A Room with a View”)
  • Men in Trees (I have to find time to watch the final three episodes of the series)
  • The Mole (10 episodes, soon to be 11)
  • My Name Is Earl (4 episodes, including the final two of the season)
  • Project Runway (4)
  • Saving Grace (4)
  • The Sopranos (21; yes, I still have the final 21 episodes of the show on my TiVo)
  • Sordid Lives (3)
  • Star Trek:Voyager (I’m in the middle of watching a single episode, “The Disease,” which should really—really!—have been called “Harry Gets VD”)
  • The West Wing (the series finale)

Written by Jimmy

August 9th, 2008 at 10:16 am

Posted in Sports,TV

Weekend Reading

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This week’s collection of what interested me:

  • It’s not clear who the author is, but this long essay dissecting the last episode of The Sopranos is pretty darn impressive.  Are you persuaded?  (Link via Kottke)
  • This NYT article explains where you can find some Gaelic football and hurling in the NYC area.  I’m keeping that in mind.  By the way, if anybody knows of any hurling or Gaelic football action in the Philly area, let me know.
  • Also in NYT‘s “sports” coverage: hunting feral hogsReally. (Note to Yankees: Not many Southerners actually spend their time doing something like this.  I swear.)
  • At FILE Magazine, you can—and should—see a gallery of photographs by Massimo Cristaldi.  “Refinery Flock” consists of some amazing images of a flock of birds converging on a refinery.  If you like “Refinery Flock,” and you will, you’ll want to check out Cristaldi’s online portfolio, too.
  • R. Pollack, a (soon-to-be-ex) teacher in Jackson, Mississippi, tells how the student body collectively reacted to the administration’s undue concern about what a group of boys wore one day.  “[I]t’s symbolic middle fingers all around,” Pollack writes.  Power to the people, you know?

Written by Jimmy

June 21st, 2008 at 10:27 am