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The daily show starts in 37 minutes. It's one of the shining lights of US TV in my opinion. It gets broadcast internationally. I discovered it while we were living in Australia.

In Australia, we did not have cable. We got 5 channels, and most nights durring prime time, I felt torn between two high quality offerings, usually on ABC (that would be the AUSTRALIA Broadcasting Corporation) or SBS (which I think stands for Special Broadcast Service). Those are both government sponsored stations. I'd say "like PBS," but by US law, anything that might attract a large audience cannot air on PBS but must remains the exclusive purview of commercial media. Not so in other countries. Public broadcasting is alive and well in the Commonwealth.

Anyway, in Oz, with five channels to choose from, I had trouble picking the one I wanted to watch (in prime time, durring the week - weekend TV down under is all about sports - feh), in the States, with seventy something channels, Lara and I generally end up watching reruns of the various Star Trek shows, Southpark, King of the Hill, Family Guy, Futurama and the Simpsons, all of which we are recording for when we do give up the cable. I love the Daily Show, but the topical humor wouldn't play so well a year or so from now on tape.

In Japan, in Thailand, in Australia, in Peru, I can turn on a TV and watch BBC news broadcasts. With seventy something channels here in Berryville, Arkansas, we get Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and some other equally useless faux-news mouthpeice for corporate America, but no BBC. What's up with that? (Fortunately, with broadband, I can get my BBC fix on-line, but that requires that I sit in front of my computer. Generally when I'm at the computer, my fingers start typing or my eyes start reading and I tune out audio signals.)

We pay about $100 a month for cable tv and broadband internet. My resolve for pulling the plug and making due with dial-up grows stronger by the day. My only reservations: The Daily Show, and the upcoming Battlestar Galactica mini-series on the Sci Fi network. It will cost me another $300 to keep cable long enough to watch Battlestar in December. I could buy a lot of DVDs for $300.

The other day, I broke down and paid full price for Soul Calibur II for the PS2. Yeowza! That was money well spent. I'd still be playing Soul Calibur on my Sega Dreamcast if the dog hadn't chewed thru the power cord. Soul Calibur II rules! It's everything I wanted it to be. (Well, I'd like to have the version with Link, but my brother left his PS2 at my house, not his GameCube, so no Link.)

In my experience, a computer game or video game with good re-play value qualifies as the best investment of my media dollar. Comicbooks are the worst. Three bucks for a comic that I'll read in 20 minutes. I quit buying comics when we left the States, and I haven't resumed the habit now that we're back.


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Sep. 30th, 2003 02:13 am (UTC)
Can't you rent Battlestar Galactica, and other good stuff with NetFlix for $20/mo?
Sep. 30th, 2003 01:59 pm (UTC)
Re: NetFlix
Hey Mike,

The Sci Fi network is doing a new Battlestar Galactica.


It looks pretty cool, and I imagine that it will eventually be available on DVD, but probably not before next summer. As I recall, the DVD of their Dune miniseries didn't hit the video store shelves for nearly a year after the series first aired on the Sci Fi network.
Oct. 4th, 2003 12:10 pm (UTC)
Comicbooks are the worst. Three bucks for a comic that I'll read in 20 minutes.
All the good stuff will eventually come out in trade paperback (TPB) format collections anyway; cheaper per issue, and no advertisements for zit creams and video games.

That said... many of the titles I do buy on a monthly basis (there are only about 5 of these) are of a high enough quality that I will re-read them, which amortizes the entertainment cost over an increased period of enjoyment. The authors I most enjoy these days (and the titles of theirs that I'm currently reading) are Grant Morrison (The Filth, New X-Men, Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), Peter Milligan (Human Target, Kurt Busiek (Astro City and, I'm ashamed to admit, JLA/Avengers), and Warren Ellis (Planetary and only Planetary... Mr. Ellis' recent work has slipped to the second rank in my opinion, but because of the extreme production delays on Planetary (due, in part, to the prolonged illness and death of Ellis' father), it counts as part of his earlier period).

Oct. 4th, 2003 12:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, and Y: The Last Man... most original and daring premise for a comic that I've seen in years.
Oct. 4th, 2003 01:28 pm (UTC)
I'm tempted to see if the local comic shop will order Cerebus for me. (I'm sure they don't have it in stock.) I'd like to be there in "real time" to see Deranged Dave drag his increasingly fanatical sorry ass across that 300 issue finish line.

For family reading, I'm currious to see what's become of Alan Moore's Promethea.
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