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Posted by bma | January 21, 2008 12:28 PM

I was going to say something awfully witty, but I just cannot follow that.

Posted by JC | January 21, 2008 12:30 PM

The strike is what is causing bad TV?? How about the election year is why my television is off. Except for watching Dynasty on DVD. (the original Steven was HOT!!!)

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | January 21, 2008 12:30 PM

Also: the library is free, whereas cable TV is not.

I have definitely cut back on my TV and bulked up my reading. At least this way, after 45 minutes of immobility, I feel like I accomplished something besides finding out what Tony Hawk and [insert random pro sports player here] have in their fridges.

Posted by Jessica | January 21, 2008 1:14 PM

Four messages in and no one has said "I dont even OWN a television." It's a minor fucking miracle.

Posted by Jason Josephes | January 21, 2008 1:15 PM

Actually we've been watching Dick Cavett Show Comedy Legends DVDs borrowed from the library. Good viewing! Did you know Cavett blogs at the New York Times?

Posted by i love my hourlong commute | January 21, 2008 1:17 PM

All Praise TiVo! Having introduced The Future Mrs. Dr Awesome to the monkey-filled goodness that is the Planet of the Apes movie franchise, I don't forsee the two of us watching anything else but old classic movies ever again. Ever.

Posted by Dr_Awesome | January 21, 2008 1:20 PM

don't forget the Simpson's musical version of the Planet of the Apes.
Dr. Zaius, Dr. Zaius!

Posted by vooodooo84 | January 21, 2008 1:31 PM

The Future Mrs. Dr Awesome does not like The Simpsons. I have been trying to expose her to it in small doses but it is not working. I am open to advice... her cinematic edumacation is not complete without tasting the sweet wine that is Marge Simpson as Blanche Dubois in "Streetcar! The Musical!"

Posted by Dr_Awesome | January 21, 2008 2:33 PM

We own a 46 inch LCD HDTV and it fucking rocks. When some of you youngins' get real jobs, stop having strangers over to "party", and figure out that paying over half your income to rent some studio on capital hill is stupid, you may be able to own a couple of nice things too.

Posted by ecce homo | January 21, 2008 2:46 PM

I confess, I'm a bookaholic. Good books or bad books, I read instead of doing most stuff that doesn't have to be done. No-one ever wants suggestions for reading material, I know, but I like giving them anyway.

Great Fantasy with Gay Leads:

Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner. Written in the eighties or nineties, set in a fantasy version of France when dueling was popular, one of the leads is a duelist-for-hire. It's full of politics and color, very well done.

Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling.
A young man is accused of crime he didn't commit and thrown in jail. His cellmate is more than he seems. They have some fast-paced adventures and fall in love. It's not explicit, neither is Swordspoint, but taken for granted as normal; which is nice.

And a really good non-fiction book is The Great Influenza, about the 1918 epidemic. It gives a lot of the history of medicine and insight into the research which developed from this tragedy.

Another, lighter, non-fiction recommendation is any of Henry Mitchell's gardening essays. He gardened in D.C. but much of his message is applicable to gardens everywhere. They're well written and full of good humor mixed with some curmudgeonly commentary. I particularly like the essay where he points out that people are easily confused by apple sex.

Posted by SpookyCat | January 21, 2008 3:26 PM

@9 Switch her to Family Guy.

Posted by PA Native | January 21, 2008 3:43 PM

The Future Mrs. Dr Awesome really, really has a hard time with Family Guy. The preturnaturally smart infant who talks and posesses James Bond-ish weapons, the talking dog that stands upright and swills martinis (not to mention how his coat of fur has pockets- POCKETS!), it is all too much for her.

She is very literal, and prefers her TeeVee that way too. Psych is acceptable, for that is within the realm of what is possible. Robot Chicken is also okay, because, being parody, it is okay to stretch the bounds of believability. Family Guy, sadly, is out. I dare not even tell her about Adam West as The Mayor. Her head will explode.

Posted by Dr_Awesome | January 21, 2008 5:35 PM

Family Guy is really the Stewie show. Everything else is a cliche or retarded.

Posted by seth macfarland must go | January 22, 2008 8:42 AM

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