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Re: Binge-Viewing

Feb 1, 2013 12:30 PM PT

I think it's a bad way to watch something.  I binge-viewed Always Sunny in Philadelphia after I discovered it, and by Season 4 I was barely watching, I was just playing them, to get through them.  Just to complete the set and check the box.

Now whenever I want to see one I didn't see, I play one from seasons 4 and 5, because I really didn't watch them.  And yet I saw enough of them that a new viewing is spoiled.

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Netflix marathons

Feb 1, 2013 12:06 PM PT

In response to Binge-viewing:

I wrote about Netflix binge viewing a while ago, Elizabeth, and as I recall the king of binge-viewing shows at the time was "Breaking Bad."  I also found the first few seasons of "24" were even better when viewed that way, especially since that show was supposed to be unfolding in real time.  Of course, viewing it in real-time also enhances some of its lovable absurdities, such as Jack Bauer's ability to move rapidly across highly congested urban areas, which rivals that of Santa Claus.

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Feb 1, 2013 11:57 AM PT

I don't watch live TV very often and apparently, I'm not the only one

Binge-viewing, empowered by DVD box sets and Netflix subscriptions, has become such a popular way for Americans to watch TV that it is beginning to influence the ways the stories are told — particularly one-hour dramas — and how they are distributed.

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Before You Celebrate African-American History Month

Jan 31, 2013 1:26 PM PT

This kills me coming from the Right....Stop Falling For Political Correctness.

Carter Woodson created BLACK History week.  He chose the second week in February to honor and celebrate the lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  Woodson wanted blacks to not only learn about their own heritage but to also understand the progress that could be made when whites and blacks worked together.

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No Bad Dogs, Only Bad Dog Owners

Jan 31, 2013 9:56 AM PT

In response to On Dogs and Responsibility:

How awful.  I'm sure you heard about this story.  Thankfully, it has a happy ending, Joey's vet adopted him and he is recovering nicely. People donated thousands of dollars to pay for his care.  While we have people who do things like throw a puppy out of a window of a moving car, we also have people who donate money to take care of that poor wounded animal. 

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On Dogs and Responsibility

Jan 31, 2013 9:17 AM PT

Lately I've seen way too many stories about dogs who are abandoned or given up at shelters because of irresponsible and outright abusive pet owners.  I couldn't help but think it is somehow related to the overall lack of responsibility too many people show in other areas of their lives (raising their children, saving money for their retirement, paying health care costs, etc.). 

I just got this email from radio producer Cameron Gray:

What IN THE H*** is it with awful people and dogs lately. Yesterday, we get this story: Photo of Rescued Pit Bull Warms the Hearts of the Web, and one of the most beautiful and heartwarming pictures ever stemming from a sick and heartbreaking story.  This Florida dog being rescued from its dog fighting Hell.

I loved it so much, I even made it my Twitter avi.  That sweet face could melt Mr. Burns.

Then today, Mary Climer sent me this story: Dog sentenced to death in Tennessee because he is 'gay'.  That sent me into hyperspace.  So we have a-holes who get their kicks from betting on dogs fighting to their deaths, and also total rubes that think one dog dominating each other is gay (Paging "Big Gay Al's Animal Sanctuary").  I went online to get the contact info for the animal shelter in Jackson, TN so I could post it and help get the "gay" dog adopted.  I was so relieved that this was the first hit: 'Gay' dog in Tennessee shelter gets speedy adoption after story.

Forget licensing and testing gun owners, how about licensing and testing dog owners.  (Kidding, but come on).  

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