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Just curious how many people have TV's IN their office.  Not in their lobby or whatever.  I'm talking tv/flat screen on the wall with CNBC, ESPN, Oprah, or whatever garbage you want to watch.  

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I do. 

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Beavis and Butthead don't count.

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B24 wrote:Beavis and Butthead don't count.You're a buzzkill.

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I don't even have a TV in my home...high-speed internet...but no Television.Nothing but a black hole in time.

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That explains a lot about why you are the way you are.

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Ferris Bueller wrote:That explains a lot about why you are the way you are.I don't have a TV at home, either. It forces the kids to play outside, or read, or draw, or do their damn chores.Somebody told me once that the average child watches two hours of TV per day. If that child practices his piano two hours a day, or played soccer two hours a day he would get real good at playing piano or playing soccer. Watching two hours of TV every day makes you real good at .... watching TV.As for the office, I wouldn't want my advisor watching financial stations. I'm sure you'd agree that stuff is like pornography.

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buyandhold wrote:
Ferris Bueller wrote:That explains a lot about why you are the way you are.I don't have a TV at home, either. It forces the kids to play outside, or read, or draw, or do their damn chores.Somebody told me once that the average child watches two hours of TV per day. If that child practices his piano two hours a day, or played soccer two hours a day he would get real good at playing piano or playing soccer. Watching two hours of TV every day makes you real good at .... watching TV.As for the office, I wouldn't want my advisor watching financial stations. I'm sure you'd agree that stuff is like pornography.

What does being entertained have to do with being good at something? I watch tv for entertainment, not to get good at something. Your kids must hate you.

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I guess I should clarify. I have a TV, but no cable and never got digital television. I originally made this decision (like 10 years ago) because I felt that the cable company was a monopoly and I didn't want to give them my money. If it wasn't for the 20% taxes added to a cable bill, they would certainly be broken up. I still watch TV for entertainment. I have the 4-DVD Netflix membership plus they have a great selection of movies at my local library. What I don't do is turn on the TV because I am bored and can't think of anything else to do.  I never want to make TV time a black hole in my life...Other than catching headlines on the internet, I never want to know who Jon & Kate are or who Adam Lambert is...

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Where do you people come from where you don't have tv(explains why you are EDJ though) Hillbillies..
 
I echo the statement that your kids hate you, or have no concept of reality(your kid gets beat up at school)
 
Still... .so what do you do when you are bored?
 
PS my kids watch tv and both of them are in the academically talented program at school, so your logic is wrong...

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My kid watches more TV than I would like. And I mean real-brain rotting stuff - Hannah Montana, Phineas and Ferb. But is 9 years old doing algebra and geometry.

TV is awesome for entertainment. I just hate paying the cable companies.

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Any of you guys b|tching about cable tv, cable tv taxes, etc. ever hear of Directv or Dish Network?  FWIW, I have two 65" tvs...rot away baby, rot away. 

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I have heard of Dish and DirectTV.  Every time I go see my parents, the picture quality is not as good, and if there's a thunderstorm, reception is spotty.Fcuk that.I think I'm just going to start using Hulu.

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Yeah, bad weather does suck when it comes to satellite television, I'll give you that much.  Picture quality on satellite vs cable has more to do with which tv package you have, and what television you're looking at.  Directv HD vs Comcast HD = same quality IMO. 

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I guess if I had a kid(s) in school, I might have to cave in and get cable. I agree, I don't want them to be outcasts...although, if it is a boy, I might give him a choice - a motorcycle or cable. I'd rather have my 9 year old learn how to ride than watch Hannah Montana...sh*t, I'd rather get my daughter a pony than let her watch any of that crap...I'm going to have to think this through some more.

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Moraen wrote:I have heard of Dish and DirectTV.  Every time I go see my parents, the picture quality is not as good, and if there's a thunderstorm, reception is spotty.Fcuk that.I think I'm just going to start using Hulu.
 
We got AT&T's Uverse a while back.  I've had DirectTV, Dish, and now Uverse.  I like some things about all of them.  I liked DirectTV's programming packages.  It always bugged me that Dish didn't include Fox News on their basic package.  I liked Dish's DVR better than Uverse.  I've only had Uverse on my HDTV, so I don't know about the picture quality of them all.  But, it can be storming outside and I don't lose my signal since in comes in through our phone line.  Additionally, there isn't a dish on my roof.  It's a small thing, but I always worried about the installers not sealing the holes in my roof properly.    
 
Hulu might work fine for a small computer window, but I wouldn't want to put that kind of low res feed on my big screen. 
 
ice - don't kid anybody about the reason you have the big TV's.  It has more to do with Halo or Modern Warfare than Big Bang Theory in HD. 

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Spaceman Spiff wrote:Moraen wrote:I have heard of Dish and DirectTV.  Every time I go see my parents, the picture quality is not as good, and if there's a thunderstorm, reception is spotty.Fcuk that.I think I'm just going to start using Hulu.
 
We got AT&T's Uverse a while back.  I've had DirectTV, Dish, and now Uverse.  I like some things about all of them.  I liked DirectTV's programming packages.  It always bugged me that Dish didn't include Fox News on their basic package.  I liked Dish's DVR better than Uverse.  I've only had Uverse on my HDTV, so I don't know about the picture quality of them all.  But, it can be storming outside and I don't lose my signal since in comes in through our phone line.  Additionally, there isn't a dish on my roof.  It's a small thing, but I always worried about the installers not sealing the holes in my roof properly.    
 
Hulu might work fine for a small computer window, but I wouldn't want to put that kind of low res feed on my big screen. 
 
ice - don't kid anybody about the reason you have the big TV's.  It has more to do with Halo or Modern Warfare than Big Bang Theory in HD.  Man, I wish I had the time to play some Halo!  And I'd really like to try Modern Warfare 2 out...but I digress.  What's "Big Bang Theory?"  Is it porn? 

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Still@jones wrote:I never want to know who Jon & Kate are or who Adam Lambert is...
 
Sounds like you already do... 

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Spaceman Spiff wrote:Moraen wrote:I have heard of Dish and DirectTV.  Every time I go see my parents, the picture quality is not as good, and if there's a thunderstorm, reception is spotty.Fcuk that.I think I'm just going to start using Hulu.
 
We got AT&T's Uverse a while back.  I've had DirectTV, Dish, and now Uverse.  I like some things about all of them.  I liked DirectTV's programming packages.  It always bugged me that Dish didn't include Fox News on their basic package.  I liked Dish's DVR better than Uverse.  I've only had Uverse on my HDTV, so I don't know about the picture quality of them all.  But, it can be storming outside and I don't lose my signal since in comes in through our phone line.  Additionally, there isn't a dish on my roof.  It's a small thing, but I always worried about the installers not sealing the holes in my roof properly.     
 
Hulu might work fine for a small computer window, but I wouldn't want to put that kind of low res feed on my big screen. 
 
ice - don't kid anybody about the reason you have the big TV's.  It has more to do with Halo or Modern Warfare than Big Bang Theory in HD.  Man, I wish I had the time to play some Halo!  And I'd really like to try Modern Warfare 2 out...but I digress.  What's "Big Bang Theory?"  Is it porn? 

Actually, Big Bang Theory is a funny show. Ice we need to get some Halo going before the New Year. I'm sending the wife and kid to New York for a week. A week of beer-drinking and Halo with maybe a few strippers sprinkled in.

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Still@jones wrote: rather have my 9 year old learn how to ride than watch Hannah Montana...

I'd rather my 9 year old boy ride Hannah Montana!

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Ferris Bueller wrote: Still@jones wrote: rather have my 9 year old learn how to ride than watch Hannah Montana...

I'd rather my 9 year old boy ride Hannah Montana!Come for the career advice...stay for the life advice!- stillps: i can honestly say I do not know who adam lambert is or why he is famous. all I know is he gets about as many headlines as amy winehouse (whose songs I have never heard).

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Ferris Bueller wrote: buyandhold wrote: Ferris Bueller wrote:That explains a lot about why you are the way you are.I don't have a TV at home, either. It forces the kids to play outside, or read, or draw, or do their damn chores.Somebody told me once that the average child watches two hours of TV per day. If that child practices his piano two hours a day, or played soccer two hours a day he would get real good at playing piano or playing soccer. Watching two hours of TV every day makes you real good at .... watching TV.As for the office, I wouldn't want my advisor watching financial stations. I'm sure you'd agree that stuff is like pornography. What does being entertained have to do with being good at something? I watch tv for entertainment, not to get good at something. Your kids must hate you.
 
Wow, this is interesting. Watching TV together can be great family time (even edgy stuff when they get older).
 
When "V" came out, we almost died laughing at the political satire, and we were making fun of the government, Hollywood, big business and the PC teachers who try to brainwash public high school students. ( Some things never change.)
 
"24" teaches kids about dealing with terrorists. "House" is good for learning about how to deal with a$$hole doctors. "Monk" teaches respect for OCD folks. "Lost" is a stepped up version of the skills and strategies played out in "Survivor".
 
I remember building a fireplace fire and camping in the family room with the family around "Survivor" and popcorn. The best way to teach kids to deal with and thrive in the popular culture is to embrace it.
 
Being able to play the piano is nice, but being able to think for yourself is a function of cultural literacy. I have to agree, I hope your kids don't end bitter. Same goes with the internet.

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This thread is a much better distraction than TV. Some real funny stuff in this one.
Full Disclosure: I'm a tv junkie who thinks DVR is the greatest invention ever.

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Milyunair wrote:Ferris Bueller wrote: buyandhold wrote: Ferris Bueller wrote:That explains a lot about why you are the way you are.I don't have a TV at home, either. It forces the kids to play outside, or read, or draw, or do their damn chores.Somebody told me once that the average child watches two hours of TV per day. If that child practices his piano two hours a day, or played soccer two hours a day he would get real good at playing piano or playing soccer. Watching two hours of TV every day makes you real good at .... watching TV.As for the office, I wouldn't want my advisor watching financial stations. I'm sure you'd agree that stuff is like pornography. What does being entertained have to do with being good at something? I watch tv for entertainment, not to get good at something. Your kids must hate you.
Being able to play the piano is nice, but being able to think for yourself is a function of cultural literacy. I have to agree, I hope your kids don't end bitter. Same goes with the internet.
 
They won't end up bitter.  They'll just teach piano lessons from their home and be referred to by their neighbors as the "crazy cat lady" or "crazy cat guy".  Kinda like the old guy on Home Alone that Kevin was scared to death of, except that that guy actually turned out to be quite normal.

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Incredible Hulk wrote:This thread is a much better distraction than TV. Some real funny stuff in this one. Full Disclosure: I'm a tv junkie who thinks DVR is the greatest invention ever.
 
I couldn't agree more.  We DVR everything.  Until last night I had 6 weeks of Numbers waiting for me.  My in laws don't have DVR and watching TV at their house is painful. 
 
ice - if you don't know what Big Bang Theory is, set your DVR to record it on Monday nights.  CBS I think.  Funny, my DVR tapes it so I don't really even know what station it's on or what time. 

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with Netflix you can rent most any series from the beginning, we are currently watching "The Shield"...awesome awesome addictive program.  I HIGHLY recommend it to all.  The only problem is that we watch it so often that our life revolves around it during that time...so crazy..but fun!

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Spaceman Spiff wrote:
Funny, my DVR tapes it so I don't really even know what station it's on or what time.  Spiff you are showing your age again.

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3rdyrp2 wrote:Milyunair wrote:Ferris Bueller wrote: buyandhold wrote: Ferris Bueller wrote:That explains a lot about why you are the way you are.I don't have a TV at home, either. It forces the kids to play outside, or read, or draw, or do their damn chores.Somebody told me once that the average child watches two hours of TV per day. If that child practices his piano two hours a day, or played soccer two hours a day he would get real good at playing piano or playing soccer. Watching two hours of TV every day makes you real good at .... watching TV.As for the office, I wouldn't want my advisor watching financial stations. I'm sure you'd agree that stuff is like pornography. What does being entertained have to do with being good at something? I watch tv for entertainment, not to get good at something. Your kids must hate you.
Being able to play the piano is nice, but being able to think for yourself is a function of cultural literacy. I have to agree, I hope your kids don't end bitter. Same goes with the internet.
 
They won't end up bitter.  They'll just teach piano lessons from their home and be referred to by their neighbors as the "crazy cat lady" or "crazy cat guy".  Kinda like the old guy on Home Alone that Kevin was scared to death of, except that that guy actually turned out to be quite normal.
 
What this crazy world needs is a few more old cat people, anyway. I don't believe Hollywood has a monopoly on eccentricity.

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DeBolt wrote:Spaceman Spiff wrote:
Funny, my DVR tapes it so I don't really even know what station it's on or what time.  Spiff you are showing your age again.
 
You're correct.  I grew up with cassettes and VHS, remember distinctly listening to my first CD (1812 Overture - you would have sworn you could her the cannon), and having to set my VCR up to tape episodes of Knight Rider when I wasn't home. 
 
Now, my kids don't understand why I can't just turn on whatever program they want if we're not at home and why Grandma and Grandpa watch the commercials.  They also don't understand why I can't play that song on the radio over again. 
 
I'm getting old and my age doesn't even start with a 4 yet.   

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buyandhold wrote: Ferris Bueller wrote:That explains a lot about why you are the way you are.I don't have a TV at home, either. It forces the kids to play outside, or read, or draw, or do their damn chores.Somebody told me once that the average child watches two hours of TV per day. If that child practices his piano two hours a day, or played soccer two hours a day he would get real good at playing piano or playing soccer. Watching two hours of TV every day makes you real good at .... watching TV.As for the office, I wouldn't want my advisor watching financial stations. I'm sure you'd agree that stuff is like pornography.
 
 
I skip all that and watch youporn all day

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Spaceman Spiff wrote: Incredible Hulk wrote:This thread is a much better distraction than TV. Some real funny stuff in this one. Full Disclosure: I'm a tv junkie who thinks DVR is the greatest invention ever.
 
I couldn't agree more.  We DVR everything.  Until last night I had 6 weeks of Numbers waiting for me.  My in laws don't have DVR and watching TV at their house is painful. 
 
ice - if you don't know what Big Bang Theory is, set your DVR to record it on Monday nights.  CBS I think.  Funny, my DVR tapes it so I don't really even know what station it's on or what time. 

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Never had a problem with TVs. I have one in the office and it helps me get me through a tough night before deadline. I must admit, I'm quite afraid with too much silence. Love to watch, or rather listen to those funny and sarcastic lines on Gossip Girl while finishing a report summary.university of texas merchandise l cheap ventrilo

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I skip all that and watch youporn all day

 
LOL, I waiting for that one.
 
I love TV, Fringe is the best show out there.  (and for those w/o TV's, how do you watch the local news?)  TV can be very educational- My favorite shows are on those 600 channels on FIOS- Discovery HD History HD etc....
 
I have a TV in my office although I can't change the channel- it's locked on CNBC. 

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shantom1 wrote:
I skip all that and watch youporn all day

 
LOL, I waiting for that one.
 
I love TV, Fringe is the best show out there.  (and for those w/o TV's, how do you watch the local news?)  TV can be very educational- My favorite shows are on those 600 channels on FIOS- Discovery HD History HD etc....
 
I have a TV in my office although I can't change the channel- it's locked on CNBC.  Who cares about local news?

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 Local news provides absolutely nothing and every cable network is talking heads giving opinions over and over about every issue under the sun. CNBC -stock market talking heads, FOXNEWS - Republican talking heads, MSNBC - Jagoffs, ESPN - former players making bad predictions, CNN - garbage, and on and on and on. These cable outlets don't report news anymore, they report opinions on recent events. I was just flipping through the channels and I was asking myself, who the hell is really watching Rachel Maddow ? Who the hell cares if Andre Dawson wears a Cub or Expo hat into the HOF ? Who the hell cares that Larry King is still alive and has a show ?

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I don't have a TV, but have a link to a website that is a feed of Bloomberg TV live. I turn it on some mornings and listen/watch, for 20 minutes whie i set up my day, or while i screw around like i am this morning. Gotta get off this site during the day. Now.

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Ron 14 wrote: Local news provides absolutely nothing and every cable network is talking heads giving opinions over and over about every issue under the sun. CNBC -stock market talking heads, FOXNEWS - Republican talking heads, MSNBC - Jagoffs, ESPN - former players making bad predictions, CNN - garbage, and on and on and on. These cable outlets don't report news anymore, they report opinions on recent events. I was just flipping through the channels and I was asking myself, who the hell is really watching Rachel Maddow ? Who the hell cares if Andre Dawson wears a Cub or Expo hat into the HOF ? Who the hell cares that Larry King is still alive and has a show ?
 
My wife watches the local news, pisses me off. I don't care who tipped a cow over a couple towns over or who's house was busted as a meth lab or whatever.
 
And you're right, cable news offers little more. I guess Sarah Palin is getting her own show on Fox News. If that doesn't tell you the state of cable news...
 
For my news I watch BBC America.

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Does anybody read anymore?

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BondGuy wrote:Does anybody read anymore?I do.I recently read "Lone Survivor", by Marcus Lutrell (Thanks Ron14).as well as  "12 Scientific experiements that went horribly wrong", and "Rock, Paper, Scissors:  Everyday applications of game theory".You?

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BondGuy wrote:Does anybody read anymore?
 
Just got done reading "Animal Spirits" by Robert Schiller.

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Depends on my mood. Mostly I'm into non fiction and read to educate myself about things that interest me. I'm reading  Billiards books trying to improve my game for the sake of my Cash League team.  Also, i'm the best read striper fisherman you'll ever find. Catching the fish, not as good despite plenty of time on the sand. Put me on a boat, different story.
 
Recently, fiction to relax, Ford County, by Grisham and The Dome by Stephan King. First King novel i've read in almost 20 years. Now i'm back to non fiction and rereading John Fuller's The Ghosts of Flight 401. That's a scary story.

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Do you find that reading about sports (fishing and billiards) actually helps you, or that "knowing" all of these things gets in your way?  I used to read stuff like that about golf and such.  Just made me worse.I took up playing tennis without "learning" how and now dominate the local guys.Did you think Ford County was good?  I used to fish striper in Oklahoma quite a bit.  Keystone Lake was usually good for that.

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My wife wants to kill me but I finished Ron Jeremy's bio last month..  Hilarious

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SometimesNowhere wrote:BondGuy wrote:Does anybody read anymore?
 
Just got done reading "Animal Spirits" by Robert Schiller.
 
How was it ?

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Moraen wrote:Do you find that reading about sports (fishing and billiards) actually helps you, or that "knowing" all of these things gets in your way?  I used to read stuff like that about golf and such.  Just made me worse.I took up playing tennis without "learning" how and now dominate the local guys.Did you think Ford County was good?  I used to fish striper in Oklahoma quite a bit.  Keystone Lake was usually good for that.
 
It was OK. it's a collection of stories that didn't quite make the cut to do a full blown novel.
 
And yes, the books give me a base understanding of what i'm doing. Experience is the real teacher.

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Moraen, the stripers i'm going for are 3 to 4 feet long, known as Rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay. Is that what you were fishing in OK?

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BondGuy wrote:Moraen, the stripers i'm going for are 3 to 4 feet long, known as Rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay. Is that what you were fishing in OK?Not even close.  The biggest one was 18 inches.

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We got AT&T's Uverse a while returning. I've had DirectTV, Bowl, and now Uverse. I like some factors about all of them. I liked DirectTV's development offers. It always hassled me that Bowl didn't consist of Fox Information on their primary program. I liked Dish's DVR better than Uverse. I've only had Uverse on my HDTV, so I don't know about the image of them all. But, it can be storming outside and I don't reduce my indication since in comes in through our range. Furthermore, there isn't a dish on my ceiling. It's a little factor, but I always concerned about the technicians not closing the gaps in my ceiling effectively. all best serials

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I do and I need to have it on for my whole duration at the office. It has the opposite effect on me, it is not a distraction but rather something that keeps me alert and alive in my everyday's hard work.

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