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‘The Big Bang Theory’, funny?

I guess I’m a geek. I’m into tech, read non-fiction science books, have more than two monitors in front of me at home, have a dull smart-ass sense of humors, etc. So I should love The Big Bang Theory show on TV. Everyone at work is always raving about it. Yet, I don’t. I was able to watch it once for five minutes.

I finally figured out one reason why. Its that obnoxious laugh track. It is so intrusive, and as loud as the commercial breaks. Why? Supposedly there is a studio audience.

There are YouTube videos showing some episodes without the laugh track. This made it even more evident another reason I don’t like the show, the characters are unlikable. Unlike with the “Seinfeld Show”, where you wouldn’t want to associate with the characters, but they were funny, with TBBT, you don’t want to associate with them, and they are not funny. Now that is funny. Que the laugh track.

I think the show is really aimed at faux geeks. Like what real geek or nerd would need to be told when to laugh? And in that sense maybe they should just create an app for that. When a supposedly funny thing is said on the show, the app can signal people when to laugh. Better yet, the app can be social, oooooooh, now you can signal all your true friends with a “haha”. I hereby copyright this idea.

Just to make sure I’m not weird, I searched to see if I’m alone in my view. Nope! Here is one example: 11 Reasons Geeks Hate The Big Bang Theory

And great shows like “Almost Human” get canceled? Maybe they should have added a laugh track.

*The other day I said that instead of developer I should have been a Tooththologist. Get it? Dentist. Oh well, you had to be there.

Updates:
November 5, 2015: Slashdot just had a thread on this show. Of course, self-infautuated smug “geeks” gloat how they get the jokes and us, dummies, are not worthy. Yawn.

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Pondering via the web

This morning got up early and sat at my desk while having a coffee. I got multiple windows up on my multi 24″ monitor setup and my adequate quadcore Windows personal computer. Perused the latest news and tech stories.

Then I opened my Feedly account and looked at my Science feeds. “The Reference Frame” has a new post. I like that blog. Most of the time I don’t know what he is writing about, and the anti-climate change diatribes sound like Fox News, but in all it has some tidbits for us science aficionados. Like today, he is discussing something about intelligence. Which leads me to recall that there was another attempt to present an “equation” of intelligence by another sciencecy type, Bart Kosko. Bart was discussing creativity. Creativity is the measure of the number of results or responses to the same number of data or stimulus, or something like that.

So, I searched for the Kosko reference. Couldn’t find it. I did find this quote, which is very good: ““Whenever the invisible hand isn’t operating the iron fist is”” — Bart Kosko. Then I sidetracked to the Subsethood theorem. Then to “The Sample Mean“.

Which of course, I now had to browse the web to make sure I really knew what the sample mean is. This led to views of various sites and of course Wikipedia (which led to all sorts of side tracks into other things).

Anyway, back to the sample mean. While reading up on it, I thought well (not listing the paths that led here) if the standard deviation is so weak when the data has huge outliers, why not do the same computations using the Median measure? I ran Excel and did a few. Not bad. If data is pretty ‘regular’ it is close to the STD. Hmmm. Maybe this should be part of statistics? Well, more browsing and of course it turns out that it is. It is called the Median Absolute Deviation (MAD). MAD can even be added to Excel.

Well, that was an hour. Not wasted. Certainly better than watching TV. Now back to the task at hand, working on something that may make a good Kickstarter project.

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Great TV series “Sherlock”

I just discovered the British TV series “Sherlock”, a recreation of the Sir Arthor Conan Doyle’s detective character Sherlock Holmes.

As with many British series, excellent!!!! The two actors, Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Watson are splendid. Finally when I picture Holmes, I no longer picture Holmes as looking like Philip St. John Basil Rathbone. Kudos to the director and everyone involved in its making.

My only critique is that it seems to jump the shark a little; Holmes is just to over the top. But, I guess heroes being like that is in the telly. Also, the episodes are complex. Like, I still don’t get the significance of the pink dress the victim was wearing in one of the episodes.

The series is also available on NetFlix streaming.

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“Switched At Birth” TV series

I finished watching the 22 episodes on Netflix. It might also be available on Hulu and on the show’s web page. This is originally an ABC Family network show.

Excellent show! I couldn’t stop watching it. The actors were awesome. Imagine, the two teen girls learn that they were switched at birth. Not only that, they are from two different socioeconomic sides of the tracks. I also like that one of the “factors” of this show is that one of the teens is deaf, so there is use of ASL and that whole world is given some welcome recognition in media.

“Switched at Birth,” a one-hour scripted drama, tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. …. Things come to a dramatic head when both families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls.*

Recommended.
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Poverty

Poverty

The abandoned wreck lay in the street.

We climbed and jumped; so much to do that week.

A mattress appeared and now our feats grew.

Then one day no more; someone took it away.

Another week, a sewer formed a lake

from which sprung exotic adventures and competitions.

I played a pirate with my wooden sword, my buddy slayed the savage sea beast.

Then one day no more; someone took it away.

Nostalgic, I look back on those days. I was not poor; I enjoyed the endless array

Of things abandoned, trees to climb, hidden corners, and the paradise of neglected yards.

When summer lasted years, and the fun was measured by my socks and

how far they peeked from the holes in the bottoms of my shoes.

On rainy days from the past to today,

I can almost feel my soggy socks

and like an echo in my heart,

hear my mother calling me to come from play.

— Josef

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Keenan Cahill singing “Only Girl In The World”

This is great!

A news story on Keenan Cahill:
The Real Story About My Battle With MPS-VI (WGN Chicago News Story)

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I’m not into hip hop or whatever its called today, but when a great work is created, like this one “Down On Me” by 50 cent, its great, its Music. Note this is rated “R”, in my opinion.

Probably old news to most. 🙂

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Great series: Doc Martin

Drats, I can’t stop watching this show. I just finished Series 2, Episode 8, hilarious! The music, characters, actors, location, accents, and everything else are excellent.

Updates
Feb 3, 2011: Oh no! Finished the series. Bummer. Nothing to watch …. Found “Monk”.

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