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Today I am thankful for….

I stopped subscribing to cable (aka “cut the cord”) long ago and now rely solely on streaming for my television needs. Which, for me, includes Netflix, Apple TV and Amazon Instant Video. 

Which works out fine. Unless your internet goes out.

Which mine did three days ago after, it turns out, a large tree branch blown by heavy winds into the telephone pole out back disconnected the coax into my house.

After three days and two tries, Cox cable finally made it out to take care of the problem. 

So, today I am thankful I do not have to spend this holiday watching broadcast TV and reruns of old sitcoms that make today’s treacly sitcoms look sophisticated.

Jeez, what a waste land.

I endured two episodes of “The Love Boat” back-to-back, each one with a different Julie Your Cruise Director because the original Julie Your Cruise Director was let go because of her cocaine addiction — which was a novel malady back then, at least in the public consciousness. 

Enjoy the short video below, wherein Oprah talks with Julie #1 and Isaac (the bartender on “The Love Boat”) about how differently Hollywood approached drug addiction back then.

I will add that one of the novel features of MeTV, the broadcast network of old American television, is that it gets the stars of those shows back in the 70s to do appearances today plugging their old shows. 

Jamie Farr (“M*A*S*H”) looks not a whole lot different than he did back in that Korean War dramedy. Hunk Adrian Zmed of “TJ Hooker” fame? Not so much. 

I’m not sure how I feel about these commercials. On the one hand, they are entertaining in a sort of where-are-they-now kind of way. On the other hand, they are a bit jarring. 

Oh, and I am thankful for all my friends and family. And living a nice quiet and normal life. And cake.

Geekalicous: Star Trek TNG remastered on Netflix

Star Trek TNG

Nerds everywhere rejoice:

Well, that day many of you have been waiting for has finally arrived: the remastered edition of Star Trek TNG has finally rolled out to Netflix.

Over the past few days, USA-based subscribers to the popular streaming service have been seeing the ragged, VHS-quality episodes of the celebrated series slowly update to the wonderful, high-definition restorations we’ve been talking about for the past three years.

While both Amazon Prime, Hulu, and iTunes have each carried out season-by-season upgrades to HD, each several months after each Blu-ray release hit store shelves, it appears that Netflix is following the same model as their HD rollout of The X-Files earlier this summer — wait until the project is completed, and replace the whole series at once.

My weekend agenda just got a whole lot more geek-worthy.

Source: Remastered Star Trek: TNG Episodes Hit Netflix USA | TrekCore Blog

Star Trek TNG

Netflix original Narcos has a new trailer out

From the Netflix description:

The Medellin cartel – the most violent, ruthless and wealthy criminal organization in the history of modern crime. And the one man who lorded over them all… Pablo Escobar.

NARCOS is the true story of the U.S. and Colombian efforts to battle the Medellin cartel during the cocaine-fueled drug wars of the 1980’s. Multi-layered and multi-faceted, NARCOS depicts a brutal world where lines are blurred and little is black and white. The Netflix original series, starring Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, and Pedro Pascal, premieres 28 August, 2015.

The buzz on this has reached the point that one hopes the excitement isn’t outstripping the quality of the actual series.

Just watched this Antarctic documentary on Netflix

The guy who did this taught himself how to use all the cameras, still and video — and modified them himself to withstand the bitter cold of the Antarctic — sometimes to no avail as he lost much money in terms of equipment.

The results are outstanding, and I’m not a guy who is given to watching endless scenes of snow. But the film is as much a study of the people who choose to work and live there and that is what makes it different.

I learned things I did not know before. Plus the scenery itself is amazing. Watch it on a high def TV in the dark with the lights off. 

It’s a new release on Netflix and is also available on Amazon Instant Video.