Saturday afternoon open thread

I will be blogging this afternoon, but my morning has been taken up with family stuff, including the exciting one of reinstating TiVo in our lives.  We had TiVo for many years, but when we got an HD TV, we tried switching to the Comcast DVR, because it was cheaper than upgrading to HD TiVo.  The whole Comcast DVR experience proved that you get what you pay for.  Had we started with Comcast’s DVR, we might never have known what we were missing.  Having had TiVo, however, it was obvious that the Comcast product was vastly inferior.

My husband therefore finally broke down and bought an all new TiVo.  It’s a lovely piece of equipment, with really smart software.  I’m not much of a TV watcher, but I like my old movies, so I’ve been hunting them down.  My husband, who is a TV watcher, is in hog heaven, and keeps summoning me to look at one new feature or another.

I’ll try to blog later today, once the TiVo excitement abates somewhat.

San Francisco’s nanny state

Life isn’t always fair, but San Francisco is bound and determined to make it so.  Apparently, they’re now hoping to have television police — yup, police to make sure that television sets in public places (including private businesses open to the public), have to be configured with close-captioning.

Close-captioning is a nice thing for the hearing impaired, but this government mandate is absolutely ridiculous.  For God’s sake:  When the game is on in a noisy bar, everyone is hearing impaired, and if close-captioning improved on that experience, businesses would long ago have added it.  As is, close-captioning under those circumstances is an irritant, with the talking-heads’ usually mindless babble imposed over the actual excitement of the game.