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Shameless - tracking down the site

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 21:13
Whiel I catch up on Shameless it's been driving me nuts as a Chicagoan where they shoot the show.

I figured it was somewhere around the Stevenson expressway and the Orange or Pink L line. The commercial street looks like Milwaukee Avenue, but it could be a section of South Halsted.

Thee Galagers are SOUTH SIDERS. "I live on the south side." "Some &*** from the north side..." They've given the address as 2912 North Wallace. NORTH? C'Mon!

It's 2119 S. Homan.

It is next to the Orange Line.

The cast comes to Chicago to film the exteriors. The interiors and The Alibi are on the Warner Bros Burbank lot - which means they must come to Chicago and film exteriors for several episodes at once. I don't see any sign that they do generic walk and talks outside.

With shows like Breaking Bad you get the impression that they do the episodes in sequence, where they may have 2 or 3 episodes in stages of writing and planning but they don't do the whole season at once. They seem to say that they have an idea where it's going only for the next 4-5 episodes.


Anyway, the cast does an outstanding job, especially considering how many kids they have in the cast. Even the 3 year old does OK.

Comcast vs UVerse

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 20:48
Due to circumstances beyond my control, I may be forced to drop Comcast and sign up with UVerse.

We already know that the current HD TiVo boxes don't support UVerse, so that's not the question. And with luck, I may only need to be on UVerse for a short period of time before I can return to the comforting bloop bloop bloop TiVo soundtrack.

So here's the Q that's weighing on my mind: what are the chances that the S5 (or whatever they're calling the pending 4/6-tuner units later this year) would support Uverse **and/or** Comcast?

What are the downsides I'll find with UVerse, other than not being able to use TiVo? Any upsides?

Three Mini's, three new people

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 17:28
I've got three new Mini's on order for my new place with three new roommates who will be new to TiVo. I'll post at some point how it goes. Hopefully it's smooth. One will have a bedroom TV, and we'll have one in the kitchen plus an upstairs and downstairs common TV.

kmttg problem

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 13:46
found my mistake
could not see how to delete post.

Jeopardy: Just Noticed This

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 13:17
I was watching Jeopardy the other night and noticed that Alex Trebek before asking contestant to to pick a question looked down and to his left. Then I noticed this a second time. I figured he was looking for an indication of which contestant should ask the next question, but wasn't aware of an indicator.

After watching a bit more I noticed that on the bottom right (our left) of each players podium there is a little white light that lights to indicate the player who last correctly answered a question and the player who should choose the next one.

Normally it is the person who answered the last question real easy, but when returning from the first break after the player interviews and if no one answers the question correctly it's nice to have an aid.

Has this been obvious to others for a long time?

Mad Men "A Tale of Two Cities" 6/2/13

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 08:59
At least this season they kept the obligatory soul-searching trip to LA episode interesting by including some story lines from what was happening back at the office as well. In previous seasons they would have kept that part where he was imagining/dreaming about people while drowning going almost the full episode.

Was I hearing things or did they have news footage where the reporter was saying that it was the 1972 Democratic National Convention? That threw me off for a while, I was thinking how did they skip ahead 4 years in a few episodes? But if me or Wikipedia aren't mistaken wasn't the Chicago National Convention where they had the riots in 1968? I need to go back and listen to that part.

Premier to cable box?

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 08:52
Forgive my ignorance if this is common sense but can i somehow hook up a tivo premiere to a regular hd cable box without using a tuning adapter and cable card? I cannot get the tuning adapter/cable card combo to work with charter (see my other thread).

Asus Transformer Book Trio

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 08:49
This device looks interesting. It's more in the line of how I see the PC of the future. What I find interesting is that as a tablet, it's Android, and as a PC, it's Windows 8. I wonder how Microsoft feels about that? The tablet part has a seperate CPU than the desktop part. So, I wonder how the two interact. Can you get to documents on the tablet via your PC or are they just completely seperate entities that share a device?


Food Network Star 2013

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 08:28
I figure not enough interest for a weekly thread... So here is a season thread.

Seems like the Food Network upped their game with some recognizable faces and people with more polish... (though it seems they planted some early duds for easy eliminations)

And Dooshka has got to go! She gives super models a bad name...

But I was happy with the other lady that went last night as well - both of them needed to go. Hopefully Dooshka next week.

Favorites after first show...

Chad, Stacey, and Chris - though Chris didn't do so well - but I liked him from the Food Truck show.

We laughed at segment with the obesity guy during his presentation with the focus group.. as soon as he mentioned losing weight, he went from red to green. Though I didn't think his potato meal looked healthy.

The Killing - S3E01/E02

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 08:25
Very happy to see this show back. As I thought they would do they are using the case that Linden was obsessed with prior to the Larsen case as this seasons story. Very interesting so far. I like the way they have tied the three separate stories together so far, homeless Seattle teens, the murder of one of them with the case from Linden's past.

And yes its still always raining...

Warehouse 13, 6/3/13 - S04E15

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 07:54
Warehouse 13, 6/3/13 - S04E15

Season Pass did not pick up tonight's New episode "Instinct"

First Aired Date Missing.

Highly Questionable

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 07:37
I may have a new favorite show. This show has been on for a couple of years but it was known as Dan LeBatard Is Highly Questionable until recently. It was a bizarre sports talk show in which long time sports writer Dan LeBatard would sit in his kitchen with his highly incomprehensible Cuban father and talk sports. It was too weird for me to watch. The show recently added another sports writer Bomani Jones as co-host and shortened the name. It's still basically the same show but Bomani cracks me up. I've always liked him on the various espn shows he's been on. Papi is still lovable but decreasing his role has made the show better. I laugh more during this show than I have in any half hour comedy show other than VEEP in years.

Hannibal, are you still watching it? [spoilers]

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 01:03
During the first three episodes, this became one of my favorite shows. I loved the actors. I loved the characters. It felt intellectual and emotional.

However, lately it's just been in a death spiral for me. It maintains the level of creepiness that it had in the beginning, yet it's becoming predictable, unrealistic, and just plain boring at times.

Take the most recent episode for example. Will Graham suffering from lost time. Hannibal and some other doctor conspire to not inform him of this. Immediately, you know that Hannibal is going to kill the other doctor and frame the girl. It's just a given.

Before that, we had human totem pole killer, with some convoluted motivation that really didn't make any sense.

Before that, the musician killer. Another episode where it was obvious that Hannibal was just going to kill the killer. Not really any drama. It was all revealed to us in slow obvious detail.

The entire Abigail story arc has been flat ever since she was revealed to be a killer. Hannibal knows she is a killer. She knows Hannibal is the guy who made the phone call. Graham knows that Hannibal helped her conceal the evidence of the man she killed.

It feels to me like a combination of subpar 'monster of the week' episodes mixed with these boring slow drawn out predictable multi-episode story arcs.

Other people, are you still enjoying this series?

Tivo lockup watching Netflix-again

Mon, 06/03/2013 - 00:24
My series 3 locked up watching Netflix again.
I couldn't even get to the menu where the reset/reboot option is.
I had to pull the power cord.

When is tivo going to do something about these Netflix problems?
Three years of these Netflix issues is enough.

500GB vs 1TB HDD?????

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 22:47
What is the physical difference between these two HDDs? More discs? Larger discs? What? Would the 500GB run cooler and quieter and longer? Thanks.

GoT "The Rains of Castamere" 6/2/13

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 21:09
What a beautiful wedding!!!

Oh wait.. It's a blood bath!

Original Premier coax + antenna

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 21:02
Can the premiere pull channels from a direct coax Cable connection and an OTA Antenna connection together at the same time? (if you understand what I mean)

Whites (UK show streaming on Hulu)

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 19:29
I have not watched the show but I did a catch a commercial today. I can't seem to find the actual commercial anywhere on Hulu. The trailers on Hulu do not have the problem described below.

At the end of most commercials for shows that are exclusive to Hulu they end with text on three simultaneous but separate screens. The text is as follows:

Screen 1: Title of show
Screen 2. Only
Screen 3: On Hulu

This particular show has the unfortunate title of "Whites". I realize this is the standard language in their ads but I think they could have made an exception here.

TivoS3 proactive measures?

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 18:11
I have 5 Tivo S3's w/LifeTimeService. What steps can i take to prepare for eventual hardrive failures?
1. I can upgrade the hardrives and remove orginals for storage.
2. Wondering can i buy a cheap TivoS3 off say ebay and use that hardive? Can you use a hardrive from another TivoS3 and just drop it in a S3 with a failed hardrive and it will work? Do you have to tweak the tivo to accept the used hardrive frm another used tivo?


Tivo server to Ipad via Stream?

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 17:13
I think I know the answer but wanted to ask the question directly.

I have a 4 tuner Premier and a Tivo Stream. I also own an Ipad.

I can successfully transfer shows from the Premier to my Ipad via the stream.

But I have a number of shows on my Tivo Server from years past.

Must I transfer those twice - once from the server to the Premier and then to the Ipad via the stream or is there a way to get the Stream to see the recordings on the server?