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Old 01-04-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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How It's Made - all eps, all seasons

Discuss your favorite/interesting eps here.

I noticed there's marathon of How It's Made: Remix eps on 1/5/13, starting at 6 am Pacific.

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Old 01-05-2013, 12:10 AM   #2
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I get this series from season 1-9 except for season 6 on Netflix instant watch.

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Old 01-05-2013, 12:17 AM   #3
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Holland House Candles. They are one of my favorite customers (I sell them the pigments in their wax, and the clear resin they dip the candles in at the end.) Truly nice people, and an incredible product. They tell me they don't know when their episode is going to air, but when it does, their phone starts ringing and internet order spike something fierce.

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I've seen those--very cool.

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Old 01-07-2013, 05:58 PM   #5
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They show a lot of cool stuff, but I don't like it when it looks like they are doing the steps in a non-production environment (i.e. you see the parts for a single piece layed out on a big table).

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I kind of consider that akin to when they show slowed-down footage...I don't mind.

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Old 01-07-2013, 09:42 PM   #7
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They show a lot of cool stuff, but I don't like it when it looks like they are doing the steps in a non-production environment (i.e. you see the parts for a single piece layed out on a big table).
The candle episode I mentioned is pretty spot on.

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i just downloaded S 18 and see they now have a female voice over

the stop animation one was very interesting. now i know why it takes years to make lol

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FYI This is now on Netflix.

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Old 01-09-2013, 05:44 PM   #10
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I noticed it on Netflix and have started watching it. Seems this has a lot more seasons out there than are available on Netflix though!

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Old 05-26-2014, 03:31 PM   #11
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There's a marathon going on today (Memorial Day) on Science Channel. Unfortunately, I forgot to post about this last night. It's been going on since 6 am.

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Old 05-26-2014, 09:41 PM   #12
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I love this show. It was the first series that I started watching only because it was in HD on my spiffy new DLP HDTV back in 2007 or 2008, and the content kept me watching.

The one thing that's probably the coolest to me is just seeing the ingenuity that some mechanical engineers have to come up with the machines used to make parts and/or assemble the various widgets. The food pieces are interesting because it's cool to see the huge quantities of ingredients and the machines they use to make things in such quantities.

Oh, and the other thing I really love is how they seem to come up with the absolute most random sets of spots for each show. "Tonight, on How It's Made: Shoofly Pie, Astronaut Helmets, and Bellybutton Lint Remover Kits"

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Old 05-26-2014, 11:30 PM   #13
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Yup....

This a terrific show....

Another show of this type is Ultimate Factories.....

They go much more in depth on how an item is manufactured....

Many of the episodes are about auto manufacturers......
but I have also seen ones about the UPS sort facility, the Coca Cola factory, Jack Daniels, and Caterpillar....

And like someone else mentioned in a previous post....

I just love seeing the machinery that they have to do, just the task they need it to do....

Didn't mean to hijack the thread.... just throwing a similar show out there...

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Old 05-27-2014, 12:55 PM   #14
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Sometimes the items you think will be boring turn out to be really interesting.

Once every 5 shows or so, I see something that really bugs me. Like over the weekend they were showing thermometers and during the final testing the digital reference thermometer was 5 degrees off from the thermometer they were testing. WTF?

Also, in the "toaster pastries" episode they showed the pop-tarts going through a metal detector, but did not comment on it at all.

I also wonder sometimes how they fix jams or misfeeds when things don't go as perfectly as they look on the show.

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I got a kick out of seeing the one on biplanes. Specifically, they were Waco's, made at the factory in Battle Creek. Several members of my airplane club went down there a few years ago for a tour, and it was really pretty cool. They pretty much led us everywhere on the production floor and described what was going on where. What we found pretty striking is that because these are wooden aircraft, the assembly really is very similar to the models that we build and fly. I think they said their normal tour is a half hour or so, I think we were there closer to 3 . Really great guys, and I appreciate them letting us take a look. But it was definitely kinda funny when I saw them on the program and was like "hey, I was there!"

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Sometimes the items you think will be boring turn out to be really interesting.

Once every 5 shows or so, I see something that really bugs me. Like over the weekend they were showing thermometers and during the final testing the digital reference thermometer was 5 degrees off from the thermometer they were testing. WTF?

Also, in the "toaster pastries" episode they showed the pop-tarts going through a metal detector, but did not comment on it at all.

I also wonder sometimes how they fix jams or misfeeds when things don't go as perfectly as they look on the show.
Are you sure that was a metal detector? I thought it was a heating coil or something.

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Are you sure that was a metal detector? I thought it was a heating coil or something.
It's common to run food items through a metal detector to guarantee that no metal shavings from the machinery get into the product.

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It's common to run food items through a metal detector to guarantee that no metal shavings from the machinery get into the product.
You mean such as razor blades and safety pins?

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You mean such as razor blades and safety pins?
No, he means metal shavings from the machinery.

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We typically watch these at night and, more often than not, they will put us to sleep. It's not that we aren't interested in the subject matter, but there is something about the show itself that is like a sleeping pill. Even if we aren't extremely tired, one of us will end up waking up with the show at the end of the recording and turning off the TV. Maybe it's the music, maybe it's the tone of the commentary, but we can rarely make it through an entire 30 minute show.

Anyone else have this experience?

And, "If you have a comment or suggestion..." What would you like to see them cover? For me, I would like to see how die-cast cars are made.

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There's a marathon going on today (Memorial Day) on Science Channel. Unfortunately, I forgot to post about this last night. It's been going on since 6 am.
Aw, darn. I missed it. I would have cruised through the guide to see if there were episodes about anything that interested me. I like this sort of thing. Will check it out on Netflix. I like to go on the site and find stuff to put in my 'list' because I hate typing on the on-screen keyboard thingy. Then, when I go on my Roku3, I have stuff loaded. BTW, the Tivo Netflix app is still screwed up and slow. Last time I got too lazy to pull out the Roku and TV remotes, and went on the Tivo Netflix app, it freaked out my Tivo when I was done - Tivo restarted, then lost internet connection, and it sucked having to fix everything before I went to bed.

I think I've seen a few episodes in the past but none of them stuck in my dismal memory bank.

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We've been watching this with our 5yo. I'm learning a lot and I forgot how much I loved this show.

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I visited Holland House Candles last week. Their episode hasn't aired in awhile.

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We typically watch these at night and, more often than not, they will put us to sleep. It's not that we aren't interested in the subject matter, but there is something about the show itself that is like a sleeping pill. Even if we aren't extremely tired, one of us will end up waking up with the show at the end of the recording and turning off the TV. Maybe it's the music, maybe it's the tone of the commentary, but we can rarely make it through an entire 30 minute show.

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I find them soothing.

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We typically watch these at night and, more often than not, they will put us to sleep. It's not that we aren't interested in the subject matter, but there is something about the show itself that is like a sleeping pill. Even if we aren't extremely tired, one of us will end up waking up with the show at the end of the recording and turning off the TV. Maybe it's the music, maybe it's the tone of the commentary, but we can rarely make it through an entire 30 minute show.

Anyone else have this experience?
Not me. I've watched entire episodes but generally only watch segments that interest me.

The show that really made my sleepy were the Visions shows formerly on HDNet (e.g. Visions of England). The scenery was always nice but the music and pacing was too soothing, for the lack of a better word. Often, I'd get very sleepy and start falling asleep. I'd always how the editors would stay awake doing their job w/that show.

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Looks like there's a marathon going on now that ends on at 4 pm Pacific 12/23/14.

It looks like there will be another marathon on 1/4/15.

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How It's Made has reached Gilligan's Island and Star Trek TOS status for me... I think I've seen every episode at least 3 times

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We typically watch these at night and, more often than not, they will put us to sleep. It's not that we aren't interested in the subject matter, but there is something about the show itself that is like a sleeping pill. Even if we aren't extremely tired, one of us will end up waking up with the show at the end of the recording and turning off the TV. Maybe it's the music, maybe it's the tone of the commentary, but we can rarely make it through an entire 30 minute show.

Anyone else have this experience?
I do, absolutely. In fact, I use it specifically for this purpose when I have middle of the night insomnia. In my case, my brain is going in all sorts of different directions and it can't calm down enough to get sleepy. I think the linear nature of the narration and lack of plot in the show allows my brain to focus just on one thing or zone out and it can more easily transition to be sleepy. I'll be sleepy after the episode is over and then I'll attempt to replay it in my head when I get back to bed. That usually does the trick.

I really find the nature of the show interesting. I'm fascinated about how things are made. So it's not that I find it boring or anything. But there is something about the format of the show which makes it easy to fall asleep to.

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Hint: It's a Canadian production.

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They cover products made nearby that people care aboot.

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