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Discussion in 'TiVo Series 1 - UK' started by ColinYounger, Jan 16, 2007.
I think Oscar Wilde put it best.
'Lots of wide open spaces ... full of teeth'
Absolutely. I recommend everyone visit NYC in their life at least once. It takes a long exposure to it before the negative things start to add up.
The sunset flight over the Grand Canyon from Vegas is amazing value. I can highly recommend that. I got co-pilot seat in a 4 seater Speaking of Vegas, WOW. I promise myself each year I'll go back but somewhere we've never been to before always manages to take priority
My flight was actually from an airstrip next to the Grand Canyon somewhere and not from Vegas. A 15 seater plane (an aisle but only one seat per row) and very scary once we were up due to huge down drafts and other things going on despite it being an apparently sunny day. Mind you the plane seemed to be an ancient rust bucket, which I think was the real problem. I enjoyed driving along the Canyon and inspecting the view from various different places on terra firma to be honest.
Vegas didn't do a lot for me to be honest. I found that intensity of gambling very sleazy even though I do go to the odd horse racing event and always have a small bet on every race at those.
But if you can resist the temptation to chuck your money into a slot machine, the casinos are pretty good value places to stay
Not when we were there but I believe there was some major doctors convention in town at the time.
I probably wouldn't mind New York if I actually tried it. However, when I was working many years ago in Lexington near Boston, while my colleagues would go into New York at the weekend, I always headed for places such as Maine (Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park), Vermont, Montreal, Rhode Island, Cape Cod, etc. That was one of the best parts; the fact that the roads were fast, if you kept out of the cities and watched out for Smokey.
I'm not a great fan of public transport so, if I can't drive there, I expect to walk there. Not that I found walking across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausolito in a high wind much fun, since I get vertigo and speeding cyclists expect you to jump out of their way over a very-low parapet. One gets the impression that you can only walk in prescribed areas within the States.
Sorry to drag this back on topic
To answer the original question: me
We've just moved to the sticks in Lincolnshire. We're 20 miles from the nearest town of significance, right on the edge of the Wash, and connected by some very straight narrow roads with no speed cameras. Excellent on the bike!
Other benefits are the 8MB broadband, perfect Freeview reception, 2 pubs and quiet village life.
p.s. I want a multi-tuner freeview box with TiVo-a-like software and a free EPG. I guess that's not uncommon.
I had a twin tuner Windows MCE2005 box I built myself, but frankly it was crap compared to TiVo. It's been disconnected and used as a kid's desktop PC instead.
You could get yourself a Topfield Freeview box, which is more modifiable than any other software wise but frankly its crap compared to Tivo and pretty expensive.
Wait till next year when dual tuner Freeview Playback boxes with Series link and Metadata in the EPG become available.
Not worried about getting invaded by rising sea levels? I keep seeing world maps 30 years in the future and a huge part of that area ain't there anymore. I'll be glad I'm at 525m above sea level if all the predictions come true.
It's a 2 floor house...
No1 Terrorist hotspot? 3 attacks ever?? 2 of them were technically the same attack as well! Baghdad's having 4 or 5 a day since the seppos took over!
I can't think of another American city that's had more.
Which says mountains for the "war on terror"...
They are building a bigger and taller replacement for the Twin Towers......................
I'm not saying NYC "got it bad" in comparison with anywhere else in the world you care to mention. I'm saying how it felt being there and that being a large reason for wanting to not be there anymore. I saw the towers burning on 11/9 and knew somebody that didn't make it out. We had bomb alerts in our building for months after that. The great power cut of 2003 (I think it was) where everyone thought it was a terror attack. The Anthrax mail situation (my mail came from that Trenton sorting office). The constantly raised alerts every 4th of July with "imminent attacks due", the "tape up your windows and doors with duck tape" warnings, the foiled subway bombings and failed to materialize Sarin-Gas subway attacks. Tell me I'm paranoid, but the media in America sure made it look like all of these threats were about to happen and you might not make it home from work if you venture out that day. Not to mention the security checks getting in and out of the place with shoe bombers and liquid bans. Add to that the worry of people back home (family in England, girlfriend in Germany) when they can't get hold of you for 6 hours during some of these things. One day on patrol in Basra might be 10 times worse than all of this, but it doesn't mean it was a picnic.
I can imagine how that would make you, and me, feel.
The only exposure I have to US News networks is via The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which obviously picks out the most ridiculous examples.
However, it's obvious that the nature of US 24 hour news is that they will hammer even the smallest, or non-existent, story into the ground.
The most recent example was the gas smell in New York, where the News networks were actually suggesting that it could be a "terrorist strike", and telling viewers to "leave the area" (What? New York??), and "don't touch the light switches"!
You can see the Daily Show segment detailing this non-sense by going to
Click on any video to get the video player window popup, then search in the tiny Search Field at the top for "smell".
This will find the segment, which is called "Daily Show: NY's Funny Odor"
Having said all that, I'd like to add;
yes: I, too, would like a new Tivo.
The Daily Show is just about the only show that offers a sane analysis of events I went to an episode taping, great fun
This thread must be in the running for the most completely off topic content percentage-wise ever
Speaking of which, what about this storm ... We're at our peak right now in Bavaria. Sounds like there's going to be nothing left outside in the morning. I don't think I want to look.