now what's that tape spell out? May 26, 2007 6:27 PM   Subscribe

The Wild West Myths episode of Mythbusters will be airing this coming Wednesday, May 30th.
posted by item to MetaFilter-Related at 6:27 PM (35 comments total)

Notice the restraint in not using the term 'Mefi's own' anywhere in my post.
posted by item at 6:28 PM on May 26, 2007


Sweet. Thanks for the heads up! I don't know why i should care about this episode any more than any other episode just because it's affected by a website I read.. but.. I do... I've set up the comcast-generic-TiVo-ripoff to record it already.
posted by twiggy at 6:52 PM on May 26, 2007


item: "Notice the restraint in not using the term 'Mefi's own' anywhere in my post."

Except for there. But good on you anyway. I will tune in when they eventually show it here in Australia.
posted by Effigy2000 at 6:54 PM on May 26, 2007


Sweet, I was wondering when that was coming on. Seems like they have three months or so of post production.

I'm also awaiting the crazy car myths one that should follow (trucker myths, knight rider recreation of driving onto a trailer at 60mph, etc).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 7:07 PM on May 26, 2007


Is this something I'd need a TV to etc etc.
posted by cortex (staff) at 7:17 PM on May 26, 2007


archiver
posted by acro at 7:20 PM on May 26, 2007 [1 favorite]


Not necessarily, cortex.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:22 PM on May 26, 2007 [3 favorites]


Excellent.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:13 PM on May 26, 2007


Is this something I'd need to not know how to read a TVGuide to yadda yadda...
posted by Eideteker at 8:30 PM on May 26, 2007


Hah.

"Here's an upcoming episode of a famousish TV show that stars one of our members, an episode that had its genesis on this site!"

"Yay! Here's a way to watch it online, just to spit in his face a bit!"

Not that I have the slightest problem with everything being online, copyright-infringing or not, but it does seem a bit like flipping Adam the bird.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:33 PM on May 26, 2007


I don't know stavros, everyone I've met in the TV industry wants as many people as possible to see their shows, commercials or not, downloaded or not. They're not the network owners that actually care about if you watched every commercial.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:41 PM on May 26, 2007


Absolutely -- I personally believe that too. I haven't met anyone in the TV industry, but given the activities of the associations that purport to represent recording and film artists, at least, it doesn't seem like the lessons have percolated through very far yet. This cluelessness would seem to be confirmed by the number of legal challenges against Youtube from TV companies.

I wouldn't be surprised at all if Adam is totally in support of the pretty obvious idea that more views means more better, whether it's on some website somewhere or the traditional TV boxen (or the way I've watched every single episode of the show so far, on my PC, via bittorrent).

I hope he is, at least. But if he isn't, then the whole eyeball-spittle thing would seem to apply, yeah?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 8:49 PM on May 26, 2007


Legit link, no spitting intended.
posted by acro at 8:50 PM on May 26, 2007


And since he is not Trent Reznor, I don't think it would be a good idea for him to say too much in conflict with his media bosses' position. I mean, if they decide he gets too uppity, they could replace him with MeFi's own ColdChef in an instant.
posted by wendell at 9:39 PM on May 26, 2007


But then they could only do myths about dead bodies.
posted by puke & cry at 10:20 PM on May 26, 2007


...and Kool Aid Pickles!
posted by wendell at 10:23 PM on May 26, 2007


Now I have to wonder what a cadaver embalmed with a strong kool-aid brine would look like.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 11:44 PM on May 26, 2007


Now I have to wonder what a cadaver embalmed with a strong kool-aid brine would look like.

Probably wouldn't look like much.
posted by nasreddin at 1:51 AM on May 27, 2007


I just tuned to discovery, and it's airing the Ninja Myths episode. On the way to the commercials, it shown a shot of a ninja, with some stuff on the background, including MeFi handwritten on white paint on a wall. Was that a shoutout asavage? Anyone with a PVR? if you're able to rewind 10 minutes, you might be able to grab a screenshot.
posted by qvantamon at 2:34 AM on May 27, 2007


Actually, click the Ask a Ninja link here, and in about 5 seconds you can see asavage doing ninja stances in front of said MeFi shoutout.
posted by qvantamon at 2:43 AM on May 27, 2007


We haven't had one of these posts lately, anyone want to give it a shot?
posted by 0xFCAF at 3:13 AM on May 27, 2007


I posted it in a comment, so I don't need to care about dupes, quality, grammar, or any of that.
posted by qvantamon at 4:52 AM on May 27, 2007


I don't know stavros, everyone I've met in the TV industry wants as many people as possible to see their shows, commercials or not, downloaded or not. They're not the network owners that actually care about if you watched every commercial.

And who decides whether shows are made/renewed?
posted by cillit bang at 5:21 AM on May 27, 2007


Anyone happen to know what shoes he was wearing in the ninja episode?
posted by drezdn at 5:26 AM on May 27, 2007



And who decides whether shows are made/renewed?


$1.99/episode: "What is the Discovery™ Media Manager?
Discovery™ Media Manager is a proprietary program that allows you to view your video downloads. This software is installed, via ActiveX, when you download your first item, or can be initiated manually by clicking the “launch player” button on the My Downloads page. If you are using the required Internet Explorer browser, you will be prompted to install the Media Manager and a security banner will appear at the top of the browser window. Click the banner and select the Install option to begin. Once installed, a Media Manager Icon will be present on your desktop and in the system tray (located in the bottom right hand corner of your screen).

Can I use other media players like QuickTime, RealPlayer, etc?

Our video downloads are secured using Windows Digital Rights Management which requires the use of our Media Manager/Windows Media Player (WMP) for viewing.
posted by acro at 9:57 AM on May 27, 2007


Well, that's a very effective means of ensuring that I will source the program somewhere else. Boo for Discovery.
posted by oneirodynia at 10:31 AM on May 27, 2007


drezdn - They looked like something similar to this. I found them by googling "tabi shoes" -- "tabi" are the sandal-friendly socks common in Japan.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:08 PM on May 27, 2007


Tabi MeFi thread from last year.
posted by zoinks at 3:36 PM on May 27, 2007


I will tune in when they eventually show it here in Australia.
Oops, you missed it - it was on a few weeks ago.
posted by dg at 6:30 PM on May 27, 2007


Except, after reading the linked thread, I think that may have been an earlier show with a similar theme, so continue to ignore me.
posted by dg at 7:24 PM on May 27, 2007


What's on the window below 'MeFi'?
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 8:13 PM on May 27, 2007


Is this the one where Jessamyn and Bowie do a medley while Cher appears taped to the back wall with her midriff exposing a tatooed "MeFi Roolz" in semi-precious stones?
posted by Dizzy at 9:21 PM on May 27, 2007


Absolutely -- I personally believe that too. I haven't met anyone in the TV industry, but given the activities of the associations that purport to represent recording and film artists, at least, it doesn't seem like the lessons have percolated through very far yet.

I think it's a bit different then the music industry. Networks buy shows from production companies, and those production companies pay the actors and such, whereas in the music industry a dip in sales hits the artist directly, in the TV world it would take years for a dip in advertising revenue to really affect show price. Another thing to think about is that downloading a TV show has no more effect on the bottom line of a show or network then TiVoing it and skipping the ads. I don't see you ranting about people "stealing" broadcast TV by skipping ads on their DVRs. Some network execs and lawyers have been, though.

I'm not saying it's not rude, asavage might not be happy about it, but it's less likely to be as big of a deal as if he were a musician (and even then, lots of musicians are not that worried)
posted by delmoi at 11:35 PM on May 27, 2007


Another thing to think about is that downloading a TV show has no more effect on the bottom line of a show or network then TiVoing it and skipping the ads.

And those of us who don't have basic cable and aren't going to go out and get it aren't really pulling something out of the system by occasionally downloading an episode for reasons of sheer, unbridled enthusiasm about a thing. I could be totally off, but I kind of doubt "I really want to see your show" is the sort of thing that would come off as a slap in the face to a creator.

"As a Neilson household, I have canceled my cable subscription because I've decided to just torrent your show instead to undercut your income by subverting the Big Media paradigm of which you are, whatever merits you may have, nonetheless utterly indicted for being a part, you son of a bitch": now that would be a slap in the face.
posted by cortex (staff) at 8:14 AM on May 28, 2007


ROU_Xenophobe : Now I have to wonder what a cadaver embalmed with a strong kool-aid brine would look like.

I'll send you some photos. Did you prefer Grape or Cherry kool-aid? I haven't gotten around to Orange yet, so if that's what you are looking for, you need to give me a bit more time.
posted by quin at 10:07 AM on May 29, 2007


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