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Unrealistic language courses

I do a few lessons each day on the Rosetta Stone program in Italian. Today, my problem is not necessarily with the language, but with this situation:

  1. A man comes in to buy a new TV.
  2. The salesman asks why he needs a new TV. This is the first indication that something is wrong. A salesman would never ask WHY you need a new TV. He would ask WHICH KIND you want.
  3. The man says he needs a new TV because his old one is broken. Where do I start? Do I start with the fact that this guy is holding a TV with 2 knobs made in the 1980s, while there are obviously flat screens behind him, which would mean he has been using this 1980s TV for about 30 years? Also, I don’t even think those type of TVs have worked for several years now that everything is digital.
    But what troubles me most of all is….. WHO BRINGS THEIR BROKEN TV TO THE STORE TO BUY A NEW TV?! Why would you bring that in the store??!!!

I’m very much hoping that as I get further along in the program, this story will continue. Is he a time traveler? Did he escape from a mental institution? Does the salesman call security? Guess I’ll have to keep learning Italian to get the whole story.

 

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Christmas in Sweden – Donald Duck

This Disney Donald Duck Christmas special has been shown at 3pm every year on Christmas Eve since 1959 and almost all Swedes organize their celebrations around the show. Most families, like ours, open gifts when the show is over. It’s an hour long show with the same set of cartoons since 1959.  Everyone has the cartoons memorized.

Honestly, most of the country tunes in to watch this. If you were going to rob a store or vandalize a car in Sweden, 3pm on Christmas Eve would be a good time to get away with it.

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Flat screen TVs are ruining childhood!

Back in my day:

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My kids in 2015:

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Rastamouse

While trying to find the lowest rated shows on Netflix last night (still haven’t found one star yet), we came across a British cartoon called “Rastamouse.” We watched this for about 3 minutes with our mouths open.  I umm…. I don’t know what to say.  I guess it’s nice that people on drugs have something to watch late at night.  By the way, this got 4 stars on Netflix.  The same score as “The King’s Speech.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEZ703FqNMI

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Howler monkeys

I once had a great idea for a talk show hosted by howler monkeys.  Each week, there would be a new celebrity guest escorted into a room with a family of howler monkeys.  That’s about as far as it goes.  You don’t really need any other plan.  Just let the cameras roll.  Pure entertainment.

I have become bitten

One thing that makes television fun to watch over here is the way they translate the titles.  There is a show on every evening listed as, “I Have Become Bitten.”  I’ve never actually looked at the show but I think I should.  It certainly sounds interesting.  I wonder what it could be.  Obviously someone is bitten each week and not overly concerned about it.

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