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What are you recording?

It's fairly common for bloggers to put their MP3 players on shuffle and list the first ten songs that come up. Adding a little sight to sound, I thought I'd post the current list of what I'm recording on our DVR.

The DVR is one nifty gizmo. It's hard to believe how much it has changed my viewing habits. Before, I'd make time for Alias, and that'd be about it. Now, I have what I call staples and samples.

Staples are series recordings. These tend to be shows that I don't want to miss or that are a regular part of my viewing diet. Samples tend to be one-time recordings to see if I want to continue with the program or not. If I do, they get moved to the Staples list.

Simply Wine with Andrea Immer
A Cook's Tour
(just started watching this and it became an instant favorite)
Nigella Bites
Barefoot Contessa
Good Eats
Boston Legal
Battlestar Galactica

America's Test Kitchen
Everyday Italian
Ming's Quest
The Shield
Wine, Food and Friends
Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck Classroom

Tried but didn't keep:
Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello (Although he has some useful information, I don't much care for his dishes or his personality.)
Quiet Places (Ironically, I'm often in too much of a hurry to watch it.)
Food Hunters
Follow That Food
(Love the concept, but the host has too much faux gregariousness for my taste.)

Plan to try:
Great Chefs

I've learned so much already: Alton's given me great tips on washing leeks, Michael Chiarello provided pointers like preheating a baking sheet before making something like croutons so the bottom will cook at the same rate as the top, Ina Garten suggested mixing flowers of different types but the same color for a lovely bouquet, and someone suggested lightly greasing a measuring cup prior to using honey in a recipe so that the honey would slide out cleanly instead of having to wait for it.

It's no surprise that the vast majority of my viewing involves food preparation and technique. There's not a lot of sci-fi programming these days that's engaging my interest, and for the most part I prefer to use my couch potato time for educational programming that focuses on my hobbies. I actually don't watch that much television: shows cycle in and out, depending on what else I have to do. Only the top three staples count as "must-see TV" for me, though Battlestar Galactica is rapidly becoming a fourth.

I feel sure I'll scale back as I develop a routine, but right now, it's like a smorgasbord with all these options and I have to sample each one. :)

Any great suggestions on stuff to tune in for? What are your favorites?


Apr. 7th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
I don't get a lot of time for TV these days
but my SageTV PC is currently set to grab every episode of Good Eats, Frontline and Deadwood.

I caught some of the first season reruns of Galactica but totally slacked on staying current and now feel too intimidated by the backlog to try and catch up.

but, yeah, the way I typically describe it to friends, Frontline is why I have a TV, Good Eats is why I pay for cable, and Deadwood/Six Feet Under/Carnivale is why I pay for HBO.
Apr. 7th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't get a lot of time for TV these days
You're not alone: I jumped into Galactica about two episodes prior to the season finale. :/ I'm just trying to swim with it, and maybe catch some reruns.

I wish we had access to Carnivale: everything I've heard about it suggests it might be something we'd like. What is Deadwood about?
Apr. 7th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't get a lot of time for TV these days
Deadwood is a Western set in the gold rush town of Deadwood, South Dakota. It's really less of a town and more of a camp of prospectors that's been around long enough that essential services like saloons, hardware stores and whorehouses have sprouted up around them, but not so new that things like, say, police precincts have followed in their wake. So, ostensibly it's about one man's attempt to carve a life for himself on the frontier, but the main draw is in watching the politics of a new community play itself out.

The concept (lawless frontier town in the grip of corrupt swindlers that's rescued by a stranger who rides in from civilization) isn't new, but what's nice about it is that you get to see the story and subplots evolve over multiple seasons and several hours rather than, say, a two hour movie.
Apr. 7th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't get a lot of time for TV these days
the main draw is in watching the politics of a new community play itself out.

That sounds appealing. In a way, almost like a Western version of Sim City, except with video, story, and actual characters. :)
Apr. 7th, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC)
Re: I don't get a lot of time for TV these days
One thing I love about Deadwood is the dialog. It fluctuates between vile profanity ("cocksucker" seems to be the the favorite of Old West), and ultra-polite formality.


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