What if you had your own TV service?

An idea that’s been floating through my head after thinking about the kinds of shows I watch (and realizing that I don’t watch all that much American TV, and a lot of foreign TV) is one of what channels would you have if you could have any channels available in the world.

For me personally, it would be a heavy focus on two areas – news and sports. Before I get to my channel list, let me set out the challenge to you: What if you had your own TV service? What channels would you want to have if money, time and satellite coverage were not issues?

So, without further ado, here’s my channel list.

Local Channels

A note about local channels: There will be multiple listings for some channels and networks because of the fact some stations in my area carry multiple signals, plus the local channels would all be brought in by antenna, so the actual list would vary from day to day ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • WISC (TV3, Madison – CBS; no subchannels)
  • WTMJ (Channel 4, Milwaukee – NBC, 1 subchannel – 4.2, Weather Plus)
  • WITI (Channel 6, Milwaukee – Fox, no subchannels)
  • WGN (Channel 9, Chicago – CW, no subchannels; for sport in HD)
  • WMVS (Channels 10-1 through 10-7, Milwaukee -  various PBS networks)
  • WISN (Channel 12, Milwaukee – ABC, no subchannels)
  • WMTV (Channel 15, Madison – NBC, 1 subchannel, weather)
  • WVTV (Channel 18, Milwaukee – CW, no subchannels)
  • WHA (Channel 21, Madison – PBS, varying subchannels)
  • WCGV (Channel 24, Milwaukee – My Network, possibly 1 subchannel)
  • WKOW (Channel 27, Madison – ABC; no subchannels, NO logo over all pictures!)
  • WMVT (Channel 36, Milwaukee – PBS HD)
  • WMSN (Channel 47, Madison – Fox, unknown subchannels)
  • WDJT (Channel 58, Milwaukee, 2 subchannels – WMLW & Me TV)
  • WYTU (Channel 63, Milwaukee, analog only, Telemundo)
  • And some religious channels that I can’t be stuffed listing ๐Ÿ˜‰

Entertainment channels

Now, all of these channels would be in HD or Widescreen, when possible. Note that this is definitely not an exhaustive list as I’m probably not aware of all the channels in the world. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • A&E
  • Discovery Channel
  • Discovery Home & Living
  • TLC
  • Animal Planet
  • Cartoon Network
  • Boomerang
  • Nickelodeon (the channel that airs the good shows)
  • TV Land
  • HDNet
  • TBS
  • TNT (not so much for the programming, but for the six races in summer)
  • UKTV (Aust.)
  • Other UKTV Networks (UK)
  • G4TechTV (Canada)
  • How-to Channel (Aust.)
  • Discovery RealTime (UK)
  • BBC America (before it went to pot)
  • Travel Channel
  • Comedy Central
  • Fox8 (Aust.)
  • Lifestyle (Aust. – probably just a sample for a while)
  • National Geographic (US)
  • GSN

News Channels

  • CNN (US)
  • CNN International
  • CNN Headline News
  • CNBC (US)
  • CNBC World
  • BBC World News
  • BBC News Channel (formerly News 24)
  • Sky News UK
  • Sky News Aust.
  • Fox Business Channel
  • Fox News Channel
  • Sky Business Channel (Aust.)
  • Euronews
  • CBC Newsworld (does that even exist anymore?)
  • Bloomberg
  • Times Now (India/US)
  • Al-Jazeera English
  • Weather Channel (US)
  • Weather Channel (Aust.)

Sports Channels

  • All Regional Channels (i.e. the Fox Sports Net channels, Comcast Sports Network, etc.)
  • Setanta US
  • Cricket Channel
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • ESPNews
  • ESPN Classic (US)
  • ESPN Classic (UK)
  • ESPN360 (internet service)
  • ESPN Deportes
  • Speed
  • Versus
  • NASCAR Hot Pass
  • Motors TV (UK or mainland Europe)
  • Fox Sports 1, 2, 3 (Aust.)
  • ESPN (Asia/Pacific)
  • Zee Sports (South Asia/India)
  • Sky Sports 1, 2, 3, Xtra (UK)
  • Sky Sports News (UK)
  • Fox Sports News (Aust.)
  • Fox Soccer Channel
  • Eurosport News
  • Eurosport 1, 2
  • Fox College Sports
  • Rogers SportsNet (or whatever the main Canadian regional sports net is)
  • GolTV

Spanish Channels

  • Univision
  • mun2 (if that’s still on the air…)
  • Telefutura
  • Galavisión
  • Azteca América
  • Fox Sports en Español

Movie Channels

For the most part, the Movie channels are for the shows aired on there, such as Dexter and Flight of the Conchords (and apparently Summer Heights High is coming to HBO this year)

  • I think I’d have all of them available in the US, just because there might be a time when I find a movie that I haven’t watched (not that there are many of those out there, eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
  • Turner Classic Movies
  • Fox Movie Channel
  • Sundance Channel
  • Independent Movie Channels

Music Channels

  • VH1
  • VH1 MegaHits (though that ain’t coming back ๐Ÿ™ )

Yeah, that’s about it…I’ve never been one for watching music videos; if I want to listen to music, I’ll listen to it on the computer or the radio. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, there you go. 25-plus local channels, 24 general entertainment channels, about 60 sports channels, 20 news channels, dozens of movie channels, at least 6 Spanish Channels, so a total of about 150 channels, plus the obligatory Video-On-Demand probably.

Also, I’d have to have about a 3-terabyte DVR to record all the stuff I’d never watch anyway, but think I had time to watch. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What do you think? Am I just crazy for wanting to have all of these channels? How much do you think this would cost? For some reason I don’t want to think about it because I know it would probably be in the hundreds of dollars a month, just for the various equipment, such as PAL-> NTSC converters (or just a PAL TV ๐Ÿ˜‰ )…

Inside the Actors Studio…

While it’s a show that I’ve seen from time to time on Bravo, there is one segment that quite a few folks are familiar with – the ten questions. I know that I’ve seen Robin Williams answering one of the questions in the past, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Snoskred has put out a challenge to anyone willing to take it to answer the questions. In return, you get a link from her on Sunday.

Without further ado, here we go…

1. What is your favorite word?

Nice, or as I’ve been known to say or type it a few times, “Noice”. It’s such a versatile word, equally good for both sarcastic and non-sarcastic purposes. All you have to do is change the inflection slightly.

2. What is your least favorite word?

Right now, that would be a TV term – “Draft Track”. It’s one of the most asinine phrases I’ve heard which has an accompanying graphic that is just about as useless as the term itself.

3. What turns you on [creatively, spiritually or emotionally]?

Simplicity, especially in the learning process. If something comes with a good set of instructions or is easy enough to figure out on its own, you’ve got me.

4. What turns you off?

Unnecessary interruptions when I’m focusing. This kind of leads into tomorrow’s post, but when I have a set list of tasks to do for a day, and I get stuff piled on to do, it’s really frustrating. Also, when I’m focusing and have to stop for something it really throws me off of my focus.

5. What sound or noise do you love?

The rumbling of a train on the tracks. Sure, it’s quite loud, but it’s a sound that grabs my attention and creates a nice diversion (even when I’m focusing, yes) for about a minute or so. They used to blow their horns, but they took the crossings away which ended that practice.

6. What sound or noise do you hate?

Complete silence – whenever I’m doing something I need to have some sound, even if it’s the sound of passing cars, to stimulate me, otherwise I just don’t feel totally comfortable.

7. What is your favorite curse word?

Call me simple, but I’m all for the f word. What George Carlin said about it is so true – it can be used just about everywhere, even embedded in words. (fanf–kingtastic, anyone? ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Truckie, or as we’d say here in the States, Truck Driver; however, I have some other issues I have to sort out before I can do that…December 4th is all I’ll say…

9. What profession would you not like to do?

Politician, definitely. I don’t think I’d mind doing some kind of part time post like being on the school board, but being a career politician is definitely not my cup of tea.

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

“Welcome. Enjoy your stay.”

Quite a few folks have done this already, so make sure you check Snos’ blog on Sunday for the full list (or just read the trackbacks on the original post. ๐Ÿ˜€ )

An example of disorganization

A few days ago I was tagged by Meg for a meme called the Blog Improvement Zone. She tagged me because I’m getting my world more organized.

However, there are some stumbling blocks to my organization. I’m not saying that it’s an excuse as to why I’m not already more organized, but once you see it, you understand why I’m working towards changing this one thing.

This is a picture of my desk as it is right now. I will say that it has improved greatly over the past when I had a CRT on it (over on the right hand side of the desk, over the lower compartments), however, as you can see it doesn’t take a lot of stuff to make the desk cluttered.

A couple of weeks ago, I did a major cleanup of the desk, throwing out a lot of junk because I looked at the area around the desk, looked at the mess that the desk was in, and it made me feel really blah. It was right there when I realized that the thing that is holding me back from a lot of stuff is actually my desk – it’s too small and inefficient for me to be able to reach my maximum productivity.

An interesting thing about this desk is that it is the same exact desk that we’ve had ever since we bought our first computer over 13 years ago. If I remember correctly, it was supposed to be a sort of corner desk with a small piece connecting the main desk to a printer table at a ninety degree angle, a feature we never took advantage of.

A few years later, we decided to get a new desk that was larger due to us having a larger monitor that didn’t exactly fit onto the old desk. This was a really nice desk – a proper corner desk with a keyboard drawer and plenty of room to move around in. It also had a nice side shelf on the left side and an open space on the right side, which was useful to put things like a VCR (and this was in the days before I had a TV card).

When my brother moved out, however, it was around the time that I was heading off to college, so there wasn’t a real need for the desk to be here anymore, so we let him have it. I think that he still has it, but I haven’t asked if he’s still using it or not.

Where I go to volunteer, I’ve worked the last couple of times at a desk that is a full corner desk, fitting into a space of about 8 or 9 feet square, and the surface is about two feet deep. I have room on that desk to spread things out and work on them. However, a quick measurement of this desk reveals that it is a little over 3.5 feet wide by 1 foot 11 inches deep.

I have the computer on a small table to the right of the desk and on my immediate left is a couch which winds up being a dumping ground for other stuff I’ve used such as newspapers and books. We’re thinking of moving a table out here to take the place of the couch, the only problem being that the table is appreciably higher than the desk – I can deal with that though.

However, I am now saving up to either build my own desk or buy a kit to build a desk. I have a draft drawing of the size I want the desk to be – if I keep it as I have it now, it will be a massively huge desk – approximately three or four feet deep and filling an area of 11 feet square. Needless to say, I’ll have to reduce the size I want in order for it to fit into the space I have for it. I haven’t even started to think about materials or even how the desk is going to hold its own weight.

I’d be interested to know if anyone has tips of where to find a good desk plan (that’s free preferably), or if you have an idea of a desk that might be a good fit for me (what I’m looking for is a corner desk with the monitor in the corner part, and the option of having a keyboard shelf – preferably wide enough to have the mouse down there as well), please let me know where to find it.

And as far as the meme goes, I’ve discussed the thing that I’m going to change for my blog yesterday, but if you have any suggestions for what’s bugging you with this template, let me know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Delving into the past…

As I was glancing through the Bumpzee Dofollow community RSS feed, I spotted a post that caught my attention (I found the update, but not the original in the feed, but nevertheless, I found the original ;)). It’s a bit of fun and a great way to see how far we’ve come as bloggers. The challenge is to republish your first post from your blog.

My first post on a blog was about 8 years ago, and on a disk somewhere. I had made a page in HTML that I would update with a new post, and put up on my ISP webspace. The page was designed after that of a really, really old version of a site called Nickd. I’ve had a few other blogs between then and now, but this has been the longest-lasting and most consistently updated blog that I’ve maintained. Not ironically, this has also been the most successful blog I’ve had.

The first post on this blog was really a placeholder, mentioning that I’d be back with another post later on that same day. So, here are the first *two* posts from my blog:

1st post: Hey there!

Hi there! This is the first post in a new blog, if you hadn’t noticed ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you come back soon. I’ll be having a roundup of the latest installment of Rockstar: Supernova up at around 9 pm Central Time (0200 GMT). Based on this week’s reality episode, it could be interesting.

I then came back a couple of hours later with a recap of the reality episode for that week’s Rockstar:

Rockstar – Week 7 Reality Episode

week 7 – reality episode

could the promoter be any more boring? I mean come on! That’ll put me to sleep. Interestingly, it appears that they have the airshow installed in the plane as well.

Let’s count the times we see Honda, the logo or anything else realted to honda – 3. at least.

Yo Zayra, your own stuff is only going to be in the Hard Rock Cafรฉ if you leave it there; also, don’t think you’re going to be on that stage unless you’re invited by someone you know personally…

Good on ya Dilana for making your case ๐Ÿ˜‰

hmm – one original song; and all acoustic

Gilby on Solsbury hill..and everyone wants to do it ๐Ÿ˜€

This ought to be good…zayra doing an original :O

well, it will be somewhat different – she’ll be screaming in spanish

toby – solsberry hill

No generic post saying that this is a Blogger or Blogspot blog with a comment from someone from Pyra labs called Mr. Blogger. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My Baggage

This week’s Hump Day Hmm is about what we carry with us. Not so much the physical things, but the little tidbits, stories, etc. that we all keep in the back of our minds.

For me, and I think this has a lot to do with the fact that I am still young, most of my baggage consists of memories and not so much the “life lessons” that most people have. However, I do have a couple of “mangled” sayings that I do keep in there, mostly because I like them ๐Ÿ˜‰

One of the items in my memory stash are the trips that I took during my Senior year in High School. That year, we had the opportunity to go to the first Inauguration for President Bush. While I didn’t march, one of the things that I remember was that while going over to the Old Post Office to pick up something to eat (I wound up getting Panda Express, if I remember correctly), I spotted then-Governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura interviewing a radio station. What I also remember about that day was that it was a chilly and rainy day and that a late parade didn’t help things much at all, but in the end it was much worth it even if we had to leave right after seeing our group march by. The reason we had to leave was that we actually had to get back to the Rosslyn by Metro so that we could take the bus back to our hotel (which, incidentally was about a half mile from another Metro station which would have gotten us to Federal Triangle without having to chase all the way up to Rosslyn) so that we could get changed for a boat ride on the Potomac.

And since I’ve opened that can of worms, I may as well finish the story of the day (there is something about these Hump Day Hmms that brings back these memories to me, almost in their entirety very a) interesting and b) cool effect). While we were riding the train to Rosslyn, I had rewound my camcorder to play back the video of our band going by, but I hadn’t played it back. I then started to record the trip up what seemed to be the longest escalator out there. Luckily, I stopped and didn’t lose the whole band’s performance. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, we get back to the hotel, and it’s a quick in-and-out so that we can get changed for the boat trip. After yet another trip up I-395 into the District, we get to the boat. Now, remember that this *is* January 20th, but nevertheless, we go ahead with the trip. I don’t remember all the details about the trip, but I seem to remember that they encouraged folks who were couples to have photos taken. I also don’t remember what was served for dinner, it might have been a beef dinner, but I’m not sure. What I do remember, however, was that they had some dancing afterward, and I wasn’t feeling up to it – I was feeling a bit blah and was getting crabby; mostly, I think, because of having had a long day and just wanting to rest. Yet I was coaxed out onto the dance floor, and I had a hell of a time; someone even managed to take a photo of me (a relatively difficult thing as I like to duck cameras) and it got onto the CD slideshow that they gave all of us. After that, I walked around a bit and next thing I knew, we were back at the dock and back in the hotel.

The other trip that we took was a couple of months later, in April, and this time was a trip that was in the planning for a little bit longer than the other one (the Inaugural trip wasn’t even confirmed until the very last minute before we were to go off on our Christmas vacation; that’s another story that I’ll have to tell later ;)), and it was a trip out to Los Angeles. This was definitely more of a vacation than the Washington trip, yet we still had to put in some work, such as marching in the Main Street USA Parade, a clinic with some Disney musicians, and a clinic at USC. One of the more interesting things that happened was that I was approached by some tourists to take their picture, which I obliged to, and to mark that, I didn’t take their picture with my camera, I took a picture of the banner that they stood under. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was also on that trip where I had a lot of fun – the only place that wasn’t totally fun was Knott’s Berry Farm. To be honest, if you’re travelling in the Anaheim area, and want to know where to go, if you have young kids or really love rollercoasters, go there; otherwise it’s kind of a disappointment. But, of course, your mileage may vary, and the person who didn’t quite understand the concept of 2ยข+3ยข = 5ยข and gave me all 5 pennies has probably moved onto another job ;). The other attraction there is the chicken – to me, it was a chicken dinner and I didn’t notice anything special about it. Maybe my opinion of it would be different now; I don’t know for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

There is a lesson to be had in this though – if you have the opportunity to do something, go for it. It was on that trip that I missed out on a couple of cool things – one is the ride at California Adventure called Soarin’ over California – I was either slow through the gate or something else so I didn’t get a pass to go into there and from what I’ve seen, I missed a heck of a show. The other opportunity that I missed was where some of the chaperons went to the Crystal Cathedral for a tour. I would have loved to go to that instead of Knott’s Berry Farm mostly because it’s something that is very amazing to see on TV, but in person is about 100 times more beautiful.

I had mentioned some sayings that I keep in my head, they’re fairly logical, one’s meant to be somewhat funny yet true, one’s a mangled idiom, and the other one is theoretically true.

The first one is the mangled idiom. I don’t know why I started saying it, but I did one day and it’s stuck. Meant for those times when you’re left “out to dry” or when you’re in a situation with no fix, it’s “(You’re) up a creek without a river“. Of course, changing river to paddle fixes the quote, but the sentiment is the same – if you’re in a creek, you don’t have a river’s more powerful current to pull you along.

Next up is “Wherever you go, there you are“. A very true sentiment which really doesn’t mean anything. The main reason I keep it in my head is that it’s something that my band director told all of us. This is the same band director who, upon seeing me listening to a radio while walking in the morning before school, christened me with the nickname of “Nuclear {Sephy}”. The reasoning? Because I was “radioactive” (rimshot or crickets, your choice ;)).

And the other saying is “Never underestimate an idiot with a bad idea“. I’m not sure where exactly I picked it up from, but if I had to guess it was from somewhere on Deviantart; I’m not a member there, but all the search results come from there.

As far as the things I physically carry with me, if I go anywhere, I usually carry three or four things – my wallet, cellphone, camera, and if I think I’m almost out, extra batteries. I used to carry my scanner with me, to listen for incidents that might be out there, but I’ve stopped carrying it with me everywhere because it gets kinda bulky to carry with me all the time. Not only that, I need to bring headphones for it so that I can listen without having it so loud that the sound gets distorted.