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Videodrome Loves You [Apr. 17th, 2008|12:39 am]
The American Caliban
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I remember when these dumb TV screens showed up at Diedrich Coffee and a couple of other places, and they had a crawl with news and some ads on them and not too much else, and clearly it was held together with house ads and fear, and soon, we knew, it would be gone. Because who would put something like that in a coffeehouse?

Or... a bookstore...

tv in a bookstore

Obviously these must be placed in libraries, houses of worship, operating rooms, aircraft cockpits, day care centers, campgrounds, and cemeteries as soon as possible.

[User Picture]From: ashleyisdumb
2008-04-17 09:05 am (UTC)
Damn it.
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[User Picture]From: tinymammoth
2008-04-17 10:25 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: autodidactic
2008-04-17 10:40 am (UTC)


They got those down at the DMV to calm the savage beasts. Weirdly enough, it seems to work.

There's something about playing movie trivia while waiting for your tabs.

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From: yoscott
2008-04-17 12:06 pm (UTC)
We have 42" plasmas ALL OVER our campus at school now. The Administration use it as a adspace, infoplaza, also tuned to Fox News so we are fed our dose of right-wing insanity. Unfortunately, they spent millions of dollars put in these plasmas and leather couches everywhere, but forgot to spend any money on a security or CCTV system. So guess what's been going missing over the past few weeks? Leather Couches and Plsama TVs.

Our Administration is packed full of dumbasses.
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[User Picture]From: torgo_x
2008-04-17 12:15 pm (UTC)


Unplug the thing, then cut off the cable right where it's coming out of the TV. Not quite irreparable, but close.
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[User Picture]From: torgo_x
2008-04-17 12:12 pm (UTC)


I just turn the motherfuckers off. Those and the Santa-bots in supermarkets that go "HRRR HRRRRRR HRRRR MRRF FSSMSS!". Off. I've never ever had any of the staff say "hey, you! stop... stop stopping that thing that's been driving us all crazy for every second of the day so far!"

And I can always say: "Oops, did I turn that off? I was just trying to adjust the volume, and/or change it to the Sirius Country or something, and sometimes that's a blank screen for a second or two, as it's buffering the Internets Bluetubes. You like country, don't you? Hooboy!" (Alternate response.)

Altho I once got to start shit because I didn't turn the TV off.

That reminds me to get replacement batteries for my TV-B-Gone. But first figure out where I put it.


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[User Picture]From: perich
2008-04-17 12:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Claque


This is the most hilariously accurate representation of an electric Santa's noise I've ever read. I just snorfed some yogurt.
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[User Picture]From: springheel_jack
2008-04-17 01:13 pm (UTC)

Re: Claque

I have the same problem with my tv b gone.
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[User Picture]From: perich
2008-04-17 12:57 pm (UTC)
Our research finds that people who enter or pass through bookstores are 43% more likely to be receptive to new ideas. That's an uncaptured demographic.
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[User Picture]From: springheel_jack
2008-04-17 01:12 pm (UTC)
I have at least been heartened to see them disappear from some elevators and gas pumps.
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[User Picture]From: gillen
2008-04-17 01:51 pm (UTC)
I think we should INSIST that they be placed in churches, mounted on the lectern. That way there can at least be some informational content to the service.
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[User Picture]From: coffeechica
2008-04-17 02:31 pm (UTC)
Yep, they're in my library.
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[User Picture]From: substitute
2008-04-18 06:18 am (UTC)
library was supposed to be a joke :(
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[User Picture]From: coffeechica
2008-04-18 05:36 pm (UTC)

(they're only in the cafe part of the library, if that helps.)
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[User Picture]From: miss_geek
2008-04-17 03:25 pm (UTC)
i want one for my cube. i think it would be fun.
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[User Picture]From: coffeechica
2008-04-18 05:39 pm (UTC)

Re: I Have No Joke Here... I Just Like Saying:

Oh man, if I saw that happen at the time WTTW used to play Doctor Who (which means watching in a dark room late at night) that would have freaked the shit out of me.
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[User Picture]From: vegemitelover
2008-04-18 04:24 am (UTC)
My trip to Virginia this week seemed to be blanketed with an identical model of 30something inch flatscreens, all playing CNN. I am pretty sure every every airport, hotel, fast food place, and even restaurant with a bar had the same. Even the place that I went for meetings had a new flatscreen in the breakroom... with CNN on constantly.
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