I remember Sunday evening viewing in the '80s was mostly very bleak
You mean: too many Dunedin bands on Radio With Pictures??
Well, I said mostly bleak because RWP was a beacon of joy amid the disease-of-the-week movies. (Even though it was on past my bedtime).
When I edited Planet magazine, one of our cover posters hung in the staffroom for about 18 months
One of my interweb friends bought the old Shorty staffroom lockers. They came covered with stickers for practically every radio station in existence.
I'm sure this was an informal arrangement with radio stations rather than paid advertising, but it's interesting to imagine how the stickering would have existed in the Shortland Street universe.
I like to think there was fierce rivalry between the medical staff, with people sourcing a Kiwi FM sticker to out-do the Edge sticker on the next locker.
If it just me or did anyone else not notice that there's a Sunday morning ad ban?
I didn't notice either, until one day I was wondering why there were so many public service programmes on TV One on Sunday mornings.
I looked up the Broadcasting Act and was shocked and also delighted to see the six-hour Sunday morning ad ban was there.
Remember when there was no advertising on Sundays at all? (I assume this ended in 1989) I remember Sunday evening viewing in the '80s was mostly very bleak.
Holy &^%$, they killed off Aurora.
I'm sad, she was my favourite character on Fortune. :-(
And having Hine E Hine aka The Goodnight Kiwi music playing over that final scene made it almost impossible to not cry.
It pleases me that the reporter had the Southland R, so every time he said nerdcore, it was nerrrrrrdcore.
It also pleases that there is nerdcore comin' straight outta Hamilton.
But why isn't there more Aotearoa nerdcore? I mean, I know the gots the skillz that pay the bills, but surely there must be others out there.
And while not local and not strictly nerdcore, I thought I'd share my favourite nerdcore MC - Ms Leslie Hall, keeper of the gem sweaters.
THIS is a burger!
I had food poisoning yesterday (spoiling a hot date, WTF), and today it's meant that I have no appetite and have to remind myself to eat.
But I looked at that photo and wanted one. Obviously I am still ill.
Man, I so miss Newsnight with Ali amd Marcus...
Those were golden days, ow. And then there was the earlier late-night pairing of Joanna Paul and Belinda Todd on Nightline.
Also, everyone has to watch Outrageous Fortune tonight. That is all I will say.
The kids who acted up and got strapped were bragging about it within 15 minutes.
At primary school, there was a Bad Girl in my class called Sharie who was the first and only girl to get the strap. Rather than making the rest of us girls behave, instead this created an aura of bad-girl awesomeness around Sharie.
When she exclaimed, "I'm so angry I wanna punch someone," we feared her even more because she was the girl who'd had the strap.
That was good value - I laughed at Jon Stewart's jokes, at his attempts at Maori place-name pronunciation, and at the New Zealand government!
And it was kinda funny that Helen Clark was subtitled, but Michael Cullen was presumedly speaking clearly enough for American audiences to understand.
This also got me thinking - political satire is something that New Zealand seems to do well, possibly because we have such high levels of both disrespect and admiration for our politicians.
I was going to call for there to be more political satire on our telly, but Facelift is possibly doing its fair share at the moment.
If we're going to talk about subversive children's television programmes, then the naughty Rainbow episode must be mentioned.
It was apparently made for a Christmas tape and never broadcast. But now it has a home on the intertubes.
Back to the other subject, I share online videos with friends. If I come across a funny kitton clip on YouTube, I will not hesitate to share it with my online amigos.
I'm also one of those people who ranks videos and leaves comments on YouTube.
Funny thing about YouTube comments - no matter what the content of the video is, there will always be at least one comment declaring it to be rubbish ("Sorry, I just don't see what's so great about that stupid kitten.") and/or fake ("It's clearly a lame attempt at viral marketing for Whiskas").
And I've had friends recommend stuff on YouTube and bittorrents that have turned me into massive fans of TV series, and resulting in a DVD purchase or two.