TV – Ewan McGregor

Long Way RoundI was never a particular fan of Ewan McGregor, but he seems to be an interesting guy.

I like his 2004 reality TV show, The Long Way Round, a motorcycle road trip 18,887 miles (30,395 km), 3 months, around the world.

He even got rear-ended by a driver just outside Calgary.

A theme of the TV show was the eye-opening plight of children around the world. McGregor and his wife just adopted a girl from Mongolia, one of the regions he biked. Good on them.

Long Way Round – Wikipedia



Fox, ABC, CBS and NBC are all struggling to find the new paradigm. (Haven’t heard that cliche in a while, have you?)

iTunes got it going. Disney is doing some interesting things.

TV is terrible, as is. It will change for sure. Soon.

Certainly programs will be on demand, any time, with or without commercials. Certainly you will have options to subscribe or pay as you go.

Cult shows with a small, loyal following will be financially feasible. Hiking TV? Gymnastics coaching TV?

I can hardly wait.

TechCrunch » TV Moves Aggressively to the Internet

TV – informercials “info” or just crap?

Many years ago the first infomercial I watched was for Bowflex. (They still do a convincing job.)

A ripped young guy was unbelievably defined — supposedly by the machine. Later his coach told me that kid had never seen a Bowflex before the shoot. He was a gymnast, of course, from MAC (Multnomah Athletic Club) in Portland.

Based only on the infomercial, Madonna’s representative phoned him for a “date” … before learning how young he was.

I should file this story with

Your source for uncensored complaints about infomercial products.

Justin Leonard runs this site. (No, not the golfer.)

TV – Family Guy

familyIt’s amazing — the success of late night adult cartoons.

Family Guy reruns can out draw Letterman and Leno at times.

I was initially negative about South Park and Family Guy. It seemed dishonest to disguise adult material in a show that looks like children’s content.

I got past that.

South Park and (the comparatively tame) Simpsons often have a warped moral to the story. But Family Guy has only one goal — to make you laugh. Or, perhaps to make the writers laugh. Their pop culture references and absurd cutaways work for me.

Is Family Guy immoral? The Parents Television Council ranked only WWF Smackdown and The War at Home worse TV over the past 2 years.

travelogue – Key West, Florida

… Homer: Florida?! But that’s America’s wang!

… Plant Psychiatrist: They prefer “The Sunshine State.”

I first learned about Florida from Miami Vice.

Sonny Crockett was the coolest cop on TV. He drove a Testarossa!

I wanted to put on expensive shoes (without socks) and drive that Ferrari to Key West. In the end I managed to drive a Chevy Nova rental — but without socks!


Ernest Hemmingway's house from 1931-1940. Descendents of his 6-toed cat still live here.
Ernest Hemmingway’s house from 1931-1940. Descendents of his 6-toed cat still live here.

See annotated photos of the southern most end of the USA by jumping to my photos on flickr. 

I know what you are thinking. What ever happened to Rico Tubbs? (Philip Michael Thomas)

TV – Michael Palin on travel

Michael Palin

Palin became famous as one of the Monty Python comedians.

But I like him even better for his excellent travel series:

» Around the World in 80 Days (1989)

» Pole to Pole (1992)

» Irish Railway Journey: Derry to Kerry (1994)

» Full Circle (1997) circumnavigating the Pacific Ocean

» Hemingway Adventure (1999) retracing Ernest footsteps

» Sahara (2002)

» Himalaya (2004)

He is credited with a “Palin effect”, where places he visits immediately see increased tourism.

Michael Palin’s profile on Wikipedia.