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zeitghost
25th October 2011, 07:43
It took me 4 attempts to stay awake through the final 10 minutes of that programme. <rewind a bit> <fall asleep again> <rewind a bit> <etc>

However, I stayed awake quite successfully through the documentary on BBC2 at 21:00, "The Origins of Us*".

I wonder why that might be?


*A slight misnomer, since those ain't my origins, being a GAL, but there you go. Always interesting to see the monkey ancestors of the Bewigged One, don't you know, what?

TimberWolf
25th October 2011, 08:09
It's a bit of a corny title. They probably tried all the good ones, found them all used and said oh **** it, let's just go with "Origins of Us" ffs.

Man the big butted running, large brained, big thumbed, tool user and cook, meat and starch eating sweating ape.

TimberWolf
25th October 2011, 08:15
There was a programme about waves last night on BBC4, which could have been good, but was done by someone big on emotion and airy fairiness and short of brains, which made it painful to endure.

Troll
25th October 2011, 08:19
There was a programme about waves last night on BBC4, which could have been good, but was done by someone big on emotion and airy fairiness and short of brains, which made it painful to endure.:yay: An accurate description of BBC science for the masses

PAH
25th October 2011, 11:57
I stayed awake quite successfully through the documentary on BBC2 at 21:00, "The Origins of Us*".


I chose to watch that too, seeing as ALL THE OTHER CHANNELS WERE FULL OF DROSS!

Interesting how there's a tribe in Africa that supposedly still behaves the same as our ancestors, and explains why men and women pair up for life (men go hunting for meat, women go gathering fruits and tubas).

When the banks do a runner with my warchest I'm thinking of going back to that way of living. Set up camp in one of those enormous nature parks where they'll never find me, and live my days out by the fireside on home brewed cider. :smokin

TimberWolf
25th October 2011, 12:03
I chose to watch that too, seeing as ALL THE OTHER CHANNELS WERE FULL OF DROSS!

Interesting how there's a tribe in Africa that supposedly still behaves the same as our ancestors, and explains why men and women pair up for life (men go hunting for meat, women go gathering fruits and tubas).

When the banks do a runner with my warchest I'm thinking of going back to that way of living. Set up camp in one of those enormous nature parks where they'll never find me, and live my days out by the fireside on home brewed cider. :smokin

Sounds like one big holiday doesn't it. Men go out hunting, fishing, etc and play with stuff like bows and creep up on things, and the women look for starch. That's when mankind peaked.

Mich the Tester
25th October 2011, 12:04
It took me 4 attempts to stay awake through the final 10 minutes of that programme. <rewind a bit> <fall asleep again> <rewind a bit> <etc>

However, I stayed awake quite successfully through the documentary on BBC2 at 21:00, "The Origins of Us*".

I wonder why that might be?


*A slight misnomer, since those ain't my origins, being a GAL, but there you go. Always interesting to see the monkey ancestors of the Bewigged One, don't you know, what?

There is a rational explanation for this which does not include boredom; a chap who studied neurosomethingology told me about it. Personally I often read scientific magazines late at night when I go to bed; it helps me sleep. That's not because it's boring, it isn't boring at all. It's because the brain is exercised in something that's different to the stressful moments during the day, and that reduces the stress hormones and releases those hormones that help you relax. So paradoxically, if you have a somewhat stressful job then interesting things can send you to sleep.

PAH
25th October 2011, 12:38
Sounds like one big holiday doesn't it. Men go out hunting, fishing, etc and play with stuff like bows and creep up on things, and the women look for starch. That's when mankind peaked.

Yeah, reminds me of the parable of the mexican fisherman and the investment banker:


An investment banker stood at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellowfin tuna. The banker complimented the fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The fisherman replied, “Only a little while.”

The banker then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish?

The fisherman said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The banker then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siestas with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine, and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life.”

The investor scoffed, “I am an Ivy League MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, and eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.
“The investor continued, “And instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would then sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing, and distribution! You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York City, where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The fisherman asked, “But how long will this all take?”

To which the banker replied, “Perhaps 15 to 20 years.”

“But what then?” asked the fisherman.

The banker laughed and said, “That’s the best part. When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich. You would make millions!”

“Millions. Okay, then what?” wondered the fisherman.

To which the investment banker replied, “Then you would retire. You could move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siestas with your wife, and stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”


Stick two fingers up to the rat race, once you've saved enough money to escape it. ;)

Mich the Tester
25th October 2011, 12:54
Oddly, watching Alice Roberts' bum didn't send me to sleep at all.
So I'm not the only one who sees something fanciable in Alice Roberts?

TimberWolf
25th October 2011, 13:03
So I'm not the only one who sees something fanciable in Alice Roberts?

I saw her filming over the summer, perhaps for the current series. She was saying the same line over and over again. Something about 'brain'.

doodab
25th October 2011, 13:12
I chose to watch that too, seeing as ALL THE OTHER CHANNELS WERE FULL OF DROSS!

Interesting how there's a tribe in Africa that supposedly still behaves the same as our ancestors, and explains why men and women pair up for life (men go hunting for meat, women go gathering fruits and tubas).

When the banks do a runner with my warchest I'm thinking of going back to that way of living. Set up camp in one of those enormous nature parks where they'll never find me, and live my days out by the fireside on home brewed cider. :smokin

I thought it was only the bavarians who considered brass bands the pinnacle of civillisation.

PAH
25th October 2011, 13:55
I thought it was only the bavarians who considered brass bands the pinnacle of civillisation.


Nah, everyone else just keeps it underground.


:igmc:

PAH
25th October 2011, 14:00
http://neilbeynon.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/alice.jpg

Not quite purple, but it'll do. :tongue


That's Victoria Coren.

Some say Victoria and Alice are doing a Michael and La Toya. ;)

pjclarke
4th September 2014, 12:36
It took me 4 attempts to stay awake through the final 10 minutes of that programme. <rewind a bit> <fall asleep again> <rewind a bit> <etc>

?

They did a whole episode on 'We didn't plug the cable in right' ?

This is good btw: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Smashing-Physics-Jon-Butterworth/dp/1472210301/

I just need to test it
4th September 2014, 13:54
What's a GAL? The acronym finder's suggestions all seemed unlikely. And one of them quite frankly would have been impossible.

TykeMerc
4th September 2014, 14:14
What's a GAL? The acronym finder's suggestions all seemed unlikely. And one of them quite frankly would have been impossible.

Zeity's avatar isn't an avatar it's a selfie.

He is in fact a real Giant Alien Lizard (GAL).

RSoles
4th September 2014, 18:36
http://neilbeynon.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/alice.jpg

Not quite purple, but it'll do. :tongue

You mean the nose?
Yes, isn't it?

OwlHoot
5th March 2015, 13:37
Zeity's avatar isn't an avatar it's a selfie.

He is in fact a real Giant Alien Lizard (GAL).

Oh, _that_ GAL

I thought it was short for Global Aerospace Logistics (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31692914)

:rolleyes: