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2012-05-03 06:16:24 AM
Eh, if you are static, I suppose. Heck, I prefer "How it's made" to Mythbusters.
 
2012-05-03 06:18:23 AM
Two more reasons the show is popular:

mythbustersresults.com

At least, with me.
 
2012-05-03 06:41:23 AM
The show is quite dumbed down these days, barely anything more than a 'hey, you wanna go blow shiat up man? YEAH, come on!' than science. And what actual experiments they do use are getting worse and worse at missing obvious holes.
 
2012-05-03 07:15:21 AM
Mythbusters jumped the shark 7 years ago. Let's just get stupid and revel in our greatness.

I used to enjoy the show. Hell, Grant even dumbed down Geoff.
 
2012-05-03 07:28:46 AM

Frederick: Eh, if you are static, I suppose. Heck, I prefer "How it's made" to Mythbusters.


Agreed. How It's Made is one of the best shows on these days. The spinoffs/ripoffs (How Do They Do It, Behind the Design, etc.) aren't too bad either, but HIM is best.

/Stoner TV at its finest.
 
2012-05-03 07:38:45 AM

Frederick: Eh, if you are static, I suppose. Heck, I prefer "How it's made" to Mythbusters.


"How it's Made" is crack on TV. God forbid it's a marathon. Nothing gets done.
 
2012-05-03 07:47:44 AM

DjangoStonereaver: Two more reasons the show is popular:

[mythbustersresults.com image 400x341]

At least, with me.


it got a little better after she popped out the kid and still had the pregnancy boobs.
 
2012-05-03 08:23:21 AM
Came for Kari's boobs...

Leaving satisfied...
brainsyndicate.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-05-03 08:26:45 AM

GAT_00: The show is quite dumbed down these days, barely anything more than a 'hey, you wanna go blow shiat up man? YEAH, come on!' than science. And what actual experiments they do use are getting worse and worse at missing obvious holes.


Their 'experiments' were never really sound science to begin with, in my opinion. I guess they'd be good as an early indicator of the results of actual research, but nothing anywhere near conclusive.

I've met people who used to watch it for the science, and now they watch it to poke holes in all the science. It gets ratings either way, it seems. Then there's the boob / 'splosion factor.
 
2012-05-03 08:36:08 AM
www.geekmom.com


Um yeah, I only watch the show for its science content and the banter between Jamie and Adam.
 
2012-05-03 08:38:10 AM

Cythraul: GAT_00: The show is quite dumbed down these days, barely anything more than a 'hey, you wanna go blow shiat up man? YEAH, come on!' than science. And what actual experiments they do use are getting worse and worse at missing obvious holes.

Their 'experiments' were never really sound science to begin with, in my opinion. I guess they'd be good as an early indicator of the results of actual research, but nothing anywhere near conclusive.

I've met people who used to watch it for the science, and now they watch it to poke holes in all the science. It gets ratings either way, it seems. Then there's the boob / 'splosion factor.


The thing is, even if they aren't doing actual science (something they
themselves have never claimed they are doing), they are employing the
scientific method in what they do. Alas, most of their work testing their
hypotheses gets left on the editing floor.

And even the dumbed down version of the show is at least two standard
deviations smarter than drek like STORAGE WARS or SWAMP PEOPLE.
 
2012-05-03 08:38:18 AM
Meh.
 
2012-05-03 08:47:12 AM

DjangoStonereaver: Cythraul: GAT_00: The show is quite dumbed down these days, barely anything more than a 'hey, you wanna go blow shiat up man? YEAH, come on!' than science. And what actual experiments they do use are getting worse and worse at missing obvious holes.

Their 'experiments' were never really sound science to begin with, in my opinion. I guess they'd be good as an early indicator of the results of actual research, but nothing anywhere near conclusive.

I've met people who used to watch it for the science, and now they watch it to poke holes in all the science. It gets ratings either way, it seems. Then there's the boob / 'splosion factor.

The thing is, even if they aren't doing actual science (something they
themselves have never claimed they are doing), they are employing the
scientific method in what they do. Alas, most of their work testing their
hypotheses gets left on the editing floor.

And even the dumbed down version of the show is at least two standard
deviations smarter than drek like STORAGE WARS or SWAMP PEOPLE.


Well, all of that is definitely very true.
 
2012-05-03 08:48:03 AM

Frederick: Eh, if you are static, I suppose. Heck, I prefer "How it's made" to Mythbusters.


I Concur How it is made is better by far - I use to watch How Its made when it was silent --
 
2012-05-03 08:49:51 AM

Magic_Button: Frederick: Eh, if you are static, I suppose. Heck, I prefer "How it's made" to Mythbusters.

I Concur How it is made is better by far - I use to watch How Its made when it was silent --


My wife absolutely refuses to watch HOW ITS MADE, solely because she thinks
the narrator's voice is creepy.
 
2012-05-03 08:50:50 AM
Mythbusters is pretty lame. Adam Savage is a total tool. I feel like I'm the only one not taking crazy pills.
 
2012-05-03 08:52:31 AM
I didn't know people still watched this show. It jumped the shark so long ago and had just become a sad demolition show that was always patting itself on the back for how awesome it thought it was.
 
2012-05-03 08:53:25 AM

Cythraul: GAT_00: The show is quite dumbed down these days, barely anything more than a 'hey, you wanna go blow shiat up man? YEAH, come on!' than science. And what actual experiments they do use are getting worse and worse at missing obvious holes.

Their 'experiments' were never really sound science to begin with, in my opinion. I guess they'd be good as an early indicator of the results of actual research, but nothing anywhere near conclusive.

I've met people who used to watch it for the science, and now they watch it to poke holes in all the science. It gets ratings either way, it seems. Then there's the boob / 'splosion factor.


No, but they used to try a lot harder than they do now.
 
2012-05-03 08:55:07 AM

DjangoStonereaver: Cythraul: GAT_00: The show is quite dumbed down these days, barely anything more than a 'hey, you wanna go blow shiat up man? YEAH, come on!' than science. And what actual experiments they do use are getting worse and worse at missing obvious holes.

Their 'experiments' were never really sound science to begin with, in my opinion. I guess they'd be good as an early indicator of the results of actual research, but nothing anywhere near conclusive.

I've met people who used to watch it for the science, and now they watch it to poke holes in all the science. It gets ratings either way, it seems. Then there's the boob / 'splosion factor.

The thing is, even if they aren't doing actual science (something they
themselves have never claimed they are doing), they are employing the
scientific method in what they do. Alas, most of their work testing their
hypotheses gets left on the editing floor.

And even the dumbed down version of the show is at least two standard
deviations smarter than drek like STORAGE WARS or SWAMP PEOPLE.


See, in my mind at least, I think there's a big difference between storage wars and swamp people. Sure swamp people is basically the same show over and over with a lot of "Shoot 'im, shooooot 'im" thrown in but at least its genuine - this is how these people get through the year. The two brothers are hilarious as well.

It would not surprise me in the least to find out that 3/4ths of every storage wars episode is completely and utterly staged: "Oh look a locker full of discarded mattresses and used cooking utensils.... wait, what's this chest buried in the back? Holy crap it contains the Crown Jewels of England...." ummmm yeah, sure it does.
 
2012-05-03 08:55:21 AM
My educatory TV fave has always been James Burke's Connections. I do enjoy some Mythbusters, though... even when I think they've overlooked an obvious variable.
 
2012-05-03 08:56:45 AM

DjangoStonereaver: Magic_Button: Frederick: Eh, if you are static, I suppose. Heck, I prefer "How it's made" to Mythbusters.

I Concur How it is made is better by far - I use to watch How Its made when it was silent --

My wife absolutely refuses to watch HOW ITS MADE, solely because she thinks
the narrator's voice is creepy.


It always bugs me when it comes to the point in a segment where a human is involved, instead of a machine. The way the narrator says "a worker blah blah blah" weirds me out. "A worker" sounds like it could easily be replaced by "disposable meat bag", which it probably will be when SkyNet becomes self aware in December.
 
2012-05-03 08:58:16 AM
Is it still on? I thought they cancelled it after they put a cannonball through that house.
 
2012-05-03 08:59:48 AM

Fizpez: See, in my mind at least, I think there's a big difference between storage wars and swamp people. Sure swamp people is basically the same show over and over with a lot of "Shoot 'im, shooooot 'im" thrown in but at least its genuine - this is how these people get through the year. The two brothers are hilarious as well.

It would not surprise me in the least to find out that 3/4ths of every storage wars episode is completely and utterly staged: "Oh look a locker full of discarded mattresses and used cooking utensils.... wait, what's this chest buried in the back? Holy crap it contains the Crown Jewels of England...." ummmm yeah, sure it does.


I was just thinking the other day how easy it would be to stage exciting finds for Storage Wars.

1) Buy storage space.
2) Take your truck to a local yard sale, buy junk.
3) Rent exciting, valuable object.
4) Place valuable object amongst the yard sale crap you bought inside your rented storage unit.
5) Film people you pay 'haggling' over the price to get in.
6) Film discovery of the object you planted.
7) Profit.
 
2012-05-03 09:04:36 AM

DjangoStonereaver: Magic_Button: Frederick: Eh, if you are static, I suppose. Heck, I prefer "How it's made" to Mythbusters.

I Concur How it is made is better by far - I use to watch How Its made when it was silent --

My wife absolutely refuses to watch HOW ITS MADE, solely because she thinks
the narrator's voice is creepy.


Well I am looking at the Wiki and they say it only started 2001

But i remember Waaay back in the early 1970's early morning TV ( Canadian) before the cartoons came on a 7 am on they had " How its made " and it was all done in cue cards if you were un lucky they were all in French going to hunt around the Internets because I am sure I watched it way back then
 
2012-05-03 09:04:48 AM

Fizpez: See, in my mind at least, I think there's a big difference between storage wars and swamp people. Sure swamp people is basically the same show over and over with a lot of "Shoot 'im, shooooot 'im" thrown in but at least its genuine - this is how these people get through the year. The two brothers are hilarious as well.

It would not surprise me in the least to find out that 3/4ths of every storage wars episode is completely and utterly staged: "Oh look a locker full of discarded mattresses and used cooking utensils.... wait, what's this chest buried in the back? Holy crap it contains the Crown Jewels of England...." ummmm yeah, sure it does.


I know for a fact that at least one of the storage locker auction shows was a
total put on because someone I know who is an actor was hired to play an
appraiser on one (it wasn't STORAGE WARS, but one of the other ones).

As to SWAMP PEOPLE: given how heavily edited all reality shows are, I doubt
very much that what you're seeing is in any way genuine.
 
2012-05-03 09:04:53 AM
imgs.xkcd.com

/oblig
 
2012-05-03 09:05:50 AM

DjangoStonereaver: My wife absolutely refuses to watch HOW ITS MADE, solely because she thinks
the narrator's voice is creepy.



Screw that - I refuse to watch it because I want to be able to leave the room sometimes, and as someone said above, they like marathons. fark that show. Like that episode where they show how to make hummus? For a week I craved hummus. I hate hummus!


Also, Mythbusters is entertaining as entertainment. If I tried to think of it as anything more, I'd have to go punch them over the Plane on a Conveyer Belt episode.
 
2012-05-03 09:14:45 AM

Weidbrewer: DjangoStonereaver: My wife absolutely refuses to watch HOW ITS MADE, solely because she thinks
the narrator's voice is creepy.


Screw that - I refuse to watch it because I want to be able to leave the room sometimes, and as someone said above, they like marathons. fark that show. Like that episode where they show how to make hummus? For a week I craved hummus. I hate hummus!


Also, Mythbusters is entertaining as entertainment. If I tried to think of it as anything more, I'd have to go punch them over the Plane on a Conveyer Belt episode.


The only experiment of theirs that I have any methodogical quibble was was
when they tested the legend of the airline stewardess who survived a plane
breaking up in flight because she was in the tail section.

When they tested it, they cut the tail section off, but also removed the entire
tailplane assembly (due to not having a helicopter that could lift the entire
thing). Without the tailplane, they reduced the surface area of the tail section
signficantly, not to mention removing any lift they would/could have provided
to slow the acceleration as it fell (and, since the plane in the legend they
referred to on the show was a DC-9, the T shape of the tail section would
have acted as rather an efficient air brake in a free-fall situation).

Still: one experiment out of, what, 500+? That's not a bad record at all.
 
2012-05-03 09:15:07 AM
Caught an episode recently after having cut free from cable TV for about five years. It might just be my imagination, but it seems like they pack about 300% more commercial breaks between the experiment and the revealing of results than they used to. They spend half the show reminding you what they were doing before the last break, and by the time they get around to telling you the results I don't care anymore.
 
2012-05-03 09:15:43 AM
The lead balloon episode makes me all choked up and teary-eyed. The beauty of what they accomplished in that one, and the way they did it makes my heart hurt.
 
2012-05-03 09:21:34 AM

LouDobbsAwaaaay: Caught an episode recently after having cut free from cable TV for about five years. It might just be my imagination, but it seems like they pack about 300% more commercial breaks between the experiment and the revealing of results than they used to. They spend half the show reminding you what they were doing before the last break, and by the time they get around to telling you the results I don't care anymore.


Yeah, they have been putting a lot of recap/filler in the episodes in the last
couple of seasons.
 
2012-05-03 09:22:08 AM
I got to watch them tape an episode of "How it's Made". It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect. A bunch of French-Canadians with cameras. I guess Brooks Moore doesn't follow them around like I had hoped.
 
2012-05-03 09:36:03 AM

starvethemonster: The lead balloon episode makes me all choked up and teary-eyed. The beauty of what they accomplished in that one, and the way they did it makes my heart hurt.


They had a personal appearance in DC last weekend (at the US Science &
Engineering Festival), and both Adam and Jamie nominated this as their
favorite experiment of all.
 
2012-05-03 09:43:21 AM

Honest Bender: Mythbusters is pretty lame. Adam Savage is a total tool. I feel like I'm the only one not taking crazy pills.


Hyneman, is that you? Go back to your balls...

\the granite cannonballs he crafted, of course...
 
2012-05-03 09:44:29 AM
Favourite episode is still the Civil War meat rocket


and (not trying to start something with you) but

I

revvoice: Came for Kari's boobs...

Leaving satisfied...
[brainsyndicate.files.wordpress.com image 640x906]


Fake picture is fake. Ms. Byrons nice but that ain't her body.
 
2012-05-03 09:48:03 AM

indarwinsshadow: Fake picture is fake. Ms. Byrons nice but that ain't her body.


I thought so too, but it was a rushed C&P... ah well - plus that pic makes her nose look all hooked.

There's always the next redhead thread to make it up in...

See ya there!
 
2012-05-03 09:48:05 AM
I was watching the super glue episode the other night. Part of it involved proving whether or not you could turn a hotel room upside-down. Unfortunately, Grant seems to think that hotel rooms all have plywood ceilings. I was tempted to go to their site to point that minor detail out, but then realized that I really don't care.

They really HAVE gotten lazy.
 
2012-05-03 09:49:14 AM

DjangoStonereaver: Weidbrewer: DjangoStonereaver: My wife absolutely refuses to watch HOW ITS MADE, solely because she thinks
the narrator's voice is creepy.


Screw that - I refuse to watch it because I want to be able to leave the room sometimes, and as someone said above, they like marathons. fark that show. Like that episode where they show how to make hummus? For a week I craved hummus. I hate hummus!


Also, Mythbusters is entertaining as entertainment. If I tried to think of it as anything more, I'd have to go punch them over the Plane on a Conveyer Belt episode.

The only experiment of theirs that I have any methodogical quibble was was
when they tested the legend of the airline stewardess who survived a plane
breaking up in flight because she was in the tail section.

When they tested it, they cut the tail section off, but also removed the entire
tailplane assembly (due to not having a helicopter that could lift the entire
thing). Without the tailplane, they reduced the surface area of the tail section
signficantly, not to mention removing any lift they would/could have provided
to slow the acceleration as it fell (and, since the plane in the legend they
referred to on the show was a DC-9, the T shape of the tail section would
have acted as rather an efficient air brake in a free-fall situation).

Still: one experiment out of, what, 500+? That's not a bad record at all.


Is there any particular reason your posts seem to be limited to 80 characters across, when no one elses are? Are you manual hard-entering after 70-80 characters for some reason?
 
2012-05-03 09:51:04 AM

indarwinsshadow: Favourite episode is still the Civil War meat rocket


Aah.. oh, nevermind.
 
2012-05-03 09:53:09 AM
To me Mythbusters quit being watchable when they split the show into "teams" that do only one thing per show.
 
2012-05-03 09:54:18 AM
That show blows.

"Yeah, so, we're gonna test whether a person can catch an arrow by firing it at a mechanical hand made out of Jello from 4 feet away. Oh, hey, look, it didn't work. BUSTED, BRAH!!!"

They are intellectually lazy.
 
2012-05-03 09:54:18 AM
You can please all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot please a geek ever.

Also, nerdrage springs eternal.
 
2012-05-03 09:55:40 AM

kroonermanblack: Is there any particular reason your posts seem to be limited to 80 characters across, when no one elses are? Are you manual hard-entering after 70-80 characters for some reason?


Yes
 
2012-05-03 09:57:52 AM
Dont shoot me with a cannon ball.
 
2012-05-03 10:05:32 AM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: That show blows.

"Yeah, so, we're gonna test whether a person can catch an arrow by firing it at a mechanical hand made out of Jello from 4 feet away. Oh, hey, look, it didn't work. BUSTED, BRAH!!!"

They are intellectually lazy.


To be fair, they did a follow up in which they actually shot arrows at a ninja.
 
2012-05-03 10:05:50 AM

GAT_00: Cythraul: GAT_00: The show is quite dumbed down these days, barely anything more than a 'hey, you wanna go blow shiat up man? YEAH, come on!' than science. And what actual experiments they do use are getting worse and worse at missing obvious holes.

Their 'experiments' were never really sound science to begin with, in my opinion. I guess they'd be good as an early indicator of the results of actual research, but nothing anywhere near conclusive.

I've met people who used to watch it for the science, and now they watch it to poke holes in all the science. It gets ratings either way, it seems. Then there's the boob / 'splosion factor.

No, but they used to try a lot harder than they do now.


Of course, when they started out and were really cranking out episodes (2004-2007) with a lot of science, they weren't the producers, didn't have a nationwide tour, didn't have 2,547 other program obligations for Discovery Inc., and had the time to work on a good quality entertainment program that featured science.

Of course, that was back when Discovery Inc had actual science-like shows and not Deadliest Auction Sons vs the Disembodied Voice of Mike Rowe.

Now I have to get my Mike Rowe fix from Ford commercials and most of the Mythbusters I catch on DVR just to skip the Discovery promos. It's sad, because the channel used to be far more entertaining and enlightening.
 
2012-05-03 10:07:59 AM
The Behind the Myths Tour was great. We still watch some of the old shows, but nothing recent.
 
2012-05-03 10:08:05 AM

Skyfrog: Is it still on? I thought they cancelled it after they put a cannonball through that house.


That's why it's such an awesome show. They shot a cannonball at a house and the owners said "Ah, just autograph the hole and we're cool"

They went on a brief hiatus to let the dust settle, but I don't think they were going to kill it at all
 
2012-05-03 10:08:25 AM

technomuse: GAT_00: Cythraul: GAT_00: The show is quite dumbed down these days, barely anything more than a 'hey, you wanna go blow shiat up man? YEAH, come on!' than science. And what actual experiments they do use are getting worse and worse at missing obvious holes.

Their 'experiments' were never really sound science to begin with, in my opinion. I guess they'd be good as an early indicator of the results of actual research, but nothing anywhere near conclusive.

I've met people who used to watch it for the science, and now they watch it to poke holes in all the science. It gets ratings either way, it seems. Then there's the boob / 'splosion factor.

No, but they used to try a lot harder than they do now.

Of course, when they started out and were really cranking out episodes (2004-2007) with a lot of science, they weren't the producers, didn't have a nationwide tour, didn't have 2,547 other program obligations for Discovery Inc., and had the time to work on a good quality entertainment program that featured science.

Of course, that was back when Discovery Inc had actual science-like shows and not Deadliest Auction Sons vs the Disembodied Voice of Mike Rowe.

Now I have to get my Mike Rowe fix from Ford commercials and most of the Mythbusters I catch on DVR just to skip the Discovery promos. It's sad, because the channel used to be far more entertaining and enlightening.


I'm actually surprised they haven't moved it to the Science Channel, but I
guess they leave it on Discovery because it is one of their highest rated
shows.
 
2012-05-03 10:08:57 AM

kyuzokai: James Burke's Connections


I completely forgot about that show. I loved it too. Will look for it on netflix tonight... cheers
 
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