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(Mother Nature Network)   We're not saying that public television in Norway is boring, but their hottest shows around feature a train winding through the countryside, a ship navigating the fjords, and an eight-hour knitting extravaganza   (mnn.com) divider line 37
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2014-04-17 09:01:20 AM
Still better than endless pawn store shows, tattoo shows, shows about rednecks with a business or a clown car vagina or killing alligators, or shows about people buying storage units or sifting through junk yards.
 
2014-04-17 09:26:38 AM
This would be kind of cool if you had a TV over you fireplace like a picture or something.
 
2014-04-17 10:24:34 AM
Still a better show than what's on TV in the US. Your Swamp Loggers and your Honey BooBoos.
 
2014-04-17 10:25:40 AM
Sounds better than a lot of what I'm paying for.
 
2014-04-17 10:27:15 AM
What about the Parrot Pining Hour?  All parrots.  All pining.  All plumage magnificent.
 
2014-04-17 10:35:26 AM
Sounds like a pothead channel. Put some Bob Ross and you got me hooked.
 
2014-04-17 10:35:28 AM
Thanks, Slartibartfast!
 
2014-04-17 10:37:17 AM
You don't need TV in Norway, you should be out fighting trolls.
 
2014-04-17 10:37:35 AM

Peter von Nostrand: Still better than endless pawn store shows, tattoo shows, shows about rednecks with a business or a clown car vagina or killing alligators, or shows about people buying storage units or sifting through junk yards.



And ghost shows, Bigfoot shows, real housewives shows,  Ancient Aliens, Ow my Balls shows...

They get get full nudity over there right?  They win.
 
2014-04-17 10:43:16 AM

Harry Freakstorm: What about the Parrot Pining Hour?  All parrots.  All pining.  All plumage magnificent.


Someone with video skills ought to take a clip from the Bergensbanen footage and shoop in a parrot slamming into the locomotive's windshield.

NRK actually torrented the raw footage from both Bergensbanen and Nordlandsbanen. If you're a foamer-level railfan or you just like seeing the scenery from an unusual perspective, it's pretty cool.
 
2014-04-17 10:51:31 AM
The ultimate channel is one showing a glacier. Once you see that first millimeter of movement over three months, you are hooked!
 
2014-04-17 10:55:00 AM

EvilEgg: This would be kind of cool if you had a TV over you fireplace like a picture or something.


Yeah, like just on a second screen when you're on a PC.

It's a German invention btw., I think. At least German public TV had 8 hour train journes at night, like, 10 years or so ago.
 
2014-04-17 10:59:18 AM

Rurouni: Still a better show than what's on TV in the US. Your Swamp Loggers and your Honey BooBoos.


No, see, our reality shows are about feeling smugly superior to carefully constructed stereotypes, playing people's base insecurities.  Clearly a high art form.

//Anyone catch NOVA last night?  Fun stuff.
 
2014-04-17 11:06:04 AM
 
2014-04-17 11:25:16 AM
That train thing is pretty cool!
 
2014-04-17 11:29:11 AM

Rurouni: Still a better show than what's on TV in the US. Your Swamp Loggers and your Honey BooBoos.


What cha got against Shelby? That man is AMERICA!

He's also funny as hell.
 
2014-04-17 11:40:07 AM
awesomebmovies.com
 
2014-04-17 11:41:23 AM
Sounds like the perfect place for Penn and Teller to revive their Desert Bus game.
 
2014-04-17 11:43:34 AM
Meh. They've had ambient channels on my digital cable network for years.  Fireplace, aquarium, lake, beach, etc.  To say that they are "watched" is a little disingenuous; they're pretty images to have going in the background when you're not actively watching TV, animated picture frames. For some who can't get out for a nice walk or just want to zone out or have a nap on the couch, it's some nice imagery and white noise to do so with.
 
2014-04-17 11:48:10 AM
They DID do that marathon about Firewood.
Really.
 
2014-04-17 11:53:56 AM
Mother puss bucket ..
 
2014-04-17 12:02:23 PM

fireclown: They DID do that marathon about Firewood.
Really.


I came to point that out as well.
You may not be saying it, but I will; Television in Norway is boring.
 
2014-04-17 12:07:10 PM

Peter von Nostrand: Still better than endless pawn store shows, tattoo shows, shows about rednecks with a business or a clown car vagina or killing alligators, or shows about people buying storage units or sifting through junk yards.


Dude, don't mock the storage wars.
 
2014-04-17 12:25:30 PM
Aren't "Hot Hands of an Oslo Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", and "Huge Molars or Horst Nordfink" in replay on TV by now?
 
2014-04-17 12:32:48 PM

Gentoolive: Peter von Nostrand: Still better than endless pawn store shows, tattoo shows, shows about rednecks with a business or a clown car vagina or killing alligators, or shows about people buying storage units or sifting through junk yards.

Dude, don't mock the storage wars.


Ah yes nothing more fun than watching completely non-scripted shows where they seriously pinky-swear don't plant goods in the units...

I think I just sprained my eyeball when it spasmed into an involuntary roll.
 
2014-04-17 12:36:28 PM
I would watch the f*ck out of that. Especially the knitting.
 
2014-04-17 01:03:28 PM
I watched the Bergen to Oslo train thing a couple of years back over a couple of days. Surprisingly interesting. There's a link to it in TFA.

Can't see getting into the knitting, but the ship going through the Fjords sounds very cool. Anyone know of an online source for those not in Norway?
 
2014-04-17 01:12:43 PM
I always wanted to rent a car there.

Have you driven a fjord lately?
 
2014-04-17 01:40:06 PM
I should have been a Norwegian.
 
2014-04-17 01:49:51 PM

ds615: fireclown: They DID do that marathon about Firewood.
Really.

I came to point that out as well.
You may not be saying it, but I will; Television in Norway is boring.


The weird thing about the firewood thing was this:  I'm American, but my Dads family is largely Swedish a few generations back.  I'm a hillbilly, and heat our house largely with wood.  As I  read more and more about the firewood thing, I found that I have real opinions about this.  How wood is to be stacked (jenga towers on the ends of the stack), ratio of half split to quarter split logs (2:1), how long seasoning takes (12 months minimum, 24 preferred), bark up or bark down to prevent rain and snow moisture (I use a tarp) and that kind of thing.   It's like some weird genetic thing that can't be escaped.
 
2014-04-17 02:16:23 PM

fireclown: How wood is to be stacked (jenga towers on the ends of the stack)


Nah, man. Between two trees. Or, if you are a real Hick'ry Nut, between the pillars of your open porch, so that you start the winter with a sealed in extra room, but it becomes more and more open as you burn the wood.
 
2014-04-17 02:39:14 PM
They tried to air Game of Thrones, but the prologue beyond the Wall made everyone think it was a documentary about sissy southerners.
 
2014-04-17 03:01:13 PM

namegoeshere: I would watch the f*ck out of that. Especially the knitting.


The knitting marathon was actually fairly interesting, and they aired a show before it started about the history and culture of knitting in Norway beforehand that was really awesome.  They were showing a group of spinners and knitters racing to knit a sweater from sheep to needles in the fastest time possible, so they showed the guy shearing the sheep, the spinners spinning the wool, and the knitters knitting.  It was amazing.

It's also pretty cool that they just let anyone watch their programs online, no region block.  Yes, they're all in Norwegian, but with a little study you can generally pick up a lot.

/yes, I am a knitter
//studied Norwegian as a child as well
 
2014-04-17 03:16:49 PM

Dalek Caan's doomed mistress: They were showing a group of spinners and knitters racing to knit a sweater from sheep to needles in the fastest time possible, so they showed the guy shearing the sheep, the spinners spinning the wool, and the knitters knitting. It was amazing.


That's  a thing here too. Sheep to Shawl (or Sweater for the hard core participants) competitions. They're fascinating and very competitive.

/knitter
 
2014-04-17 03:25:37 PM
I'd watch the fjords show. I'm sure the imagery is awesome.
 
2014-04-17 04:30:34 PM

Mister Buttons: Peter von Nostrand: Still better than endless pawn store shows, tattoo shows, shows about rednecks with a business or a clown car vagina or killing alligators, or shows about people buying storage units or sifting through junk yards.


And ghost shows, Bigfoot shows, real housewives shows,  Ancient Aliens, Ow my Balls shows...

They get get full nudity over there right?  They win.


Or dressing up your preschooler to look like a slut and have them parading their sluttyness on stage.
 
2014-04-18 12:41:31 AM
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