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2005-03-23 02:28:51 AM  
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The one and only.
2005-03-23 02:29:51 AM  
Almost Live used to be one of my favorite shows on tv. I remember when they put it on comedy central for a few weeks, but never understood why people outside of western washington would want to watch it. It was mostly just a half hour of inside jokes for people who lived around the puget sound. Good stuff.
2005-03-23 02:33:56 AM  
Almost Live is still on after Saturday Night Live here in Seattle. It is also still pretty funny, even if the material is a little dated.
2005-03-23 02:34:54 AM  
Oh, and has anyone found torrents for the show yet?
2005-03-23 02:39:43 AM  
I used to think Ballard was a city...

Well most people here sure think it is. I'd love for this place to be wiped off the planet. Too many old people and Norwegians. I'm finally getting out of here soon as I'm building a house up on Camano Island.

/hates those "Imagine Ballard" bumper stickers
2005-03-23 02:45:39 AM  
Beakman's World... I almost forgot about you...
2005-03-23 02:48:16 AM  
Beakman was funnier but Bill Nye was the better science show.
2005-03-23 02:48:24 AM  
beakman was teh shait! but so was bill nye the science guy! i loved both those shows and unless someone tells me we got beakman coming back the best news of the day is bill is back with some rambling for your ass.
2005-03-23 02:52:11 AM  
2005-03-23 02:34:54 AM Quick1

Oh, and has anyone found torrents for the show yet?

His new show comes out in a few months. As for Bill Nye the Science Guy the show, I am doing some searching to see if I find anything.
2005-03-23 02:53:56 AM  
Another vote for Beakman. Loved the rat, and science chicks.

I don't remember Mister Wizard on TV, but when I was in High School, in the mid '70's, We had an assembly with a wild-haired man, who was billed as "Mister Wizard", (we also had another assembly with a music group, who were billed as "Coasters", but I'm sure they were some sort of "Coasters" franchise type groups).

I remember that after each demonstration that had a surprising result, he would say "Why is it so?".

Anyone know if he was the real thing, or just a clone?
2005-03-23 02:55:31 AM  
I loved bill nye, he was always on a little bit after the magic school bus
2005-03-23 02:56:26 AM  
Ah, Bill Nye. Good for him, and good for the rest of us. The guy is a total crackup, so this should be entertaining.


Probably not, I remember Mr. Wizard being pretty darn bald.
2005-03-23 02:58:47 AM  
Ballard here...It was a city..before 1907...
2005-03-23 03:02:03 AM  
oh yeah, anyone else live in ballard too?

btw almost live is a great show..used to work at a coffee shop and served to steve wilson...was my first customer one morning and we chatted for about 15 min..nice guy..pretty funny too..he directs "northwest afternoon" now...
2005-03-23 03:06:15 AM  
I remember thinking Bill Nye was a total hottie when I was in 5th and 6th grade. I would get so excited when we watched one of his shows in class. That was a very awkward stage in my life, needless to say.
2005-03-23 03:19:19 AM  
Wow... I had no idea Bill Nye had so much sex-appeal... so it looks like he's making a move in the right direction.

So, Cressegirl22-- do you hide microscopes and 'Scientific American' under your bed?
2005-03-23 03:27:23 AM  

Favorite Bill Nye moment:

On Almost Live there was a segment called Speed Walker, where this super hero would speedwalk to the scene of a crime and always find a hilarious way to catch the crook. On one episode, Speed Walker was trying to find a bomb in the Kingdome (ghastly former home of the Mariners and Seahawks) when he says "I need more time." Then, in a Labyrinth-esque manner, it shows someone turning back the minute hand of a clock. Classic if you lived in Seattle and A) Knew how big the Kingdome was and B) Laughed at walkers in the park.

I totally remember that one! A great show, but kind of before my time...

I've seen Bill Nye around town and a lot of people who have met him say he is a jerk. But the show was funny, I had a couple friends who were in a few scenes on the show once...
2005-03-23 03:35:03 AM  
This guy was the best:

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There's probably no more than two other Farkers who remember him.
2005-03-23 03:35:34 AM  

/misses Almost Live...
2005-03-23 03:50:06 AM  
king5 seattle still plays almost live reruns after snl on sunday mornings. it makes me wax nostalgic for the fancy free early/mid 90's when sketch comedy didn't completely blow.
2005-03-23 04:13:51 AM  

There's probably no more than two other Farkers who remember him.

That was the dude from Hilarious House of Frightenstien, wasn't it?
2005-03-23 04:16:45 AM  
all of the almost live talk both heartens and disheartens me.... it's been far too long since i've seen it.
2005-03-23 04:29:44 AM  
Bill Nye is one of my heroes.
I'm glad Pat Cashman is still doing his announcing (he did the original show too, and was on almost live). I used to listen to Pat on 100.7 The Buzz during the 90's. That was a great show. Bill and some of the other Almost Live alums did guest appearances on it too.

2005-03-23 02:39:43 AM kryptin420

I used to think Ballard was a city...

Well most people here sure think it is. I'd love for this place to be wiped off the planet. Too many old people and Norwegians. I'm finally getting out of here soon as I'm building a house up on Camano Island.

/hates those "Imagine Ballard" bumper stickers

You think Ballard is bad for Norwegian drivers? Camano has them too, and they are older and blinder, and they drive slower and pull out in front of you. Island County had to re-grade North Camano Drive at Arrowhead because they couldn't be bothered to crane their arthritic necks left and right to see what traffic was doing. Camano Island is where people from Ballard go when they want "country". My parents live there. I grew up in Arlington and they moved to Camano after I left home. It's very Scandinavian while simultaneously being very Republican. Enjoy your new house. It is very pretty there.

2005-03-23 04:30:41 AM  
"looks like we're gonna need another Timmy"

and for some strange reason I always though Keanu Reeves in the Matrix (first movie especially the scene where they shoot the crap out of the lobby after going through the metal detectors) looked like Bill Nye


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2005-03-23 04:35:18 AM  

That was the dude from Hilarious House of Frightenstien, wasn't it?

According to wikipedia, yes:

Professor Julius Sumner Miller (May 17, 1909 - April 14, 1987), was an American science populariser. He had studied under Albert Einstein, but is best know for his work with children's television programs. From 1955 to 1959, he was Disneys Professor Wonderful on The Mickey Mouse Club. He is best known in Canada for his mad professor work on the short-lived 1971 TV series The Hilarious House of Frightenstein In Australia he had the hit show, Why Is It So?, which was broadcast from 1963 to 1966, and the 1960s program "Demonstrations in Physics" (also called "Science Demonstrations" when it was aired on US Public television). He also wrote the "Millergram" column for The Australian newspaper in the 60s. Prof. Miller was also an occasional guest in the 70s on the "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in the US.

I never saw The Hilarious House of Frightenstein -- I watched his "Demonstrations in Physics" as a kid. The guy was insanely obsessed with science.

I consider J. S. Miller #1, Mr. Science #2 and Beekman a distant 3rd. Beekman was funny, though, and LOTS better than Nye, who stank on ice.
2005-03-23 05:06:16 AM  
Tinian: There's probably no more than two other Farkers who remember him.

House of frightenstein is a freakin awsome show.
2005-03-23 05:13:52 AM  

yea, I know there up there too, but I'm going to be on the Southern part of the island on East Camano Drive where there is much less people around. I have a great view up on the property I'm building on since it's on a bluff. I got lucky someone who bought the property next to mine a few years ago did some illegal cutting takeing out a huge portion of the trees leaving a great view and took off when the county came after him. Another guy owns that property now and is building a house there as well . Also the property on the otherside is unbuildable due to it being part of a bald eagle sanctuary so I don't have to worry about neighbors on that side. I'm mostly just trying get away from the people in my neighborhood they're driving me nuts.
2005-03-23 05:31:20 AM  
Tinian, you rock~ That guy (who's name I cannot remember at this point) was amazing.

My junior high science teachers, when they would show us videos of this guy, would always come in dressed in full lab gear in honor of him~
2005-03-23 06:08:23 AM  
half the articles i see on /. come from fark now. Half of fark comes from /. hmm
2005-03-23 06:54:09 AM  
The best "mr science" of them all out there has got to be Magnus Pike, the eccentric arm-waving co-host of a British TV science series called Don't Ask Me.

You may remember him from the old Thomas Dolby video Blinded by Science where he jumps around yelling the word SCIENCE!!!

Sadly, there's very little about him on the intranets...
2005-03-23 07:09:35 AM  
beakman had lame experiments.. bill nye was cool, the show was edited nicely, and they did lots of parody. nye wins hands down.. looked at the schedule, it's not available in my town :(
2005-03-23 07:12:16 AM  
What about Nature Walk with Chuck ?!?

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/misses "Almost Live!"
//waiting for A.L. torrents
///bad 15 year old VHS quality works for me
2005-03-23 07:21:48 AM  
You may remember him from the old Thomas Dolby video Blinded by Science where he jumps around yelling the word SCIENCE!!!

You mean that guy was for real? Ugh... I so wanted to grow up to be like him, but I figured he was just an underpaid video extra. If I'd known he was an actual scientist my life might have had actual direction and a brief but pleasent internment in an insane asylum.

Damn you, Gen X cynicism!
2005-03-23 08:31:19 AM  
wait a second! If my adolescent mind remembers my hormones right bill nye had a hot chick on his show - she had a dark complexion. Hmm...

/by hot chick I meant hot student type assistant
//I was like 16 at the time and that was a long time ago maybe I am wrong or thinking of another show
2005-03-23 08:39:05 AM  
Man, I used to watch Bill Nye when I was young. Ya he's a nerd, but that guy rocks. Good for you Bill!!!
2005-03-23 08:49:42 AM  
Best Almost Live sketch: "East Side Story" (girl from Bell Square meets boy from Factoria). I lived in Bellevue so found it hilarious. Not sure if it would be funny to anyone living more than 10 miles away, however.
2005-03-23 08:59:07 AM  
I used to watch his science show in my dorm room in college. (PBS was one of four stations that were watchable throught the fuzz.) I totally aced a physics exam because of him. Too bad the new show is on PBS. He seems more Discovery Channel to me!
2005-03-23 09:12:22 AM  
Bah, Bill Nye is Mr. Wizard's biatch!
2005-03-23 09:13:25 AM  

your right if by "hot" you mean ugly and by "dark" you meant greasy.
2005-03-23 09:25:54 AM  
i used to watch mr wizard all the time when i was born

then i watched beakmans world

ive always hated bill nye.. hes uncool and corny and since they would make us watch him while in school, you just had to hate him (note: i hated him before watching him in school)

i wrote several letters to beakmans world, dont think any got picked on the show though
2005-03-23 09:27:36 AM  
1. Bill Nye the Science Guy was way better than Beakman's World. The experiments were cooler, the theme song was better, everything. And did Beakman ever get any of his experiments loaded onto a Mars rover? I think not.

2. I used to look exactly like Bill Nye in high school. Still do, a little bit, although now it's mellowed a little Bill-Nye-meets-Josh-Hartnett kind of thing.

3. From what I saw of it, Ballard is a dump. I spent a few weeks up there working on a ship, tied up right inside the canal next to the Lockspot Cafe; there were probably more people with trucker caps walking around than anywhere else in the world. You guys have the biggest, fanciest goddamn Taco Time I've ever seen, too; three floors of steel and glass. Amazing.
2005-03-23 10:00:12 AM  

You would love Brandon Dicamillo's character in Bam Margera's movie "Haggard".

And Bam's next flick "Kiss A Good Man's Ass" is supposed to be about that scientist character.
2005-03-23 10:18:47 AM  

Beakman had Alanna Ubach

I'd like to perform some science experiments on her, namely in the area of Biology. ;)

Oh, and Nye was never apart of Beakman's World. It was Paul Zaloom (according to IMDB). There were three female assistants for Beakman's World:

1993-94 - Alanna Ubach (of "Legally Blonde" fame) as Josie
1994-95 - Eliza Schneider as Liza
1995-96 - Senta Moses (she was in "Home Alone") as Phoebe
2005-03-23 10:22:56 AM  
Mr. Wizard > Beakman > Bill Nye
2005-03-23 10:36:48 AM  
Please someone post a pic from the "Growth and Learning" part of the Meaning of Life where John Cleese is screwing his wife in front of the class.
2005-03-23 10:37:13 AM  
Bill Nye the Pervert Guy
2005-03-23 10:38:25 AM  

I don't know - perhaps the gap in time (and my desperation at the time) is distorting my memory!

/hopes it is distorting his memory
2005-03-23 10:48:23 AM  

"looks like we're gonna need another Timmy"

Holy shiat, I about fell out of my chair laughing when I read that.

(Anyone else get the reference? Or are we the only two who like stuffed animatronic dinosaurs?)
2005-03-23 11:09:25 AM  
Science rules!
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2005-03-23 11:09:34 AM  
In DC, we're right around the corner from a restaurant that I frequent, and one day, I was sitting at lunch, when I noticed that Bernard Shaw (from CNN), Zbiginew Brzezinski (former Carter administration NSA advisor) and Bill Nye the Science Guy were all sitting at different tables nearby. Whenever I tried to describe it to anyone else, it sounded like the setup for a joke -

"So, Benard Shaw, Zbiginew Brzezinski and Bill Nye the Science Guy walk into a bar......"
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