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Re: Documentaries - Discussion - Which should I watch?
« Reply #525 on: September 30, 2020, 01:33:56 AM »
I do love those place transformation challenge TV series on Netflix like "Stay Here" for AirBnBs and "Restaurant On The Edge" for restaurants. Maybe you should try them too.

As for documentaries, there are some music mogul documentaries on Netflix which I've seen, like Clive Davis (The Soundtrack of My Life), Quincy Jones (Quincy), and Clarence Avant (The Black Godfather). I'm sure they are all available on documentary torrent sites.

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« Reply #526 on: September 30, 2020, 07:16:40 PM »
Evil Genius on Netflix is good.

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« Reply #527 on: October 01, 2020, 06:36:54 PM »
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« Reply #528 on: December 05, 2020, 11:50:21 PM »
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« Reply #529 on: December 30, 2020, 06:32:43 PM »
‘Home of the Future’ from 1989 Perfectly Nails Today’s Tech

While precisely predicting the future is extremely difficult—at least if you’re not an AI program—sometimes people simply nail it. One of those times happened in 1989, during an episode of the TV series, This Old House, in which a “futuristic smart home” was featured. Now, TOH has uploaded a clip from the episode, and the trends the smart home predicts are dead-on accurate. To a shocking degree.



TOH uploaded the clip of the episode to YouTube as a part of its “TOH Clips” series that allows people to relive the show’s earlier days. Incidentally, for those unfamiliar, TOH, which is still on the air, is a PBS show (and magazine). The series began airing in 1979, and over 1,000 episodes have aired since.

In the clip, host Steve Thomas visits a futuristic home in Massachusetts, which contains multiple technologies that wouldn’t come online for decades. And in the case of the voice assistant, until just a few years ago, really.

Thomas first showcases the home’s flat screen TV, which, while thicc, wouldn’t be out of place in a contemporary home; certainly without the speakers flanking it, anyway. On top of that, Thomas notes the TV’s cords are hidden away—something many of us still struggle with today. (Where’s the genius technical solution for that?!)

When Thomas introduces “technical specialist,” Dennis Arseneau, is when things get real spooky, however. Arseneau demonstrates with voice commands the smart home’s ability to dim its lights, play music, and even close its shades. The smart home’s delicate, feminine voice also sounds like that of Amazon’s Alexa. Albeit a bit more robotic.

A bit of cursory sleuthing didn’t turn up any other futuristic-home tours from the ’80s, but there is Microsoft’s take on the smart home from a decade later (above). And while it’s equally accurate at predicting the rise of the so-called “internet of things,” both homes are missing something big. Namely, smartphones. That is, unless, these videos are also accurately predicting the rise of in-brain communication devices.

https://nerdist.com/article/this-old-house-1989-futuristic-home/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social+flow&fbclid=IwAR2CnJJoKeSALA-wi0Ooxkwn7-x6-KCqipY_jZbzMYm4xj0fXov3hWZB340

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Re: Documentaries - Discussion - Which should I watch?
« Reply #530 on: January 05, 2021, 04:35:29 AM »

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Re: Documentaries - Discussion - Which should I watch?
« Reply #531 on: January 05, 2021, 11:23:26 PM »
I watched The Pharmacist and The Keepers recently.  Both on Netflix.  Both really good but really infuriating.

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« Reply #532 on: January 08, 2021, 08:54:52 PM »
Let This British Guy Tell Americans Exactly Who We Are

This seven-minute ITV segment is a wildlife documentary of Trump supporters. It debunks the notion that America is better than this.

Yesterday, a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building. The mob featured Holocaust deniers, neo-Nazis, Proud Boys, former and current police officers, a QAnon Shaman, and at least one elected official—West Virginia's Derrick Evans—stupid enough to record himself participating in an insurrection. One woman was fatally shot, and three other people died. The day ended with chuds kicking back at their hotel, cooling off after their Day of Judgement scrimmage.

Because the average supporter looked like a Brad instead of Bashir, people struggled to understand what was happening. And despite the very white nature of the event, talking heads made a point to compare Washington, D.C. to other majority-brown places like Baghdad or Kabul or Bogotá. The subtext: We're supposed to secretly foment coups like this in other countries, not here!

During times of white violence, politicians (and politicians’ children) also love to make the profoundly stupid and untrue statement, "This is not who we are." What "this" means, or who "we" refers to, is purposely unclear. It's a way to say "I don't like this, or at least the optics of it." So maybe it takes a third party to tell us who we are.

Perhaps because of deeply internalized colonialism and a consistent barrage of films starring Hugh Grant in the 90s, and Robert Chase, the doctor (who I’ve since been reminded was actually Australian) on the TV series House, M.D., Americans assign a higher degree of seriousness to anything recited with a British accent. So this seven-minute video from London-based ITV might serve well as a centering exercise. Let this British man tell us: this is exactly who we are.

ITV's Washington Correspondent Robert Moore succinctly described the mob as "intoxicated by the unlikely prospect of reversing America's election outcome." It's like the Cletus safari reinterpreted as a wildlife documentary, albeit with less natural beauty and more MAGA merch. Of course, the British can draw parallels from this mob and its own nationalist movement, a la Brexit.


"In no way was this a surprise," Moore says, as a pack of Trump loyalists stream past him.

One man yells about how this mob used to be "normal, law-abiding citizens," but "the government did this" to them. At 2:51, the same man is seen approaching the camera, yelling, "We're normal!" before the video cuts to the next scene.

The segment does fail to capture the cops posing for a photo op with terrorists, or the cops letting the mob overtake the Capitol in what's comically feeble in its most gracious interpretation, if not proof of collaboration with the coup-attempters.

"America's long journey as a stable democracy appears to be in genuine doubt," Moore concludes. It's all glaringly obvious, but from an outsider perspective, maybe it will ring true for some, for the first time. It's time to learn who "we" are, because it's not going to change anytime soon.

This article has been updated to correct Dr. Chase’s nationality, which is Australian.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/qjpw5m/let-this-british-guy-tell-americans-exactly-who-we-are?utm_content=1610078401&utm_medium=social&utm_source=VICE_facebook&fbclid=IwAR0Npu5e64SEWeQrizvPz-MjPHG00ZwrMN8TxLQJHzg4QtP7kTx883Z9VGQ


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Re: Documentaries - Discussion - Which should I watch?
« Reply #533 on: February 12, 2021, 09:56:07 PM »
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Thirty years ago, Bryce Cleary donated sperm to OHSU's fertility clinic with the understanding that the donation would result in 5 children born on the opposite coast. DNA testing has since revealed that promise was not kept and Bryce has at least 14 children in the Oregon area and even more out of state.

Bryce might have never known this if it weren't for the detective work of his donor children, several of whom have formed a close bond. VICE met with these donor siblings to hear their story and the shocking lack of regulation in the fertility industry that resulted in their births.



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« Reply #534 on: February 19, 2021, 08:43:45 PM »
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« Reply #535 on: February 19, 2021, 09:25:07 PM »
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« Reply #536 on: February 20, 2021, 03:23:07 AM »

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« Reply #537 on: February 24, 2021, 09:09:29 PM »
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« Reply #540 on: March 14, 2021, 06:36:46 PM »
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« Reply #541 on: April 21, 2021, 02:35:35 PM »
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« Reply #543 on: April 30, 2021, 04:36:01 AM »

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Re: Documentaries - Discussion - Which should I watch?
« Reply #544 on: April 30, 2021, 02:03:17 PM »
Some good ones there.  Thanks!

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