Telly Goodness...

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007 11:33 pm
caddyman: (telly)
As usual, after a quiet summer, the new season's telly is about to start in earnest.

I have just done some footling about on teh intarweb and I see that the torrents are going to get a full and wholesome workout over the next few months, starting in about ten days. We still have to wait until January for the final series of Battlestar, though.

Telly Goodness...

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007 11:33 pm
caddyman: (telly)
As usual, after a quiet summer, the new season's telly is about to start in earnest.

I have just done some footling about on teh intarweb and I see that the torrents are going to get a full and wholesome workout over the next few months, starting in about ten days. We still have to wait until January for the final series of Battlestar, though.
caddyman: (Default)
The trouble with torrenting from the site I use is that if your upload/download ration gets too heavily loaded in favour of the downloads, you find yourself at the end of the queue for new material. Once that happens, it is almost impossible to download new stuff early enough to be able to recycle it out to other leechers whilst the high demand is there, so you get the late comers and download ratio gets more miserable.

This is particularly annoying as I tend not to have an interest in downloading the biggest blockbuster movies (although I have downloaded a few, I have yet to watch them); I prefer to download TV programmes I cannot otherwise get as they are either as yet unavailable in the UK or broadcast by Murdoch's satellite franchise. From time to time they announce a ratio-building weekend and we're in the middle of one now. I downloaded the entire Superman movies box set on Thursday as soon as the ratio build was announced, a total of 5.07 gigs and am currently downloading a version of Hot Fuzz. I shall give the latter a watch, but I have Superman 1 & 2 on DVD and let's face it, 3 & 4 are pants (particularly 4), but they are popular with the hoi-polloi and it's all doing my ratio good. At the end of the weekend I shall delete the Superman files in their entirety, hoping that my boosted ratio will allow me earlier access to the programmes I want to download.

Only once in the 6 months or so I have been using this site has my ratio gone above 1. It is currently languishing at 0.74 though that will improve slightly as the weekend progresses. The difficulty in some ways, other than me being choosy about what I pull down from the 'net as a rule, is that I can download at speeds approaching 4 meg at the right time of day, but the uploads never get faster than 1/2 meg (in practice much slower). This is good for me, but lousy for ratio building. It took me a couple of hours to grab the entire Superman box set, it is taking days to upload it back to other users.

Still, there's no Stargate or Battlestar out there to download right now and both House and Heroes are entering their final month of their respective seasons. I have downloaded but not watched The Dresden Files, so I guess there's not much out there to worry about until the Autumn schedules start up.
caddyman: (Default)
The trouble with torrenting from the site I use is that if your upload/download ration gets too heavily loaded in favour of the downloads, you find yourself at the end of the queue for new material. Once that happens, it is almost impossible to download new stuff early enough to be able to recycle it out to other leechers whilst the high demand is there, so you get the late comers and download ratio gets more miserable.

This is particularly annoying as I tend not to have an interest in downloading the biggest blockbuster movies (although I have downloaded a few, I have yet to watch them); I prefer to download TV programmes I cannot otherwise get as they are either as yet unavailable in the UK or broadcast by Murdoch's satellite franchise. From time to time they announce a ratio-building weekend and we're in the middle of one now. I downloaded the entire Superman movies box set on Thursday as soon as the ratio build was announced, a total of 5.07 gigs and am currently downloading a version of Hot Fuzz. I shall give the latter a watch, but I have Superman 1 & 2 on DVD and let's face it, 3 & 4 are pants (particularly 4), but they are popular with the hoi-polloi and it's all doing my ratio good. At the end of the weekend I shall delete the Superman files in their entirety, hoping that my boosted ratio will allow me earlier access to the programmes I want to download.

Only once in the 6 months or so I have been using this site has my ratio gone above 1. It is currently languishing at 0.74 though that will improve slightly as the weekend progresses. The difficulty in some ways, other than me being choosy about what I pull down from the 'net as a rule, is that I can download at speeds approaching 4 meg at the right time of day, but the uploads never get faster than 1/2 meg (in practice much slower). This is good for me, but lousy for ratio building. It took me a couple of hours to grab the entire Superman box set, it is taking days to upload it back to other users.

Still, there's no Stargate or Battlestar out there to download right now and both House and Heroes are entering their final month of their respective seasons. I have downloaded but not watched The Dresden Files, so I guess there's not much out there to worry about until the Autumn schedules start up.

Telly from the US

Thursday, October 26th, 2006 11:06 am
caddyman: (telly)
Tonight I think I shall take the opportunity to catch up on season 3 of House in Miss Furtle's absence. Not that she doesn't like House you understand, but she only saw the odd episode from season 2 and we have only just started watching the DVDs. It will be some weeks before she is ready for season 3 and I will be quite happy to watch them again.

Of course, I could just watch them on my lappie; [livejournal.com profile] romney dropped several episodes onto a disk in .avi format, but I doubt [livejournal.com profile] colonel_maxim will forgive me if he doesn't get to see them too, so I have to copy the files to my lappie and then burn a disc in VCD format for the telly. Hopefully that won't take too long (famous last words).

Thank God for bit torrents and such like, say I. Terrestrial TV seems to have forgotten how to broadcast anything of merit most of the time. This is hardly news, but right now the choice is even more limited if one doesn't like soaps &c.

I have some of this Studio 60 to watch, too. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the creator and initial writer of The West Wing. I hear good things about it.

Telly from the US

Thursday, October 26th, 2006 11:06 am
caddyman: (telly)
Tonight I think I shall take the opportunity to catch up on season 3 of House in Miss Furtle's absence. Not that she doesn't like House you understand, but she only saw the odd episode from season 2 and we have only just started watching the DVDs. It will be some weeks before she is ready for season 3 and I will be quite happy to watch them again.

Of course, I could just watch them on my lappie; [livejournal.com profile] romney dropped several episodes onto a disk in .avi format, but I doubt [livejournal.com profile] colonel_maxim will forgive me if he doesn't get to see them too, so I have to copy the files to my lappie and then burn a disc in VCD format for the telly. Hopefully that won't take too long (famous last words).

Thank God for bit torrents and such like, say I. Terrestrial TV seems to have forgotten how to broadcast anything of merit most of the time. This is hardly news, but right now the choice is even more limited if one doesn't like soaps &c.

I have some of this Studio 60 to watch, too. Written by Aaron Sorkin, the creator and initial writer of The West Wing. I hear good things about it.

Television

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006 03:29 pm
caddyman: (telly)
What has happened to the telly over the past few months? There has rarely been anything worth watching other than the odd movie here and there, but right now I can only think of three programmes to watch, which are currently running. Having looked at what I am missing on say, Sky, I realise that I am, in fact, not missing anything. That leaves us with three programmes across maybe a hundred channels if we factor in digital.

Of those three, one is currently only a repeat and is getting watched simply because I missed the initial run. (There is a number of other programmes out there currently in transmission that I do like, but having already seen them, I am not counting the repeats). So that leaves me with two programmes on their first run: Without a Trace and CSI: Miami. Neither of them earth shattering programmes and even I’m not entirely sure why I watch the second on the list – there is a vain hope that David Caruso will get his come-uppance, I guess and the opportunity to lust after Emily Procter, but not a great deal more.

With the exception of Doctor Who, which will not reappear until the Christmas special and thereafter not until around Easter next year, there is not a single, regular UK produced programme I want to watch1. The remainder of the shows are exclusively American and apart from variant cop shows, only LOST and House broadcast on terrestrial telly. Of those, House is on repeat and LOST shows every sign of being made up on the spot with random plot developments being thrown in without regard to the overall structure. I have all of season 2 on my PC, but haven’t felt the need to watch past episode 9 yet and that was four months ago. Still, that Evangeline Lily, eh?

That leaves me with the Stargates and Battlestar Galactica. The former is still fun, but increasingly formulaic and the second not due until October and following a cliff-hanger that makes you wonder precisely where they can take the show. Since I do not have Sky, each of these last three come from the torrents so even if there is a programme I want to watch, it’s probably not being shown on terrestrial TV.

What’s a couch potato to do?

1Though I remain hopeful for both Robin Hood and Torchwood when they air on Auntie later in the year. There are still occasional one-offs like Sharpe and Hornblower worth the effort.

Television

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006 03:29 pm
caddyman: (telly)
What has happened to the telly over the past few months? There has rarely been anything worth watching other than the odd movie here and there, but right now I can only think of three programmes to watch, which are currently running. Having looked at what I am missing on say, Sky, I realise that I am, in fact, not missing anything. That leaves us with three programmes across maybe a hundred channels if we factor in digital.

Of those three, one is currently only a repeat and is getting watched simply because I missed the initial run. (There is a number of other programmes out there currently in transmission that I do like, but having already seen them, I am not counting the repeats). So that leaves me with two programmes on their first run: Without a Trace and CSI: Miami. Neither of them earth shattering programmes and even I’m not entirely sure why I watch the second on the list – there is a vain hope that David Caruso will get his come-uppance, I guess and the opportunity to lust after Emily Procter, but not a great deal more.

With the exception of Doctor Who, which will not reappear until the Christmas special and thereafter not until around Easter next year, there is not a single, regular UK produced programme I want to watch1. The remainder of the shows are exclusively American and apart from variant cop shows, only LOST and House broadcast on terrestrial telly. Of those, House is on repeat and LOST shows every sign of being made up on the spot with random plot developments being thrown in without regard to the overall structure. I have all of season 2 on my PC, but haven’t felt the need to watch past episode 9 yet and that was four months ago. Still, that Evangeline Lily, eh?

That leaves me with the Stargates and Battlestar Galactica. The former is still fun, but increasingly formulaic and the second not due until October and following a cliff-hanger that makes you wonder precisely where they can take the show. Since I do not have Sky, each of these last three come from the torrents so even if there is a programme I want to watch, it’s probably not being shown on terrestrial TV.

What’s a couch potato to do?

1Though I remain hopeful for both Robin Hood and Torchwood when they air on Auntie later in the year. There are still occasional one-offs like Sharpe and Hornblower worth the effort.

Ahoy, Matey

Sunday, July 16th, 2006 11:47 pm
caddyman: (telly)
Oh the joy of it; just as the TV channels are giving up for the summer and there's precious little to watch, Torrenting season has arrived and I can (and indeed am as I type) download goodies from the US.

Tomorrow night is games night, but I shall have some new Stargate to watch directly after we've finished.

Fantastic.

Ahoy, Matey

Sunday, July 16th, 2006 11:47 pm
caddyman: (telly)
Oh the joy of it; just as the TV channels are giving up for the summer and there's precious little to watch, Torrenting season has arrived and I can (and indeed am as I type) download goodies from the US.

Tomorrow night is games night, but I shall have some new Stargate to watch directly after we've finished.

Fantastic.
caddyman: (SC-Fi)
I have just watched the season 2 finale of Battlestar Galactica.

Once again, I am stuck because I don't want to drop any spoilers on those of you who are watching it on Sky, and who have most of the season left to go. Suffice it to say that the episode is longer than the usual 45 minutes, and for good reason. The series has a history of throwing up situations and leaving you to wonder how the hell they are going to get out of it this time, how it can possibly get worse.

I was worried for a couple of episodes that the writers had lost their way, but now I am happy to believe that they know what they're doing. But I really, really have no idea how they can possibly get back from this one.

Roll on season 3.

I will make one final observation, which gives nothing away: Bad Gaius. Naughty boy, no biscuit.
caddyman: (SC-Fi)
I have just watched the season 2 finale of Battlestar Galactica.

Once again, I am stuck because I don't want to drop any spoilers on those of you who are watching it on Sky, and who have most of the season left to go. Suffice it to say that the episode is longer than the usual 45 minutes, and for good reason. The series has a history of throwing up situations and leaving you to wonder how the hell they are going to get out of it this time, how it can possibly get worse.

I was worried for a couple of episodes that the writers had lost their way, but now I am happy to believe that they know what they're doing. But I really, really have no idea how they can possibly get back from this one.

Roll on season 3.

I will make one final observation, which gives nothing away: Bad Gaius. Naughty boy, no biscuit.
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I reached the office this morning and experienced one of those ”Oh shit; what have I forgotten?” moments. The place was like the Marie Celeste, computers on, cups on desks and coats slung over chairs. But there was no one around…

My normal routine is to log in and then go and get a coffee while the PC is booting up. This morning I sat and watched the damn thing boot up – and it is mightily slow. Unable to remember any appointment for this morning, for me, let alone the entire second floor, I experienced that frisson of horror as GroupWise loaded and the tell-tale alarm showed up against the appointments folder.

Except that that is for a short meeting this afternoon. Eventually I discovered that there was a ‘meet the Perm Sec’ affair for everyone on our floor. Well, that’d just be boring, so I got on with the important stuff of drinking coffee and checking my home email.

Good points for today: my boss (who is not a bad bloke, actually) is off sick, so I might be able to get something NWO-related written, and quite separately, I set the torrents running this morning for this weekend’s Stargate episodes. For a brief but glorious ten minutes before I left for work, SG-1 was coming down at the speed of around 200kB/s, meaning I got a quarter of an episode while I was getting dressed. Sadly it had dropped to the more 5-6kB/s by the time I actually left, but I have (unfounded) hopes that it might pick up again.

On a related note, I see the Swedish Government has closed down The Pirate Bay, so that is one less torrent site for us to abuse. Still, if these programmes were actually available on telly, we wouldn’t have to resort to this, would we?

And there’s loads more torrent sites to be had.
caddyman: (Default)
I reached the office this morning and experienced one of those ”Oh shit; what have I forgotten?” moments. The place was like the Marie Celeste, computers on, cups on desks and coats slung over chairs. But there was no one around…

My normal routine is to log in and then go and get a coffee while the PC is booting up. This morning I sat and watched the damn thing boot up – and it is mightily slow. Unable to remember any appointment for this morning, for me, let alone the entire second floor, I experienced that frisson of horror as GroupWise loaded and the tell-tale alarm showed up against the appointments folder.

Except that that is for a short meeting this afternoon. Eventually I discovered that there was a ‘meet the Perm Sec’ affair for everyone on our floor. Well, that’d just be boring, so I got on with the important stuff of drinking coffee and checking my home email.

Good points for today: my boss (who is not a bad bloke, actually) is off sick, so I might be able to get something NWO-related written, and quite separately, I set the torrents running this morning for this weekend’s Stargate episodes. For a brief but glorious ten minutes before I left for work, SG-1 was coming down at the speed of around 200kB/s, meaning I got a quarter of an episode while I was getting dressed. Sadly it had dropped to the more 5-6kB/s by the time I actually left, but I have (unfounded) hopes that it might pick up again.

On a related note, I see the Swedish Government has closed down The Pirate Bay, so that is one less torrent site for us to abuse. Still, if these programmes were actually available on telly, we wouldn’t have to resort to this, would we?

And there’s loads more torrent sites to be had.

Galactica

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006 12:27 am
caddyman: (Default)
I watched my torrented copy of season 2, episode 11: Resurrection Ship Part 1 tonight.

All previous comments and observations continue to apply, but I only have to wait a week this time, before finding out what happens next.

Galactica

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006 12:27 am
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I watched my torrented copy of season 2, episode 11: Resurrection Ship Part 1 tonight.

All previous comments and observations continue to apply, but I only have to wait a week this time, before finding out what happens next.

(no subject)

Monday, January 9th, 2006 12:13 am
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In the end I did some more writing, but stopped around 8.15 to watch the premiere of Invasion on Channel 4. When it transpired that there would be a second episode at 10.00, I had to watch that, and then they let slip that episode 3 was being shown at 11.00 on E4... It's an interesting sense of paranoia they are beginning to build up already. Much of the behaviour of the potential baddies is very ambiguous and can be taken in more than one way. Quite clever. We'll see how it pans out.

So I didn't get any more writing done tonight. Ahem.

That said, I am only about five paragraphs away from finishing another sheet, so that will be two completed in a weekend and a bit. So, not bad progress, even if I do say so myself.

Tonight I shall be setting the torrents to download the latest episode of Battlestar Galactica so with any luck, this time tomorrow I shall know how the midseason cliffhanger resolved. I've been waiting since September, so I reckon I can wait a while longer.

Best go now, I have a few chores before bed time, and I have to be up for work in the morning even if I don't know if I shall be able to get in on account of the latest tube strike. The RMT really are a bunch of work-shy leftie skivers. They are well paid, have heaps of holiday and strike if management look at them funny.

Useless bastards.

Goodnight, LJ land.

(no subject)

Monday, January 9th, 2006 12:13 am
caddyman: (Default)
In the end I did some more writing, but stopped around 8.15 to watch the premiere of Invasion on Channel 4. When it transpired that there would be a second episode at 10.00, I had to watch that, and then they let slip that episode 3 was being shown at 11.00 on E4... It's an interesting sense of paranoia they are beginning to build up already. Much of the behaviour of the potential baddies is very ambiguous and can be taken in more than one way. Quite clever. We'll see how it pans out.

So I didn't get any more writing done tonight. Ahem.

That said, I am only about five paragraphs away from finishing another sheet, so that will be two completed in a weekend and a bit. So, not bad progress, even if I do say so myself.

Tonight I shall be setting the torrents to download the latest episode of Battlestar Galactica so with any luck, this time tomorrow I shall know how the midseason cliffhanger resolved. I've been waiting since September, so I reckon I can wait a while longer.

Best go now, I have a few chores before bed time, and I have to be up for work in the morning even if I don't know if I shall be able to get in on account of the latest tube strike. The RMT really are a bunch of work-shy leftie skivers. They are well paid, have heaps of holiday and strike if management look at them funny.

Useless bastards.

Goodnight, LJ land.

TV Distress

Friday, October 21st, 2005 12:05 pm
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It has just occurred to me that there are two ways of reading that title.... Be clear, kids: I mean television.

The distress in this particular case is the discovery that there are only two more episodes of House season 1 to be broadcast on Channel 5. Season 2 is not very far advanced in the US, and that means that very soon, with or without torrents, I shall run out of yet another piece of TV. There's only a few I watch and they are all ending, or have ended at about the same time.

Feast or famine indeed.

To add to the misery, I missed the first four or five episodes of House season 1, and am unable to find a torrent healthy enough to make an attempted download worth the effort.

What to do?

TV Distress

Friday, October 21st, 2005 12:05 pm
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It has just occurred to me that there are two ways of reading that title.... Be clear, kids: I mean television.

The distress in this particular case is the discovery that there are only two more episodes of House season 1 to be broadcast on Channel 5. Season 2 is not very far advanced in the US, and that means that very soon, with or without torrents, I shall run out of yet another piece of TV. There's only a few I watch and they are all ending, or have ended at about the same time.

Feast or famine indeed.

To add to the misery, I missed the first four or five episodes of House season 1, and am unable to find a torrent healthy enough to make an attempted download worth the effort.

What to do?

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