Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Expected to wake to an inbox full of mail, but the server crashed again after I went to sleep. It's up now, but who knows for how long. If you sent me an e-mail, I have no idea when I'll get it.

Better session with my new pilates instructor this morning. No forced jokes. All was well.

I think that animal that's been terrorizing us at night tore through our garbage.

The Teletubbies are in France right now.


At 12:26 PM, Blogger Abulsme said...

Something someone told me once...

From: Name Withheld
Subject: Teletubbies
Date: May 5, 1998 20:04:05 GMT+00:00
To: Me

Hey Sam,

Have you actually watched an episode of the Teletubbies? I watched one for the first time today and it makes Barney look like quality educational TV. I know the show is supposed to be aimed at 1 year olds (can 1 year olds actually watch TV?) but it is ridiculous. 1 year olds can learn the same things first hand by simply watching the world pass them.

First of all, these teletubbies do not speak, except the occasional hello, goodbye or one word grunts. They cool and giggle. Occasional a windmill looking object is flashed on the screen, followed by a baby's smiling face in a sun.

The first part of the show is the teletubbies running around cooing (with the intermitten flash of the windmill & baby). Then the TV on the littliest teletubby turns on and they watch a father and his three children wash a car. The daughter narrates the story "we add soap to the water, we put the sponge in the water, etc" That kind of stuff -- low level Sesame Street stuff. Ok, fine. The car washing bit lasts 2-3 minutes and it goes back to the teletubbies. But the teletubbies jump up and down and say AGAIN AGAIN. So they show the whole bit AGAIN, two seconds after they finished it. What the hell?

This stuff isn't education. Even in a house with lliterate parents any child can pick up this kind of stuff. Sesame Street teaches kids numbers and letters, things that kids actually need to be taught. Mr. Rogers teaches society and morals, things that kids need to be exposed to to learn what is acceptable and what isn't. Barney tries doing both (and perhaps this is just an generation gap on my side), but is too watered down and corporate. The teletubbies? My god. Who would put their 1 year old in front of a television? They'd be a million times better being stuck in a play pen with some colored blocks and their own diaper filth.

Name Withheld


At 4:19 PM, Blogger Reb said...

Sounds like somebody who doesn't know very much about anything -- especially parenting. Teletubbies rock! :)

At 6:32 PM, Blogger Abulsme said...

Maybe the Teletubbies can make the mail work? They could read each email out loud. Twice. :-)

At 8:13 PM, Blogger François said...

oh? i thought we had the teletubbies for a while now ...

... in other news, dragon ball z is finally reaching its conclusion in the states, ten years after japan and europe.

word verification is "hooet," which is probably dutch for "hoot."

At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teletubbies frighten me.


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