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Okay. So I finally gave in and got a functional TV with functional TV stations, after about 8 years of living in a non-TV state. For the most part, I don't see that changing.

But I have gotten hooked on Mythbusters. Mad scientists. (In fact they are mostly engineers who used to work as special FX creators. Clever of them to find a new way to repackage their skills, as so many blowing-things-up FX are now digital.)

Every show, they test popular myths with various wacky science experiments, whenever possible to the point of catastrophic (and spectacular) failure.

This one is unusual in that it's not testing a myth and nothing explodes (live audience, bad idea), but it appeals to me for geeky computer nerd reasons. Here, they built a couple robots for a live demo of the difference between traditional processors and parallel processors.



Tonight's TV episode was devoted to testing the properties of duct tape, from Jamie taping Adam to a piece of plywood and testing to see if he'd hang upside down -- a process both seemed to enjoy very much -- to creating a fully functional black powder cannon made out of duct tape, to picking up a car with duct tape (only 100 pieces were needed -- who knew?) to creating and sailing a two-man sailboat made out of duct tape in San Francisco's bay. (A steel frame for the latter: basically a duct tape version of the old "hide stretched over wood" method.)

And Adam? (beard)
So very gay. I thought it was my imagination until this episode, when he was hamming up enjoying a rubber suit (again). Then one of the other team members working on the cannon joked that they had to remember Adam's favorite piece of wisdom and apply lots of lube. Okay, okay, I'm not imagining it.

I'm not sure if Jamie (hat) is his RL partner or only his TV partner, but the more I watch, the more I am beginning to suspect they're slipping things past the TV execs. Jamie normally maintains a macho deadpan through the entire show, yet he paused a split second to leer at the camera before he began taping up Adam. AHEM.

Coincidentally, they live in SF.

So, in short, the Mythbusters are GAY MAD SCIENTISTS WHO BLOW THINGS UP.

With some demented sidekicks playing the part of graduate student interns.
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