Category Archives: Television

Coming soon to a screen near you… – Talkin' Television – Talkin’ Television


The next addition to the Boards Group will be, deviating a bit from my previous set of country-specific sites to offer a general forum for worldwide television discussion. I’m still setting this up but you can certainly login (reusing your account if you had one) and test out the forums… Enjoy!


Martin Sheen, NUI Galway (and Ireland's) most famous mature student

I’ve been seeing lots of Martin Sheen in the Irish media recently. For those of you who don’t know, the West Wing actor and movie star is currently finishing up his semester as a mature student at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he was studying English literature, philosophy and oceanography.

Martin Sheen is probably used to playing courageous characters on screen, but with all his accompanying fame I think that enrolling as an undergraduate student at NUI Galway must have taken more courage than you would expect from a typical Hollywood celebrity.

Also of note is his work for various charities while he has been in Galway. He need not have bothered, but he deserves our respect for doing so…

Here’s a funny quote from Martin Sheen in today’s Irish Independent:

Despite his instantly recognisable features, there were a few students who did not recognise the actor, but one of his favourite anecdotes concerns one who obviously did:

“Is it yourself?” the student inquired when he came across Sheen wandering around the campus, apparently lost.

“It is,” said Sheen.

“Where is your minder?” the young man demanded.

Sheen said he didn’t know what a “minder” was. “Your bodyguard,” came the reply. “I don’t have one,” said the actor.

“More power to you,” said the student and off he went.

Other articles about Martin Sheen at NUI Galway from The Guardian, The Irish Examiner, The Washington Post, BBC News, and The Sunday Times.

Testing the Slingbox

Sling Media

A friend of mine has a Slingbox in New York, and he’s been showing me it in operation. Here is a screenshot of the news / sports program from 15 minutes ago.


For those who don’t know what a Slingbox is, it’s basically a network-enabled device that allows you to watch your cable TV / satellite / DVR / whatever from home wherever you are over the Internet. Pretty cool huh? I am scanning through 200+ US TV stations right now. I can see that downloading TV shows may be replaced for some by such a device.

The quality is good, probably similar to VCD quality or something but I imagine this can only improve as broadband speeds increase. Response to remote control actions are fast, and it’s also nice to be able to control the TV guide through the Slingbox (shown below).


I want one! Actually I want one in every country they are licensed in…

Last Month I've Been Mostly Watching…

Here’s some of my television viewing for February…

Battlestar Galactica (Season 2)
Crime Scene Investigation (Season 6, Five)
CSI: NY (Season 2, Five)
Desperate Housewives (Season 2, RTE2)
Life On Mars (Season 1, BBC1)
Lost (Season 2)
Masterchef Goes Large (Season 2, BBC2)
Relocation, Relocation (Channel 4)
Smallville (Season 5)
Stargate: Atlantis (Season 2)
Stargate: SG-1 (Season 1)
Star Trek: Enterprise (Season 4)

Edit: Nearly forgot Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 4)

Pay Per Podcast (Ricky Gervais)

I heard recently that Guardian Unlimited | Ricky Gervais | Ricky Gervais podcast will soon become a paid download.

Nick Mailer, web host for the Ricky Gervais podcast: “podcasts are to radio what blogs are to newspapers”.

There was a story on Sky News a week-and-a-half ago (which was shown on Five News the week before that) about the Ricky Gervais podcast becoming the most popular podcast so far, and thereby entering the Guinness book of records. On the story, the podcast show’s producer Karl Pilkington was “joking” that they should charge ÂŁ1 per podcast downloaded. Seems it wasn’t a joke after all…

Many others (trackbacked) seem to disagree with this move, and won’t the paid podcasts end up on BitTorrent eventually anyway?