Tuesday, August 17, 2010


When I was a kid, if you needed to go pee while you were watching TV, you waited for a commercial and then you hurried. If you didn't need to go too bad, you could just make it.

Tonight, while watching the tube, I got up when the commercial came on, went and broke ice from a tray, poured a Sprite over it in a big glass, made microwave popcorn, did ten chin ups, and went pee -- and still got back before the show came on.

And next commercial, I wrote this. And edited it on the next commercial.



BoDiddles said...

So, what you're saying is... That nowadays there's more commercial than show. Because we're more materialistic than we used to be.

Justin said...

That begs the question: Supinated or pronated chin-ups? ;)

Steve Perry said...

Pronated. In an L-sit. I usually think of chins as done that way, with pull-ups done supinated.

Steve Perry said...

Something like this:


Bobbe Edmonds said...

Something else you notice when you have a TiVo; Commercial volume is at least half as loud as your program. You don't notice it when the volume is normal, but I like to watch Eureka while I cook dinner...And the volume is up to about 70%, & I can hear it normal of veal cutlets frying. When a commercial comes on, BAM! Suddenly, it's WAY too fucking loud. My wife has asked me dozens of times why I suddenly turned the volume up - It's unbelievable what they do to brainwash you.

Steve Perry said...

Well, technically, the commercials aren't louder than the loudest part of the program, because the FCC says the power output for those can't exceed the peak for the show.

But that's on average.

What this means is that if you are watching something that has the 1812 Overture playing at some point, or a screaming truck crash, the peak level of *that* sound determines how loud the commercial can be -- that is, the *loudest* sound in the program becomes the *constant* sound on the ad.

Justin said...

Silly me -- right there commenting on that old post (back when I linked comments to my LJ rather than my Google).

Since then I've really upped my chinup-ability (pullups, too). I usually rep from 15-20, 3 or 4 sets.

I tend to separate ab work from arm work (I have arm slings to do leg lifts), though I'll bust out some of those L-sit ones once in a while -- I usually supinate on those, however.

jks9199 said...

I'm given to understand that what they do on the commmercials is set EVERYTHING to the top volume they can. (My source being, I believe, a TV manual... because the TV had a commercial volume feature that would drop the volume down for them.)