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  1. I know a little of how you feel. I started watching the show in 2012, but I didn’t join the forum (or fandom) until just after S4 had finished airing, so I only caught the tail-end of fandom heyday. I’m a little bummed for missing out.
  2. That’s one kind, although I wouldn’t even really put shows like that (e.g. “Survivor”) in the survivalist category. They’re more like game shows/popularity contests. I was thinking more along the lines of “Naked and Afraid”, “Alaskan Bush People”, “Mountain Men”, “Survivorman”, etc. There are tons of them, it’s apparently a very popular subject. But most of them I would consider to be either too gimmicky or not close enough to actual survival conditions, even if they’re entertaining.
  3. I don’t have specific examples at the moment, but I’ve experienced these same issues on many occasions.
  4. I see: So what has actually changed is the Comic Sans font itself here. It used to look like this and was the most infamous font on the internet: And that is what I still see on my laptop. Guess they finally decided to give traditional Comic Sans an update which my laptop can’t interpret for some reason.
  5. I don't care too much for survivalist shows generally, but I really like "Alone" on the History Channel. "It follows the self-documented daily struggles of 10 individuals as they survive in the wilderness for as long as possible using a limited amount of survival equipment. With the exception of medical check-ins, the participants are isolated from each other and all other humans. They may "tap out" at any time, or be removed due to failing a medical check-in. The contestant who remains the longest wins a grand prize of $500,000." For me it's quite a relaxing show, not too gimmicky, and it's interesting to see how they handle the isolation and adapt their survival techniques to their surroundings. The current season (7) is running now, and previous seasons are up on Netflix, Hulu, and Prime (I think). Probably elsewhere as well.
  6. As for movies that aren't documentaries, lately I've seen: "Hamilton". Excellent, excellent excellent. Deserves all the praise it's received. And I don't like too many musicals. Available via Disney+. "The Story of Robin Hood". An older version of Robin Hood I'd never seen before, and one of the better ones, in my opinion. "To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters". Quite good, but ends rather sadly. I never knew they had such a tumultuous family life. "The Help". Been wanting to see this one for a long time, and liked it. Sad subject, but I knew that going in. "My Spy". I had a few chuckles, but I'd hoped it would be funnier than it was. "Cosmos". I loved this movie at the start, much more than I expected to. I thought I was turning on a sci-fi popcorn flick about aliens, and ended up with a story about healing a friendship, life's disappointments, and the love of discovery, with a sci-fi bent. It was long and slow, but not so much that I was bored, and that's what I was in the mood for anyway. I was really liking it until the last half hour or so, when it got super cheesy and melodramatic. That kinda ruined it, but I liked the rest enough that I would still give it a high rating. It was also a pretty movie, for those who appreciate good cinematography.
  7. I've been watching tons of documentaries lately, all on Prime (sorry, non-Prime people). "The Dust Bowl", and "American Experience: Blackout". I've seen these two before. "The Dust Bowl" is a 2-parter about the drought, dust storms, and irresponsible agricultural habits that nearly turned the Oklahoma Panhandle and surrounding states into a desert during the Great Depression. I rewatch it every few years, I just find it so fascinating. "Blackout" is about the 1977 power blackout in New York and the ensuing chaos and destruction. "Snowdonia 1890". A miniseries about 2 modern-day Welsh families living for a month on a smallholding in Snowdonia as if the year were 1890. "Angel of Nanjing". The Yangtze River Bridge in China is the most popular place in the world to commit suicide. A man named Chen Si voluntarily spends his weekends patrolling the bridge to stop people from killing themselves. "One Child Nation". The impact of China's one-child policy on Chinese families. "It's a Girl". Female infanticide around the world, particularly China and India. "Most Likely to Succeed" (2019). A filmmaker follows 4 people who were voted 'most likely to succeed' in high school and documents their evolving lives over 10 years. "Plastic China". Follows two families working on a rural "plastic farm", where plastic waste from other countries (and their own) is imported and recycled. "Signs of Humanity". An artist roadtrips across America, buying and collecting signs from the homeless for his art project. "Fasting". The different types of fasting and their health benefits. "West by Orphan Train". Between 1854 and 1929, an estimated 250,000 orphans were transported by train from overcrowded East Coast cities to farmers in the Midwest with the hope they would have better lives. "No Impact Man". A man and his family devote one year to reducing their waste and living without amenities that impact the environment. So no electricity (lights, TV, fridge, etc.), no gas-powered vehicles, no throw-away food containers, no eating out (organic, seasonal, and locally-grown food only), no coffee, no toilet paper, no disposable diapers, etc. This one I had to find on YouTube. "Just Eat It". A couple investigates massive food waste and tries to reduce their own waste by living on discarded or rejected food for 6 months. "Wheat and Tares". Follows a few of the people who believed the world was going to end on May 21, 2011, with interviews before and briefly after the date. "Happy". An exploration of what makes people happy. "Out in the Cold". Two filmmakers see what it's like to spend a week homeless in the midst of a Minnesota winter. "Generation Wealth". How the single-minded pursuit of wealth has affected society and individuals. Interesting, but lots of nudity, and will mostly make you sick at the corruption. "Consumed". The psychology behind consumerism. "Drying for Freedom". People who are fighting for the right to dry their clothes on lines instead of in a dryer.
  8. No, that wasn't discussed. It delved into circadian rhythm, melatonin, light wavelengths and all that. Sorry, I've forgotten some of the details now. Might be a little complex for bullet points anyway.
  9. I noticed that as well, but it depends on which device I'm using. On my laptop yours and Carols look like Comic Sans, but on mobile they look like some kind of scripty cursive font.
  10. I second that, or at least the possibility. I saw my cat do that to my chair on multiple occasions, before he got too old and chubby.
  11. Considering this is a bad puns thread, should I be ashamed to say that I got it instantly?
  12. Also "Gary Stu" (which I hear more than "Marty Stu").
  13. "Lights Out!", a PBS documentary currently available on Amazon Prime. Discusses how light affects our health. Very interesting, some compelling science there.
  14. Lol, good point! I do like being able to keep up.
  15. Certainly. I'm not opposed to new members, by any means (I was new not so long ago). It's been a bit too quiet here lately. I was just saying that I think interest in the show has waned significantly, both with older members and with the general population, so I hope newer members won't be too disappointed if they encounter that on the forum. Even if we get a few members who are new to the show, discussions probably aren't going to be as active as they were when the show was still running new episodes. It's sad to think about, but most people have moved on. That's a good way of looking at it.
  16. Major Hewlett was my fave! Love him. I agree. For me the first season was just good enough, and I mostly kept watching because the subject matter was interesting enough to give it a fair chance. I'm glad I stuck with it, because it took a turn (haha) in season 2 and just got better from there. It's unfortunate that the first season wasn't quite as captivating, it probably lost a lot of viewers who gave up too soon.
  17. I don't think the forum will gain popularity unless the show sees a resurgence. I try to keep some of the general chat threads alive by posting pictures and such when I have time. But as far as the Sherlock-related threads, there isn't a lot that hasn't already been discussed at length by the members who still visit, and most of them don't seem to have any desire to revisit the show at this point in time. So I think it will be difficult to get people involved in those conversations again.
  18. Yes! I too discovered JJ Feild on "Turn". Love the character, love the show! I can't get anyone else to try it though, lol. (Also enjoy characters like Loki and Kylo for the same reason. )
  19. I've even been known to go back and edit a post days, weeks, or even months later, if there's a word I want to change.
  20. Lol, true! I just didn't want to overexplain or elaborate too much, since no one actually asked for the information. I try to curtail my tendency to educate people on subjects they never wanted to be educated on (a 'fault' I'm oft criticized for). Anyway, Carol and I will be teaching a Japanese language class on Wednesdays at 8/7c, if anyone's interested.
  21. I was thinking the same. I thought it might even be the Romaji spelling of “cats”, but apparently that is “kyattsu”. I would like to add (because I can’t help myself ) that when ‘su’ comes at the end of a word, the ‘u’ is usually silent or almost silent, sounding more like a heavy ‘s’ or very quick ‘u’. Which is why in Romaji (the phonetic spelling of English words in Japanese), you will often see English words that end in ‘s’ with a ‘u’ tacked on at the end (as in ‘kyattsu’ above).
  22. Somehow I knew he'd be a black cat, lol. I donno why, that's just what I pictured.
  23. "Just Mercy". (I'd wanted to see it in the theater, but didn't make it before the shutdown.) Very sad, but very good. It's a free rental on Amazon Prime right now.
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