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Thu, Jul 3rd - 10:57PM

Rare Television Shows

Ever tried to find a rare television series in a store that sells DVDs? Or even a popular one from the 1980s or 1990s?

The award winning Magnum P.I. for example... The A. Team or Airwolf? Or the Australian version of the Mission Impossible series? Or how about going back even farther, The Saint series starring Roger Moore before he became James Bond?

These are the kinds of things I look for on a regular basis... and alas, almost never find.

But thanks to the Napster Revolution, LimeWire, Torrrents files, or whatever program many of us choose to use we can download those old TV shows and watch them (sometimes with the old ads, which is really cheesy, but whatever).

Its nice to find the DVDs in a store, but when they're simply not available (I've also been searching for Adderly, a show that later inspired The X-Files, with no results at all) a person doesn't have much choice but to look online. They're just not popular for some reason or another, or companies don't think they're popular enough... not sure what the deal is. Depending on whether the show has a cult following or not it will be online for download... or not.

Would it be too much to ask that the cable industry hurry up with "On Demand Television"? It would be nice to just pay a cable subscription fee and be able to just click on the TV and watch any show a person feels like, even one that is decades old and not that popular, and to be able to binge on it WITHOUT ads.

If a person is paying for the cable subscription they certainly shouldn't have to sit through 8 minutes of ads every half hour.

I think that is one of the drawing points of free TV downloads online... almost no ads. It is what the public wants and we're willing to pay for it if it means convenience and reliability.

Some TV shows aren't even available on DVD yet. Companies are dragging their feet on the matter. I've been bugging the BBC for years now to release an archtectural/interiow design show called Dreamspaces on DVD... but apparently the BBC doesn't think it was popular enough, despite its value as an educational tool for architecture and interior design students. I even contacted one of the hosts of the show asking if they were ever going to release a DVD and his assistant told me that even they don't have a full set of the 12 episode series. So much for enlightening the public with something educational...

But thanks to someone else who also loved the TV show you can download one episode from this website: Dreamspaces: The ‘Top Gear’ of Architecture.

Obviously in the future Television and the Internet will merge into one thing... just wish they'd do it faster.

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Thu, Jul 3rd - 9:35AM

Oil prices soar past $146.

$146.69 a barrel is the new record oil price today in overseas trading, up from $70 this time last year.

In early June, Morgan Stanley analyst Ole Slorer predicted oil prices could reach $150 by the July 4 weekend, preceding a nearly $11 one-day jump in the Nymex contract. If oil prices jump another $3.31 his prediction will be correct.

U.S. employers cut payrolls by 62,000 in June, the sixth straight month of nationwide job losses, underscoring the economy's fragile state. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent. The weak economy has U.S. consumers cutting back on driving and trying out hypermiling.

OPEC meanwhile is predicting oil prices to reach $170 before the end of 2008.

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