The History International Channel
Programming dull and repetitive. Makes one yearn for the Nixon, Hitler, Chupacabra "documentaries" of "basic cable." Occasional highlights this week limited to Drive Through History
, for the lazy and comatose, and perennial did-they-or-didn't-they-find-Troy shows for armchair Schliemanns.
Of course there is also some mild to moderate media coverage over the James Cameron/Discovery Channel "Jesus' Tomb" nonsense which everyone knows anyway is nonsense.
Recent discovery: HD Discovery Channel programming differs slightly from "basic cable" Discovery. This means little.
World News Europe: CNN
The Kremlin is probably encouraging xenophobia. The news broadcast said some other things too, but depended mostly on the use of images of youths beating each other up, giving Nazi salutes, wearing a lot of denim, etc. The program was broken up with a lot of interior and exterior shots of St. Basil's. I liked that part.
Fight Science: The National Geographic Channel
Compared efficacy of modes of armed and unarmed combat vis-à-vis physics. Employed the phrase "battle of pure geometry" successfully. Persuaded viewers to dedicate life to something useful (i.e. Brazilian Jiujitsu).
The Dream of Gerontius: Ovation
A performance of Elgar's "The Dream of Gerontius" was on this morning and it was boring. What I mean is that all the commentary about it was really neato, but then I got bored with the music. I usually equate boredom with programs of educational value, so jolly good.
Today I would have liked to see a program on medieval display armor vs. battle armor. And I would hope some of it would have to do with sex. I am told that some suits of armor included up to 155 pieces!