Monday, March 20, 2006

Question 31

Has the quality of your life increased or decreased with the invention (and your usage of) the internet?

What is the all time best sitcom ever?

Who here secretly likes some of Barry Manilow's songs? Weekend in New England? Mandy? I Write the Songs? I Made it Through the Rain? Anyone? Bueller?

17 Comments:

At 10:37 AM , Blogger Tamara said...

DECREASED DECREASED DECREASED! In some ways. Ok, and increased in others. Ambivalence!

Best sitcom ever? I could watch Disney's "Even Stevens" every day seven times a day and four times an hour on the weekends.

I don't know any Manilow songs. I've heard the first 60 seconds of Copa Cabana... But he doesn't "sing" it. He...talks. I can't condone that. ;)

 
At 11:19 AM , Blogger Higgy said...

Increased - I'm able to telecommute and interact with people all over the world via the internet.

Friends. Unless I can call The Simpsons a sitcom.

I think I found myself singing along to Copacabana once when I was drunk - otherwise, no.

 
At 1:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Increased (because of telecommuting, email, creative outlet, and greater access to misinformation than I ever dreamed possible).

Probably Seinfeld, or The Simpsons. Or the Gary Shandling Show. Remember that?

I don't like Barry, but I probably dislike him more because it's fun to than because of the fact that his music single handedly killed three hundred of my closest friends.

-cbol

 
At 3:53 PM , Blogger Mad Scientist said...

1) increased- with out the internet I may never have met Weasel and he has so greatly increased the quality of my life as have many other bloglits. Also it is the best way to kill time, but look busy when you have writers block.

2) I have to go with Simpsons.

3) Not a BM fan. Probably never will be. I do like Bett Midler and he use to play/write for her so that might count I guess. I had to hum Mandy once during cranium and it was torture.

 
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At 4:49 PM , Anonymous insomniac said...

1) increased, i now have access to current scientific knowledge, up-to-date news and information and ummm... lots of useful stuff for example, as student made a video of their friend dancing to the 'Numa numa' song and i instantly recognized it.

2) since 'simpson's' and 'seinfeld' have been taken, i will say 'M*A*S*H'

3) nope, not at all, although he did save my life in 'Nam.

 
At 5:02 PM , Blogger punky said...

1. Increased: I write more, communicate with friends more (I hate the phone), I read the news more, I laugh more, I learn more and it was very helpful as a sort of salve when I was going through a really hard time a while back.
Decreased: At times I have spent too much time on blogs and surfing at the expense of my work, social life and sanity. There are warning signs when that happens and I'll usually make necessary adjustments when I start to spend too much time on the net.

2. I'd have to go with The Cosby Show. Especially in its prime.
Followed very closely by Cheers.

3. I am such a mush. I love sentimental soft rock cheese! Did I mention that I cried like a baby when I watch the movie Eight Below? Light weight candy ass. That's me. And damn proud of it!

 
At 5:06 PM , Blogger punky said...

Oh Mandy ... well you came and you gave without taking ... and I sent you away ... ooooh Mandy!

*cheesy grin*

 
At 6:59 PM , Anonymous boo augustus said...

1) I like the internet because I am easily able to go online and buy the toys that I didn't get when I was a kid, plus I can buy some of the toys that I did have when I was a kid. For instance, my grnadmother would by me Whitman press out books every summer when I visited: airports, rodeos, castles, safaris, etc. I have purchased them on eBay. I hope to play with them with my nieces.

Actually, I'd say it's not really the internet in general but eBay and Google that have increased the quality of my life. It's almost like the computer on Star Trek NG. "Google, what are the lyrics to Mandy?" BAM! There you have them.

Oh, and I've mad some interesting friends online.

2. Friends, I really bonded with some fellow law students over the first season. Others, in no particular order: Seinfeld, Cheers, Will & Grace, AbFab, Designing Women, Newhart, Third Rock, News Radio, Mash and All in The Family.

3. I honestly am not familiar enough with BM to pass judgment, although the fact that I don't own any BM probably says alot.

 
At 8:43 PM , Anonymous kingw said...

punky did you delete my comments from this morning?
Just cause I had Dave autograph my BM greatest hits?

 
At 10:16 PM , Blogger Sarah O. said...

1. Increased because I'm a research freak. The downside is that I'm sitting at the computer way too much. It's addictive and my butt isn't shrinking.

2. Anon has a point. The Larry Sanders Show was fantastic AND it had Chloe in it!

3. I don't know. I like to mock-sing along with them. But I've evidently listened to them enough times to know the melodie and lyrics so maybe I secretly do like them. I'm so confused!

 
At 10:21 PM , Blogger punky said...

kingw ... nope. I only delete my own comments ... never anyone elses ... unless by request from the author.

 
At 11:32 PM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

Scat.. Garry Shandling was pre-Larry Sanders.. featured Garry Shandling as a stand-up comedian. Larry Sanders was great, too, though!

Ummm... changed. I'll presume for the better, because I like to think positive, and I have no idea what life would have been like had the internet never been created. I do spend a lot of time online and I've made many amazing friends, who have changed my life in a great way!

of all time?... there's sooo many! M*A*S*H for it's agelessness,.. Friends because it was specifically aimed at my generation, and I loved it.. it felt like they knew exactly what I was thinking/feeling at times.. Spin City (with MJF.. not the last couple of years!) gets honourable mention, just because of its general brilliance.
I found Seinfeld good, but too obsessive (yes, I know that's the point of Seinfeld, but sometimes I just wanted to slap him.)

Copacabana.. and only because Ross & Rachel sang it at Barry & Mindy's wedding. Otherwise, no.

 
At 12:19 AM , Anonymous Bismuth said...

Overall, I think my QOL has increased. Sure, I could stand to spend a little less time looking at blogs and (this is the tough one) using productivity enhancers, but the convenience of being able to find out just about any bit of information is absolutely wonderful (especially for an inquisitive guy like me).

Is Arrested Development a sitcom? It doesn't have one o' them laugh tracks, and it really feels more like an episodic movie. If not, I'll have to go with Third Rock From the Sun (followed closely by Seinfeld, Frasier, The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Belair, Boy Meets World, The Simpsons, the original Family Guy, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Malcolm in the Middle)

Not I, said the obscure element.

 
At 2:17 PM , Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...

1. increased by far, but Jackie might disagree because of how much time I spend online. But the friends are worth it. And you can basically find out information about ANYTHING.

2. Well, we love an English show called The Good Life (Good Neighbours when it was shown here), also I Love Lucy (how could NO ONE have mentioned this?), The Bob Newhart Show (the first one, with Emily & Mr. Carlin), & MASH.

3. As long as it's not "Copacabana" I can stand it, but I'm not a BM fan.

 
At 2:18 PM , Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...

Oh, and speaking of British shows:
One Foot in the Grave and As Time Goes By.

 
At 11:37 PM , Blogger Graz said...

1. Yes. I use it to save time at work and in my personal life...pay most of my bills online, met a few folks, learned things I never knew but wanted to, learned things I never knew and wish I still didn't. But when I start spending too much time online, I take a break.

2. Why, "Dave's World" of course.

3. Yeah, I like Mandy, Weekend in New England and Looks Like We Made It.

What? Why are you looking at me like that?

 

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