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Okay. So I finally gave in and got a functional TV with functional TV stations, after about 8 years of living in a non-TV state. For the most part, I don't see that changing.

But I have gotten hooked on Mythbusters. Mad scientists. (In fact they are mostly engineers who used to work as special FX creators. Clever of them to find a new way to repackage their skills, as so many blowing-things-up FX are now digital.)

Every show, they test popular myths with various wacky science experiments, whenever possible to the point of catastrophic (and spectacular) failure.

This one is unusual in that it's not testing a myth and nothing explodes (live audience, bad idea), but it appeals to me for geeky computer nerd reasons. Here, they built a couple robots for a live demo of the difference between traditional processors and parallel processors.

Tonight's TV episode was devoted to testing the properties of duct tape, from Jamie taping Adam to a piece of plywood and testing to see if he'd hang upside down -- a process both seemed to enjoy very much -- to creating a fully functional black powder cannon made out of duct tape, to picking up a car with duct tape (only 100 pieces were needed -- who knew?) to creating and sailing a two-man sailboat made out of duct tape in San Francisco's bay. (A steel frame for the latter: basically a duct tape version of the old "hide stretched over wood" method.)

And Adam? (beard)
So very gay. I thought it was my imagination until this episode, when he was hamming up enjoying a rubber suit (again). Then one of the other team members working on the cannon joked that they had to remember Adam's favorite piece of wisdom and apply lots of lube. Okay, okay, I'm not imagining it.

I'm not sure if Jamie (hat) is his RL partner or only his TV partner, but the more I watch, the more I am beginning to suspect they're slipping things past the TV execs. Jamie normally maintains a macho deadpan through the entire show, yet he paused a split second to leer at the camera before he began taping up Adam. AHEM.

Coincidentally, they live in SF.

So, in short, the Mythbusters are GAY MAD SCIENTISTS WHO BLOW THINGS UP.

With some demented sidekicks playing the part of graduate student interns.


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Oct. 15th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
Holy poo.

I thought that I was the only one.

Oct. 15th, 2009 09:56 am (UTC)
They are so VERY funny, but they also explain the science in little bite-sized "Science Museum Demo" slices.

And then they blow something up.

ALWAYS with the blowing things up.
Oct. 15th, 2009 10:37 am (UTC)
Oh, I love this show. Reminds me of summers on the coast with my grandmother and her crazy gay brother. No beard for him, though. Er, no hair at all, really. Possibly all burnt off in some experiment. I was never entirely sure.

Let's just say that the gray squirrel population in a tri-county area has still never recovered from some of his inventions.
Oct. 15th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
There are many slashfics out there re Adam and Jamie (also Grant/Tory slash). Alas, alack, Adam and Jamie are each married to women. But they SURE LAY ON THE SLASH MOMENTS DON'T THEY?
Oct. 15th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Also, Adam reminds us IRRESISTABLY of a certain person that you and I have known for many, many years. There's something about the bounciness and entertainingness and madness.
Oct. 15th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)

Too bad. They ARE doing it on purpose, though, or at least Adam is. I guess -- why should gay men have all the fun?

I am so not surprised people have written slash about them.

And I see the resemblance somewhat to our old friend.
Oct. 15th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
I wubs Mythbusters, I'm surprised you only now have discovered it. :D Adam and Jamie have been buds for like two decades so they may act like bickering old couple. *snerk* But I do recall an episode a couple years ago where Jamie got his hair singed from one of their many explosions of fun and he was going off about his date that night he had to go to and he had no eyebrows anymore. LOL Don't know if it was a guy date but we've always somewhat assumed that. ^_^

Hubby and his brother have semi-resemblences to them and were tempted to be them for Halloween one year but never went through with it. Also, had another friend who met them since a gal pal of his had to help her mom drive a bunch of pigeons and birds up to the bay area for the experiment testing if a truck will indeed become lighter if birds are flying around the inside of a container. Then again, he was more busy flirting with one of the helper girls on the show...
Oct. 15th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
I haven't had a working TV since 2001, and don't go in for TV much. I had heard of the show, but...I think it must've started shortly after I stopped watching.

I did see Junk Yard Wars sometimes. It's one of the few things I miss.
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