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Posted on Friday 31 October 2014 at 4:34 pm

Oh, Bugger, BBC!


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BBC changed their iplayer settings specifically to break download programs like the one I currently use for radio stuff. There's currently a backdoor that still works but is extra work. As long as it keeps working, I don't really mind the extra work. If they manage to close it off, too, I'll be rather annoyed. The sad thing is that I'd gladly listen without any of this unofficial stuff if they'd just give me the option to listen on my iphone without being connected to the internet (so temporary downloads like for TV rather than just streaming as is the only current option for radio) and the ability to buy anything I want to keep. That's it. I'd give them more money if only they'd let me, but to not give me that option and then to take away the only thing that works is just ridiculous!

Also, I've clearly decided to stop doing the weekly/bi-weekly schedule posts. It was getting to be too much work and no one was really commenting so didn't seem worth it. I still want to do review posts of stuff I've listened to and will try to get some of those up soon. I've got a bit of a backlog.

Tangentially related: in my class this week, we were discussing a book about Hitler and Stalin and their respective dictatorial systems. I told my students today that I'd watched the John Hurt film version of 1984 on Sunday then started the Dictators reading on Monday so that was interesting. They asked why I did that and I said I'd not been thinking about class at all but rather Stephen Fry had mentioned on a recent QI that he'd never read 1984 but had seen the amazing film version whereas I've read the book many times but never seen the film and he made it sound cool so I decided to get it and watch it. I then realized that I was getting several blank stares so I said something about how at least half of them probably had no idea what that sentence meant and one kid replied "I understood it, but that had to be the most British, or at least most BBC, sentence imaginable!" I think he should get bonus points for at least knowing QI=BBC.

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qwentoozla at 11:48 pm on 31 October 2014 (UTC) (Link)
I then realized that I was getting several blank stares so I said something about how at least half of them probably had no idea what that sentence meant and one kid replied "I understood it, but that had to be the most British, or at least most BBC, sentence imaginable!"

That's so funny! It's weird being an American fan of British things, I find, because you know what everything is, but when you start to mention a thing to someone else, you often find that you have to explain a bunch of other things before your original comment will make any kind of sense.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 12:25 pm on 02 November 2014 (UTC) (Link)
It's weird being an American fan of British things
It really is! I forget sometimes that people just won't know much of what I'm talking about. Many of my closest friends know a reasonable amount of BBC stuff, but outside that circle, so many of my "jokes" fall flat as people just don't get the references.
Shezan
shezan at 1:38 am on 01 November 2014 (UTC) (Link)
This culture thing, it will take you places, like, yanno!

I was hugely enjoying your bi-weekly schedule posts, but I do understand they're work. Perhaps just a list monthly?

Edited at 2014-11-01 01:39 am (UTC)
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 12:23 pm on 02 November 2014 (UTC) (Link)
I might try to do the radio listened to reviews either bi-weekly or monthly, because I definitely do want to get back to those, and maybe add the things airing about which I'm most excited. If I do only the things on the schedule about which I'm most excited rather than everything that sounds vaguely interesting, it would save me a great deal of time and probably keep me more excited about doing it.


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