Has anyone else seen then new Grizz band saw in the 2006 Mythbusters?
The show is ridiculously careful not to give free plugs, to the point
of blurring guest's t-shirts, but it's hard to miss the ridiculous
"G0555" across the top of the saw. <G> One of the only other
identifiers I ever seen on the show that wasn't blurred is the
P-O-W-E-R-M-A-T-I-C along the top of the table saw fence.
It always amazes me how many people will talk about a TV show and, when you
tell them you have no idea what it is, will express disbelief or think you
are "out of touch". Surprising as it might seem, there are still some of us
that are not addicted to the electronic time waster.
Unfortunately if you are sufficiently geeky to know about usenet and
like to build things you have no excuse not to know about Mythbusters.
It's a fact.
I'm still kinda peeved they can't grasp the concept of wood grain in
the splitting an arrow myth though.
Yes, I agree. I watch almost no television other than the occasional
sporting event. I was out with some folks last night that brought up
half a dozen shows with which I was completely unfamiliar. Based on
the content of the discussion, though, it didn't appear that I was
depriving myself of much. YMMV.
When I was younger (than I am now at 35) I watched a lot of tube. Now
I prefer to live, rather than live vicariously.
I'm a certified geek and have been a denizen of Usenet for about thirty
years, and I am a serious amateur woodworker - but I know nothing about this
I gather that it is a humorous attempt to dispel urban rumors. DO they
actually use any hard science or do they just do backyard experiments that
involve blowing things up? In other words, have they advanced beyond beign
adolescents with a home chemistry set?
If this is what you think of as a fact, I have my answer about the show.
They are somewhere in between. First they try to prove/disprove the
myth as stated. If the myth proves false they then take progressively
larger liberties trying to make the spirit of the myth occur. For
example, in the last episode they tested whether a raft filled with
helium could lift a person off the ground. Well it's not much fun to
fill a raft with helium and have it do the obvious. So the next step
is to figure out how huge a raft would have to be to actually do it
and then build it. They are Hollywood effects guys so they are real
good at finding practical solutions for physical tests. They are less
good about things like getting enough data to have statistical
This quote from a recent online chat they had pretty much covers it:
"Unfortunately, in the interests of the time constraints put on us by
American television, some things end up on the cutting room floor. And
it has always ticked Jamie off a little bit that the show seems to
favor me falling on my ass over him explaining some esoteric concept."
I think the best part is they show their mistakes, and for the most
part they'll admit to them, and if necessary come back and revisit the
myth in a later show to get it right. Still waiting for an admission
of royally screwing up that arrow myth though.
It's a fact that neither of you have any excuse. You may want to
check the expiration date on your geek certificate. The two of you
aren't a statistically large enough sample to disprove me.
You're not as much of a geek as you think you are.
Google and Wikipedia BOTH have full descriptions and official sites
that would have told you all about it once you heard about it here.
Sorry, please leave your geek pass with the receptionist, it's been
Robert still qualifies as Geek. Arguably an Out of Date Geek, perhaps,
but a geek who's not current on kinda geeky tv shows is still a geek.
One could even claim that although the audience for Mythbusters is
heavily geek, that's not their intended audience.
If Robert had said he didn't know about Robot Wars or Battlebots, now
that WOULD be grounds for a geek tribunal.
No, first they proved that the myth was false, they filled a raft with
helium and it couldn't even lift it's own weight. So they tried a
variety of rafts with the same results. Myth busted. Then they try
to replicate the spirit of the myth if they can. Whether or not they
can replicate the spirit of the myth, it was busted the minute the
raft failed to float.
First and formost, it is a TV show. As such, they have both time and
budgetary constraints. But as special effects guys, they can be wildly
creative within those constraints. Added to this is that they are kinda
funny guys. Add a demented support staff, including at least one totally hot
babe, it can get humorous at times.
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