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“Christmas At Belmont 2013” On PBS Is Nearly As Good As Last Year’s “Christmas At Luther”.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Click to access. Includes embedded, representative video. Please watch. It will do you some good.

Click to access. Includes embedded, representative video. Please watch. It will do you some good.

I recorded this from PBS either Thursday night or Friday night.

I have already listened to parts of it. It is VERY GOOD. Actually amazing.
That we have kids that are this talented is sobering.
Wow. Wow. Wow.

Those parents deserve to be so proud.

BRAVO Belmont.

Watch out for the French Horn brigade. Impressive, visually and auditorily.

They play a mean Xylophone too.

Maybe as good as “Christmas at Luther” on PBS last year. I actually recorded that, again, from PBS earlier this past week — though it was but the rerun of the 2012 program. My 2012 recording was on my DISH DVR. Got rid of DISH in June. So I had lost the recording. The new recording is on my DirecTV ‘Genie’ DVR — which is not the greatest DVR, but the only one I have.

I checked the PBS listing. They are airing ‘Belmont’ on Monday, December 23, and on Christmas Eve (which usually is on December 24 (unless of course if it is a Leap Year when Passover happens ahead of Yum Kippur with Orion in the house of Ishta ahead of a Venus transit of Mars)).


Reasons 167 To 168 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#167. On Tuesday we, as a family, were watching a Hallmark movie. Come bedtime for the kids, I stopped the movie using the STOP button. That took us back to the recorded event ‘box’ — which has the options listed on the left hand side starting with PLAY, RESUME etc. DONE is right at the bottom. So I am scrolling down to DONE when the screen goes blank. No sound. Another bloody black screen from DirecTV. Could not go back to before. used Channel select to get out. Then checked movie via LIST. It was still there. Damn strange. Very annoying.

#168. Selecting FAVORITES, with either remote, has become a total bloody crap shoot. Hardly ever works first time. You got to keep on pressing it hoping that it will work. Amazing. Pitiful engineering. Cheap technology. Useless company.


Reasons 157 To 166 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access. DirecTV technical, or more to the point non-technical, forums. Bloody DirecTV.

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#157 – #166. As is my norm, being a news junkie, around 6:30 pm today (later than usual since we went swimming in the lake), I sat down in front of the big TV and turned the bloody Genie and the TV on. Blank screen. BLACK. Nothing. NADA. Again. Messed around. Turned it all off and turned it on again. Nothing. Then tried other channels. Bing. A picture. Tried CNBC. A bloody screen, with blaring music, saying Direc-bloody-TV is experiencing technical bloody problems. Well in my books they are experiencing problems all the time. No CNN. No CNBC. MSNBC is fine. CNN was back in about an hour. CNBC is still down. At 8pm I came up and did a Google. Appears that this ‘Direc-bloody-TV is experiencing technical bloody problems’ happens OFTEN! Went to the Technical Forum. Found the above message. I hate DirecTV. This counts as at least 10 bloody grievances since I tried to get CNN that many times.

Bloody DirecTV.


Reasons 153 To 156 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#153. Saturday morning I was watching 202, i.e., CNN. I then wanted to watch local news. So punched in 9. ‘9’ appeared at the top as the selected channel. Then the TV screen (and this is on the Genie ‘piece of garbage’ Mini) went black. Dead. Nothing. Nothing. NADA. Just a dead screen. Happened before. Had to use Channel Down. Got Channel 7. Then had to use Channel Up to get 9. Worked fine the 2nd time around.

#154. Genie ‘piece of garbage’ Mini: overall performance is so slow that when you are scrolling down the TV GUIDE it can’t keep up with the Go Up (or Go Down) entries on the remote. So they are buffered. Every once in awhile it catches up … and then goes crazy … does like 20 up (or down) motions at once! It is so pathetic.

#155. Selecting FAVORITES, especially on the Genie ‘piece of garbage’ Mini, takes for ever and a bit longer. You punch the ‘up arrow’ expecting to get the selection box. Nothing. Nothing. NADA. Just when you think it never got it and are getting ready to punch it again, the box comes up. We are talking frozen molasses slow. It is like the Genie is constipated — solid. The Genie and the Genie Mini are not ready for Prime Time. They are still in the early stages of development — riddled with bugs, like maggots on an old hamburger. Unmitigated junk.

#156. I can’t be 100% sure on this so I am listing this with a caveat. On Saturday night, I am sure (I think), that I scheduled Genie ‘piece of garbage’ Mini to record a Zack Brown special. Typically I do all of my recording requests, downstairs, on the Genie. Well, next morning, i.e. Sunday, I went looking for it. Not recorded. Now it is possible that I screwed up. I don’t think so, but I will give DirecTV the benefit of the doubt on this one.


Reasons 151 To 152 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#151. It did it AGAIN. Recorded the same movie TWICE. #51 & #147. As I have said before, I record a lot of movies especially when I have subscription to the premium movie channels. Then I can go for months without a sub. catching up on our backlog. So I hit record whenever I see a promising title. I can’t keep track of what I have already recorded. That is why we have computers. Bloody Genie. Bloody DirecTV. They are so stupid.

#152. The unresponsiveness of the Genie Remote Control when you first get going is getting beyond a joke. We sit there in front of the TV without being able to do nothing other than mutely watch the channel that is playing. The delay seems to be getting longer and it was already at around 4 minutes.


Reasons 149 To 150 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#149. It happened again … NO PLAYBACK of recorded program on the Genie ‘piece of garbage’ Mini. This time it was movie. I wanted to check it out to see what it was like. Selected it from the recorded list and hit play. BLACK, bloody screen. Same as #144. Nothing. NADA. Not even static. Had to punch 202 and get out. Tried again. Nothing. Then I hit FF … after a few minutes got video! This is garbage.

#150. Activating MUTE on the Genie ‘piece of garbage’ Mini continues to confound me. Not a record. #125. 4 attempts this morning. Record is bloody 6.


Reasons 147 To 148 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#147. The bloody Genie actually did IT. It recorded the same movie twice and even created a folder to store the 2 copies of the movie! I had discovered this bug on July 2. See #51. This time I didn’t spot the duplicate. But, I noticed I had a new folder. Same movie twice. How stupid can you get.

#148. Discovered today that Genie being on doesn’t really help with the no response from remote controller for 4 minutes problem. The TV has to be on too! Amazing.


Reasons 144 To 146 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#144. This morning, while having my coffee (in bed), I decided to continue watching the Smithsonian ChannelThe Real Story: The Da Vinci Code‘ documentary I had been watching the day before [I a Da Vinci code buff (as you might expect)]. I selected it from the LIST and hit resume. Screen went black. Nothing. I tried FF. Nothing. Just another black screen. No video. I hit 202, went back to watching CNN and then hit LIST again. Selected the show. No RESUME! As if I had never watched the show. Only option was PLAY. So I had to FF. Bloody Genie ‘piece of unmitigated garbage’ Mini.

#145. I discovered that fiddling with the battery cover on the Genie Mini remote is equivalent to PREV! I kid you not. I just pressed it out a bit. Did NOT even open it wide enough to see the batteries. I then pushed it shut. It immediately went from CNN to CNBC! It did a PREV.

#146. This evening, yet again, I am trying to work out how many programs I have recorded. I went through all the damn menus. There is an HISTORY that tells me that I have recorded 360 programs in 31 days. But not how many I currently have in my LIST. How stupid can you be. Idiots. Morons.


Reasons 141 To 143 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#141. Last night, and I am not kidding (since this is no joking matter), I had a nightmare that DirecTV was overcharging me! What is scary here, is that, as I talked about in this post, I rarely, if ever, have bad dreams let alone a nightmare. So DirecTV really is getting to me.

#142. My nightmare came true! Just as they did last month, #9, they charged my credit card BEFORE they sent me a billing statement for the month! That has to be illegal. I don’t know of any other company that does that. But, f*ing DirecTV is above the law.

#143. Deanna told me tonight that she is so fed up with the slow response times with DirecTV that she has stopped turning on the TV! DirecTV is damaging the whole industry.


Reasons 138 To 140 Of The 1,001 Reasons I Really, Really HATE DirecTV.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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#138. During the last two nights I have noticed that scrolling down any of the lists, PLAYLIST or TO DO LIST, has become very jerky and erratic. Yet, another damn irritation.

#139. All the movie channels about 540 (or thereabouts) are getting juggled. I hate this. You get to know a sequence of Channels and these F*kers change it. Can’t even read the GUIDE in that region. Every other line is ‘this channel is being moved … ‘ damn message. Damn DirecTV.

#140. Went to Boston for the day to meet some folks. Would you believe it … what the f*k was following me as I walked the beautiful Boston harbor waterfront. The bloody, damn, F*ing DirecTV bloody blimp flashing annoying bloody messages. It really ruined my afternoon. Bloody blimp. Bloody DirecTV.