Michael Pereckas (beige_alert) wrote,
Michael Pereckas
beige_alert

Let's over-analyze the TV show

On cable TV something calling itself the "Science Channel" runs a show called "Outrageous Acts of Science."  This consists of video culled from YouTube of people hurting themselves, with a panel of experts with various recognizable credentials in science or engineering commenting with a mixture of science (this happens because of conservation of angular momentum) and snark (I like this video because it illustrates the flow of heat from an idiot into a heat sink).  As someone who enjoys the effects of ethanol on the central nervous system, I think this show is an excellent show to watch while drinking, because alcohol makes TV funny.

I have no particular knowledge of the mechanics of putting the show together, but it appears as though each expert is individually brought in, sat in a Comfy Chair,  they record a bunch of science/snark, and eventually it's all edited  together into a series of episodes.

Something about having people sit in Comfy Chairs brings out differences in posture.  (Somehow I've gotten sensitized to this and notice it.)  The men mostly-in varying degrees-sit back and sprawl out, seemingly trying to fill as much space as possible, in time-honored gender-stereotype manner.  The women perch at the front, legs crossed tightly, leaning forward just a bit, filling much less space.  One of the men is more tightly curled than the others, though.  Carin Bondar tends to sit with her legs up on the cushion, cross-legged or sitting on one.  In that respect Carin and I are very much alike.  (Otherwise, we're not so alike.  She's a biologist studying entire animals.  As a chemist I stick to molecules.)  (On the third hand, like Carin, I like talking about penises. So if you see someone curled up on top of a chair talking about penises, it could be either of us.  If you saw it on the Science Channel, however, it was her.)
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