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Haven’t you got better things to do?

Jesus Is Fucking Metal

This is a track by a lacklustre band that I used to be in called Duncan Idaho. If you get the reference, great; if not, you should probably read more.

We were inspired by inner rage to create this jam, which I named after a Penny Arcade comic (above).

Kill your TV

I watch a powerful amount of crap on the TV, it has to be said. I’m determined to raise the quality bar and reduce the number of shows I watch to only the very best, primo fino alla fine that the medium has to offer. After all, I have a lot else to occupy my time what with Go, reading a cube-shaped book about Dickens, and living the simple, ascetic, minimalist life of a Taoist monk, if it was a Taoist monk that eats a lot of crisps.

So here is my list of allowable shows. Some of them I have already seen but it would be better to watch them again, than to waste my golden autumn years watching lesser forms of entertainmint.

Quality drama

  • Six Feet Under
  • The Sopranos
  • Breaking Bad
  • The Wire
  • Deadwood
  • The Tudors
  • Lost
  • Sherlock
  • Game of Thrones
  • Jonathan Creek
  • Hustle
  • Generation Kill

Classic comedy

  • The Simpsons
  • King of the Hill
  • Seinfeld
  • Frasier
  • Black Books
  • Spaced
  • Father Ted
  • Blackadder
  • Yes Minister


  • Quality documentaries, especially about massive engineering, or space. Or massive space engineering which would be the best.
  • QI which is basically like an evening with me, only with less surprising facts and not as funny jokes.
  • Lavish costume dramas (especially Dickens adaptations.)

I obviously had to eliminate a lot of quite good things in my pursuit of the greatest and most culturally significant TV shows of all time. Basically if we were sending a space probe out to contact alien civilisations, and we put a DVD on board, it is the type of thing that would go on that DVD.

You may disagree with the contents of this list - indeed, you certainly will - and of course you are entitled to your wrong views. Comment if you think I have missed out on something fantastic, because obviously I will never be watching any new shows again, as the list has closed and will remain as it is, for ever. [Updated April 2013]