Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

04 Aug 2003, 11:19 a.m.

I find myself watching much more TV than I did…

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2003 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I find myself watching much more TV than I did just two months ago. After all, now I have a TV, and also Leonard just got a TiVo (I'm sure he'll tell you about that soon) so we can watch all the Emeril we can handle. My opinion: I believe that TiVos should come automatically programmed to capture Star Trek reruns of all generations except Voyager, and also Iron Chef, because who buys a TiVo and yet does not want Star Trek and Iron Chef? Also, it is really fun to give three thumbs-down to "Step by Step" (the Suzanne Somers sitcom) and the like. Finally, reviews that actually affect the behavior of other entities! (Namely, the automatic recommendations.)

More to the "point" of this entry, I now watch "Malcolm in the Middle," a Sunday Fox sitcom. The theme song, "Boss of Me," is yet another mainstream They Might Be Giants offering (cf. "Istanbul" in "Animaniacs"). This morning I still shuddered at the awful stupid destructive behavior offered last night by the stupid character in "Malcolm in the Middle," and it struck me that the phrase in the title, "Boss of Me," probably derives in this usage from the Monica Lewinsky apocrypha that, as a tot, she would complain at scolds and say to the scolder, "You're not the boss of me!" I first heard this from the British lips of Simon Stow, so now "Malcolm in the Middle" is linked in my mind with Simon leading political science discussions and throwing in lots of Simpsons references, so it's all full circle.