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The most astute diagnosticians I encounter on a regular (weekly) basis are "Click and Clack, the Tappitt brothers", on NPR. They are immediately assessing every variable for any possible cause the moment they begin talking to a person with a car problem. They are insightful and compassionate about the foibles of people. They know their shit about cars. And they are funny. Every time someone tells me that they just can't stand Car Talk, I start wondering what their issue is with Italians, or with automobiles, or WHAT?

may look like axis shift
normal: leads 1, 2, 3, AVF all above baseline
left deviation: neg in AVF, 2, 3
right deviation: QRS neg in lead 1, pos in AVR

right atrial: P waves in 2, 3, AVF larger than 2.5mm
left atrial: notched P wave in any lead, 2 peaks >0.04mm apart, P wave neg in V1 over 1mm
left ventricle: notched P wave??????? better look that up
right ventricle: tallest R wave at V1 (instead of V5 normal)


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Jun. 14th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
Ha, funny you should mention that! My mom really enjoys Car Talk but I've never "gotten" it. Even so, I must admit the guys are funny, friendly, and very knowledgeable.
Jun. 14th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
Yep. I bet if you listened more you'd probably discover the genius in it, because you strike me as an openminded person. Though not every shoe is as good as the one I heard today. The brothers had an Italian caller who's burned up his car's motor driving it hard. They got to show off their linguistic and cultural skills in jokes about Italian attitudes and treatment of cars. I suppose if you have no positive feelings about cars or Italians, you'd have less connection to the whole schtick.

The other day I had a friend tell me that she just can't stand Garrison Keillor & Prarie Home Companion. What's not to like? She said she felt like it was condescending, like kindergarten for adults. I suppose so. It is like a kids show in which there are many jokes for the grownups, but they are between the lines and remain there.

Then there was the boyfriend who HATED Terri Gross. When he said he despised her, I knew he was headed for out OUT box.

I'm just waiting for someone to tell me that they can't stand Ira Glass. I'm going to test them like mad for occult homophobia.
Jun. 15th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
I love Car Talk and never heard of anyone saying they can't stand it. How could you not at least like it?

Garrison Keillor: I have mixed feelings about. I think he's obviously very talented and funny, but I've heard him in a couple of interviews and in one of them he actually came off like a jerk, I have to say, and that's kind of tainted my enjoyment of the show. I love Sue Scott - I used to have a co-worker in MN who sounded just like her (or a couple of her characters) so that alone always cracks me up.

And unfortunately my opinion of Terri Gross has been going downhill. I don't know if it's me or her but I'm pretty sure it's at least partly her. I can tell you why if you really want to know.

Ira Glass is gay?
Jun. 15th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Oh I've had several people tell me they just can't STAND car talk! Something about the way those guys yuck it up is quite offensive to a lot of Oregonians, it is so.....Eastern.

I don't know if Ira's gay but he's self-admitted "femmy" and also highly sympathetic to the plight of gays in our society. Far as I'm concerned, everybody's bisexual they just don't know it yet. (But that's another big discussion.)

Terri's going downhill? I hadn't noticed. Do tell, what have you observed?

As for Garrison being a jerk, well, that's your reaction to something he said, and may not actually reflect on his state or mind or intentions in that moment that you reacted. That's the thing about radio. We all get our buttons pushed sometimes, but do we locate our buttons, or do we blame our discomfort on somebody else being bad or wrong?

I'm a jerk for sure. =-]
Jun. 16th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
The interview that mainly gave me the impression that GK was a jerk was when he was a guest on Al Franken's show (back when he had a show on Air America). Franken was being totally friendly and cool, and any time he said something funny (that GK could have easily picked up and ran with) GK just ignored it or changed the subject. I mean, maybe he was just really grumpy that day, but it felt more like he was refusing to let Al Franken have a joke, or more like share a joke. Franken was in now way putting him down, just trying have some fun.

TG - the first time in recent history I remember saying "wtf" was during her interview with James Cameron about Avatar. She was talking about (and I'm not really sure why she was making this connection anyway) cartoon characters, and how a lot of female cartoon characters have really big breasts, and then she commented that the Navi female protaganist had really small breasts and seemed to want Cameron to explain... it was just weird - I don't even know what her point was. Was she expecting that character to have really large breasts, because it reminded her of a cartoon? Cameron handled it well, stating the obvious that it makes more sense for a the whole Navi species that spends its time flying through the trees to be slender and athletic.... it was one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. I was embarrassed for her.

And there have been other interviews where I've cringed at how she handles topics around sexuality. The other one that really bugged me through and through was when she interview this woman who had worked as a dominatrix for 4 years to make money, and later got a PhD in anthropology, and had just written a book about the dominatrix experiences. It was clear from the guest's answers (I thought) that her main motive in working as a dominatrix was to make money, for her it was a job job, whereas anthropology was more what she wanted to do all along. But Terri kept spinning her questions in ways that implied that being a dominatrix, or being a client of a dominatrix, was something aberrant. No, she didn't come right out and say that, but it just became obvious that's what she thought. I've known people who do that kind of work and it is actually something they enjoy and don't do just for money, but for this guest, you knew it wasn't her favorite career, because she left it for something else she was more interested in. TG seemed fascinated by the whole thing, but it was sheltered-life kind of fascination. She kept asking questions about things the guest didn't like about the job (okay, that's fine - to a point) but it was almost as if she was baiting the guest to say, "yes, it is weird", which she eventually did. I wish she had interviewed a real dominatrix - someone who does it because they like it.

And she seems to be interrupting people more - today or yesterday ? can't remember, she interrupted the guest twice - while they were answering her question!! So... I don't know, I never noticed stuff like this before, so maybe I'm paying more attention or maybe I'm getting curmudgeony myself, but lately unless I she's interviewing a guest I'm more interested in, I don't listen.
Jun. 16th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)
You have a point there....I have noticed that she seems to have somewhat conservative ideas about sexuality--not that she directly expresses them, but that she questions hard around those topics and never seems fully satisfied when someone is far out of the main stream. There are other times when her line of questioning is....rather basic, really. I embrace her cluelessness, because I think it has the potential to bring in people who are similarly clueless. I mean, if she were totally hip with dominatrices, then anyone who was skeptical or turned off by that idea would simply turn off her show. But because she is skeptical or even judgmental by her implications, she welcomes people. I think that sometimes she asks questions that even to her are backward simply to make her program accessible to everyone. Perhaps I give her too much credit, and she is less aware and more insecure than I think.

About the big boobs on cartoon women...well, it's a fact, ma'am, that most cartoon babes are heavily boobed. And also that romantic leads in movies must be sexy to the maximum number of watchers. I would love to hear that program, though, to see if it hits buttons in me too. Can't know without listening.

Lately I haven't really listened much as school eats up my time. Here it is after 10pm and I gotta turn this machine off!!! Thanks for the report from your own honest perspective!! And G'nite.

Jun. 16th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
I think they archive shows for awhile so you may be able to find it. Yeah, I get it about the big boob thing, but the idea of the Avatar female protaganist having big boobs seems so ridiculous to me, I mean, the movie was a drama, you know? It wasn't Roger Rabbit. There's tons of other things to talk about in relation to that movie.

She just did an interview with John Waters recently - that was a good one, but mostly because Waters is hilarious and could carry an interview with probably anyone. She asked him a question that basically implied "so you have a shit fetish like Divine" which Waters knocked down, saying basically the movies are his creation and not him, and said "you don't assume Stephen King is a serial killer because he writes about serial killers"... so, that was another foible I thought, but in a way good because it allowed JW to make that point, which might help out the clueless, as you say... and you have a good point about connecting with the audience, I just wish/think TG could ultimately accomplish the same (of bringing up controversial topics and having her audience consider a different perspective than the norm) without inserting her judgement into it. In other areas she is good at that, but around sex not so much.

And I'm not sure how I feel about the idea of her bias being welcoming to people - I mean, some people are always going to be turned off, but I would like to give people more credit... what she could do is frame her questions in such a way that acknowledges that such-and-such is edgy subject matter, and then ask the question. I think the mark of a good interviewer is that there is no attention on the interviewer, but rather on the interviewee.

Thanks for the conversation - I've enjoyed it!
Jun. 16th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)

Me too (enjoyed the conversation). I'm glad to have you on my FL and hope that you post lots about your observations about the world!!

One last thought on the boob question: You can't leave sex appeal out of a movie if you want it to sell big. You just can't. Avatar is proof that 10 foot tall blue babes with small tits have sex appeal too. I have a 60+ year old male friend who went to see avatar 3x specifically for the "10 foot tall blue babes"...those are his words.
Jun. 15th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
at one time, not long ago, there was another car repair show on public radio. I can't remember the name, but they were quite a bit more formal about their responses. They were quite offended when they were canceled D/T the seeming popularity of Click and Clack. They seemed to act as if this upstart, trendy little show made their stodgy deliver obsolete. Which, in fact, it was. But then again, it was NPR and, well, we all know what that sometimes means...sing it now, "TRADITION,.......TRADITION!..."
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