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Cathy Rogers Responds Without Crashing

Roblimo posted about 12 years ago | from the large-hunks-of-metal-slamming-into-each-other dept.

Television 322

Responding to your questions today in finestkind all-lowercase form is Cathy Rogers, former co-host (the technical term is "presenter") of Scrapheap Challenge and Junkyard Wars, now presiding over a brand-new show, Full Metal Challenge.

1) Time...
by AmigaAvenger

On Junkyard wars it always seemed that the teams had something in running condition before the end of the time limit. Was there ever a time when a team had ABSOLUTELY nothing worth sending into competition? (Wouldn't make for much of a show though...)

Cathy:

absolutely nothing? hmmm. i think that's a question of interpretation... did you see the hydrofoils show? neither of the machines worked at all. so what did we do... repeated the challenge for the british version of the show and that time... neither of them worked again. we just won't learn. but its funny - people use to think i was just being a smart arse when i would go in and give the teams a hard time for being behind, having nothing ready etc - but really i was terrified that we wouldn't have a last part of the show and was imagining that we'd all have to do the can-can or something...

2) Why do you think Engineering is so male dominated?
by Anonymous Coward

You have said in the past that it would be good to have an all female team, but as yet, we haven't seen this.

Why do you think so few women are interested in technology?

Cathy:

oh lord i don't know. i vacillate so much on this one - sometimes i think it is all just habit and training and sometimes i think there really is some different configuration of men's and women's brains - like when i see my little niece desperately wanting to wear pink and play dollies and my nephew constantly deconstructing the alphabet / numbers etc.

but we have actually had all-female teams a couple of times now - twice on junk and in the new show full metal challenge. (in fact there is a fabulous all women team in the show next week - the flamin' aussies who are all drag-racers and are cooool) and they've done well - but they're always a real battle to find. i thought it would be easier in america, where in many ways women's position in society generally is more evolved - but i was wrong. it seems just as tough. and its odd because in other areas of science women are ahead of men. its just something about wirey stuff and digit stuff and big hammer stuff. but any tech-keen ladies reading this, please please apply! you have my ear.

3) how do you do it?
by Suppafly

A lot of people don't realize that not only do you work on all of these shows, you help conceive the initial ideas behind them. How do you do it? Did you just one day have an idea and present it to a network, or did you work from the inside to have your concepts realized? What in your past got you interested in the whole build things from junkyard parts concept?

Cathy:

i was working for an independent tv company (rdf media) when we first hatched the idea for scrapheap challenge (the british name for junkyard wars). so i was in a good position in that i was talking to people at the networks here all the time about all kinds of ideas. and that was just one that hit home. the idea actually first came from the movie apollo 13 and being transfixed by the 'houston we have a problem' part. that scene in which all the very non-typical-hero boys at ground control had to figure out how to save the astronauts lives with nothing but a bit of knicker elastic and a plastic knife. it was that that got us thinking - making life-saving stuff out of rubbish - brilliant, and making the people who aren't normally heroes (i call them the grubby fingernail brigade) into heroes - fantastic. the junkyard and all the rest kind of followed from there. don't know quite how i have managed to end up doing so many shows about boy stuff though. i would much rather go to a nice art gallery.

4) American vs. British contestants
by banda

Have you found any differences between the contestants in different iterations of the show? Speaking as an American who spent part of his youth in England, I find the British contestants much more entertaining, insightful and engaging. Was it easier to work with any particular group? Were there any contestants that made the show difficult?

Cathy:

well here's a funny thing - a lot of americans prefer the british teams and a lot of british people prefer the american teams... what can it all mean? are we all riddled with self-loathing? are we all superbly positive and outward-looking and natural anthropologists? i don't know. i think there is part of the show which is about observing people doing their thing in their natural habitat, a bit like how we might watch a natural history film about baracudas. and in that sense it is easier to watch people who are bit removed from ourselves. i would say in terms of being a host (yuk yuk hate that word) - it is easier to do the american shows because american people are more 'tv-articulate' - they understand what is required for tv - i guess simply because tv is the most dominant medium in american life and history. whereas for brits, other media are still dominant if you look over the whole period of our history; we haven't quite let go of a time when we read dickens serialised in pamphlets, so we are more used to sitting quietly taking things in - rather than 'putting them out there' ourselves. americans can get away with saying things like 'i am the big cahuna' whereas british people just sound silly saying things like that. the only downside of the american show is that americans seem to be more competitive, which can mean that things get a bit serious sometimes. in the new show FMC the brits often lose and find it all rather funny and are very self-deprecating. but the americans sometimes cry!

5) Sounds from the indie records
by Mikey-San

Before the 'Heap, you were in a British indie-crash-twee-pop band called Marine Research, and before that, Heavenly. Do you keep in touch with Amelia and Rob these days?

Cathy:

indie crash twee pop?! yikes. don't let that get out. yes i do keep in touch with the old indies though i must say i don't go and shuffle along to shows as much as i used to. i saw britney in vegas so the tortured lollipops at the dublin castle will never feel quite the same...

6) As a musician, what do you think of...
by CSG_SurferDude

As a musician, what do you think of the music industry these days, specifically about the slave-labor-like recording contracts, industry ownership of copyrights, Peer-to-peer song sharing (MP3s), and the current fruitless atempts to copy-protect CDs?

Is there anything that you can do in your current position to help change any of that to the betterment of recording artists and consumers everywhere?

Cathy:

is this a leading question?! do you have a letter drafted for me to sign?!

er.. where to start? big corporations are scary in many many ways and the music industry is obviously no exception. but although there seem to be so many new issues today where normal people / artists / whatever are exploited i wonder whether it is really that different from when i was a kid and me and my mates used to tape everything off the radio and make compilation tapes (one of the greatest and most overlooked art forms) and never buy a record in our life. except if it was a local band or a band on a really cool label or a record where we just loved the cover and had to have it. its a big discussion - the only incontrovertible good is to support your truly independent labels. k records / kill rock stars / many others have proved that you can have integrity, great music and not go under.

7) Role of expert
by naarok

Watching on TV, it often seems that the expert provides some good initial insight into a problem, but then often becomes superflous. Sitting through many hours of actually watching the challenges unfold. How valuable were the experts in comparison to teams with general inventiveness?

Cathy:

it depends a lot on the challenge. if its something innovative and thought-provoking like 'build a car that fits in a suitcase' then most teams who have the necessary know-how to get on in the first place would be able to make a pretty good stab at it expert-less. but in other challenges, such as making gliders or submarines, they are dependent. it also depends of course how well they all get along....

8) massive disruption to geeks everywhere....
by gclef

So, have you ever been tempted to wander into somewhere like a LinuxWorld conference, just to see if you could stop all productive work from occurring? (you probably could, you know...)

If not, are you tempted now?

Cathy:

er. i blush easily. my sister and i used to have a fantasy about going to this event called 'crufts' (a really pompous but very-seriously-taken dog show in england (like, they show it on tv! ) where people parade their over-coiffured hounds around doing daft tricks and generally proving that to be english is to be humorous in this fairly tragic way) and doing a streak. but maybe just with bottom halves! it would be a totally pointless act of sort-of-harmless-sabotage of a worthless institution and this amused us.

i suppose what i mean (ie not evading your question quite so obviously) is that the notion of committing a minor act that leads to massive disruption is an appealing idea. but i'm not quite sure about yours....

9) Off screen testing?
by The Mutant

How much testing goes on off screen? For example, the episode where participants had to build a diving bell, descend to the bottom of a small pond, and retrieve a chest of gold.

I don't believe that this was not tested off camera, if for no other reason solely to insure you didn't inadvertantly end up making a snuff episode.

Same thing goes for pretty much any device where explosives were used, or even the airplanes.

Cathy:

worryingly little. its always the hardest decision - test them and make sure they work but risk them breaking during the test (which you're not filming) and then you have no show, or fail to test them and have true spontaneity and excitement about the outcome but risk them failing during the show or being dangerous or whatever. we debate it endlessly and there is often a half way house - the diving bells you can put in the water and test-pump some air, the gliders you can tow up on a winch without a person on them. but it never gives you the full picture and what you see in the show is invariably the first time the machines have been properly tested, people and all. scary isn't it?

10) Why Rollins? Why!!
by SanLouBlues

What's the coolest thing you've ever built yourself? Or, what's the coolest thing you've ever tried to build yourself?

Cathy:

well who else would look as good in a power station? i mean, just say the words 'disused power station' and you think of henry. i think he is fantastic - a force of nature. and he makes me laugh a lot.

what have i built? lord how embarrassing. you have outed me. the sad truth is the things i have made which have been the most impressive feats of engineering and construction have been cakes. sshhhhhh.

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WOW. FASCINATING STUFF. WHO IS SHE AGAIN? (-1)

Subject Line Troll (581198) | about 12 years ago | (#4548506)

Holy jesus (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548509)

that was a long article. Took me forever to get this first post.

woot!!

whore (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548513)

whore

First post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548523)

suckaz!!
GC all the way!

Re:First post! (-1, Offtopic)

cube00 (524394) | about 12 years ago | (#4548594)

haha ownijed by the first post

i don't read this website (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548531)

but isn't it support to be cool if you get first post?

The important question (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548537)

Did she include a link to any nekkid pics?

Re:The important question (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548685)

nekkid ?

how old are you?

Re:The important question (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548822)

29, but nekkid is a very cool word. Much cooler than naked, or nude.

Mmmmm (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548550)

Would love to fuck her up the ass.

Next Week on Junkyard Wars!!! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548551)

Contestants try and build a SHIFT key!!!

Re:Next Week on Junkyard Wars!!! (3, Interesting)

mbourgon (186257) | about 12 years ago | (#4548795)

Just proves she's a geek. Better than ALL CAPS, I guess.

Yay (5, Interesting)

SargeZT (609463) | about 12 years ago | (#4548556)

She is really a good host, and junkyard wars went to hell without her. I'm glad she's finally coming back. We need more british people on American TV!

Re:Yay (1)

governorx (524152) | about 12 years ago | (#4548723)

Only thing missing is Cathy's brilliant accent. (Some of those reponses would have been nice to hear instead of read).

BTW, I hope some of the Troll and Offtopic comments get removed so that future hosts of interesting television can respond to a slashdot inquiry without being assaulted. Im dissapointed with some of the comments. I guess slashdot is becoming younglamerpost.

That is what MODDING is for. (1)

Dephex Twin (416238) | about 12 years ago | (#4548796)

BTW, I hope some of the Troll and Offtopic comments get removed so that future hosts of interesting television can respond to a slashdot inquiry without being assaulted. Im dissapointed with some of the comments. I guess slashdot is becoming younglamerpost.
If she is reading comments at -1 or 0 then she is making a conscious effort to see trolls and offtopics. As she would probably read the responses at the default 1 or higher, she will probably never see "inappropiate" comments. This is how it should work. Why would censorship be a good idea?

Re:We need more british people on American TV! (1)

Filter (6719) | about 12 years ago | (#4548786)

With subtitles in 'merican...

I love it (laugh out loud) when American TV programs put subtitles on the screen for someone with an English accent.

Filter,

But she didn't answer... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548903)

how she feels about the terrible scourage of DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!

offtopic. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548563)

Does anyone know how to tactfully let a co-worker know he smells really bad?

Re:offtopic. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548765)

Fart on him.

Re:offtopic. (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548830)

Take a shit in a bag. Bring the bag to work. Take out the shit and wipe it all over your co-worker, telling him you are making him "smell better".

fp (-1, Troll)

xintegerx (557455) | about 12 years ago | (#4548574)

fp

"She said 'vacillate'" (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548578)

B>Huhhuhuh huh uhh huhuhh

B>Yeah! That was cool!

B>Heh huhuh heh.

oh, like, my god (-1, Troll)

eclectric (528520) | about 12 years ago | (#4548605)

The English language has capital letters for a reason. People should really try using them. I have no idea what her responses said, because she was unreadable.

Re:oh, like, my god (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548633)

she's like e.e.cummings, maaan. don't be such a square, daddy-o!

Re:oh, like, my god (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548665)

I agree. Because she felt that using the shift key at the beginning of the sentence was too much work, all the people who read this article have to work very hard to follow what she is writing. I hope she spend the extra 4.5 seconds she saved doing something REALLY productive.

If she wants to be difficult, I think Slashdot should probably have fixed the capitalization. There's no reason to leave it like that. It looks very unprofessional.

Re:oh, like, my god (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548680)

The English language has capital letters for a reason.

and the reason is? what do capital letters add to a sentence?

Re:oh, like, my god (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548720)

They make it much more readable (all caps is also more difficult to read). It indicates the beginning of a sentence. It indicates proper nouns (so we know e.g. where we are talking about polish for your nails or Polish ethnicity). It can be used to create EMPHASIS or the use of an acronym. How many do uses you need, exactly?

Re:oh, like, my god (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548753)

Frankly, all you retards that go on about the Polish/polish thing - if from the sentence your little pea-brains can't work it out, you have other problems. And I disagree entirely about the readable aspect of capitals, but heh, you obviously have reading problems anyway, so every little helps, I guess.

Re:oh, like, my god (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548789)

Nurk nurk, "Good one, Ace!" *high five*

Re:oh, like, my god (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548867)

Well, since you just "disagree" on scientific studies on readability and all caps (not to mention anecdotal evidence you could probably gain by just comparing on your own), I don't put a lot of stock into any of your opinions.

You don't like the polish/Polish thing? How about talking about states or States (the latter being States in the USA)? What about the west versus the West? These are different connotations where the context might not distinguish between the two.

Re:oh, like, my god (0, Troll)

91degrees (207121) | about 12 years ago | (#4548727)

They help confuse foreigners who don't use the Latin alphabet.

Re:oh, like, my god (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548774)

Cyrillic and Greek alphabets have capital letters too.

Re:oh, like, my god (1)

91degrees (207121) | about 12 years ago | (#4548836)

Good point.

Replace "Latin" with a term that covers all three. Is there such a term? They are all based on the same root arent they?

Re:oh, like, my god (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548947)

I think it would best be expressed as descendents of the Phonecian alphabet.

All lower case?!?!? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548628)

Cathy Rogers is obviously sllort [slashdot.org] ! How could we have failed to see this sooner!

We should tell her to stop bitching so much and focus on making better television.

Other questions (5, Interesting)

Alizarin Erythrosin (457981) | about 12 years ago | (#4548655)

I wish she would have read the thread with all the questions and possibly answered some of the questions that were good ones, but perhaps not modded as high (example the one about stocking the junkyard with needed parts). Aside from that It's always interesting to get a little behind-the-scenes on the Scrapheap.

Re:Other questions (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548740)

(example the one about stocking the junkyard with needed parts).

Maybe she didn't because this has been known for a while. I don't have the link offhand (the questions thread has it..) where one of the other hosts answers that question.

Re:Other questions (5, Interesting)

Bobulusman (467474) | about 12 years ago | (#4548756)

And the dog. We had three different people who asked about the dog in the opening sequence, but the votes for it were spread out between the three. :P

I still want to know about the dog!

Re:Other questions (2, Informative)

entrager (567758) | about 12 years ago | (#4548827)

I recently heard an interview with her co-host, Tyler Harcott. He was asked whether or not the junkyard is stocked and I believe he said that no parts are added to the junkyard, but an evalutation is made beforehand to determine if the challenge is possible. I get the impression that if a challenge is deemed impossible or too hard, then it is thrown out in favor of a better one.

Re:Other questions (5, Informative)

Zathrus (232140) | about 12 years ago | (#4548946)

example the one about stocking the junkyard with needed parts

Why? It's been answered. Repeatedly. They do stock the junkyard. It's a fusion of a real scrapheap/junkyard and stocked parts. Witness the paintball challenge where there just happened to be a plumber's van full of plumbing parts. I mean, come on - what plumber who wants to stay in business would send a wrecked van away while leaving inventory in the truck?

Meanwhile, if you watch successive episodes you'll notice bits and pieces in the same places repeatedly.

Oh, and don't forget - this isn't a real junkyard. It's a set.

Most junkyards are located in areas you would not want to have high priced electronics equipment sitting around in. Hell, some of the machines that get built are more valuable than the average car in such areas.

It's always interesting to get a little behind-the-scenes on the Scrapheap

I'm guessing you're in the UK, so you may not have seen the behind-the-scenes Junkyard Wars episode that was on TLC at the end of last season (around May). See if you can find a copy - they talk about what goes on behind the scenes in some depth. You too can discover why they'll probably never do a gunpowder artillary challenge again (lots of licenses, huge freaking caravan transporting the built artillary from location to location, having to decommission the artillary after the test by pouring concrete in the barrells, etc).

Re:Other questions (3, Informative)

dpash (5685) | about 12 years ago | (#4548998)

There was a section about this on Robert Llewellyn's page about Scrapheap challenge.
http://www.llew.co.uk/home/ [llew.co.uk]

BTW Cathy come back. All is forgiven. Can we have someone who knows what they are talking about. Who gave Lisa Rogers the job anyway.

Testing (5, Insightful)

Oculus Habent (562837) | about 12 years ago | (#4548656)

I don't know about you, but I don't think I could've trusted my life to a see-saw-powered airpump and a welded oil drum, especially without knowing if it would work...

Though, I can't say I would have been able to build anything as good as many of them have...

Americans are 'tv-articulate' (5, Insightful)

johnalex (147270) | about 12 years ago | (#4548658)

...because american people are more 'tv-articulate'

I don't know I would take this as a compliment. Maybe I'm just getting older, but I find that many Americans today have a short attention span, sometimes too short to understand a complete explanation of whatever is happening. I find myself forced to condense complex problems into sound-bites just so users can follow the process.

Too bad life doesn't always apply itself to bite-sized answers....

It's a 'kind' of compliment (2)

Gerry Gleason (609985) | about 12 years ago | (#4548829)

Backhanded, maybe? You have a point, but the flipside is that it is a valuable skill to be able to get your point across quickly and clearly. Clearly, she valued the fact that they were responsive to the needs of the media format, but I suppose we see this taken too far way too often, so there is some value in unselfconsciously going about your business. The comments about these differences are interesting.

Re:Americans are 'tv-articulate' (4, Insightful)

WolfWithoutAClause (162946) | about 12 years ago | (#4548853)

"...because american people are more 'tv-articulate'"

I don't know I would take this as a compliment.

No no. All she's saying is that she's found that Americans tend to perform better on camera, because of cultural norms of how to behave in that situation.

She's not saying you watch more, although you lazy TV couch potato North Americans doubtless do ;-)

Re:Americans are 'tv-articulate' (5, Funny)

_ph1ux_ (216706) | about 12 years ago | (#4548892)

Can you summarize this comment please?

Re:Americans are 'tv-articulate' (1)

ave19 (149657) | about 12 years ago | (#4549003)

That was fantastic. Thanks. Tears. Rolling. The whole bit.

Re:Americans are 'tv-articulate' (2)

fobbman (131816) | about 12 years ago | (#4548911)

I would address your post directly but it was far too wordy for me to be able to...oh look, a Shiney!

Re:Americans are 'tv-articulate' (1)

DeHar (92476) | about 12 years ago | (#4548952)

Just start out by getting everyone to say "I am the big cahuna." Everything flows from there.

"I am the big Kahuna"

Re:Americans are 'tv-articulate' (2)

mttlg (174815) | about 12 years ago | (#4549049)

I don't know I would take this as a compliment. Maybe I'm just getting older, but I find that many Americans today have a short attention

I disagree. Sure, the above is all I read of your comment before moving on, but that doesn't prove anyth...

where's my question? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548661)

i asked if she spit or swallowed?

WHERE'S THE ANSWER TO THIS? INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!!

Thank you.

more shit to stop this fucking lameness filter from activating. what a bunch of fucking censors they are.

Well? (-1)

Bitter Old Man (572131) | about 12 years ago | (#4548673)

Do you spit or do you swallow? What will it be? Way to completely avoid the question!

Re:Well? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548710)

She gives real good head, and she swallows. She damn well fucking gulps it down.

Cathy rules. (4, Insightful)

aussersterne (212916) | about 12 years ago | (#4548674)

Cathy is the reason I watched the show. I always found her to be a very sexy and engaging woman and after these responses, doubly so. (But she does need to capitalize.)

Love her haircut on the show as well.

Obviously she hasn't seen Macgyver (5, Funny)

1WingedAngel (575467) | about 12 years ago | (#4548688)

that scene in which all the very non-typical-hero boys at ground control had to figure out how to save the astronauts lives with nothing but a bit of knicker elastic and a plastic knife.

He could have made an entire shuttle with a can of cream corn and a ballpoint pen.

Re:Obviously she hasn't seen Macgyver (5, Funny)

Niles_Stonne (105949) | about 12 years ago | (#4548997)

And Duct Tape. You can't forget the Duct Tape.

Next: Interview Henry! (5, Interesting)

bernz (181095) | about 12 years ago | (#4548699)

That would be cool. Interview henry, roblimo, interview henry.

Re:Next: Interview Henry! (5, Funny)

Dave Muench (21979) | about 12 years ago | (#4548885)

No way. Cathy's responses may of been all in lowercase, but Henry's would all be in caps.

Re:Next: Interview Henry! (4, Funny)

hrieke (126185) | about 12 years ago | (#4548895)

Okay, I'm game, but please don't expect me admitting to wanting to run around a dog show without pants on!
Henry Rieke

Re:Next: Interview Henry! (2, Funny)

Dr. Smeegee (41653) | about 12 years ago | (#4548945)

... Or better yet, Have Rollins and Gregg Gin join with the two remaining Beatles to create BlackFleatls!

She loves you.... Yeah... Yeah... Yeahhh...
She loves YOU.... Yeaahhhh... Yeaaaahhhhh..... Yeaaahhh....
She don't love ME.... YEEEAAAAHHHH!!!! YEAAAAAHHHH!!!!! YEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!
(Cacaphonous guitar/bass with lilting background harmony)
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAARRRRGHHGHGHGGG!
(Goes off to dig out old copy of Life-Time)

One More Question... (0, Flamebait)

gspeare (470147) | about 12 years ago | (#4548706)

Were you born without capital letters or did you lose them in the junkyard? :)

Re:One More Question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548929)

capital letters are useless

Lure of the exotic (5, Interesting)

Otter (3800) | about 12 years ago | (#4548732)

well here's a funny thing - a lot of americans prefer the british teams and a lot of british people prefer the american teams... what can it all mean?

Reminds me of what I've always wondered anout Monty Python -- if I were British and actually knew where Luton is and the accents were unnoticeable to me, would they be particularly funny?

Re:Lure of the exotic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548772)

Yes they would be. And BTW, the accents are noticeable to a lot of Brits too... in much the same way as Texans notice New Yorkers :-)

Monty Python (5, Funny)

Rupert (28001) | about 12 years ago | (#4548802)

Yes. It was.

You should learn where Luton is. If you lack that knowledge, you may accidentally go there.

Re:Monty Python (2)

crawling_chaos (23007) | about 12 years ago | (#4549024)

Brits should do the same for Toledo, Ohio. You never want to end up there.

Re:Lure of the exotic (1)

davew2040 (300953) | about 12 years ago | (#4548806)

You know, I don't believe that the British have ever been referred to as "exotic" in the many centuries of their existence as a nation-state...

Re:Lure of the exotic (1)

BovineSpirit (247170) | about 12 years ago | (#4548850)

Once you know Luton, nothing is funny anymore...

Re:Lure of the exotic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548875)

Have you ever seen the Kids in the Hall?

Re:Lure of the exotic (5, Informative)

JoeBuck (7947) | about 12 years ago | (#4548914)

If you were British the accents in Monty Python would be very noticeable to you, because there are hundreds, or maybe thousands, of distinct accents, and of course the Pythonites chose the appropriate accent for each character. As soon as a Brit opens his mouth, other Brits will know his social class, the town he was born, where he went to school, etc.

Re:Lure of the exotic (5, Insightful)

Dan D. (10998) | about 12 years ago | (#4549020)

From what I hear of my ex-patriot friends (or that canadien guy I know) the Brits tend to find it *more* funny. Where as Americans tend to laugh at things like the accents and strange situations, the British are laughing because the accents are those of the upper class, yet the activity is something of the lower class. That sort of thing.

Anyway, I don't know it entirely, so I don't want to be elitist, but Monty Python becomes even more brilliant when you put them in context. Give them a zeitgeist, and they become subtle comic genius.

Streak (5, Insightful)

invid (163714) | about 12 years ago | (#4548733)

my sister and i used to have a fantasy about going to this event called 'crufts' and doing a streak. but maybe just with bottom halves!

8-)

Re:Streak (5, Funny)

silicon_synapse (145470) | about 12 years ago | (#4548883)

Wow, I'm impressed. I've never seen someone get modded as a troll with a comment of only three characters. And they don't even form a word! If only we all could make such efficient use of our keyboards...

Re:Streak (1)

5alligator (267759) | about 12 years ago | (#4548953)

how is this a troll? she said it herself!
btw, upper-case is over-rated

U-S-A U-S-A (5, Interesting)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | about 12 years ago | (#4548734)

in the new show FMC the brits often lose and find it all rather funny and are very self-deprecating. but the americans sometimes cry!

As an American, I feel a strange sort of pride at this. Yeah, it's just a TV show, but dammit, I've always felt that if you're going to commit to something, then commit yourself to doing the best job you can.

Re:U-S-A U-S-A (1)

schon (31600) | about 12 years ago | (#4548824)

the americans sometimes cry!

I've always felt that if you're going to commit to something, then commit yourself to doing the best job you can.


And then cry when your best isn't good enough?

Re:U-S-A U-S-A (3, Funny)

sczimme (603413) | about 12 years ago | (#4548845)


I am sure the contestants did their very best to cry as effectively as possible.

Re:U-S-A U-S-A (1)

gowen (141411) | about 12 years ago | (#4548854)

I've always felt that if you're going to commit to something, then commit yourself to doing the best job you can
But theres a difference between taking your work seriously and taking yourself seriously.

America (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548897)

Man, we really are fuckos, aren't we.

Re:U-S-A U-S-A (5, Interesting)

Izeickl (529058) | about 12 years ago | (#4548901)

Being a Brit, I see that being competitive is far more prevelant in the USA than here in just about every single thing, it seems more of a way of life in the states and drummed into you at an early age. E.g. Fear Factor, the British version and Amerian version are so far removed, the American version without fail the contestants are all "Yeah I am the best, no one can beat me..." yada yada I laugh so hard when they fail miserably, theres being competitive, and theres arrogance and inflated egos that so often goes with it. Then again I think that sometimes the British lack the drive and motivation that comes with being competitive which is a bad thing. On the whole though, I think the best is somewhere between the US and the UK attitudes, UK goes not far enough, US, to far.

Re:U-S-A U-S-A (1)

SlashScot (582632) | about 12 years ago | (#4548962)

What you describe is an Australian! So what is the Australian equivalent of Scrapheap? My guess is Scrapheap.

Re:U-S-A U-S-A (3, Interesting)

kisrael (134664) | about 12 years ago | (#4549061)

Well, keep in mind that Americans who strive to be on tv are kind of a self-selected group to begin with, off the bat more likely to be chest-thumping and with high-self-esteem-issues. I certainly have a big does of self-deprecating humor durintg competitions (and come watch me play darts in my dart league and you'll see that that humbleness is richly justified...) but maybe that's more spread out for the UK population.

Re:U-S-A U-S-A (2)

SirSlud (67381) | about 12 years ago | (#4548927)

Uh, isn't this just a good example of the western fixation on being #1 (not #2, #3, or even thinking about the journey itself as being rewarding?)

And please, I'm on western soil, so I'm all my rocks are staying inside our glass house here. :)

Thats the way I see it; Western culture lives by the 'ends justify the means' mantra, where as other cultures seem realize that investing too much in realizing ones goals just means you cant have any fun or learn much from the journey. Or worse yet, this attitude encourages attempting to find loopholes in the rules of the journey for the end's sake .. I think alot of corperate America's 'growth at all costs' fiasco of recent years was a good example of this.

One last thing. If it means that much to them when they lose, do they really wish that kind of emotional pain on other people .. and what does that say about them? ;)

Re:U-S-A U-S-A (3, Insightful)

Andre060 (99353) | about 12 years ago | (#4548975)

in the new show FMC the brits often lose and find it all rather funny and are very self-deprecating. but the americans sometimes cry!


As an American, I feel a strange sort of pride at this. Yeah, it's just a TV show, but dammit, I've always felt that if you're going to commit to something, then commit yourself to doing the best job you can.


I am a Canadian myself (and proud of it) but in all seriousness it is easy to see that this is exactly why the USA is the most powerfull nation in the world today... think about it... its not just in TV that americans are this way...

Re:U-S-A U-S-A (1)

colinduplantis (454258) | about 12 years ago | (#4549055)

...if you're going to commit to something, then commit yourself to doing the best job you can.

Absolutely! God knows, I cry when I don't get modded up to 5...

Cathy? (-1)

chemstar (457943) | about 12 years ago | (#4548778)

Oh, you mean sell-out.

That new show and Rollins (1)

bigredorb (154214) | about 12 years ago | (#4548781)

I watched the new show last night. Some crazy cars driving down a giant bowling ally and crashing into huge pins. It was fairly entertaining I guess.

Anyway, I'm not a big Rollins fan but I thought he fit the part just fine. He's pretty tough looking and doesn't talk like a complete idiot. At least he doesn't ham-it-up. I've had it up to here with hosts that ham-it-up.

Non typical heroes (0, Interesting)

PhysicsGenius (565228) | about 12 years ago | (#4548785)

That was my attraction to the show as well. So why the typical heroes on FMC (and the typical anti-heroes on JW)? Why not get some smart, non-clownish hosts for both these shows?

Editor(s)...do we have any here? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548794)

"Editor, n. One who edits; esp., a person who prepares, superintends, revises, and corrects a book, magazine, or newspaper, etc., for publication."

Seriously, do we have any here?

smart and sexy (3, Insightful)

zonker (1158) | about 12 years ago | (#4548821)

what self respecting geek doesn't like that combination? too bad there aren't more like her as the computing (not just tv) industry needs a little more gender diversity than the standard overweight male basement dwellers and insecure pimply dorky guys that seem to occupy most of it. this will hopefully change as time goes on and technology is more prevalent in schools and understood by 'the masses'. this seems to be the biggest open gap i see in the industry today...

Full Metal, etc (3, Interesting)

Alien54 (180860) | about 12 years ago | (#4548823)

almost feels more like robots wars

That said,when I saw "Bumper Cars" I thought that it was the bumper cars you see on the board walk at the beach, or at a the carnival that comes to towm.

But aside from sumo, no car can deliberately damage each other...

[sigh ...]

Photos of and info on Cathy Rogers (2, Informative)

BrianWCarver (569070) | about 12 years ago | (#4548832)

If you want to know who she is, then follow this link [llew.co.uk] .

C'mon you don't watch Junkyard Wars?!?

New presentor (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548848)

Dunno what's happening over in the US, or which version of the show(s) get filmed first, but Lisa Rogers is co-presenting Scrapheap Challenge now here in Blighty.

I believe one of the Discovery channels is repeating the past series with Cathy.

Just in case some of us Brits weren't aware of it...

Crufts Ticket Sales Booming!! (5, Funny)

stuporg (236493) | about 12 years ago | (#4548868)

This just in...

The organizers of the Crufts dog show have just reported that tickets for the show have sold out for the next three years...seems like especially heavy sales from /. readers hoping for to spy a bit of the 'streak'.

Anyone have the ph#/web site for this crufts show?!?

Re:Crufts Ticket Sales Booming!! (2)

NOT-2-QUICK (114909) | about 12 years ago | (#4548995)

Only a google away...here ya go [the-kennel-club.org.uk]

what a (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548889)

Fucking cunt. No punctuation, no breasts and no brains. What a fucking /. waste of electrons.

Agreed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4548942)

Total waste on a show that is way into repeats. Cathy hasn't been seen on the current show at all AFAIK. Naked and sucking would be the only reason I would give this woman a second look. Slashrot is becoming a linux weenie haven, non-thinking "I use linux , therefore I must be smarter than you" bullshit.

Wah Wah Wah Poor Me! (1)

zrk (64468) | about 12 years ago | (#4548973)

I was hoping she'd answer my question ( see it [slashdot.org] ). Alas, perhaps I should go shoot myself. Better yet, maybe I should construct a device that picks me up from inside a locked box on the sea bottom and then shoots me at a castle wall made of styrofoam blocks

Not Sure I Believe This... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4549009)

...the idea actually first came from the movie apollo 13 and being transfixed by the 'houston we have a problem' part. that scene in which all the very non-typical-hero boys at ground control had to figure out how to save the astronauts lives...

There have been other programs on British T.V. where they`ve taken a group of experts, given them junk, and asked them to build something. The "Great Egg Race" springs to mind. Cathy would have seen this while growing up.

I want to.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4549029)

get her in my bed and show her the sexual engineering I've learned with regard to stimulating a woman to an incredible climax. She's very lovely indeed and deserves as much fun in bed as possible. I'd start off with the classic tongue action on her clitty, whilst stroking her nipples. Then, I'd slowly move onto a steady stimulation of her labia. Once she begins to open a bit, I'd use the special fingering technique I've worked out and finally work both her clit and g-spot simultaneously. I know she'd love it.
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