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Timeshifting: Cram More Into Life

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the burn-the-candle-at-both-ends dept.

Music 432

jimharris writes "The VCR started it - and then the DVR improved it, so now I want to apply the concept of timeshifting in other ways. I've always wanted an audio cassette player that worked like a VCR so I could listen to more radio talk shows. This morning's NY Times stirred my interest with After TiVo, Radio Rewound about a MP3 device that does just that. Better yet, is Replay Radio - software that is more flexible and you can download the results to a portable player. I already use Audible.com to squeeze in more books in my life, by listening, rather than reading. I've completed 8 unabridged books in two months just by carrying around my Otis player when I get dressed in the morning, driving to and from work, doing housework, or when I exercise. Now I'm wondering how I can timeshift even more."

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I hope this trend doesn't continue... (3, Funny)

bc90021 (43730) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397266)

...or else people will be time-shifting sex, and God only knows that that will result in. ;)

Re:I hope this trend doesn't continue... (4, Funny)

notque (636838) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397293)

...or else people will be time-shifting sex, and God only knows that that will result in. ;)

I know... it might actually last longer than a minute, *gasp*

Re:I hope this trend doesn't continue... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397327)

That won't be an issue for virgins like you.

NO REG PAGE (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397424)

here [nytimes.com]

Other ways to timeshift (not just audio) (5, Interesting)

Glonoinha (587375) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397498)

Rearrange your work schedule so you start at 7am and get off at 3pm or 4pm. By hitting the streets at semi- off hours you will cut your commute time by possibly half (less traffic.) Time saved : 1 hour per day on the average.

By hitting your seat at 7am when the office is empty and quiet you can get more productive sooner, and get more done between 7am and 9am than most people have done by noon.

Let a woman take you clothes shopping, throw out everything in your closet and replace it with whatever she suggests. Make sure everything matches everything else. Time saved : none, but nobody will know you got dressed in the dark before you had caffeine in your system.

Don't sleep in on weekends. Get up at your regular time instead of 11am and you have effectively doubled the number of hours of daylight you get on each weekend day. God I love to sleep in so I hate this one.

Get your news from FARK (www.fark.com) In the hour it takes to watch the news on TV you could have a synopsis of the important events around the globe from a hundred different news sources. If it is newsworthy, it's on FARK.

Cancel your MMORPG accounts (stop playing Everquest). This will give you back 1000 hours per year. Maybe more.

Tivo2 (5, Informative)

l810c (551591) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397273)

Tivo2 [tivo.com] is supposed to add support for XM Radio in the 2nd half of 2004. Digital quality radio recording sounds like a great combination.

Re:Tivo2 (4, Informative)

mgs1000 (583340) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397325)

That doesnt mean Tivo will allow you to record XM radio. The Directv Tivo cannot record(or even buffer) Directv's music channels.

Re:Tivo2 (1)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397330)

A fine enhancement - after using Tivo at home now for several months, it's annoying when I'm driving along and realize that I can't just skip back a few seconds on the radio to pick up something I missed...

Re:Tivo2 (2, Insightful)

notque (636838) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397367)

Tivo for radio just seems like overkill. Unless I could skip past the commercials, I don't see any point. If I miss anything, I can usually pick up about what was said just by the topic of conversation, or the area in which they take it next.

I don't think I've ever wanted to rewind radio. The need just doesn't seem to be that overwhelming.

Re:Tivo2 (5, Funny)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397484)

Don't forget the useful option to pause the live feed, so you can take that call on the cell phone and still get the scoop on Moldovan dairy farmers on NPR...

Re:Tivo2 (4, Interesting)

angusr (718699) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397488)

Sounds like you're only familiar with talk or music radio, and listen to whatever is on rather than choosing what you want to listen to.

Personally, I have a TiVo that spends most of its day recording stuff from BBC7 [bbc.co.uk], a mixture of radio drama and comedy shows. I then have lots of late night listening for those boughts of insomnia. I would never bother listening to these shows if I had to wait for them to come on, the same way as I don't usallly watch any TV live these days. So it makes perfect sense for some radio, just not for recording the breakfast inane chatter every day... (shudder)

Re:Tivo2 (4, Informative)

Goth Biker Babe (311502) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397491)

I'm sitting here smiling.

Here in the UK we have DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) which, with the appropriate PC card or USB dongle can be recorded and MP3'ed at any time. Compact DAB radios are available to carry where we like. Car DAB radios allow us to hear it on the move.

Advertisments, what advertisments? We have the joys of a comprehensive advert free broadcasting system.

Digital radio is also available via digital terrestrial television, digital satelite and digital cable. The digital PVRs which record direct from the digital broadcasts record it in all it's glory.

And it's all free!

forget timeshift. (2, Funny)

The Neck (194515) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397275)


Just figure out how to live forever and this will not be and issue.

Re:forget timeshift. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397368)

I've already figured this out. Come back in a hundred years and I'll tell you how.

Re:Cram more into life ... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397517)

... simply press the 'off' button and go outside.

FIRST (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397279)

FIRST POST HAHAHA "TERMS"

Call me (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397281)

..when I can timeshift my gf into the present.

Pirst fost?

Oh boy (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397287)

God forbid we sit and do nothing. It may cause us to think about our lives. Best to just keep ourselves busy all the time; flooding our ears with sound and our eyes with images. We must all do our part to keep introspection at bay, lest we realize things are not as perfect as they seem.

Re:Oh boy (5, Funny)

mccalli (323026) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397427)

God forbid we sit and do nothing. It may cause us to think about our lives...We must all do our part to keep introspection at bay, lest we realize things are not as perfect as they seem.

Yep. Glad to see you're avoiding this profound philosophical problem by keeping yourself busy posting about it on Slashdot...

Cheers,
Ian

fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397288)

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I wanna watch... (2, Funny)

twisty (179219) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397289)

Twenty Four... in only Twelve!

Re:I wanna watch... (1)

sporktoast (246027) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397326)


What with skipping the commercials, doesn't TIVO already let you do this?

Re:I wanna watch... (1)

stanmann (602645) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397372)

24 is commercial free sponsored by Ford Trucks.

Re:I wanna watch... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397419)

No its not. Only the first episode. So 24 should be
60 + (44 * 23) minutes long = 17.87 hours

Re:I wanna watch... (1)

Beaker74 (453388) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397420)

The first episode is commercial free. I remember reading how long a full season of "24" actually is, but I can't remember it. I'll have to look at the DVD set I got my parents of the first season.

Time compression (5, Interesting)

stanmann (602645) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397292)

Save more time by using software to strip out the pauses and slightly speed up the audio.. up to about 1.5x... That way you can watch an hour show in 30 minutes.. once you strip out the commercials, pauses and laugh track...

Re:Time compression (1)

Threni (635302) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397342)

> Save more time by using software to strip out the pauses and slightly speed up
> the audio.. up to about 1.5x... That way you can watch an hour show in 30
> minutes.. once you strip out the commercials, pauses and laugh track...

I don't know how you strip out a laugh track, but you can generally cut down an hour show to 30 mins by just skipping the ads, given that a show advertised as being an hour long generally runs for 40 odd mins.

Re:Time compression (2, Interesting)

stanmann (602645) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397444)

Ok 43.5# != 30... however 30 * ~1.5=~43.5..

or you could cut out the pauses, and those long annoying fake audience applause/laugh bits which are just filler for jokes you wouldn't get otherwise...

#Note: 43.5 is the minimum allowed length of an hour of tv minus commercials.. 22.5 is the minimum half hour... so you will also note that two half hours is longer than one hour.it used to be 24 and 47 and IIRC once was 26 and 51..

Thanks! (1)

Derkec (463377) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397294)

Thanks for this article. I was going to write an "Ask Slashdot" asking if there were any Tivo like services for streaming web radio. I just wanted to do a bit of research on my own first. If one of these works for me, I'll be able to record all my favorite NPR weekend shows and perhaps avoid "car moments."

Re:Thanks! (1)

aheath (628369) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397337)

Great minds think alike. I've also been thinking about posting this question, but hadn't found the time to do my homework. I am actually interested in a solution that would allow me to record off the airwaves. Replay Radio looks interesting, but it is only for Internet radio. I'm looking for similar functionality that can work with an AM/FM tuner card in my PC.

Me - cynical? (5, Interesting)

scottyboy (116119) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397298)

So is this like uh... a thinly disguised advert, or what?

(Yes, I checked out the site)

Re:Me - cynical? (4, Funny)

cperciva (102828) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397471)

So is this like uh... a thinly disguised advert, or what?

No. It isn't disguised.

Speed Up The Audio! (3, Informative)

evilmuffins (631482) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397305)

I have a Creative Nomad Jukebox 3. One of the things I like about it is it has an effect to change the speed of the audio/mp3 you are listning to, up to 1.5x. I think it works by playing it faster, but it also lowers the pitch at the same time, so you don't get chipmunk voices. I also had a winamp plugin that did this awhile ago.

why timeshift? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397306)

Someone is going to complain about cramming more stuff into life, so it may as well be me. Dead time is sweet time. There's nothing wrong with lying around, ignoring the phone, staring out the windows and contemplating your navel. Time shifting makes every waking moment seem like work. Chill.

Re:why timeshift? (1)

notque (636838) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397396)

There's nothing wrong with lying around, ignoring the phone, staring out the windows and contemplating your navel.

If I had mod points, you would be as insightful as they come.

Re:why timeshift? (2, Insightful)

Westley (99238) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397397)

The ability to view/hear what you want when you want doesn't *stop* you from lying around etc. It just means that you aren't forced to.

No-one's saying you've got to buy one of these, or even that if you've got one you have to use it all the time.

Re:why timeshift? (5, Insightful)

nebaz (453974) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397429)

While it is true that there should be some down time in life, Time Shifting is definitely useful. I have quite a long commute to work each day and books on tape make the experience much better. There is only so much time in a day. Sometime time shifting actually ALLOWS more down time.

Re:why timeshift? (1)

ruhk (70494) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397453)

I think you have fallen into the trap of "if its good for me, it must be good for everyone".

I don't know about you, but I don't groove on sitting and doing nothing. If I--and I suspect this goes for the person who asked the question in the first place--felt like I needed some time to for "lying around, ignoring the phone, staring out the windows and contemplating [my] navel", I'd take it. Since I don't feel I need more down time, I'd rather have more ways to pack more things into my time.

Remember: just because its good for you doesn't mean its good for anyone else. The guy asked a person for a reason: he wants to 'cram more stuff into life'. It doesn't matter if you don't.
In other words: answer the question, don't bitch about how its the wrong question.

Question about Otis player (1)

nebaz (453974) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397308)

I've completed 8 unabridged books in two months just by carrying around my Otis player when I get dressed in the morning, driving to and from work, doing housework, or when I exercise.

Does the Otis player have headphones, or external speakers? If headphones, it is illegal in some areas to listen to headphones while driving. I have tried using external speakers with portable devices. They are usually terrible in the car. Or do you have an in-dash player of some sort?

Re:Question about Otis player (2, Informative)

ThogScully (589935) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397393)

Many aftermarket car stereos have alternate inputs so you can plug anything into it, much like an external CD changer, MP3 player, etc. If this is really a problem for you, consider a new stereo.
-N

Re:Question about Otis player (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397505)

If you have a cassette player in the car (I know my new Jeep came with CD and cassette), you can use one of the old discman car adapters and plug them into the headphone jack of your device. Sounds pretty darn good to me.

If you don't have a cassette adapter, several companies make an adapter that plugs into a headphone jack and outputs an FM signal good for around 30 ft. These things go for about $20-$30. Available at Target, Apple Store, etc...

reading while distracted (4, Interesting)

Joceyln Parfitt (756037) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397311)

you mention that you listen to books while getting dressed, etc. this is not a good method. remember that speed reading fad a few years back? well it turns out that if you don't concentrate on the book's subject you will miss out details and simply forget everything but the most important facts.

like someone said after "speed reading" War and Peace when asked if he could review it.. "um.. it's about some war, and things."

howard stern listener (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397313)

if you're a howard stern listener just use newsgroups.

alt.binaries.howard-stern has commercial free shows everyday. you can also find other popular radio talk shows on newsgroups daily. just have to look.

Re:howard stern listener (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397440)

I submitted a story about how Howard Stern has been suspended. You can get the scoop here [freep.com]. Perhaps your information will be useful to people who lost the show.

College students: timeshifting lectures (5, Interesting)

OpenGLFan (56206) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397316)

Ooold tech: we college students have been taping and timeshifting lectures for years.

iPod missed a great bit, though -- if they'd included the mp3-recording capabilities (something like the iRiver's hd recorder, or the Ripflash) then I bet that would've caught on VERY quickly. (You go to class today, I'll go tomorrow, we'll exchange mp3s tonight.)

I'd love to record my lectures, but I don't have $400 for an iRiver, and I can't find a minitape recorder that will last for 1.5 hours without stopping and flipping...

Re:College students: timeshifting lectures (5, Funny)

evanbd (210358) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397355)

You go to class today, I'll go tomorrow, we'll exchange mp3s tonight.

Whoa. Tell me how you plan to do that! I have a test coming up I could use some advance info on...

Re:College students: timeshifting lectures (3, Funny)

ianpurton (637900) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397448)

This reminds me of a story I heard where students would attend lectures, leave a dictaphone and come back later to pick them up.

Eventually the lecturer came to the lecture, left his dictaphone on play and came back later to pick that up.

Re:College students: timeshifting lectures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397468)

I've taped a few classes before using a NEX IA mp3 player (from http://www.frontierlabs.com). The classes themselves were foreign language discussions, and to my advantage it was a small group (~ 12 people) and the instructor was close by. I'm not sure how well it would work otherwise, but it can't hurt to try. The player itself was only $90, I believe.

(And if you're farther away from the speaker, I'm sure some signal processing can amplify the audio if it's too weak after recording.)

Again, maybe it only worked for me because the audio was reinforcement to the lecture I had already atteneded, but I say give it a shot.

Re:College students: timeshifting lectures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397536)

I bought an Olympus digital audio recorder from Best Buy for $150 (and that was on the EXPENSIVE end) that records great-sounding audio for lectures, etc. Good for at least 3 hours, and I know there's no flipping involved :)

Works with Windows and Mac...

More day in a day (1)

savagedome (742194) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397320)

Now I'm wondering how I can timeshift even more.

25 hour days would be a good start I say

Re:More day in a day (1)

aheath (628369) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397373)

Why not switch your schedule to Mars time? It's working for Spirit and Opportunity.

Re:More day in a day (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397512)

25 hours a day?

go to mars.

Ad filtering for NPR (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397328)

I should be a snap to incorporate ad filtering for NPR programs, too, since they are pretty much every 10 minutes through the hour.

eTexts (2, Interesting)

Insipid Trunculance (526362) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397331)

What i would like is a good eText to audio manager and a facility to covert my books easily from paper to electronic without having to use an OCR raeder page by page.

I wish the copy right law could be made more sensible so that Project gutenberg can have more and more of contemprorary literature.

Screw the service.. OSS solutions? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397335)

I have been enjoying the hell out of my Slim Devices SLIMP3 for nearly 3 years..

I have been thinking about a project to archive multiple internet radio stations simultaneously. It should file the content according to MP3 headers, etc. The ability to quickly skip forward in NPR news stories, etc, would also be nice, etc.

Does an OSS project to do this exist?

Timeshifting radio (1)

notque (636838) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397336)

Isn't that kind of what mp3's end up doing? I don't watch television anymore unless I download the show.

I listen to old radio programs on mp3.

I download everything when I want it, deleting it a couple days later. This is as much on demand as I've ever wanted. It's great.

What's the point? (4, Interesting)

mdemeny (35326) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397343)

You're being so 'Type A' about your leisure time. It's leisure time... the whole point is to relax, not to 'squeeze in more'.

Re:What's the point? (3, Interesting)

jstave (734089) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397390)

...but if someone is obsessive/compulsive about "squeezing in more", this *is* how they relax. How is comleting as many books as possible any different from getting the highest score on your favorite video game?

Re:What's the point? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397525)

The most important question is the difference between being goal-oriented (squeezing in more books, getting the highest score) or just enjoying the process.

Cars (1)

Gr8Apes (679165) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397344)

Make it for a car radio, and enable multiple station recording. Would hit the RIAA though, as then there's no more need for CD players...Wait, ClearChannel took care of that problem!

What are you saving all this time for??? Work??? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397356)

I just don't get it. I'm an American, and I can completely understand how Europeans think we are fucking crazy.

Why is this guy so concerned with saving time? 8 books? Can he even remember what he listened to?

Who cares about these days radio shows? It's exactly the same crap that you'll see on MSNBC or Fox News if you randomly flip through the channels. And there is only ever maybe 5-10 sentences out of the entire discussion that is intelligent.

Man, what is this dude saving all this time for... work? So you can WORK more? Do you get paid overtime? Probably not! So work your 8 hours, come home, get a girlfriend, spend time with her, fuck her, make babies, and have kids!

Jeeze, have you never seen that old school Disney movie about the guy who was so concerned about time he always carried a stopwatch with him, but then realized later that his concern about time just actual made him slip through life without actually enjoying it???

Good idea, actually (2, Interesting)

dmorin (25609) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397359)

I like that "audio books while getting dressed" thing. I used to try listening to my audio books while coding, but my brain kept trying to split itself down the middle. Quite painful, really. So now I just listen to them in the car, which gives me almost 2 hours a day. Not bad.

Does make me wish that the ipod had some more interactive features, though. Like, say, a wireless sync. That way I could just keep sending it new info (such as a text-to-speech version of an RSS feed) all day. Unlike an audio book, I wouldn't mind so much if the news turned into a background drone and I missed some of it.

The idea of taking off my ipod headphones when I set down at the desktop and putting a different set on (and then swapping everytime I want to get up from the machine) is not a good one. I dont even like putting it in the cradle because it's yet another thing I have to do before getting up and walking away.

A good Tivo timeshift trick somebody pointed out to me is to record the early news on a channel where they do one of those crawlers across the bottom of the screen. Then, watch on fast forward.

Simple: (5, Funny)

LV-427 (315309) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397361)

Step 1: Obtain DeLorean.
Step 2:: Invent Flux Capacitor.
Step 3: Timeshift.

You forgot Step 4! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397405)

Stay the hell away from your parents!

Quality vs Quantity (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397364)

"so I could listen to more radio talk shows"

Radio talk shows? I'd say the issue isn't having more time but how you are using the time you have already.

Replay "Radio" and ReplayTV (1)

sdmartin101 (601186) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397365)

Replay "Radio", huh? I wonder if the nice folks at DNNA [digitalnetworksna.com] might see this as trademark infringement?

Re:Replay "Radio" and ReplayTV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397485)

Yes. If you want to buy time, you are going to have to pay the MPAA and RIAA. There are no such thing as free seconds to your life. God wants his cut.

Radio Shark (2, Informative)

asdren (35537) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397369)

Radio Shark [griffintechnology.com]

Don't know if this has been released yet. It's been in development for quite a while.

I'm waiting for a Tivo unit with a DVD/R built-in.

Radio and the web. (1)

Goth Biker Babe (311502) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397376)

My favourite radio station, BBC Radio 4 [bbc.co.uk] has most of it's programmes available on line to listen to at any time. In fact most of the BBC radio stations have such facilities. Then my digital satelite feed has countless radio stations available all of which can be recorded on the PVR.

The audio books available on cassette are great for listening to in the car when driving distances. I also MP3 radio plays and play them from my PDA which is then plugged in to the car stereo.

Books tend to be read in the bath or on the train. Skimming through text books in the bath after work is a good time saver. The books read on the train are usually novels.

Is timeshifting really /better/ ? (4, Insightful)

NeoSkandranon (515696) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397380)

"I've completed 8 unabridged books in two months just by carrying around my Otis player when I get dressed in the morning, driving to and from work, doing housework, or when I exercise. Now I'm wondering how I can timeshift even more."

Do you really absorb as much listening to something while you do other things as sitting down and reading? I have enough trouble getting it all to sink in and not skimming boring parts with a good ol' mass market paperback

Re:Is timeshifting really /better/ ? (1)

dmorin (25609) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397507)

Do you really absorb as much

Depends what you're listening to. Right now I've got Hary Potter 5 on there, and I could care less if I miss some subtle symbolism.

Re:Is timeshifting really /better/ ? (1)

beegle (9689) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397540)

I find that listening to audio books is just... different. Like most fast readers, I've developed techniques while reading to identify and ignore non-important parts of the story. Audiobooks simply take much longer to "read": you're not going to burn through one in an evening, even if you listen on fast forward. Fast-forwarding through the boring parts doesn't work: it's harder to identify where they end.

The trick is learning to listen differently. With an audio book, you learn to do stuff during the unimportant parts and pause for the important parts. You find yourself thinking "More character description. This is a good time to run the coffee grinder." and "Major confrontation approaching. Put down the Xacto knife and pay attention."

I find it very difficult to drive and listen at the same time unless I'm in rush hour 5MPH traffic.

Mac users, shift! (5, Informative)

tribguru (458685) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397386)

Mac users have a new timeshift option (if Griffin [griffintechnology.com] ever ships it); check out RadioShark [griffintechnology.com]. It records AM, FM, and Internet broadcasts into AIFF format. Upload to your MP3 player [apple.com] and away you go!

(Now just SHIP the darned thing, Griffin.)

Ghetto engineering (5, Insightful)

almaon (252555) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397395)

Somewhat related to the topic. Before the internet, I wanted to record long radio programs in the morning/afternoon while I was away at work and was not allowed to listen to the radio. I needed a way to record radio programs that were 4-6 hours long, a cassette deck didn't cut it...

Ghetto engineering! I jacked my stereo through the back of a VCR's audio in, used a VHS tape set on SLP, program the VCR to start and stop recording at a predetermined time, and abracadabra: 6 hours of hassle free recording.

Glad to know that there are less ghetto ways of doing it now, the Griffin Technology RadioSHARK looks promising for OSX. www.griffintechnology.com

Me too! (1)

aug24 (38229) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397504)

I did the same thing, and it's still the easiest way to do it. I *already* have a VCR, and it's *already* plugged in to a stereo input, and I spend most of my leisure time *in my house*.

J.

Stop! (1)

FrostedWheat (172733) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397403)

Now I'm wondering how I can timeshift even more

If you keep this up you'll end up like Wesley Crusher when he left for those 'other plains of existence'.

And did he wrap up warm? NO!

One word (5, Funny)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397414)

Crank.

Once you get rid of that annoying sleep habit, you find the possibilities are limitless. I finished the entire "A la recherche du temps perdu" in 18 hours in the original and I don't even speak French. I think. Except for these damn spiders crawling up my arms, this is great. Just great!

Re:One word (5, Funny)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397482)

Reminds me of a damned funny SNL episode with Jim Carrey:

We combine a heat bead suit with the common knowledge of ordinary street junkies to bring you this: Jimmy Tango's Fat Busters!

You wear the patented vibrating heat bead suit and jam gobs of raw crystal meth into your system!

Don't be afraid to RIDE THE SNAKE!!!


Testimonial:
Not only did I lose 140 lbs in two weeks, I also learned I am the devil!

more radio talk shows (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397432)

You really want to listen to more radio talk shows? You don't need that. What you need, is a life!

Two words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397434)

Now I'm wondering how I can timeshift even more.

Meth. Actually, that's only one word, but I've done a lot of meth.

8 Book in 2 months? (0, Flamebait)

nietsch (112711) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397435)

You must be illiterate if you think that is a big achievement, or do you have dislexia or other reading disorders? 8 books in 2 months is less then a book per week. If I take more than 1 week to finish a book it is just not interesting.
But if you use as a backgroundnoise with added bonus to be able to claim literacy: Sure, go right ahead.

Re:8 Book in 2 months? (2, Insightful)

saderax (718814) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397494)

The poster said 8 unabridged books, and im quite sure that if they are unabridged, then they are long enough to be considered a novel. 8 novels in a two month period is a decent rate IMO also considering that some of us have lives aside from just reading.

Just because YOU cannot finish War and Peace in one week does not mean its not interesting.

Ack! Are you serious? (5, Interesting)

atomly (18477) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397437)

Another option would be to read books because you find it enjoyable. You're bound to have an ulcer by 35 if you keep up like this. Sometime I worry that I spend too much of my day ingesting data because I read so many websites, newsgroups, message boards, mailing lists, etc. and I certainly don't need to cram any more in while putting on my socks in the morning.

It's going to be interesting to see how this all plays out. We're the first generation to have this much data available to us at all times, but I don't think we've really started to see the true effects of it yet. Just think about how much more media (music, movies, books, etc) we're exposed to than previous generations-- I wonder what the implications of that will be.

I can already, as a musician, see a very big change to music and to how people interact with it. People spend so much less time actually appreciating music than they used to. Just think that, not that long ago, people used to sit down together and listen to a record and do nothing else. You rarely see anybody do anything like that anymore. Hell, most people I know barely finish listening to songs anymore now that they have access to MP3 players.

If you examine other areas of media (news, books, movies, etc), all of this is happening in much the same way. I digest easily 100 times the news in a day that somebody would've 50 years ago, I see at least five movies a week (thank you, Netflix and Suprnova!), etc. Not to mention how many ads I see in any given day.

I think that having all of this information at our fingertips is going to be a double-edged sword. Just like having MP3s around commoditized music, the same will go for all media. And just as search engines/data collection sites (say, for example, Slashdot or Metafilter-- sites that find data for you) became the "killer app" for the web, I guess these "timeshifting" devices, like TiVo, which allow you to collect the data you wish to collect from a given source (i.e. record all episodes of "Arrested Development," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and "The World Series of Poker"), will become the "killer app" of their respected medium. I just have to wonder how it will affect us as people and our society as a whole.

Rentention (1)

Opalima (744615) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397449)

I've often wondered how much detail folks who consume books on tape/CD/PAD actually retain. Sitting down and concentrating only on listening to an audio recording in one thing, but I'm wondering how much information actually sticks when you're engaged in other simultaneous actvities like driving, flossing the dog, etc.

Help! I'm trapped in the future! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397455)

I've timeshifted my whole life ahead by 6 days and now I can't get back. Someone please help me! I'm trapped in the future!

Life is a journey (0, Offtopic)

wsxian (689313) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397463)

Life is a journey not a destination. Your time shifting may detract from the enjoyment of the moment, whether that moment be smelling a rose or enjoying a book.

Men are that they might have joy, not to be so crammed with information that they lose their sense of beauty and wonder.

Damn, Unplug and take a walk (5, Insightful)

Inexile2002 (540368) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397472)

Seriously. You need some perspective.

Once a year for a week I just force myself to unplug. I yank the network cards and modems out of my machines, unplug the controllers on my game systems, take my tv remote, monitor power cord, PDA and cel phone - put it all in a box and drop it off at a friend's house.

No radio, no news, no newspapers, no magazines, no tv, no nothing. I allow myself books, but only stuff that I've been planning to read for at least a year and putting off. The first few days are a little stressing, I start to get jittery and keep panicking that I'm missing something important. But by the end of the week I've got more perspective on life, more perspective on all those little electronic leashes that I impose on myself and generally a much much much lower tolerance for most of the info-garbage that I regularly consume.

Someone who's unironically posting a message seeking help on ways to more efficiently consume more media than he already does has to step back and think about that for a second. I don't mean to sound judgemental at all - really - but damn man, if your problem is that you can't figure out how to cram a little more media into your life then you need to step back for a minute and really give your life a good hard ponder.

I don't mean to sound all hippy zen on you, but when was the last time you felt grass on your bare feet? Best of luck, but no one ever said on their death bed, "If only I had listened to more talk radio..."

Re:Damn, Unplug and take a walk (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397509)

I yank the network cards and modems out of my machines, unplug the controllers on my game systems, take my tv remote, monitor power cord, PDA and cel phone - put it all in a box and drop it off at a friend's house.

I think what you are looking for is the power switch.

Maybe we actually DONT need more distractions.. (2, Insightful)

carn1fex (613593) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397477)

I know this is slashdot and none of us will be satisfied until we can immerse our brains in media 24/7 while having an AI walk our bodies to and from our cars and work.. but honestly, i think you should all learn the value of sitting in silence and thinking for a few minutes a day without distraction. I know our society of advanced capitalism is pushing to cram entertainment into every femtosecond of our lives and eventually that plugging of holes will be complete, but seriously.. take a step back, and take some deep breaths and please do it often.. for the rest of us:)

Really want more time? Throw the damn TIVO out! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8397480)

Seriously, if you want more meaningful time in your life, shouldn't you address the fact that you're spending much of it watching OTHER people do stuff?

Laptop timeshifting (1)

JBMcB (73720) | more than 10 years ago | (#8397542)

When I'm on a plane I load up my laptop with things to read, as I can't really get any work done crushed into the kid's-table-sized chairs.

1. I suck down a few news websites, the kernel traffic, cryptome (carefully) and some mailing list archives with wget.

2. I download a few free radio shows, like Off The Hook (2600 Radio) or This American Life (A bit harder, you have to, um, rip it :)

3. I grab the mailing list traffic from my mailing-list-only account and compose replies for later sending.

4. That pinball game is really addicting. Thanks Maxis! :)

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