24 Hours of TV -- Don't Just Watch TV, Live It

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Acclaimed author and Internet pundit, Scott "Special K" Knaster, along with b1-66er, will watch television for 24 hours straight beginning noon, February 25, 2006. The entire event will be logged on the Web site: http://www.24HoursOfTV.BlogSpot.com.

Beginning at noon, Pacific Time, next Saturday, February 25, 2006, celebrated author and Internet specialist Scott “Special K” Knaster, along with his wise-cracking-yet-amiable sidekick b1-66er, will spend 24 hours straight in front of a television set in suburban Campbell, California. The event will be covered on the Internet as it occurs, both on a Web site dedicated to the purpose (http://www.24HoursOfTV.BlogSpot.com) and in a dedicated AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) chat room. The public is encouraged to check in on the progress of the event, or even participate

Watch or Join In?

The entire 24HTV event will be covered before, during and after the actual viewing on the blog: http://www.24HoursOfTV.BlogSpot.com. Both Mr. Knaster and b1-66er will be providing extensive commentary on the Web site along with color commentary in a dedicated AIM chat room. Further, anyone stepping forward to commit the same 24 hour period of time for TV viewing will be granted author privileges as a true participant. “I just want it to be fun,” Mr. Knaster says. Interested parties should seek the 24HTV site for more details.

A Stupid Idea Creates the Rule of Motion

Mr. Knaster explains the background of the project: “I’m offered hundreds of program choices on TV. When I look at the listings I'm intrigued by the potential for strangeness, badness, and camp, but I never make the time to actually watch. I had an idea: plant myself in front of the TV and switch channels randomly. I want it to be strange, so I’ll change them frequently.” He pauses then adds, “It’s a really stupid idea.”

As with a shark’s inherent need to swim to live, 24 Hours of TV (24HTV) is guided by the general Rule of Motion. Every 15 minutes, a channel on DirecTV will be randomly chosen and the channel will be changed – regardless of what is being watched at the time and irrespective of the channel being changed to (as long as there is a coherent signal).

General Mills Balks at the “Official Food of 24HTV” – Food Sponsorship Welcomed

In a 24 hour time period, Mr. Knaster and b1-66er are certain to get hungry. Clearly Totino’s Pizza Rolls should be the Official Food of 24HTV and yet repeated efforts to contact General Mills for product sponsorship during the event have gone unanswered. B1-66er explains, “I went to the General Mills Web site, but their email communication ‘feature’ didn’t work. So I sent a FAX explaining what was happening. Two days go by, no answer. So I call their customer line and get pushed to a marketing rep only to find she was on vacation. I call her stand in and what do I get? No response.” B1-66er gets teary-eyed, adding, “Jeepers, you’d think they’d be proud to sponsor us. It’s tough when you think you’re covertly hated by such a fine company as General Mills. I’m losing sleep over it -- just not my R.E.M. sleep, thank goodness.”

A spokesperson for Polterzeitgeist Productions puts it this way, “Knaster and the ‘Sixer’ are good men. Like all good men, they need to be fed, not mistreated like alley-way curs. Pizza rolls aren’t the only answer to this problem. I’m confident that a creative and understanding food corporation will step through and help the lads.” Definitely an opportunity worth considering given that Mr. Knaster’s personal Web site (http://www.foodisworse.typepad.com/this/) has a higher Google PageRank than even that of General Mills.

Why 24HTV?

B1-66er says, “I like doing interesting and unusual things. 24HTV is a weird idea and I can think of no one I’d rather do it with than Special K.” Mr. Knaster takes a different view, “I just want to write about 24 Hours of Television as my mind drips away.”


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