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[Comments] (1) Paleoworld: This is a whole documentary series (on the Science Channel... OF SCIENCE!) about dinosaurs. I guess it could be about other paleo-things but I only seem to see the ones about dinosaurs. Sample shows: "The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt" and tonight's episode, "Troodon: Dinosaur Genius". It's really good to listen to while making dinner because it's about stuff that's extinct. All they can do is circular pans around models of the dinosaurs, and pictures of paleontologists digging in the desert. So you're not missing anything by just listening to it.

"Troodon: Dinosaur Genius" is about the Troodon, which had an opposable finger and the largest brain/body mass ratio of any dinosaur. Pretty soon the documentary will reach the traditional "unwarranted extrapolation" phase, where people will speculate that, were it not for the K/T event, Troodon could have continued its trend towards greater intelligence and become a sentient lizardoid species. Yes, just like in that episode of Star Trek: Voyager.

The main problem with Paleoworld is that there's no warning when it goes to commercial, and the voiceover announcer for the show sounds just like the voiceover announcer in the commercials. So you hear things like this. "But the story of Troodon does not end here. It launches us from the dinosaur age to the space age. The latest Mars Orbiter is about to arrive!" And "Troodon was a dinosaur with incomparable brainpower. All of us have internal plumbing. But sometimes our pipes doesn't work as well as they should."

I once worked with a guy who was going to voiceover school nights, and he said that there is a standard set of voices that you learn in voiceover school. I guess this is so the school and employers can grade you on an objective scale, but it's really creating a voiceover monoculture.

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Posted by Jack Masters at Sun Mar 05 2006 15:10


this made me think of your eat a pita comic

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