Life Imitates TiVo
One great feature of TiVo (and potentially other DVRs, but I’m an exclusive TiVotee) is that live broadcasts are always buffered for 30 minutes, allowing you to rewind or pause on the fly. A quirk in the system allows you to press a button and go back to the beginning of the buffer (or the recorded program) – it can be handy, but in our house with kids, it frequently gets pressed inadvertently when the TV is off. Later when you turn on the TV, live programming is delayed 1/2 hour – I’ve had the experience a number of times of turning on a sportscast or news program, and only realizing after awhile that I’ve been watching in a delay. This inadvertent buffer can be unnerving, realizing that you’ve been living in the past, and then trying to figure out how to readjust into the present – do you just jump immediately, or slowly fast forward through ads & slow spots to take advantage of the buffer?
Lately, I’ve had a number of odd moments when I get the strange feeling that my life is caught in a 30 minute buffer, and fear that I’ll suddenly realize that I’ve got to awkwardly catch up to the present.
I don’t know if it means I’m watching too much TV or not enough…
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