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Slow television (wikipedia.org)
36 points by galfarragem on Dec 3, 2018 | hide | past | favorite | 10 comments

Reminds me of http://astronaut.io/# - a page that plays Youtube videos that "no one" has seen before. Just random moments of people's lives they wanted to capture, then a few seconds later, something else. It's highly soothing and rather touching. Kids singing, school projects, birthdays, strange nothings that you have no idea why they videoed, let alone uploaded, it.

The BBC had been showing some excellent slow TV recently on BBC 4. I particularly liked the bus journey through the Yorkshire Dales https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p044g8yx and Autralia's Ghan train - which runs North to South through the red centre https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bq3jnv

List of all the programmes in their slow season: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Four_Goes_Slow

Doug Stanhope was talking about how he was in Norway and there was a 12 hour show that was all about a single boat trip. He said he loved that kind of tv and that even if he had been on that boat ride he would have stayed in his cabin and just watched the televised version. He made a joke about how he would have to stay and watch the whole thing just to see how it all turned out.

Not exactly the same thing, but I found breath of the wild 100%speedruns pretty calming and engaging. Mostly link running. Occasional intense battles. Every 15 min or so, you see something really clever.

I know it’s not quite the same thing, but the game is so expansive I think it points in the same direction.

This reminds me of watching surfing competitions. Much of the time is spent watching competitors wait for waves, which is very peaceful to watch.

It would be great if someone live-streamed walking along a beach for a few hours.

I would love to see more content which falls in the between this and the extremely overedited-for-excitement stuff which seems so pervasive now.

The cycling grand tours are 95% slow TV actually.

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