... a few weeks ago the telephone rang here at the compound... upon answering what I assumed was a telemarketer, I was thrilled to find myself asked to participate in the famous Nielsen Ratings System... so for the past few days I have been religiously scribbling down each and every television show that has been pumped into my cozy living room....

... and you know, it's starting to piss me off.... sure, at first I got all warm and fuzzy with the thought that I was "part of something big"... but now it is just tedious.... I mean, times, channels, program names, are the Missus AND I watching said show or is it just me or her alone.... this crap is getting old...

... the only upside to the whole shooting match is that in my attempts to derail The System, I'm definitely getting a fine opportunity to catch up on the daily cycle of pay per view porn movies....

... there is some pretty weird shit on at 3am, people.... just trust me.... again, boys and girls, your humble weblogger plumbs the depths so you guys don't have to....

.... I wonder what percentage of the Nielsen demographic I'm going to get shoehorned into... the mind, wow... she does boggle....

... and speaking of boggling, congrats to Skippy for hitting 100K hits...

by Eric on July 15, 2006 | Bullshit (8) | TrackBack (0) | Psycho Rants
Bullshit So Far

Did you get the dollar?

Bullshitted by Catfish on July 15, 2006 09:58 AM

We participated in the Nielson Rating survey years ago - and your right. It was a total pain in the ass.

Your viewing habits should give an interesting tilt to their findings though - and that's a good thing... ; )

Bullshitted by Richmond on July 15, 2006 10:09 AM

I've never done the Nielson thing but we did a radio thing similar to that around here and it was a Major PITA. They gave us each a toonie for doing it though, so it wasn't ALL for naught I guess.

Bullshitted by Lisa W. on July 15, 2006 10:30 AM

Here's to putting a spike in The Man's graph.

Bullshitted by bitterman on July 15, 2006 10:55 AM

Way, way back...perhaps 20 years ago, I agreed to get involved with the Nielsen Ratings. They came out and wired up my TV and VCR with a monitoring device. They also gave me a scanner to scan all my purchases. Once a week, I had dial up a number and essentially "download" the info through the phone.

This was much easier than having to write everything down! And each week that I dialed in, I would earn points that I could turn in for goodies. After about 2 years, I earned enough points for a medium size camping tent (which I only ever used once!)

I wonder if they even do this anymore. Since then, I've been sent the "write it all down" version a couple of times...and have been sent the dollar. But it would be interesting to know if they are still using the scanners and wiring up TV's.

It was kind of fun and interesting to be part of that study. But at the same time, it really felt like *Big Brother* was watching you.

Bullshitted by DogsDontPurr on July 15, 2006 04:10 PM

You're a Nielson Family now. I'm LMAO. I think you're probably the crazy uncle to the Nielson family... every family has one! ;-)

Bullshitted by Bou on July 15, 2006 04:31 PM

I recently got hooked into a radio sweeps thing. You had to write it down but since I only listen to one station and that's only in the car which I hardly drive, it took all of three minutes to fill out at the end of the week. I got three bucks for my trouble. Looking at it as an hourly rate, I thought I made out pretty well.

Bullshitted by Libby on July 16, 2006 07:33 AM

Infomercials at 3am will change your life, man...

YOLF! All hail the Glory of YOLF!

Bullshitted by Graumagus on July 17, 2006 01:29 PM