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The life hack post seems to have worked quite well. Please feel free to add more or point others at it.

[personal profile] arkady's been having a bad migraine week, so I've been working at home, which means trying to maintain coherent workplace thought concerning sixty live websites using a small netbook in sore need of another gig of RAM while keeping a toddler entertained. At least I save on tube fare and lunches. I do believe we now have the complete collection of Thomas the Tank Engine.

Speaking of which, avoid Thomas and the Magic Railroad. You haven't heard of it because it's a dismal failure in every possible regard. Utterly misconceived. Dropping murderous engines with scary claws into the relentlessly harmless little England of Sodor and frightening the audience is what? Freda thinks Lady is fantastic ("Lady is pretty and beautiful! Lady's purple!"); skip to about 50 minutes in and just show the toddler the last half-hour, which is her bit. The plot is of negative utility. The more recent ones are like five-minute episodes expanded to an hour each, don't mess with the formula and are far more effective in fixing the attention of the young test subject.

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Date: 2010-10-02 12:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] greylock
Thomas the Tank Engine reviews in my DW?

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Date: 2010-10-02 12:47 pm (UTC)
tangent_woman: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tangent_woman
Regarding toddler entertainment options, I know there is a lot of variety available, but if you are not familiar with "The Wiggles", I can recommend them for being a) riveting to toddlers b) not as intolerable as much of the competition c) not being completely without educational merit and d) having a fair catalogue of recordings. (Toddlers may enjoy re-re-re-watching favourite programs, but I know that too much repetition used to drive me buggy.)

Good luck, and I hope [personal profile] arkady's migraine departs post haste.

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Date: 2010-10-02 01:03 pm (UTC)
greylock: (Default)
From: [personal profile] greylock
My method of practical toddler control is far more effective than even this (http://gawker.com/5652804/mom-boyfriend-sentenced-to-jail-for-taping-toddler-to-wall?skyline=true&s=i).

It involves keeping them far, far away.
Duct tape comes a close third.

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Date: 2010-10-02 01:04 pm (UTC)
greylock: (Default)
From: [personal profile] greylock
I was pretty much coming here to make that point.

Are The Wiggles big in the UK?

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Date: 2010-10-02 01:19 pm (UTC)
tangent_woman: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tangent_woman
Yes, so do I. And I remember them when they wore plaid shirts instead of the trademark skivvies.

They might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I am very glad they exist. I cannot abide the vast majority of the programs that are targeted at the toddler market, and the idea of having my kids watch much of it upset me. Yes, probably irrational of me, but the Tellytubbies? Ergh. Argh. Blech. Being able to whack Big Red Car on and using the TV as childcare so I could, say, shower unaccompanied saved my sanity more than a few times.

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Date: 2010-10-02 01:43 pm (UTC)
greylock: (Default)
From: [personal profile] greylock
My understanding is that kids entertainment is less cyclical and trend-driven (that is, it has a longer self life if you can get the kids before they socialise too much).

I know more Wiggles than I care too though.

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Date: 2010-10-02 01:50 pm (UTC)
tangent_woman: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tangent_woman
I loathe ABC3, mainly because my children love it. Negotiating TV watching is harder since ABC3 became available.

I find that there are, as always, programs I think are well made and which have merit while I think others are toxic compost. I cannot name more than a few programs, though I hear them all when my children are watching them. *twitch*

The fact that some of the the programs are interspersed with presenters whose antics are highly irritating does not help me abide with it.

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Date: 2010-10-03 02:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] redcountess
This post is made of win! :-)

Freda would love the discount store in Mentone I went to on Friday to get stuff for my La Calavera Catrina costume, it's big on costume and dress up items, feather boas of every colours, little girls fairy and princess costumes spanning nearly the whole ceiling (hanging up) plus lots of other tat, I must go back for another look ;-)

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Date: 2010-10-03 08:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] doug
without trying to sell them candy

It's not trying to sell them candy but it is very much about selling them brand-related tat: toys, clothing, bedding, crockery, magazines, anything.

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Date: 2010-10-04 03:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] damerell
Disappointingly, Lady is a Victorian steam locomotive but not a LNWR 2-2-2 Lady of the Lake.

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Date: 2010-10-04 03:28 pm (UTC)
damerell: (trains)
From: [personal profile] damerell
Well, I dunno. The Victorians did build a lot of 0-4-0s looking somewhat like that - the incredible amount of copper on the boiler aside. She could plausibly be an LMS 0-4-0 in that maroon.