practice resources, television/PBS shows

In general I have found the history channel shows the best for
practicing shorthand. In particular a long time ago there was
once a 27 episode series by UCLA history professor Eugene
Weber on the history of western civilization for which I took
detailed notes and enjoyed immensely. As I have just gone
back to having cable tv (after a decade or so break) I was
wondering if anyone had any suggestions for
interesting television shows for practicing shorthand?

The comedy shows can be good, but mostly humour depends
too much on timing and delivery and you don’t really record those.
Still I am planning on practicing next on a DVD for Steve Martin’s
The Man with Two Brains. (The name of the doctor played by
Martin won’t be easy– Dr. Frhurhurh or something.)

Richard Harper

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  1. I've been doing some recently.  I found the new game show Password to be interesting to write down.  A good way to do words that are similar but not necessarily in shorthand.  I was just trying it out.   I think any TV show that interests you would be one you would want notes for.  If it doesn't interest you, you won't care what your notes looks like because you probably won't every try reading them again.   If I remember correctly someone mentioned the news.  The news anchors speak very well and not too hurriedly (usually).   I can't remember what other tv shows I've done.  I bought a stenobook and stuck it next to my chair to motivate me to practice while I watch TV.  Works somewhat.  I have about 5 or so pages written (not very well and some half filled… but still…). Debbi

  2. There was a series on one of the History Channels about the neanderthals.  I think there were 3 in the series.  I found the material fairly easy to take.  I also attempted to take another documentary that had to do with genetics and the differences in a certain sequences amongst certain populations.  Once  I could figure out some briefs for the very technical terms, it was an interesting take. 

  3. Someone once told me that documentaries are narrated at about 90 words per minute.   They should be easy enough to get down.   There should be a documentary channel where everyone lives, no? Or at least PBS.   sidhe

  4. Carl Sagan's Cosmos series is being shown on The Science Channel in my
    area Sunday night from 7PM through 4 AM. I might practice shorthand on
    the first three or so hours of shows. (Hmm.. maybe I should finally
    try to hook up my VCR and record the whole nine hours for practice
    later.)

    science channel 284
    http://science.discovery.com/tv-schedules/daily.html

    Richard Harper

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  5. I have the Cosmos series on DVD.  I should give it a try.  I just get so interested in what he's saying that I keep stopping to think.  It's a very good series.  I've got the updated series.  Carl didn't need much correction.  Carl Sagan was such a good guy.

  6. hey how about music? i haven't tried it but it would seem like a fun way to listen to the words of your favorite song and write down what they say. everything would rhyme so you have the same sounds, reinforcing the same characters.

  7. Music would work. I was just listening to my mp3 player in my car at lunch (needed to get away from the office, so to speak) and I, of course, had my steno book in my car and started writing down some songs. I realized I need more practice and this isn't a bad way to go about it. The chorus is repaeted at laest once if not more so good repeat practice for those words. Of course I also realized that one song chorus had a bunch of words with "n" in it (no, not, now) and I was writting it way too long. So it can help with that too–realizing it and practicing them. Plus if there's time after or inbetween songs you can practice a few outlines. Or when the next song is way too fast to write.

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