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Friday, July 23rd, 2004

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nikonraccoon asked about this: HBO Singapore is finally showing Sex and the City.It is, near as I can figure out, the ``tame'' edition shown on TBS. Last year Channel 5 had a ``tame'' version of The Sopranos I hadn't guessed existed. Parts of scenes were replaced with takes featuring softer cuss words and more concealed strippers. They had fuzzier audio and video, as in the ``I'm surrounded by morons!'' alternate scene from Spaceballs.

I imagine the Media Development Authority web site gives exact rules, but Singapore web sites are not designed to let people find information. Censorship rules seem to demand child-safe shows before 10 p.m. -- so Friends, The West Wing, and Greg the Bunny are on as late as midnight -- and extremes of sex and violence are right out. Fargo, for example, loses the shooting of the parking attendant, though we see the aftermath, and the wood chipper scene seems intact. Sex jokes are oddly restricted: on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (occasionally on CNBC) the Masturbating Bear may visit, be described, be conversed with, but you won't hear the Saber Dance. Eye for a Guy, which I think is two words short of its U.S. title, runs annoying ads that fall short of saying what's on the show.

All this does leave me with one of my cherished trinkets, a Video CD of 2001: A Space Odyssey with its sticker certifying it's been passed by the Singapore Board of Film Censors, I imagine on an easy day of work.

Trivia: Mariner 10 had a bandwidth of 118,000 bits per second of TV data and 2,450 bits per second of non-imaging science and engineering data. Source: The Voyage of Mariner 10: Mission to Venus and Mercury, James A. Dunne and Eric Burgess. NASA SP-424.

Currently Reading: Quest of the Three Worlds, Cordwainer Smith.

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