Skills you picked up from TV and movies

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These are little tidbits picked up, I think we all consciously or unconsciously do or say things if they made an impact. I like the saying "it's not rocket surgery", and I lol on the inside everytime it slips by, and when it doesn't I've had interesting conversations.


From Hustler (the act of hustling, not the publication) movies from the 70s and 80s I learned old note switch. That's when you flash a note ( score, or 20 pounds and then pay with 5 or 10 and ask for the change of 20) customers who saw the 20 will be idiot witnesses, and I have the confidence to tell em that they're wrong and life is nice and simple.


PSYCH I learned to pay attention. So when going around a corner look everywhere, I look up down left wrong, shadows, reflections. It can imply nexx level awareness and can open avenues with talking to the other or same sex, whichever you prefer.


Fringe gave me a few, investigative extras that are 90% useless but the extra questions can give interesting answers. Think I'm missing some pieces. Blame Walter Bishop.


Tshirts of relevant or obscure likenesses can mean deep and concise openings leading to friendships that are timeless. I had a triforce tshirt for 5 years, and 4 people commented on it. I asked two of them to marry me, 1 was married, the other said no.


Please share yours, it might upgrade some of us. Or even if it's something seemingly innocuous, you never know.
 
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this scene in Hackers where they tell you how to hack a payphone is actually a for real hack. you can record certain tones that a phone produces and play them back into a receiver to get it to do things.

one time i downloaded some pre-made tones off a BBS and burned them to a CDR so that i could play it through my portable CD player. only used it a few times but it for real worked, instant free calls from any payphone.
 
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this scene in Hackers where they tell you how to hack a payphone is actually a for real hack. you can record certain tones that a phone produces and play them back into a receiver to get it to do things.

one time i downloaded some pre-made tones off a BBS and burned them to a CDR so that i could play it through my portable CD player. only used it a few times but it for real worked, instant free calls from any payphone.
Yeah, it's called phreaking
 
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can't really think of anything in particular, but i do know MANY people have learned the English language from watching tv shows and movies. like people from countries outsides us/canada/uk/australia/etc. I have met international friends at uni. who learned a lot of proper english just from binge watching stuff on Netflix all day (when they came to the U.S at 5-10 years old they barely spoke a lick)
 
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In all seriousness Alton Brown's 'Good Eats' taught me how to cook.
They taught me a bit as well, the barbecue cook offs taught me how to make amazing wings, ribs and the reverse sear made beef even more delicious.

American pickers and antique roadshow taught how to assess little bits of value, and refined my haggling skills.