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What We(‘ve) Watch(ed)

January 10, 2007

I (STILL) haven’t watched a television show in the traditional sense since August of 2005. I’ll watch the occasional hockey or baseball game with my son, but not a single “show” over any broadcast medium other than that.

I haven’t missed it a bit.

I have been watching “shows” nearly every night, however. My wife and I grab the laptop, pop in a DVD and watch an (yep, just one) episode of something.

What we’ve watched in the past 24 months (a few of these things were viewed before — but I’ll be damned if I can remember):

  1. NewsRadio (Season 1)
  2. NewsRadio (Season 2)
  3. FireFly (Complete Series)
  4. Reno 911 (Season 1)
  5. Reno 911 (Season 2)
  6. Family Guy (Season 1)
  7. Family Guy (Season 2)
  8. Family Guy (Season 3)
  9. Dead Like Me (Season 1)
  10. Dead Like Me (Season 2)
  11. Arrested Development (Season 1)
  12. Arrested Development (Season 2)
  13. Friends (Complete Series)
  14. Arrested Development (Season 3)
  15. NewsRadio (Season 3)
  16. NewsRadio (Season 4)
  17. NewsRadio (Season 5)
  18. The Office (UK)
  19. The Office (US) (Season 1)
  20. The Office (US) (Season 2)
  21. The Lost Room
  22. Reno 911 (Season 1)
  23. Entourage (Season 1)
  24. Entourage (Season 2)
  25. Entourage (Season 3)
  26. Heroes (Season 1)

The point of all of this, is that I think television does not work any longer. The advertisements have gotten out of control. The good shows get cancelled, which works well for my manner of watching as we get nice, neat packages of shows in which to purchase. I do think that the right people are more likely to get paid when I buy these — although I don’t care enough to really research that.

All I know, is that it’s a much more fulfilling (and condensed) way to watch good TV — yes, I’m including “Friends” (guilty pleasure).

Broadcast television (in its current form) is in its end days.

The Vote

November 7, 2006

I’ll be hopping in my car in six hours to go cast my ballot. I just watched the HBO/Black Box Voting production of “Hacking Democracy” — it’s worth a view. Thanks to Diebold, I have no idea if my vote will count. It’s sad and amazingly frustrating.

Go to http://electoral-vote.com for the latest polling information. As of right now, it’s a tossup in the Senate (50 Dem, 49 GOP, 1 tie). The House should be heavily blue (polling 239 -196 Dems). If the Dems get the house, they can handcuff the White House quite nicely. If the House is still Republican-led after tomorrow, it’s time to burn this place to the ground — there will be no more democracy here.

For more information and what you can do — see http://BlackBoxVoting.org.

Lunch Time with Ira

October 31, 2006

Nearly every day for the past year, I’ve spent my lunch time listening to another Ira’s radio show (and again on the ride home) on my favorite $25 gadget.

I love the XM Radio for so many reasons, but this is one of the biggest.