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December 14 at 12:48pm

It’s That Time Of The Year Again

When the NYTimes publishes its Year In Ideas issue, its time for rejoicing.  Outside of an election year like this one, nothing helps me get excited for the future like this little round up (well, on a non-personal level that is).  

Wondering about how to spend your weekend or what to read on the john today, read the Year In Ideas.  Well, I guess on the latter option, you should go out and buy the newspaper (remember those?).
I hope to follow up on some of the ideas listed in this issue in the weeks ahead, but they have lots of good ones: the bio-mechanical energy harvester, the bus-wait formula, the climate change defense, the dog-poop DNA bank, fast-food zoning, plants’ rights,  and vending machines for crows, in addition to lots of interesting observations, like the glass cliff women are often asked to jump off of and the reach of wage inequality.


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December 5 at 2:04pm

Television Is SOOO Over

I have not had cable for over five years.  In NYC that means not having TV since broadcast reception is so poor.  Granted I have always been a greater fan of movies (I saw two last night), than shows in general, but 2008 certainly marks the year by which my practice no longer seems like a compromise.

The NY Times picked up on this yesterday.  I could be that executive Holson cites; my wife and I watched the presidential debates on our laptops.  Although I was a beta user, this week I got the Netflix email that their “Watch Now” feature was available for Macs finally.  Although NBC/Universal laid off 500 employees yesterday, Hulu is a real success.  Aren’t there more than enough reasons now to recognize the obvious.
Looking for ways to get on the recession diet: drop cable.  Live online instead.


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