Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I Watched TV...

I don't think I really watched TV this summer. By that I mean
I did not use a TV set. What I did do was watch re-runs on

The interesting thing is that I watched my first network TV show
(It was Heroes) of the fall and I was painfully re-acclimated with
commercials. I had gotten very used to Hulu's 15-60 second commercial
blocks and I found myself painfully re-sensitized to just how long
network television's commercials are.

Is this the future? I know that I am giving serious consideration
to just letting my favorite shows pass by on TV and just waiting
for them to show up on Hulu. When I talk to others they say something
similar. Such responses as, "Oh, yes. I stopped watching live tv a while
back. I just DVR everything now."

What is going to happen to Ad revenue when sponsors realize
that no one is watching TV commercials anymore? Hopefully they will
move more seriously to Hulu. When they do, will Hulu increase commercial
length? Hopefully they will see that 15-60 seconds is the magic number
that keeps my attention because I don't think I can go back to the
way things were before this summer.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Time Enough for Love

I am slowly re-reading one of my favorite books, Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein. I revisit it maybe once every ten years or so it seems. It is a very quotable book and I often resist the urge to quote it but I will give into it tonight.

Being flexible was always served me well in my career so far and I expect it will serve me well in the future. Not specializing to much in one area has always let me take on new opportunities when they present themselves. To quote Lazarus Long, the main character of this novel,
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
If you never become to specialized, you won't ever get to board with what you do either.

Monday, January 12, 2009

A Distinguished Author...

I was just digging through some of my old drawings and I found this one I did years ago. I was sitting in Barnes & Nobel looking at the murals on the wall of famous authors and wondered what it would be like if Homer Simpson were up there.

Well, wonder no longer as here he is.