Saturday, December 26, 2015

I rented some random movie from the library called The Exploding Girl.
The title was really misleading.  The girl didn't explode at any point!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

There's a show with Nathan Fillion called "Castle."  Apparently it's been on the air for several years.  I have NO IDEA what this show is about.  And I probably never will.  

Could it be a romantic comedy?  Is he a spy?  That graphic of the pen kind of looks like it has a pool of blood on the bottom, so maybe it's a dark comedy?  And why is the woman trying to "shush" him?  He seems to be wearing nice clothes, so maybe he's a professional writer and it's like Murder She Wrote.  

This feels like that game show from Saturday Night Live which asks:  What is Burn Notice?  And no one really knows...

Friday, December 11, 2015

One thing I've realized over the past week is that not reading the newspaper every day is a real time saver.

But the Friday version tends to have movies reviews, so I'll probably go pick that up.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Random woman on the street, to her friend:  "The Giants and the Jets both lost."
Me:  "That's not funny."

Monday, November 16, 2015

All the top stories on Google News are from the past couple hours.  It's the same with the main sidebar on CNN.com.  So if you don't check the internet until the evening, and you want to know what the day's top stories were, then you might be out of luck if there was an important story around 10:00 A.M.

The 10:00 A.M. story might be gone by the evening.  Is there a website that just shows you the top stories from the past day?  Like, a website that combines elements of a static newspaper...?  (Is the answer really obvious here?)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

This is a cool website; it just contains TV ratings for sports:  http://sportstvratings.com/.  Although I guess they don't bother to count WWE ratings as part of the sports category.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sleeping With Other People seems like the perfect "wait-till-it's-free-to-rent-from-the-library" movie.

Friday, October 30, 2015

The NYPL's new website has gone from "crappy" to "slightly crappier."  It now takes an extra couple steps to renew any items or check my holds.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

I used to follow MediaGazer on Twitter, but now I just check each day's collection of links at MediaGazer.com/river.  It's easier to read, plus they've got the author's name next to each post.

It would be nice if Digiday's home page had the same layout as the river pages.  But instead, Digiday is using that 3-box-wide format, with a photo pasted above each story.  It's the same type of format used by Uproxx and the DailyDot, and it's just kind of annoying to browse.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It looks like that LWTHighlights YouTube account I mentioned a while ago got shut down. Or, in the words of the error message, "terminated."

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I was reading about Facebook instant articles, and one of the photos showed an article about bees.  "Quest for a superbee."


Doesn't that seem like the most boring goddamn article to read?  But it's also completely non-controversial.  You probably wouldn't expect to see promotional material about Facebook instant articles and then see an excerpt about an investigation into the death of Eric Garner or something like that.  Or, like, a photo regarding a story about a bunch of women held captive in a guy's cellar, even though those stories are more interesting than bees.

Who sits around the house and is like, "Damn, I gotta read this article about bees on my iPhone!"  Maybe if you were stuck on an Amtrak train or something, it would make sense.  

Monday, October 26, 2015

TheWeek ran a hoax story about Yelp suing South Park.  I sent a tweet to the author telling her about the "correction" put out by Eater, and within an hour they'd updated their own story:

http://theweek.com/speedreads/584442/no-yelp-isnt-actually-suing-south-park

I don't know if the author actually saw my tweet or not...but it seems like she did.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Oh, great. I subscribed to the Outside The Lines channel on YouTube, and now all its videos are gone.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

I was watching a clip from IQ, in which the protagonist has to take a multiple-choice test.  His physicist friends are helping him out, of course.  But I tried freezing the frame on a few questions, such as the one below.

It says:  Rebecca has a coin which is twice as likely to come up heads than tails.  What is the probability of her flipping four consecutive heads?

Shouldn't the answer be 16/81?  Which is option D?  Why is the fool selecting A?  


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I find that The Week's "5 Things You Need To Know Now" sidebar is pretty good if you want to make sure you're not missing out on any huge stories.  A typical "huge story" would be something like the death of Osama Bin Laden.  I remember first hearing about that because some girl had sent out a group e-mail, and it took a while to figure out what she was referring to.

Monday, October 19, 2015

On Twitter, brands will often try to make holiday-themed tweets.

And there are a bunch of other media commentators who are like, "Tips for tweeting on [blank] Day:  Don't do it."  

...

Those people piss me off 100x more than the brands.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Down to 191.8.

That's stupid.  How can weight fluctuate by 4.8 pounds in a single day?

Friday, October 16, 2015

196.6?  Okay, no, that's the opposite fucking direction of where you're supposed to be going.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I was at 195.6, with my clothes on.  That kind of messes up the results if I'm not wearing the same clothes each day.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The scale read 194.2.  That's pretty high. I think the scale is heavy by about 1.6 pounds, but still...I need to get under 190 before I can feel like I'm making any progress at all.

Monday, October 12, 2015

I bet if I blogged my weight each day, it would be pretty easy to lose weight.  I should try that!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

I checked every Digg story, and only one out of the ~60 or so links looked interesting. It was a Popular Mehchanics article.  I'm wondering if 1 out of 60 is a good ratio?

Saturday, October 10, 2015

I've still got most of my Twitter feed muted. Actually, I've been logging in and out, and there's very little difference in terms of usefulness.  When you log in, there's the sidebar with top trends.  When you log out, the homepage has a big display of buzz-worthy tweets.  But as far as looking at an individual's profile, I don't think there's a difference.

Friday, October 9, 2015

The new Daily Show episode was up sharply at 4:00 A.M. today.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

It's 4:27 A.M., and there's a new Daily Show episode posted.  (I wasn't doing the minute-by-minute update, and the last time I checked was probably somewhere around 3:30.)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It's 4:02 A.M., and the new Daily Show episode was already posted.  So that seems earlier compared to last week.

Monday, October 5, 2015

The latest John Oliver video had a couple clips taken from Dan Rather's AXS TV program.  I wonder if that was good news show?

Sunday, October 4, 2015

I've gone a couple days without logging into Twitter, although I still check individual accounts from time to time.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

This could be a useful website, if it's accurate: http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/.  It's a simple, two-way inflation calculator.

Friday, October 2, 2015

No Daily Show watch today, as I was asleep between 4 and 5 A.M.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Night 2 of the Daily Show watch.  It's 4:12 A.M. right now, and there's no new episode.

Updates:
4:18 A.M., no new episode.
4:21 A.M., no new episode.
4:34 A.M., no new episode
4:36 A.M., no new episode
4:37 A.M., no new episode
4:39 A.M., no new episode
4:42 A.M., no new episode

Oh...wait, I just realized the September 30 episode WAS already posted.  It just hadn't been included in the row marked "Episodes." So, by 4:43 A.M. it had been posted. So much for those minute-by-minute observations.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I want to figure out if Hulu adds new Daily Show episodes at a specific time each weekday. It's 3:18 A.M. right now, and there's still no new episode....

Updates:
3:25 A.M., still no episode.
3:30 A.M., still no episode.
3:45 A.M., still no episode.
4:10 A.M., still no episode.
4:20 A.M., still no episode.
4:39 A.M., new episode up!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Highlights on MLB.com never start in a logical way.  You'll click on the highlights, and the website will be like: "So...you want to see the walk-off, game-winning hit, huh?  Well here's a sacrifice fly from the 6th inning."

Monday, September 28, 2015

I un-muted one additional person on Twitter, so the number of people I effectively follow now is 4.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

I'm still just following 38 accounts on Twitter.  I haven't gone through much withdrawal or anything like that.

Friday, September 25, 2015

I wonder if there's a way to keep MLB.tv from lagging so damn much?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Today's AM New York cover is very movie-esque.  The headlines are just: "Pope Arrives in NYC Today" and "Remember Yogi."

So I can just imagine Leslie Nielsen seeing that headline and coming to a stunning realization: 'What? The Pope is in town?' And then there's some wacky assassination plot.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Bimonthly" can describe something that either happens twice a month, OR once every two months.  What a shitty word.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I'll just try logging off Twitter for a while, and see how that goes.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Whenever Michael Douglas is in a movie, and he's not the bad guy, it's really confusing.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Maybe instead of checking Twitter multiple times a day, I can just, like play a movie.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

I'm following 44 people today.  What I don't want to happen is to follow so few people that an hour or two will go by without any tweets.  And then I get anxious and start visiting another site to get some stimulation.  The amount of information that comes in via Twitter has to be light, but kind of steady at the same time.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I've following just 43 accounts on Twitter now. That feels right around the minimum.  It's weird how there were two Monday Night Football games, but I don't see any gut reactions to the games in my feed.

I think @FishbowlNY might be a useful account to start following again in the future, but then I see tweets such as"@People magazine celebrates Jennifer Lawrence's compulsive photobombing in new ad," and it's just like...God damn, why am I letting this stuff interrupt my brain?"

Monday, September 14, 2015

It's so hard to figure out when TV shows air new episodes.  For example, I was trying to figure out the schedule for Conan, and really the best option seems to be checking the schedule page on Wikipedia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Conan_episodes_(2015)

It not only tells you all the guests for this week, but it also shows you who every single guest was for 2015, and what days each episode aired.  The "Team Coco" website also has a schedule page, but it doesn't really indicate whether the episodes that week are new.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

I was following Digg Video for a while, but it's harder to know what a video is like when there's no image accompanying the tweet. The actual Digg Video page has an image with each description:  http://digg.com/video.  Now I'm just following 59 people on Twitter.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

I'm following Alex Weprin again, but unfollowed Bill Simmons on Twitter.  The total is down to 60.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

I was watching the second episode of Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  He had Scarlett Johansson on as a guest, and they were just talking about how she'd moved to Paris, and how it was such a beautiful city and all that.  And I thought, "Well, that was a good attempt for a show," and turned it off.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I'm up to following 65 people on Twitter.  Is that higher than a week ago?

Monday, September 7, 2015

That Kingsman movie was kind of crazy and not very good.  I want to see the Honest Trailers summary, just to get a second opinion about some of the sequences.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Saturday, September 5, 2015

This is the best news article I've read all week: http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2015/09/what_channel_is_the_yankees-tampa_bay_rays_game_on.html

It's titled: "What channel is the Yankees-Tampa Bay Rays game on?"  And it tells you the game is on Fox Sports 1.  Thank you, NJ.com.

Friday, September 4, 2015

I went a few days without checking Digg, but then I checked it again and thought, "Eh, this ain't so bad."  So I'll try cutting off Twitter for a few days and see how that feels.  If given one choice, I'd keep the RedLetterMedia account in my feed....everyone else is hit-and-miss most of the time.  (Heck, even with regards to RedLetterMedia I'm more a fan of Half in the Bag and usually skip any of the "wheel" stuff.)  I like MediaGazer, but the fact is I only click a small percentage of their Twitter links.  There's a story today on MediaGazer.com about Fusion overhauling its TV station which is kinda "meh."  Like, why should I care about Fusion?  But there's another story about  a coalition of rights groups calling on Twitter to reverse the ban on Politwoops.  That's probably worth reading.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Mr. Robot looks like a real boring show.

Girl:  If you're sick, I'll be there for you.
Guy:  I have a confession to make....I'm not actually sick.
Girl:  You asshole. Never speak to me again!
Guy:  No, wait, you don't understand.  I have to tell you something.  There's a kid who's hacking me.
Girl:  What?
Insert boring dialogue
Guy:  He's breaking the law.  We have to stop him.
Insert more boring dialogue.
Guy: (Looking up at the restaurant's facade.)  We had some good times here, didn't we?

Everything just moves so slowly and all the dialogue is portentous.  Either start talking like real people or shut up already.  I can't believe that these two characters would've EVER had a good time at a restaurant together.

I guess it's possible I'll wind up watching an episode and it'll contain a good scene, but that day wasn't yesterday.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I did it! I went the whole day without checking Digg.  Fortunately, if I need a fix, there's an article saved in my bookmarks folder about the history of wingdings, which I found from a link on there.

Monday, August 31, 2015

I bet I can go the whole day without checking Digg.  I bet it's possible.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

If I read a movie review in AM New York, then what's the point of reading the same review from the Village Voice or Epoch Times? I guess they've got different styles...

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The problem with browsing ANY sureddit on Reddit is that it's not filling.  I tested that yesterday with /r/baseball.  There was walk-off hit in the Giants game, and I wanted to see a video of the play.  And usually the folks on Reddit are much faster than the official MLB site in terms of uploading video.  (Actually, the /r/NBA subreddit is ridiculously fast at uploading highlights. If there's an amazing play in the NBA finals, you can bet it will be up on the site within 2 minutes.)  Anyway, I checked /r/baseball and the play hadn't been uploaded yet, so then I began clicking around to different pages.  And that's a trap.

Friday, August 28, 2015

With regards to Reddit, I used to think the /r/news subreddit was a useful place to browse....  But it doesn't feel that way anymore.

I do enjoy browsing the /r/baseball subreddit, because a lot of posts will be: 'Here's an awesome play.' 'Here's another awesome play.' 'Here's another good play.'  That's all I really want from the internet most of the time.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

And now I'm back down to following 60 people on Twitter.  I unfollowed Alex Weprin, who was a guy that seemed to tweet useful information in short bursts.  But then, I stopped and had to reconsider whether it's actually healthy to take in all that information.

For example, he'll tweet, "Donald Trump on Morning Joe tomorrow, per MSNBC," which is useful if you want to follow politics and see what guys like Trump actually say in live interviews (as opposed to watching a rehashed version).  He also had an interesting update about Dan Rather "shuttering" his AXS TV newsmagazine and working with Mashable.  And I didn't even know Dan Rather had a program on AXS TV until reading that tweet.

So it's useful information...but it does't always feel good to consume in real time.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Yesterday, AM New York had a story about the stock market falling.  And for the article, they interviewed a 29-year-old performing artist from the Upper West Side, and a 54-year-old architect from Greenwich Village.
...
WHY?  Where did these people come from?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Tuesday edition of AM New York was up to 24 pages; so I guess they don't have a set number of pages designated for each day.  It must fluctuate based on how much advertising or material they've got.

Monday, August 24, 2015

AM New York calls itself "Manhattan's highst daily circulation newspaper."  But I wonder what that number actually is?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Epoch Times is a strange paper; there are sections about food, and health tips, and there usually some features on new space exploration or Chinese politics.  I can't really picture who the audience would be...but they do have Kakuro puzzles in the back, which is nice.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

I should probably cancel my NYTimes crosswords subscription.  I haven't tried any crosswords in several weeks now.

Friday, August 21, 2015

I'm still following 61 Twitter accounts.  Maybe it's leveled off.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

How did CBS manage to change the music in their Supergirl trailer after it had already been uploaded?  This is a serious question.

This is how the trailer originally sounded.  At the 5:34 mark it starts playing "Fight Song," which is really catchy.


But if you go to the official CBS page, and play the video, the music has been replaced by some weird, janky tune which doesn't fit the mood at all:


It's not like CBS uploaded a new video.  It's the same video, with the same URL, which they uploaded on May 13.  The upload date still says May 13.  In fact, if you check any entertainment websites which embedded the video back in May, you'll hear the same cruddy tune at the 5:34 mark.

So how do you change the content of a video once it's already been uploaded?  A bunch of other bloggers noted the trailer used "Fight Song."  For example:
http://supergirlmaidofmight.com/tv-news/songs-from-the-supergirl-trailer/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2015/05/13/see-five-takeaways-from-cbss-new-supergirl-trailer-video/

There's even one blogger who specifically tracks what music is used in trailers, and he/she noted the change as well!  Thanks, nameofthesong, for reassuring me that I'm not imagining things:
http://nameofthesong.blogspot.com/2015/05/supergirl-2015-season-1-first-look.html

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Tuesday issue of the AMNY newspaper only had 20 pages.  The Monday edition had 28 pages.  I guess it fluctuates day by day?

Monday, August 17, 2015

I'm back up to following 61 people on Twitter, because for some reason I decided to follow Norman Chad.  I wonder if there were any interesting stories I missed today?

Sunday, August 16, 2015

I'm only following 60 people on Twitter now.  It's a strange new world!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

I'm down to following 71 people on Twitter.  That feels low.

Friday, August 14, 2015

The To Do List wasn't a great movie, but the commentary between Bill Hader and Maggie Carey was fun to listen to.  They were proud of the movie, although they also pointed out editing mistakes and places where the dubbing was awkward.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

So when Collider shoots their daily "Movie Talk" show, it's not actually on television, is it?   Because the production feels like something which is either live and/or being produced for television:




Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Whoa. I just saw a commercial for a pick-up car service, and it was throwing shade at Uber.  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The editing bit at the 15:20 mark is one of the funniest things I've ever seen.  NO ONE else does this type of thing.


Monday, August 10, 2015

The new YouTube feature which lets you to fast-forward or rewind five seconds by pressing the 'left' and 'right' arrows is amazing. So I'm in the habit now of rewinding videos any time there's a word I don't catch.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The other day, Digg posted a YouTube video of the Republican debate.  It was a bootleg video, and the video has since been removed by the user: http://digg.com/video/gop-debate-livestream.  But I guess it served its purpose...?  (The YouTube channel itself is still up.)

Anyway, I tried searching YouTube for another video of the full debate.  There was one channel, called "News Crashers," which had a higher-quality version, but it seems the user removed that video as well.

It turns out the full video of the debate is up on the Fox News website. Who'd have thunk it:
http://video.foxnews.com/v/4406746003001/watch-a-replay-of-fox-news-prime-time-presidential-debate/?#sp=show-clips

Saturday, August 8, 2015

I'm following 97 people on Twitter now.  The test for whether I follow/unfollow someone should be along the lines of: Do I actually feel better after reading this person's tweet?  If it doesn't make me feel better, if it just feels like an obligation to absorb some information, or absorb a tone, or absorb an attitude, then it's probably not worth following the person.

Maybe there's a psychological way to describe that.  Does seeing the person's tweet result in a positive valence or not?  

Friday, August 7, 2015

It's Day 2 of the "No Digg" challenge.

I am still checking the videos page, and they did feature a YouTube video of the entire GOP debate, which is really convenient.  Yet, at the same time...I feel it's necessary to point out that the YouTube channel, called "News Today" doesn't look legit.  And the video quality is crappy.

It's clearly a bootleg version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HxZMQIIgqc

The same thing happened after Joel McHale hosted the ESPYS.  A bunch of YouTube accounts popped up showing the ESPYS logo, and the account featured all the best bits from the show, but you got the sense that these channels weren't legit.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Experiment of the day:  No checking Digg, except for www.digg.com/videos 

Also: No checking Reddit, except for www.reddit.com/r/internetisbeautiful.  (That subreddit is actually useful on occasion.)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I trimmed down the number of people I follow on Twitter to 107.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

What I want from Twitter is to know when there are live-streams of interesting events.

For example, there was a Republican forum which aired on C-SPAN that I'm listening to right now: http://www.c-span.org/video/?327157-1/2016-republican-candidates-voters-first-forum

So I want to follow people who will tweet links to these types of streams, but who won't inundate my Twitter feed with 1,000 other postings.  Brian Stelter wrote a dozen tweets about the forum, but did he even provide a link to the stream?  I don't think he did.

Monday, August 3, 2015

I think the allure has worn off for crossword puzzles again.  I'll try filling one out for five minutes, and if the puzzle isn't finished by then, I'll move on.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I don't feel like the documentary Ivory Tower had any real point.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

I don't seem to absorb the headlines on Digg anymore.  For whatever reason, I'm more likely to get the gist of an article if it's shared on Twitter.

Maybe Digg got some new editors recently.  And maybe these new editors decided to Slate-ify things.

Friday, July 31, 2015

So at the end of Man of Steel, does the army know Superman's identity?  It seems like they would.  He blatantly states that he's from Kansas, plus they must have interrogated Lois Lane at some point.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

In The Social Network, why are those two random guys in Erica's dorm reading Mark Zuckerberg's blog?  He's just some random nerd at that point, and they don't even go to the same school as him.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I've gone, like, six hours without caffeine.  That's got to be some kind of world record.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Red Letter Media reviewed Pixels, and the guys mentioned how the 2-minute animated short (also called Pixels) was far better than the bloated, full-length movie version.

Is that somehow a metaphor for life?

Also...how do I embed a Vimeo video in this post?
,.,,
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Whatever.  Here's the direct link:  https://vimeo.com/10829255

Monday, July 27, 2015

Am I the only one who finds it really relaxing to watch chiropractic adjustment videos on YouTube?

Like this one:


Sunday, July 26, 2015

I can't bring myself to attempt the Sunday crossword.  It's TOO BIG.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Never once have I wanted a cashier to hand me my change on top of the receipt.

Friday, July 24, 2015

There's a random YouTube account named "LWTHighlights," and last month it uploaded its one and only video to date:  A clip of John Oliver chugging a Bud Light Lime.

Oliver was chugging the Bud Light Lime to celebrate the (pending) resignation of Sepp Blatter, and it was a highly anticipated event, much like how a main event on Monday Night Raw might get announced a full week in advance.  For whatever reason, the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel never uploaded this part of the episode, which left an opening for "LWTHighlights" to swoop in .

The clip is grainy and low-quality.  But still, it's got over 1,600,00 views.  And a bunch of websites, such as UpRoxx, embedded the clip shortly after it had been posted:
http://uproxx.com/sports/2015/06/john-oliver-fifa-bud-light-lime/

So what I'm wondering is:  Was any particular person behind the LWTHighlights channel, and how did the folks at Last Week Tonight feel about it?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I hate the Thursday crossword puzzle, because you never know if there's going to be some stupid gimmick answer.

[Su][per][cal]I[frag]i[lis][tic][ex][pi][al]i[do][cious]?  The division of those letters doesn't even follow a pattern!

At least I saved myself about 18 minutes this morning by tapping out early.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I've gone back to regularly checking Twitter throughout the day.  It's actually less stressful to check Twitter than other sites, because the tab (if you keep it open) will pop up with a notification showing how many new tweets there are.  And if there are no notifications, then you can go, "Alright, back to work for another three minutes."

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I was riding the subway, and during a stop the public address system gave a reminder that "soliciting money on the subway is illegal."

Seriously??!  I see that happen all the time!

Monday, July 20, 2015

God damn the WWE Network.  I re-subscribed yesterday, due mainly to the fact there was a pay-per-view event, and sure enough the main event of the show ended with a screwjob finish.

I suppose it's not the fault of the network so much as the bookers, but it's just really hard to get emotionally invested in anything they're producing nowadays.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

WWE sent me an e-mail a few days ago about the WWE Network, saying: "We Want You Back!"  (I had unsubscribed in June.)  Usually when you get these type of e-mails the company will try to include a special discount for returning, such as a free month or some other perk.  But nope, it's still $9.99.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Meh.  I think I'm overthinking this whole "how do I consume online news" question.  If I were just a little more disciplined in terms of working, then I wouldn't be so troubled by what to do during my spurts of procrastination.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Digg has turned into a pretty good curating site, but it's not perfect.  At any given point, the Digg homepage presents 60 stories from a variety of sources.  The problem is these stories aren't archived, and they're presented in a reverse-chronological order.  So whenever a new story is added, that means one of the older stories drops off the bottom of the CMS conveyor belt.  The entire presentation gets refreshed over the course of 24-to-36 hours (I haven't bothered measuring it precisely), which means you've got to check in at least once per day to guarantee you don't miss any stories!  That's fucking stressful...So what I think I'll do is check out archive.org once per week and bring up the snapshot of Digg from each day.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Okay, I'm definitely switching to the "Only check Twitter once a day" pattern.  Ugh...If I worked for a place like Slate, I'd probably write a stupid fucking trend piece about this.

Maybe I can find some people who were re-tweeting that Ultimate Marvel piece I mentioned earlier.  That way, I won't have to follow the author, but I can follow people who recommend the author's pieces.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I'm doing a little experiment today.  I haven't checked my main Twitter account since around 9 A.M.  So let's see how long it takes to scroll through all the tweets when I finally do sign in sometime after midnight...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The CVS self-checkout is great when you want to break a $50 but you don't want to tip the human cashier off to what you're doing.

Monday, July 13, 2015

I watched the Conor McGregor fight live via a random person's Periscope account.  I'm not exactly proud of that, but I don't regret it, either.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

He made three more Minion tweets since yesterday, although this one--
Fucked up that minions are a male-only culture and yet they're attracted to women
seems to raise a good point.  Thanks, @insopherable.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

I un-followed three more people on Twitter.  One of the accounts was Abraham Riesman, whose columns over at Vulture I really enjoy.  However, when he's tweeting, his column-to-noise ratio is something like 1-to-30. 

Incidentally, he wrote a really nice history about Ultimate Marvel, which you can read here: http://www.vulture.com/2015/05/secret-history-of-ultimate-marvel.html

So the challenge is: How do I only read the good stuff, and block out all the random musings and jokes and stuff?  (For instance, three hours ago he re-tweeted a comment which says, "I think my dad likes minions.")  I don't mean to say the jokes are bad or anything, but if my intention is to form a Twitter feed which I can peruse in its entirety every single day, then I don't need 50 random jokes about Minions.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Why do the athletes at The Players Tribune always write letters to their younger selves?  The way it works is you write a letter to your older self.  For example:
Dear me in 10 years: I sure hope those concussion symptoms haven't gotten worse!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Reeves Wiedeman recently published an article about the troubled history of The Undefeated--which was supposed to be an ESPN vanity site focusing on black sports and culture: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/07/jason-whitlock-and-the-saga-of-black-grantland.html

Reeves is a pretty good writer, so I checked who he follows on Twitter to try and crib some notes.  He recently started following The Undefeated, as well Jason Whitlock (the subject of the article) and a handful of other black sports journalists.  So I assume he followed all those people during the course of researching his article.

He also recently began following BourbonBlog.com, which describes itself as "The enthusiast's resource for all things spirited."  So perhaps he's thinking about writing an essay about bourbon.  I hope so.  That sounds like an interesting topic!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

I don't normally pick up the Village Voice, but the art on this week's cover was eye-catching enough to make me get a copy:

Monday, July 6, 2015

Twitter needs to knock off that annoying "While you were away" feature.

If you highlight a select number of tweet from when I was away, then I'll just worry about all the other tweets which you aren't showing me!  My goal is to read all the tweets in my timeline each day.  Okay?  So there's no need to highlight one or two at a time!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

I have a bunch of "Quicksilver" brand socks, and they're the most uncomfortable fucking socks I've ever tried to put on.  Damn them.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

It's weird how Donald Trump just has a typical Google+ page, and apparently people can write comments under his profile photo:  https://plus.google.com/104922825144470163120/posts.

Friday, July 3, 2015

This was a fun game.  I got up to Tiger.  A quick "trick" I found is to go row-by-row, and examine the boxes one row at a time, rather than trying to take in the entire field at once:  https://www.igame.com/eye-test/

Thursday, July 2, 2015

I was renting a DVD from the library, and a couple of Chinese toddlers were making a fuss while their Mom (or possibly caretaker) dealt with the librarian.  Then one of the kids tottered face-first into the desk and began to cry.  It made me laugh.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

One of the accounts I unfollowed was Digiday.  I like the site, but following the Twitter account is just very mildly taxing.  The Digiday homepage allows you to scroll down to see all its stories in reverse chronological order.  It's really convenient, so you don't have to check the website more than once per week, since Digiday doesn't deal with breaking stories.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I'm following 115 people on Twitter, which feels like a non-overwhelming number.  A few of the accounts are muted, too.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Shoot, I think that raptor really did get locked in the freezer!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

There's a scene in Jurassic Park where the two kids lock one of the raptors in a small freezer.  Did that raptor escape later on, or were there just three raptors hanging around?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Why is it easy to take off your shoes when the laces are still tied, but uncomfortable to slip them on the same way?  #MysteriesOfLife

Thursday, June 25, 2015

What ever happened to Planet Ivy?  Is that still a website that exists?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

They made a Donnie Darko sequel?  From the trailer, it looks unappealing!

Monday, June 22, 2015

I rented Taken from the library.  Man, what a great movie.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Daily Blogging

I need to get back in the habit of blogging daily again.  For America.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I wonder if there's a person in the world whose favorite movie is Magic in the Moonlight?

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

This article raises concerns about how to preserve communities and blog posts for the foreseeable future
http://scripting.com/2015/06/07/whatChangesAtMediumAndYahooPipesTeachUsAboutThePersistenceOfTheWeb.html

I hope blogspot doesn't disappear in the near future.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Here's a random observation about movie prices:  If I bought a ticket for Aloha at Lincoln Square theater for an 11:15 A.M. showing, it would cost $8.49.  But a showing at 2:15 P.M. costs $14.99.

That's if I'm using Fandango, though, so I don't know whether it would change if you just walk up and buy a ticket from the box office vendor.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

I was at the corner deli getting breakfast, and a small bird hopped onto the cake slices.  It took me a moment to realize that small birds don't normally fly around inside the delis here.  The bird then continued on towards the side of the room.

A few seconds later the person behind me made a surprised sound, and I saw the bird had been snatched up by the cat.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Over at CVS, there was a 2-liter bottle of Sprite Zero for sale, and a 20-ounce bottle of Sprite Zero for sale.  And they were the exact same price.  The 20-ounce bottle was refrigerated, though, so I guess you're getting your value's worth in coldness?

Friday, June 5, 2015

One of my new goals this year is to see Aloha.  Not all goals have to make sense.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Oh no!  Aloha only has an 18% positive rating over on Rotten Tomatoes.  That won't be good for its public perception.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

I was watching the trailer for Aloha, and it's funny how there's one moment when Bradley Cooper goes completely Tom Cruise in his performance;  http://www.hulu.com/watch/751183

You'll see it.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I went to the dermatologist for a check-up, and also because I had a weird bump on my arm that wasn't going away.  He said it was the result of some fibers not healing correctly.  And he said it'd be there forever.  And I was like, "But I don't want to have a bump on my arm forever!"  It looks like a mosquito bite pretty much.