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.
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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.