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Bye Bye Cable TV

Posted March 19, 2010 | 20:06:56 (EST)

Yesterday, I called to cancel the cable.

Today, the same guy who installed it seven months ago showed up to take away the box.

"You're the person who hadn't had TV," he said. "I remember you!"

"Yes," I said. "I decided I didn't want it anymore."

That was only half-true....

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Regarding Disaster Coverage

Posted January 16, 2010 | 16:31:54 (EST)

I feel the same way I did after 9-11. Can't everyone just shut up, and meditate, or pray?

Imagine if there were a kind of CSPAN feed from Haiti; keep the pictures going, so viewers don't forget, superimpose information on the screen regarding where to send aid, and everybody...

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To Cancel or Not

Posted December 11, 2009 | 17:52:09 (EST)

I just got this month's cable bill from Time Warner. $49.88.

I can't remember the last time I turned the TV on. I kind of ignore it every day; it's right there in the bedroom, collecting dust. College football season is long over, and even then, we watched the...

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Go Iowa!

Posted November 9, 2009 | 23:29:36 (EST)

I remember the news reports saying that the first thing the East Germans did was go to buy televisions.  They tied them onto the backs of their tiny Flintstone-era cars.  A year later, when I found myself lucky to visit Berlin, I looked for evidence of this TV-mania; I was...

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Our Noisy Sun: Happy Solar Outage Month

Posted October 9, 2009 | 18:58:22 (EST)

The other night during dinner I thought of a great new reality TV show: "Extort!"  In my scenario, viewers submit the names of people they want to intimidate and your host, Robert Halderman, conspires how to extract the cash.  It's a lame idea which is why it might just happen.

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Screens, Everywhere

Posted October 6, 2009 | 23:30:02 (EST)

Jet Blue used to be a fun treat, before its prices stopped being a bargain and before the (three then four then seven dollar) bus from downtown Los Angeles to LAX was invented and Long Beach seemed more ridiculous and arduous a trek than ever.  Especially since I was then...

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Ticket to the Dalai Lama

Posted September 25, 2009 | 19:15:02 (EST)

I should have got up this morning to drive to Long Beach to wait in line to see the Dalai Lama.  A stranger gave me a ticket.  He won't miss that I'm not there.  And I won't miss the throngs, nor the commute.  Instead, I spent 90 minutes on the...

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Banned in Bhutan

Posted September 24, 2009 | 11:46:14 (EST)

As dead tree media consolidate and contract and close here in the United States, newspapers are booming in the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.  Currently, there are four, three started in just the last several years, all in the service of promoting a healthy and strong democracy.  Elections came to...

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Remote Controlled

Posted September 18, 2009 | 19:48:18 (EST)

The remote control for Bernie's old TV, which still doesn't quite feel like mine, sits on my nightstand, next to the shinier one given to me by Time Warner Cable, the company that has the lock on service for my building. I find the clutter annoying but I keep them...

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Abundance of Tubes

Posted September 17, 2009 | 17:18:17 (EST)

I had lunch with a lovely new friend today, a woman who is new to LA. Her husband is a TV critic. As much as she and I had in common as female humans who worked in and around media all our lives, what we didn't have in common were...

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Media Monk

Posted September 17, 2009 | 11:44:25 (EST)

Wednesday night is monk night. I like to go see Rev. Kusala at the International Buddhist Meditation Center in Koreatown here in Los Angeles. I found him thanks to his podcast, when I was really underground last fall and was craving some sort of steadiness in my brain. Lucky for...

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I Am a Failure at Watching TV

Posted September 16, 2009 | 15:50:00 (EST)

Words I don't believe I have uttered before: "I am going home to watch TV." I left dinner with friends in Santa Monica so I could be in place for the start of Leno.

My friend P. expressed distress at the content of that statement. "You don't LIKE the guy,...

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TV or Not TV

Posted September 15, 2009 | 13:36:27 (EST)

Leno in prime time has nothing to do with why I just got TV. As much as I like these seismic shifts that shake up the very foundation of our media universe, this is not the reason I allowed television to invade my home for the first time in years....
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