Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Not That I Have Nothing to Say, But...

Sometimes I have ideas for blog posts that are way more elaborate than something I can whip out in a weeknight. I suppose this is a testament to the fact that as I enter my seventh week without TV, I'm not as prone to blog about TV as I was when I started. I am slowly losing sight of the shore.

It's also a testament to the fact that I'm busy. Even as I get rid of TV, other things are filling the void besides cooking, cleaning, and working out--namely, work. For the last few weeks and probably for the next two months, I'll be under some stress.

So I won't be writing about the epiphany I had while reading The Omnivore's Dilemma, or how today's youth has embraced the notion of the mash-up, the essential difference between Democrats and Republicans, or even what my cat taught me about user-centered design. Not anytime soon anyway.

I will probably be writing about things like the 14-year old Filipino girl with lungs of steel singing "And I'm Telling You (I'm Not Going)" from Dreamgirls, that I saw on YouTube.

This is the thing about TV and trivia in general: When you are tired and busy, it's all you can absorb. It takes little mental capacity and it's fun. But watching TV can also make you more tired and less prone to do work that might let you get ahead. All the advertising makes you want more stuff, so you work even harder, get tired, and end up watching more TV. Lather, rinse, repeat. Reminds me of that classic George Carlin routine on "stuff."

When I'm tired now, I'm trying to just do some light reading and go to bed.

Here's the thing you shouldn't do when you are tired--blog. Which, of course is what I'm doing right now. I am compelled to actually bring this to clever conclusion and rewrite this post.

But I will buck expectation and compunction tonight--g'night all!

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