Daily Archives: 20 July 2007

Why they don’t show people watching TV on TV

“If you want to know why you don’t have enough money, the first question to ask yourself is how much time do you spend watching TV?” That’s the dark question Jeffrey Strain poses on savingadvice.com.

Strain used to watch three hours of television every day. He cut it down to three hours a week, set up website up, and then quit his regular job. He offers a five-step recipe on how to dump your TV, quite your job, create an online business and fund your retirement.

# Decide on an hour allowance

# Decide on any exempt shows

# Decide what your time is worth

# Create a list of alternative activities:

# Start new projects

Read the full story here: How dumping TV allowed me to quit my job, create an online business, and fund my retirement 


Has Google made a misake in buying YouTube?

Time magazine called it the invention of 2006. But when Google bought YouTube, the online video sharing site, for $1.65 billion last year, Bob Tur says he was dumbfounded. “Why would Google get into bed with thieves? They’ve built a huge audience on the backs of copyright holders.”

Reason: Tur, a content provider, had already sued when he found his videos on the site with ads alongside. Meaning: YouTube was making money off his intellectual property. “When we’re done, there might not be a YouTube worth visiting…. If we lose, Google will put us out of business.”

But not everybody looks at it Tur’s way. Michael Kwun, a lawyer for Google, says: “It’s an attack on the way people communicate on the Web and on the platforms that allow people to make the Internet their own.” Cory Doctorow, a co-editor at BoingBoing, says there is DMCA to take care of Tur’s concerns.

Read the full story: The man who could kill YouTube

MUST READ: The making of a sports writer

There are two kinds of reactions sports writers evoke. There are those who ask how they can waste so much time and energy on mere games that overgrown boys in short pants play. And there are those who are told by those who know no better that theirs is a dream profession.

In a riveting piece, S.L. Price describes being on the beat. Each morning,  he says, readers open up a newspaper to see who won the game. Each morning, sportswriters open up a newspaper to see which writers won the battle for the best lead, best quotes, best information, best kicker, best assessment of that game.

“If you’re any good as a writer, you’ll be able to grasp and then channel just a bit of that; if you’re really good, you can do it night after night. But now and then you get it all: the dramatic home run, the perfect quote, the most perceptive take on what everyone saw, and then, if you’re even luckier, you see the story clear in your head and get time enough to hammer it into your keyboard.

“The crowd’s fever, the joy and misery of winners and losers, the running down the musty arena hall to the press room alchemizes into a rhythm in your head and you’re lining it all up, paragraphs gliding off your fingers like freight cars on greasy rails, and when you’re done your stomach is rattling and you’re as high as any drink will get you.

“You captured time. You bottled passion. It will be gone the next morning, but you saw it, you got it, you wrote it in a way that sounds close to true. Most likely, no one will know. Not the readers just looking for the score. Not the editors consumed by press runs. Maybe not even your competition, obsessed with getting beaten. It’s a secret glory, and you must cherish it because it never lasts. You go to breakfast the next morning, buy four newspapers, order eggs and bacon and hot coffee. You read slowly. You wake up later than the rest of the world. That’s the reward.”

Read the full article here: The apprentice