Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
Saturday night our cable signal quit around 8-ish. The image of whatever ever we were watching froze and joined all the other channels carrying the dreaded message-"your program will resume shortly." Well, no channels came back as long as we checked which was up until around 10.
At one point I picked up the ipad and went to a site which provides information on cable outages and found that we were not alone. Not only was Charter down but so was Comcast and Time Warner and many others. The comments showed very angry people, most of whom wanted to watch the boxing match. What I find curious is how most news reports said this was caused by millions of people wanting to purchase the pay for view fight and that overloaded the systems.
However it wasn't just the HBO fight channel, it was all channels which went out. It seems odd to me that one pay for view issue would strike down all channels on all cable providers at the very same time. Every provider went blue at the exact same time. There is something more to this I'd bet.
In other Big Fight news I heard on the radios yesterday that each fighter got almost 200 million and over 100 million dollars for the fight. Oh and the referee got 25,000. Crazy.
This is just crazy talk IMHO, another in a long line of obsessive, self-interested lectures from health experts. Last night I watched transfixed as KSDK News Channel Five did a report which included almost all of their on air people trying this.
"This" is having the ability to lower yourself to a sitting position on the ground without using your hands and then getting up on your feet the same way. The story line was that people who are unable to do this have only one to five years of life left. And, there is a ten point system in this whole exercise, 5 total for going down, five for getting up.
Here is the over bold statement which begins the newscast: Here's a simple test you can do just about anywhere that's been proven to predict how long you'll live.
And there they all were, even Cindy Preszler, crossing one leg over another and lowering themselves down to a sit. Funny, the men reporters had a harder time than the women. Watch the video, it's fascinating but for the fact that some science person actually believes the ability to do this or not has anything at all to do with the number of years we might have left.
John Stewart announced his retirement after 17 years of doing the Daily Show. 17 years! It hardly seems possible. But while watching Morning Joe on MSNBC this morning one of the panel said this: "It may be John is doing this as a favor to Brian Williams." To take the attention off Williams and his being suspended for exaggerating his experiences while reporting news. He gives his friend a break from being the center of none stop attention.
I highly doubt this is why Stewart decided to end his show's run.
While reading this story on electronic recyling from WTOP in DC, I remembered, sadly, one item which is no longer accepted at Collinsville's monthly E-recycling drop off.
The recyclers do not want any of the old CRT televisions or computer monitors. CRTs are those which are not the flat panel type. Too bad really, I'd bet more than a few of us still have one or more of these in a closet somewhere. I'd love to get rid of ours because they no longer work with the new digital boxes from Charter. Up until last year when Charter made the switch these tvs worked fine in spare bedrooms or office space.
Has anyone in the St. Louis viewing area missed the news that KSDK Channel 5 weather person, Bree Smith, will be in NYC reporting from the Today Show with Al Roker today? Everyone at KSDK has been tweeting, Facebooking and talking about this on news shows for days. Over and over and over.
Fox 2 morning news reporters led with this teaser before a commercial break today. "Coming up, How often do you wash your pajamas?"
At that point I knew it was time to turn off the tv because there would be no more real news coming. I didn't hang around long enough to hear this report, but did Google it in case someone wanted to know the details. It is a real story which I didn't read, but if you want to, here you go.
I've come to wonder why the cable/DSL providers continually bundle their offers with a landline phone. So many of us have untethered our lives from landlines that this obsession with adding this to their plans seems out of date. Why is this other than to make themselves more money? "You'd get a better deal with the landline bundle," they tell us. I don't want the phone, please create a plan without one.
It's not going to be long before many subscribers won't even want the cable/satellite/DSL and will be going for things like Netflix/Roku/Hulu etc and watching what they want when they want. The only drawback is lack of current news and sports.