I’ve been buried at work, and it’s been a while since writing anything here. As one wag has pointed out, you can ask for your money back.
Yeah, yeah, M-X standard-blog-apology. There’s probably an EMACS command for that.
In the meantime, things that would normally be distractions are not. The Olympics, for instance, are dead to me. They’re happening just a few hundred miles from here, in the same time zone, and we have to wait for NBC’s miserable time-delayed coverage.
I know NBC doesn’t give a crap that I’m not watching, but the sponsors who are actually shelling out for commercials might be interested to know that I’m tuning out. I just can’t take any more twenty minute segments on how Joe America overcame crippling childhood cases of impacted wisdom teeth, bubonic plague and color-blindness to become a star curling captain while there is plenty of good competition going on. I can’t stand the numismatic medal counting and the US-centric sound bite coverage that simultaneously diminishes our own athletes and those of the rest of the world. I don’t care if the ice skater had to pull herself out of primordial slime, evolve through fish, shrews and apes and then compete for an Olympic team slot on a bed of nails and broken glass; I just want to see the athlete deliver, in that arena, when it happens, and I want to see who she’s up against.
Here’s a challenge for NBC: Show your reporting staff for five minutes an hour, tops. That’s it. You’ll save a ton of money on the hair styling and make-up.
[Actually, I rather like curling.]
Update: NBC is showing a ton of curling right now. I can’t say that I’m giddy, but it is rather nice to see.
Aside from the time delay, the coverage I’ve seen has been relatively decent; light on talking heads and overcoming childhood trauma involving clowns. Lots of ads right now, though.