Thinking about country clubs and golf in general

During the course of 2012, I want to spend more time playing golf and less time watching television. Are both cable and satellite television companies swimming upstream against the growing force of internet enabled content? We cut the cord (aka cancelled our satellite and or cable subscription) about a year ago.  For the most part, the transition has been relatively seamless. I have been asking myself the question, “Who really needs to watch several hours of television per day?” Giving up watching live sports on ESPN was probably the hardest part of cutting the cord. Cable news networks are capable of providing hours of mindless background noise, but they rarely deliver truly informative content. We just got a flyer from Xfinity (Comcast) that would provide cable, internet, and phone for about $89.99 a month. It is interesting to see the difference between the on demand video content services provided by satellite and cable companies versus the on demand content that companies like Netflix provide.

Weekend Activities Reconsidered

Apparently, the Joni plan involves some type of activity during every day of every weekend. My weekend may very well involve a trip to Costco or maybe even Lowes.  After acquiring a Keurig Platinum B70 gourmet single cup coffee maker with 60 samples I have watched my supply of k-cups dwindle. Costco only sells a handful of K-Cup varieties. It would be nice if Costco sold a sweet variety pack. Outside of coffee considerations a trip to Lowes will probably involve looking at ceiling fans.

Notes from 20101129

  • Joni and I just adopted a new (new to us) Australian cattle dog this weekend. Peppercorn the dog definitely is used to flying solo and having the complete run of the house. Puppies are (and will always be) an adventure. Training a dog without the use of treats or fear requires an extreme amount of patience, but the results are well worth the effort.

  • A few pages for the new novel are starting to turn over (albeit slower than expected). Writing has to become a state of mind for the writer. Being drawn to the page requires a certain degree of passion for the project. Being forced to writer defeats the purpose and ultimately cheats the project. Professional writers certainly end up writing on a schedule and only an endless reserve of passion for the work allows that compromise.

  • Stream of consciousness writing produces strange and interesting results. Going back and editing prose generated from a stream of consciousness writing session can be challenging.

  • Over the course of the last few months, I feel that the amount of interesting video content on Netflix has disappeared. Maybe my moving watching tastes are changing.

  • The new dog had a successful visit to the local veterinary clinic. Queensland heelers appear to be both intelligent and hearty. The test the veterinary technician ran to determine if the new dog had heartworms was negative. Overall, the morning seems to be rather peaceful and otherwise uneventful.

  • All of the cyber Monday emails seem to be delivering on the promise of specific sale items targeted at laser shoppers. If you know what you want or can be easily persuaded, then the deluge of cyber Monday online deals could be just what you are looking for both now and in the future.

Notes from 20101114

  • After watching televised advertisements, I learned Papa Murphy’s now has a Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza (a pizza with three kinds of bacon). Americas has developed a fascination with bacon and Papa Murphy’s pizza has decided to exploit that fascination for profit. What percentage of people using video recording options to capture content (for time shifting) takes the time to watch commercials? Do live sporting events and AM radio shows provide the only method of actual advertisement and therefore should be more expensive?

  • If NBC decided to sustain the blockade against Google TV, then the potential for online advertisement revenue will be lost. Say for example somebody wanted to watch full-length episodes of the show Outsourced on the NBC website using Google TV and the blockaded turned away that potential viewer. Not only did NBC fail to gain additional advertisement revenue, but the network also lost the opportunity to diversify the brand by introducing new viewers to other content (generating additional revenue streams). Consider for a moment, that NBC has also disenfranchised anybody who owns or uses a Google TV. Broadcast television stations lack subscription subscribes and have no contractual obligations to hold viewers hostage. Maybe disenfranchisement was the wrong choice.

  • If anybody has had a chance to demo (or has as strong opinion about) any of the Sony Internet TV powered HDTV systems, then please let me know what you think about the device. I am considering purchasing the NSX46GT1 model to replace my primary television. I am in the market for a new television and I believe that internet television will replace conventional television within the next two years.

  • The shop now link at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue provides a resource for individuals who want to acquire mail order barbeque. After an initial online review, two items stood out: Item #PKSS0436 $59.95 Sunday Sit-Down Special and the Item #PKBT0315 $79.95 Big Taste of Kansas City. A review of the online delivery system will probably be forthcoming at some point in the not so distant future.

*What is the real difference between Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2010? I am considering upgrading to get Microsoft Word 2010…