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TOH YouTube

this is one of the best things i’ve stumbled upon in a long time: the This Old House YouTube channel!

you can set up episode one from any of the seasons they have uploaded and just watch straight through the entire season. and since YouTube has chromecast support built in, you can do it all on your TV using your phone to control it.

i guess my newfound stab at productivity is completely out the window!

A Change

i’m trying something new here. i switched up the theme to one that i liked but didn’t design. (i’m not a WP theme designer)

i also decided to stay with WP instead of trying some other software. the reality is that WP does what i need, which is stores my posts and makes them publishable. i don’t really need anything fancier than that. (i’m not a blog feature hacker)

i did choose to stay with my own host, though, because ultimately i do like to tinker, and i don’t want to close myself out of it. (i am a bit of a nerd)

i’m writing a bunch of posts, but i’m keeping them all private. i’m hoping to get writing again, but i don’t feel like i’m writing anything particularly worth reading yet. (i can write, but i’m not a writer… yet)

we’ll see where this goes. if i’m really clever, i’ll start editing the posts that i’ve already written and publish them, but i don’t want to put any pressure on myself just yet. it’s hard enough to get the momentum of writing going in the first place.

Content vs Meta Content

i admire blogs like jim the realtor for creating new content. each video that jim does adds something to the internet, and reflects his knowledge and interests in a positive way.

on the other hand, i admire blogs like naked capitalism and the big picture because they take content that is in the news or otherwise being talked about and give me their own analysis. they also find themes and discuss technical details that are in their wheelhouses, and it’s nice to get folks with some kind of relevant expertise weighing in, in their own words.

i’ve had trouble figuring out whether i want to write content like jim or meta-content like naked capitalism or the big picture. both blogs stray from time to time, but they work because they mostly stick to their content or meta-content theme. the content blog seems like it is the more fulfilling one, but having a subject to care that deeply about is enough of an obstacle that i have had trouble getting started.

side note — i wish that i still had google reader feeding my starred items into this blog. i don’t want to re-blog other’s articles, i just want to point them out as interesting.

The Craft

i’ve been watching comedians in cars getting coffee on and off as i get a few minutes. i got hooked when i listened to the howard stern interview with jerry seinfeld — listening to jerry describe the mechanics of comedy and his fascination with why jokes work made me want to understand it, too.

that is what comedians in cars is. it is jerry doing seinfeld-like stuff, but it is also jerry collecting data about comedy. he’s analyzing, testing, observing and trying to show us all what funny is. i love it.