Posts about “media”

Five Tips for Smarter Playlists

Five Tips for Smarter Playlists

I’ve got more than 14,000 songs in my iTunes library and I listen to music the entire time I’m in the office every day. I live and die by my smart playlists. I’ve seen more than a few tutorials lately about how to utilize this iTunes feature, so I thought I’d toss my hat in the ring with a few tips on how to make Apple’s killer app work better.

Television: Getting Better All the Time

Anybody out there notice a trend? It seems like the quality of shows has suddenly gotten much better in the last two or three years. My TiVo runneth over. That’s how I can tell. I can’t remember a time since the early 90s when there were so many really, really good shows on the tube.

Complete Failure

The only two positive things I can say about Failure to Launch are that it was not quite as bad as A Historyof Violence and that it had a decent soundtrack. (And, of course, for some reason that soundtrack is not available at Amazon or on iTunes.) Terry Bradshaw did the best acting in the

Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under

On television and reading

Deadliest Catch

This is the sort of thing that makes me glad I have TiVo. The Discovery Channel is starting a new series: Deadliest Catch, about Alaskan deep-sea crab fishing. The tagline is $140,000 for 5 days’ work is a job some men would die for. And some do. (I’ll ignore the dangling preposition.) How can that

© My Life

Your homework project: Compare and contrast the information contained in the article quoted below with Keats’ assertion (poetic, true, but an assertion nonetheless) that “Beauty is truth, truth beauty.” NBC is planning to make a movie about Pfc. Jessica Lynch, the rescued American POW, even if it doesn’t get her permission. Can the network do

A Week in Los Angeles

Good grief! It’s starting to get so bad that I’m getting complaint-mail. “How come you never write anymore?” “Are you too good for your blog?” “Why don’t you post more often?” Jeez. Whine whine. I’ve been busy, okay?! Just because I love you, A Quick Recap of the Lately Life: rehearsals for the show are

Law & Order

Law & Order

In the criminal justice system …

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