Got home from work tonight kinda early. I was going to hop on my mountain bike for the first time in weeks but I noticed that my front tire is punctured. I didn't want to deal with repairing it so I went for a long swim instead.
No point in moping around feeling sorry for myself right now, so maybe I'll pick up doing what I have always enjoyed doing for the past 13 years. They didn't call them "blogs" in the mid-90s, they were just "homepages." Blogging with pre-built templates is so much easier, but I sorta miss cranking out my handmade atrocities. I shut down the old site and parked it the other day. There were a couple of pages there that were bandwidth hogs and right now I have other priorities for my money besides hosting fees.
Random Observation 1: I saw a Smart Car on the West Sam this morning. I have heard that they aren't very fast, but this jackass was pushing 80 and weaving through the traffic. So it's a fallacy that the Smart Car can't perform in heavy freeway traffic. You won't catch me in one, though. I think it's an overpriced, overhyped hunk of crap unless you live in a dense city with narrow streets.
Random Observation 2: I heard Dwight Silverman on TWiT today. It's his second time on the show and he blended right in with the rest. I wish Dvorak was on. I would have liked to hear Dvorak get cranky about Dwight's opinions on the death of the daily newspaper.
I still think that it's a premature call. Free but truly audited circulation would greatly enlarge the subscriber base and bring in a rush of new ad revenue. Ads already cover 80% of the cost of your daily newspaper. Until they make the switch, the printed daily will continue to bleed subscribers and relevance to the community. The business model needs to be ripped up. There are so many things the dailies could do but don't. Example: Why not micro-target the editorial and reporting? They already do that to a certain extent with advertising. Instead of being all things to all people, the PTB should face reality and gear the content towards the marketplace. Inner Loop/Montrose skews left, have the reporters concentrate on muckraking and reporting on things that are important to them. The folks up on the northwest side skew right, gear the editorial to them. Instead of hiding the inherent biases of the reporters and editors, use these biases to attract readers. Everyone is biased one way or another, and it's absurd to claim otherwise.
Random Observation 3: Last year I wrote that I was skeptical about the Park 8 condo project. The construction crane went up and then nothing happened for months.
Last week a contractor went to the site and removed the crane. I guess the Park 8 project is no more.
Random Observation 4: Anxiety attacks really suck. I tried some Tylenol PM the other night. All that happened was I still tossed and turned, not able to sleep. But instead of reading a book like I normally do when I can't sleep all I could do was lay still and be all groggy. I like a nice glass of red wine at night, but I am not so sure that wine would ease the anxiety. For me anyway, booze makes anxiety even worse. I am not a militant teetotaler (if you enjoy your drink, Prost!), I just no longer have any desire for my nightly glass of the red juice. I think what works best for anxiety is exercise. I felt better after swimming tonight. Knock on a cheap computer desk that I can catch some solid Z's.