The Curse of Too Many Channels

We don’t have cable.

There are times I wish we did, but mostly I’m satisfied with the handful of channels we get through the antenna on the roof of our house.

Because we don’t have cable, we find ourselves watching shows we might otherwise overlook in favor of binge watching HGTV or the Food Network.

A few nights ago we happened upon a Nature documentary on Snow Monkeys. It was amazing. It brought back childhood memories of watching PBS programs like NOVA with my family. And, it made me realize that I want to forge those same memories with my family.

There are so many great, educational television programs that go unnoticed when we have hundreds of channels at our disposal. I guess I had just forgotten that and lost sight of some good television.

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Digital (Fill-in-the-Blank) Recorder

Your home entertainment system likely has a Digital Video Recorder (DVR). It's pretty much standard equipment these days if you have cable, fiber, or satellite television.  It's a wonderful invention that lets you record your favorite shows for later viewing.  It also allows you to pause live television and rewind to catch that pivotal moment in your favorite show that was missed because the phone rang, or in my case an airplane flew over your house. After having had this in my home for a couple years I can't imagine living without it.
 
So, I've been wondering when this technology is going to catch on in other areas of life. When can I look forward to having a DAR (Digital Audio Recorder) in my car?  Maybe I want to program my car to record my favorite morning talk show.  Or, maybe I just missed an important concert announcement because some jerk cut me off.  It would be really helpful to be able to play that moment back. Right?
 
What about a DAR for the phone?  Maybe you want to play back a conversation you had with your boss so you can make sure you've followed through on every instruction they gave you.
 
The possibilities are endless, but what I would most like to see is a DLR (Digital Life Recorder). Wouldn't it be cool to pause and rewind your life so you could relive the great moments, go back and change your failings and skip through the boring parts? That's the technology I'm most looking forward too. 
 
What kind of Digital (fill-in-the-blank) Recorder would you like to see?

Viral Marketing and Fringe

Just came across an awesome viral marketing campaign for Fringe, the J.J. Abrams drama on FOX.  If you watch the show, you’re probably aware of a character called “The Observer” who seems to appear whenever strange things happen.  Apparently FOX has launched a campaign where they place actors posing as “The Observer” in various locations around the city. That’s not too creepy, right?
Read a blog post about it in LAist.