Cutting The Cord

By · Published · ramblings, tv, appletv, sports

"When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better.

"But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your own television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day, without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland."

In 1961, FCC chairman Newton Minnow gave a famous speech bemoaning the state of television. While at the time he was criticizing "game shows" and "formula comedies about totally unbelievable families," among other things, I would argue that his statements are even more true now than they were in 1961.

I remember when cable TV first came to my family. We were living in Florida in the 1980s, and suddenly we had more choice than just four channels. Although it couldn't have been more than 30 or so channels, there was now choice and and endless stream of things we could watch.

Throughout the 90s, we always had cable through all our moves. When I left for college, we had cable in the dorms. When I moved out, I got cable. When I moved to Huntsville, I got cable. When I bought my first house, I got cable. When we moved in 2012, we moved our cable too. The vast majority of my life, I have had cable.

And today, for the first time since I was a kid in 1980s Florida, I walked away from cable TV. We cut the cord, and went back to just a standard antenna and an Internet connection.

This has been something that has been a long time coming. It's something we first seriously started considering in 2012 when our daughter was born and we stopped watching a lot of TV. But even then, my dissatisfaction with the ever increasing price and decreasing quality of cable TV had been building since the mid 2000s.

So this is why I decided to cut the cord and cancel my cable subscription.

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Why you shouldn't learn to code

By · Published · ramblings, politics

The Internet is abuzz with the news that President Obama is calling on every American to learn how to code. And while I think it's a good idea for everyone to have a basic grasp of computer technology and a basic understanding of the role computer programmers play in the world, I have some very specific thoughts about whether or not everyone knowing how to code is really a good idea.

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Cocoaconf Atlanta 2013: A Review

By · Published · apple, mac, osx, conferences

So this past week I attended the first (I think) Cocoaconf to be held within a reasonable distance of Huntsville. In this case, a mere 3.5 hours away in Atlanta.

Overall, I'd say this was a very good conference. It was small (I'm guessing about 150 or so attendance). The location was easy to get to, and the conference in general seemeed well organized.

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What I use: 2013

By · Published · apple, mac, osx

Since it's been awhile since I wrote a post about what I use in regards to software, perhaps it's time that I did that again. So here's a list software I'm using in 2013:

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dystill moved to Jekyll and Bootstrap

By · Published · jekyll, dystill

I moved the dystill website to Jekyll and Bootstrap. This was pretty simple overall, since the site is just one page. It was more a task for converting the custom CSS I wrote to use the matching Boostrap libs. I also added the neat little ubiquitous "Fork me on Github" ribbon you see on a lot of sites.

Go check it out at dystill.org.



Nine lessons I've learned since becoming a Dad

By · Published · parenthood, ramblings

On November 27th, 2012, I became a Dad. My little girl, Scarlett, was born at a little past 8pm that night. Being that she's coming up on nine months here in just a few days, I thought I would look back on what lessons I've learned in the nine months since she's been on planet Earth. This post could alternatively be titled: What I wish people had really told me before becoming a Dad.

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