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The First Step Is Admitting The Problem

December 31st, 2014 No comments

I never intended to take a blogging sabbatical, yet it’s been some two-and-a-half months since my last substantive entry. It hasn’t been due to a lack of things to write about. And while I’ve certainly had a lot going on in my personal life, it hasn’t been about that either. It’s really been all about how I’ve chosen to waste spend my time.

To those who regularly see me in person, it should be obvious that I have an iPad addiction. I’m rarely seen without the thing, even at work. And while I can truthfully claim its usefulness in pulling up important documents or doing a quick bit of research, it would be disingenuous of me not to admit that its true purpose is filling in all of those little moments of downtime. Standing in line? Waiting for a meeting to begin? Pull out the pad for a bit of browsing or a quick game.

Hardly unique behavior, I know. We are all dwellers in the The App Age. But what I’ve found to be insidious about my own usage is how it has devoured the time that might have been spent on other pursuits. Books and magazines are piling up. Got twenty minutes? I could read a chapter…or I could get in a few matches of Hearthstone.

I’m not promising to kick the habit. I know that my compulsions inevitably get the better of me. But I will at least try to make time for other things…right after I log into Doctor Who Legacy to claim today’s bonus.

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And…We’re Back

September 28th, 2013 No comments

I’ve got the usual not-blogging excuses: lack of time, lack of enthusiasm, lack of anything to say. Blah, blah, let’s move on.

I went to my first public radio conference earlier this month. I spent an entire week in Atlanta, participating in a workshop for newbie radio program directors before attending the main conference. I had a wonderful time and learned a lot, but by the last of the seven days, I was beginning to understand what George Clooney’s character in Up in the Air felt. (Minus the looking like George Clooney and the discreet sexual rendezvous with Vera Farmiga.) Living out of a hotel gets old, even with a Chik-Fil-A a short walk away.

One welcome difference between my public radio and television worlds is that while it took me several years of PBS conferences to be socially comfortable, here I felt at home in just a few days. Heck, by the end I was sidling up to Garrison Keillor, as seen to the right.

The most important thing I learned about the radio portion of my job was that I was looking at it completely wrong. When I took on my new responsibilities as “content director” for both WILL television and radio, I assumed that the latter wouldn’t consume much of my workday. I viewed it mostly in terms of program scheduling, and thought, “hey, the lineup rarely changes.” The program directors’ workshop disabused me of that narrow focus; the PD’s role is one of monitoring every aspect of the listener’s experience. Since I’ve returned from Atlanta, I’ve had to change the way that I listen to WILL-AM and -FM, and to be much more mindful of the sound and content of the station breaks.

Even though I’m working at the same place and doing many of the same things, I feel as if I’m embarking on a new career, and at my age, that’s something I didn’t expect to experience.



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Cabezas De Beverly

April 22nd, 2013 No comments

It occurred to me that I’d built up a backlog of half-formed blog posts. Not half-written, mind you. In most cases, they hadn’t proceeded much further than “Hey! This would be a good idea for a post!” Maybe a bit of research and scanning was involved. As the weeks passed and the original inspirations for these still-born musings grew ever distant, I found myself thinking “Is it worth going back at this point? Am I feeling it anymore?”

Then I thought, “Fuck it, you self-absorbed fuck.” So, look forward to some of these wonderful bursts of insight, coming soon to an RSS feed near you.

But first, an update on that whole Bevheads thing from a few weeks ago. A reader pointed out that some of my old web pages had been archived on the Wayback Machine. Here’s my original homepage, circa 1997. Here’s the Bevheads site as the crawlers found it in 1999. (Some of the photos are missing, but the text is still there.)

Then last week I heard back from the blogger who wrote that lovely tribute to Bevheads. She went as far as to write a follow-up post!

Meanwhile, the real Gates McFadden continues to post her own action figure photos to her Tumblr feed. Tiny Bev* has been on a European holiday for the past couple of weeks, but the entry that really amused me was this nightmare sequence featuring various Beverly Crusher merchandise, some of which I used to own.**

*McFadden refers to her plastic avatar as “1/8 Gates,” which only makes sense if the actress is 3 foot, 4 inches high. 

**I sold off the collector’s plate, but I still have the mug.

Away Game

December 6th, 2012 No comments

I never intended to take a month off from blogging. Quite the opposite; my hits went way up over the month of October thanks to my monstrous countdowns, and I’d hoped to take advantage of the extra traffic.

To some extent, life–and especially work–intruded. But who am I kidding? A month ago my wife bought me a second-hand Playstation 3. Since then I’ve been catching up on seven years’ worth of high-definition gaming. So far I’ve played all of the way through Batman: Arkham Asylum, Portal 2 and Uncharted. And there’s a giant, wobbly stack of borrowed discs where those came from. See you in July.

Having a PS3 also put me in the Blu-Ray market. I intend to resist repurchasing my existing DVD collection, but Blu-Ray (or, better yet, the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack) has become my new default video format. It’s soooo pretty.

While the PS3 has been folding me into its sweet embrace by night, there actually has been a lot happening to me on the work front. Last week I was evicted from the office I’ve inhabited the past 14 years. Okay, strictly speaking, I wasn’t evicted so much as asked to relocate upstairs. But it did initially feel like that. I was one of the first people to move into Campbell Hall back in 1998, and I’m fairly certain that I was the only one to occupy the same office all of those years.

With my move has come a new set of responsibilities. For the past 15 years I’ve been WILL-TV’s program director, but my role is being expanded to encompass WILL-AM and -FM as well. As “content director” I’ll be working closely with the FM classical music staff. Which begs the question, what in the heck do I know about classical music? Not much, but I didn’t know anything about gardening either, and I did okay these past couple of years as the producer of Mid-American Gardener. (Sadly, I’ll be giving that up so as not to spread myself too thinly.)

I’ve got a helluva lot to learn. I know only a little more about radio than I do about Bach. But I’m looking forward to the challenge, if only because it means that I’m ever that much closer to my long-held* dream of putting What Do You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb)? on the air.

*Okay, it’s not a long-held dream. I came up with it about 3:00 this afternoon. Just after I realized that I’d been given everything I needed to blast 105 kilowatts of Gangnam Style across Central Illinois.**

**If you are a WILL-FM listener who happens to be reading this, please understand that I am kidding. Mostly.

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Hey Girl, Whatcha Doin’?

January 17th, 2012 No comments

The thing about not blogging for awhile is that the longer it goes on, the more it feels as if the very act (or inaction) of not-blogging is something that must be overcome. In other words, the longer I went without blogging, the harder it was to come up with something that seemed worth blogging about.

This is, of course, stupid. With a likely readership in the low teens, it’s not as if anyone was really missing my masturbatory missives. (This is not to say that I don’t get plenty of hits; I had 652 yesterday, but I’ll bet dollars-to-drachmas that nearly all of them came from people hotlinking my images.) Even my own wife doesn’t read this most of the time.

So, here’s a blog post. I have now blogged. More blogging will follow, unless it doesn’t.

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Where Was I?

September 23rd, 2011 No comments

These last few weeks have been keeping me very busy. This is not altogether a bad thing. I’ve watched enough Thomas the Tank Engine to appreciate the value of proving oneself a “really useful engine.”

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

  • Continuing to shepherd the weekly TV series Mid-American Gardener.*
  • Project managing a set of local segments to accompany the upcoming PBS Arts Festival.
  • Producing a one-shot studio show about the problem of hunger in Central Illinois.
  • Auditioning potential voice-over talent.
  • Serving on the search committee for WILL’s station manager.
  • Filling in as host on WILL-AM’s morning talk show.
  • Working the TV pledge drive.
  • Introducing guitarist Tommy Emmanuel at this week’s concert in Champaign.
  • Crafting a Power Point presentation for the local Exchange Club.

All that, plus all of the usual work stuff…and trying to run a twice-monthly Dungeons & Dragons game.

Did I mention that I’ll be one of two WILL staffers leading approximately 30 donors on a 10-day tour across England? Yep, that too. Less than two weeks from now.

I am a little stressed.

I hope to get back to more regular blogging, but no promises.

*If you have ever seen my yard, you understand the irony of me producing a gardening program.

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Max Headroom M-m-mondays: No Signal

November 8th, 2010 No comments

is taking a week off due to a cappella-related circumstances. Yes, that’s “a cappella-related circumstances.” That is the world I currently inhabit.

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