Jeremy Smith's blog

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Media Consumption

I've been tagged, and my blogging has fallen off, recently, so I thought I would participate.

In retribution, I tag Andy Wismar, Chris Prall, Jason Frakes, Sam Harmon, and Steve Kemler.

Email

Email is my preferred form of communication because it allows me to queue items. And I don't have to remember items if they are in my email because it's searchable. Leave me a voicemail or tell me something; there are good odds it will go unnoticed. Email me about it — much better.

I'm a voracious consumer of email lists. I'm on a dozen or so Case mailing lists. Through GMail, I am subscribed to several high volume lists like the Miata Mailing List, Atom syntax, AtomPP, rss-public, rest-discuss, Google Apps APIs, and a couple more here and there.

I use a lot of filters to manage my email. At any given point in time, you can ask me how many messages are in any of my three inboxs, and I will know because the answer will be zero (okay, maybe one or two that I haven't seen and filed yet that just got sent directly to me while you were asking me the question).

I use Thunderbird (IMAP), GMail, and Google Apps for Your Domain (essentially GMail) as my email clients.

Web

Everything comes into Bloglines, which I read in Firefox either on my Mac or on my Ubuntu desktop.

Music

Back in college, I used to have a taste in music. I listened to punk bands. Bands like Avail, Boy Sets Fire, Converge, ...

Nowadays, I just listen to the same music my girlfriend listens to — Ben Folds, Top 20. It's background noise.

When I do have the sudden urge to listen to music music, I find myself drawn into listening to my Father's music — Stevie Ray Vaughan, Allman Brothers, some John Lee Hooker.

TV

In descending order of importance:

  1. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  2. There is no #2

Battlestar Galactica and House would have made the list if they hadn't started getting so bad in their current seasons. Those episodes mostly just rot on the TiVo until I get around to deleting them.

If it's 9 o'clock on a Sunday, and I'm not doing anything (or I'm at my girlfriend's), I'll watch Family Guy. Random 24 hour news channels sometimes play in the background while I'm at the computer...

Really, though, it's just The Daily Show.

Communication

I blog here and on my personal blog. I use Twitter. I exchange SMSes and IMs with my friends. WiFi at home. WiFi at work. WiFi pretty much everywhere.

Movies

I don't do movies. I did go see 300 because it was about the friggin' Battle of Thermopylae. How can you not go see that.

Outside of that, I can't remember the last time I wanted to go see a movie in the theaters. I believe I only go when my girlfriend wants to.

Newspapers

They still make those?

Magazines

They still make those?

Books

They still make those?

 

Okay, just kidding.

I do get one magazine — Grassroots Motorsports.

I used to be an avid reader of fiction. But like most males who hit 20, I stopped reading it. From A tale of two genders: men choose novels of alienation, while women go for passion:

On the whole, men between the ages of 20 and 50 do not read fiction.

So, I guess, check back in with me in 22 years. The last fiction book I remember reading was a year to a year-and-a-half ago — Flaubert's Parrot. I do remember that, while reading it, thinking that the activity was a waste of time.

I do have proof that I once was an avid reader of fiction — my bookshelf:

Bookshelf

The only books I read are non-fiction — O'Reilly books, books like The Rise of the Creative Class and Fashionable Nonsense: Postmodern Intellectuals' Abuse of Science. Non-fiction.

Radio

NPR. My favorite programs are Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal and, of course, Car Talk.

Comments

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    Interesting article on men and reading. It must vary by personality. My friends Josh, Matt, Brian and I swap books all the time and they're between 20-50. My dad read daily for all the years I knew him, and he was under 50 for all but the last 2. Perhaps there is a book-reading gene.

    The gender study doesn't wholly surprise me though I don't think my habits fall into either camp. I've read more than half of the books on the men's list and haven't read any Margaret Atwood in years. I found the Handmaids Tale and the one or two others I read to be a bit disturbing.