Thursday, November 17, 2005

Back in the Pop Culture Swing of Things

You know it is much easier to update your blog on a regular basis when you have an internet connection at your house. This may come as a surprise to some of you (given that I have worked in the tech industry for almost six years) but I have not had an internet connection at my house in almost 3 years. Not to mention this is the first time ever that I have had a high-speed connection at a place of residence (yes, ever). For the time being it is still a novelty and I can't get enough of it. For the past two days I have been almost obsessively working on my computer trying to get it back up to speed, installing security updates, new software, etc. It was ridiculous how many security updates I had to install, it literally took me almost four hours to get my computer completely updated (stupid microsoft). It was insane, within literally seconds of connecting my computer to the cable modem and configuring it to connect I was getting pop-ups. Literally, seconds (stupid microsoft). Luckily I have not had any since updating and installing various software to stop them but it was just ridiculous how quickly they started.

Since I got a cable connection I also got cable television to go with it. For me this is the really weird part. I have not had cable television since 1999 (I think). I have been in pop culture overload for the past two days. I have watched movies that I don't think I would ever watch under normal circumstances. I have seen television shows that I have only heard about in newspapers and magazines. It occured to me today how long and to what extent I have been separated from pop culture. There have been entire sitcoms, successful by any tv exec's standards, that I had never heard of and that have come and gone without my ever knowing they even existed. Entire careers of actors that I have never heard of have been made and broken since I last had cable. I originally got rid of cable because I was spending a lot of money and never watching anything. Usually I would just put it on one of the music channels and go about my business. Now I have the opposite problem. Now the first thing I do when I get home is turn on the tv and crank up the computer (I am watching a show about vampires as I write this). I AM OBSESSED!

Oh well, I'm sure it will work itself out. The internet connection is useful but I will have to see how the tv thing goes. If in a couple of months I am still obsessed with tv, or, on the other hand, have stopped watching it at all again I will probably just have it disconnected. But, in the meantime, I am going to soak up as much pop culture as I can get! ;)