March 28, 2008 7:30 PM
win,lose & Drew: Rockies hill to climb
Thoughts and musings for the weekend...
A. Can the Rockies repeat their amazing finish in 2008 ? Only time will tell but they certainly have an incredible lineup at the front and middle of the order. I think they might struggle early to overcome the playoff hangover from having extended their season beyond expectations, but if the rotation settles in they will be in the hunt.
B. Who will win the NCAA tournament? Don't know, but this weekends games should be a nice lead-in to opening day.
C. Is it me or do the arts in our culture seem to be dying? TV is nothing but reality shows. Stores are carrying less and less selection for DVD's to replace the bad television and unless you want to download everything to an i-pod you can't hardly even find a CD store anymore. I order almost everything online now which is fine, except, you know, I really like browsing through a store. Plus I get the strange feeling that every time I order something online, I'm costing someone a job who used to work at the store where I used to buy things in person. I'm all for technology, but at what point does it begin to become inconvenient or counter productive? For instance, I can't play an i-pod in the car. My car is not equipped for it. And, personally, I have no desire to watch TV programs, movies or youtube clips on a 3 inch i-pod screen, or a computer screen for that matter. And the one thing that concerns me most is...with the wave of technology, who and how are we going to pay for content. Everything on the web is free, i-tunes is considering giving sound files away for nothing, and revenue is down in all forms of the media, from TV, to newspapers to radio. Currently there is little economic structure to sustain any of it, certainly not in the way we have grown accustomed to seeing it or hearing it. These are the challenges ahead and as an artist and someone in the media, I probably spend more time than others thinking about these things. I'm not sure any of us fully understand the impact the internet is having on our lives and our economy.
D. Any Ren and Stimpy fans out there? While I find some of the humor a little on the gross side, the animation is terrific and I've become a fan of John Kricfalusi, the shows creator. He has a terrific blog that is worth checking out.