The blog for The Solitaire Rose Experience. Yes, the blog revolution is utterly and completely over. However, I haven't figured that out yet, so I'll be listing articles, ideas, links, and other internet debris. Now, you can join in! And be mocked mercilessly!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Just some TV rating thoughts

Ratings on Cable news are out for 1st quarter of the year. The big news is that FOX is losing viewers at an astounding rate, and to lose 30% of your prime time viewers has probably got some people in "hair on fire" mode at the network. I think it's really a simple answer to why:

FOX tied itself to Bush so tightly that when he is doing poorly, they will do poorly. Yes, they are still #1, and by a large margin, but unless they can figure out a way to forge their own identity rather than "right wing talk radio on TV", they will suffer the same problem that talk radio has had over the last few years: Aging demographics, eroding listeners and an inability to do anything to bring in new people. Looking at the news ratings, I also think that if someone came in like CNN did in the early 80's and just did straight news, they would pick up a pretty big chunk of viewers, especially with Headline news turning into another talk radio on TV station at night.

Oddly enough, that's what Al Jazeera has planned.

Could get very weird in TV news very soon.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Just a quick question

How many times does the President have to explicitly say he feels the law does not apply to him before anyone gives a shit?

Sunday, March 12, 2006

A Web Word Processor?

I had no idea that there was a Web Word Processor, let alone that it's another small website that Google has bought up in its quest to...well, I have yet to figure out what their quest is, other than to try and get us to do everything our computers do on the interwebs.

I can see where it might be a good idea for some people, but I know that I wouldn't want my word processing files stored on the web, simply because I like having them on my hard drive (and backup CDs and jump drive) so that I don't have to depend on the internet to do my writing.

I am slowly turning into a dinosaur in the web world, though, since Microsoft is moving toward web-based applications for things like word processing and the like.

the futon critic report!

The Futon Critic (prolly my favorite TV related webnsite) is reporting that Deal or No Deal is going to three nights a week, proving that no one has learned the lesson of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire."

NBC has been in trouble for quite a while, and I'm sure it must be nice to have a cheap show that gets decent ratings, but it will burn out pretty quick if they keep running it this often. I'm now giving a 4 month over-under before people burn out on it.