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Monday, June 15, 2009

It's The Little Annoyances In Life...

It's Monday morning at about 7:30am and it already feels like I've been up for a day. That's not a good sign.

Anyway, one of the first things I do every morning when I come down stairs is to turn on my laptop. Being a Windows (Vista in my case) user, I've built my schedule around the seemingly forever boot-up time that the operating system requires. That's annoying, but rumor has it that other operating systems (is it the pear? oh, apple...) just simply start when you turn them on. One of these days I'm going to have to explore that further. Once my Vaio gets going and I log into my account, I have Firefox use The Scranton Times as my homepage. That brings me to another point of annoyance: The homepage for The Scranton Times doesn't look like it's been updated at all since Sunday.

Wait, we are talking about a NEWS PAGE here on the Internet.

Few things bother me more in the "information age" than stale news. I loathe precisely because the content is stale. I generally speaking think that slants horribly to the religious right, but I still visit the page a few times a day precisely because they do frequent updates (although they fired outstanding columnist Roger Friedman in April...strike against them). I love MSNBC because they also update their content very frequently. I still even visit the Druge(Obama Evil)Report because Matt knows when to throw up a decent headline.

Come on Scranton Times, you can do better than this! I know that there is a lot of talk and thought going into how local media can actually make money with an Internet presence. I'm cool with that, even if it means charging for content. What I'm not cool with the same Dairy Farmer story being the headline now for over 24 hours. Charge me something to view your content, but for *gosh* sake please at least have something worth paying for up on the site.

Okay, I'm not sure if I feel better after that rant, but it is over with, I promise. Funny, but I often write these things as if I'm talking to someone else; in reality, I'm talking to myself. The fact that anyone else would even think to read this dribble is beyond me. Although I do probably update about as much as The Scranton Times does!

In other news, Father David Bechtel has written something for me to post here on Catholic teacher unionization. I'll have that up later today or tomorrow. Any delay is solely due to my wanting to noodle over how I want to respond. As I mentioned in a reply to him this morning, I'm leaning towards having his text posted and then putting up a separate reply the next day. I also need to come up with a suitable disclaimer of sorts, in that I'm in no way, shape or form even capable or qualified to speak for Catholic teachers.

On that note, it's time to go to work to probably be annoyed silly.

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