Tuesday, August 17, 2004


I can't sleep. What better thing is there to do at 3:15 a.m. than post a blog entry? Well, I suppose I could watch some TV. Let's see what broadcast television has to offer at this ungodly hour.

PBS is showing a special on Venice, which "survives on the artificial respirator of tourism."

CBS is broadcasting the late, overnight national news. Apparently, Kobe Bryant's lawyers want to tell the world that his accuser is a floozy.

ABC is airing a piece on BASE jumpers. Did you know that Norway has more BASE jumpers per capita than any other country in the world? I should watch TV at 3 a.m. more often. BASE is capitalized for a reason--it's an acronym for building, antenna, span and earth. Here's a story from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

NBC is repeating its prime time Olympics broadcast. Michael Phelps just placed second in the first semi-final of the 200m butterfly. But never fear! The disappointing finish is a result of the fatigue caused from all the races he's participated in today. The final is tomorrow (later today). If he can resist the temptations of the Olympic Village, he should be well rested.

From a piece in the Scotsman:

At the Albertville winter Olympics, condom machines in the athletes’ village had to be refilled every two hours. And in Sydney the organisers’ original order of 70,000 condoms went so fast that they had to order 20,000 more. Even with the replenishment, the supply was exhausted three days before the end of the competition schedule. (For the record, athletes who were in
Sydney report that the Cuban delegation was the first to use up its allocation.) Salt Lake City in 2002 went even bigger: 250,000 condoms were handed out, despite the objections of the city’s Mormon leadership.

"There’s a lot of sex going on. You get a lot of people who are in shape, and, you know, testosterone’s up and everybody’s attracted to everybody," says Breaux Greer, a shaggy-blond Californian who competed in the javelin at the Sydney Games.

Woah! MTV2 is airing an old episode of Beavis and Butthead. (I'm lucky enough to receive MTV2 on Channel 24 in Boston. It's pretty cool.) In this episode, our protagonists are wearing glasses to trick Mr. Anderson into believing they are someone else. Now they're watching some old obscure video. Seeing rare videos was always one of the greatest things about this show. Damn! I missed the name of the band. My bad.

Well, I seem to be getting a bit tired. I think I'll try this sleep thing again.


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