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Dagnabbit!!! I suppose it was simply too good to last. The NY Times has added a "feature" to their online newspaper, and now the Op-Ed Columnists ain't free no more. I went to read Paul Krugman and Bob Herbert today and found them hidden behind something called "Times Select." {heavy sigh} The Op-Ed tended to be what I'd most regularly read. I can't afford squat.

It's in the early morning like this when I'm tired and apparently vulnerable that such things can and do make me feel rotten crappy for the rest of the day, and I am extraordinarily tired. I hope we don't have to work overtime again next weekend. The extra money is good; the lack of sleep is becoming bad. Of course, part of that is my own fault for staying up to see the end of the Emmys. Not like I couldn't have predicted Raymond would beat out the good shows, but I was rather pleased to see Lost take Best Drama (and earlier in the show I was very happy to see my two favorite TV doctors--Zach Braff & Hugh Laurie--present together). Not to mention hearing Bill Shatner do the "Space--the final frontier" speech again.

Stupid NY Times.

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ad_kay
Sep. 19th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC)
Join liberalrage. Just sayin'.
wildrider
Sep. 19th, 2005 11:47 pm (UTC)
I am in demsforchange and religious_left. Why not join another? (Of course, keeping up with 'em when you start posting interesting articles...!)
ad_kay
Sep. 20th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
I might as well jion demsforchange too. liberalrage and twistedchick have newslinks on a kinda sorta daily basis. They were each making several posts a day during the immediate New Orleans aftermath, so I think they're kinda burnt out now.
wildrider
Sep. 20th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
Well, as long as I get my Krugman/Herbert/Dowd fix. Dagnabbit. They were sometimes the only thing I read in my Daily Times (and what is the point of it being "free" if you have a paper subscription? If I had a paper subscription, I wouldn't need it!)
ad_kay
Sep. 20th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
ad_kay
Sep. 20th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC)
Never mind. I think the NYT wised up.
wildrider
Sep. 20th, 2005 11:23 pm (UTC)
Yep, it's all fixed up now.

I suppose $50 a year isn't bad, but dang it, I'd be spending that JUST for the Op-Ed columnists. I don't need the rest of the crap.
nutmeg3
Sep. 20th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)
That sucks! I buy the NYT at the station every day (well, four days a week, when I go into the City), but I don't subscribe and don't plan to, so it's pretty damn irritating to know they don't think I'm paying them enough.

I hate Everybody Loves Raymond. Hate.
wildrider
Sep. 20th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
I suppose I can understand them wanting to make something on their website, but it's been free so far. Just all of a sudden, boom, they want money for the Op-Ed Columnists (although they're free if you have a paper subscription. I say again, why would I NEED to have the online stuff if I had a paper subscription?).

I've always had a very "meh" attitude toward Raymond; never understood the worship the critics/academy had for it; never got quite the rabid hate others had for it. It was there, taking up space before Two and a Half Men, so sometimes I watched it. Now it's gone, I hardly notice. (This is much the same feeling I had for Seinfeld. Meh.

What SHOULD have won is Scrubs. Someone besides TV Guide (and me) should notice it...
nutmeg3
Sep. 22nd, 2005 02:52 am (UTC)
I don't get the appeal of Scrubs, either. Seinfeld irritated me because there wasn't a single person there I wanted to spend time with. But Raymond was so actively mean-spirited in the guise of humor that I despised it instantly.
wildrider
Sep. 22nd, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
You don't get the appeal of Scrubs?? ::faint:: I adore that show. I came into to it late because they kept hiding it from people and when I finally found it, I found it to be remarkably well-written, well-acted, funny, silly, goofy, sharp, and yet amazingly poignant and for all the strangeness, deeply real. The first episode I ever saw (and I still haven't seen a repeat of it) included in JD's mental world's soundtrack was Colin Hay, following him playing acoustic guitar and singing. I was hooked. I finally have caught up with season one thanks to DVDs, and I have season two on pre-order. Zach Braff is one of the most expressive young actors around (and deeply unappreciated). He did with Garden State what I think Amber Benson WANTED to do with Chance.

Now, I'll admit I'll often like many sitcoms that are pretty much stupid as all hell, but I'll stand by my recommendation of Scrubs to anyone. I captured rahirah and got her watching, and then we got sillymagpie to watch season one with us and now she's clamoring for season two -- and they're two pretty harsh critics. Most of my guilty pleasures I don't share lest they mock me mercilessly. :)
nutmeg3
Oct. 1st, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
I'm not a fan of House, but I prefer it to Scrubs, which makes me nuts with the wanting-to-slap of everyone. I think I just prefer serious/semi-serious shows to shows that I know are trying to make me laugh. I'm not a big fan of stand-up comedy, either. The latter is, I'm sure, because I have lots of funny friends and most comics can't, imo, measure up. I'm not sure if my disinclination toward sitcoms is related or not.
wildrider
Oct. 1st, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
Me, I love comedy. Can't write it, though, which may be one of the reasons. This is the first year in, well, ever that most of the shows I'm watching are hour-long dramas (or dramady, in the case of Boston Legal).
sillymagpie
Sep. 20th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)
I hate Everybody Loves Raymond, too. I cannot fathom why so many people enjoy it.
nutmeg3
Sep. 22nd, 2005 02:53 am (UTC)
Me neither. Everyone on it was so mean-spirited. Their entire existence seemed to be built on on-upping each other in some way, which is just a horrible way to look at human nature.
sillymagpie
Sep. 22nd, 2005 10:38 am (UTC)
I Hate Raymond
That attitude seems to be very popular these days. I think ridicule and disparagement are the true driving forces behind most of the competitive reality shows these days.

My feeling is that you can be backbiting on a TV show if you're engaging and witty. The cast of I Love Raymond aren't. Gregory House is. That's the difference.
wildrider
Sep. 22nd, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC)
Re: I Hate Raymond
I sometimes wonder if shows like this aren't popular because people like to watch people like that and think, "thank God that's not my life."

Or, in the Simpsons vernacular, lots of "football in the groin!"
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