Per my earlier post this week on murder on TV - I thought it was interesting how this study was just released. The Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) is a great resource for this type of data. If you are a parent - read the report and other useful articles on the site.
Parents' Television Council has released a report on prime-time
violence on the six major television networks, analyzing over 1,000
hours of programming in the past three years. They compared the data
from these years to an earlier analysis they did from 1998-2002, and made some disturbing findings:
Violence has increased in every time slot
Violent scenes increasingly include a sexual element
In the 2005-2006 season, 49% of episodes in the study group contained at least one violent act
The final gun has sounded and the Eagles are on their way to next round of the playoffs. The Giants never belonged there in the first place. How can a team that loses 6 out of its last 8 games make the playoffs? I am a true blue fan - grew up in North Jersey and can't think of anyone I rather cheer for, but really - they were not that good.
The saddest part of the day though is seeing one of the great running backs the NFL has today leave the game. He did what he could to make each of his last games his best, but it came up short in the end.
Through it all - he treated us all to a marvelous display as each year passed. Funny enough - he got better as each year went on. You will always be a Giant to me Tiki - best of luck to you in all your future endeavors.
PS - Crack some skulls in the locker room on your way out so the Giants can get their act together next season.
Let's first start out with clarifying two things about me.
I know what too much about TV shows as a result of watching too much TV as a kid.
I enjoy a good issue of People Magazine - just like the next person.
Yes - I am part of the majority of people who like to watch pop TV and shows that are reality based. I contribute to the current demand for what sells - but there are some things that are starting to disturb me - really disturb me. Murder and Death on TV. For instance - tonight's 48 Hours Mystery - it is about a murder.
When was the last time you saw that a News Show like Dateline or 48 Hours had a show about something other than a murder. If dateline did not have the whole "To Catch a Predator Series" what else would they do shows about. What is America's fascination with Murder. We have CSI, Law and Order (18 Versions), Cold Case - and the list goes on and on. Is it our fascination with the impossible or is it our ability to be a voyeur into a world we can never imagine?
I really have to hand it to ABC Primetime as of late - they are really working on finding stories that not only get your mind flowing, but are pretty interesting. Same with 60 Minutes - always a good program. I am not saying murder and death is out, but why do they seem to focus so much on those topics.
Many of today's news programs could take a cue from 60 minutes - Still rated one of the top 20 network shows consistently. Journalism needs to step up and look at something beyond the dark side of our lives. If that is all we see - we never believe in the good of others.
Our annual New Years Day tradition is a great activity that can involve one person or the whole family every year. Basically - get a blank canvas and some paint. We use 8 x 10 canvas. Think of your motto for the year. For me, this year is "Keep Life Simple". Nothing complicated, but a phrase that rings true with me every day. Once the family finishes painting each of their canvas' - we hang them on the back door - so they are the first thing we see every day on our way to greet the world.
Not only is a great way to see your daily inspiration - but you will always remeber the fun, laughs and time spent doing this great activity. enjoy...
What did you get for Christmas. Well - my wife and I got a whole year - yep. We purchased a whole year program from a lady named Heidi Swapp. She is well known in the scrapbooking business, but she also has this extremely cool year long program called - "A Year to Remember 2007". My wife and I are doing it together. We wanted to challenge ourselves to learn more about each other and who we can be. Big Picture Scrapbooking is sponsoring the class. I don't know what to tell you - other than - this should be fun. More to follow......
Just got back from seeing this movie - it was fantastic. Go see it. This is the true story of Chris Gardner and his son.
I was truly inspired by his persistence and his ability to conquer huge obstacles while taking care of his son. Best of all - he turned his obstacles into opportunities and eventually become a self-made millionaire.
Will Smith did an amazing job. With so many poor film choices out these days - this one gets my vote.
Last may I attended David Allen's GTD Roadmap seminar in Washington D.C. Besides meeting David Allen, one of the best tools I bought at that conference has become invaluable to me.
GTD File Folders I use these constantly and they really manage the day to day activity of action items well. I think what stands out the most are the color and size of the folders. It gives me a quick visual of what needs to be addressed. The folders also do a great job of forcing you to learn the methodology of GTD. I have a four level file holder at both my home and office workspaces. The folders are either in their baskets or in my briefcase at any time for quick access. I would definitely try these. Amazing how the most simple ideas are the best.