Would I Pay For Online Content?

My comment on a Lifehacker poll. Would you pay for online content? Or do you already pay for it?

I went completely digital back in 2005. I have spent over $20,000 on CDs, DVDs, and vinyls― I was a hard techno/minimal techno DJ. I no longer pay for cable, nor video rentals, nor would I pay for any kind of content anymore. I don’t have a TV, only a big computer screen. Like the hacker mantra, information is supposed to be free. It’s up to the companies to find new ways of leveraging their readers. Usually, when I hit a pay wall, I stop clicking on articles to that source, the WSJ is among them. I signed up for the NYT as it’s one of the best papers and I really like the online version, though I don’t pay for it.

What do I pay for? Books. I spend hundreds of dollars a year on books. Books are great. I love them. I always have one on me and read in the lost moments of the day. I’ve never liked ebooks and don’t plan on getting an ebook reader anytime soon. The technology is too new and riddled with faults. I also rarely go to the movies. In fact, I’ve probably stopped going altogether. I used to go almost every week a few years ago. I used to spend a lot of money on DVD rentals. I don’t anymore.

Back in 2005, I was paying between $50-400 a month on my cell phone bill. It’s because I worked in finance and needed to talk to clients and employees. Right now, I spend about $30 a year on my cell phone. I bought a SonyEricsson Cyber-Shot K810i in 2007. I rarely get any calls, and it’s usually to do with work.

My Lifehacker Comment on Napping

As a freelance writer/teacher and now graduate student, I find my schedule pretty full. I work the whole day and come home for a lunch break. Then I leave again for the afternoon. I tend to come home anywhere between 4PM and 8PM, depending on the day. I’ll go out for bike rides 5 times a week.

Since I only start writing after midnight, I usually go to bed at around 2 or 3 AM. I wake up at 8AM. I have to be at school for about 9AM, so my routine is scheduled by the minute in the mornings. This includes taking a shower and walking the dog. This means that I need a nap to function correctly. I usually take a 20-45 minute nap during my lunch break, which is usually from 12 to 1:30PM. That’s my power nap.

I also train in cycling and ride at least 400 km a week.

[This will be true of starting this week. I’ll write more about what impact my daily training has had in my life at a later date. ]

This means that if I finish my day early, let’s say around 4PM, I’ll come home and take a nap before going out to cycle. Without the nap, I wouldn’t always be able to train.

Napping is very common in Asia, though I haven’t grown up there.

[Almost everyone naps because they have very long days, even the teachers. Nap time lasts from 12:30 to 1:45PM in most places]

In the US and Canada, napping is usually seen as being lazy, though taking power naps and caffeine naps is really energizing and can be used systematically in order to function for long periods of time at full capacity, without nodding off.

Power naps are short. Anything from 20 to 45 minutes is usually enough to reinvigorate you. If you nap for more time, you’ll likely end up more tired. A good thing to remember is that a usual sleep cycle lasts about 3 hours. So either nap for 20-45 minutes or 3 hours.

This was my comment for this post on Lifehacker. This was in response to this NYT article on who naps.

My Comment To Leana

I do a lot of fruits. I squeeze my own OJ out of oranges in the morning and for supper. Takes 6 to make 500cc, that’s pretty energy dense.

I’ve almost gone off cooked food, and I’m sticking to a raw food diet. No breads, no pasta, no rice.

I munch on veggies, ham, fruits during the day. I’m currently exploring nuts and dried fruits as well to add to my diet.

I drink fruit smoothies, papaya blended with milk, mango blended with milk, or store bought OJ blended in with nectarines.

That works pretty well for me.

I’m not a food nazi though, I don’t stop myself from eating out from time to time. Only I stick to wraps, salads and other healthier stuff.

I’ve done the change in diet over a period of months, so I haven’t had any real problems.

I do eat meat, eggs and a little dairy. Red tuna sashimi is one of my faves, as well as grilled salmon.

I used to cook giant portions that would last me the week, but after switching diets, it’s no longer an option. I threw them out. So now, it’s very small portions.


Sometimes Tattoos Fall Off

sometimes tattoos fall off. so you need to check on them frequently. i’m so serious. i had a tattoo fall off once. i never got it back…
Sweet Clementine

I love this comment by Sweet Clementine about this photo. The photo isn’t NSFW, but there is an air of sexuality about it. I love it, it’s beautiful and the girl is beautiful as well.

Mareen Fischinger On Apple

I just don’t understand why the removeable padded laptop case in that bag is suggesting a non-MacBook format. Whom do they expect to use equipment of such complexity in connection with a Windows machine?

Ok, I kind of don’t know what to say about that comment… Suffice it to say that a lot of people are on Windows laptops. They are cheaper and extremely customizable. I work on an Asus W7S and it works like a charm. There are a lot of photographers on Windows laptops as well.

And there are a lot of 13.3 sized Windows laptops out there that fit exactly into MacBook storage solutions.