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When I lived in Minneapolis, I went for years (and years) without cable TV. Many of those years, I didn't even have a TV connected to electricity, though I did keep a 12" portable black & white model in a closet. Daddy gave it to me when I was a student at Michigan State. ("Many moons pass, buffalo cross great prairie....") I remember hosting a Minneapa collation and plugging it in so folks could watch a Star Trek rerun.

I still have a bit more work to finish up, so I'll cut to the chase rather than talking about daily newspapers and other trusted news sources I used in those days.

When I moved to a rural area, cable TV was one of my requirements. It wasn't that I planned to watch all that much, but I did want to be able to flip between CNN, MSNBC, and other sources during times of crisis or other Big News. Cable TV helped me remain connected to the rest of the world.

In April, I canceled my TV service. It was $50-60/month that I didn't have to spend, so I stopped spending it. My internet connection would have to suffice.

Tonight, it's not just sufficed, it's been better than TV. Better, with $0 marginal cost. I had a work project that was going to keep me up anyway, and I wanted to keep current with the Hurricane Ike news. I Googled Houston TV stations, checked out one live feed that proved slow and flaky, then flipped over to khou.com. I've been listening to it for the last 6+ hours, flipping over to watch the live video from time to time. The station is aware that many of the locals are without power and are listening on the radio rather than watching TV anyway, and they're describing things with those listeners in mind.

KHOU's reporting is good. They've skirted the edge of spilling into sensationalism a couple of times, but have been good about pulling back from that and focusing on facts and sharing useful information. I've stayed productive and have about 18 pages of layout polish completed that supports that claim. If I hadn't had the work, I likely would have spent the night surfing, checking out other news sources and blogs. But this was what I needed, and it was enough. It was better than enough.

I love living in the future.

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