Free Time

So in light of my new vow to abstain from all TV and music this month, I've decided to spend that time reading instead. Of course, one of the times when I most liked to turn on the TV was during meals when I was by myself. Reading a book during that time is a little bit difficult I've found... not many books sit flat on the table and I don't want to grease up all my books with dirty fingers.

However, I've found that pouring over magazines during this time is great. They sit flat and who cares if you grease 'em up. Of course, magazines are the "fast food" of reading as Tim Sanders wrote in Love Is The Killer App... but they have their advantages. You can get through a complete article in a decent amount of time and there are all kinds of little tid bits of information and random facts... which I enjoy. Also... I've got plenty of magazines pouring into my mailbox these days!! (post)

So today I was reading through Time Magazine and they had this huge article that I really enjoyed. Of course, it was all pictures (maybe that's why I liked it so much) of statistics. It was a statistical review of the 300,000,000 Americans in the world today... where we live... how we vote... what we believe... how we spend our money... etc.

Here is one of the many stats they had... I thought it rather fitting... with my recent plan.
Wow! Over 3 hours per day for the average!


Blogger Crystal said...

OMG, Brett! I commend you for having such amazing will power. I hardly ever watch TV, but I HAVE to have my music. What you are doing will surely recharge your batteries, and unclutter your brain. So Good luck.

11/03/2006 7:07 PM  
Blogger Shyla said...

Hey JB, I have a really cool solution to not getting your books dirty with your fingers when eating and readiing........................................................................
......................................... um.... its called silverware. But it doesnt have to be silver, it can be plastic too! ;)

Thanks for the info though, its seriously a shame how much time is wasted on television. I think what is the saddest part was reading the ratio between boob tube watching and exercise!...no wonder America has problems with obesity!

11/04/2006 12:34 AM  
Blogger Brett Austin said...

Silverware... silver + ware... well yes, it's obviously silver... but where did they come up with "ware" to eat your food with?!?

I guess I could use the stuff... but then I'd just have to waste more water to clean it all up... I can lick my fingers clean... so let's just say I'm thinking "green" and trying to save the planet!! :o)

11/04/2006 12:53 AM  
Blogger Autie said...

I have been thinking about you since you made this month of November vow and wondered how you have been doing. Then I read this most recent post "Free Time" that included your Time Magazine info and I have something for you to think about in your free "thinking" time.

First and foremost I want to say, I commend you!! Secondly I agree with the others that TV can be a huge waste of time. I choose to only watch two primetime dramas a week, which happen to be on the same night, and I never turn the TV on during the day while I am home with the baby. Music is then definitely just a car thing even as important as it is to me unless during the day the baby and I listen to something and dance. But third and most importantly I want to say...

Don't you think that reading media, which I think to be the biggest villain of all, in your quiet time can clutter your mind, more than say a 1/2-hour sitcom? If you are looking for a good book that will lay flat in front of you try your Bible. In actuality in your original post you said, “…allowing oneself the silence it takes to hear your own thoughts and heart”, which I don’t think reading magazines while you are eating actually allows you to do. Just sit and eat and think, or maybe you do most days, you don’t say. Let us know since you are now our spokesman for this experiment.

All in love and intrigue, Autie.

11/09/2006 4:56 PM  
Blogger Brett Austin said...

Hey Autie - The magazines are just for the short period of time while I'm eating. More of something to stop me from wanting to turn on the TV and get sucked in from program to program.

I'd definitely agree that magazines aren't necessarily the best reading material... but they can serve a purpose.

I'll make sure to post up a progress report on the month.

11/10/2006 12:18 AM  
Anonymous Cristin Louviere said...

Hey. I know this doesn't have to do with the actual blog at all...but I have to know if you programmed your website or did you use a template because I really like it...and I really like the pictures you took of your neice...okay...that's all.

11/12/2006 12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brett, Do video games count as TV???

11/12/2006 9:21 PM  
Blogger Brett Austin said...

Cristin - Thanks for all of your wonderful comments... I appreciate them! What site are you talking about? My main site at gobrett.com was designed in Flash by yours truly. This blog is based on a template from Blogger that I've made a bunch of modifications to. The slideshow was created from a software program called ShowIt Web.

11/13/2006 3:08 AM  

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