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If I could save time in a bottle...

Sorry about the Jim Croce lyrics. I hate him as much as anyone else, but it seemed right.

Today marked an interesting milepost in my digital world: I didn't rely on the scheduling of the mass media once the entire day for what I listened to or what I watched.

Okay, I take that back. I watched the local news around suppertime. But other than that, rather than suffer through the pap that our local radio stations spew, I listened to the inestimable Hugh Hewitt via podcast in my truck, then after dinner, we watched two excellent programs via our new Cox Digital Video Recorder I would have otherwise missed: A tour of four lived-in English castles on HGTV, and a special on the discovery of an ossuary belonging James, the brother of Jesus. And as I type this, the DVR's merrily chugging away, recording Akira Kurosawa's epic samurai fable, Yojimbo, for me to view at my leisure.

What is an noteworthy moment in time to me will be old hat for my two boys and everyone in their generation. What that will mean for broadcasting, we haven't figured out yet.

“If I could save time in a bottle...”