Why to people binge-watch certain shows?

A study I ran with my advisor (recently published here) looks at some of the uses and gratifications people seek out with certain kinds of binge-watching.

Some of the results confirmed what we already suspected, but some of the findings were fascinating in terms of people’s choice of access. There are so many platforms or venues for downloading television shows, and people (because the survey was anonymous) gave us great details about the variety of “illegal” means used to watch shows. The general ethos seems to be that I MIGHT buy an album or season of something if I love it, but when experimenting or testing out new music or shows, most people feel little need to pay for it.

A First Birthday

We celebrated Caroline Jack’s first birthday this past weekend, and I think she liked the cupcakes.CJ birthay cupcakeOn a side note, I think Vicky has a possible career as a party planner if she ever has any free time…


When in Rome

My first Oregon salmon was #beginnersluck , but not until after #ifellin #ilost5lures #icastintoanotherfishetman

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My friend Sean goes on an annual fishing trip to where the Deschutes meets the Columbia every year. This year his usual buddies couldn’t make it, and he invited me. Even though I’m not really into fishing, I figured I had to go, since

a) I live in Oregon now, and salmon are like hoppy beer and coffee: plentiful and delicious in the northwest.

b) He provided EVERYTHING I would need… waders, tent, fishing rod, lures, lessons, and patience.

c) it would mean 2 days of camping with Sean, and he has a epicurean talent unlike anyone I’ve ever known. He cooked steak sandwiches, breakfast burritos, and spaghetti for us all without a campfire. When I camp, I eat cliff bars and crusty PB & Js. When I camp with Sean, I eat better than I do at most restaurants.

so I went, and now we’ll have Chinook for dinner sometime soon!

Co-connected viewing (use of Twitter during television)

I’m not running a charity here, except…


A colleague (Alec Tefertiller) and I just had an article published in First Monday, you can check it out here.

We examined over 200,000 tweets about House of Cards, Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtDownton Abbey, and Parks and Recreation. Surprisingly, we found that people tweet @ their friends the exact same percentage of the time, regardless of whether the show is streamed via Netflix on their own time, or broadcast by cable Networks via traditional appointment (once per week).

Ex Machina

Gorgeous and slick, this unnerving sci-fi film has a unique take on a common perspective on AI. Also a fresh take on the Turing Test… by the time a machine can pass it, we might (in the world of cinema at least) be in trouble. Really beautiful to see how a delicate cyborg would “attack” a human differently than a STRONG terminator-type robot might.

Oregon Bach Festival

Summer is here! The weather is hot, spring classes are done, and I get to spend more time on my own research. I’m pretty excited about some experiments this summer and a new media lab we are getting this fall.

Summer also means fun movies (Jurassic World was delightful, but Mad Max was so incredible I almost feel bad for other movies coming out this year), and fabulous professor in our SOJC gave us some tickets to the Oregon Bach Festival. Opening night was a moving performance of Haydn’s Creation. We don’t frequent the symphony but, dare I say, we laughed, we cried, we… got to feel very fancy for a few hours. And it was fun.