Happy Birthday

Last night, the booze didn’t help. This morning the coffee isn’t helping. Is there no way to rid my brain of the memory of Paul Krugman on Sunday morning, lecturing Britain on deficit reduction? Doing Hair of the Dog every week is starting to affect my health.

In other news, Pajamas Media turns five years old today, and PJTV has been going strong for just over two years. About three years prior to PJM’s founding, I told my then-fiancée that I was going to start a blog. And she said, “A what?” Hardly anyone asks that question anymore, and it’s been that way for years now.

When I got into this newfangled blogging thing on January 10, 2002, I had a desk in my basement with a Dell Pentium III desktop computer, wired into the internet courtesy of AOL’s dialup service. Today, it’s a Mac Pro workstation with a high-speed cable modem, and wifi through the rest of the house. And there’s a dedicated, bonded T1 line for the little TV studio next to my desk. But I’m still down in the basement — some things don’t change all that much.

Eight years ago, “online video” meant some grainy thumbnail-size moving picture of something, at maybe 15 frames per second — if you could find any online video, that is. Now I stream 720p HD right out of my basement. Yeah, the T1 line is strictly for pros (or paid amateurs still learning the ropes, like myself), but it can’t be too much longer before my setup becomes mundane. And then it will become obsolete. All, I’m sure, in very short order.

What’s next? I have no idea. But if the next five years are anything like the first five, it’s going to be a helluva lot of fun.

I’ll bring the flask.