CBS To Offer Subscription Streaming Service

Just one day after HBO said it would start an Internet-only offering, CBS announced on Thursday its own subscription streaming service that lets people watch its live programming and thousands of current and past shows on demand.

You can watch live from an internet browser, shows will be available one day after they air and you get access to CBS’s backlog of TV shows. Sadly, streaming of NFL games is not included. While the absence of the NFL is disappointng, this is a great start.

Are We Raising a Generation of Helpless Kids?

 

When a college freshman received a C- on her first test, she literally had a meltdown in class. Sobbing, she texted her mother who called back, demanding to talk to the professor immediately (he, of course, declined). Another mother accompanied her child on a job interview, then wondered why he didn’t get the job.

A major employer reported that during a job interview, a potential employee told him that she would have his job within 18 months. It didn’t even cross her mind that he had worked 20 years to achieve his goal.

Sound crazy?

Yes. Yes it does.

Weekend Long Reads – October 11, 2014

The Elon Musk Interview on Mars Colonization

‘I think there is a strong humanitarian argument for making life multi-planetary,’ he told me, ‘in order to safeguard the existence of humanity in the event that something catastrophic were to happen, in which case being poor or having a disease would be irrelevant, because humanity would be extinct. It would be like, “Good news, the problems of poverty and disease have been solved, but the bad news is there aren’t any humans left.”’

24 Surprising Things about Parenting in the United States

My family is appalled at the way my son behaves at the table. He can’t focus, he doesn’t finish his meal, he refuses to eat certain foods, etc. Here in the U.S., it is considered normal. In France, that’s considered rude. My family sometimes thinks my child is pretty spoiled and that I am a so-so parent.

Colin Kaepernick Fined $10,000 for Wearing Beats Headphones

The NFL has a deal with Bose for coaches to use their headphones during games. The problem is, most players use Beats headphones. The NFL had a problem with this and “under terms of its agreement with the league…Bose received a broad set of rights that entitle it to prevent players (or coaches) from wearing any other manufacturer’s headphones during televised interviews.

To me, the NFL and Bose come off as sore losers who are whining because they couldn’t get what they want. Beats are what’s popular these days and banning players from wearing them might make them wear them even more.

How Philip Rivers Raised His Game

As a Charger fan, I’ve seen Rivers play his entire career. I’ve always known he was great. Now that he’s bounced back from 2011-2012, and that the Chargers are in the Super Bowl conversation, it’s great to see some national recognition.

Rivers’ leadership qualities in light of his body language have been argued for as long as he’s been in the league. Here’s one thing you can’t argue: He’s always there. In nine seasons Rivers has not missed a start. It begins with weight training, and this offseason a new emphasis on endurance, teammates say. When he takes a big hit, he peels himself off the ground, hunches over in the huddle and grunts, “Guys, just gimme a second and I’ll get you the ball.”

Says Hardwick: “Guys love that.”

Lux Lodge

One thing I love to do is geek out over people’s home’s. I’ve been following Apartment Therapy’s House Tour series for years now and every once in awhile I come across a unique home. This A frame home immediately caught my eye due to the unique architecture it gets its name from.

How Lufthansa Cares for Passengers’ Medical Needs

Great look at how German airline, Lufthansa, prepares for medical emergencies that may arise during flights.

On a Lufthansa flight, making a public call for any medical professionals on the plane is a last resort. The airline prefers to be far more discreet. After all, does the whole plane always need to know that somebody on board is having a problem? To accomplish this, Lufthansa launched the Doctors on Board program for physicians.

Doctors on Board allows Lufthansa to identify doctors long before an emergency occurs. By doing this, the cabin crews can personally and discreetly summon the doctor if their skills are needed during a flight. In order to find doctors who could potentially participate in this program, the airline scoured the data from its Miles and More frequent flier program. By doing this, Lufthansa was able to identify 15,000 doctors who regularly fly the airline. Of those, 10,000 opted to join the program.

That is the definition of great customer service.