本文属于双语互联网随笔栏目，从2011年起，每周一篇。English version of this artile >>
因为订阅Podcast，我虽身处大洋此岸，却和彼岸很多美国人拥有共同的记忆——那些王牌主持们，Brian Williams，Diane Sawyer，Katie Couric，还有Natali Morris。
每当“Loaded”标志性的密集鼓点开始曲响起来，伴随而来的总会是一成不变的问候：“你好，来自CNET TV，我是Natali Del Conte，现在开始Loaded。”
值得注意的是，2004年正好也是Podcast开始崭露头角的时候。起初是用ISDN小水管和破解iPod的iPodder X软件做的很High很叛逆的事情，被苹果正式认可并吸收进了iTunes中成为一项正式功能，而该功能也打上了苹果的烙印。这不妨碍Podcast被其他RSS阅读器和随身听利用，我现在就是用Google Reader订阅各种Podcast源，下载后拷贝到iPod上，因为GR给出的链接可以拖到迅雷下载，而iTunes的下载实在是不稳定。
2010年我开始订阅Loaded，此后我看着屏幕上的Natali每天变换衣装，她夏天在屏幕消失了几个月（接替她的是Mark Licea和Jeff Bakalar），再出现的时候名字换成了Natali Morris，原来她去生小孩啦。
“来自CNET TV，我是Natali Morris，您收看的是Loaded。”
This is a Bilingual Internet Essay, Delivered weekly to you since 2011.
Because of my Podcast subscriptions, although living in China, I share many memories with Americans – those great anchors like Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, and Natali Morris.
–And wait! Who’s the last one?
The anchor of my favorite subscription, the ‘Loaded’ podcast from CNET TV. ‘Loaded’ introduce daily internet & IT news, 5 minutes per episode, once a day(twice until last summer).
Each time ‘Loaded’ started with emotive drumbeats, and the unchanged greetings: “Hi, I’m Natali Del Conte, and it’s time to get loaded.”
You may say that program “not so valuable” – 5 minutes, with advertisements in the start and the end, the real program is within 3 minutes. However, in this 3 minutes you can make it clear that what on earth happened among the industry today. Such short programs are very rare in China, even in market news, short sections which end in several minutes are hardly seen. The short programs had filled my spare time in life – washing, bathing, breakfasting, or “toileting”.
Such short clips are debris of the internet bubbles when centuries being exchanged. People got crazy for “.com” that time, and IT media like magazines (‘WIRED’) and television were growing. On 1998 TechTV, an 24-hour tech channel was born in San Francisco. Sending exciting messages – just something like an new .com bloomed. (BTW China’s 163.com is keep making similar efforts, introducing new sites on it’s Tech channel’s column.)
TechTV “Dissolved” (the exact word in WikiPedia’s defination) together with the internet bubble. In 2004 TechTV merged with game channel G4TV. Tech news gave their place to game solutions. Then G4techTV returned to be G4TV, TechTV vanished. A failure of focusing the internet on traditional media’s way.
What’s worth notice is, the year 2004 is also when Podcasts gain attraction. At first geeks used ISDN and iPodder X(tool for cracking the iPod)to make it as a thrill, then Apple added this function to iTunes and printed the “Apple” mark on this term. It’s not stop other RSS readers and music players make use of Podcasts, I – for example – am subscribing various Podcasts via Google Reader , I just download and copy them to my iPod, since GR provides downloadable external links, while you can’t expect stable download inside iTunes.
Now many blogs such as CNET, Engadget, and the professional Twit TVprovide tech Podcasts. Not so long, taking only your spare boring time, and that’s the destination of once energetic tech televisions. Tech matters have to be said in tech way.
Last year I started to subscribe ‘Loaded’, and started observing Natali on the screen. She changed her clothes every day. She disappeared few months (with Mark Licea and Jeff Bakalar in for her), and came back with an new family name, Morris. She gave birth to a baby.
Then before writing this blog, I sought Natali via WikiPedia and found she turned out to be married with an anchor of FOX. She works not only in CNET but also Wired, MarketWatch, TechCrunch as a columnist. (All are blogs I have to check in my work, I “hate” those sites.)
In China there was a song written “The most romantic thing I can ever imagine is to grow old with you slowly.” Well I just grow older slowly with someone … on the screen. Not that romantic, but more wonderful, huh? Will I say Hello to Natali when I met her on the crowd? maybe, but as I see her as my old friend, she may only see me as one of her fans. How about with common people, not celebrities? On Facebook (and China’s Renren) all we love and miss thansformed themselves to some statuses, you know his/her daily life clearly but can not get him/her noticed. It seems like we waste our time again and again gazing the screen, pretend to be in love with or in friendship with the others, then realised it’s only a beautiful illusion.
Whatever it is, I can always ease myself when everyday I live my life with that simple voices.
Yep, that’s Natali.
“I’m Natali Morris with CNET TV, and you’ve just been Loaded.”