Andrew Baron points out, in a comment on Fred Wilson’s post on the topic, what I’ve thought is the motivating force behind Hulu’s actions since hearing about it earlier today: the cable companies. I don’t know about Baron’s back channels, and I have none of my own, but it makes sense. Systems like Boxee and Netflix streaming present a real problem for cable companies. It’s only a matter of time before there’s a showdown.
Celery salt. I’m talking about hot dogs here. If you’ve never experienced a “Chicago” dog, try this combination some time: kosher hot dog, heated in a saucepan of water, on a steamed or microwaved hot dog bun (poppy seeded if you can get it), with a couple of pinches of celery salt, dill pickle spear, minced onion and yellow mustard. I’d never bothered with the celery salt until tonight. Big difference, worth the extra step.