Millions of people worldwide aren’t crazy enough to be in Las Vegas or New York City on New Year’s Eve, yet so many of them still want to be a part of the festivities. The Times Square ball drop has been tradition for decades and goes on even without Dick Clark hosting the “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on TV.

This, however, is the 21st century. Who wants to watch the ball drop on TV, even with a time delay to make it feel like New York is in the same time zone as you? (Is it live or is it Memorex?) We’re technologically advanced to the point that we want everything live and we want it on our laptops and smartphones.

Some of us are so advanced that we don’t even have cable TV anymore. We have Netflix and the borrowed password to a family member’s HuluPlus. That and we’re too broke for cable or satellite service. But we have the Internet and we want to see the gosh darn ball drop, gosh darn it!

I have a solution, if you are in the same situation. Courtesy of the official Times Square website, a link to a live webcast of the ball drop. Now you can watch it come down at 9 p.m., and then go to bed. You’re welcome.

I might still miss it. Tragically, I have to work at 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day, which means I’ll be in bed at 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve. I suppose it could be worse. I could be in Anderson Cooper’s position and have to spend most of the night with Kathy Griffin. The horror! The horror!

• Backstage Pass is a new blog on covering pop culture from Hollywood to your backyard. T.J. Tranchell, a freelance journalist and Herald-Republic customer service clerk, can be reached at You can visit his horror-themed blog at