September 26, 2012

So wrong, but so right

Saw this on Facebook and couldn't resist sharing, especially since I stayed up to watch that MNF abomination.

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September 25, 2012

Honest movie trailer

Well, this makes me want to see it again.

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September 09, 2012

Interesting

Wanna see a possible trend? Check out the last week or so over at Intrade, specifically the charts for Romney and/or Obama. The trading has been heavy for about 4 days and the trend is down more than $1.50 for Obama and up around $2.00 for Romney. The market, she appears to be moving. Pass it on and do NOT fall victim to despair.

Update: Even more interesting is that even though the polls have moved into a dead heat since the Dem convention, Intrade is trending up for Obama.

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September 05, 2012

Question for the masses

Ever since Blogrolling went toes up, I haven't bothered to manually create a blogroll because, well, manual. Anyone out there got a good substitute for blogrolling? If not, I suppose I can suck it up and create one, but I'm pretty lazy and would rather have someone else do the work. Just an FYI.

Update: Okay, I have some code for a scrolling blogroll, which I will hand code. Time to go to work. I guess. Or, you know, there's beer in the fridge. Decisions, decisions, decis- ah, who am I kidding? Time for a tall, frosty adult beverage.

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September 03, 2012

My not so secret fantasy

I'm a happily married man. If I weren't and I were richer, better looking and someone else entirely, I'd definitely go for Summer Glau. Hotness below the fold.

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DIY DVR

Well, the info for homemade DVRs just keeps getting better and better. Jeremy Good has an interesting build on his site that I think is worth looking at. Excerpt:

Quality - The quality is amazing. Looks just like watching it live. The processor seems to keep up but I think the video card makes the difference. I think it would be even smoother on the WMC menus if it had more RAM (2 GB) and if it wasn’t just DDR.

Ease of use – Windows Media Center is great. The only thing that would be better would be if it tied into iTunes. Can control things from my iPhone or iPad.

Detractors – The only real downside is the old computer. Would be sweet to have a small HTPC with a modern processor and native HDMI support. Also need to get a larger hard drive if you want to keep anything like movies or whole series around. The 200 GB hard drive fills up fast! (200 GB = about 20 hours HD)

Or there is the much, much easier set up found here. Excerpt:

Most individuals living in urban and suburban areas should be able to use a simple set-top antenna to receive HD programming broadcasted by local networks, and with a PC (personal Computer) and a capture device, can achieve the same end result of a cable company provided PVR or DVR.

And here's the best part: the hardware is cheap, especially since you might already own an extra PC, such as your, ahem laptop.

In order to watch or record television with your computer you must purchase a tuner. One example of a USB tuner is the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-950Q. The advantage of using a USB tuner is that you don't have to open up your computer add the capabilities of a tuner card. These devices are easy to install and most come with a software application to manage your device. The added benefit of the 950Q is it includes a remote so you can perform all of the actions of a typical PVR from the comfort of your couch. An antenna is included as well, making the package ideal for traveling with your laptop.

So the tuner is under $80? Found on Google?

WinTV-HVR-950Q brings over-the-air high definition ATSC digital TV plus analog cable TV to your PC or laptop! Watch and record TV, in a window or full screen. Use the WinTV-scheduler to record your favorite analog or digital TV shows using high quality MPEG-2. Play your TV recordings back to your screen any time. ATSC high definition digital TV brings you sharper TV with great sound. Watch high definition digital TV at up to 1080i on your PC screen. WinTV-HVR-950Q's ATSC digital TV tuner also has automatic identification of channel names plus will record high-definition digital TV programs to your PC's hard disk in an MPEG-2 format without losing quality. You're prepared for the future. If you live in an area where you can't currently receive ATSC digital TV, the WinTV-HVR-950Q can still be used to watch and record analog TV from cable TV or a TV antenna. But you're prepared for the future! When ATSC digital TV comes to your area, WinTV-HVR-950Q will also receive the digital TV channels.

If you have Win 7, it already comes with Windows Media Player, which means you've got everything you need at your fingertips. Or you can go with the Liquid TV Tivo PC option. I see that Amazon has one for $49.99. And it looks like Nero has versions that will work in Europe. ::cough-Italy-cough::

You know, child #3 has really curtailed my blogging the last few years, but it feels good to get back to it. Hopefully I've still got a few readers. Or mental patients clicking refresh waiting for the screen to change. Same difference.

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