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Goodnight, Sweet Television?
October 4, 2008, 2:43 pm
Filed under: cash, wastefulness | Tags: , , ,

Lately I’ve been trying to pare down monthly expenses.  I cancelled my second cell phone (yes, extremely unneccessary), cancelled my landline (hooray for fring), and I only eat out 5 of 7 days a week now.  Looking for more places to trim, I did what I do with 90% of my free time: I looked at the television.

Now I like my televisual entertainment.  My girlfriend complains bitterly about this fact every time I suggest we watch whatever terrible new reality show is premiering any given night.  I have a television that means business, and as a result, I also have an HD cable box for which I pay a monthly fee.  Thing is, the feature I use most on that HD box is the DVR function, meaning I almost never watch anything live.

Which negates the need for a cable subscription.  Since I’m watching pre-recorded stuff anyways, I might as well just download things the next day (or next hour, these days) and watch it at my leisure by hooking my Mac up to my TV.  HD content is readily accessible through the computer more and more often, so I’m having a hard time defending the cost of that silver beast sitting pretty in my TV stand.

Might press the power button forever, and I think I’m not the only one.


Digital therapy for analog problems.
August 6, 2008, 9:02 am
Filed under: gadgets, wastefulness | Tags: , , , ,

Oh my, oh my. Why does tech make me drool? Maybe it’s because I respect the brilliant work of software and computer engineers? I have as hard a time believing this as you do.

I’m angsty about this in general, but very specifically today because I just bought one of these:

Now, don’t think that because I bought this sexy conglomeration of circuit boards, wiring, and piano black plastic casing that I have the money to do so. I do not.

My purchase was not driven by sound budgetary and financial reasoning. It was driven by compulsion and techno-lust. Fill me, oh material things! Your pleasing electric hum will drown out the wind howling across the empty desert of my soul.

I’m hoping not to get bored of this newest toy in fifteen days owing to its ability to play Blu-ray movies and DVDs.  That way even if the DuoShock 3 gets dusty like my Wii-motes and Xbox 360 controllers before it, at least I’ll always be able to watch Starship Troopers in HD, the way it was meant to be seen.