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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.

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Is Sarah Palin McCain’s fountain of youth?
August 29, 2008, 3:38 pm
Filed under: taskmasters/overlords

Alaska?  What happened to golden boy Mitt Romney, or even longshot Joe Lieberman? Not that I’m complaining, just genuinely surprised.

Wow.

Still have to watch Obama’s speech from yesterday, my politikung-fu is weak.  Don’t spoil it for me!



The laziest possible way to save the rainforest.
August 27, 2008, 2:40 pm
Filed under: geekery, green

For those of you who use Google (a small minority, I’m sure), and like trees (or at least don’t actively dislike them), Forestle uses Google’s engine, overlaid with their own not-unpleasant UI.  Unlike Google, though, Forestle forwards all of its advertising revenue (after covering basic admin costs) to adopting and protecting the rainforest.  Each search you conduct using Forestle saves an area of rainforest roughly the size of your computer monitor.

Unless you’re Siemens.



If this is junk then what are all the $60 dollar games sitting idle in their cases?
August 25, 2008, 10:30 am
Filed under: gaming

The incredibly modestly named Pixeljunk Studios recently released Eden as a downloadable title on the Playstation Network for the PS3.  I downloaded it because I was trying to get k interested in my latest foolish/expensive/foolishly expensive gaming hardware purchase and MGS4 wasn’t doing it for her.  Because she requested a puzzle game, and because Eden declares itself a puzzle game and had received a lot of positive press.

First impressions: “This is dumb, I guess you can’t play two player.” You can.

Followed shortly by: “What’s going on?  I guess I died.  This is stupid.” It is not.

Toying around a bit more had me feeling ashamed about my initial ignorance within another five minutes.  From the deeply pleasing sensory stimuli to the simple and addictive gameplay that knows exactly how to reel in the gamer who tends towards the obsessive-compulsive, Pixeljunk has made vaporware out of many of my much fancier, much costlier PS3 games.

k still isn’t particularly interested.



How do I become a scientist?
August 17, 2008, 10:52 pm
Filed under: ontology, science

Do I only like science because I only pursue it in the most trivial, browsy, shallow way possible?  Currently watching Mythbusters and having multiple geekgasms. I also like reading Popular Science and watching movies like What the Bleep Do We Know? Sometimes I even get the urge to go back to school for another four years to become some kind of professional scientist.  In the end, I’m worried that my curiosity will turn out not to be particularly resistant to deep and sustained engagement.

I think I lack the capacity for proper zeal.



No one takes caffeine withdrawal seriously.
August 11, 2008, 3:11 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

But I do. Mostly because I am currently experiencing it. Lucky me.

Arguably, the splitting headache is the worst. Yet I can’t arouse the proper levels of concern regarding the headache because of the absolute and utter exhaustion. But, if I pretend that the exhaustion hasn’t left me too numb to truly register the effects of the headache, the headache is the worst.

Curse coffee and curse grad school for breaking my previously long and spotless coffee-free life.



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.