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The more popular DVD (digital video recorder) that really pushed these devices into the mainstream.

Written By: Gary on October 14, 2005 2 Comments

Mailblocks, the best e-mail web service out there is now shutting down. I’m very sad at this, they used CAPTCHAs to make sure you weren’t getting spam and they made e-mail managment more than bearable. Mailblocks gave you extra addresses that you could use for when you didn’t want mail filtered and would check your other accounts for you and emulated the outgoing address that you wanted people to see.

MailBlocks did it right. Think of them as the iPods of MP3 players, or the TiVo of DVRs, they just went the extra miles. I really can’t figure how I’ll manage my mail as well…

AOL bought them 6-10 months ago and has done nothing with the service. Now they are canceling all accounts (in 30 days). They want you to use AIM Mail which is free but appears to offer none of the main features of MailBlocks!!! I think they might have used the screen interface and that’s it. Yuck!

I will be asking for my refund. I guess it’s time to check out SpamArrest (here’s an animated demo). I’ve mentioned it before as an alternative to MailBlocks (when AOL stopped accepting accounts)so now it’s time to do it.

The one nice thing is AIM does is they offer IMAP with the accounts and they are 2GB accounts. But all of the outgoing messages do have an AIM mail footer. So it’s probably a fine account it’s just not MailBlocks.

Mailblocks offers a pay service ($25 a year I think) and if it works I don’t understand why they con’t keep offering it… So sad…

Written By: Gary on August 20, 2005 One Comment

So a few weeks ago I noticed I was getting Showtime, I assumed it was a free preview weekend or something so I TiVo’d (taped) a few shows. One of those shows happened to be The Perfect Score, about a group of kids who decide to steal the answers to the SAT, tonight I got around to watching this one. It wasn’t until I was watching it for a few that I realized I had done that post about the SAT gizmo earlier today (duh!).

So the movie was fun, if you saw the preview it’s pretty much what you’d expect with a few “dream/fantasy” sequences about the planned crime itself. They really ripped on the the whole standardization pigeonholing concept of the whole test and the scoring and how your whole life can be based on this number. The one line that I liked was something like, “They tell us to be individuals our whole life and then stick us all in the same room to take the same test to determine the rest of our lives” (that’s very paraphrased).

Here’s the Trailer and the Official Web Site. On a side note, I really liked the graphics that they ran the credits over.

FYI, the Showtime preview lasted a whole week and I got around 10 different Showtime channels. I never did figure out why…

Another oddity is the parts in the preview that aren’t in (or are different) the movie. The same (if not more so) goes for the stuff on the web site (especially the music video).

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Written By: Gary on August 9, 2005 4 Comments

TivoaniI love my TiVo!!! I’ve seen other digital recorders but this is so easy to use with it’s excellent interface. I think it’s a great product. You can watch stuff when you want or start a show late and catch up to it by fast forwarding through the commercials. If you’re just watching TV live you can pause it or even rewind. It’s got season passes, wish lists, automatic suggestions (based on what you want), fast forward at 1 minute per second, on screen directory, you can schedule shows via the web and all sorts of other stuff. They have got to save shows to DVD. If you hook it up to your home network (you do have a home network, don’t you?) you can play MP3s and view photos that are on a computer somewhere else. You can share shows between TiVos in your house (if you have more than one). It really is a great tool to have for your TV watching (even if you don’t watch a lot).

If you’ve considered it, you should try it. At the TiVo web site they offer a 30 money back guarantee!

You can also enter to win a TiVo and portable video player. It looks like you can (and should) enter daily.

So why am I talking about TiVo today? I’ve spent a chunk of today upgrading my home TiVo to have more space (bigger is better). And trying to fix another old broken one (still working on that).

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Written By: Gary on July 25, 2005 4 Comments

So I picked up an HD TV cable box today. But I don’t have an HD television. “Why?”, you ask? The better to see it with! My picture for the HD channels are beautiful!!! I feel like I just bought a new TV! My HD cable TV box will work fine on most TVs; probably any TV that will let you hook up a DVD player will hook up to this and give you a much better picture.

HdtvlogoHere’s the thing: it’s got regular “video out” connectors on it (the yellow video or s-video), the same connectors that you use to hook up your DVD player. If you think your DVD picture is better than your regular TV, I’d say you should try this out. I’ve got Comcast in the Detroit area, I just walked in to get the box and came home and hooked it up instead of the old one. It’s only $5 more a month than the regular digital cable box.

How good is the picture do you ask? It almost as good as my DVD player !!! I’m using the s-video connector (the one that looks like the small round keyboard connector for your computer) and I’d say it’s way better than my old digital cable box. I’m sure you’re wondering why and the answer is simple: The television standard that we use has ben in use for over sixty years and that was black and white (color wasn’t tacked on until a dozen years later).

I’ve got ABC, NBC, CBS (although somethings up with it, which is unfortunate since I watch a bit of CBS), 2 PBS, the Discovery Channel, INHD & INHD2 (which carries IMAX programming), TNT, FOX and some other HD channel. If they had USA and SciFi, I’d be all set!

GEEK SPEAK: It would probably be a better picture if I didn’t have it running through my TiVo (but it’s inputs aren’t as high as the outputs of the HD box). The cable box has digital optical audio and coaxial audio outputs (it’s gotta have great sound, but the TiVo can’t handle it). Plus component video outputs. Even geekier: it’s got 3 USB ports, 2 firewire, some kind of smart card slot and it looks like a cable modem built-in. They don’t appear to use the cable modem, I’m wondering what would happen if I called in to activate it as if it was one I purchased.

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Written By: Gary on June 17, 2005 No Comment

Anna Nalick is on the Today Show on NBC on Saturday, June 18th. She’s supposed to be performing around 8:10 AM EST. Set your TiVo!

Anyone know what’s supposed to be on the Anna Nalick Import CD…?

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Written By: Gary on May 22, 2005 4 Comments

GreysanatomyIt was the season finale, wasn’t it?!? I don’t see any more episodes in my Tivo, either way it was a very busy episode. Poor George, he’s just the butt of everyone’s jokes and all he can do is stammer if it’s an embarrassing situation. At least he’s the new girlfriend (anyone know who plays her?). Every time I see Isobel I just want to reminisce and pull out the old Roswell DVDs, she’ll always be Isabel to me (oh wait, she still is).

I think “cliff-hanger” at the end will be resolved pretty easily come next season…

BTW, whenever anyone questions your relationship with your boss (and it turns out that you started dating him before he was your boss and/or you knew he was going to be your boss) that should be the first thing you say to them!

FYI, there is a nurse blog from the hospital, it’s a little out of date (but aren’t most of them?).

Written By: Gary on May 15, 2005 4 Comments

So I really enjoyed the final hour (it was really two one-hour episodes) and I really wasn’t expecting that after the first hour. I just watched it (I just love TiVo) and I have spoilers so don’t read on if you haven’t watched it yet (I’m assuming real Star Trek geeks already watched it).

In case you don’t watch it: Enterprise takes place about 100 years before Captain James T. Kirk’s Enterprise (which is about 100 years before Picard’s Enterprise and Voyager). It’s the first warp exploration ship and it takes place about 100 years after the invention of warp drive on Earth.

To make things more complicated the second episode (of the two) starts five years after the end of the previous episode. Then you find out it’s really just a holodeck simulation from another 200 years from the future. It contains a few guest characters from The Next Generation (I’m not saying who, just in case you haven’t seen it yet). And it actually takes place during the middle of TNG series and ties it into another story-line from the series. It’s additionally chronally-imparied because the final scene was shown in an past Enterprise episode during a time-travel trip to the future (and far future). The amazing thing is, it was wasn’t confusing.

It actually tied a lot of the story-lines up very nicely. I would have liked it if a bit more had changed as time went by: someone married or some additional cast members (a few cameos would have been fun) or maybe a hint of some other past future event…

Written By: Gary on April 30, 2005 One Comment

It’s so seamless to watch new or old shows when I’m watching something and see advertisements or ads for the 11 o’clock news what use the words “tonight” or “this Friday” I have no idea when they are talking about!?! (You do realize I do love TiVo, right?)

I have the same problem with Podcasts. They’ll say tomorrow or yesterday, but you don’t know how old/new the show is. For example Adam Curry was talking about download problems with “yesterday’s podcast” but I didn’t know if I had downloaded it since I didn’t know when yesterday was; this isn’t the best example since he is pretty good at dating the files (but sometimes he records late at night and the date isn’t always what you’d expect). BTW, it did turn out I hadn’t listened to that one.

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Written By: Gary on April 18, 2005 No Comment

From the time you get up in the morning until the time you go to bed at night, how many different digital/electronic devices do you use on any given day? Please consider listing them, as it would be interesting to see what everyone comes up with!
A timer automatically turns on a light about 10 minutes before my alarm, the digital alarm clock goes off (playing a CD), I use my remote to turn lights on and off, I use my garage door opener, I play my iPod, I use my cell phone (which is also my day planner), I use the computer at work (and that’s all before lunch).

I start my car with the electronic start, I use the digital counting machine to return pop cans and bottles (on my lunch break, the bottle machine was broken when I bought groceries yesterday and they were still in my car), I use my work cell phone, the copier, my work phone, my laptop, the printer, my answering machine, my TV remote, my stereo remote, my TiVo remote, the timer on my stove, my home computer, my home phone, my other home computer to sync my palm/phone. I used many of those multiple times. That’s not even counting the inadvertent use of things like the Wifi router in my home and other devices on timers and I’m sure there were many more but none come to mind this second…

From Monday Madness.

Written By: Gary on April 7, 2005 One Comment

So when I listen to these radio shows and podcasts on my iPod sometimes they’re a little old when I listen to them so the news is a little old too. Sometimes this is disorienting. I’ll hear someone mention the Pope is ill or one other news fact and it throws me off a little bit. When I think about getting the news late, it’s bothered me a little bit and I’m not sure why?

But I’ve been catching up on the TiVo and it’s the same thing when I see ads for the evening news and it’s old too (especially when it’s the weather for tomorrow). The odd thing is the TiVo delays don’t bother me so much (and I recall the same when I used to use my VCR).

So why do the iPod shows bother me more? One big difference is they get mentioned in the actual show (and not in an ad) Adam Curry will mention the Pope or Leo Laporte will mention it’s Easter. I guess maybe that reminds me I’m listening to something old…

Written By: Gary on April 2, 2005 No Comment
  • TODAY- Run some errands. Watch some TiVo (the final episode of Invasion Iowa was on last night, it’s hysyterical). Maybe get my stuff for taxes together…
  • WFD- Hmmm… Unless I go out (and that’s not the plan) it’ll be Thai leftovers from Thursday.
  • QOTD- If you were guaranteed honest responses to any three questions, who would you question and what would you ask?  1) There’s a woman I never got completely over but I never understood why it ended so abruptly (i.e. dumped). 2 & 3 would have to be follow up questions. (I’m assuming you have to ask all the questions to the same person).
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    Written By: Gary on March 21, 2005 One Comment

    So if you’re watching the new Battlestar Galactica on the SciFi channel (several times per Friday night) there is a way to listen to a commentary by producer Ronald D. Moore (like the director’s commentary you can listen to on DVDs). They are marketing these as podcasts but they are really just MP3 files (but of course you can get them with your podcasting client. I haven’t listened yet (I’m a few weeks behind on my TiVo) but I thought I’d mention it…

    Also they’ve got the first episode on-line with a few deleted scenes. I’ve got to assume the deleted scenes and commentary will al be available once they release the DVDs…

    Written By: Gary on February 14, 2005 No Comment

    That’s the TiVo-lution. Everyone loves TiVo, if you don’t it’s because you haven’t used one yet. I’m telling you, this will change the way you watch television. After 48 hours, Jennifer is now a TiVo-addict. She was excited this morning when she checked to see if it recorded her show in the middle of the night and was going home to see if it taped her other shows for her.

    If you think you want one of these try it. If you don’t like it take it back. TiVo offers a 30 day trial on their web site.

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    Written By: Gary on February 13, 2005 One Comment

    I can’t believe how much stuff I have. A lot of it is old computer/stereo stuff that was a fortune that I can’t bear to part with because (A) it was expensive when I got it or (B) what if someone I know needs a spare part for that model someday (in the far future) or (C) someday I might want a bunch of this stuff for the Gary LaPointe Computer Museum (actually if I ever have my own company or consulting firm the lobby/waiting room will be a computer museum of sorts).

    Needless to say I cleaned/sorted the spare bedroom and storage area (under the stairs) and threw away a lot of stuff. Grabbed a few things to give a away and put a bunch of stuff in the garbage. The storage room is done, the spare bedroom will never be done but at least you can move around in there (and all the holiday stuff is down and in the farthest corner).

    Also this weekend I fixed my car headlight which should have been an easy job (but took forever) and got a friend hooked on the best drug out there, TiVo! She’ll never give it up!!!

    Next weekend will be sorting/cleaning my home office (now that I’ve made room in the other rooms to move that junk to).

    Written By: Gary on October 24, 2004 One Comment

    What is a web log (‘blog)? Ten years ago it was “What is a web site?”

    A web log is a blog (also a ‘blog) it’s an on-line journal, a diary, a captian’s log. The next question is then “Why?” followed by a response of “Why Not? and the conversation goes downhill from there.

    It gets grouped in with The Matrix and TiVo:

  • No one can be told what The Matrix is.
  • No one can be told what TiVo is.
  • No one can be told what blogging is.

    I’m not kidding, it took me the longest time to ”get it“ although part of my issue was I can do most of this already (the long way) so it wasn’t clicking. But once you get it….

    It’s so many things at once and it’s a little different than what people are used to; or it’s what they are used to and they just can’t see it. I’ve talked about some of this (all of this?) before but I’m here today since I’ve found a few good articles and wanted to mention them:

  • The Fundamental Elements of Weblogging.
  • When Blogging Goes Bad: A Cautionary Tale About Blogs…
  • Weblogs: a history and perspective (circa 2000)
  • Formation of Norms in a Blog Community

    A few more things. Depending on the ‘blog:

  • Readers can post comments
  • Other bloggers (who are readers) can easily link back to one of your entries.
  • Some ‘blogs can have multiple authors (although I’d say most have just one).
  • Topics can be sorted by category
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    Written By: Gary on October 15, 2004 No Comment

    M00550 SmYum! 80 hour Tivo with progressive DVD player and DVD recorder!!! Only $399 after rebates. Gotta get me one (or two) of these.

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    Written By: Gary on June 14, 2004 46 Comments

    It’s gotta be the most sitcom-ish show I’ve ever been hooked on and I generally laugh out loud at it. I was very pleased to see that my TiVo taped an episode I hadn’t seen before on Saturday (it’s a Monday show). It wasn’t as polished as some of the episodes but I still laughed.

    Here’s the question! Do you like the short-sleeve shirts (with the odd patters or strips) that Charlie Sheen wears? I’m not sure, I saw some at the store the other day and just couldn’t decide if I liked them…

    Written By: Gary on June 9, 2004 No Comment

    Take a good look around you. What’s the most pressing disaster brewing in your house? A mammoth pile of laundry? A Leaning Tower of Dishes? A junk closet about to explode? Do you have any immediate plans for dealing with it, or is it hidden enough that you can ignore it a while longer? My place is beautiful! I picked up yesterday, tomorrow is garbage day so that and the recycling are all out and the cleaning lady came today. I need to finish rewiring the new stereo/TV cabinet. Nothing is connect, the TiVo is hooked up but I can’t hear it or see it. But it’s very neat!

    From HomeWork. (I like these ’cause they’re short!)

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    Written By: Gary on May 30, 2004 No Comment

    You are given a gift of 1 million dollars (kindly adjust for currency in your location). There are some restrictions on how you can spend some of the money, as follows:

    $100,000 must be donated to charity. What charities will you support?
    Probably the two different shelters and the crisis hotline that I’ve volunteered for.
    $100,000 must be given to one person that you know. To whom do you give it? What would you expect him/her to do with it? Would you put any restrictions on its use? Would it make a difference if you could make the donation anonymously?
    Probably my Mom. She’d have to use it for travel (off of this continent) but I think I’d force her to learn computers first so she can take pictures and post, blog and send e-mail while she travels. She can take a friend, but she’s gotta take a different friend/relative on each trip(?)
    $100,000 must be given to someone who has recently been in the news. Who gets it? Why?
    Hmmm… I don’t watch/read enough news and everyone I hear about is bad… I’m sure I could find some deserving person/family who’s had some hard times, or needs something to get their business back together.
    $100,000 must be spent on a public beautification project. You can build a park, commission artwork, etc. What do you do, and where do you do it?
    There is a boring little park down the street that would be nice if it were redone maybe something with that.
    $100,000 must be spent on a memorial to someone/something that you have loved and lost. What form does the memorial take? Who is it for?
    The Frank Hill memorial computer lab / reference center for the Berkley Public Library (with WiFi). Grandpa got me interested to think about things: science, technology and to read a lot. I remember going up with him to that library when I was a kid.
    $50,000 must be spent studying something you have not formally studied. What will you study?
    Astronomy, I always wanted to understand it better.
    $50,000 must be spent establishing a scholarship. What’s it for and who will you name it for?
    It would be for students to offset school costs and to get them up-to-date with technology (nice laptop, printer, WiFi, PDA, iPod, TV, Stereo, subscription to NetFlix, iTunes store, etc.) so they can have some of the cool comforts…
    $50,000 must be given away in a contest. What kind of contest do you hold?
    A Michigan teacher web site contest. We’d supply space or they could use their own. They keep the site up for one school year. At the end we give five $10,000 prizes. Best content. Most updated (with real content). Best Design. Best Page/Post. One random (as long as they actively used it for a whole year).
    $200,000 must be spent doing as many things as you can on your “lifetime to do list.” Always wanted to see Alaska? Take a boat trip on the Rhine? What things would you do first?
    Travel like I never have before (and it’d all be first class!), some cruises, Paris, Egypt. Having a child is one my list so I’d be working on that too!
    That leaves you with $150,000 of mad money. If the rules say you can’t spend that money on things that might be termed “practical,” what do you buy on your spending spree?
    Geek out the house with more gizmos and such. Probably the same for the car (DVD/MP3/Player). One of those new infrared outdoor grills. TiVos, iMacs and home theater systems for all my family and friends. One of those cars that will go in the water like a boat. There isn’t much I need but I’m sure I could figure out a way to spend it.

    From Random Acts of Journalling

    Written By: Gary on May 20, 2004 No Comment
    Onesome- Beginnings: Are there any television shows out there that you’ve watched regularly from the very beginning?
    Joan of Arcadia, Smallville, Sports Night, Friends, Alias, Strange Luck, Roswell, VR5 and probably a few other sci-fi shows that didn’t last wlong.
    Twosome- Middles: What about shows that you came into in the middle of the season but immediately grabbed your attention and turned you into a die-hard fan?
    Actualy Friends was a middle of the season and but I was hooked. Mad About You hooked me for a while. I’m sure there is more
    Threesome- And Ends: Recently, a number of big name shows have ended, Friends, Fraiser, The Drew Carey Show, and the cult hit, Angel. Did you watch any of the big finales? Have you ever been really sad to see a show go?
    I was sad to see Sports Night and Roswell go. Every thing else was kinda short, this year I’ve lost a few: The Handler, Wonderfalls, I’m with Her, Century City and I’m sure there are a few more but I’d have to check my TiVo.

    From The Thursday Threesome

    Written By: Gary on May 15, 2004 No Comment

    This is an easy meme. Take this list of the top 100 movies from the IMDB and bold the movies you have seen. (I’m not sure where this is originally from). This IMDB list is from May 2004. My “have seen” list is as follows…

    1. Godfather, The (1972)
    2. Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
    3. Godfather: Part II, The (1974)
    4. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)
    5. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)
    6. Schindler’s List (1993)
    7. Shichinin no samurai (1954) Sever Samurai
    8. Casablanca (1942)
    9. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)

    10. Star Wars (1977)
    11. Citizen Kane (1941)
    12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
    13. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    14. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    15. Rear Window (1954)
    16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    17. Pulp Fiction (1994)

    18. Usual Suspects, The (1995)
    19. Memento (2000)
    20. North by Northwest (1959)
    21. 12 Angry Men (1957)

    22. Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966) The Godd, the Bad and the Ugly
    23. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    24. Psycho (1960)
    25. Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Le (2001) Amélie
    26. Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)
    27. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
    28. Goodfellas (1990)
    29. American Beauty (1999)

    30. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    31. Vertigo (1958)
    32. Matrix, The (1999)
    33. Cidade de Deus (2002) City of God
    34. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    35. C’era una volta il West (1968) Once Upon a Tim ein the Wesy
    36. Apocalypse Now (1979)
    37. Pianist, The (2002)
    38. Third Man, The (1949)
    39. Paths of Glory (1957)
    40. Taxi Driver (1976)
    41. Fight Club (1999)
    42. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) Spirted Away
    43. Some Like It Hot (1959)
    44. Double Indemnity (1944)
    45. Boot, Das (1981)

    46. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    47. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
    48. Chinatown (1974)
    49. L.A. Confidential (1997)
    50. Maltese Falcon, The (1941)

    51. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
    52. All About Eve (1950)
    53. M (1931)
    54. Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)
    55. Se7en (1995)
    56. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    57. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

    58. Rashômon (1950)
    59. Raging Bull (1980)
    60. Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
    61. Alien (1979)

    62. American History X (1998)
    63. Sting, The (1973)
    64. Léon (1994)

    65. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    66. Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)
    67. Vita è bella, La (1997) Life is Beautiful
    68. Touch of Evil (1958)
    69. Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
    70. Finding Nemo (2003)
    71. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    72. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    73. Great Escape, The (1963)

    74. Modern Times (1936)
    75. Clockwork Orange, A (1971)
    76. Amadeus (1984)
    77. On the Waterfront (1954)
    78. Ran (1985)
    79. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    80. Annie Hall (1977)
    81. Wo hu cang long (2000) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    82. Jaws (1975)
    83. Apartment, The (1960)
    84. Braveheart (1995)
    85. High Noon (1952)
    86. Aliens (1986)
    87. Fargo (1996)
    88. Strangers on a Train (1951)
    89. Shining, The (1980)

    90. Metropolis (1927)
    91. Blade Runner (1982)
    92. Sixth Sense, The (1999)

    93. City Lights (1931)
    94. Donnie Darko (2001)
    95. Duck Soup (1933)
    96. Great Dictator, The (1940)
    97. General, The (1927)
    98. Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957) The Seventh Seal
    99. Princess Bride, The (1987)
    100. Dogville (2003)

    Written By: Gary on April 19, 2004 No Comment

    I understand ‘Windows for Dummies’ obviously they need help if they bought Windows but I bet the TiVo folks never considered that there would be a need for a dummies book on their product. TiVo will change the way you watch television and it’s super easy to use. But you need to actually have one to hookup so you can understand it.

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    Written By: Gary on April 18, 2004 7 Comments

    Here’s my 100 things about me page. (If you’re looking for my 101 in 1001 days list go here.) To follow the theme that I’ve found on many other sites, partially to see what I come up with and to let others see what I come up with. I’ve broken this down a bit: I like, I dislike, I am, I’ve live in, I wish I understood more about, places I’ve been and before I die…

    It’s interesting how many of these things I’ve blogged about so far…

    UPDATE: December 2004/June 2005. I just came here to update this. I can’t believe how much it has not changed. The only other things are I’ve been liking my iPod (and listening to podcasting), the Scene It? DVD games and maybe some additional music groups (Katy Rose and maybe a few others) and I won’t add them until they’ve been around a bit longer. Probably “Two and a Half Men” (I laugh SO hard) and Liz Phair (added).

      I like:

    1. Riding on the train
    2. Driving with the top down
    3. The Internet
    4. MSU
    5. Ice cream (Cookie Dough from QD)
    6. Rollerblading
    7. Sunshine
    8. My family
    9. Kids
    10. Babies
    11. Picnics
    12. Coca-Cola
    13. Gadgets and gizmos
    14. Taking pictures
    15. Tori
    16. Sarah
    17. Indigo Girls
    18. Liz Phair
    19. Jewel
    20. 80’s music
    21. _Joan of Arcadia
    22. Sports Night
    23. Roswell
    24. The American President
    25. The Cutting Edge
    26. A Christmas Story
    27. Flight of the Navigator
    28. Narnia
    29. Time Travel
    30. Reading
    31. Movies
    32. Dominoes
    33. Scrabble
    34. Euchre
    35. Sitting by the river
    36. Learning
    37. Volunteering
    38. M & M’s
    39. Smarties (the chocolate kind)
    40. Prizes in Cereal
    41. Soda Pop in a bottle
    42. Fun Size Candy
    43. Macintosh
    44. My i500 Palm Phone
    45. Tivo
    46. WiFi
    47. The Ocean
    48. Maps
    49. Luggage
    50. Books
    51. Ice Skating
    52. Sleeping
    53. Building a fire
    54. The Moon
    55. Stars
    56. Laughing
    57. Holding hands
    58. Crushes
    59. Traveling
    60. Smiles
    61. Showers
    62. Clean sheets
    63. Surprises

      I dislike:

    64. Pickles
    65. Mayo
    66. Mean people
    67. Sauces on my sandwiches
    68. Country
    69. Being stuck at airports
    70. Traffic

      I am:

    71. An only child
    72. Smart
    73. Tall
    74. Curly
    75. Goofy
    76. A night owl
    77. Was born on September 11th

      I’ve lived in:

    78. Royal Oak
    79. Berkley (21 years)
    80. Southfield (a 1/2 year)
    81. East Lansing (7 years)
    82. Haslett (4 years)
    83. Southgate (1 year)
    84. Dearborn (4 years)

      I wish I understood more about:

    85. Astronomy
    86. Women
    87. Art

      Places I’ve been:

    88. United States (all over)
    89. Canada (Toronto 5 times; all over several)
    90. England (3 times)
    91. Prague
    92. Costa Rica (2 times)

      Before I die I want to:

    93. Have kids
    94. See Paris
    95. Take a cruise across the ocean
    96. Find out what is out there
    97. See the pyramids
    98. Write a computer book
    99. Live happily ever after
    100. Find out “Why?”
    Written By: Gary on April 10, 2004 No Comment

    I’ve seen this one everywhere but never found the original source, but I’ll try it anyways… (Can anyone tell me the original source?)

    1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down what it says: “But our role is to be cautious. We have the welfare of”
    2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first? A coffee table with 5 remotes (DVD, TV, a non-so-Universal, TiVo and one for the lights) and the book I just grabbed.
    3. What is the last thing you watched on TV? Kim Possible, she’s way cool.
    4. WITHOUT LOOKING, guess what time it is: 3:30 PM
    5. Now look at the clock, what is the actual time? 4:40 PM
    6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear? My Tivo and a (different) computer that runs my CD changers as a jukebox.
    7. When did you last step outside? what were you doing? An hour ago. Checking the (snail) mail. Just a bunch of spam.
    8. Before you came to this website, what did you look at? My E-mail. Sigh, nothing new. Somehow I liked it better before I filtered my spam. It was never empty!
    9. What are you wearing? While t-shirt and boxers (blue-ish plaid).
    10. Did you dream last night? Not that I recall.
    11. When did you last laugh? Today at Target (store), laughing at some teenage girls trying to convince a little girl/sister that she didn’t need both toys. The older girls lost.
    12. What is on the walls of the room you are in? East (the way I’m facing) – is four windows and a bookcase (with photos, CDs, DVDs, college degrees and a shelf for remotes) . South – some photos I took in Praha (Prague) and a mirror (housewarming gift) and a staircase. West – I I don’t really have a wall there, it’s kinda open and eventually you hit the sliding glass door to the balcony/porch. North – a book case and about a bjillion post-it notes of various colors as I was trying to kind of map out a history of technology and implementation.
    13. Seen anything weird lately? A lot of weird web sites dedicated to marshmallow Peeps…
    14. What do you think of this quiz? Pretty good so far…
    15. What is the last film you saw? "Butterfly Effect"! I thought it was excellent. Off to see "13 going on 30" tonite.
    16. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first? Cruise tickets for friends and family. FYI, this would be two separate cruises! I might be slightly mean and make it educational – buy them all PowerBooks and digital cameras and make it be a MacMania cruise.
    17. Tell me something about you that I don’t know: I’ve got a birthmark that my mom thought was dirt when I was little and she says she used to scrub it and scrub it..
    18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do? Make everyone the same shade of blue and all speak the same language (Esperanto?) with no accent. I’m also thinking about a book I bought (but haven’t read) about an invention that makes all gunpowder on the planet turn inert. Or maybe just turn the top 10% of “bad” people on the planet inert…
    19. Do you like to dance? Yes, when I get enough encouragement.
    20. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her? a boy? Nothing that I’m concerned about about at this point.
    21. Would you ever consider living abroad? Yes! Every time I go to another country I mull it around for a while. The one that really sticks is Costa Rica, I couldn’t tell you how often I think “sell it all, pack up and move”.
    Written By: Gary on March 30, 2004 No Comment

    So every time I watch two of my favorite shows I smile when I hear the theme sonngs

    1. I’m With Her – A superstar dating a regular guy with the theme “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” (by Rhett Miller performed by Sugar Ray)
    2. Joan of Arcadia – A girl who meets God embodied in regular people with the theme “(What If God Was) One Of Us(?)” (by Eric Bazilian performed by _Joan Osborne)

    What’s also interesting is the both are questions (kind of). I’ll be paying more attention to the other themes that I like more… I like the opening credit sequences too, which I normally just TiVo past.

    And don’t forget this Friday is a new episode of Joan!

    Written By: Gary on December 12, 2003 No Comment

    Can I tell you how much I like Joan of Arcadia? I like it enough that it got me to finally set up a blog. Joan is a normal girl who meets God one one day and God tells her what to do. Not unlike the voices in people’s heads she generally doesn’t tell people why she is doing these things.

    God tells (suggests) her to ask ask the school trouble-maker to the “Crystal Ball”, the semi-formal, and (of course) does not tell her why. This really comes down to preconceptions (the series deals A LOT with them) about people. She defends him and listens to him and and even ties his tie for him. She was nice to him. In the end she saves the world or at least the world of a few people, just by being nice. It’s not so hard being nice and it’s a lot more fun than the other. And of course she gets grounded for it.

    She gets these incredible tasks and she does them because it’s God. But I’m not sure if it’s faith or knowing that it’s all going to turn out okay (or is that faith?). Sometimes she’s done bad things to make things be good in the long run, but no one understands why it’s the ‘knowing’ that makes her stick to it, but I’m not sure if this ties into the faith since she ‘knows’. Is it a sign from god if you don’t have to interpret the signs?

    I’m sure I’ll talk more about the show later, but for now, it’s where you should be on Friday nights (at 8 pm Eastern), unless of course you have TiVo.

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