This has been a pretty eventful week, let’s go ahead and just coast on into the weekend. Sound good to you? For me this will be a weekend which will be spent elsewhere. Gee, doesn’t that sound familiar? This weekend I’ll be making a trip to Raleigh, NC to visit ITP-readers Lisa & Randy and, hopefully future-ITP-reading son (hey, I plan to do this for a long time).
Life Without A DVR?
As odd as it seems, I will soon be living a life without a DVR. No, thankfully I have not been laid off (at least not that I know), but my super-duper beta box has been tagged for obsolescence and I will have to turn it in. While I am eligible to receive another settop box as part of the engineering beta program, the only models available are non-dvr devices. Yikes! What am I going to do? Watch commercials? NEVER!
It’s True, I’ve Ordered Government-Supported DTV Converter Coupons
In other television-related news I’ve gone and done something that some of you out there should consider. Yesterday I signed up to receive a couple of $40 coupons to be used toward the purchase of digital-to-analog converters for when analog television pretty much goes bye-bye in February (assuming the “deadline” doesn’t get extended, again).
People who subscribe to satellite or cable television should not panic, but if you have that old tv out in the workshop or whatever, and you want to be able to use it after the digital transition then you should consider applying for a coupon. Why not save $40, right? Fuck, for what I paid in taxes this year the Government should be sending me brand new big-screen HDTV digital televisions instead.
To get your coupon(s) head over to the Government’s website for digital television converter coupon distribution.
When I Hear Scratching In My Bedroom I Want It To Be A Person Doing It
The onset of Winter unfortunately has turned into the onset of vermin season in my attic again. Yesterday I failed to mention that I was awakened at 2:00 AM by the sound of some critter making its Winter homestead in my attic. One of the other “opportunities” I now am presented is to go up into my attic, root around, clean up some previously-depositied animal scat using my shop vacuum, and toss out some new poison for my unwanted tenants to consume.
- soffit replacement
- sewer plumbing / replacement
- living room ceiling repair
- interior plumbing repair
- minor electrical work
- gutter repair after the tree limb fell in August
- and now another swing at animal removal
The tax deduction has been fine, but I don’t think I’m going to make a killing on the selling price when I final get to sell this house. Why do I own a house again?
Something’s Fishy At Amazon
When I received my new French Press last week I was somewhat confused and disturbed by the fact that the packing list included in the box was not for my order. Instead it was for some woman named Susan who lived in Pennsylvania (and damn me for throwing that thing out the other day!). Yesterday I received a strange email via LinkedIn from some guy in Mountain View, California who said that he received a gift for the birth of his new child and my packing list was in the box. Not knowing who I was and seeing that the packing list mentioned a Nissan Insulated Thermos he figured that I’d have the packing list for the gift. He was also trying to figure out who sent he and his wife the gift. I sent him a reply telling him about the packing list in my box, which I had thrown out the day before, and told him that I could be of no further help with his search.
Another curiosity I’ve been seeing at Amazon recently is price fluctuation. Over the past few days I’ve been looking at these small-screen “netbook” laptops and each time I go to Amazon the model I look at seems to have a different price! Unfortunately the price is not always lower either, it’s kinda like playing the stock market.
OS X Leopard Here I Come (Finally, And About Six Months Before “Snow Leopard”)
What better way to test my sanity than to upgrade the operating system, right? With the (now successful) purchase purchase of my newly-refurbished last-generation MacBook I have decided to bring my other Macs up to the latest operating system, Leopard. Of course I choose to do this once I finally get my backup strategy configured to my liking. Hell, this will probably test this strategy to see if I’ve done it right as I’m sure I’ll accidentally be deleting something I want to keep during the upgrade process.
In addition to this my final Windows machine is starting to breath its last gasps of air. The battery for the laptop has given up the ghost and is able to keep the system running for all of about two minutes, and the power connector for AC power is becoming flaky as well; for no reason whatsoever it kicks over to the battery even though I’m still plugged in. I’ll keep the old guy around for a while, but I see my self soon becoming a Mac-only household… at least for as long as I live alone.
And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – fair
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing Guided By Voices — “Teenage FBI” LOVE this song!
Website Of The Day – From my office window I can see former CompUSA which is now Total Wine & More. Drinking problem? Drinking in no longer a problem.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Foot Mileage – 12 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 7 (7)
Vegetarian Days – 4
Carnivorous Days – 2
Marta Rides – 0
Books To Read To Earn Kindle – 4
1) Lose no fewer than three pounds
2) Drink no soda
3) Run no fewer than 75 miles
4) Bike no fewer than 100 miles