dtv_newsThis thing was supposed to take place today, right? Well, if I am not wrong, this was supposed to take place a while ago. Now, yet again. It is once more delayed. The timing is not the only thing that has confused people, from the viewer to the broadcaster.

But just how relevant is It anymore? I don’t have any statistics with me right now, but I think most people have cable or satellite. (Perhaps I say this from the point of a cable subscriber— digital, with the HBO set of premium channels.) but that’s not where I am going with this.

With services like julu (love the ads, funny, yes), Mior, Windows Media Center, and even YouTube and others, including bit torrent, there is no you can’t see your favorite shows. And, of course, you can rent them through Netflix or your local video store.

It seems that with all of this, you can get around the TV itself. If you really think about all the options, just how long will “TV” last? It has it’s disadvantages in that is has to be were it is, more or less. This means that you can’t take it with you, especially now that your little antenna is worthless after that transition.

If I many get sentimental for a second, back around 1080 or so, we used to have one of those portable TVs. I remember my father it as well as our living roomTV, to watch two football games at once. And sometimes I would even get to have it in my room, but not for long. then I had a little WatchMan, with its one inch black and white screen.

But you can take your computer everywhere these days. No antenna to worry about, and if you just download something, no connection. You don’t even need to plug anything in, at least for a while.

It’x becoming a time of easy access media, any time, anywhere. the boundaries and barriers are breaking down, and we have to think about our media in new ways, because it and times are changing. It just proves you can have yourTV, and you can take it with you.


Sorry, I guess I SA spaced out or lost track of time, or some other bed excuse for not presenting you with sites of the week last week. So I will give you a little extra this week. Who doesn’t love extra?

And something from the lighter side, something we all need these days.

  • FAIL Blog Pictures and Videos of Owned, Pwnd and Fail Moments I found this site a while back, but I didn’t bookmark it, I guess, but found it again thanks to that PC Magazine entry from last time. I guess I failed…
  • Indexed There really does seem to be a chart for everything. Do we love charts as much as we love lists?
  • Criggo A little crude, but still funny. I think they used to do something like that in the back of publishers Weekly, but more clever and less crude. It’s amazing how many typos get out there.

And a little sci-fi— for the future?

  • Dvice A bit more science than fiction, with a little gadgetry and fun mixed in.
  • Locus Online More along the lines of the news of the genre.


Good food for a new year and new you…

Keeping the books you read, buy or check out organized…


These are some of the coolest and best things I have found this year, sort of a “sites of the year” thing. I am sure that at least some of them have been around for longer, but I only found them this year, and that is the criteria for this entry. As I went through my sites of the week for this year, I was amazed to find this many.

Stuff I use every day:

  • Favthumbs A thumbnail view of all our del.icio.us bookmarks. I use ti every day, whether to put them in or find what site I am looking for- much easier than going through a list, especially when you can’t quite remember what that site was called…
  • Desktop Wallpaper Calendar January 2009 Well I don’t use one every day, but I so see one. This is actually for this year, but you can find one for next month or previous months on the site. I’m the type of person that has to change their wallpaper frequently, so this is perfect.

Writing stuff:

  • Penzu Somewhere between a personal journal and a blog, at least that’s the way I see it. Looks like a notebook page, just as if you are writing on a piece of paper,but with better handwriting.
  • Write or Die Dr Wicked’s Writing Lab You will write, whether you want to or not. Put yourself under three kinds of pressure, timed, and the real vicious one “unwrites” itself if you don’t keep your fingers moving.
  • Wordle Once you’ve written it, turn it into art. Makes for good wallpaper. (I should make one and stick it up here some time.)
  • Ecofont less is more Holey environmental font. Look closely, there are white spaces within the letters, so that when you print out, less ink is used.

Around the house:

  • Apartment Therapy Cool interiors to make your house a great looking hpme.
  • Re-Nest Environmentally friendly stuff for your life at home. the earth is good, lets keep it that way— please.
  • Unplggd Gadgets for your home and elsewhere. Who doesn’t need more cool gadgets, right?
  • PLU: Produce Lookup Codes I always wondered about what these numbers were, so I looked them up, and this is what I found. This site shows the images of what you are looking for, as well as words and numbers.
  • PLU Codes (Numerical Order) Same as above, only no pictures, and in a numerical ordered list form.

Other interesting stuff:

  • SleepWarrior.com Sleep is good for you, andI have always found it interesting. There’s a cool pdf there, too.
  • The List Universe fun, strange, fascination, informative–just a few of the things you can say about this list. I like to amaze people with some of thee stuff I have learned here.

I know I have put resolution entries up here before, and often I have said that I will not make resolutions, because I don’t need them or find them to be cliche and silly.I’ve never been afraid of not keeping them, I figured I would or I wouldn’t, no reason to let myself sown so much.

So this is what I will do now. Here is what this is, first, the things I did good, or at all,this past year:

  • rearranged the bedroom
  • cleaned the apartment- though most of that was in the last week or two
  • set up apartment mostly how I want ti
  • bought new, good computer
  • started writing a story a week
  • started keeping up with this blog again (think it helps to put pictures and stuff like that in)
  • did not go crazy during last year’s {2007-2008} alternating cold/snow winter, though by the middle of January I was sure I was going to snap (now understand that seasonal affective disorder or whatever they call it)
  • found a cool time “reverse” schedule/time management program- Klock– where you just drag and drop what you did into the time slots
  • started a video journal, for myself, but not every day
  • got my iPod to work with Vista, which may have more to do with iTunes 8
  • did not spend too much money (due to the above mentioned winter, when I couldn’t go out too often)

And this is what will (hopefully) happen this year of 2009 (have to get used to that number)- I know some of them will seem a little silly, but resolutions can be sometimes:

  • track points (a WeightWatchers thing)
  • track sleep- something I tried earlier this year, but since it is the new year maybe I won’t lose track like I did last time
  • lose between 10 and 15 pounds
  • unload the dishwasher when it is full, load it up so there aren’t dishes in the sink (don’t want bugs again)
  • keep the apartment clean by doing a little at a time
  • not break my new computer
  • read 12 books, at least, one a month, more or less
  • write 52 stories, at least, one per week
  • listen to more music, now that my iPod words- and more cool poscasts
  • find creative ways to get what I need’
  • get last few things I need for apartment- rolling chair (one chair, two desks), new TV stand and if I am lucky, new bed (though I think there may be someone who is going to give me one, eventually)

I tried to make them even, though I don’t know if they are equal. And I am sure I have left things out, but the mind- even mine- isn’t perfect. There seem to be a few more than usual, too. Some of them feel different than usual, but then, I am different than I was, though not as different as I might think I should be.


imgAs the new year closes, and I have (nearly) cleaned my apartment, I now reflect on what people say every year- Happy New Year!

That’s why I put up this Desktop Wallpaper Calendar: January 2009, something I look forward to every month. It’s almost like “Happy New Month!” It’s definitely not my favorite, but it says those words we all hear.

I have thought aboutthis, having the happy new year that people wish you, or tell you to do, depending on who is telling you that.

Well, that’s a lot of pressure. It’s now like a happy birthday or “merry” Christmas, which are only one day and it’s over, but a who year.365 (or sometimes 366) days of absolute happiness. That’s a big order, an extremely hard thing to do. And would you really want to do that, be happy all the time.

It really is impossible. In fact, I think it is quite healthy to get into all kinds of different moods- I think there have been plenty of scientific studies on this very subject. I know, as for myself, I think I would go insane if I had to be happy all the time.

Have you ever met one of those people, the kind that are just too perky all the time? I have. After a while one of you just has to go away.


The last of these for 2008…

Some tech tops for the end of the year.

Food for thought.

Thought for food.


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First, this is where I found the wallpaper. As for as Christmas wallpapers goes, this one is quite nice. More tasteful than man out there. I’ll probably use it again next year, just for these couple days, since I usually use monthly wallpapers.

I don’t know what other insights I have had about this say in any other previous blog entries because I have not gone back to check. Not that it matters that much, each year is different. I guess that means my feelings and opinions are as well.

Christmas is for kids, really, and people who have kids and families that come together in one way or another. That doesn’t bother me too much anymore. It only really bothered me in my teen years, when my father decided to abolish Christmas, meaning that I got nothing. He said a lot of stuff about commercialism and stuff like that, but I am pretty sure it was just that he didn’t want to get me anything.

Then you grow up, I think now, and if you really want something “under the tree” you have to go out and get whatever that is all by yourself, because who can you really count on? I say this because of my big new wonderful present to myself— this computer that I am using now. It was a good buy for how much it cost and what it has in it. I am satisfied.

I’ve heard a lot this year about that people should be getting this year. I think that is really silly.Like that kids (or anybody?) Will get something and get sick of it in a couple of hours— or it will break. Well, I know what I got lasted for years before I got sick of it. This is, or should be, a time for fun, for just being with people you like and letting go of life for a day or two. Kind of like Halloween— don’t drop toothpaste and floss in the bags, that’s not what it’s about.

And then there’s the new year, and I have quite a few things to say about that, just you wait.


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