Category Archives: Tv

I actually use the New Myspace

But first, some miscellany-

Windows Startup Weekend Contest

Funnel made it past the first round of judging of the Windows Startup Weekend Contest! Now for the hard part – developing a Windows store version of it by March 1 (yikes).

On TV Netflix 
With Matt – Friday Night Lights, Star Trek TNG, Freaks and Geeks
By My Lonesome- The Vampire Diaries, Psych, How I Met Your Mother (again)

Note: Friday Night Lights was great to start watching before the Super Bowl. It doles out football knowledge in digestible pre-cut one-play-per-episode format. Remember when the Ravens took a safety to run down the clock at the end of the fourth? I totally understood that!

Note 2: It’s hard to find stuff I want to watch when Matt isn’t around. He has a blacklist of shows that I save to watch with him (a la Prognosis Negative), leaving behind some pretty slim pickings. I usually end up just watching the same stuff over and over again.

And Now: The New Myspace
Last week I checked out the New Myspace, and I’m actually still using it. It’s like a YouTube for songs – you can play anything you want (that they have) on demand and even create playlists. I was using IHeartRadio before, but it’s a radio model where you can’t control what plays. With Myspace, if you need to punish your co-worker with Desperately Wanting on repeat because he’s acting up, you can do it! (This is a sad tale in which I caved in first after about 15 listens and switched the song).

Myspace has a lot of videos available as well (you can ask anyone – I love music videos). And best of all – it’s free with no ads! Enjoy that while it lasts.

Ok, so it turns out Myspace is not actually the YouTube of songs, because I couldn’t share a playable link here. YouTube is the YouTube of songs.


Why this is going to be the Best Labor Day Ever

First, I finally submitted an IPhone app I’ve been working on to Apple last night at 11:59PM. It could still be rejected for a host of reasons, and there’s still a ton of work to do for the project – but today – a day off. Yes!

B: I normally have a guitar lesson on Mondays, which means I get up early and practice a few hours to make up for the entire week of not practicing (obviously). But today is Labor Day, so… no lesson, and no obligatory practice – yes!

3: We’re doing the P90x Doubles program right now, which has been fun and rewarding, but which amounts to 1-2 hours of working out PER DAY, 6 day a week. 7 weeks ago when we started, we made the genius decision to have Mondays be the day off, so… No Workout Today! Yes!

And Bonus, no workout means I don’t really have to shower either, so this is on track to be the most obligation free day ever ;)

Double Bonus – I had Napoleon French Toast at the Cheesecake Factory brunch yesterday, but curiously weigh 1.4 pounds less today?

So, Today’s Agenda
1. Sleep in – DONE, got out of bed at 10:30
2. Finish Parks and Recreation Season 4 – DONE, polished off the final 2 episodes with breakfast
3. Blog while watching bad movie that I’ve already seen – IN PROGRESS, Deep Impact
4. Finish A Dance With Dragons, ~50 pages left
5. Practice guitar – but voluntarily?
6. Go see a movie in the theater – tentative
7. Avoid labor and worry at all times

Normally I would add some pictures and edit this post for humor and conciseness, but that seems too much like work right now. So here you go!

No Cable, No Super Bowl? Problem Solved!

No Cable! No Super Bowl?

We will be watching the Super Bowl after all!  Plugged the TV cable directly into the wall, and we got the first 12 channels.  In HD!

<imagine joyous singing> N. B. C. </imagine joyous singing>

Madonna, yes!  VW “Dog Strikes Back” commercial, yes!  A great excuse to purchase and eat oreos for once, yes!

We even had a cable splitter handy.  Internet, forever!

Does this constitute digital larceny?  I don’t know.  Am I baiting the wrath of the cable gods and asking for my just desserts by wondering about this out loud online?  Don’t know that either.

Will any of that stop me from posting this? . . .

No Cable! No Super Bowl?

Now that I’m a rabid football fan, I realized that I need a way to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday.

Here’s the dilemma:

Even though everyone hates it now (is this still true?), I absolutely love Netflix.  A little bit more each day.  Which means that every day you see me, that is the most in love with Netflix that I have ever been.  I even cancelled my cable because I decided that Netflix streaming was all I ever needed, TV-showing-me-things-wise.

Ordinarily this is awesome.  Netflix adds new content all the time, and instead of mindlessly flipping through TV trash, I can mindlessly watch back to back episodes of carefully hand-selected trash.  Which in my case this means How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, Cheers, and Bones.

But what happens when you want to watch a live sporting event?  Like, oh maybe, the Super Bowl?

Here are some options I’m considering:

1) Plug the TV right into the wall and hope for the best.  Via the cable cable, of course.  After all, the Super Bowl will be broadcast (in HD even) through the single-digit free channels, right?  But will I need a cable box to make this work?

Maybe in the future I will test things out and THEN blog about them so I can foster knowledge, not confusion.

2) Watch it streaming or  Apparently this is the first time ever that the game will be streaming, which begs the question – why is this just now happening?  Have we finally hit the Netflix-replacing-cable breaking point of society?  Is the NFL an old boy institution that has finally had its ivory tower breached by this newfangled streaming technology after years of espionage and covert ops?

At least one football fan over at BleacherReport believes that this will forever change the Super Bowl, and in a good way.  Apparently “fairweather football fans” have been ruining the Super Bowl Sunday experience for decades by turning it into a casual social event.  Now our obnoxious gossip and general hijinks will be handily tuned out with a phone stream and some headphones.

But I ask you, BleacherReport, isn’t it a travesty to watch the game on your phone instead of in full 46-inch high-definition beads-of-sweat, muscle-rippling, teeth-flying-out glory?  I vote Yea, which is why I’m hoping NOT to have to resort to this option.

3) Watch it in a sports bar or coffee shop or other public place.

Pros: Watching for free with tons of excited people without even having to make friends!

Cons: 1- establishments such as these were filled to the max just for the playoff games, so there’s a low likelihood of favorable capacity (though the local team isn’t playing this time, so maybe people will stay home).  2- I won’t have to make any friends (see also: the “Pros” list).

4) Invite myself over to a Super Bowl party.

Pros: Make Friends! Party! TV with Super Bowl!

Cons: Make Friends?  By Sunday?  All of a sudden I’m flashing back to the tenth grade homecoming dance.

5) Don’t watch the Super Bowl at all.  The chance of this is well above zero.

Best. Commercial. Ever.
I almost want to have a kid and a VW just for the purposes of reenactment (child participation mandatory).

Are you watching the game?  Where will you be?

Update: No Cable, No Super Bowl? Problem Solved!