Archive for the ‘tivo’ Category

blog fail!

February 2, 2009

So… I managed to fail completely at cleaning out the RSS feeder; it’s Monday though, and I’ve weasled it down to around 800…. more manageable than “1000+.”  I’ll get you a couple of good links since I’m checkin it out now…

it’s not a rubiks cube….

and i’ve only recently finished the first season of Big Love, but Jez tells me that they reference these books… a sort of little-girl catalogue for old geezers to pick wives from

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so many links, click ’em

December 8, 2008

I whittled through a bunch of links in the good ol’ Google Reader last night and tonight since I slept away most of today trying to get rid of the sore throat, headache and fever, blah.  Most of these links are a little overdue, but they’re still goodies.

Art

* Although this is a beautiful piece, they’re using an incredibly questionable media.  I don’t think that it’s worth the dangers that it poses to the animals.  Simultaneously, I think that it’s an ingenious commentary on the rage that’s present in these fights.

Books

* I just finished reading Watchmen and it’s the first novel that I can say with certainty that I’ll read again.  Many of its scenes and characters provide room for various perceptions.  This companion novel, Watching the Watchmen, is definitely on my Christmas list.

Games

* Mario Kart is old school and has become a classic Nintendo game.  One of the sites I frequent, Geekologie found two articles within one week that feature this game.  The first video was a man from Italy who acted out the game in the city streets.  The second video is a young guy with his own little emo song on YouTube.  It’s too emo for my personal taste, but the lyrics are a great tribute to the game.

Food

* Dinner tonight.  I needed something that was easy on my throat, and I’ve heard that onions and garlic are full of vitamins for colds, so I loaded it with both.  

* Whoever knows me, knows I like to cook and especially bake.  Thanks to a friend in DC, she led me to a link of Gormet Magazine’s Favorite Cookies from 1941-2008.

Music, T.V. and Movies

* Students taking prescription medication to increase brainpower and focus is not only is the in the news, it’s on my TiVo.  I was catching up on my Boston Legal episodes yesterday and one of the cases they heard was about a girl who admitted that she used Adderall to focus her studying for the SATs.  After the school she was planning to attend, Harvard, found out about her using a medication that hadn’t been prescribed to her, they rescinded her acceptance.

* Amazon listed its top 10 DVDs and Albums.  They include customer picks too.  

* This is just funny.  Another Andy Samberg hit.  Jizz in My Pants.

The Web

 * The Boston Globe updates this site almost daily, The Big Picture features a series of photographs taken at a very high resolution and the stories they tell are very poignant and relevant.  Check it out.

* I’ve been hesitant to use one of the new themes for Gmail and Google reader, but this one, Helvetireader, is nice and lean.  

* This is just fun if you’re an avid Google user as I am.  I will be putting my envelope in the mail tomorrow.  FREE STICKERS.

* I think we’re all smart enough to know better, but if you use Facebook, beware of the latest Facebook virus.

* I love her website, Indexed.  This is one of her cards from about a week ago, but it’s so good.

News 

* Roland Fryer has the idea to pay students for good grades, $50 per ‘A’ per every 5 weeks.  I saw this on Colbert, and was floored.

* Crate and Barrel, my part time gig, got a glowing write up in the New York Times Business Section.

 

weekend in rhode island

December 7, 2008

Sorry that I haven’t been great about posting for the past week due to an excess of work and the daunting task of preparing for out of town guests.  Now that they’ve gone, I can get back to my loving readers ;).

Since my last post, I worked on Monday night at the Crate, cleaned up my place on Tuesday night for the guests and spent some time with the Andersons on Wednesday night.  My friends arrived from Indianapolis arrived during the workday on Thursday to visit me over the weekend.  The weekend was a lot of fun, but I think I might be coming down with a little cold; I have a sore throat today.   

Thursday we went out to the Red Fez for a snack and a drink, however I was disappointed that their drink, Pasilla Queen of the Desert, is seasonally out of season, but they’re featuring another drink with the pasilla chili infused syrup, not quite as tasty though.  After that, we walked over to AS220 for a beer, and got a dramatic show from a wasted patron.  Friday there was a lot of work to do so I couldn’t get out of the office, so I let the out-of-towners use my car while I took care of bid-ness, figuratively of course.  They took a trip to Plymouth Rock in MA and saw some historic sites.  When we got home, I got to see their photos =).  Check them out on Facebook, if you get a chance.

That night, we made plans to attend the Brown University, Grad Student Winter Ball, and my ladies were so pretty.  We prepped here at my apartment and then headed off to a pre-dance cocktail party at a friend’s house on the East Side of Providence.  It was a first-rate gathering with great people, cheese, wine, and delicious homemade baked goods.  I want the recipe for those ginger cookies too; you know who you are ;).  After the wine and cheese, and handfuls of M&Ms, we went to the dance.  It wasn’t very long, but that was good for us because I was able to show the girls a couple of other hot spots.  We started at Local 121.  There was a DJ and the music wasn’t too exciting, but we didn’t pay too much attention because we were busy avoiding an annoying drunkard.  I eventually caught the bartender’s attention and he noticed that the sot was bothering us.  He had the bouncer take the slosh out of the bar after asking him to leave us alone a couple of times, and once he was gone, the bar treated us to a round.  It was a pleasant surprise in a somewhat unusual evening.  We ended the night at Viva, back on the East Side, and were only there for around a half hour.  Hopeful for some Taco Bell, we drove to the one down my street, only to find it closed.  Too bad, we came home and ate tortilla chips and salsa.

Saturday we lazed around for the morning and made our way down to Newport around noon.  We took a detour to Greenvale Vineyard on our way down and participated in a wine tasting.  I was unaware of how many vineyards are in the area.  There are at least six are in the area and I think I found a new hobby for next spring/summer.  Is there anyone who would like to join me in visiting the vineyards?

We had a late dinner after our return to Providence and a nap.  We went to Marchetti’s in Cranston, and it was very tasty.  The dinner was tasty, incredibly inexpensive, and the portions were HUGE!  The four of us ordered two entrees and each of us ordered a beer, the bill was less than $50 including the tip.  I have half of the lasagna left and half of the order of penne with meatballs in my fridge too.  I took them to one last hot spot, Hot Club, and we had some unforgettable conversation.  We wanted to go to the movie theatre, but it was too late to see any of the movies we wanted by the time we were done with dinner.  Instead, we did something none of us had ever done before; we rented a movie from redbox.  I don’t recommend anyone watch Get Smart.  The movie was very piecy.  They filmed the little quips very well and the humor was entertaining, it’s my opinion that it should have been a mini-series instead, because putting all the comedic sketches together in the movie wasn’t cohesive or entertaining.  I maybe made it through half of the movie, but my guests didn’t make it past the opening sequence.

Today was lazy, but I managed to return the movie in time and get some grocery shopping done.  I caught up on my CSI, Boston Legal, American Dad and NCIS episodes and I even completed a blog entry.  I’ll add another post with some links shortly.

xo, mo

i don’t watch tv, i watch tivo

November 23, 2008

I didn’t watch too much t.v. throughout this week, even on Tivo, I ended up saving it for today.  I watched Bones, Criminal Minds, an old episode of House, The Daily Show (the interview with David Foster (Foster vs. Nixon) was great, and Jon was on when he had Papa Bear on), and now I’m watching some of the 2-hour 24 special (whatever I can stay up for).  I hope for Fox’s sake and original 24 viewers that it can revive itself.  We all know that the plot has been lacking the past couple of seasons.  This season takes place in Africa and Jack’s trying to save the kids from becoming cold-blooded murderers, how noble!  The guy from ’28 Weeks Later’ is the headmaster of a boys school of orphans that in the first hour was taken over by recruiters of Sengala’s army.

As soon as I complete this show, I want to watch Colbert’s Christmas Special, but I think I’ll hold off on that viewing until Thanksgiving, it’s still too early to get into the spirit fully.  I have to admit though, I’m starting to get into the spirit.  I made Pumpkin Bread the other day and it smelled like Thanksgiving.  My first taste I was a little weary, but I like it.  I’ll take a loaf to work tomorrow, and get some additional opinions.  I have some batter left that I think I’ll add some chocolate chips to, can only improve it, right?  

This post is a little scattered because I’m watching 24 with the plot pulling in a couple of directions, and I actually like it.

I feel like I’m still fighting some kind of cold, not as much with the sneezing, but my throat feels pretty scratchy today and the hot tea isn’t very soothing =/.  I stayed in on Friday and Saturday night and didn’t leave the house today.  On a more exciting note, I made shaved steak sandwiches and had the honor of sharing them with a friend.  Another exciting piece of news is that I might be getting a dog.  I will meet her this week and see how we mesh.  She’s about 4 years old and I think it’ll be good for Tok-tok to have a buddy.

meh, it’s getting late, so I’ll sign off for now, and hopefully do a better job this week keeping up with my reader links and personal updates. nighty, night…

tivo is socialism

November 10, 2008

according to the Steven Colbert episode with Wilco anyway.  It was a fun interview w/Jeff Tweedy and he put together a very Wilco-y tune just for the show.  It originally aired on October 30 but I didn’t watch until tonight.  Well worth the 22 minutes I spent on it =).

I haven’t posted much the past couple of days, but I’ve been busy catching up on Tivo, and reading… yeah people still do that, amazing stuff, reading.  i’m still working on American Elf by James Kolchaka and it’s great.  so refreshing to see that the silly everyday things that i deal with (trying to be sober when I’m clearly drunk, dreading personal meetings or travels, putting off cleaning up the cat’s hairballs) are the same things that other people deal with.  here are some links that have caught my interest since the election:

Why it’s a good idea to appeal the passing of Prop 8

it’s rudimentary discrimination, and reminiscent of the 5/3 law…

Obama’s economic plan reminds even Canadians of Ronald Reagan

I especially like their dollar to dollar comparison of McCain’s plan to Obama’s.

This link is one of astronomical proportions… Truly amazing

The file is huge, but it’s gorgeous and somewhat unbelievable, for me anyways. (that’s what she said)

This graphic is a little overwhelming at first but I like the way it’s organized.

I saw a link to this trailer for Up Pixar’s latest movie on PopCandy this week.

I also got in a run before it got dark.  I didn’t think I’d be running in the cold, in fact my chest was burning near the end, but it felt good.

 View Interactive Map on MapMyRun.com

last but not least…. Science is cool

it’s wing night at trinity brew house, for only $2.00 i’m going to get 10 delicious wings