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October 4th, 2009


11:54 am - PlayOn
If you like Hulu and you have a modern console (PS3, 360, or WII) PlayOn is about the coolest thing I've found in a long time. You download it, run it on a pc that's on the same network as your console, and poof, a PlayOn channel appears on your console (under Video on a PS3, under Video Library on an XBox 360, by putting playon.tv in the internet channel address bar on a WII).

The playOn channel lets you access all of Hulu, YouTube,  your NetFlix account, your Amazon VOD library, and more. PlayOn is free for 14 days; after that it's $39.99. This is a one time payment. There are no subscription fees. There are also piles of unofficial plugins that add access to other streaming video sources like Cartoon Network, Food Network, etc.

We have a PS3 remote since our PS3 is our primary DVD/BlueRay player. Last night, we watched a Dollhouse episode our DVR ate. We showed Ethan, who's recently become a huge Neil Patrick Harris fan and has never heard of Doogie Howser, the pilot of Doogie. We watched several episodes of Arrested Development we'd been wanting to rewatch since our Season 1 DVD vanished. We watched both episodes of Modern Family, and then Casey watched Buck Rogers for hours on end.

My friends Jen and Tim are always saying "what could you want to watch that isn't on Hulu?" whenever people complain about cable and sattelite, which they've stopped using. I've never enjoyed watching TV on the computer and connecting my laptop to the TV prevents me from working on said laptop WITH the TV. With this easy, instant way to access Hulu and Netflix from the TV, I can finally see what Jen and Tim are saying.



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May 22nd, 2009


12:24 am - Terminator Salvation Review
As you may have heard from the critics, Terminator Salvation isn't what you'd call a "Good Movie". The story telling and dialogue are pretty damn flimsy. It was, however, what you'd call a "Very Entertaining Movie".

The CG and cinematography are AWESOME. With its horror movie sensibilities, the movie tries to make you jump out of your seat every ten minutes [which worked remarkably well on Ethan]. There are lots of little references to the other movies for diehard fans.  Plus, as you probably know, there are GIANT KILLER ROBOTS (as if anything else really mattered). Oh, and Bale and Worthington are both really hot.

It's important to remember that the difference between the first 3 movies and this new one is that the other movies took place in our world, in our present. They were action movies with a scifi edge. This movie is a geeky scifi movie with a lot of action. (And eye candy.)

It's not a character study, a philosophical journey, or a glimpse at the human psyche. It IS a lot of geeky fun.
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: Leonard Cohen

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December 18th, 2008


08:18 am - Baby, it's cold out there
Years ago, when I first installed Firefox, it made a copy of my IE bookmarks and threw them into a folder I proceeded to ignore, where they have lay dormant, quietly hiding out as I moved from one computer to another.

Now, I hate the cold. I whine about it, and the snow, incessantly. In my ideal world, I live in Vegas or Phoenix, since spending two minutes walking across a 115 degree parking lot in the summer is infinitely better than spending minutes walking across a 15 degree one in the winter. Casey, unfortunately, has the opposite view and would prefer we live in Montana or Wisconsin. So we live here, in Utah, in the middle.


Six years ago, though, we were living in Wisconsin.

This morning, I went to type in 'weather.com' to see if Ethan needed a ride to school, grumbling angrily. Firefox, in its quirky wisdom, pulled up the bookmark it had stowed away in those dark recesses, the one for Oshkosh.

It read "8:42 am, -7 F, Feels like -20 F". Instantly, I felt a million times better about our Utah winters.


Current Mood: gratefulgrateful

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September 16th, 2008


06:48 pm - I hate Autodesk
6 months ago or so I got a new computer. It took me 4 hours or so to get all my files moved and all of my programs installed.

Well, sort of. One program, Maya, the most expensive piece of software I own, has such a long obstacle course of copyright protection measures that it takes a serious show of force and commitment on the part of even us licensed users to install it. When I first shelled out $2000 for it 3 and a half years ago it took 4 days to figure out all the steps required to get it to start. I moved it once before. It took a couple of days.

I don't do 3D on a regular basis anymore, so I've been making do without it for the last 6 months, trying to avoid the whole ordeal.

Yesterday, I decided I needed Maya after all. "Perhaps, this time, it won't be as bad as you remember," I told myself. Still, I set aside a whole day to install the one program.

The ordeal begins...Collapse )
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

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May 27th, 2008


02:53 pm - Death Cab for Cutie
For girlplankton, that video I was talking about the other day.


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May 13th, 2008


12:51 pm - Leonid Afremov
Here's another ubercool artist. His name is Leonid Afremov. I love the vivid use of color and brush strokes.

This one's called Copenhagen.



You can view more of his work at his (not-so-well-thought-out) website. (I'm linking to the gallery/store because the homepage at afremov.com makes noise.)
Current Mood: chipperchipper

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May 11th, 2008


01:09 am - Twilight trailer!
Oh, hell yeah.

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April 3rd, 2008


04:19 pm - Frozen grapes: who knew?
Last week my mom and I went to Mindful Women for pedicures. It's a day spa owned by a gynecologist that offers everything from Yoga classes to a birthing center, and the whole place is decorated like Inara's shuttle.

Anyway. While we were getting our feet pampered they brought us a cup of tea and a little bowl of frozen red grapes. Wow. I just bought some red grapes of my own and threw them in the freezer. They become rediculously good when you freeze them, and being frozen, they each take a while to eat, making them an amazing snack for when you're working at your computer or watching TV: especially if you're watching your calorie intake.

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March 27th, 2008


02:26 pm
As of today, it has been six months since I have had a cigarette. :)
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: The The - This is the Day

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March 12th, 2008


10:26 pm
I suppose I should mention here that I've been selling stock illustrations at IStock and a couple other places for a few months.

This is my bestseller so far:



Here's the rest of the portfolio.

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