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Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

Thursday, July 10th, 2008 No comments

This is the new Joss Whedon web musical starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathon Fillion, and Felicia Day. It’ll probably be a lot like that musical episode of Buffy. I’m excited about it…because it’s Joss.

Twitter

Friday, May 23rd, 2008 1 comment

Yeah, I’ve gotten hooked on Twitter too. I wasn’t really interested in it at first, but once I started I just couldn’t stop. My profile is here. I’ll probably put a widget in the sidebar one day. If you don’t know what Twitter is, then that might be a good thing.

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Which Jericho Character Are You?

Saturday, March 8th, 2008 No comments

I only did this because of Rob’s comment on the last post. I hope they don’t cancel Jericho again…at least not for a few more years.

Which Jericho Character Are You?

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Which Serenity Character Are You?

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 3 comments

I was cleaning out my old bookmarks and found one to a Which Serenity Character Are You? quiz that I had planned to take.  I think they should’ve used Firefly instead of Serenity in the title, but oh well.  It looks like I’m Kaylee.  She was my favorite character.  I think I related to her the most.  It may be time to get those DVDs out again.

Your results:

You are Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)

Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
80%
Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
60%
Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
45%
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
45%
Wash (Ship Pilot)
35%
River (Stowaway)
30%
Derrial Book (Shepherd)
25%
Inara Serra (Companion)
20%
A Reaver (Cannibal)
10%
Alliance
10%
Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
5%
You are good at fixing things.
You are usually cheerful.
You appreciate being treated
with delicacy and specialness.


Click here to take the Serenity Firefly Personality Test

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YouTube

Saturday, April 7th, 2007 No comments

I’ve started using YouTube more and more lately. I only watch videos, but maybe if I make something one day I’ll upload it. Check out my profile and see what videos I have added to my favorites. There should be more added to that list soon.

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Netflix’s Watch Now Feature

Friday, March 23rd, 2007 1 comment

Netflix recently introduced a “Watch Now” feature that allows you to watch movies on your computer. It was only available to a limited number of customers in the beginning. I noticed last night that I can now use this new feature. It doesn’t cost anything extra to use.

I’ve read that watching movies on your computer is going to be the way to go in the future. Throughout 1999 and most of 2000, my computer was the only DVD player I had at the time and I didn’t mind watching DVDs that way. I don’t mind watching stuff on my computer from time to time. If I miss show I sometimes watch it on the network’s website or download it from iTunes. For the most part, however, I prefer to watch movies and TV shows on my TV.

That being said, I’m sure I’ll make use of Watch Now. The selection is limited right now, but I’m sure it’ll grow. Only 5 movies of the 160+ in my queue are , but I’m sure I’ll find other stuff that I may not have thought of to watch yet or stuff that I know I want to see but haven’t added to my queue yet. For example, I keep hearing that Red Dwarf is a great sci-fi show. I checked and all 8 seasons are available to be watched online. There are only 6 or 8 thirty-minute episodes in each season so they should go by quickly.

I’ll try watching something this weekend and write more about it once I’ve had a chance to try it out a few times.

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My Week

Friday, February 23rd, 2007 1 comment

Samsung SyncMaster 740N

I ended up buying this monitor as a replacement for my CRT that died. It’s fine for what I need it for and I get a rebate if I remember to fill that form out. I seem to be partial to Samsung products these days.

Parenthood coverI watched Parenthood the other night at its still good after all this time. My mom was a member of Columbia House (when they had VHS movies) and that was one of the movies she bought. The fact that I still remembered most of it even though I hadn’t seen it in around 15 years means that I must have watched it over and over again. “When you’re slidin’ into first and you feel a sudden burst…”

Black House coverI finished reading Black House by Stephen King and Peter Straub. It’s the sequel to The Talisman. It’s a much different book than The Talisman. The whole style seems different. A lot of that may be because they were written about 20 years apart. It’s still a great book, however. There’s a lot of Dark Tower goodness that people who were fans of that series will enjoy. **minor spoiler warning** It even had a warning about continuing past a certain point at the end just like book 7 of The Dark Tower. **end spoiler warning**

Speaking of The Dark Tower, I hear that it may also be made into a movie or TV series.

I went online to pay my DirecTV bill a few days ago and saw that I owed over $200. It turns out that they charged me fees that I had been told I would be charged. I paid the amount that was due on the last bill, waited a day for the payment to go through, and then called them to have all the extra charges taken care of. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and say that they weren’t trying to cheat me. It probably happened because my call got disconnected before the guy could finalize the deal and the second lady didn’t know that I wasn’t supposed to be charged those fees.

Those Amazon.com ads on the right side of the home page seem to be different depending on whether I’m using Internet Explorer or Firefox. I wonder why that is.

I got pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt of all things. The one time I wasn’t wearing it and that happens. I discovered at the time that I didn’t have a recent insurance card on me. I had 3 expired cards, but not one that was up-to-date. I also discovered my driver’s license expired in about 2 months ago on my birthday. I had no idea. Time flies in the real world. He let me off with a warning on the seatbelt and expired driver’s license and only gave me a ticket for no insurance. Once I go show them proof that I do have insurance, I’ll be set.

Update, 2/26
Stephen King has now confirmed that The Dark Tower will be adapted by LOST co-creators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof. How much did they pay him for the rights? $19. Somehow that’s not surprising.

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Browser Wars

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006 1 comment

The final release version of Internet Explorer 7 came out last week and Mozilla Firefox 2.0 should be available today.

I jumped on the bandwagon back when Firefox first started becoming popular. I even tried to encourage people myself to use Firefox instead of IE. After I had been on the bandwagon for I while I gradually started shifting back to IE. Eventually it got to the point where the only time I would use Firefox was in situations where I wanted to make use of the tabbed browsing feature. I don’t think I ever took full advantage of Firefox’s features. The only extension I ever really used was IE View, which is used to open pages in IE when they won’t display correctly in Firefox.

When I tried one of the early beta versions of IE 7, some of the websites that I frequently visit wouldn’t display properly, so I uninstalled it. I didn’t see those kinds of problems in beta 3 and the release candidates, so I eventually made the switch back to IE. Simple things like the inclusion of tabbed browsing and RSS discovery pretty much won me over. Now I rarely use Firefox, which may make me an exception among computer-knowledgeable people. In the techie community, it seems like you’re looked down on if you use IE. Many techies automatically assume that IE users don’t know much about computers.

Early on many made the argument that Firefox is more secure, but now it seems that might not necessarily be the case. Quite honestly, I’m not very worried about Internet security. I worry about it as much as I worry about falling down a flight of stairs. I know what’s safe and what’s not safe to do online. I don’t go to many weird sites. I have anti-virus software, spyware removers, and firewalls so I think I’m doing a decent amount to keep myself safe. As far as someone using an exploit to take over my machine, I don’t even think about that.

Am I just being blissfully ignorant or what?

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Are You Mad?

Thursday, August 24th, 2006 No comments

There’s a ranking on MSN.com of the 100 angriest cities in the US. The factors that were considered are:

  • the percentage of men with high blood pressure
  • the rates of aggravated assaults
  • the number of workplace deaths from assaults and other violence
  • traffic congestion data
  • the number of speeding citations per state

My hometown, Jackson, MS, is number 13 on the list. The obvious joke would be for me to say that I’m angry to see Jackson on the list, but I can’t say that. Other southeastern cities and their ranks are: Orlando (1), St. Petersburg(2), Nashville (5), Miami (7), Memphis (8), Jacksonville, FL (9), Birmingham (21), Atlanta (24), Baton Rouge (28), Montgomery, AL (46), and Little Rock (72).

The top two angriest cities are in Florida. I guess I would be angry too if I lived in Florida (just kidding).

Update:
I accidentally left Tampa (12) off the list of southeastern cities.

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Online Radio

Sunday, July 30th, 2006 No comments

Every once in a while I listen to music on Yahoo! Music LAUNCHcast Radio or AOL Radio. The selection on AOL seems to fit me better, but Yahoo does allow you to skip a few songs every hour. AOL Radio offers many XM Radio stations in addition to their own stations. The 90’s Alternative stations on both services have been my favorite so far.

I’ve probably used Yahoo! more because I started out with it and I tend to think of it first. I may be listening to AOL more in the future. I found out last night that they have an All Pearl Jam station and an All Final Fantasy station, among other good choices. Just hearing the music from Final Fantasy again was fun and it’s no secret how I feel about Pearl Jam.

I may not have total control over what I’m hearing in either case, but the variety of music is good enough that I can always find something that suits me. And it costs me nothing to use them. It’s hard to beat FREE!

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