07 January 2009

Digital Age

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Erica and I joined the digital age two nights ago. We picked up our converter box at Target for 10.81 after the government coupon and tax was applied. After plugging it into the TV, we immediately noticed the slightly improved picture quality and several new channels. (Included a nice weather channel set from Channel 5.) Of course, we also lost several channels as well. The new converter box has a lot of nifty little features like program guides and digital sound.

However, the squiggles and fuzz of the old analog set-up has been replaced with the garbled pixels of the digital age. I for one prefer slight fuzz to a constantly rearranging pixel set. I have a feeling that, when the masses get converted, there will be a lot of talk about this. I'm not sure that the digital age will be all that it is cracked up to be. But, we don't really watch much TV at any rate, so we'll leave that to other people to decide.

If you don't have cable or satellite TV and have yet to by your converter box, you've got about 5 more weeks until you'll need one. On February 17th, the US is going digital whether we like it or not. If you haven't gotten your coupon and want the government to pick up part of the tab, you can go here to apply.

While we don't watch a lot of broadcast TV, we do watch shows on DVD a few times a week. We started watching How I Met Your Mother last night. Over the last three years, I've caught about 5 episodes of this show, which was enough to know that it is funny. I was glad to see that the first three episodes that we watched last night didn't disappoint. This is a show that has a great ensemble cast and sharp writing. We're looking forward to finishing the first disk tonight.

I also watched The Chase last night. This has got to be one of my mindless movie favorites of all time. (My number one mindless favorite is Starship Troopers.) If you are looking for a great movie of cinematic quality worthy of an Oscar, move on past this one. But, if you are looking for an enjoyable, non-sensible film to blow through an hour and 1/2 of the day, put this one in and relax.

The movie follows Charlie Sheen and Kristy Swanson as Sheen's character holds Swanson's captive and tries to make a run for Mexico. About 80 minutes of the 88 minute of this film takes place in the stolen car that is running down the freeway with the police and news crews in tow. The acting is decent, the dialog is OK, but the whole of the movie is greater than the sum of its parts. Movie Review: 4 out of 5.

Quiz Day: What Metal Are You?




You Are Iron



You are strong and dominant. You are used to getting your way.
You are often at conflict with your primal urges, but you don't let on to this inner turmoil.

You are also very agile and flexible. Once you change course, you commit to it.
You are a person who is more substance than style. You prefer to let your actions speak for you.


Companion Quiz: What Element Are You?




Your Element Is Earth



You excel at planning and strategizing.
You could be a champ at chess or Survivor.

Well grounded, you are able to be realistic and rationalize.
On the inside, you have a hard core. It's tough to phase you.

You are super productive, and you are able to think anything through.
Focused and super charged, your instincts are a good guide for your next step.

4 comments:

Traivor said...

You probably just need a decent antenna. 20 yr old bunny ears aren't going to cut it. An outdoor antenna is best, of course, but a good, amplified, indoor one made for digital broadcast should be able to pull in just about all the channels pretty much glitch free. Check out http://www.antennaweb.org

Channels 4, 5, and 8 all are currently running weather subchannels. If you're in to winter sports check out channel 5.3. I've seen more ski jumping in the last 4 days than the previous 30 years.

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My metal is 50% kissable. Seriously, no snog is worth giving up garlic. (You got the link wrong)

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Your Element Is Air

You dislike conflict, and you've been able to rise above the angst of the world.
And when things don't go your way, you know they'll blow over quickly.

Easygoing, you tend to find joy from the simple things in life.
You roll with the punches, and as a result, your life is light and cheerful.

You find it easy to adapt to most situations, and you're an open person.
With you, what you see is what you get... and people love that!

Anonymous said...

i was wondering how someones kissablility correlated to what type of metal one is.. i thought now that's an interesting research topic...
as far as the elements go:
Your Element Is Water
A bit of a contradiction, you can seem both lighthearted and serious.
That's because you're good at going with the flow - but you also are deep.

Highly intuitive, you tune in to people's emotions and moods easily.
You are able to tap into deep emotional connections and connect with others.

You prefer a smooth, harmonious life - but you can navigate your way around waves.
You have a knack for getting people to get along and making life a little more peaceful.

-E

Sugarless deLite said...

Link corrected. For the record, my metal was 65% kissable.

Traivor said...

You Are Silver

You are a flexible person. Being open to opportunities in life has served you well.
You are very polished and sophisticated. You're probably in a higher class than you were born into.

You are naturally popular and quite influential. You are a bit of a trend starter among people you know.
And while you are well liked, you don't let it go to your head. You remain contemplative and wise.