Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Zelda Christmas

Christmas '07

Monday, December 24, 2007

Last-Minute Wishes

Sunday, December 23, 2007

In Defense of Apple TV

Man, so many Apple TV haters these days. Sure, it hasn't set the world on fire, but it's a product aimed squarely at hobbyists and early adopters. Don't expect iPhone numbers right out of the gate. I'd argue that for the following tasks it really can't be beat:

  1. Streaming your music library to your stereo while showing sweet cover art on your TV. Awesome for parties.
  2. Watching video podcasts.
  3. Exploring YouTube (Ning HQ in fact has an Apple TV in the break room to watch YouTube clips).
  4. Watching movies and tv shows, especially when you have kids. Physical discs scratch if a child even looks at them, and the shows get watched so many times that being able to instantly start them (with no rage-inducing DVD menus to skip through or discs to switch) is killer.
  5. Sharing photo slideshows with a room full of people.
If you want to judge Apple for something, it should be related to the lack of HD content (aside from podcasts) available via the iTunes Store (though as noted before, I suspect bandwidth is the main sticking point there).

Seconds After SWEARING That He Didn't Eat Any Chocolate

Jingle Bells

Right out of the America's Funniest Home Videos school of comedy. More clips here.

HD Quagmire

Thanks to a nice holiday gift certificate I bought a cheap HD DVD player, despite the constant Blu-Ray evangelization that takes place at the office.

Why? Well, for starters I've realized that until superduper bandwidth is more widespread, my dream of HD downloads is still a little ways off. Microsoft is testing the waters with the Xbox Live Marketplace (and I'd love to see the iTunes Store dabble a bit too), but at the moment the experience is a bit too painful for mass adoption.

This leaves movie fans with HDTVs in a fairly crappy place. Since standard-definition DVDs look pretty sketchy (even upscaled), the only real options are to record televised HD movies on a DVR (not a ton of selection) or blindly take sides in the absurd Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD battle.

I have no idea how long the market will continue to let both formats exist. Some say that Warner Bros. may go Blu-Ray exclusive soon, others disagree. Paramount is locked in to HD DVD currently, but who knows if that may change. Either way it's incredibly inconvenient for the consumer. I chose HD DVD simply because the player was cheap and it came with ten (!) free movies. Not to mention the fact that my favorite movie of all time is HD DVD-only at the moment.

My plan is basically to use it as a Netflix machine (I've set my queue to send HD discs for available movies). That way I can enjoy some high-def movies and not have to purchase a giant library based around an uncertain format. Not an ideal situation, but also not a bad way to blow a gift certificate.


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The Greatest Video Piece Ever Made

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Say What You Will About Hulu, But...

Dave informed me that they allow me to freely embed Weekend at Bernie's on my site. The entire movie. Game, set and match.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Why I Love Her

Me: So I heard Ike Turner died.
Sarah: Oh, wow.
Me: Yeah, I guess he'll be remembered for...drugs and wifebeating.
Sarah: Yep.
Me: Really he was sorta the poster child of wifebeating.
Sarah: Yeah, he was truly a wifebeater's wifebeater.

Friday, December 07, 2007


Things may looks sketchy around here for a bit while I play with some WordPress/Ning integration action. Pardon our dust, and pardon me using the expression "pardon our dust."

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Palo Alto Anniversary

I just realized that (as of this week) I've been at Ning for two years. Yikes!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Wilshire Wednesday

Monday, December 03, 2007

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