ReplyAll convinced me to post on LiveJournal again

Last night while mowing my lawn I was listening to Reply All: #100 Friends and Blasphemers and it inspired me to dust off my old LiveJournal and post again.

I had no idea that part of the downfall of LiveJournal was related to the Russian government and the rise of Putin. The desire to control the media in Russia lead a lot of Russian citizens to take the Internet to voice their protest and LiveJournal became the platform of choice.

Viva la revolution (or whatever the equivalent is in Russian)!

PS3 Remote

 I ordered a $7 remote for my PS3 from Ebay. It's just a simple remote, and a USB IR receiver you plug in to your PS3. I plugged it in and navigated around with the remote just fine. Next I "learned" the functionality on my Sony RM-VL600 and now I can control my PS3 with a real remote. 

The official PS3 remote is blue tooth, which makes it useless for "learning" on another more advanced remote. The solution is a $7 Chinese knock off. Good one Sony.

What would you read?

If your computer could magically read Wikipedia from 2050 for one hour what articles would you read? What specific queries would you look up, not "what stock should I buy"? For me it's a balance of what articles would be of personal interest to me, and how can make the most of that information in the present day.

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Don't drive and listen to sports!

The UPI (and the Houston Chronicle) report that the U.K.’s Transport Research Laboratory has found that driving while listening to sports on the radio can be as dangerous as driving while drunk:

[R]eaction times were slowed by up to 20 percent when drivers were listening to sports, adding nearly 20 feet of additional stopping time for a car traveling 70 mph. … “To put this into context, this increase in distance traveled is 10 per cent further than the additional stopping distance when driving with a blood alcohol level at the U.K. legal limit,” the report read. … “At particularly tense times, such as penalty shootout, it may be safer to find a safe place to park and enjoy the action without risking an accident,” Dr. Nick Reed of the Transport Research Laboratory said.

Caveat lector: the study involved just nine men and nine women. No word on whether they were perhaps also texting, applying makeup, or fingering their worry beads. - NyTimes


On nerding out...

Toys R Us has Dragon Quest IX on sale for $35, and they give you a $15 gift card. I couldn't pass up a deal like that, so last night I packed two kids into a warm car and drove into Clackamas to hit up Toys R Us. The baby was especially grumpy, for no discernible reason, but we emerged victorious. Gabe got some congratulatory Legos, and I got Dragon Quest IX.

I played Dragon Quest VIII on the PS2 and loved it! The half an hour or so I played of the new one, make it look very similar to the PS2 game. I'm stoked to play another Dragon Quest game. It's a game I can play with Gabe, as the cartoony graphics should keep him interested.

New hobbies

I picked up an Arduino at the recommendation of bleything and it's been a really fun hobby. I didn't know anything really about electronics before but I'm learning a lot. The community is very helpful, and the platform is very powerful. If you're in to electronics you should definitely check it out.

Problems with a Netflix DVD

Dear Netflix:

I recently rented the new Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. and had some problems with the disk. There are approximately eight minutes of previews for films that I could not skip! I’m fine with DVDs including previews for other films, but I like the option of being able to skip past them. I was unable to either chapter skip through the previews or press the menu button to navigate to the main menu. I was forced to watch eight minutes of movie previews for films I was not interested in!

Secondly the Sherlock Holmes disk that received did not have any extra content beyond the film itself. It seems the DVD was a highly stripped down rental version of the film (there is a big rental label on the disk). I frequently use my Netflix rentals to determine if I would like to purchase the DVD. In this case the disk that arrived was crippled with unskippable previews and did not include any of the extra features that I expect in a DVD.

I will not be purchasing the DVD of this title due to the above mentioned problems with the disk. I hope in the future Netflix will ship the retail DVDs and not these stripped down crippled disks.

Scott Baker

Netflix Member Since September 1999


R.I.P. Gary

(02:12:28 PM) Scott Baker: I can't be on call this weekend :(
(02:12:36 PM) Dietz, Jason: Why?
(02:13:37 PM) Scott Baker: I'm too distraught
(02:14:56 PM) Dietz, Jason: Over what?
(02:15:02 PM) Scott Baker: ARE YOU SERIOUS
(02:15:04 PM) Scott Baker: Don't mock me
(02:15:04 PM) Dietz, Jason: Gary Coleman?
(02:15:08 PM) Scott Baker: I'm hurting here
(02:15:15 PM) Scott Baker: YES GARY EFFING COLEMAN!
(02:15:18 PM) Scott Baker: he was my light
(02:15:18 PM) Dietz, Jason: Dude.
(02:15:23 PM) Dietz, Jason: What do you think Gary would want?
(02:15:29 PM) Dietz, Jason: He taught us how to laugh, not cry.
(02:15:51 PM) Dietz, Jason: If he were here right now he'd hold his head up high and say "What'chu talken bout, Scott?"
(02:15:57 PM) Scott Baker: Yes he would
(02:16:03 PM) Dietz, Jason: You owe it to him to be on call this weekend.
(02:16:14 PM) Scott Baker: So true... you really put things in perspective