Monday, January 28, 2008

Bullets of the Past Week

  • I had the most perfectly constructed burrito ever in the history of the world, from the Chipotle in Escondido. Late dinner, no crowd, first visit to this location.
  • One week later, I had the most disastrously constructed burrito ever in the history of the world, from the Chipotle in Escondido. Late lunch, very crowded. I'm a little nervous to make a third visit.
  • On Tuesday I flew Delta for the first time in years, and was pleased to see that the in-flight entertainment system ran Linux (a Red Hat derivative, I think). I wasn't that pleased to see the in-flight entertainment system rebooting. My seat neighbor quipped that he hoped that wasn't the autopilot system failing. The return flight had no such rebooting.
  • Delta needs to work on the volume levels of their in-flight entertainment system when the PA kicks in. I eventually gave up and went back to the iPod because I was tired of having my ears blown out.
  • I climbed well Wednesday night, but just as I was ready to leave somebody showed me an awesome bouldering problem that I was too exhausted to really try. Looking forward to climbing this week.
  • I saw Superbad. Holy crap. Amazing. I could not stop laughing. McLovin! This was my first test of using Amazon Unbox via my TiVo. The download speed was abysmal. Netflix would have been more efficient, and the local Blockbuster more convenient. Once downloaded, it was nice to use my finely-tuned TiVo muscles to manipulate the movie, though.
It was actually a pretty good week.


Maxo said...

I saw this too and reported it at One user said that it was Slackware.
On the trip I made the only reboot was shortly after the plane was completely borded. I assumed this was to clear out the stuff purchased by the previous guest.

Scott Carpenter said...

It would be much nicer to watch movies on TiVo than on DVD. I haven't tried Unbox yet, partly because my attention span has been reduced (by TiVo) to 20 and 40 minutes chunks, so I mostly watch TV shows that are on tap.

Similarly, if someone loans me DVDs for a sitcom (for example, Arrested Development), I'd have a much better chance of getting through them if they were on TiVo. DVDs are inconvenient. With TiVo I have the shows sitting there among my other options and it's a lot easier to work my way through them. (I know there are ways to do this but it's not something I want to tinker with at the moment.) But of course we shouldn't have convenience. That would be bad!

Sandy said...

@scott: Excellent point. I really do enjoy using the TiVo as the front-end to my TV viewing experience. I wish it could read xvid files from my home server.

I have a DVD player that supposedly does that, but it cuts off so much of the borders that I lose the subtitles of my precious anime. So I end up plugging in my iBook, bleh.

Scott Carpenter said...

I use Galleon (free software TiVo server) for music and pictures. I think it has options to pull video from your computer, but that's yet another thing I haven't tinkered with. Not sure what kinds of video it can use.