Friday, February 29, 2008

Email humor 02/29/2008

Happy freaking Leap Year!

Damn, I think this is the ONLY leap year that I've ever paid some kind of attention to.

I must be old. Besides, my awesome Timex Ironman can't keep up with it. The date on my most awesome watch today says 3-01. That's March 1st for the bright ones in the audience.

Sometimes technology fails me.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Dallas Mavericks trade talks...finale

Just like many fans of any sport, I don't care how it's done but I want my team to win a championship. I don't care who does it. I don't care who was traded or signed to make it happen. In the words of Captain Picard, just "Make it so!"

So, all this talk about who is being traded (given up) for the Kidd trade really doesn't matter.

In my opinion, the guy that f-ed up the original trade deal (Devean George was it?) better step up his game! There is nothing worse than an "employee" screwing with a big deal that "management" has cooked up! Nothing! The "top brass" on down will be keeping a close eye on his ass!

After watching some of tonight's game in New Orleans, Devean did hit a couple of three-pointers so I guess he's thinking the same thing I was typing.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Neuros OSD - a so-far review

As mentioned in a previous post here, I purchased the Neuros OSD to copy movies from my TiVo (since I don't have a DVD recorder), from my miniDV cameras and other devices.

So far, I can't complain. I copied a file that was near 2 1/2 hours long onto an 8GB compact flash card without issue. I did initially have issues finding the right medium to record onto but I think that was more my fault from lack of reading the manual and/or online forums that said it doesn't support SDHC cards. I put in an 8GB SDHC and the OSD wouldn't even recognize that there was a memory card in the slot. As mentioned, the 8GB CF card was never an issue as I believe those storage mediums have been at higher capacities longer than the SD card.

I put in the CF and played the program on my TiVo. Only issue I do have, is it's real-time, so whatever is being shown from my TiVo (or satellite) is what the OSD records. So, if I changed the channel or mess up the playback, the OSD will record it. It isn't so much of a hassle if you are going to edit the video (such as I did) after recording. In fact, I guess if you really aren't going to watch it straight from the card it doesn't matter what the OSD records as long as it's WHAT you wanted because you can edit it later!

Anyway, to make a long story short, the OSD records and plays back exactly what you send to it. It saves the file in MP4 format which is best, IMHO, played in QuickTime. For editing I used Windows Movie Maker on one recording and Nero DVD Creator (or something like that by Nero) for the other recording. I just deleted some excess frames from the video that were totally unnecessary and I created chapters and a fancy (sort of) DVD menu. Nero automatically converted the MP4 to whatever the required conversion is to play on/as a DVD.

That's the extent of my using the far. I plan to use it to capture some of my videos from VHS, miniDV and wireless cameras to see how it goes.

Oh yeah, the networking thingy is pretty cool to have although I haven't use it yet as it's in another room on the other side of the house where I have no network cables running. It does/will work with a wireless adapter but I don't have one of those either. But it is nice to have this option when/if needed.

Overall, I think the $200 price tag was well worth it even though I haven't used it to its fullest capacity or as much as I should to justify a $200 price tag. Would I purchase this again? Yes, as it's much nicer than using my computer to capture the video and doesn't occupy my computer while the capture is commencing.

As of updating this post [March 3, 2008], I believe the price of the OSD has dropped quite a bit. It may be just random advertisements and short-lived specials but I would keep a look out for them as it's great to get a good deal on a very nice product.

Happy Valentine's Day

Just another day to me but to some...well, something more! Fools! :-P

Monday, February 11, 2008

Toyota RAV4 versus Toyota Highlander


So we went vehicle shopping on Saturday after I played tennis. The wife was initially very interested in the Toyota RAV4 (pictured on the left is the Limited RAV4 that includes the third-row seating which is what she wanted the most). We went to Freeman Toyota in Hurst as it was pretty much right down the street from where I play tennis. The pictures don't show the size difference but trust me there IS a difference.

We both hate the process of searching for a new vehicle. The purchasing is pretty much the easy part. We call our credit union and we are pre-approved via phone. Easy, smeasy.

Going and looking at the vehicle, test driving and finding out the costs and hearing the salesman's time away from the things we really want to do...which is whatever the hell we want.

Anyway, we spent a couple of hours at Freeman and the salesman spill wasn't really given (because we typically talk to fleet sales through our credit union contacts(?)).

We did test drive the RAV4 first. It wasn't too bad but it really felt like a car that's been lifted a few inches or so. I guess it's probably because we have been driving the Dodge Grand Caravan which is surprisingly very spacious for something classified as a minivan. In the RAV4, the third-row seating is completely ridiculous! I mean unless your children are maybe three feet or shorter or you want to transport your BIG dog (or smaller) around, there really is NO point in the third row of "seats." In fact, the kids were in the second-row seats and were like, "I don't like this. We feel so close to each other and yet it's roomy at the top [above their heads although they didn't have their booster seats]."

We then test drove the Highlander. The moment we stepped into the vehicle it was already feeling like a whole different world in comparison. The sales guy said it would be when the wife asked about comparing the two vehicles—a suped up RAV4 versus a stripped down Highlander. The Highlander was worlds above. I mean it was spacious, powerful (a V6 versus a 4-cylinder) and just an overall better looking/feeling vehicle. It is funny though that the kids didn't mind so much the roominess in the Highlander.

We drove the Highlander back to the dealership and told them that it was obviously the clear winner in the comparison. One of the sales guys was like, "I told you so!" Which he did but we wouldn't have believed it if we didn't experience it by test driving both—the RAV4 THEN the Highlander. We told them we'd have to sit and stew on it but we'd let them know...soon...if we were going to purchase.

On the way home, we stopped by Toyota of Irving to see what they could come up with and to really see if they would quote different prices. Toyota of Irving was basically the same cost. They were about $400 higher but we think that was because Freeman didn't add the destination charge or whatever it's called.

The price difference between the Limited RAV4 and the stripped-down Highlander was around $3000. When you are talking $26k to $29k, what is $3k really? In payments, it's about $70 extra a month or roughly $350 versus $420 total monthly payment. And for that extra dough a month, you get a substantially better vehicle!

So, that was the rest of my Saturday after morning tennis. Exciting, huh? We still aren't sure what we are going to do because it is kind of based on whether the wife will get offered a full-time job or not on Wednesday and if we really NEED a new car with a car payment.

Ifs, ifs, ifs...basically it comes down to this, if the wife wants I will get and we'll figure out how to handle the finances.

My initial post was just shopping for a new vehicle. Since originally posting, I've essentially reviewed my purchase in the comments section.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

I'm a blubbering cry-baby idiot

So this evening I was flipping channels and saw "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". This episode was about the Gilyeat family.

Anyway, I started watching about 20 minutes after the show began and within minutes I was a crying, whiny-ass mo-fo!

Between my runny nose and sinuses, I really wasn't in the need for crying to make it worse!

My kids have made me an uber-sensitive woman-man!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Movie quote

Okay, so I'm in the middle of watching the movie Wedding Daze and I heard one of the funniest lines said in a movie...
"Son, I'd like you to have my cock ring!"

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Email humor 02/07/2008

The Italian, The Frenchman and The Redneck

The Italian says, "When I've a finished a makina da love withah my wife, I go down and gently tickle the back of her knees. She floats 6 inches above a da bed in ecstasy."

The Frenchman replies, "Zat is noting. When Ah've finished making ze love with ze wife, ah kiss all ze way down her body...and zen ah lick za soles of her feet wiz mah tongue and she floats 12 inches above ze bed in pure ecstasy."

The Redneck says, "That aint nothing. When I've finished porkin' the ole lady, I git out of bed, walk over to the winder and wipe my weener on the curtains. She hits the freakin' ceiling.