Notes from 20101129

  • Joni and I just adopted a new (new to us) Australian cattle dog this weekend. Peppercorn the dog definitely is used to flying solo and having the complete run of the house. Puppies are (and will always be) an adventure. Training a dog without the use of treats or fear requires an extreme amount of patience, but the results are well worth the effort.

  • A few pages for the new novel are starting to turn over (albeit slower than expected). Writing has to become a state of mind for the writer. Being drawn to the page requires a certain degree of passion for the project. Being forced to writer defeats the purpose and ultimately cheats the project. Professional writers certainly end up writing on a schedule and only an endless reserve of passion for the work allows that compromise.

  • Stream of consciousness writing produces strange and interesting results. Going back and editing prose generated from a stream of consciousness writing session can be challenging.

  • Over the course of the last few months, I feel that the amount of interesting video content on Netflix has disappeared. Maybe my moving watching tastes are changing.

  • The new dog had a successful visit to the local veterinary clinic. Queensland heelers appear to be both intelligent and hearty. The test the veterinary technician ran to determine if the new dog had heartworms was negative. Overall, the morning seems to be rather peaceful and otherwise uneventful.

  • All of the cyber Monday emails seem to be delivering on the promise of specific sale items targeted at laser shoppers. If you know what you want or can be easily persuaded, then the deluge of cyber Monday online deals could be just what you are looking for both now and in the future.

Notes from 20101114

  • After watching televised advertisements, I learned Papa Murphy’s now has a Bacon Bacon Bacon Pizza (a pizza with three kinds of bacon). Americas has developed a fascination with bacon and Papa Murphy’s pizza has decided to exploit that fascination for profit. What percentage of people using video recording options to capture content (for time shifting) takes the time to watch commercials? Do live sporting events and AM radio shows provide the only method of actual advertisement and therefore should be more expensive?

  • If NBC decided to sustain the blockade against Google TV, then the potential for online advertisement revenue will be lost. Say for example somebody wanted to watch full-length episodes of the show Outsourced on the NBC website using Google TV and the blockaded turned away that potential viewer. Not only did NBC fail to gain additional advertisement revenue, but the network also lost the opportunity to diversify the brand by introducing new viewers to other content (generating additional revenue streams). Consider for a moment, that NBC has also disenfranchised anybody who owns or uses a Google TV. Broadcast television stations lack subscription subscribes and have no contractual obligations to hold viewers hostage. Maybe disenfranchisement was the wrong choice.

  • If anybody has had a chance to demo (or has as strong opinion about) any of the Sony Internet TV powered HDTV systems, then please let me know what you think about the device. I am considering purchasing the NSX46GT1 model to replace my primary television. I am in the market for a new television and I believe that internet television will replace conventional television within the next two years.

  • The shop now link at Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue provides a resource for individuals who want to acquire mail order barbeque. After an initial online review, two items stood out: Item #PKSS0436 $59.95 Sunday Sit-Down Special and the Item #PKBT0315 $79.95 Big Taste of Kansas City. A review of the online delivery system will probably be forthcoming at some point in the not so distant future.

*What is the real difference between Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2010? I am considering upgrading to get Microsoft Word 2010…

Notes from 20101107

The (daylight savings extended) day started with a sweet Windows 7 error. What could be more wicked fun than a day full of wicked errors? When a computer profile does not load correctly doing any kind of meaningful work becomes problematic. For the most part doing meaningful work at 3:00 AM MST becomes problematic.

Joni thought it was a good idea to pain accent walls and the regular walls in the family room. The exceptionally dark red historic color Joni selected seems to require a minimum of three coats of paint to fully cover our lightly textured white walls. The redesign will also include a major purchase. At some point between now and the first of next year, a new television will be purchased. The purchase will be based on the television purchase paradigm in celebration of the holiday season. We have started to visually evaluate HDTV options. Given the situation two general buying options exists including  buying either a high altitude plasma HDTV or a LED HDTV.

A good competitive game is the best part about having Sunday off during football season. The Minnesota Vikings certainly delivered an exciting second half of National Football League (NFL) action this Sunday.

Do plasma televisions suffer from glare problems? Within the proposed television-viewing situation, the plasma television will face exposure to three different sets of windows creating a potential for glare throughout the entire day. A quick Google search reveals the ability to purchase an anti-glare shield for plasma televisions. If companies are producing glare shields, then the product design probably has a shortfall that aftermarket modifications are attempting to correct.

New Television Search Protocol:

  1. Solicit personal recommendations from trusted sources
  2. Search for online reviews from all sources
  3. Compare reviews from trusted online sources and general online sources
  4. Acquire hands on experience at retail locations
  5. Compare technical specifications and pricing using a standardized matrix

Predefined variables:

  1. The space will only support a television up to 58 inches wide.
  2. 1080P would be the absolute minimum television resolution required.
  3. The device will need to have at least 4 HDMI inputs.

HDTV Update: If anybody has had a chance to use any of the Sony Google TV powered Android based HDTV systems, then please tell me what you think about the device. I am considering purchasing the NSX46GT1 model to replace my primary television.

20100827 Weblog Adventures

A weblog rule violation almost occurred today. A major post about the phone that cannot be named is resting in weblog draft status. Weblog postings seem to require more and more energy to complete. Over the last few months the Twitter update utility has been providing updates. A recent change in Twitter policy has changed the entire weblog archive policy. All future weblog updates will involve a series of keystrokes instead of automated processes.

Why would finding a great Lasagna recipe be difficult?
What is better a digital archive or a recipe box?

Being able to relax might be the best part of having Friday off from work. The biggest adventure today will probably involve cleaning the Ford Explorer. Somehow or someway the Explorer gets exceptionally dirty.

Update: The explorer is now clean.

What are the best android applications?

Saturday Considered

Laundry problem resolved.
Strange shower drain clog corrected.
Vegetarian burrito from Chipotle devoured.
Reel lawn mower returned to the garage.
Saturday considered.
Additional Saturday activities planned.