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Broadcast flag dead... for now

by sMoRTy71 In reply to sMoRTy71

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<a href="http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000207042541/">Engadget is reporting</a> that the U.S. Court of Appeals has struck down the FCC's broadcast flag which limits what kinds of digital content can be recorded. The flag was going to force TV manufacturers to build technology into their sets (starting on July 1 of this year) that would recognize the flag and prevent users from recording content that was flagged by the broadcaster.<br />
<br />I'm not sure what recourse the FCC has for appealing this decision; however, I can bet the MPAA already has their lobbyists working on it.<br />
<a href="http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000207042541/">
<br />http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000207042541/</a>
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More house projects

by sMoRTy71 In reply to sMoRTy71

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">This weekend has been a blur with projects around the house. We've still got quite a few to do; however, we knocked out a bunch on Friday and Saturday.<br />
<br />Friday: Planted smaller plants and bushes out front; Added mulch and small plants to the side of the house; Cleaned tree pollen globs from gutter guards<br />
<br />Saturday: Installed another light fixture in playroom; Installed a new dishwasher (and removed the old one that died on Wednesday); Mowed the grass; Trimmed bushes and trees; Finished pressuring washing the front sidewalk; Applied polyurethane to new wicker patio set.<br />
<br />Whew! Luckily, today is Mother's Day so we can take a little break. I'm taking my mom to brunch at Lynn's Paradise Cafe. Later, the kids and I are taking Amy to dinner.</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.smorty71.com/2005/05/more-house-projects.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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No new Chappelle this month (or next)

by sMoRTy71 In reply to sMoRTy71

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Whether it's drugs or pressure or just creative differences, there will be no new season of Chappelle's Show any time soon. Comedy Central has been promoting the **** out of the May season premiere; however, CC has apparently pulled the plug on production.<br />
<br />I guess I'll just have to be content with watching the Wayne Brady skit over and over when the DVDs from Season 2 come out on the 24th.</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.smorty71.com/2005/05/no-new-chappelle-this-month-or-next.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Real photos of the XBOX 360

by sMoRTy71 In reply to sMoRTy71

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Attendees of the taping of MTV's upcoming XBOX special apparently <a href="http://news.com.com/Photos+Xbox+360+revealed/2009-1041_3-5700669.html?tag=st.num">took photos of the new console</a>. It looks as if they are exactly like <a href="http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000267042765/">the photos that Engadget posted yesterday</a>.<br />
<br />The <a href="http://news.com.com/Photos+Xbox+360+revealed+-+page+3/2009-1041_3-5700669-3.html?tag=st.num">third photo shows a remote</a> for the XBOX 360 that looks like it features a Windows Media Center Edition start button. Hmm.</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.smorty71.com/2005/05/real-photos-of-xbox-360.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Time to build some droids

by sMoRTy71 In reply to sMoRTy71

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">My new issue of MAKE magazine arrived today. I guess I will need to stop all of these silly house projects and focus on building a droid out of old Dr. Pepper cans and a 9 volt battery. Sweet!<br />
<br />CORRECTION: Upon arriving home, I was a bit disappointed to learn that MAKE had sent the premiere issue (instead of the new issue). While it is cool to get the first one, this is one of my all-time magazine subscription pet peeves. It always seems like a way for the magazine to shorten your subscription period. After all, what if I had already bought the first issue and sent in the subscription card?<br />
<br />I guess I can build the $14 steadicam while I wait for the new issue.</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.smorty71.com/2005/05/time-to-build-some-droids.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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MTV XBOX 360 infomercial = lame

by sMoRTy71 In reply to sMoRTy71

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">I was pretty excited to watch the XBOX 360 infomercial on MTV last night. I wanted to see the hardware, hear about the features and see some games in action. What I got was Elijah Wood playing the role of Downtown Julie Brown in a flashback to Club MTV. <br />
<br />What sucks the most is that it appears that MTV shot lots of great footage. For example, they sent Sway, one of their worst on-air "personalities," to the Microsoft campus to learn about the development process for building the new XBOX 360. Instead of getting anything substantial in the way of product specs or features, all we got was a rapid-fire montage of all of the physical mock-ups that didn't get chosen and J. Allard comparing the XBOX Marketplace to an online retailer.<br />
<br />The show actually spent more time pimping their own show (with the Pimp My Ride guys building a custom XBOX) and promoting the Killers (why we they there again?) who sang two songs during the 30 minute show. Overall, the show was a total dud.<br />
<br />The release date for the console was not mentioned. It has been widely speculated that it will launch on November 15th, the 4th anniversary of the original. If so, it is a bit curious that they showed Madden NFL 2006 as a launch title considering that the NFL season is almost half way over by then.</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.smorty71.com/2005/05/mtv-xbox-360-infomercial-lame.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Listing the house on Wednesday

by sMoRTy71 In reply to sMoRTy71

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Our realtor called today and said that Wednesday is the day we list the house. Seems like we still have a few things to get finished; however, I guess if we don't set a date, we'll continue to let it slip.<br /><br />I finished up the kitchen this morning. I'll have to do a couple of things in the yard and on the exterior of the house today.<br /><br />After that, it will really just be a matter of getting everything clean and keeping it clean (that will be the hard part).<br /><br />So if you know anyone who wants a great house in a terrific neighborhood, let me know.</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.smorty71.com/2005/05/listing-house-on-wednesday.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Back on the Burnout 3 crackpipe

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<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Well, it didn't take long to get totally hooked on Burnout 3 again. After working on the house this weekend, I stayed up way too late working on the "World Tour" mode of the game. I think I completed something like 25 events (with Gold medals) yesterday.<br /><br />Mahlon and Miles have been wanting to play it a lot, too. They love to play the "Double Impact" mode. It is the first video game for the XBOX that Miles has been able to play by himself.</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.smorty71.com/2005/05/back-on-burnout-3-crackpipe.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Damn, Clif Bars are good!

by sMoRTy71 In reply to sMoRTy71

<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><img align="right" alt="Clif Bars! Mmm." border="0" class="rightimg" src="http://photos14.flickr.com/14003462_eecbaf5888_m.jpg" width="100" />Amy has been slowing (but surely) converting all of the food in the house to organic, soy-based products. I usually give her a hard time for all of the stuff she buys (except the soy milk which I love). However, today I discovered the Clif Bars she bought. Damn, these things are good. I tried the Crunchy Peanut Butter one and I immediately wanted to eat about 10 more.<br /><br />For those of you that don't like to mingle with hippies at Whole Foods or Wild Oats, <a href="http://www.clifbar.com/shop/clif.cfm?location=shop">you can order direct from the Clif Bar website</a>. 12 bars for $14.25.</div><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.smorty71.com/2005/05/damn-clif-bars-are-good.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Damn, Clif Bars are good!

by DC_GUY In reply to Damn, Clif Bars are good!

Clif bars are pretty tasty as yuppie fad foods go. Certainly better than those horrible styrofoam -- oops I mean rice -- cakes of a couple of years back! They keep well in a glove compartment, they come in so many flavors you're bound to like one, and they taste more like candy than like astronaut kibble.

But beware the soy wave, it's over dude. Check the medical webzines, anything from holistic to family doctor to corporate. Tofu, soy oil, soy sauce, baked soybeans, crunchy soybeans, soy flour, soy milk... it's all REALLY BAD for us.

I hope this is the start of a long series of normalizations where it's finally proven that stuff that tastes terrible shouldn't be put in one's mouth!

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