What have I been up to for the last six months?

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Here’s a sampling:

January 17 : NFL Playoff Game

February 19 : Bonerama in Chicago

March 6 : John Mayer in Omaha

April 11 : John Mayer in Chicago

June 6 : New Kids on the Block in Hammond, IN

June 27 : Bonerama in Omaha

I also saw John in St. Louis, Conan O’Brian and the GLEE tour in Chicago, as well as visiting with this guy again:
Harry and I after show #54

Snow day viewing

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For LOST fans (don’t watch it if you haven’t seen the show… Will :P)

For those who love The Muppets’ Christmas:

And for those who liked the above clip:

LET'S GO HAWKS!

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I may have to break this cleanse after we win tonight, as I love seeing Facebook when 90% of the statuses bleed black and gold all at once.

The thrilling life I lead

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I finally got my iPhoto library all archived and cleaned up into a much more manageable amount of photos. Now I’m working my way in reverse order back through 2009 and all the media that is in it.

First up, this very thrilling video of my new cat Starbuck playing with a ball while Mulder watches her. Or more like I’m playing with the ball and the cats are humoring me. Riveting stuff, I promise.

network-enabled gremlins [updated]

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As I was contemplating decluttering my overly web-enabled mind, I decided that my actual digital existence, aka all the photos, music, files, etc. that live on my iMac and my external drives needed some reorganizing and maintenance.

Unrelated to my computer process that has gone quite swimmingly, I’ve been attempting to re-watch the fifth season of LOST in preparation for the final season that starts at the beginning of February. I have all five seasons of LOST on Blu-Ray discs. This is my first purchase of a TV show on Blu-Ray. Except for that re-buy of ‘Firefly’, but that’s a different story. These LOST discs are supposed to have this cool function called ‘Season Play’ that will keep track of wherever you are in the series, episode-wise, and will restart you wherever you left off even if you had removed the Blu-Ray disc and watched something else along the way. That’s what it’s supposed to do, but mine never has worked right. But the discs will play the episodes just fine and all my other Blu-Ray discs have worked just fine as well.

While was organizing files on my computer and waiting for drives to copy and such, I decided to search and see if there was a solution to the problem I was having with the LOST discs. It appears that people with Samsung Blu-Ray players (which I have) can have problems depending on what model and what firmware they have going. Of course, I can’t for the life of me find my manual for my player so I can look at what model I have. (And I’m not going out to my storage closet to look at the empty box in this weather… at least not yet.) But I am reading how some people are having really bad problems with their players, to the point where they won’t play any Blu-Ray discs at all anymore. I use mine much more for regular DVD’s and the built-in Netflix Streaming functionality, which I’ve had no problems with. But a player not playing the discs it was made for seemed way odd.

I decided I would investigate this more tomorrow and for now, after watching Ohio State pull out a victory for the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl, would just watch some more LOST. Apparently my player has been watching what I read online (it is network-enabled) and now won’t play the exact same disc of LOST I was watching earlier, nor will it play any of my Blu-Ray discs. Awesome.

So now I have to figure out what model it is and where my info is about it and see what I can finagle to try and fix it. BLEH.

Update: Figured out that I have a Samsung BD-2550 player and was able to reset the player (held down the >>| key for 5 seconds) and it is now reading the LOST disc again. As for fixing the ‘Season Play’ issue, that’s for tomorrow, or another day.

Digital Cleanse = More Blogging?

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Starting today until Jan. 8th, I’m doing the John Mayer recommended Digital Cleanse:

http://jhnmyr.tumblr.com/post/308807536/the-one-week-digital-cleanse

It’s a short post from John, just read it, but to sum up:

Guidelines:

*email only from laptop or desktop computers

*cell phones can only be used to make calls, and no text messages or e-mails are allowed – if you receive a text, you must reply in voice over the phone. E-mails must be returned from a laptop or desktop computer.

*no use of Twitter or any other social networking site – this includes reading as well as posting.

*no visiting of any entertainment or gossip sites. (No need to detail which ones – you know what they are.)

He’s got his own reasons for doing it, but I’m trying it because I realize I am completely addicted to my iPhone/Twitter/Facebook, etc. My brain just thinks in 140 character phrases these days. I’m not dropping off the planet, feel free to email, or *gasp* call me if you want to interface and share thoughts. I’ll also still hang out on IM because I need that for work… yeah, that’s right.

This may also help me get back to blogging.

Though if I was to twitter right now it would be these thoughts:

I hate Ohio State. I hate that they are playing in our Rose Bowl (and serious *eyeroll* to anyone who says the Orange Bowl is better. It’s not.).
Also, Oregon? Those are not marching band uniforms. Those are warm up outfits for a dance team.

Winter Wonderland?

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Or Icepocalypse?
Icey Wonderland
That’s the view from my floor at work today.

I’d rather be home enjoying this view:
Happiness is...
That is Starbuck under my desk reveling in the warmth from the kitty heating pad.