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.

HTC EVO 4G Shortages

Who would have ever guessed at the advent of the digital age that technology companies would have a hard time producing portable electronics?

With any new technology the process of early adoption always remains problematic. HTC will probably continue attempting to be a functional wireless device manufacturing company. At some point the company will need to ramp up production to meet real work demand. Sprint is struggling to have enough 4G devices in the marketplace.

Unless something new comes along in the next few weeks, I will keep waiting for the HTC EVO 4G to become available.

Everything could have been somewhat easy, but nothing in the real work every really works out that way. Rob and a few other people have noticed the number of posts on this weblog about the HTC EVO 4G. Then again Rob “The World’s Finest” tends to engage in the process of creating origami. Rob may or may not be the foremost connoisseur of paper based shuriken (ninja stars) on the planet. At some point, HTC will manage to produce enough of the HTC EVO 4G phones to make the commercially available online again for regular consumers who refuse to wait at stores for random delivers.

In other somewhat related news, this morning Andy from Chicago might have received a free bag of dog treats. In response to my low resolution camera phone powered by the Verizon Wireless network Andy was going to send HTC EVO 4G inspired high resolution photographs to my phone. Unfortunately, my handset cannot even begin to open an eight megapixel photograph.

I guess all random acts of kindness should be supported.

Wondering Forward

Even things that seemed relatively stable change periodically. However, I am still bitter my search for a proper sandwich on Thursday was decimated by the evil overloads of Quiznos (subs, soups, and salads) who discontinued meatball subs. Sometimes an individual might face a specific food hunger that can become almost overpowering. A specific food hunger can develop into the formational basis of a mission. Each mission develops with specific objectives and requirements. In this case, the mission involved the search for a sandwich.

Maybe now is a good time to move from thinking about the current mission to a more proactive attempt to understand all of the relevant history. As a retrospective sojourn into the nature of specific food hungers spending some time creating reflective prose seems to be almost necessary. During the course of the last year I have adopted a 2/3 vegetarian diet during breakfast and lunch. Alternatively, during the Lenten season I was able to adopt a completely vegetarian diet. Right now everyday is a struggle between a previous lifestyle and a healthier vegetarian diet.

Spring Cleaning Theory

In regards to the wallet situation; unbeknownst to me the wallet (now found) was located between the seats in the car. During the initially problematic search for the wallet a significant amount of cleaning occurred in both the living room and the basement. For some reason regardless of the amount of cleaning that occurs in the basement the realization of a clean basement never fully occurs. At some point in the future a garage sale will be required to facilitate realization of the new clean basement policy. Maybe having enough space to walk around while playing guitar will be personally inspiring or at least somewhat relaxing. Over the years, my collection of 80’s inspired metal (a word defining a musical genre) guitar pedals has been growing. Sometimes finding that signature guitar amplification sound of the past requires knowing the right settings for the right pedal.

Revolutionary Considerations

Yesterday was an interesting day on the grind at work. The never ending wisdom of the crowd seemed to be outsourcing humanity without remorse or hesitation. Unbridled aggression without any purpose, logic, or reason rarely accomplishes anything meaningful. Maybe at that point even the most basic accomplishment would stand for something. A day or two of perspective might clean everything up and make even the most complex considerations appear well defined. The work week concluded last night without any significant revolutions. A self imposed cool down of twenty minutes seemed necessary at the end of the night.

In response to the evening the morning started out with a search for biscuits. Throughout the entire search for breakfast a Blu-ray/DVD combo package of James Cameron’s Avatar was waiting at home. Unfortunately, James had to wait as the hunt for completed survey questionnaires continued. At some point, the dissertation project will be complete. Until that major milestone is complete every weekend is devoted to a combination of cleaning the house and striving toward some degree of academic productivity.

Strangely enough the last week has involved discussions of mobile technology. Within the discussion the relative merits of both BlackBerry devices and various Droid (Android) systems received consideration. Most of the discussion and consideration about the mobile devices centered on a combination of debating the merits of electronic mail (email) and mobile internet access. Right now the technological trajectory seems to be leading up to the inevitable purchase of a BlackBerry device.

Weblog Saturday

Andy from Chicago provided an interesting observation about the number of tacos that could be consumed within a single year. Without question this weekend will include a few tacos and probably a few football games. Weekends typically provide two solid days of reprieve from the standard operating procedures of the work week.

Here is a randomly assorted list of shows that have been programmed into the digital video recording (DVR) device. Most of the shows are currently being broadcast, but some of the shows have been canceled. Somehow the DVR list does not automatically adjust to reflect the most current broadcast lineup. Eventually somebody will develop an algorithm that would use predictive preference based analysis to suggest alternative viewing material. .

  1. Castle
  2. American Idol
  3. Sanctuary
  4. House
  5. Fringe
  6. Bones
  7. Grey’s Anatomy
  8. The Simpsons
  9. King of the Hill
  10. Family Guy
  11. American Dad
  12. Iron Chef America
  13. Private Practice
  14. My Name is Earl
  15. Kitchen Nightmares
  16. 24
  17. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
  18. Lie to Me
  19. Hell’s Kitchen
  20. The Office
  21. Man v. Food
  22. In Plain Sight
  23. Meerkat Manor
  24. Glee
  25. So you think you can dance
  26. The Goode Family
  27. Torchwood
  28. Mental
  29. Kathy Griffin: My life on the D-List
  30. Top Chef Masters
  31. Star Trek The Next Generation
  32. Doctor Who
  33. Warehouse 13
  34. Eureka
  35. Being Human
  36. Flipping Out
  37. Shaq Vs.
  38. Stargate Universe
  39. Flash Forward
  40. V
  41. The Big Bang Theory

Reviewing Card Collecting

The new stream of consciousness format for the NelsCAST seems to be up and running successfully functioning with a minimal level of maintenance. Audio recording seems to be a good hobby. Outside of hobby considerations the world continues to strive forward. For a very good reason the next few weeks will be very tense. Waiting on confirmation about chapters always seems to create a certain amount of anticipatory anxiety.

The hobby of baseball card collecting has rapidly changed over the last decade. Gradually, the hobby has expanded beyond baseball card collecting into a multitude of potential card collecting avenues. For example, the rise of football card collecting has significantly increased during the last decade. Even the nature of graded sports trading cards has transformed the hobby. Overall, the hobby is changing and those changes require a careful review of the practice of card collecting.

20091114 Notes

An early morning trip to the local neighborhood Costco involved acquiring a coupon book for the much anticipated price correction known as Black Friday. The day after the Thanksgiving holiday celebration, consumers converge on retail locations to determine what proprietors are providing the best possible savings.

Even with the expanded DirecTV satellite television package the number of early morning Saturday football games remains limited. Today only the Fox Sports Network provided access to an interesting Big XII football game. Sometimes ESPN picks exceptionally strange games for national broadcasts. Maybe ESPN does long range forecasting to extrapolate expected game quality. In any event, the predictive algorithm should probably be modified or at the very least numerically optimized based on empirical data.