We finally were able to see The Soloist during the weekend and it was damn good. Jamie Fox and Robert Downey should get an Oscar for this one. Plus, Catherine Keener (surprise!) was in it and my readers know by now that I *LOVE* her. We snuck into Observe & Report since Seth Rogan is a family favorite. It was helladumb and a bit much for the kids to see in the theater. At home, they see sex, swearing, drugs, nudity, gore, torture, etc. but they get embarrassed in public. I’ve never cared what people think of me… That’s why we were provided a middle finger during evolution. Another media tidbit: Last night we watched Chuck on TV (What? TV on a TV?) then watched the Gossip Girl episode recorded on our new DVR. We have another 160GB in the house. Yippee!
We upgraded to digital cable to take advantage of interactive and recording opportunities and found the process relatively painless. One thing that had me on edge was something that seemed easy enough – programming the “Universal” Remote. I’ve heard of this urban myth before, but never attempted it. The right way, inputting codes from the manual (long lost) or searching online (12 different Sharp TV codes) failed. Turns out the new remote had its own search function that allowed it to emulate the other two and integrate. I thought it was cool to master a new technology, but the kids yawned at the effort.
My old blog is way too manual to update, so I got this tool running on my server. So far, I’m pretty stoked with it. There is a bit of a learning curve, but it is a software thing and I love software. One HUGE difference is editing. My main blog requires FTP editing and hard coding links. Granted, I can serve ads easier that way, but this method kicks butt. Plus, the pictures are purdy…
Sometimes it’s hard not to be entirely beaten down by life until there isn’t a bit of hope left. My day went like that for a while, but I snapped out of it. A friend of mine needed a handyman task done removing termite damaged wood. Easy enough task in my piece-of-crap house. Wham, bam, done. The problem here was that this was a nice house and even the dust I made checking the project out was too much for me to bear. Finally, I just packed it up and paid back the $$$ because I was sure to cause more damage than good. Feeling worthless, I went back to my desk and dove into codeland. That always cheers me up.