Spoiler warning for my husband David, and for ***Dave of DDtB – we’re only up to the end of the second season here, but the linked article includes information about the third season now being filmed.
And meanwhile, David is hooking up his new toy, which is some kind of mega-whizbang media hub switch thing that will allow us to view shows captured by his Snapstream software, which acts as an auxiliary to TiVo. Currently, to do this involves screwing around with some cables and his laptop, sometimes with inadvertent humor:
The last time David tried to do this, our friend Steve happened to IM him at a critical juncture. Hi, Steve!
Now, apparently, it will be possible to switch back and forth between our various kinds of media, and a universal remote is able to control it all. Currently, I have to juggle 2 remotes in order to switch from watching TV to listening to the radio or watch a DVD.
This is made possible by a nifty little device called a Hauppauge MediaMVP MVP-1000 Digital Media Receiver.
We saw it in action the other night at Mitch and Gloria’s, and David decided to order one yesterday. It arrived today.. guess Amazon isn’t so busy now that Xmess is over. Laptops and pop-up messages from friends will no longer be required in order to switch over to Snapstream’s stored shows.
And why do we have Snapstream in addition to TiVo? Because we’re geeks. We watch Doctor Who, you know.
OH! I know someone who would love the dog version:
Remember the smear campaign conducted against Gene Robinson when he was elected Bishop of New Hampshire: Fred Barnes started it. Remember the huge amount of publicity generated by the news that two large and conservative parishes were leaving the Episcopal Church? Fred Barnes is a member of one of them, and as a FOX pundit-on-call he commented on it on air. Remember the IRD? Fred Barnes is on the board. Coincidence? I think not.
It wasn’t really a big deal, just a yearly trip to the vet. However, it’s already been blogged over at Rileycat.
Afterwards, much petting. Riley’s in great health and we found that the chip that he had is one of the brands our vet, the Arlington Cat Clinic, carries. So we’ll re-register it at last under our name – we mislaid the form a while back so it’s good that we got around to that at last. The brand name is “Avid” and apparently we can’t register that
one online, so David’s mailing the form today.
He was pretty subdued at the vet, displaying flattened ears to indicate fear and stress. The vet laughed and called them “airplane ears,” something I used to call it myself when I was a kid and my childhood cat, Beebee, was annoyed.
A couple of things the vet told us to remember: if we don’t want him to wake us at the crack of dawn, we should gradually wean him of canned food in the mornings, and increase the amount of canned food at night by the same amount. And we have to continue to be vigilant about matters of le cadeau du chat.