Filoli in the game

Was just watching the movie “the game” with Michael Douglas on TiVo. AMC played it a couple days ago.
What I found interesting is that douglas’s character, who is supposed to be a wealthy businessman from San francisco is living in the filoli house which is a historic house/park. We’ve often taken family there when they’ve visited to see the amazing gardens.

If it's not a single on iTunes or Amazon then it doesn't exist

There’s an article on Techdirt discussing the motivation of some musicians for not putting their albums up on iTunes. My personal experience is that if it’s not on Amazon or iTunes then it simply doesn’t exist. My family’s entire music infrastructure has been based on the ipod and apple tv. If I can’t purchase singles that will be easily playable on these devices, then I don’t want it.

Great new author

Stumbled across a new author, John Scalzi,  when perusing recommendations on my Kindle. I made the mistake of reading his second book first, but it didn’t ruin anything to read it that way. Since I started reading his books I haven’t been able to stop. I’ve raced through 5 books and am just about to start his just released latest book Zoe’s Tale.
Scalzi has created a universe a bit into the future where humans have moved out into the Galaxy and found that it’s a very crowded place. All of the books have quite a bit of action, but also some plain good old sci-fi. My idea of good sci-fi is when it’s used to test out new ideas and the story is a dry run to see how they would work. The best sci-fi has a good story to go with the good ideas.
I also love his sense of humor, think Heinlein’s Starship Troopers with a touch of Monty Python satire. The book “The Android’s Dream” deals with the interplanetary fallout of a disgruntled diplomat killing a visiting alien ambassador with his flatulence. For the first bit of the book you’ll be wondering where this could possibly be going, but the second half is well worth your patience.

ABC's Wipeout wiped out

Watched a few minutes of the new show tonight. Looks like the producers were going for some sort of mix of MXC and Ninja Warrior. It missed on every count. Was not funny at all. The challenges just weren’t that challenging. I predict a very quick demise for this show. Had to watch a little MXC afterwards to get a few real laughs.

Hello Baby

While watching the first two episodes of the HBO John Adams series tonight I felt my daughter kick for the first time. It’s still early, so it was a subtle movement. But it was definitely exciting.

Apple TV doesn't see recent YouTube content

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m a big fan of tv as an alternative to broadcast television. However, today I noticed an interesting video on YouTube on scalability. I started to watch it on my laptop, but watching a long video on laptop just isn’t all that great. So I went over to the tv to pull up the video there. The problem was that the tv wasn’t pulling anything more recent than 4/18/08. A bit strange that it seems to be exactly a two month lapse.
I compared searches for “Seattle Conference” which pulls up a large number of the GoogleTechTalks, but all of the recent posts were missing from the tv results. The rest of the results were all there. Finally I tried adding the video as a favorite. It still won’t show up though. tv still says there’s nothing there.
I’ve tried looking around to see if there is anything about a two month blackout on tv but haven’t come up with anything yet.


Hmm, looks like this might be part of the problem. Trying to determine if there is a way to determine how the video is encoded.