Tuesday, September 30, 2003


I have been having trouble managing the archives list on the site. Hopefully some changes that I have made today did the trick. ;-)

Home brew TIVO box

For those that don't know, TIVO is an electronic personal video recorder (PVR). The problem is that you can buy a TIVO at Best Buy or whatever for about $300, which isn't too bad. It gives all the power of a VCR without having to keep up with video cassettes or tapes. All of the recordings are stored digitally on the PC. They can later be transferred to recordable DVD's if you wanted to conserve some storage space on your PC.
The problem is that TIVO also charges a subscription fee for it's services that include obtaining programming information online periodically. There are certain projects alive out on the Internet that give instruction for creating your own version of this PVR w/o any subscription fees. My favorite has been MythTV.. I just started purchasing all of the necessary pieces to build this box, so hopefully I will keep the site updated and give notices of my progression. I'll also try to leave some further details of the MythTV box on the site as I iron out the details. Later!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Ebony Fashion Fair

I'm checking it out this evening. I Delta friend of mine twisted my arm and made me buy a ticket. I'm really not into fashion, but there should be food there, so I guess it's not all bad. I'll try to run home and get my camera today, so that I can add some photos to the site. Later.

Remembering 911

Well today marks the second year anniversary of the 911 attacks on D.C. and NYC. Sometimes I can hardly believe that I was actually that close to everything. On the day of September 11, 2001 I was in my last semester of grad school at Columbia University. I think that the sharpest memory in my mind during that whole scenerio was the amount of confussion going on. I can remember everyone thinking it was an accident and then it was a large scale terrorist attack with all of the planes containing chemical gases. I was actually told to go inside and shut my windows and not to turn on the AC for fear of contamination. Communication was also difficult since most cellular lines were full or down. Even the landline phones were filled to capacity. No one could contact me from anywhere and I could not even check on the 5 friends that I know worked in at the WTC. Thank goodness that everyone that I knew personally was OK and escaped. But alot of others didn't or weren't that lucky.

I was sure to have a moment of silence this morning to remember those that were lost as well as their families who are struggling on without them. I recommend that everyone else does the same.

CNN 911 Tribute

Monday, September 08, 2003

New Football Team

Well my work football team from a year ago has been disbanded. We were not given enough notice to get all of the paperwork in on time. So I officially became a free agent. At first I wasn't going to play this year since the team got disbanded, but I found out that one of my teammates joined the same team that had been asking me to join them for the past two weeks. This new team is pretty good and have been playing together for more than 10 years. So in a way we are the rookies and we have to earn their respect. It should be interesting though, they have a pretty good team from what I could remember from last year. The captain told me that they had been to the past 4 championship games, but hadn't won it yet. I guess this is why he went after a few of my teammates pretty hard for the past two weeks. I guess he feels that we can put him over the top this year. Who knows. All I do know is that at least this year I will not have to play both ways. They have almost 20 people on that team, so they constantly switch in subs. Going both ways last year was murder. ;-) Anyways it should still be fun.

Monday, September 01, 2003

Labor Day

Well another year, another Labor day. For some reason Labor Day is always one of my favorite holidays. Maybe because it was always at the beginning of the school year. Maybe it's because there is always somone having a BBQ on that day. Or maybe it's because it is always close to my birthday. I don't know. This year Labor Day is kind of cold and rainy, so I didn't make any trips to any BBQ's. I just sort of stayed in my neighborhood and ran a few errands and took care of things around the house. I installed a new amplifier inside my car. I repainted the front door of the townhouse. I remounted my CD changer in the Rodeo. And also took care of some cleaning inside the house. So I guess I got alot accomplished today. Too bad everyday can't be like this. ;-)