There’s all this talk in technology news about how computers are going to be the entertainment hub of the home. You’ll use the family computer to watch movies, listen to music, watch TV, even control appliances. Blah blah blah talk talk talk. The way we use computers isn’t there yet. A TV or a stereo sits in a room where multiple people watch or listen together, and use a remote from 10 ft away. But using a computer is pretty much an individual experience. Think about how awkward it is with 4 friends crowded around your screen trying to watch the Trunk Monkey video you just downloaded. Apple’s Front Row looks like they’re starting to change that. A remote for your computer is not new - Old Man’s had one for years. But they’ve also integrated an interface so you can see the screen from far away. That’s cool as hell. Now you don’t need a Tivo and hours of dorking out to share music, movies, and pictures from your computer. I still won’t be putting my computer in the living room or watching TV on the computer, but it’s a step toward that.
Archive for October, 2005
Bye bye FSU. Next stop: Va Tech! Yeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah BABY!!!!!! Virginia shocks fourth-ranked Florida State
Has anyone seen Dr. Gene Scott on KRON 4 around 1 in the mornings? Who is this guy? I could swear he’s not really talking about anything. And he has these giant whiteboards with Hebrew and Greek passages (that I assume are somehow holy), which he scribbles over while talking more gibberish about their etymology. In the end it’s a mish mash of multicolored underlines and circles. Somehow all the nonsense is mesmerizing*. I finally googled him and it sounds like his old shows were good entertainment. “The Shock Jock of Televangelism,” they called him. Too bad he’s dead now. Maybe I’ll be him for halloween.
*enough to keep me watching a televangelist for no more than 10 minutes
Click on the link below to test your skills at identifying your cubemate’s passion. I swear I work with half of these guys.
My friend Sara’s account of Halloween in the Bible Belt:
When I was living in Tulsa a group of friends and I decided to go to a haunted house on Halloween. Now, what does a haunted house mean to you? Ghosts and witches, right? Well, apparently in Oklahoma, churches as fundraisers put on haunted houses. Actually, “haunted house” is a misnomer. It is actually a “scared straight” house.
Anyway, we paid our money and walked in. We were treated to scenes of drunken car crashes, gang rape, a drug den, a kid sticking a gun in his mouth and pulling the trigger as his parents argued in the next room, and other sights. Then Satan appeared, and declared that all of our souls belonged to him. We walked through a room of clowns dancing around a broken Christ, carrying signs “Kick Jesus, $1″.
Then we then were saved by a bloody, backlit Christ on the cross. Finally, the scariest moment: at the exit, church members waited to ask if we had accepted Christ as our savior. I got into a twenty-minute argument with one girl about the existence of hell, and then my friends dragged me away.
There you are, Halloween in the Bible Belt. In the future, we must all beware of what fundamentalists think of as “a fun time”.