Tuesday, 21 September 2004, 14:16:45 EDT Perm Link
Sony needs to quit making shiny toys. They make it hard for me to actually save money for something like a new car. Just today they unveiled their new PSTwo. It is a revision of the (gaming) world dominating Playstation 2. This new version is so sleek and small I can't help but to desire one. Why? I don't know. I already have a PS2 that functions just fine. I guess I just like to have the shiny new stuff. Of course, I will not be buying this gadget; as I said, I want a new car and will not be buying frivolous toys like this. The only toy I can forsee myself buying any time soon is the parts I need for a MythTV box.
MythTV is really nifty and I have been wanting to build a box for a couple of years now. Recently I decided to see what the current feature set is and was surprised to learn that it can now act as an emulator frontend. That did it for me; I must now build the machine.
The true goal of MythTV is to function as a PVR like a TiVO without having to pay a subscription fee. The cool thing about it is it is a community developed package and, as such, has many more features. I don't have cable and my television doesn't get an air signal so the TiVO capability is not useful to me at this time. What I could do, however, is use it to watch the television shows I download without having to sit in front of my computer monitor.
In fact, I just realized that I only need three or four parts to actually build the machine. I already have a motherboard, ram, and processor. I just need a case, hard drive, decent video card, and an optical drive. Maybe I will be able to cobble this stuff together before the winter break so that I can spend it messing with this stuff. I certainly won't be able to do anything else since that is a little over a week that I won't be able to work. Yeah, that sounds like a fun winter holiday project. Now if only my student loans would hurry up and come in.
Tuesday, 14 September 2004, 21:51:01 EDT Perm Link
It seems some of you that read these words are confused about what this web site is. The part that gets the most attention does indeed fit the bill for a private weblog which people are want to call a "blog." The word "blog" sounds like what one does after drinking a bottle of cheap vodka. I loathe that word and I ask that you do not call this web site a "blog." If you wish, you can call it a "weblog" even though that is not what this is. Yes, the portion of the site that is most often read is the journal portion. That does not mean, however, that the whole site is the journal. This web site has many parts and all the parts make up the whole. I did not arbitrarily pick the title Room Full of Mirrors just because it is one of my favorite Jimi Hendrix songs. No, the title accurately describes the intent and content of this web site. The journal portion allows me to communicate in ways that I am unable to vocally (Joel just wrote a piece on this very thing). It allows me to voice my opinions and feelings in an impersonal manner. It allows people, such as my Grandfather, to keep up with me or even learn who is behind the stoic exterior. Please, calling this web site a "blog" is an insult to the time and emotion I put in to it.
That said, you all seem to think it strange that I would want to copyright my words. I have written at length about many things here that are not necessarily unique to me or my point of view. If someone were to stumble upon it and think that it would be easier to just copy and paste my words to whatever they wish then I want to be credited for it. If someone downloads some of the scripts or code I make available and then modify and distribute them I want them to give me credit for the original work. If someone downloads the music I have available here and decides to remix it or redistribute it I want them to give me credit. When people see that there is no license attached at all then they generally feel they can get away with whatever they wish. If they see that the person is only asking for simple credit then they are more than likely going to acquiesce to that person's desire. It is not uncommon for people to wish this of their work and if you are using a third party content managment system like wordpress you can easily add it to the CMS.
Monday, 13 September 2004, 11:01:34 EDT Perm Link
You may have noticed that I added a small graphic under the menu to the left. It is a link to a content license; all content on this site, unless otherwise noted, is now licensed under this license. I decided to do this because I have now made it easier to print the content on this web site. The menus, other navigational items, and other non print related items will no longer print to paper. The license isn't much. It basically states that you can use the content here provided you give me credit.
Thursday, 09 September 2004, 21:41:18 EDT Perm Link
What can I say? I am stunned. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a tremendous movie. I am Joel and hopefully one day I will blunder in to what he finds in this movie.
That is all I will say about this movie other than you should really sit down and watch it without interruption.