This and That
My wife and I seem to have both come down with some sort of virus so I'm officially going to call today a sick day. I haven't read anything yet that said we've lost that benifit. :-) So, its a good time to catch up and blog some things I wanted to comment on.
CNet RSS... Bandit Style
Scoble and others have decided to drop thier subscriptions to CNet becuase they switched the RSS feeds to only include headlines. Funny, it made me read more CNet content becuase RSSbandit just sets the reading pane to the web page rather than show the empty RSS content from this feed. Now I get what, works for me as, the full content in the feed. Of course, if thier web servers are slower than my browsing habbits with RSSBandit, they are now completely ignored. I guess its a case of stupidity defeated by a smarter client. Dare explains whats next for the reader that displaced my web browser.
What ever happened to human entertainment? Went to the Mariners game last night with Gret. It was a great game and I got to see Roger Clemens at his 41 year old finest. What bugged me occured between innings when the stadium turns the entertainment over to the video screen. I have nothing against TV and I'm sure the 3D animators behind the hydro challenge races and ball in hat dances were paid well, but watching sports should be a more human experience. If there is a need for inter-inning entertainment (don't get me started on the delays that slowdown professional baseball) why not have it performed live. Someone wake up the moose and drag him out for a few more minutes a night, get a live magicion to perform the hidden ball trick, and for gods sake... if you want fun races then ask for a few fans to don oversized foam costumes and do a lap for a prize. For extra entertainment you can give them bats. Too bad that, as a country, we are just not to be trusted with these things anymore and must be pacified in only the safest of ways.
After Gretchens tire blowout we decided to get a cell phone for those 2-3 times per month we actually have missed having one. We went with the cheap Virgin Mobile solution. The sign up was totally online, painless and it looks as though we are only required to spend at least 20 dollars every three months to keep the number active. I think just the added security and 2-3 calls should be worth the $6.66 per month. And who doesn't want to have William Shatner answer voicemail for them?
Does my site look strange?
Tinkering with CSS is fun when you don't feel well. If you don't want to hurt your eyes you should probably just read through an aggregator anyway.
Halo 2 and Verizon DSL Speed
I saw and article recently that gave me hope that I could increase my paultry 128k dsl upload ability. Turns out the rumor was true. I really only need this to host larger games of Halo 2. Unfortunatly, when I called, I was told that I was too far away from the CO to take adantage of the free upgrade. When asked if this meant I would still be paying the same ammount as customers who have twice the speed (up and down) as me I was told yes. I hear that comcast now offers a cable modem without cable service. I'll probably switch unless I'm offered some sort of discount from Verison when I tell them why I'm switching.