August 28, 2008

Winchester Mystery House

That's the bell tower on the left and the "door to nowhere" on the right. Actually not to nowhere, it simply is awaiting the construction of the addition it was supposed to connnect to.

Sarah Winchester was an interesting lady, she did the designing of the mansion, and it is not a mad mishmash. Parts were intended to be confusing to the spirits, and knowing that fact makes many of the seeming oddities quite logical.

We have been wanting to visit for a few years, but Wendy's job was putting a crimp in that. We would have had to leave after work, motel one night, see the Winchester House and hit the road so she would only miss one day. Her new job has a lot more leaway so she booked us for two nights at a Best Western. We drove up Tuesday, spent all day yesterday being tourists, and get to drive home today after a good night's rest. My camera didn't do too good on the interior, I left a piece of tape over the flash that avoids over exposures on closeups -- so all my interior shots were 'way underexposed. Check Wendy's B log for the full story.

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August 19, 2008

Mindless Fun

Mindless Fun - Stolen From wendy...

Wikipedia your birthday and pick 4 events, 3 births, 2 deaths, and 1 holiday:


1940 - New York City's Mad Bomber places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison.
1978 - Jonestown incident: In Guyana, Jim Jones leads his Peoples Temple cult in a mass murder-suicide that claims 918 lives in all, 909 of them at Jonestown itself, including over 270 children.
1987 - King's Cross fire: In London, 31 people die in a fire at the city's busiest underground station at King's Cross St Pancras.
1999 - In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when a massive bonfire under construction collapses


1787 - Louis-Jacques Daguerre, French inventor and photographer
1901 - George Gallup, American statistician and opinion pollster
1946 - Alan Dean Foster, American author


1994 - Cab Calloway, American bandleader
2002 - James Coburn, American actor


United Nations World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

No so mindless -- what people pick says a lot about them.

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August 17, 2008

NetFlix Video on Demand

Paladin in front of the TVNetflix has LOTSA old TV shows and movies available on their "instant queue" -- you go to the webpage, say I wanna watch it now, and you do! Streaming video over your internet connection.

Which is cool, but limited you to watching on/through your computer.

Then came ROKU. I heard about it from a friend at work. Told Wendy, she had already been looking at it. $100, it is version 1.0, just out. "We could wait six months and get it for $50." NAH!

It arrived last week. It's a small box that hooks up to the rest of the video intertainment center. Years ago I had picked up an s-video switch so we could watch both DVDs and the big old 12" Laserdisks -- inputs one and two of four. Unpacked the ROKU and connected to input number three, was dispalying on the TV about four minutes after slitting the package open. It connects to the Internet via my home WiFi network... that took about two minutes. It came with the standard triple RCA plug cable -- had to go buy the s-video cable separate. Once I got that it was another minute to connect and enable watching on the old Epson front projector.

6:20 pm -- Wendy looked on Netflix, found that "On Any Sunday" was available. So we warched it. Displayed at about 88" diagonal.

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