Okay, so I finished the first season of Battlestar Gallactica last night. Corey and David recommended it to me; it’s the kind of show I can really nerd out with.
So far, I’m really digging it. One of the things I like about the show is that shit happens right away. The producers don’t spend an entire season stacking plot dominoes only to knock some of them down in the season finale — they stack ‘em, allow you enough time to notice they’re there, and then deal with them immediately. But, they’re always introducing new plot points and new conflicts, so you never get the “Where do they go from here?” feeling. That’s really satisfying and makes me want to see even more.
I also watched the first episode of Season 2, which is already pretty insane.
One of my favorite things to do is to hunt for and act on bargains. There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when you buy something at a price way below what it should cost.
I’ve been making some pretty big electronics purchases lately and I think I’ve done a good job saving money. Consider:
I bought a brand new PS3 for $339. It normally retails for $400. I also bought a bunch of games for it on Amazon.com, GameStop, and Craigslist. They’re all used, but it’s obviously cheaper than buying them new.
I also bought a Dell Ultrasharp 2408WFP on which to play my PS3. It is the best 24-inch monitor on the market. Brand new, it sells for $619. I bought it refurbished for $486 (taxes and shipping are included in that price). It looks and performs like it was brand new and it even has additional firmware installed on it which makes it work even better.
I bought Logitech PC speakers (with a sub-woofer!) online for about $73. Best Buy was selling this model for a hundred bucks. These speakers sound amazing.
I also bought a 6-foot HDMI cable from New Egg for $9.99. It works perfectly. At Best Buy, the cheapest 4-foot HDMI cable will set you back a whopping 70 bucks.
Today, I bought a ridiculously fast wireless router (according to CNET) that comes with a USB port so I can set up network storage. Normally, this type of router costs at least $100. This particular router, for instance, sells for $130. I bought it today for $77.
Is the worth of appointing a “team of rivals” a myth?
For one thing, there was nothing new in what Lincoln did. By tradition, presidents-elect reserved a cabinet position, often secretary of state, for the leading rival in their party. John Quincy Adams inaugurated the practice by appointing one of his presidential rivals, Henry Clay, to that post. It was a controversial move in 1824; enemies of Adams denounced the appointment as a corrupt bargain. By the 1850s, the practice had become a tradition.
The author of the article, James Oakes, concludes:
There is little doubt that Abraham Lincoln was a great president. But not much of what made him great can be discerned in his appointment of a contentious, envious and often dysfunctional collection of prima donnas to his cabinet.
If you didn’t see Harold Night tonight, you missed out, losers. THE Robin Williams decided to come by the theater (again) and sit in with an improv group - in this case, Bangs.
The show was awesome! Unlike the last time he unexpectedly dropped by the UCB (for ASSSSCAT), Mr. Williams really seemed on the ball! In fact, he made moves that were both on point and fun, not just arbitrary and weird. Meanwhile, the members of Bangs seemed both excited and in control of the show, which is always something you want to see from a Harold group. As Brian Faas said afterwards, the show was filled with great and memorable “Harold moments.”
I’ve worked at a couple of places with frustrating elevator service: at the UCB office building where sometimes only one elevator works (and when both do work, it is often slow and resembles a sardine can); and at The Onion office building in SoHo, where there was ONE bumpy elevator for 10 floors of offices. I also once got stuck in the elevator of my Stuyvesant Town building in 5th or 6th grade.
Anyway, I feel lucky about the elevators in my life now after reading the New York Times article above:
So many elevator breakdowns have affected so many tenants at the 22-building [Wagner Houses in East Harlem] that the faulty elevator has become a part of the community — unwelcome, disruptive, ever present. The bad elevators have forced tenants to alter daily routines, develop coping strategies, accept entrapment in a six-by-four-foot box as a constant possibility. Lives have changed.
If you can still stand a bunch of electoral maps at this point, check out the link. I was surprised that Obama CRUSHED McCain in the category “Voters whose most important issue was the war in Iraq.” Pundits have been blathering on about how McCain would’ve won if the war was the main issue.
Google is now tracking the amount of flu-related searches on its site to determine where the illness is spreading.
We’ve found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional systems.
The YouTube chart they have is pretty revealing as to how close the number of searches is to actual flu cases reported by the CDC.
I like the latest addition to the Tumblr dashboard — the Heart icon on the right corner of each post. It allows you to show that you like a post someone has made, without necessarily having to re-blog it. Very useful!