Friday, April 30, 2010

It's springtime, the joy of overspending

Just came back from an expensive family trip to Israel. It was well budgeted and all but one or two unfortunate incidents - it was a really great vacation. Met family, family met us. Like I said - great.

Now that I'm back - a few things need attention. Replenishing groceries. Our TV broke, so we need to buy a new one (TV repair guy said fixing our old one isn't worth it). Comcast renewed services without premium channels, so we should consider Netflix service. Turns out - our sprinkler system might be broken too. My car might be broken. A rodent made a home for himself in our grill and our lawn looks very badly. Yellowish - shall I say? Whilst all around everything turns green. And we need to consider the kid's next year education and this summer's camps and sports activities. All in all - a big chunk'o'change.

(not my lawn, but just as disgusting)

Oh well.

Meanwhile, I'm online shopping for deals for TV. My links on this blog are very helpful and I found the following:

Panasonic 50" Plasma HDTV w/home theater system, setup for $1,400 + $17 s&h

Then again, Amazon always have good deals with free shipping as well, such as:

Plus Netflix offers 1 month free now (not 2 weeks) - and would stream on our Wii. (or maybe directly on new TV?)

Lickin' fingerer - expecting my new tech gadgets soon. (not so happy about yard... oh well)


Monday, April 12, 2010

Shocker...Leno Is Watched By Old People

Actually, the TV is on - not sure they are really watching. But then again, with the blue pill and increased usage of lunesta - one never knows.

Leno Is Watched By Old People
The people who watch The Tonight Show with Jay Leno are old. The viewers of the program have an average age of 56, which is about 10 years older than they were when Conan O’Brien. That may be offset somewhat by a 50% surge in the viewership since Leno came back, Leno’s show is now watched by an average of 4.4 million people per night

Robert Thompson, a professor at Syracuse University, told The New York Times “The hip young comedy stuff has all gone to cable. Maybe Jimmy Kimmel on ABC may benefit because his hip quotient seems to be on the rise.”

The news is not all bad for NBC which airs The Tonight Show. There has been a surge in pharmaceutical advertising on the network evening news programs which also have older audiences. Ads for drugs that help with erectile dysfunction and bone loss due to menopause have nearly taken over the commercial support of the evening news, which has seen its audience drop as more people turn to cable for their information.

Leno may be a profit center for NBC, but those profits are largely based on one set of advertisers. If ads from drug companies get banned from TV, which some groups have suggested because of concerns about inflated claims, The Tonight Show will be in trouble.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Fox News says: Breakthrough in Quantum Physics could lead to Time Travel

The geek in me says two things:
A. Any break through is very exciting.
B. Don't hold your breath to meet dinosaurs(or religious figures of the past)

Freaky Physics Proves Parallel Universes Exist
Look past the details of a wonky discovery by a group of California scientists -- that a quantum state is now observable with the human eye -- and consider its implications: Time travel may be feasible. Doc Brown would be proud.

The strange discovery by quantum physicists at the University of California Santa Barbara means that an object you can see in front of you may exist simultaneously in a parallel universe -- a multi-state condition that has scientists theorizing that traveling through time may be much more than just the plaything of science fiction writers.

And it's all because of a tiny bit of metal -- a "paddle" about the width of a human hair, an item that is incredibly small but still something you can see with the naked eye.

UC Santa Barbara's Andrew Cleland cooled that paddle in a refrigerator, dimmed the lights and, under a special bell jar, sucked out all the air to eliminate vibrations. He then plucked it like a tuning fork and noted that it moved and stood still at the same time.

That sounds contradictory, and it's nearly impossible to understand if your last name isn't Einstein. But it actually happened. It's a freaky fact that's at the heart of quantum mechanics.