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Rampant Consumerism

Apparently January is the month for me to buy all the things! In addition to buying two living creatures, I bought a bunch of electronics1.

You may recall that I recently bought a 13″ Macbook Pro because the 15″ one cost $1,000 more than the 13″ and “2″ are just not worth that kind of money2, with the intention of buying myself a big monitor for my office and a big TV, which can double as a computer monitor, for my living room. Well, a combination of Boxing Week sales and an unexpectedly large royalty cheque ((Unexpectedly large in that I wasn’t really expecting much, as I didn’t know how many classes had taken up our book.)) meant that I may have gone a wee bit crazy on the screenage.

First: a 55″ Panasonic TV for my living room:

My new TV

My new TV

Given that I haven’t had a TV in ages, this really feels like it dominants the living room. But holy crap is the picture quality amazing. It has built in “smart TV” features, so I can watch Netflix and Youtube directly through wifi, and it’s kind of neat to hook up my computer in the living room and be able to surf the net or send an email in extra large size!

Next: my computer monitors. Yes, monitors plural. Because there was a sale at Dell that meant that it was actually cheaper for me to buy two 24″ monitors than one 27″ monitor. So I did this:

My new home office setup.

The Macbook Pro, but apparently not the Air (from what I read), allows you to hook up two monitors *and* still use the laptop screen at the same time3. Because three is better than one. At least when it comes to screens.  I like to be able to see several things on the screen at one time – like if I’m marking a student’s assignment, I can have the assignment on one screen and the marking guide on the other screen4. Now that I have this set up, I’m really kicking myself for not getting it while I was still in school – it really would have made my life a lot easier!

  1. Incidentally, the living creatures were much less expensive than the gadgets. []
  2. That’s what she said! []
  3. When I was in Toronto at Christmas, I met up with my friend Jen at her office – she works in Finance – and got see the trading floor. It pretty much was just a bunch of desks that looked like this. []
  4. Or, you know, have 24″ of Twitter going on while I work! []

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Esoteric Blog Posting of the Day

So I’m watching an episode of How I Met Your Mother (a show that I freaking love, by the way) and I notice an extra in the background in an office scene, wearing a black and white skirt:

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In a following shot, we see a close up of that skirt:

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That’s MY freaking skirt1!!

Day 101

Day 25

That is all.

  1. A skirt that I bought from Dr. Jen when she was paring down her wardrobe. I miss you, Dr. Jen!! []

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BB12

I have a confession to make. Big Brother is my guilty pleasure of the summer. I know, I know, I’m usually all holier-than-thou-I-don’t-even-*have*-a-TV, but yet I watch the silliest of all “reality” TV shows.1. Anyway, for the uninitiated, BB involves a bunch of hot strangers with little clothing on (referred to as “houseguests”) who hang around a house full of TV cameras and microphones, competing in cheesy games a couple of times per week to be “Head of Household” or get the “Power of Veto” and once a week they get to vote someone off the Island out of the house. The rest of the time, they are locked in this house with no contact with anyone else – no contact with family, friends, and for the love of the FSM, no Internets. The show is on three times a week (basically showing the competitions, voting and a few highlights of life in the house), but for the low, low price of $40, you can subscribe via the intertubes to a 24 hour a day feed of what’s going on in the BB house.

This conversation may or may not have happened yesterday, while the live feed was showing the houseguests just lounging around talking about… well, I don’t even remember what it was… something very boring, anyway:

Person #1: Oh my god, they are so bored.

Person #2: And we paid money to watch it!

  1. Of course, I have confessed my Young & The Restless habit, so this new revelation shouldn’t really come as that much of a surprise []

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The Tale of the TV

The other day I tweeted this:

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For, you see, it has been a long, long time since I’ve had cable TV. In fact, it’s been almost a decade.  For the year and a bit that I lived with Danielle, we had her TV, but no cable, and even with the bunny ears we were only able to get very fuzzy reception of Global and no other channels. And that hardly counts as having TV.  After she moved out and took her TV with her, I didn’t even have fuzzy Global.  And the place I lived before that I also chose not to have cable, living on a starving student’s income at the time. So the last time I had cable was in the first place I lived (briefly) when I moved to BC in 20001.

For the most part, I haven’t minded not having cable.  Pretty much all the shows I want to watch are available via streaming online, so it seems silly to pay to watch them.  I’d even convinced Tod that we could watch everything we want to online, so he really didn’t need to spend money on cable TV and he recently canceled his cable too.

And then we ran into this dilemma – the Lost series finale.  Now, normally, I don’t mind waiting until a few days after a show airs to watch it2  But the Lost series finale – well,  I don’t think I can wait even one day for that.  The risk of someone saying something or tweeting something and spoiling it is just too great.  But alas – everyone I know who watches Lost seems to be on the east coast!  And since buying a plane ticket to go over to someone’s place to watch the show seemed like a bad financial choice, I needed to figure something else out!  But, unfortunately, no one replied to my tweet! What to do, what to do?

And then last night I remembered – my new place has cable! When I moved in, my landlord told me that cable was included in my rent. And I remember thinking – I should probably get a TV3.  But since I’m so used to not having cable, it wasn’t a priority.  And then I forgot that I even had access to cable!

As luck would have it, Tod had an extra little TV4!  So I brought it home tonight and hooked it up and – huzzah! – I has teh cable.

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Now my next task is to plan the feast I’m going to make to, well, feast on while we watch the 2.5 hr series finale of Lost!

  1. and even that I didn’t pay for – the cable company had forgotten to turn it off when the previous tenant moved out []
  2. especially since I have trained Kalev that he’s not allowed to tell me any spoilers!! []
  3. my friend Kim even gave me an old DVD player she had but didn’t need and it’s been sitting in my place collecting dust because I had no TV to hook it up to! []
  4. he has a big TV that we sometimes use to watch DVDs on or hook up the computer to watching online stuff, but he also had a small one for his bedroom that’s been sitting in his apartment collecting dust since he canceled his cable []