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Archive for January, 2011

Mmmm. Multi Room Audio.

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I’ve always wanted this, and now I have it. I’ve always drooled at receivers with supposed multi-room technology. I’ve thought about Sonos. But no, ultimately, this all-Apple solution wins the day. With AirPort Express and AppleTV both at $99 a pop, that’s FOUR ROOMS (Five, with the main computer room) with synced audio for under $500. Plus I can control everything from my iPhone with the remote app. It’s a beautiful thing.

I put my old receiver and speakers in my bedroom. I’ve become obsessed with not using a receiver in the main room. Trying to avoid the extra wires and extra remote. So instead I’m using these Logitech computer speakers I got from a friend. They have a optical audio input, so it’s basically perfect. All sources go to the TV, TV goes to these speakers.

In my garage and guest bedroom I have Audioengine 5’s, which are pretty amazing for how little they are. My main computer has the harmon/kardons that are all over Apple stores.

Anyone know how to change “Computer” to something more fun?

Digby

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

A few months ago I got my first dog. I got her from the Tampa Humane Society. I named her Digby. I got the name from the name of another dog I was originally trying to get but didn’t work out. Jen, who I work with at Wufoo, thought it was a cute name when I originally mentioned it and thought it would be fun to call her “Digs” for short and that sealed the deal for me.

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After naming her that, a number of interesting things have come up around the name that I think are kind of neat.

The Big Lebowski

DONNY: Those are good burgers, Walter.

WALTER: Shut the fuck up, Donny. This kid is in the ninth grade, Dude, and his father is–are you ready for this?– Arthur Digby Sellers.

DUDE: Who the fuck is that?

WALTER: Huh?

DUDE: Who the fuck is Arthur Digby Sellers?

WALTER: Who the f— have you ever heard of a little show called Branded, Dude?

DUDE: Yeah.

WALTER: “All but one man died? There at Bitter Creek?”

DUDE: Yeah, yeah, I know the fucking show, Walter. So what?

WALTER: Fucking Arthur Digby Sellers wrote 156 episodes, Dude. The bulk of the series. Not exactly a lightweight. And yet his son is a fucking dunce.

The Biggest Dog in the World

Apparently it’s only available on VHS. Five out of ten stars on IMDb. Definitely need to track this down eventually. I actually have a couple other VHS tapes that need digitizing eventually, and I’ve done it in the past. Meatballs 2 exists in digital format thanks to me YOU’RE WELCOME VERY MUCH.

Pushing Daisies

Digby is the first thing that Ned brought back to life in the show Pushing Daisies and is still his loyal companion.

Nova Scotia

It’s a town.

And so.

I once knew a girl named Harmony. She always said that her parents named her after a road that was also named Harmony. I (sorry Harmony) used to think that was kinda dumb. I mean obviously her parents knew that that name harmony was a musical term and liked that. It must have been more about that than the road itself. Now I don’t. I learned all these neat connotations about the name afterward, but I didn’t know all that stuff at the time, I just like the name I saw elsewhere and took it.