Do televisions have an afterlife?

At the beginning of last month, I bought myself a small LCD TV from since they had a real sweet deal (roughly 30 bucks less than what they are offering now) on this 15-inch Sharp LCD television. It was delivered the very next day and you better believe that bad boy was set up that very night. The television looked and sounded amazing for the price I paid for it and I grew quite accustomed to it up until last week when it decided to stop working. Yup, I turned it off for the night and when I got up the next morning to catch the morning news, it would not turn on anymore. I thought that perhaps the power went out, but I heard my PC’s power supply fan buzzing along merrily and it couldn’t have been a power surge as that would have either turned off or rebooted my PC as well. So, I unplugged it and left it alone while I took my shower. When I came back, I plugged it back in and still nada. The damn thing refused to turn on, so off to work I went in a fairly miffed mood. Once I got back from work, I again tried to turn it back on and sadly, the piece of crap didn’t work.

I just finally got around to taking it off it’s wall-mount and I’m bringing it into work tomorrow so that I can run some power tests there and then calling it in for support. It’s still under warranty for the next 11 months so it will either get fixed or them bitches are giving me a new one. Needless to say, this is the last time I’m buying an electronics product from Sharp. I’ve been burned with a few of their piece of shit products in the past, so I should have known better this time around and bought that snazzy Sony LCD I was eyeing at the local Best Buy the week before. Sure, it was about 60 bucks more, but in all likelihood, I’d be watching the television in my room as I am writing this.

Anyway, speaking of television, did anyone catch this week’s Hell’s Kitchen? If so, what the holy hell is up with that Aaron chap? I mean I know he’s 48, but is he seriously that messed up to warrant crying on national television and acting like he’s 30 years older than he really is? I mean seriously and shame on Rock for not even considering him to be removed from the show. Dude, what the frig are you smoking? As far as the show is concerned, I’m thinking one of the ladies will take it this year which is a damn shame seeing that the men’s side has the sous and executive chefs.

What do you think?

Rest in peace Mr. Herbert

Photo of Mr. WizardIt always sucks when someone you grew up watching on television passes away. Don Herbert’s, aka Mr. Wizard, show was the primary reason I have always been deeply interested in the sciences. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I passed up the reality series (well maybe not Hell’s Kitchen) or sitcom du jour in order to take in a science show on PBS or Discovery. I remember being the same way as a kid, passing up on Tom & Jerry for either Mr. Wizard or 3-2-1 Contact… Those shows just made learning about science FUN!

Well, for me at least.

You know, now that I think about it, I couldn’t even begin to fathom how many children watching his show wound up becoming scientists, astronauts, professors, engineers, doctors or have chosen any other career path in the sciences as adults. I remember when I was a kid, one of my biggest wishes (well, next to being lassoed by Wonder Woman of course) was to be an assistant on his TV show doing whatever science experiment he was demonstrating for everyone else.

Rest in peace Mr. Wizard, I likely wouldn’t be as curious about our world today if it weren’t for your help. I know when I become a father some day and my children are of the proper age, I’ll definitely be sharing your show with them, hoping to spark the same passion for learning about the world around us as you did with me.


It’s fun to stay at the YMCA

This was one of them big weekends for yours truly and the entire family.

As you can see on the right of this post there’s a new little Flickr box and in there are some of the photos Devina and I took at my sister’s wedding, which was quite the lovely event. The event took place at a rather lovely hall up in Livingston, New Jersey which was an amazing location. The wedding itself was held outdoors in a very lovely garden and the weather held up quite beautifully all the way until the kiss. Once we headed back into the mansion, the skies started clouding up, but it didn’t matter since we were all catching up with each other. Devina and I managed to see and chat with family whom I have not seen or talked to in at least a dozen years there which is a good thing. There was chatting, drinking, eating, dancing (OMG my dad danced! DANCED!!!), laughter, celebration and farewells as both of the nearly full families met for the first time. One of the most interesting aspects of the wedding was viewing the tea ceremony my sister and Minh undertook as they served tea to his elders and other members of his rather large family. It was a very interesting ritual to watch and everyone on my side of the family was looking on in amazement. The only somewhat odd part was seeing that most of Minh’s family were seated during most of the the dancing, though I’m guessing most of that was to watch all of us Latinos make fools of ourselves on the floor! 😉 Fortunately, everyone from both sides of the families wound up getting up to shake their booties towards the end of the night and yes, there was YMCA.

Unfortunately, I did not fully read the manual for my snazzy new camera so roughly 30 of the 456 photos I took came out well enough to actually put up on my Flickr. Most of them, especially the indoor ones, came out very dark and blurry due to the settings I kept it at. The ones taken where the windows were either fully opened or taken outside came out very nicely as you can see. Then again, with the cameras flashing all over the place in there, I am sure I’ll fill up that photo set with many more down the line when I go visit my mom later on in the week. A great time was had by all, but we were so pooped at the end because of all of the running around with the photos and the dancing.

As far as the honeymoon is concerned, the bride and groom left early this morning and I think right now they’re likely enjoying a romantic dinner at their resort in Antigua. I hope they both have a wonderful time, they defintely deserve it!


The art of the smooch

Did a few updates here to the grandiose blog of mine.

As you can see to the right, my Twitter status is now being displayed. If you do not know what Twitter is, it is a pretty neat little service where you can instantly update what you are doing at any time of the day via the web, your cell phone or some of the popular instant messengers around. If you happen to subscribe to the service, feel free to add me as a buddy there. I have also enabled the fantablous gravatars in the comments area. So, if you happen to use that nifty service, you will see your gravatar right next to your name anytime you leave your comment so long as you use the same email address. Speaking of which, I also enabled registrations so feel free to register there is you are so inclined.

Anyway, enough of that funky stuff.

I was browsing the intarwebs the other day and happened to come across this doozy, How to Kiss Someone Passionately. While it has to be one of the most hilarious tutorials I have seen on the net, I would have to admit that there is some really good information to be found there if you happen to know someone who is impaired in the arts of the smooch. I know if this was out back when I was fooling around with a few people in my younger years, it would have made make-out sessions a lot more pleasurable.