Grumpy at my #Tivo / Gift of Time #atozchallenge

Image representing TiVo as depicted in CrunchBaseImage via CrunchBase

Last year we upgraded the Tivo to HD and then the Tivo people came out with their new snappier Premiere model. I’m grumpy with them for that, but do you know what else they did? The new one can completely be controlled over your network with your iPad, but not the Series 3, which is what we have.

The “old” HD version can still be controlled in many ways from the network and your computer and even via the internet… so some limited controls via ye old iPad, but not like the Remote app from Apple. That experience for swipping through your music and movies on the AppleTV is absolutely beautiful.

The Tivo interface is still light years beyond most of the other DVRs offered by the cable and satellite people. I haven’t seen anything I like better, except Netflix’s instant browsing features on the NEW AppleTV.

Here’s the parenting part: the girls will watch a program and then when it’s over they turn the set off if there’s nothing else recorded in the Kid’s Zone. Since the machine is typically recording something most of the time, they don’t channel surf.

It’s a gift of Time for them. Do you DVR?

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Movies with Ebert – #AtoZchallenge

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15:  Film critic Roger Eb...Image by Getty Images via @daylife

I love me some Roger Ebert.

I am one of his fans that grew up listening to him argue and discuss films with Gene Siskel and then several other extremely great film reviewers.

I share this TED talk today to catch anyone up with the latest Ebert news because his voice has been reinvented in a few remarkable ways through technology.

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His words celebrate the human voice and how every day YOU and I are part of this new dynamic conversation. How are you sharing your voice?

It’s not really a robot, sucker.

Petticoat JunctionImage via Wikipedia

November was a funky month for me. I was making great strides with a novel for the NaNoWriMo, where you chunk out a 50,000 word novel in 30 days with a few thousand of your pals, but about half way through the month I became a little encumbered by some medical issues and couldn’t finish.

I learned a lot though and my family loves the story. They helped me by inspiring the characters. It’s a story about us in the future. It’s what we’d like to see happen next year if we could just up and “Green Acres” ourselves to the country, but 60 years in the future. What would Eddie Albert or Ava Gabor do in 2076? It turns out that my story ends up reading like Forrest Gump meets Petticoat Junction. Dunno if anyone other than Red1 will think that’s funny or remotely interesting.

Fortunately, we discovered that Green Acres is playing over at Hulu:

The other thing I learned is that advertising can be cruel. I really wanted the coffee pouring robot shown in the ad below. Maybe he’ll make an appearance in the book.

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