||[Mar. 19th, 2010|02:01 pm]
Saw Alice in Wonderland in 3D last weekend. Loved it. Loved it. Oh, sure could it have been better? Of course. But I am easily blown away by visual spectacle -- let's face it, was Jurassic Park a great movie? No, of course, not -- plot, dialogue, gah! But to see the dinosaurs moving and running and...doing....as a dinogeek, I burst into tears that first scene...and still get dewy eyed thinking about it. I was moved, okay? MOVED. |
The opening shot in Star Wars...that giant, screen-devouring ship. The Ents in Lord of the Rings. The very perfectness of bird-essence of the bird in Up!
Okay, I hated the Cheshire Cat design...neon turquoise, really? And why were his teeth so...dirty? But I quibble. Seeing all of those favorite characters and places come to life. Yes, okay, YES! FINE. I wept again. I also completely lost track of time and not once -- ONCE -- wondered if it was going to be over soon so that I could pee. Which, if you know me at all, is amazing.
I thought I would hate the 3D. The preview (in 3D) started and I thought "gah, this is going to be painful". But the previews helped me ease into it and by the time it started....barely noticed, beyond the richness.
Anyway...my best guess, if we were smart, we'd be designing custom, personalized 3D glasses for Etsy right now.
Sooooo, my VCR appears to be broken. No matter what time and channel I tell it to record, it just randomly picks something else and records THAT. Which would be okay, if it didn't have a fondness for Fox News.
So, my toes barely being in the "current state of technology" pool, I do know that even owning a VCR is totally uncool. So, I'm thinking, well I'll just go get a DVR. And went to Costco (go ahead, laugh. But if you're like me and you barely care and have no time, you go to Costco because they always have three -- a cheap one, a middle one, an expensive one. I buy the middle one. This has been a crazily successful strategy for me. So there.) but I get there and lo and behold, there is no such THING as a DVR. Plenty of things to play discs. Even some VCRs...but no DVR, or even DVD player that will record or store.
So, if you're lame like me, and can't stay up until 10pm to watch The Mentalist, what are you supposed to do? I have the cheapest cable possible, which means no, I don't have the thingy from Comcast or Verizon. My computer is upstairs and I have cheapass DSL. I literally have no interest in any capability beyond recording a show while I am asleep or away and then playing it back at a reasonable hour. I am not going to upgrade my internet or cable and pay an extra $30-$50 a month, when I could just slap down $150 for a new VCR, but it feels sort of lame, like buying an Abacus.....
Am I missing some basic technology skill? Should I just buy another VCR? Will people laugh at me in the checkout lane?
My suggestion: try a different Costco. They always have at least a DVD player that records...
Those Blue-Ray thingamajigs should copy TV to DVD for you.
Blue-Ray is just DVD on steroids. No big deal. Go to Costco.com
Or try Best Buy.
I would advise against buying big-box electronics at Best Buy. They take broken and returned merchandise, rebox it and stick it right back out on the sales floor. My brother went to war with them over getting a DVD player that was in that condition.
I still say find another Costco. I went to the one in Glen Burnie today, and it had a VCR/DVD burner almost exactly like the one I have at home, for about a hundred and fifty bucks.
2010-03-22 05:25 pm (UTC)
Tre-Deeee.... from the rocketeer
I',m still waiting for them to give us the three-d glasses for life.
Actually was in the snack line for Avatar weeks ago. Kid behind me puts on the glasses and complains to dad that nothing was different. Er......