Archive for June, 2004

Like Netflix, but cooler.

Jun 16, 2004 in Film

I was considering signing up for an online rental service such as Netflix, so I could rent movies that I couldn’t find in the local video stores. I came across Nicheflix and signed up for a two week trial membership.

Nicheflix specialises in foreign and cult DVD’s. While their selection isn’t nearly as comprehensive as Netflix, they do have an impressive selection of Asian films, cult TV shows, and anime; including many samurai films and a large collection of Shaw Brothers films. I just received my first DVDs today; they arrived in about 3 days.

Since many Nicheflix DVDs are foreign, you’ll need a multi-region DVD player to play them. If you don’t have a multi-region DVD player, you may be able to hack your DVD player with the remote control to play non-region 1 DVDs. Search here for your DVD player model.

The best part of Reagan’s legacy: 80’s punk

Jun 14, 2004 in Linkage

The New Republic Online: Reagan Youth

“…No accounting of Reagan’s cultural legacy is complete without noting a simple truth: Ronald Reagan is responsible for some of the best punk rock ever recorded.”

[via voltage and bestweekever]

Today’s reheated links

Jun 14, 2004 in Linkage

In another example of print media reporting on the blog phenomenon, Time offers up ‘Meet Joe Blog’. Unlike most stories on the topic, Time’s story is lengthy, insightful, even accurate.

Lefty ‘zine truthout delicately addresses the dark side of Reagan’s legacy: deregulation (and the resulting corporate consolidation), the massacre of social programs, the corruption in his administration, and his administration’s support of dictators such as Saddam Hussein.

An amusing flash file simultaneously compares Nickelback’s hit song from a few years ago with their newer single. The similarities are uncanny, if not unsurprising. I call it “vaguely-alterna-rock-hit-song blueprint.”

Comcast remote control manuals

Jun 13, 2004 in Tech

Comcast cable box, remote manuals and wiring diagrams

If you’re a Comcast cable subscriber and you’re wondering how to program the cable box remote to control your TV or other devices, the above page has the info you need. (Chances are the cable company didn’t give you a manual to the remote).

If you have the newfangled grey remote with the On Demand button, this is the page is for you. You can setup the remote to adjust the volume and mute your TV.

Wiring diagrams are also available for using your VCR, DVD, TiVo, RF modulator or other devices with the cable box.

“God hates soccer” video

Jun 13, 2004 in Linkage

For those who haven’t seen this yet: Japanese television reported this footage of a freak dust devil materializing on a soccer field during a game. (A dust devil is similar to a tornado. They occur on hot, dusty terrain when heated surface air is disturbed by a gust of wind, creating a vortex of air that can sometimes be as destructive as a weak tornado.)

Even Nikolai Volkoff and Krusher Khrushchev loved Reagan!

Jun 12, 2004 in Linkage

Ironic enough to be true. “Communist” pro wrestlers from the 1980’s such as Nikolai Volkoff, Nikita Koloff and Krusher Khrushchev express their admiration for Reagan.

“Business was good with Reagan,” recalls a wistful Nikolai Volkoff. “I voted for him twice.”

Nikita Koloff is a fan of the dead president, too. “I wasn’t a political guy,” says Koloff, “but Ronald Reagan’s policies were good for wrestling.”

I’m Back!

Jun 10, 2004 in Personal

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was without internet access for almost three weeks, and was unable to update this blog. I’ll be back to regular updates now.