Monday, November 19, 2007

HD is glorious

Well, finally got to see the Sens in HD. Definitely worth the wait.

I've also started watching Heroes. I got the first season on DVD, and watched the whole thing in the span of a couple days. On TV tonight was episode 9 of the second season, so I have some catching up to do. Sadly, I can't find them online and NBC's website only lets you watch the online episodes if you live the states, for some reason. So I'm missing 7 weeks (saw it last week, which would have been epsiode 8).

Anyway, I have a frustrating situation. Again. I can get the show in HD on either Global or NBC. On Global, the sound will crackle and then disappear completely. On NBC, the video sometimes gets corrupted. I can't win.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Conspiracy time

When I made the upgrade to HD TV, one of my main motivations was to watch the Senators in high definition. Seems simple enough. Almost a week since I got the HD box, I have yet been unable to do so.

First off, I was supposed to get the box last Saturday, sometime around noon. The game started at 3 o'clock, so I had lots of time to get it set up and running before the faceoff. Instead, the entire computer system was down, and I couldn't get the box until the next day. So I watched the game in standard definition.

Next game was on Thursday. I eagerly popped open the guide to see whther I needed to tune in HD TSN or HD Sportsnet, and was dismayed to find the game on neither. This was one of the nights when the only channel showing the game is A Channel, some local crap that's only in standard definition.

I figured this Saturday would be the time. I'd finally get to use the tv for one of the main purposes I bought it for. Instead, everybody who could agree on a time and place chose Saturday at 7:40 to go see Beowulf. So I'm missing yet another game.

Curious to see what'll happen for the game after this.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The cake is a lie

Well sir, here I am again. I've had internet for 3 days now and I haven't even thought about making an entry on the ol' blog. For shame.

One big reason for that is the fact that I've been playing Portal, and loving every minute of it. I'm too tired (just had a round of Team Fortress 2 that left me completely drained, on top of it being quarter to 1) to explain or link to it, but a Goggle search should tell you everything you need to know.

However, I'll summarize. First-person puzzle game where you have a device that can open portals between any two surfaces, allowing you to walk through them to travel any distance with a single step. Put one side of the portal on a wall and the other on a ceiling, and you walk through and fall to the floor. Momentum is conserved, so you can put one side on a wall and the other at the bottom of a pit, jump in, and you go rocketing out of the wall.

It can be a bit of a brainbuster at times, especially when you up the ante and play the advanced puzzles. They're essentially just the last 6 rooms, but with a twist. Like the entire floor being removed, or the turrets being locked in cages so you can't knock them over (I love the turrets). It took me a long time to figure out how to get through the advanced turret level, but I finally realized what that giant pile of boxes could be used for. Hooray!

I've since earned the Vanilla Crazy Cake achievement for beating all siz advanced maps, and now I just have the challenges, to make a 300 foot jump, and to knock down all the security cameras before I've gotten every achievement. Woohoo.