haha nice description.
gadgets are addictive :'(
Annandale, VA, USA
As a kid, I loved the original Star Trek. Later, I had no patience for Next Generation, tolerated DS9, and moderately enjoyed Voyager. But I never watched Enterprise while it was being broadcast. Now, thanks to Netflix, I have found the best ST series (even topping the the original series, which is saying a lot). The scripts are compelling, the acting good, and effects up-to-date. Watch it!
The glory of the Cosmos series is not just the science, but the sheer poetry of Sagan's scripting. He makes science not only interesting, but beautiful as well.
It was recently announced by Sagan's widow that they will be remaking Cosmos. I hope they keep as much of Sagan's original writing as possible.
These guys started out of a food cart, which is where I first tried their stuff. It is not unusual at the cart to see a 30-minute line, even in the rain. The food is that good. And the restaurant's food is just as good, but without the wait.
I heartily recommend the carnitas. Ask for the habanero sauce on the side.
Hulu Plus came on my Roku box, and I've been pretty happy with the selection. I know the selection isn't as good as the Hulu website, but I also know that Hulu is trying to get the content providers to renegotiate more streaming agreements. So hopefully, things will get even better.
Netflix's streaming movies made it possible for me to drop cable TV and just get a Roku box.
One of the best things I like about the streaming is that I feel comfortable trying "fringe" movies (foreign language films, etc), because if I'm 10 minutes into it and find I don't like it, I can just pick something else.
While billed as a young adult novel, this is definitely a book for older kids, at least HS age. Because it does not talk down to its audience, adults will enjoy it as well. It teaches the valuable lesson that one should be cautious of trusting the government, and the equally valuable lessons of how to protect one's electronic life.
This book pre-dated the Web as we know it, and particularly such things as Second Life. Yet the world Stephenson creates not only predicted such things but makes them still seem fresh and fun. The characters are a hoot, and the world he paints is a little dystopian but not depressing; it is even a little inviting. (If that sounds odd to you, read the book. You'll see what I mean.)
There are *very* few books on my "to re-read" list. But I knew this would be one, even before I finished it. Stephenson does have a tendency to let his climaxes become so epic-scale that I find them a little unsatisfying. But the rest of the book is so inventive and fun, I can forgive that.
Not for everyone, and doesn't do everything. BUT... I believe Google will keep expanding its capabilities to the point where it will be good enough (and the hardware cheap enough) that many, many people will use it rather than by a Windows or Apple machine. Meanwhile, I'm having fun with it.