Tuesday, October 20, 2009

motorcycle racing and sleep

Title basically sums it up, each time I watch any sort of motorcycle racing event (WSBK and MotoGP), I get super sleepy.

I don't know what's wrong. I am watching it now at work, and I feel like I'm about to pass out.

And there's still 10 laps to go.

Monday, October 19, 2009

do thieves suck?

Yes they do.

We left the Yaris' door unlocked for the night. Next morning, a neigbourhood unfriendly searched through the glove box and took 3 sunglass cases, and possibly other useless junk. They even took the photograph of The Twins posing with the Sealy mattress sheep mascot. The logic defies me.

Chances are however, is that they are reading my blog. They may have taken one of my business cards. A female called me at 10pm on a Sunday night and first asked about my photography services, and then called back later to make innuendos about "taking advantage of me." I really have no idea what that means - I am secure in my childhood naivety. HA!

Well it was amusing, I wasn't on my "A" game so I couldn't jest with her as much as I like. Hey stranger-girl, if you're reading this. "Hi!"

Granted my phone # is listed on my site, and I expect an occasional crank call, but this was a little too coincidental.

Thieves, just skip over to a richer neighbourhood next time. People don't leave a lot of $ in their cars - they don't call it "Scarlem" without reason. I mean,if you're going to risk getting caught, at least go to jail because you robbed a bank. Sheesh. Aim high!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

decisions, decisions

For the longest time when I play a movie in VLC, my Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop has been outputting only stereo to my 5.1 setup. I could technically get 5.1 audio, but the center channel would be nearly mute, making it unwatchable.

Last week, I finally found the correct method to use A/52 over SP/DIF to get 5.1 Dolby Digital audio to pass-through to my Logitech receiver so I could get 5.1 audio.

Then, 4 days ago I took the plunge to install an evaluation copy of Windows 7 on my admittedly old Dell laptop, and wouldn't you know it? It runs better than Windows XP (probably because I'm not running another firewall nor anti-virus in the background, as well as any fresh copy of Windows always run pretty well.)

Point is, I'm quite smitten by the bubbly graphics in Windows 7. I don't have Aero Glass turned on (my ATI X300 64meg video card doesn't run it well) - but in general, having a pretty OS that isn't bog slow (*cough* Vista *cough*) really puts a warm feeling in my belly.

The only drawback is that I'm back to square one in terms of audio decoding. I lost the ability to decode 5.1 audio yet again, and it comes down to audio driver incompatibility. The laptop only officially supported Windows XP, so to expect full Windows 7 compatibiltiy will be next to no chance.

So my dilemma is pretty simple. Keep Windows 7 and only get stereo audio when I watch movies - or switch back to Windows XP and get better sound.

I haven't decided what I do more of yet - getting true 5.1 surround sound working was pretty sweet, at least it was for the 3 days that I had it.