The Daily Belmore

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Separated at Birth?

Anyone else think the Portland Trailblazer’s point guard Steve Blake looks a bit like Lucas Black (of Friday Night Lights and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift)? Have a look:

January 30, 2008 Posted by | Movies, Pictures, Sports | , , , , | Leave a comment

My City

Funny how the right light can make even the most dated of structures look magnificent, eh? I’m reminded of a Hot Hot Heat lyric:

Ugly or pretty, it’s still my city.
Make up your mind and get in or get out!

January 30, 2008 Posted by | Pictures | , , , | 2 Comments

Comcast 1, Belmore 1

Yes, you read that right, I’ve tied it up with good ol’ Comcast. How, you might ask? Well, simple.

Comcast makes you think that for every TV you have hooked up to cable, you need some sort of digital box to decode the signal and output it to your TV. This isn’t entirely true. Yes, you need the box should you want to use HD, DVR, and/or On Demand. However, if you simply want to watch basic cable, you can scratch the box and just hook the cable up to your TV. I was tipped off to this last week when I called in to report an outage to technical support, and they asked if I was getting a signal by hooking up the cable straight to the TV instead of through the cable box. Little did they know this tipped me off to the fact that a cable box isn’t always necessary.

What do you get with this method? Approximately the first 60-70 channels (up through Bravo in the Seattle area), all in as clear of a picture as you would be getting with the cable box (one caveat: if you have an HDTV you should not do this; however, if you’re like me and just have an extra standard definition TV in your bedroom, this works to perfection). It may not be every channel, but you also save the few bucks per month they charge to rent the cable box.

Now I can watch TV while I’m falling asleep and not have to mess with an antenna, nor am I paying Comcast any more money. Sure, I had to shell out $15 for the splitters and extra cables (from the ever-fabulous MonoPrice.com), but in the end I think I deserve the point to even up the score.

Until next time, Comcast.

January 29, 2008 Posted by | Musings, Television | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Snow!

Snow in Seattle?

Yes.

No.

Well, maybe.

The Seattle P.I. reports that we may be getting up to 3″ today:

Up to 3 inches of snow could fall in the Seattle area from Saturday through Sunday with temperatures from the high 20s to the low 40s, said Chris Burke, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

But KOMO reports something a bit different:

We have a very complex weather pattern setting up for Saturday, which features a weather system sliding down from the north, meeting up with a weather system moving up from the south, and combining with some air that will be well above freezing by the time both systems arrive, but dry enough that it won’t stay above freezing for long.

The bottom line, we’ll have areas of rain or snow, or a rain/snow mix, or sleet, or even some freezing rain. A SNOW ADVISORY is in effect for the east Puget Sound foothills, and western Snohomish and Skagit Counties from 4 p.m. Saturday through 4 a.m. Sunday.

And my weather widget reports something else:

Snow

So who are we supposed to believe???

January 26, 2008 Posted by | News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Chuck is Back!

Chuck, America’s favorite Buy-Mart-employee-turned-supercomputer-being-protected-by-government-spies, is coming back tonight for two action-packed episodes.  If you haven’t ever seen it, don’t worry; it’s pretty easy to catch on.

So don’t miss it tonight at 8 and again at 10, on NBC!

January 24, 2008 Posted by | Television | , , | Leave a comment

Comcast 1, Belmore 0

Well played, Comcast, well played.

As some of you may know, I had a fabulous plan to cancel my cable when my discounts ran out and move to an over the air HD antenna and various content from my AppleTV and Netflix. I thought it was foolproof. For sports, I could just head to Ryan’s and watch the game with him. I’m a genius, I thought. I’ll save $40 a month!

Then, it happened. The original plan was for Mr. Cable Man to come out Friday and change my service to basic cable (it was only $8 per month and would be cheaper in the end because I’d get a discount for having two services instead of just the Internet). So last night I’m flipping through, and what happens to be on? A great college basketball game on ESPN. And I watched it. And immediately I thought, what happens when Ryan’s not home and a game is on and I have nothing better to do?

ESPN HD. ESPN2 HD. TNT HD. NBA TV on Mojo HD. I flip through these channels religiously, especially now that basketball season is in full swing. How would I live without them?

So I deliberated. I talked to Kate. I talked to myself (actually, I do that a lot, but that’s another story). I finally decided to take the offer they had put on the table that only increased my bill by $8 from what I had been paying the first six months.

Here I am, hat in hand, saying well played, Comcast. Well played, indeed.

January 23, 2008 Posted by | Musings, Television | , | 2 Comments

Bob’s Back!

For those of you not hip to the LITA bandwagon, Bob has been blogging periodically on their site about his various tour shenanigans with The Blakes. He took a bit of a hiatus, but now is back! Click here for the full post, but here’s a teaser:

Our first order of business for the tour was to record a session for iTunes at Different Fur studios in San Francisco on Thursday. Amazingly, we’d never been to San Fran before and we were very taken by the city. It’s a beautiful, unique place. ITunes head Bruno met us at the studio and gave us all brand new iPod Nanos, which I thought was a nice gesture. Matt Sullivan and Lars both flew down and met us there as well. Anyway, Different Fur has excellent facilities and a fine staff and we had a very productive session, recording eight tracks for iTunes to use exclusively. We’ll be working with house engineer Patrick to get final mixes in the coming week or so and we’re optimistic about the end results. In celebration, we got drunk at an Irish bar around the corner with Lars and Matt. We later launched into a spirited discussion over dinner at a neighboring Thai restaurant about how to ask fans to request our songs on the radio without coming across as douches. It made little sense.

January 22, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Music | , , | 1 Comment

Podcast: Solar Power!

MacBreak has been proliferating my iTunes with podcast after podcast from MacWorld, but so far the one I have found most interesting delved into the topic of solar power on the go. Dr. Kiki Sanford hosts this episode (clocking in at just over five minutes), and talks to the Solio guys about powering all of your portable electronics simply by way of the sun.

Check it out!

January 21, 2008 Posted by | Technology, Video | , , , , , | 1 Comment

iRoy!

I’m currently watching the Blazers/Heat game on ESPN, and Ric Bucher just showed us the iRoy; a specialized iPod being distributed to media members and Western Conference coaches, filled with highlights from Brandon Roy. The idea is to get Roy some publicity so that he will get more votes for the All Star team, which I think is a fantastic idea.

You can vote for him over at NBA.com; and if anyone has an iRoy that they no longer want and wouldn’t mind donating to the cause, I’d love one!

Now if only the Blazers could get back to what they were doing in the first half…

January 18, 2008 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Daily Topics!

Alright, faithful readers (all 5 of you), I’ve decided to narrow down the scope of this blog and have each day represent a specific topic to talk about.  I’m open to any and all suggestions (although, keep them broad; as in “Books” rather than “The Collected Works of Charles Dickens”).  This is to not only make it easier to blog (as I’ll have a more defined path for each day), it will also make it more interesting for the reader (so you know that at least once a week I’m blogging about Topic X that you are a fan of).  So here are the few ideas I’ve thought of; please leave any others you may have in the comments!

  • Movies/Television (this could be two separate days as well)
  • Sports
  • Tech Topics
  • Seattle
  • Music
  • News/Politics
  • Books (this might be more of a monthly topic, as I don’t read as much as my high school English teacher probably wishes I did)

January 17, 2008 Posted by | Movies, Music, Musings, News, Politics, Sports, Technology, Television | , | 3 Comments