I love Mercury Retrograde’s in a weird way. I usually try to keep a low profile during MR, but occasionally, I push the river as they say, just to test the gravity of the planets backwards sway. I even got married on Mercury Retrograde. I would not recommend this. Recently, I embarked no home computer project with MR. I had a PC laying around (I’m a Mac guy) and I decided to put into service by hooking it up to my plasma TV and record video onto it. Sounded easy enough. I hooked up the slick looking PC, went out and bought a few goodies. First, I bought a USB wireless device so I can get on my network. Worked fine. Great. Then I bought a copy of Madden 08. Yeah, I like playing video football. I also got a logitech game device to play it. The Madden game was deeply flawed and I couldn’t boot it, then the DVD/CD Rom Drive died. Great. That means I had to go out and get a new DVD Drive to install my TV software interface. So off I went to Fry’s and bought all my goodies. I got it all, brought it home, hooked up the new DVD Drive. Fine, worked great, then I hooked up the TV/USB connect, uploaded their software and it failed miserably. Then the system began crashing. That was it. Project junked. I didn’t have the patience to call support, download drivers, etc. I figure that pushing against a MR gives me some idea as to what it might be like to be an Aries, but then I quickly melted into a Cancer and retreated.
I took most of the stuff back, unplugged the PC, sold a surfboard and used the money to buy another Mac, where I am doing it all over again, with a system that I trust and use. MR helped me recalibrate my needs, while selling something off that I wasn’t using to buy something that I would. It doesn’t stop there
In order to complete my Mac to DVR transition, I had to find the right hardware/software to implement it. After lots of research, I found that a company called Elgato that provides an end-to-end solution for TV to Mac. Then I found that the Eyetv (their brand) 200 was considered best of breed, using fire wire instead of USB. I found one on eBay for $19.99. I wrote Elgato about software for this product and it was readily available and the rep said that it was, “the best analog tuner they had developed, before or after.” And, I bought it on eBay, used, recycled aka retrograded. More to come.
Leach Gets Removed
I always love catching up with MR when it comes to sports. For those of you that are uninformed, Mike Leach “was” the head coach at Texas Tech. During Leach’s run, he led Tech out of obscurity to perennial contender in The Big 12. Last year, Mike Leach was named “Coach Of The Year” in that conference. He is widely considered an offensive mastermind, devising wide open, spread formations that score upwards of 30 points per game. Last year, the lower caste from Lubbock, actually beat the mighty Longhorns of Texas. This was a banner moment for the Tech program. But Mike Leach’s genius was also tied to a difficult personality. This happens in college football, as most coaches are little more than the heads of their own banana republics. If they win, they are virtually accountable to no one. Earlier in the month, Kansas fired Mark Mangino for using psychological rhetoric that would make Donald Cameron proud. Mangino was psychically driving his players to the point of humiliation, threatening their return to homes without father’s and neighborhoods littered with crime and and despair if their play did not improve. Kansas paid Mark Mangino $3 million to walk away. Mike Leach should have been so lucky. Read the rest of this entry »