Here’s what’s going on in my world:
- It’s getting close to wintertime, regardless of what the temperature is outside, so I guess that also means it’s time for everyone to get sick. Melissa is sick, several of my co-workers are sick, and one of my friends had an emergency appendectomy this week. I’ve somehow managed to avoid it so far, but the proverbial bug is making its way through my neck of the woods.
- My friends and family always get onto me because I can’t pass up the good deals that come with the holiday season, so I always end up getting stuff for myself right as my birthday and Christmas are approaching. I’ve tried to avoid that this year, and I will resist the temptation to grab March Madness 08 when it comes out next week. It’s tough enough for people who feel like they need to get me two gifts within one week’s time, so I guess I’ll give them a break for once. And yes, that was an attempt at subtlety.
- If you’ve been wondering who’s responsible for the awful salary cap situation and dismal performance of the New York Knicks…it’s yours.
- I tried Xbox Live’s HD movie download service last weekend, since I haven’t reached the point where I’m ready to buy a player for one format or the other (HD-DVD or Blu-ray). I was mildly impressed with the whole experience, which seems to work great unless you need to see the movie right away. They’re huge files, and they expire 24 hours after you press “play” or 2 weeks after you download it (whichever comes first). I don’t think it was true HD, though, since the file for Blades of Glory was just 5 or 6 gigs. There’s also a price premium over most in-store deals ($6 after the conversion from “Microsoft Points”), but it wasn’t outrageous for me, since I don’t rent a lot of movies. Otherwise, I would probably favor Netflix or another subscription service.
- I didn’t go to any sporting events this week, although I guess I could try to go to the NCAA FCS football championship game tonight at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga. Appy State has a great team, and their fans have traveled well for the past two years. I probably won’t go, but if you’re in the area and don’t have Friday night plans, you might give that a shot. Dubner wishes he could be here, but it’s fine with me that he won’t be, because seeing his co-author Levitt would be cooler.
That’s enough for one week. Have a good one.