Genie from DirecTV Isn’t Ready For Prime Time!

We recently had a DirecTV Genie HDDVR and 3 client boxes installed at our home. It was replacing our longstanding trouble-free Comcast CATV.
We were rather excited to “upgrade” to satellite TV with a HDDVR. The install went smoothly and the system was working OK.
Several days later the problems started occurring…
Brutally slow navigation of the guide. Restart the Genie.
Client TV’s had white screens. Restart the Genie.
Client TV’s had white screens again, and again, and again. Restart the Genie…
Playback of recorded content, audio & video dropped out. Rewound, played again, same result. Restart the Genie!
Almost every time this occurred I contacted DirecTV customer service. We’re aware of the problems, engineering is working on it, a fix will be coming soon. Coming soon. Coming soon, in 48 Hrs.
Genie isn’t ready for prime time!
Since you can’t seem to solve these problems, we are hopping over to the other satellite TV company.

DirecTV Genie Worst HD DVR


Camaro Time Splice

2011 Chevy Camaro Hot Wheels Time Splice

This is a mashup of my video and the time splice created by 27 Canon DSLR cameras.

Vote for the original Chevy Camaro Time splice at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show Here

How’s it done?
This photograph shows the camera setup to create these time splice images.

Time Splice Camera Array

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Time-Splice (bullet-time) special-effect images were made popular in the feature film “The Matrix”

The Chicago Automobile Show is held annually in February at McCormick Place, covering an impressive 1,300,000 sq ft with nearly 1000 vehicles on display.

Running The Chicago Marathon 10-10-10

I’m running the Chicago Marathon tomorrow. Actually this is my third marathon. No I’m not actually running the 26.2 mile race. But the spectator-race does require a lot of walking and running to catch the various modes of public transpiration to travel throughout the city. So that makes it a marathon of it’s own kind.

To take a page from the marathon runners handbook, I too will eat a pre race carb-loaded dinner and head to bed extra early Saturday night.

If your not sure what route the racers take for their 26.2 mile run through the city, check out this Chicago Marathon map.

There are about six people that I setup runner tracking text messages to be sent to my cell phone. This has never worked very well for me in past Chicago Marathon races, but I’ve activated it again this year. Hopefully this tracking will assist me in locating friends as they run past amongst the masses of people.

For those of you not going into Chicago tomorrow to cheer on friends, you can track my location from this page. I’ll temporarily activate Google Latitude (location mapping application) on my BlackBerry. This will place my location on the following Google map in real-time. Cool stuff! Just click on the link below the map to view a full screen version.

I will be joined in this day-long adventure by veteran Chicago Marathon runner (2007, 2008) Margie (she’s my sister too)!

Google Latitude Badge. (Example)

To view a larger map click here.

It’ll be interesting to see the results of where was and how far I traveled. I will write a follow up post with that information.

Now that the race is done, the Google Latitude maps were replaced with static images.

Digital TV Conversion – Public Service Announcement

Digital Conversion PSA 1:53

High Tech Fountain in Japanese Mall

水の落ちる絵 5:57

What Every Man Wants in Bed

What every man wants in bed 0:34

Wicked Lasers Flashlight can make Fire

The Torch is the world’s brightest and most powerful flashlight.
It is capable of melting plastic, lighting paper on fire within seconds, and if you like, fry an egg or a marshmallow on a stick. See a video below that shows how the flashlight burns up a pile of paper.

At 4100 lumens, The Torch is 100 lumens more powerful than The Polarion Helios, the former most powerful flashlight. Apparently Wicked Lasers has The Torch currently in review at the Guinness Book of World Records.

Measurements of the torch are 57mm x 230mm. The battery lasts for 15min. The 4100 lumens can be adjusted via a high efficiency reflector. The casing is made from aerospace grade aluminum.

The Torch sells for $299.99 (That’s a lot of matches) at the Wicked Lasers site.

See the video below that shows how this ‘red hot’ flashlight lights a pile of paper.