Sunday, November 30, 2003

Captain Morgan Private Stock

I don't know how many of you Spine Dorks are rum drinkers, but I surely am. Until recently, I thought Captain Morgan Deluxe was just about the best dark rum out there...that is until I discovered Captain Morgan Private Stock.

It only comes in 750 mL bottles, which cost about $35 each. That's a little steep for a bottle of rum, but this isn't just any bottle of rum. This is simply the smoothest, fullest-flavoured, spiciest-aromaed rum I have ever tasted. It is absolutely delicious. I have not yet found the need to even mix it with anything -- it's that smooth.

Mmmm...mmmm. This is some of the best rum that money can buy.

You know how you can tell the classy wine from the crappy wine? The classy wine comes with a cork while the crappy wine has a screw off top. Well, apparently it's the same with rum. Once you remove the foil-like wrapper at the top, there's a cork stopper in the bottle. That, and the shape of the bottle itself, gives you that authentic feeling that this was really smuggled out of some carribean island.

Even if you're not a regular rum drinker, I highly recommend that you pick a quart of this up for whenever I come over.

Steve gives
Captain Morgan Private Stock
Thumbs Up!

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Personal computers as home entertainment centres

It's been mentioned in the forums a few times, so I'll bring it to the forefront. I think it's pretty much inevitable that personal computers are going to play a bigger role in the houses of tomorrow than they do today. While today, I have a personal computer controlling my lights and playing my media, this is not the norm. The masses are still using physical vs. virtual media.

For me, this transition was natural, mainly because I'm lazy. I mean, who wants to keep shuffling around CDs all the time just because I want to listen to a different band? Pointing and clicking for audio is where it's at. With a big enough hard drive, you can rip DVDs as you purchase them and view them on-demand at any time as well. Not to mention the TiVo-like applications that can turn your computer into a personal video recorder.

The most vocal objection I hear to this paradigm is, "I don't want to watch movies on my computer." My response: Has nobody ever heard of TV-out? Most video cards will at least have a composite out, if not S-Video. After all, TiVos are basically a subset of a personal computer with respect to their abilities and functionality, and people use those with reckless abandon.

If more people *did* watch movies and television on their computers (while hooked up to their television), the most vocal objection I would expect to hear is, "There is too much fan-noise." And I would agree. S2K and others have brought up some fantastic solutions to this problem in the forums, so I won't duplicate them here.

My question to you is: What is necessary to help speed this into the mainstream? The faster this becomes the norm, the sooner I can say something like, "Hey, I missed CSI last night, can you upload it to me?" I can *almost* do this now, mainly because my social circle is comprised of a lot of geeks like me :) Still, I can't wait for this attitude to become more prevalent.

If the network is the computer, then the media is the network.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Rememberance Day

If any of you guys are planning to be at a Rememberance Day ceremony, maybe we could meet there. I'm planning to be at the ceremony at the Grand Parade in downtown Halifax. I generally get there around 10:15 or so, to try and secure a parking spot and get a coffee beforehand :) If you're interested, lets meet at the Tim Hortons on Barrington and Sackville Streets at 10:30.

I think that Rememberance Day is one of, if not the most, important holiday that we, as Canadians, can celebrate. It is completely independant of religion, and truly, if it were not for the things we remember on Rememberance Day, we would probably not have the freedom of religion that we enjoy today.