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Sunday, February 4th, 2007

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Couch Potato, Ho
Well, I did get out for a walk around Quarry Lakes after lunch. Now I'm settled in to watch the Super Bowl, although I don't have any dog in this hunt. I decided to take the computer into the living room. To my annoyance, it would connect to the home wireless network, then disconnect. If I unplugged the AC power, it would connect, and then disconnect when I unplugged the power. If it sat flat on the coffee table, it would connect, but if I propped the back up slightly (a configuration I find easier for typing) it would not. I assume it must have something to do with the wireless antenna. Anyway, I eventually found a configuration where I can connect. Don't know how long it will last, though.

Current Mood: recumbent
Super Bowl -- First Half
I still can't figure out why the power supply would make a difference on wireless connectivity. I have two different power supplies for this Dell. If I plug in one of them, I can't connect. If I plug in the other, I can connect. Strange.

Glad I was actually watching as the game kicked off; otherwise I would have missed the opening fireworks. And speaking of fireworks, while watching Prince's halftime show, I kept wondering if someone was going to get electrocuted operating all of those electric devices in the rain.

Best ad of the first half, IMO: The Garmin "Ultraman" commercial.

Current Mood: amused
Being Productive
Not being hugely interested in the specific results of the Super Bowl, I did get some bits of work done, both for my day job and also for Westercon 60, where I laid out Frank Wu's cover for PR2 and sent my management a copy of the work to date, pointing out that I need to know a bunch more things (some of which they should know or be able to obtain without too much trouble) and would they please send them to me.

IMO, none of the commercials in the second half topped the "Ultraman" commercial from Garmin. Although the "heart disease" ad was sort of fun. I'm not sure I would every have said this before, but I'd like to see more of Diabetes. :)

Another post-game thought: Super Bowl merchandise is so expensive because every item of "winning team" merchandise has to cover the production cost of the item that was produced with the other team's logo. I wonder how many of these "phantom" items make their way out of the storage containers parked in the parking lot in Miami in which I assume they are stored under lock and key.

And once again, I think of all of these people operating electrical equipment in the rain as they do the post-game presentations and interviews.

Current Mood: productive

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