Moving, again….

Posted: June 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

So, two years after moving to Burnsville, I’ll be headed out.  July 27th, I’ll be packing the truck and heading out to Eden Prairie.  Why EP you ask?  Well, I got a job out here two years ago, and after two years of sitting in rush hour traffic for more than an hour a day, I’ve finally had my fill.  I’ve always had this job in EP, but originally chose Burnsville because I could not afford to live in Eden Prairie at the time.  Well, due to me getting a few raises and the economy in general sucking right now, that is no lon

ger the case.

So, while I’ll miss living in Burnsville, I’m looking forward to a new adventure beginning in Eden Prairie.  The apartment I am moving to is a SERIOUS upgrade from where I am staying now, but because I’ll be saving $100 in gas every month by not driving all the way down to Burnsville every single day, I will actually end up SAVING money by making this move.

The best part?  I’ll be about 7 minutes away from work.  That means that when winter hits, instead of it taking 2+ hours to get home from work, it will take 15-20 minutes, at most.  And in the summer, I’ll be cutting an hour off my commute times of 35 minutes in the morning, and 40 minutes in the afternoon.  My new car sure is going to get bored only driving 4 miles a day, but I’d much rather do that and drive further to see my friends than the other way around.  At least this way I’ll have some energy left at the end of the day to actually DO something!

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Mmmmm beer

Posted: June 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

PlayOn

Posted: March 18, 2010 in TV

So, I had heard of this before, and even tried it, but I finally broke down and bought the full version of http://www.playon.tv and I gotta say, I LOVE it.  Finally, Hulu, Southparkstudios.com, adult swim, and dozens of other online video sources are easily available on my PS3.  And through Playonscipts.com, I have thousands of choices that I can add easily.

As if I needed more TV to watch haha

So, it seems to be circulating the social network sites, and is quickly becoming one of the biggest issues republicans are bringing to light, so what do we do about our spiraling national debt?

What kind of bothers me about the way republicans are bringing this up is that they act as if this is a new issue.  It isn’t.  The last time we were running at a net positive as a country was actually Clinton (and only for 1 year).  The last time we were running at a positive CONSISTANTLY was under Regan.  So, since that time, we have had 12 years of a Bush, 8 years of Clinton, and less than two years of Obama.  Stop blaming the Democrats, because last I checked you guys are no better.

I’ve spent most of my life going back and forth on whether I was a Democrat or a Republican, but the right answer is, I’m neither.  Some of the issues I am for lean left, and some lean right.  And in other cases, like National Budget affairs, I am absolutely disgusted with both sides of the fence.  How about you?

Let it snow, or make it stop?

Posted: February 8, 2010 in Daily Annoyances
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4 more inches yet to fall.

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Really, what’s cuter than a cat sleeping in the sink?

Well, I thought this appropriate, since I am a big Netflix supporter and fan, but it’s absolutely amazing to see long time video stores closing.  As it stands, the closest video rental store (a Blockbuster Video) is about 4 miles away.  The closest Movie Gallery/Hollywood Video is soon to be 12 miles away from me, once the stores in Lakeville and Farmington finish liquidating.

This year has been particularily rough on the Burnsville area, as we have lost both Blockbuster Video locations (they closed last month), and (this one I missed) the nearby Savage location of Hollywood Video closed as well.

In the 80s and 90s, I lived in Prior Lake.  We had 3 movie stores in Prior Lake, all owned by the same company.  Main Avenue Video & Tanning.  In the mid 90’s, they consolidated locations into a new, bigger store located at 13&42, and in the late 90’s, that location was bought out by Video Update.  Due to mismanagement of Video Update, they were later bought during bankruptcy by Movie Gallery, which was later bought by Hollywood Video.  Also, in 1999/2000, Blockbuster Video came into town and so did Hollywood Video.  Now, all that remains is the Blockbuster Video on 13/42 in Savage.  Burnsville no longer has any video rental stores, whereas at one time they had either 3 or 4.

But that got me thinking, when was the last time I was in a video rental store?  What with Redbox charging $1 a night, and Netflix providing all you can eat plans starting at around $10 a month, it seems kinda silly to spend $4-$5 for a rental from Blockbuster.  The last time I was in a Blockbuster was in 2005 because I was a Total Access member (and not a very profitable one at that, I got 30 movies a month for $17!).  Of course, that program has since been altered (and I got a “thanks for being a customer, but goodbye” email from them).  Of course, this program is exactly why Blockbuster is struggling so badly today.  They have a DVD By Mail service simular to Netflix, but I have always gotten better service than Netflix (and the “see you later” email still leaves a bad taste in my mouth).

So, if you still have a video rental store in your neighborhood, it might be time to start saying “goodbye”.  Within the next 10 years, we can probably also start phasing out DVD by mail (or DVD in general) in favor of internet VOD.

As I type this, as a matter of fact, I am watching an episode of South Park on Netflix’s “Instant Watch” service over the Roku box.  I can do the same thing on my PS3, laptop, computer, etc.