Tuesday, 22 November 2011

My Wars With Technology, Part 564 + Vanessa Murphy

Quotation Of The Day: Carrie P. Snow -- Technology... is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.

And so, a week or so ago, my DVD player died.  It simply would no longer play any discs i inserted.  Occasionally, i would get a "bad disc" message, but usually i just got a big fat nothing.  So, that evening, i was in the mood for dinner 'n' a movie, and so i dug out one of my old videotapes, slid it into the VCR and ... it wasn't working either, grrr.  What, i said to myself as i smashed my head against the wall, are the chances of both of these FREDs ("f*****g ridiculous electronic devices) dying on the same day?!?!?

(In retrospect, i now think it's probable that the VCR had gone belly-up some time ago; i just hadn't tried to use it in a while....)

And so, after a week of fruitless searching through troubleshooting forums (fora?) on the Internet (and also incidentally, fruitless searching for the player's users' manual), yesterday, i gritted my teeth, dusted the cobwebs from my wallet, and bought a new Toshiba SD5300 DVD player (oh, look, there's its picture:

 And i was pleasantly surprised to find how inexpensive they are nowadays.  It was a little more than half of what i paid for my last one, a couple of years ago....

Now i just have to figure out how to set it up -- which if course i won't do if  i spend my entire day off drinking beer with my butt parked in front of the compooter (as i am wont to do la la).

Now, veering tangentially from that subject, on to something more organic -- Vanessa Murphy ;o)

As it's my day off, i of course listened to Nasty Nessa's "Electric Lunch" on 94.9 The Rock.  Here's today's playlist:

Elton John - Rocket Man
Rush - Time Stands Still
Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight
Steve Earle - Copperhead Road
April Wine - Roller
The Black Crowes - She Talks To Angels
Metallica - Master Of Puppets
DeFault - Live A Lie
Rick Derringer - Rock 'n' Roll Hoochie Koo
Theory Of A Deadman - Bitch Came Back (great band, great song!) 
The Who - Pinball Wizard
Bryan Adams - Kids Wanna Rock.

Is it any wonder i love this station?

(Incidentally, Vanessa is about 10 months pregnant at the moment, so she could disappear at any time.  Whatever, then, shall i do?)

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