|Sunday, 29 December 2002, 12:48 am
Here’s one of the best Christmas Cards ever – in Flash. It’s called the Fly Guy.
|Sunday, 22 December 2002, 6:00 pm
Happy Holidays, everyone!
We’re heading to Las Vegas to cover CES January 9-11. I’ll be signing autographs in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center from 4-5p on Thursday, January 9,and from 3-5p on Saturday, January 11. Cat, Morgan, and Patrick will be there, too, at various times. We’ll also be doing live show feeds for The Screen Savers, Friday, January 10, at 4p Pacific. You don’t need admission to CES to visit us, so stop on by. You know how we love a live audience!
Meanwhile, I’ve been doing some Tivo hacking during my vacation, with some interesting (and ultimately disappointing) results. I’ll do a full write up in the next couple of days. We’re celebrating Christmas at home then Jennifer is taking the kids to her folks for a few days. That should give me some time to work on the Tivo more seriously. The goal is to be able to get my Sopranos episodes onto DVD as a fully digital copy. If I can get it to work, and I can get the lawyers to say OK, I’ll demo it on TSS in the new year.
|Tuesday, 10 December 2002, 12:35 am
The Screen Savers own Yoshi has started a message board focusing on hardware hacking. It’s really great! Check it out at yoshi.us/forums
|Friday, 6 December 2002, 7:08 pm
Finally, a few personal pictures from our trip to New York. We all posed for this hoping it might make a good Christmas card, and it would except for the fact that I look like The Joker.
We just barely made it out of JFK on Thursday. The blizzard was hitting hard and our plane was covered with snow. Jennifer was petrified. But we left on time and got home safe and sound, very glad for the warm California climate.
Here’s a short video of the cab ride to the airport. The cabbie was an expert in sub-Saharan African music and played us some wonderful stuff. You can hear some in the background.
He recommended Africando (Senegal), Franco (the Jimi Hendrix of the Congo), Sekuba Bambino (Mali), Salif Keita (Mali) and the album “Talking Timbuktu” by Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder.
|Wednesday, 4 December 2002, 11:41 pm
Tags: Appearances, Henry, Regis and Kelly
I did Live! today. As sometimes happens, Regis was on vacation. I usually don’t find out until the day of. I think the staff is conditioned to downplay Regis’s vacations in case guests cancel. As it happens, Andy Richter, Regis’s guest host, was great. Very funny and actually interested in the stuff. Kelly was her usual gracious and warm self. They’ve already asked me to plan another appearance in February.
Henry went with me this time. He took some pictures, yesterday during rehearsal. This is of the audience area – but, of course, there’s no one there when we rehearse.
The crew was readying the set for the holidays.
This is their Christmas tree, before decorations.
I shot this video of Henry testing out the Karaoke machine.
Andy and Kelly had a great time with the karaoke machine. They also liked the Roomba robot vacuum and the Piano Avanti. Here’s a complete list of products I demoed on WNN and Live…
- Midas Remote Control Watch $40
- iRobot Roomba, Intelligent floor vacuum, $200
- SONICBlue ReplayTV 5000, Digital Video Recorder, $300
- Tivo Series 2, Digital Video Recorder, $199
- RCA SceniumDSR7000N, DVR with DVD $599
- Plus Corp Piano Avanti HE-3200, Home Theater DLP Projector, $3299
- Learning Resources Math Mat Challenge Game, Talking Math Mat, $30
- Brookstone Bar Smart Cocktail Jigger, Programmed with 40 recipes, $35
- RadioShack Kameleon Remote, 6-in-1 Universal Remote, $60
- Munchkin Tick Tock Pregnancy Clock, $30
- Oregon Scientific Barbie Tote N’ Teach, $35
- Sony Vaio W10, All-in-One PC $1599
- Sony AIBO Speed Board, Speedboard for AIBO, $249
- IVL Technologies On-Key Karaoke, Singing microphone with corrective vocal effects, $80
- XAct Communications, WristLinx, 2-way Communicator Watches, $50
- Radio Shack Zip Zaps, Customizable MicroRC cars, $20
- Auravision Eluminix, Illuminated Keyboard, $100
- Verbatim Digital Vinyl CD-R media
|Wednesday, 4 December 2002, 1:42 am
Tags: Abby, Appearances, World News Now
Abby came with me on Sunday night to help me shoot the World News Now segments for ABC. WNN shares the set with World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Here’s a look at the familiar ABC News logo.
Abby took this shot, too.
Here I am getting ready for the segment.
Finally a short video starting with Abby on the WNN set. The video ends with Peter Jennings view when he does the news. The chair in the lower left corner is Jennings’s chair. As you can see he look into nothing while delivering the news. All the good looking stuff is behind him.
I’ll post pictures and video from today’s Regis rehearsal next time.