Very good soda day

Yesterday was a very good soda day. Jennifer arrived for our usual date night with my birthday present a few days early: A mixed case of The Sopranos soda. (Do follow that link and make sure to watch the commercial, it’s fairly funny. The timing is a bit off but it works.) I’m drinking my first bottle of the Limoncello right now, and it’s pretty good if a touch more sweet than I necessarily like. The good news is that it isn’t a cloying sweet, it’s very clean and finishes exceptionally well. I have a bottle of the Chianti with me at work today as well and I’m hoping it’s at least as good.

After we had a nice walk around the trails at Wood Lake Nature Center and then taking a Kia Rondo out for a test drive we stopped in at the original Chatterbox Pub where I noticed for the first time that they had a “Scratch” Ginger Ale which turned out to be very good. It is definitely a Ginger Ale and not a Ginger Beer since it does go for more of the sweet than the hot and spicy, but it also has a really wonderful clove flavor that adds a lot of depth and character. Very highly recommended.

How to properly finance a big building project for a venue

Not that I have any hope of any of the assholes at any of the local major sports organizations to pay any attention to this, but you would think that it would be possible to use tidbits like the Minnesota Orchestra privately financing a $90 million renovation for Orchestra Hall and Peavey Plaza in downtown Minneapolis to refute their continually idiotic requests for more public money for their monopolies. I personally get a whole lot more use out of that structure than I do out of any damned sports arena those fucking millionaires want me to help pay for, which is why I will probably be making a voluntary donation to this project at some point.

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Shared Viewing

There isn’t any word on when/if it will be deployed but there is some very interesting information about the direction that Netflix is heading with their Watch Now feature. Of particular interest to several people I know at about 7min into the presentation they show a shared movie viewing interface that allows you to sync up movie viewing with people that are, presumably, on your Netflix Friends list. There is also a built in IM client for chat.

A few of the other things that they show off are Firefox and Macintosh compatibility as well as support for Chapters and Subtitles which are all extremely welcome additions.

Something else that is not stated, but I think is at least somewhat implicit is that since the new player is built on Microsoft’s Silverlight (formerly WPF/e) technology it should be relatively easy to create a Media Center plug-in that can run the player. I’m hoping that is part of their design plans but I’m not quite holding my breath just yet.

All that said I have to say that I actually think that the existing implementation is an excellent start. There have been a couple of occasions when I was between movie shipments and wanted to watch something that I was able to use Watch Now to see a few things, including all of Red Dwarf Series 2 and 3. While it is not nearly as comfortable to watch things at my desk as it is from my couch, the convenience was still nice.