For those of you that haven’t experienced the wonder that is TiVo, allow me to explain. TiVo is a Digital Video Recorder, which means that it records all the shows David and I watch for me when they come on, and we can watch them at our leisure. I’ve had my TiVo for around 2.5 years now, and I can’t imagine going back. We just sit down later in the week whenever we feel like it to watch our shows that have come on earlier. It also records all sorts of random stuff that we only sometimes watch in case we feel like it. It is very magical! Hopefully the company will live long and prosper.

So, anyway, over the last 6 months or so, we’ve seen some random skips and stutters in playback that have been getting a little worse as time goes on. Nothing too serious, although sometimes it would stutter for a few seconds, but that’s a pretty good indication that one of the hard drives is dying. (it came with a 60 GB hard drive, and I added a 120 GB drive soon after I got it) Since David was gone this weekend, I decided to go ahead and replace one of the hard drives. I assumed the problem was the 60 GB hard drive, since that was the older one, so I went to Fry’s, picked up a 60 GB hard drive, and did the replacing on Sunday. It took a while (since I wanted to keep all of our recordings, I had to copy 60 GB’s from one drive to another, which took around 4 hours), but no biggie. Watched a Futurama episode Sunday night, and things seemed to be fine.

Unfortunately, this was not the case. On Monday, David watched a program or two, and said the skipping and stuttering was worse than ever. When I got home, we watched an old Newsradio episode (the one with the suggestion box…good stuff!) and it was still skipping and stuttering. When we tried to watch the Futurama episode I had watched Sunday night, it played for about 9 minutes, got stuck, and eventually rebooted, which is pretty unheard of for a TiVo (they’re very stable). After doing this a few times, we got the dreaded Green Screen of Death, which I looked up and found out that the filesystem was messed up, and it was trying to fix it. Which it eventually did, but there were still all sorts of resetting problems and such.

So we figured the 120 GB drive must be the problem, bought another 120 GB drive and set it up to copy over overnight. Got up this morning, and the copy had failed. When I checked the logs, there were all sorts of read errors trying to read the 120 GB drive.

Anyway, we’re pretty sure that’s the problem, and we’re still trying to copy the data over (skipping sectors that can’t be read). But the upshot is that I can’t get to my computer (since the TiVo drives are in it), which means I can’t listen to music or anything (although I did listen to some in the car on the way to lunch). And there’s no TiVo. And I want it to get better!

On Weight Watchers

So I joined Weight Watchers today – they started meetings at work, which is very cool. It worked for me before, and I was within spitting distance (10 pounds or so) of my goal weight, and then I graduated college, and getting to meetings got more inconvenient and getting high-calorie foods became easier. So I’m back up to around where I was where I started. But I’m gonna make it work this time!

Anyway, one thing that I don’t like about Weight Watchers is the female/male ratio – there were 25ish people at the meeting today, and exactly 2 guys (myself included). It makes me…uncomfortable, I guess. I dunno.

new cd’s!

So I got some Christmas money from my grandparents (thanks!), so I bought a bunch of CDs from Amazon.com, and then David went through and converted a bunch of them to used CDs to save money. That means this week I’m going to get like 10 different packages, most of them containing one CD each. Which is exciting to me 🙂

I love getting a CD of a group that I like, and then discovering that a song that I’ve heard before and liked is by them (for example, the music I’m listening to now). It happens reasonably often given the number of CDs I get. Good stuff!

chore monkey?

So here at work, I saw an ad up in one of the elevators the other day talking about an unemployed monkey who was available for hire (Bobo could do chores around the house, wait in lines and whatnot). It was very bizarre. I’m guessing that it wasn’t real, but who knows?

my relationship type

According to Jenny Turpish Slapped Me (huh?). As seen on quijax‘s page.

eXpressive: 6/10
Practical: 7/10
Physical: 3/10
Giver: 6/10

You are a XPIG–Expressive Practical Intellectual Giver. This makes you a Catch.

You are a magazine-cover, matinee idol dreamboat. Parents love you and want to set you up with their kids. However, first dates are tough because it takes time for your qualities to come out.

You are generous and kind. You think first and act later. You are cool in a conflict, but your practical side means if your partner throws out emotional appeals (“why can’t we do what I want for a change?”) they will grate on your nerves, even when the conflict is resolved.

You’re a romantic. You enjoy the thrill of the hunt, and you don’t just fall into bed with anyone. You pay close attention to your significant other’s needs, and this makes you an excellent lover and partner. The problem is that your friends and lovers may find it so easy to express things to *you* that they lose sight of whether you feel as comfortable with *them*! This doesn’t necessarily make you feel under-appreciated — you’re too well-adjusted and self-aware for that — but you may feel restless. Thus you seek adventure in your life outside the relationship to prove and actualize yourself.

Of all the types, you would make the best parent.

You are coiffed.

Didja see “Big Fish”? ‘Cause you’re like Ewan MacGregor in “Big Fish.”

Of the 176050 people who have taken this quiz, 9.3 % are this type.

I wouldn’t say I’m a dreamboat, but the description sounds reasonable. What’s
“coiffed”? I dunno about the whole parenting thing. And I haven’t seen “Big Fish”…

Quizzes like this appeal to my mathematical side (it’s just a 20-dimensional vector space!), but are of questionable utility. Fun, though!

On sleep, and lack of it

I got 5 hours of sleep last night.

In college, this wouldn’t be noteworthy at all – 5 hours was fairly
reasonable for those days, and that was OK.  Of course, that meant
it took an effort to keep me awake, especially during classes, whereas
nowadays I can stay awake even in boring meetings.

I don’t mind being low on sleep if I’ve done something to enjoy myself
instead – programming, video games, etc.  But last night pretty
much sucked.

I’ve had bad allergies off and on for the last few weeks, roughly
correlating to the times when I went back home to Houston.  I
should probably go to the doctor to see what the deal is – I’ve had
allergies before, but not this bad.

Anyway, so I lie down last night, and my nose is stuffed up (big
surprise there).  I had just taken a nose spray to clear it up,
but that made stuff start to drain in my throat, which means I was
mostly coughing or trying to not cough, neither of which is conducive
to sleeping.  So after a bit of this, I got up, drunk some water,
and played on my computer some (sitting up always tends to help).

After a while, I went back to bed.  Unfortunately, I had drunk so
much water that I had to pee.  By this point I was actually pretty
tired (another difference from college – never had trouble getting to
sleep in college, because once I lay down, I was exhausted!), but I
couldn’t quite get to sleep, and I really didn’t feel like getting up
again.  Eventually, though, I gave up and got
up to pee, and drunk some more water (but not so much this time!) to
help my throat.  Then I got back in bed, propped up my pillows
against the wall (to make my head more vertical), and eventually got to
sleep, somewhere around 2:30.

So I’m tired today, for no good reason.  Ick.