I made something neat for Chime.TV tonight. Soon you'll be able to embed your Chime.TV channels or any YouTube/Google etc. videos from almost any website on your own website in a non-stop playlist. Currently most video sites let you embed one video at a time but this new app I made tonight will let you make your own TV channel and display it on your site. It's not fully done yet and I will be adding more features soon. Since it can be embedded on your own site/blog, it means you can customize it to blend in with your site nicely. For example, here is my own music channel. Click on the big play button to begin. Then try the previous and next buttons to go up and down the playlist.
Here's my random selection of interesting videos that my friend Tay and I have found online:
Many of my coworkers call me things like "The Chi-man" in jest. What they don't know is that "Chiman" is actually a Gujarati (Indian language) word, an out-of-fashion first name that is now considered equivalent to "dork." So when they try to say "You're da Chi-man!" they're basically calling me a dork in my language.
It's 2007 and computer hardware is still the bane of my existence. Like a good little nerd, I spent the entire Friday night and most of Saturday setting up a computer to hook up to my TV. I had the whole setup ready and was about to sit back and watch the latest episode of IT Crowd when the computer crashed. I spent two hours trying to isolate the problem and turns out the motherboard is dead. It's an old server motherboard that can't be replaced for cheap so now I have to find another computer. I love software but I truly hate the hardware it has to run on. It's like loving the brains but being repulsed by the body. Kinda like online dating.
My friend/coworker Brian wanted to get rid of his big screen TV after upgrading to a projection system and it just so happened that after rearranging my house this past weekend, my living room looked kind of empty. So here's my RCA 52" HDTV in all its glory. Here's the rest of my house after over two years since I moved in.
Compare: Old TV vs New TV. I won't deny that I am a hypocrite. Buying something like a huge TV is a little out of character for me. However, my friend gave me such a good price I couldn't say no. Plus I mostly bought it to watch Chime.TV as it has direct DVI input.
I went to my first ice hockey game tonight with coworkers. Our local team, Tampa Bay Lightning won! I had a great time yelling and screaming. I'm pretty certain I enjoy the cheering more than the game play. I barely know the rules of most games yet love watching games in person and even playing them. What I don't do is keep score and follow games and matches religiously. I love the pumped-up environment more than the life stories of the players. I feel the same with music concerts. I don't care much about the life, history, inspiration of the bands. I just want them to put on a good show so I can rock out.
I'm all rocked out for tonight. I'm going to a baseball game Friday so I need to make some more rock-juice.
After looking at the group photo of Kernel Summit 2007, I realized something. I miss my beard. More than a few people have told me recently that I have started to look older. I'll be 27 within a month and contrary to what I would have thought just a few years ago, it doesn't bother me at all. I'm even looking forward to turning 30. Having run a marathon distance on my kayak yesterday (26.2 miles), I know that I am stronger and more physically fit today than I ever was. As long as I keep doing my outdoors activities, I'll be good. I went to a sports bar last weekend with Heather and Catherine and I felt out of place. My place is on the water, who knows, may be sporting a beard again :)
Kayaking a MarathonSat, 8th Sep '07, 11:25 pm::
I kayaked a distance of 26.2 miles today on the Suwannee River at Manatee Springs. Add to that five hours of driving and not enough sleep and you'll see why I'm about to pass out. The "not enough sleep" bit was thanks to Tay and his gang for some random drunken swimming pool fun last night in Gainesville. I didn't want to drive over three hours to Manatee Springs early in the morning so I drove to Gainesville last night and stayed over at Tay's. The Springs are a little over an hour west of Gainesville. The source of the Suwannee River is the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia and it flows down into the Gulf of Mexico. "Instead of palm-fringed beaches, life here is defined by swamp forests, wetlands, and the clean freshwater of the 197 springs that flow into the Suwannee along its 245 miles journey to the Gulf of Mexico" - Florida Springs.
I still can't believe I kayaked the entire length of a marathon. Took me eight hours of paddling and I stopped in between for another 30 minutes. It was very windy during my up-river trip and that slowed me down considerably. On flat-water without wind, I was doing 4 mph easily on my kayak that is pretty wide and not really meant for speed. Here's a rough map of the river section that I paddled up and back.
My entire body hurts but I'm guessing it's the "good" kind of pain. I have no plans for tomorrow except chilling at home. It's bed time for me now.
This was a pretty fun Labor Day weekend. I went to the beach with Heather and Catherine on Saturday and did some windsurfing on Sunday. We had lots of good food both evenings and watched a couple of movies Saturday night. My car hit 33,333 miles yesterday at 1:23pm. Little things like that make me giddy. It's been a while since I went on a long kayaking trip so I'm beginning to get that paddler's itch. Things have been good otherwise.