Non Sequitur: Badges, DVRs and More Badges

The Secret Lair: KrisCheck out my official Overlord Badge for The Secret Lair! It’s another fantastic creation from Natalie Metzger, Secretary of Artistic Propaganda. There’s more (and not just from Natalie), but I don’t want to unveil it all at once. You may not be able to make out the details, but that writing implement in my shirt pocket is an official Dungeons & Dragons 30th Anniversary mechanical pencil. Yeah, that’s how I roll.

In other news, my beloved DirecTiVo died over the weekend; one of the tuners decided that its alignment was Chaotic Good and channels above the 200 mark were made of Evil. When we attempted to watch one of these channels on Tuner 2, the response would be anything from a lost signal to a warm reboot.

DirecTV gave me a couple of options: lease one of their branded DVRs or get another DirecTiVo receiver. The former required a two-year commitment to the DirecTV service and a $20 shipping charge, while the latter would cost me $350.00 out of pocket. I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of giving up my TiVo service, but every man has his price and mine happens to be right around $350.00.

When I got home from work today, the new receiver was waiting for me. One not-so-quick call to DirecTV customer service ((Seriously, you’d think these customer service reps would perform these activations so often they could do them with their eyes closed. Yeah, you’d think that. But you’d be wrong, baby. So very, very wrong.)) and I was up and running. The new ((Okay, refurbished.)) DVR has about three times the capacity the old one did, but I’m already disappointed in the “universal” remote that came with it. Funny how we take little things like the ability to turn off both the television and the audio receiver with a single press of a button for granted.

Now my young apprentice and I are watching Max and Ruby on Noggin and (in theory) Scrubs is recording on the other tuner. Ruby is trying to get yet another damn Bunny Scout merit badge while Dr. Dorian and the rest of the gang at Sacred Heart are undoubtedly involved in some wacky shenaniganery that is (again, in theory) being preserved in all its digital glory for my enjoyment at a later time. Max wants a popsicle, but Ruby is too busy putting splints on dolls to pay attention to her younger brother; I swear, if there’s a Bunny Scout merit badge for being a good elder sibling, Ruby doesn’t have it.

6 thoughts on “Non Sequitur: Badges, DVRs and More Badges”

  1. you crack me up man. Ruby bites. Max rules.

    Tonight I learned that Ruby is only seven years old. Yet she takes Max on the bus to go shopping without any parental guidance. What the hell, man?

  2. I recently upgraded the the HR21 from DirecTv. I was afraid of losing the easy to use TiVo remote and the dual buffers bot so far I haven’t really missed them. Plus DTV rolled out on demand for those of us that have connected the receiver to das Intarweb. Pretty swanky to get Venture Bros. whenever I want! 🙂 Also the home media networking is pretty slick.

    Oh yeah, nice pic, too!

  3. I recently upgraded the the HR21 from DirecTv. I was afraid of losing the easy to use TiVo remote and the dual buffers bot so far I haven’t really missed them. Plus DTV rolled out on demand for those of us that have connected the receiver to das Intarweb. Pretty swanky to get Venture Bros. whenever I want! 🙂 Also the home media networking is pretty slick.

    Oh yeah, nice pic, too!

    Now that is very interesting, Dave. I’ll have to hook the receiver up to my network, if possible. That was one big drawback of the DirecTiVo: all the fancy media sharing and Internet programming stuff that made standalone TiVos so cool wasn’t available on the DirecTV-branded TiVo. Grr.

    As to the remote: Laura hates the new one and regularly says so.

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