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April 15, 2006

Mmm, Chili.

Someone asked me the other day what I was cooking for Easter, and with me not being a celebrating-Easter kind of guy at the moment, I said, "Chili." So, I put up my favorite chili recipe on my food-blog:

Chili with Beef

It's good. Try it, but you don't have to cook it for Easter.

April 11, 2006

I used to be a Rock Star

Well, I was never really a rock star. I was in a band, Blue Nova, for a short while around in 1996. In honor of our tenth anniversary, I'm rereleasing our one and only album, Songs from the Groove. Don't feel a need to listen to any of it, but my favorites in random order are Scared (both regular and club mix), Tie Dye, Taking Over the World, Shoelaces, and In My Room.

I played guitar. The rest of the band was Andy Minton on guitar, keyboards, and vocals, Albert Christy on vocals, Aaron Bjork on bass, and Tony Marra on drums. We practiced in a barn on a friend's farm.

This album was recorded on one long night in my church's basement, on a single-track cassette karaoke machine with one microphone for vocals and another for all of the instrumental stuff. I later transferred the songs from the cassette to my shiny, new Pentium 75 Packard Bell and cleaned them up as much as I knew how using Cool Edit. Given our poor equipment, our non-existent sound engineering know-how, and our general lack of talent, the songs turned out to be not too bad.

Without further ado, here is Blue Nova's Songs from the Groove:

Tape Cover
Side I:
Taking Over the World
Losing My Head
Belle Boy
Tie Dye
Down Here
Side II:
Strange This Day
In My Room
Scared - Club Mix

April 10, 2006

Mariners Ticket Guide

For anyone who's planning on buying some Mariners tickets this year for a game a Safeco, I just saw this handy blog post (from USS Mariner):

Seattle Mariners Safeco Field ticket guide

April 01, 2006

No HD for 2006 Seattle Mariners

I sent Comcast another e-mail asking about their high definition coverage for Seattle Mariners games (see my previous post). Here's their reply:

Dear Mike,

Thank you for contacting Comcast.

Most Mariner games will be aired on FSN and a good number on KSTW. We do not offer either of these channels in HD. Comcast is committed to deploying HDTV service. We are working to provide as many high definition channel broadcasters as possible. At this time there have been no announced plans to add either of those that channels to your HD lineup. Please keep an eye on your monthly billing statement as the announcement of any channel additions will appear on those statements.

Thank you for choosing Comcast.


Comcast Customer Support

They don't seem to be committed to working all that hard, since FSN lists the Mariners as one of the teams that offers HD coverage (from FSN HD FAQ):

Which teams offer HD games on FSN HD in their respective regions?
NBA teams include the Bucks, Grizzlies, Jazz, Lakers, Magic, Mavericks, Sonics, Spurs, Suns, Timberwolves, and Trailblazers. Major League Baseball teams include the Astros, Brewers, Devil Rays, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Mariners, Marlins, Pirates, Rangers, and Twins. NHL teams include the Blues, Coyotes, Hurricanes, Kings, Lightning, Panthers, Penguins, Stars, and Wild.

Also, Tacoma's Click! Network carries FSN HD as part of their standard HD package, so it's clearly available to broadcasters in the area.

It looks like Comcast is committed to making business decisions that give their customers a poorer-quality product. I'm going to have to consider switching my cable television and internet over to Tacoma's home-grown services.

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