Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Good Gaming

A little over a month ago, I acquired an Xbox 360. Barring the Red Ring of Death (so far, so good), it's really a pretty good system. The games are good, and the online features are nice, but this past weekend, I discovered something great about the 360. It introduced my TV to my PC, and they've been good friends ever since. I've got a wireless network set up at my house, and the 360 is able to use that network to access the photo, music, and video files that I have saved on my PC. In other words, I can watch all of the cool videos on my hard drive from the most comfortable seat in the whole house - my sofa.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Gems from the bargain bin

We've all seen it. You're in a department store, walking by the electronics area, and it's right there in the main aisle. The Bargain Bin. Full of CD's/DVD's that just won't sell anywhere else, the bargain bin can be a treasure trove for the patient.
Admittedly, most of what one finds in these bargain bins belongs there. Most of it. Every now and then, however, patient searching will reveal a true gem.
I discovered this about ten years ago, when I worked for one of these department stores (the name doesn't matter, they went out of business in 1999). Working for a department store didn't offer much in the way of pay, so I would routinely paw through the bargain bin, hoping for a decent CD that wouldn't put a sizable dent in my paycheck. That's how I found this:
As I recall, it only cost me about $5, and it was well worth it. This CD starts out wit a brief narrative from the titular vampire, which introduces the darkly romantic theme of this CD. The music is keyboard driven, mostly piano pieces, and it is excellent. There is not a song on this CD that I don't like. A couple of them are reminiscent of Castlevania - Symphony of the Night.
This CD has been in my regular rotation since I bought it. over 10 years for about $5.00 - not a bad deal.