Victoria: December 2006 Archives

The New York Times recently published an article listing 15 things that couples should ask each other before they plan to get married. Most of it was the usual stuff you would expect, but sandwiched between #2 (Do we have a clear idea of each other’s financial obligations and goals, and do our ideas about spending and saving mesh?) and #14 (If one of us were to be offered a career opportunity in a location far from the other’s family, are we prepared to move?) was one that jumped out at me:

7) Will there be a television in the bedroom?

Is this really a cause of so much contention? Is television in the bedroom a huge source of tension in relationships? Amidst all of the philosophical questions, that one struck me as funny. Maybe it is the strong opinions that this issue engenders that makes it so controversial.

By the way, my own answer is, HELL TO THE NO!

See the full list after the jump:

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Over the past weekend, I enriched my life immeasurably with two technical gadgets. First: I got a Tivo. And second: I started using Bloglines.

I have only had my Tivo for four days, but I already have an unhealthy amount of affection for it. I can watch whatever I want whenever I want, I can schedule it over the internet, and it records me programs it thinks I might like - so far, pretty unsuccessfully. The only thing I am disappointed about is that the Tivo-to-Go feature, by which you can transfer Tivo-recorded programs to your computer to watch and burn, is currently only working with Windows and not Mac - although a quick Google search says that there may be some "extra-curricular" ways of getting around that.

Bloglines is a pretty awesome RSS aggregator, and since I know I am not addressing an entirely tech-savvy audience, I will explain that it lets you subscribe to receive updates from sites that are updated regularly - most notably, news sites and blogs, like our beloved Pop5. I was half-heartedly getting RSS feeds through Yahoo, but I didn't really like the interface or the options. With Bloglines, all of these things are customizable. You can even add a "Subscribe with Bloglines" button to your browser, to click when you are on a site you want to subscribe to. The upside is that I am finding fun, new little corners of the internet. The downside (possibly for you) is that now I feel the urge to share!

Guess who's promoting medical marijuana??

This is not just a good idea - this is an AWESOME idea.

NY Times film critic Manohla Dargis reviews David Lynch's Inland Empire, which, she says "isn't a film to love," but is "one of the few films I’ve seen this year that deserves to be called art." Who's in?

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Special guest Evan joins us for Podcasts 7 and 8!