Mmmmm…. Tea!

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Recently, Dan and I made a deal. I asked that he add black beans to his diet in order to help with his cholesterol. I, in turn, agreed to give up regular soda. Well, I have not been a huge fan of diet sodas, so I have looked for other drink alternatives. Tea has been the biggest thing that I never really liked in the past.

Not long ago, Dan and I were visited by a friend from Amsterdam, and we went to the Art Museum, which was unfortunately about to close. We weren’t ready to go back home, so instead we went to the coffee house across the way. Not being a coffee drinker, I chose to look at their tea menu. They had this one that sounded really great to me called forbidden fruit. It was an herbal tea that had some flavors that I really like. Consisting of Hibiscus blossoms, rose hips, apple bits, elder berries and citrus peel, I decided to give it a try. This has to be one of the best things I have ever come across!

I went up to the counter to buy some to take home, but unfortunately, this is the one flavor that is not sold anywhere but the tea house that makes it. That place is the Pekoe Sip House in Boulder on the corner of Canyon and Broadway! If you are a fan of tea, and find yourself in or near Boulder, you need to check this place out. They even have Boba for those that are fans!

btw: it is pure coincidence that their logo is very close to the colors of my blog. 🙂 But all the better!

By qphayes Posted in Food

HD-DVD Officially Joins the Jurassic Players – UPDATE

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Toshiba has officially announced today that the HD-DVD player is no more. I guess having Microsoft shell out a ton of money backing you isn’t always a guarantee of success. This coming only weeks after a multi-million dollar push at the Superbowl.

Here is the official statement from Toshiba

19 February, 2008

Company Remains Focused on Championing Consumer Access to High Definition Content

TOKYO–Toshiba Corporation today announced that it has undertaken a thorough review of its overall strategy for HD DVD and has decided it will no longer develop, manufacture and market HD DVD players and recorders. This decision has been made following recent major changes in the market. Toshiba will continue, however, to provide full product support and after-sales service for all owners of Toshiba HD DVD products.

HD DVD was developed to offer consumers access at an affordable price to high-quality, high definition content and prepare them for the digital convergence of tomorrow where the fusion of consumer electronics and IT will continue to progress.

“We carefully assessed the long-term impact of continuing the so-called ‘next-generation format war’ and concluded that a swift decision will best help the market develop,” said Atsutoshi Nishida, President and CEO of Toshiba Corporation. “While we are disappointed for the company and more importantly, for the consumer, the real mass market opportunity for high definition content remains untapped and Toshiba is both able and determined to use our talent, technology and intellectual property to make digital convergence a reality.”

Toshiba will continue to lead innovation, in a wide range of technologies that will drive mass market access to high definition content. These include high capacity NAND flash memory, small form factor hard disk drives, next generation CPUs, visual processing, and wireless and encryption technologies. The company expects to make forthcoming announcements around strategic progress in these convergence technologies.

Toshiba will begin to reduce shipments of HD DVD players and recorders to retail channels, aiming for cessation of these businesses by the end of March 2008. Toshiba also plans to end volume production of HD DVD disk drives for such applications as PCs and games in the same timeframe, yet will continue to make efforts to meet customer requirements. The company will continue to assess the position of notebook PCs with integrated HD DVD drives within the overall PC business relative to future market demand.

This decision will not impact on Toshiba’s commitment to standard DVD, and the company will continue to market conventional DVD players and recorders. Toshiba intends to continue to contribute to the development of the DVD industry, as a member of the DVD Forum, an international organization with some 200 member companies, committed to the discussion and defining of optimum optical disc formats for the consumer and the related industries.

Toshiba also intends to maintain collaborative relations with the companies who joined with Toshiba in working to build up the HD DVD market, including Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, and DreamWorks Animation and major Japanese and European content providers on the entertainment side, as well as leaders in the IT industry, including Microsoft, Intel, and HP. Toshiba will study possible collaboration with these companies for future business opportunities, utilizing the many assets generated through the development of HD DVD.

Well the good news is that this means that Universal and Paramount will have no choice now, so Star Trek and Transformers will finally make their way to Blu-Ray. This comes the day after I discover that I can wirelessly stream my music (minus any iTunes purchases), pictures, and AVI or WMV movies to my PS3 from my mac using this software from Elgato. It’s not 100% perfect, but I didn’t play around with it too much last night, just wanted to see if it actually worked. Thanks to Dan’s friend Misha for telling me that this was a possibility!

UPDATE 02/19/2007 6:01PM: The day before I will be at Universal Studios Island of Adventure, Universal has officially announced today that they will be going Blu-Ray. This article has their official stance:

“While Universal values the close partnership we have shared with Toshiba, it is time to turn our focus to releasing new and catalog titles on Blu-ray,” said Craig Kornblau, president of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.”

Woo-Hoo!!!!

An Updated Look For Myself :)

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Well, I went to the eye doctor, and my eyesite continues to go south. But it gives me the opportunity to update my look a bit. I got my new glasses this past weekend. They are from a scandinavian designer named Öga. He has some great architecture inspired frames for men. I really like the wood frames he has on his site, but I am sure those are way out of my price range!

I will get pics soon of myself in them… Especially this week while I am away in Florida at Disney World for my friend’s Bachelor Party!

Looking For Advice

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I am tearing out our old picket fence in the front yard. It is mostly rotted wood, and just in really poor shape. I am looking for some advice from anyone out there who can tell me the best place to take something like this to be recycled, or re-used somehow. I would really like to not see it just end up in a landfill out there.

Thanks in advance for any ideas any of you have.

Planet Earth: Discovery HD Theater

original.gifWell, after a long wait, I have finally received my Blu-Ray version of the American Discovery release of Planet Earth. Thank you Lorne for all your hard work getting the BBC version exchanged.

I can say that I am not disappointed in my decision to have the BBC version exchanged for the Discovery version. It is very evident that the Discovery Channel went to a lot more effort than the BBC release to make sure that the viewer got the best quality experience out of the Blu-Ray release. The imagery is as good if not better than what was experienced on the Discovery HD airing on HDTV.

Unlike the BBC release, there is none of the problems in shadows with weird lines. The colors are more vibrant and rich. Some purists may say that they messed up something that was perfect, but the production value of the American release is far superior to the BBC release. The music is more engaging, and the opening credits more intense, showcasing the series’ best moments. Sigourney Weaver’s narration is also much more suited to the series.

This Struck Me Last Night…

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After last night’s Super Tuesday Caucuses, It got me a little scared when I saw Huckabee starting to gain some momentum. I really feel he is too extreme right winged to be good for this country. Every time I hear his name the movie comes to mind, and last night, I just thought out loud, the no, I don’t Heart Huckabee. I just hope that McCain can maintain his lead should we not be able to get a democrat into office this next election.

Given Kucinich’s drop out of the running for election, I have struggled to decide who I want to throw my support behind. I have researched, and feel that I am most compatible with Obama. It has been a difficult decision between him and Clinton, but, in the end I feel that he seems to be more sincere in his hopes for change in this country.

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