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A Workaround for Hulu on Boxee

Some enterprising Boxee hackers have created a plugin that lets you view Hulu on your Boxee install. Lifehacker has some great documentation. I knew it wouldn’t take long for this to happen. I predict two outcomes: Content providers will figure out that we’re going to get their content on Boxee one way or the other, or they’ll pull everything from Hulu immediately, just to make extra sure nobody can watch their content on their televisions over the Internet.

Sadly, the latter is far more likely. I still think, though, we should send empty boxes to the networks. Or, even better, send them boxes with a piece of paper in them. On the paper write “A Clue.” Because they obviously need one.

This is also a great illustration of the power of a network. We saw a blockage, and routed around it. The Internet was designed for this sort of thing. It’s a force of nature now, like a wave. Old industries can either start paddling and ride the wave, or they can resist it and be smashed to bits.

An Open Invitation

My 27th birthday is approaching, and I’ve decided to make it an open invitation to anyone who can read this. I’m planning a pub crawl for Saturday, September 27th, starting at American Bar & Grill on Plum Street in Lancaster around 8:30 and working my way down the bars on Plum to Quips or Lancaster Brewing Company.

If you can’t make it out at 8:30, I’m going to be putting my current location and state of inebriation on my Twitter feed which is also on the right side of my blog. So to find out where I am, check there before you come out.

No need to bring presents. Just show up and maybe buy me a drink. Good company is the best present I could get.

Best. Concert. EVAR

On November 14, 2007, my life changed forever.

I went to see Streetlight Manifesto at the Chameleon Club.

The concert was awesome. I was right next to the stage, so I got the whole effect of being in the pit with the kiddies without having my eardrums blown out, since most of the sound went over my head. Unlike most of the over 21 crowd, I didn’t go up to the balcony to have a drink. And it was a good thing. I wouldn’t have had nearly as much fun sitting far away from the bands, out of the crowd like some stodgy old man, even though I was one of the oldest people in the audience.

The first band was some crappy local ska band. I knew things weren’t going well when he whipped out his electronic saxophone and they played the Super Mario Brothers theme.

The next band up was a huge improvement. It was The Stitch Up, which is a side project of the frontman for Mu 330. He played some solo stuff for a while and then the band members came on stage and rocked the house. They invited one of the audience members on stage to play one of the songs and he was actually pretty good.

We found out during their set the some douchebag in Philly had stolen Suburban Legends’ van and stole all of their instruments, so they weren’t going to be there. So the next band was the main act.

There aren’t words to describe Streetlight’s set. Everyone in the crowd knew all of the words to their songs, even the ones on the album that had been released less than a week ago. The band is incredibly talented and the songs are catchy and great for the type of venue they were at.

Unfortunately, they only played until 9:15 because it was an all ages show, but it was great while it lasted.

As for Hillary, I got her takeout from her favorite sushi place and her friend came down to hang with her. I was home by 9:30, so she felt better about that. This weekend I’m going to take the baby to my parents’ so that she can have some alone time in exchange for her letting me go to what was seriously the best concert I’ve ever been to.

Spring as Speaker

I just came across this hard drive/spring speaker on the Make: blog. What it apparently does is use a hard drive controller to wiggle a spring to make sounds. It’s deceptively simple, but incredibly useful.

In places like stadiums and airports, loudspeaker systems don’t really work well. Depending on your location they can be either inaudible or too loud to tolerate. By distributing the sound generation across a distance, you can make something loud enough to be heard anywhere without it being too loud at any one place. If you could adjust the echo that results from the sounds traveling through a spring, which shouldn’t be difficult, you could create a system that would be much more pleasant for people to interact with.

Of course, this all depends on how well it scales.

Seen on the Internets #5

There was a discussion on Slashdot about Vista and how it’s like putting lipstick on a pig. I replied:

And what I’ve found with Windows is that people take that pig and say “Well, it works well enough, and all the clothes I bought for it fit, so I don’t think I should switch over to a real woman. Besides, I hear that real women are very expensive.”

Seen on the Internets #3

This is absolutely incredible. Thanks to Richard Dawkins for exposing me to this:

Insert uncooperative YouTube video here.

I particularly like this:

Don’t take refuge in the false security of consensus.

Christopher Hitchens positions on a lot of issues are contrary to mine, but in this video he makes extremely salient points.

Update: Anybody know how to embed a YouTube video on a blog? I tried the instructions at the site but it broke my design and didn’t work. Little help?