Archive for September, 2008

Some strange force motivated me to turn to channel 362 this morning.. the channel that has sucked since we got rid of our cable service (DirecTV, at least until now, didn’t have the capacity to handle all the different local forecasts). Then I saw something totally unexpected.. a local freaking forecast on freaking satellite TV.

What is it? Well it’s not an IntelliStar system. It looks like a DirecTV Active slideshow that’s been filled up with the forecast. I think what the forecast system does is take the zip code that is entered into the DirectTV Active service, and then display an Active channel whenever the forecast comes on, specifically for that zip.

I like it a lot; it’s tons better than the blah satellite forecast. It’s not perfect, though: The radar is way too small (and unanimated! :O),  not to mention it’s not nearly as smooth as a “real” IntelliStar system would be. It looks like a PowerPoint presentation.

Most of the reason I’ve wanted a system like this is for the warning scroll in the LDL. Whether or not DirecTV can provide that remains to be seen. I’m not wishing for severe weather but I would like to see how much the system actually does.

I think they’re still in the early testing stages, because it flakes on and off quite a bit. I was lucky to catch it this morning.

This coincides with yet another revamping of the Active service, except this time it’s actually kind of useful because the former weather source sucked (I think it was AccuWeather and there was no radar, just cute maps)

Here’s hoping it only gets better.


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A while back, I found an article on Pick The Brain called “Why No Response Doesn’t Mean Not Interested” that I fell in love with. I hate the site, I hate any site that purports to be for self-improvement and then whores itself out (it’s very distrusting).. but there was one thing of interest in a bullet point:

The person who assumes nobody wants to talk with him because he sits quietly in a corner during a party.

Obviously that’s not a sentence but that’s not the point.

The point is, unless you try, most people will (annoyingly) not know that you want to try or you want to be noticed. People LIKE you. People WANT to be around you. But they can’t if you don’t look like you want them.

Just because they don’t talk to you doesn’t mean they don’t want to talk to you. They may not have noticed you, or may not have had time to chat. If they’ve talked to you before, nothing’s changed. There’s no reason to worry that they hate you because of a couple instances of appearing ignored. Most won’t even think about it past that 5-second period. That’s a good thing because it means they’re not caring about your perhaps awkward appearance.

This is a tall order for me to overcome, personally. I’ve been relying too much on that “other-confidence” because I don’t have enough self-confidence. There’s the rub..and irony. If you want to get more friends you need to be confident but for me it’s hard to be confident without my friends’ shoulders to stand on.

Why am I writing about this? Well, today was a strange day. People actually talked to me. Yes me. Even talking to the people I always do, it felt different..like I was a freer person.

I hope this is a good sign.

Remember kids, don’t be a weenie! Or at least be a good one, with chili, and cheese..yum.

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