Archbishop Williams Set for 'Simpsons' Role

Yahoo news is reporting that Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury might be performing on “The Simpsons”. The Simpsons have always had big name stars on their show, including Tony Blair and Mick Jaggar. Williams gave an interview where he praised the Simpsons for being on the mark for how society is. The Simpsons are probably the most religious family on TV, so Williams starring in a show wouldn’t be that out of line. Even though Homer might drink beer and get on his kids’ for being screw ups, he still drags himself to church, even when he’d rather be watching football.

Pretty much every normal American is a fan of the Simpsons, because the Simpsons act like Americans do. One non-fan, President George W. Bush said: “We need a nation closer to ‘The Waltons’ than ‘The Simpsons.”‘ Maybe that is why our country is so screwed up right now. Even though the Homer Simpson is religious, he doesn’t wear it on his sleeve and use it to push his agenda, like Bush does. I’m sure Ma and Pa Walton would love what Bush is doing, I’m sure they were devout Christians. But you see, Lisa Simpson is a Buddhist, and Homer doesn’t mind, he is open to all religions, and if President Bush saw that, maybe he too would understand how the world works, instead of going to war for no reason.

Anyways, the Simpsons are always doing new and crazy things, and this is something new and cool. I can’t wait to see the episode.

Yahoo News Article

The Simpsons

Astound Vs. Charter

So I finally broke down and bought my first “Video on Demand” movie last night from Astound cable. It was so cool, I would have to say it was like I was watching the DVD. I ordered a pizza, and I could just pause the movie to go pay the delivery guy.

Astound also has DVR capabilities, like TiVo. I don’t think the software on for the DVR part is as complicated as TiVo, but it works. You can search by actor or anything, just channel, date, title. I have run into a few glitches, but a hard reset of the box gets things running again.

As far as internet, I don’t know, I have heard from many people who have Astound that their internet goes down a lot. The only time mine has stopped working, I first got an email from Astound telling me when and why, at least 3 days in advance.

Charter on the other hand, the internet was down pretty much 3 times a week, and my cable modem needed replacing. When I called to get a new one, they said “Come pick one up”. I said “Come bring me one, I didn’t break it, It is just defective”. I heard when you bring a defective cable modem back to Charter they just put it back in the rotation without even fixing it, so six months down the road some schmuck will get a bad cable modem. How nice is that?

As for the cable, Charter didn’t have DVR or VOD. When I called to cancel, that is why I told them I was canceling. The guy (from some call center eight states away) was like “But we might have that in the next year, please stay!!”. Sorry, get with the times please. And once I think about it, Astound’s digital cable navigation system is like light years ahead of Charter’s.

I am also pretty sure Astound customer service is local, which is cool too.

Charter should focus more on local than big picture. They will end up falling into the same pit as many companies before them. Astound can deliver the same services, plus more, and deliver them better. Before I switched I was a devout Charter guy, now I would have to say Astound all the way. Oh, and BTW – It is cheaper!!

Astound Broadband

Charter Communications

McCarthy Beach State Park

What a small and crazy world. Back in March, there was “game night” for some guys at work. We ended up heading downtown after. Sometimes at the bars, there are girls that walk around with little mini-tablet pc’s asking if you smoke or not. If you say yes, they scan your drivers license and you get a free zippo (whoo hoo!). Anyways, I said yes even though I don’t smoke, just to scam the zippo.

Now, I get snail-mail spam from Marlboro. To make a long story short, there is a magazine that comes, called “Unlimited”. Crazy enough, in the mag, they have a list of “Best Camping” spots.

from “Unlimited”:
McCarthy Beach State Park: “Bunk out here and you’re right by Sturgeon Lake-rated one of North America’s top beaches by Highway magazine. Huge pines around the campsite ($10 a night) make for great hikes”

It is about time the good ol’ Iron Range gets some props. 🙂

Email Limits

Well, there is Google’s Gmail (1 GB), and then this week Yahoo decided to say..”Hey wait, instead of 4 MB, lets give our users 100 MB”…Now MSN is going to up the ante, but they haven’t said how much yet. BTW, all three of these are “free” web based email clients. You could always pay Yahoo or MSN for more space, but who wants to do that. Maybe people should just clean out their email boxes? Or maybe archive it off to CD? 10 years from now, no one is going to look at their email they got about “10% off at Best Buy” or “New Polos at the”. Anyways, I say store as little as possible online in your email box, because sooner or later the email server that you go through (Yahoo, MSN, Google, etc) will just start snooping and sending you ad’s related to your email. If you want to have a big email box, buy a Win2K3 server and install Exchange 2003 Enterprise, register your domain, and away you go, practically unlimited email size. Below is part of the article from, I haven’t put a link because I think their site is off and on anyways.

from betanews:
Redmond executives have been mulling over how to respond to the storage frenzy, and are set to unveil a plan that will go into effect in July.Although still in beta testing, the launch of Google’s free Gmail service heated up the competition by offering customers a whopping 1GB of e-mail storage. Yahoo! fired back this week by boosting customer inboxes to 100MB and unveiling an updated user interface, which Microsoft called “quite good.”

“We have been intentionally quiet over this period, as we formulated our plans, and waited to see the Yahoo response, feeling it would be best to see how strong Yahoo’s counter would be before going public with our own,” Blake Irving, corporate vice president of MSN’s Communication Services group, told employees.

Microsoft hopes that by giving customers enough space, it can move the media focus away from storage as a key selling point and reduce the emerging threat posed by media darling Google.

“We are going to respond in a big way and will eliminate email storage as an issue for our users,” said Irving.