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USPS parcel delivery is hopeless

March 19th, 2014 Posted in general | No Comments »

Ordered stuff from Amazon. The Prime shipped box via fedex arrived last night, but the USPS shipped box says “March 25th delivery”, six days from now. Even though the package is already in DC!

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This is stuff I need for Sam’s bachelor party this weekend at the Cosmo in Vegas. Super excited.

Setting up a Roku 3 and a Logitech Harmony One remote

February 14th, 2014 Posted in geek out, popular | 3 Comments »

EDIT MAY 2015: Are you using the new software? Their new software, MyHarmony, available at https://setup.myharmony.com/ makes Roku Setup much easier. You don’t have to follow these steps if you update.

It isn’t as straightforward as one would like to set up a Roku 3 and a Logitech Harmony One remote. Some things that could be more obvious:

  • Where is the Roku device on the “Devices” list?

It’s hidden under Devices -> DVD -> DVD -> Manufacturer: Roku -> Roku 3



It will come up as a DVD player, so you definitely want to rename the device by clicking “Settings” -> “Rename Device” and calling it a Roku3.


  • Does the Harmony One have the right IR/RF control mechanisms to control a Roku?

Yes, it does. Mine is working perfectly after just configuring it with Logitech Harmony Remote Software. Logitech gives you some options to point the Roku remote at the backside of the Harmony remote, and pushing some Roku remote keys to learn. But the harmony, unsurprisingly, doesn’t learn when you fire things into its backside. You can skip that step.

  • Why does the “Activity”->Watch Roku send commands to my TV instead of to the Roku?

Major annoying factor, but easy to fix. When I hit the “Activity” -> “Watch Roku” (I customized that name, it used to be “Watch DVD (2)”), all commands would be sent to the TV.

You can fix this by going to “Activities” -> “Watch Roku” -> “Customize Buttons”. Some buttons like Volume Control and Mute should go to your TV, but everything else can point to your Roku. See:



You can even add some custom buttons to show on the home screen with the “Additional Buttons” tab:



We’ll miss you, Kolesky

January 15th, 2014 Posted in funnies, work | No Comments »



Having fun in Lisbon

November 12th, 2013 Posted in general | No Comments »
This bridge is a knock-off of the golden gate bridge. The name is the "April 25th bridge". The Portuguese dictator Salazar hired the golden gate bridge's architect to build one in Lisbon.

This bridge is a knock-off of the golden gate bridge. The name is the “April 25th bridge”. The Portuguese dictator Salazar hired the golden gate bridge’s architect to build one in Lisbon.

Trying the Panorama mode on my new Sonv HX-50V

Couple of songs with Incredible Vocals

November 5th, 2013 Posted in music | No Comments »

I keep coming across songs that I really like but can’t put my finger on what exactly I like about them. Here are two with absolutely incredible male vocals that I really really really like.


Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks.

Grizzly Bear’s lead singer’s brother was my arch nemesis in high school. He bullied most of the kids smaller than him, which was nearly everybody. He’s a nice guy now, and his brother is an incredible vocalist.



Puddles the Sad Clown with a Golden Voice – Cover of Royals (by Lorde)

The cover is arguably better than the original. The clown is a riot and his voice really is golden.


Where are you going to get a lawyer?

August 7th, 2013 Posted in funnies | No Comments »

An engineer dies and goes to hell. He’s hot and miserable, so he decides to take action.

The A/C has been busted for a long time, so he fixes it. Things cool down quickly. The moving walkway motor jammed, so he unjams it. People can get from place to place more easily. The TV was grainy and unclear, so he fixes the connection to the Satellite dish and now they get hundreds of high def channels, although they still cannot watch Breaking Bad on AMC.

One day, God decides to look down on Hell to see how his grand design is working out and notices that everyone is happy and enjoying umbrella drinks. He asks the Devil what’s up?

The Devil says, “Things are great down here since you sent us an engineer.”

“What?” says God. “An engineer? I didn’t send you one of those. That must have been a mistake. Send him upstairs immediately.”

The Devil responds, “No way. We want to keep our engineer. We like him.”

God demands, “If you don’t send him to me immediately, I’ll sue!”

The Devil laughs. “Where are You going to get a lawyer?”