Web TV!

Phil and I have been working our way through Deadwood via Netflix. Everything was going smoothly until we ordered Disc 2 of Season 2. That disc and the replacement disc sent after it have been lost somewhere in the giant black hole that is The United States Postal Service. It was probably my overstuffed credit card envelopes that jammed the machine causing a fold in the universe thus creating some sort of vacum that is sucking up all of Phil’s Netflixes. Wouldn’t that be funny? Or maybe it was so darn teenagers across the street.

In any event we have been craving Deadwood and our times together have not been as enjoyable since we’ve been Deadwoodless. Enter Tyler a gentle man with deceptive intentions. He came to the rescue big time this weekend. I had my fill of watching The Golden Girls with Phil (he sure loves that Bea Arthur) so in desperation I called Tyler and he happily produced the complete 2nd season of Deadwood. The only catch was it was in AVI format, and my DVD players do not support said format. But Phil had his first bright idea ever and reminded me that the video card on my comp has an S-video out and my TV has an S-video in. I scoured my computer parts and sure enough I found the right cables and before I knew it I had my very own WebTV. Nothing says ‘welcome to 1997′ like surfing the Internet on your TV. I found I can also turn my tv into a second monitor or I can clone the desktop so the display is on both! weee! But no one in their right mind would want to do that since the resolution is horrendous, even with that, I had fun for 72 seconds trying to surf the web on my tv. Fortunately the resolution was good enough for Phil and I to watch our stories. And I suppose that’s all that matters. Oh and if you haven’t checked out Deadwood yet, do.

Look at that, ET on the TV.


  1. EsoPhil said,

    August 21, 2006 @ 9:26 pm

    I have a Media Center computer and a decent processor and video card. Technically, I could use my computer as a stereo system and player to port video and media to my TV - that is the main reason for functionality you are describing. To actually try to use the TV as additional computer real estate is simply impossible due to the horrible lack of clarity (unless you have a really cool TV). I don’t use my computer in that way, but technically I could. It sounds like you could too, if you wanted.

  2. normaljean said,

    August 22, 2006 @ 12:12 am

    Oh good, i’m glad you got to watch yer stories Grandpa. ;)

    ET phone home.

  3. Anthony said,

    August 22, 2006 @ 3:46 am

    But see, the most entertaing part of this whole scenario is to see the blog entry right before this one on your tv right below on your television screen…
    Nothing more needs to be said..
    That is a winner right there…
    It is the most random thing I have ever seen…
    Thats it…
    YOu win the prize…
    ABC OUT!

  4. Aimzee said,

    August 22, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

    Very cool! I never would’ve thought of that :) I’ve been having trouble with Netflix lately, too. 1 out of every 3 discs is unplayable (broken or cracked). Really scratchy surface for the others…like you cross your fingers and hope you’ll be able to see the whole movie. I now have a new nickname for Netflix which I cannot share here ;D

  5. Phil said,

    August 22, 2006 @ 8:32 pm

    It turned out that my mail carrier went on vacation so the post office decided they didn’t need to deliver my mail for week. Not sure you want to advertise your “activities”

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