ways to (not) attract tv viewers

This year December 31st is Saturday. It means that I’m lazy in the morning, procrastinating all tasks and doing whatever is absolutely useless. So I compared two major TV channels in Lithuania, what are they offering for their beloved viewer on New Years Eve. I just took all movies (and some full-length animated ones) they’re showing, did check their IMDB ratings and used some formulas everyone knows to determine, if anyone should watch TV.

Metric LNK TV3
Count: 8.0 9.0
Rating sum: 36.6 47.0
Rating average: 4.6 5.2
Maximum: 6.6 7.4
Minimum: 3.6 3.3
SqDev: 6.1 10.7
Median: 4.3 5.4

First of all, you may end up in terror, as both TVs have sub-4 rating movies. Generally speaking, this is very very bad. On the other hand, average is terribly low as well, though TV3 might have slightly better status. If you get up early in the morning, you may watch ‘Chicken Run’, which is quite good animated flick. You’re saved if you have cable or satellite TV, or if you’ve got enough booze to erase all memories :) I just wonder, how could major TV channels get so much crap…

And this is the proof:

LNK                     IMDB  | TV3                       IMDB
09:45 Groove squad       3.9  | 08:00 Der Weihnachtswolf   5.5
11:10 Good burger        4.2  | 09:45 Chicken Run          7.4
12:50 Mr. Nice Guy       4.8  | 11:10 The Cat In The Hat   3.3
14:25 Joe's Apartment    5.0  | 12:45 Dunston Checks In    4.6
15:55 On Deadly Ground   3.6  | 14:25 Shallow Hal          6.0
19:00 Der Clown          4.1  | 16:35 Nutty Professor II   4.5
20:50 Rush Hour          6.6  | 19:08 Gorgeus              5.4
01:30 Who's your daddy   4.4  | 00:05 Commando             5.7
                              | 01:55 Swimfan              4.6

2005: year one second longer

Instead of celebrating 2006, I’ll better choose to celebrate leap second – last time it happened in 1998. That is the second of total freedom, it is not accounted usually in budgets, calendars or anywhere else. It is announced 6 months before it happens.

On the other hand, you can make those leap seconds happen every year. All you have to do is sit on your office chairs and rotate counter-clockwise. Every rotation will shorten the day by 10-35s. This has to happen in northern hemisphere of course, southerners should rotate clockwise.

And here is the important part, when will those free seconds happen:

  • Helsinki, Vilnius, Cairo: 2005-12-31 21:59:60
  • Paris, Berlin: 2005-12-31 22:59:60
  • UTC: 2005-12-31 23:59:60

So, synchronize your clocks, let’s have some free time!

fighting hpdeskjetphobia: printers win!

Ten years ago a printer was bought in our household. It was HP DeskJet 520, black and white mod, and did cost a fortune – over $1000. It was a good one, 300dpi, and was used for 8 years. I used to clean it’s parts with alcohol, used vacuum cleaner several times as well. It may be still there, printing and making lots of noise.

So, it’s cost scared me so much that I got hpdeskjetphobia, I always avoided buying printers. I did see various printing facilities, e.g. a printing room in a bank, where transaction logs were printed on paper by large Kyoceras. Those noisy bastards were all around but not near me. In my previous job printers were outsourced from a company, and nearest one was five or six rooms away. Those were big and looked expensive. All printers looked to me expensive.

Now I decided I need one for my home office. I just went to a nearest shop, and the first one (HP PSC 1510) looked like the one I need. It even has scanner and copying functions! All for 100Eur. I took it home, opened the box, surprise surprise, it had CD for my Mac, with OCR software and some image management tool. All for 100 Eur. I don’t know how much I’ll have to pay for ink yet, but there was some included. For same 100 Eur.

I printed several photos on A4 photopaper and those looked amazing. Sure, now I need a digital camera. There is a story, why I have none yet. See, 8 years ago I was kind of early adopter. I did lots of photo footage for my school’s homepage with a camera, that did cost $1000 and had 640×480 resolution (borrowed, not own one). But I guess I have yet another phobia to kill and find out that now digital cameras are commodity as well. Maybe some pictures will end up in Wikimedia Commons? :)