Amazon Video on Demand

October 30, 2008

I noticed today that Amazon is having a pretty good sale on some of their video on demand titles. I actually considered purchasing several of these items:

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Now I have to admit that on several occasions when our TiVo became confused and failed to record a show we wanted to watch that I have purchased that particular episode from Amazon. In general, when this has happened, I have been pleased with the quality of the video as well as the absence of commercials.

So, when I saw this video on demand sale this morning I asked my self why I wasn’t jumping to take advantage of it. After thinking about it I decided that the only reason was the oppressive DRM Amazon uses on these videos.

I mean, when I buy one of these I own it, right? So why can’t I burn it to a DVD? Copy it to a PC? Copy it from one TiVo to another? Convert it for viewing on my Video iPod or iPhone?

Hell, I have even downloaded video that Amazon was giving away for free and was not allowed to copy it from the living room TiVo to the bedroom for viewing.

I’m sure that all this DRM comes from the TV/movie industries and is forced upon Amazon but I am upset that Amazon (as well as Apple) is not using its considerable clout to stand up for my rights. Why do I not have the freedom to view the video I purchase from Amazon the way I want? Why can’t I create a backup copy of the video I own rather than relying on Amazon to store a copy for me?

Sorry for going off on a rant. This just really pisses me off.


Why is failing so popular?

October 30, 2008

On July 16th I published a picture here of a beaver (the critter, get your mind out of the gutter) who was killed when a tree s/he was felling killed him/her. Ya gotta admit that is ironic.

Anyway, since posting that my search hit rate has gone off the scale (for me) with people searching for “fail” or “epic fail”. Now I guess I could be offended that searches for “fail” rank me so high, but what I really want to know is: Why are people searching for “fail”?

— Post From My iPhone

Enjoy a Texas Yellow

October 27, 2008

This weekend I ran across some locally grown Texas oranges and decided to give them a try. To be honest they looked a little washed out and could only be called “orange” in the broadest sense of the word.

Today I had one for lunch and my initial thoughts are that California has nothing to worry about on the orange front.

Anyone want to buy some second hand yellows?

— Post From My iPhone

Nothing like fall in the north

October 25, 2008

A friend sent me these photo’s taken the other day at Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC, Canada. The colors are incredible.

— Post From My iPhone

Who knew?

October 22, 2008