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  1. Stephen Orr

    Any word on 3D ready blu ray drives for my home theater PC?

    This is something I've been thinking about lately. Most/all of my blu ray discs are backed up on a local hard drive, used an LG blu ray drive to do this. With all the talk of blu ray players coming out with 3D capability, just wondering if ANYONE has heard whether computer drives will be coming...
  2. Stephen Orr

    Doctor Who - The Waters of Mars

    Very good episode. Starts out typically (Doctor arrives on scene just as something weird begins happening), he had knowledge the others don't about their fates, and must decide what he is or isn't going to do about it. The last 30 minutes was very exciting and dark, and shows us a side of the...
  3. Stephen Orr

    Netflix Instant View - What's On!

    I have not seen a thread about this. I have Netflix Instant View New Choices set up in my Google Reader feed. This morning, I saw that Netflix Instant View is now offering all four seasons of Lost. The fact that this service comes free with my Netflix subscription is incredible. What are some...
  4. Stephen Orr

    Sub $1000 projector appropriate for outdoor movies?

    My son in Texas has asked my advise on the best quality projector he can get for under $1000. He intends to use it for showing movies in his backyard, and it will not be set up all of the time. It's a gift for his wife, who just signed a contract for a permanent teaching position. I have...
  5. Stephen Orr

    The Closer Season 5

    New season starts tonight on TNT. Looking forward to seeing Brenda Lee, Fritz and the gang back at work. My wife, who is home recovering from surgery, says she's enjoyed the all day marathon on TNT today.
  6. Stephen Orr

    *** Official UP Discussion Thread

    Okay, it has been a month since the LAST posting about UP. It starts in a couple of days, and I have gone from "just wait" to "see it opening weekend." The reviews at RottenTomatoes (100% for 33 so far) have been nothing short of astounding and, in true Pixar form, the trailers have little to do...
  7. Stephen Orr

    *** Official TERMINATOR SALVATION Discussion Thread

    I am seeking Terminator Salvation tonight at a sneak peek. I will be writing up a review of it in the morning.
  8. Stephen Orr

    *** Official STAR TREK (2009) Discussion Thread

    Two negative reviews have dropped RT to 96% with 54 total reviews. After reading the negative one, I really didn't understand their dislike for what's basically a crowd-pleasing, big budget, what-the-Star-Wars-prequels-should-have-been summer popcorn movie. They seemed to be negative just to be...
  9. Stephen Orr

    Fox dumping Sat. Morning Cartoons for Ads

    Longform ads replace kid fare on Fox - Entertainment News, TV News, Media - Variety Wow. Just wow. First NBC, then CBS, now Fox. If someone doesn't have cable, then their kids Saturday morning TV options just became more limited...
  10. Stephen Orr

    *** Official GET SMART Review Thread

    Had the absolute delight of seeing the new Steve Carell/Anne Hathaway movie last night at a special preview at a local military base. I watched Get Smart as a kid during the 60s, and am a real fan of the original Adams/Feldon show. That said, I tell you I have not laughed so much at a movie in a...
  11. Stephen Orr

    Son was married this weekend...

    to a wonderful young lady in Texas. Mansfield/Renden, just south of Dallas/Ft. Worth. Kelly and Kyle Orr Wedding Video and Photo Links The video files are mp4. I haven't had a chance to put a really good site together, but though a quick post would be fun.
  12. Stephen Orr

    Iron Man (2008)

    Title: Iron Man (2008) Tagline: Heroes aren't born. They're built. Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Adventure Director: Jon Favreau Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, Leslie Bibb, Shaun Toub, Faran Tahir, Clark Gregg, Bill Smitrovich, Sayed...
  13. Stephen Orr

    Ever had your own medical mystery?

    I am currently in month four a weird situation with my left leg. Back in January, I developed a localized pain just above my left ankle that got worse the more I walked on it. I never hit it, or injured it in any other way. I went to see my family doctor, who was baffled, but xrayed it and...
  14. Stephen Orr

    Officially format neutral today

    Just ordered the Sony BDP-S300 with 10 (!) free movies, 5 of which will come with the machine! Read a lot of sites and see that as long as the firmware is up to date, it's a very decent machine. Adding this to the Toshiba HD A2 I bought at the beginning of the month.
  15. Stephen Orr

    Netflix vs Blockbuster

    For years, I was a loyal Blockbuster customer, as I have a store about 3/4 of a mile from my house. However, as I get older, my need to rush out and rent a new release on its first day on the shelves has significantly diminished. The same thing has happened with going to the movies -- I only go...
  16. Stephen Orr

    Finally got my midlife crisis car...

    I turn 48 this year. This fall, I am transistioning from teaching in a fourth grade class room to managing a school's computer lab. Some of you already know I became a teacher after 23 years of naval service, retiring as a chief petty officer. Anyway, I am also starting a side job/profitable...
  17. Stephen Orr

    New house, new home theater setup

    My wife and I within about three weeks of closing and moving into a new townhouse. It has a living room that is about 18x12 that the wife has said, "This is your new home theater room." Budget being what it is, we are NOT getting any HD content in the house (yet), so we will still be using...
  18. Stephen Orr

    PC to Component Video output for HDTV hookup

    I want to hook my Dell 4550 into my Sony 34in HDTV. I am currently using an old laptop to stream from my Beyond TV HD on the Dell into the Sony through an S-Video connection. I'd like to change it, if possible, to a component video connection. I'm moving my dell downstairs to become part of my...
  19. Stephen Orr

    The Guardian Review

    Just came back from a sneak of Kevin Costner/Ashton Kutcher military flick The Guardian, directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive). Costner plays a Coast Guard rescue swimmer who reluctantly becomes a rescue trainer after being the only survivor of a spectacularly disasterous rescue attempt off...
  20. Stephen Orr

    SNEAK ALERT: The Guardian

    Kevin Costner/Ashton Kutcher Coast Guard action flick is showing free this Saturday at 7 p.m. at our local military theater. Focuses on SAR (search and rescue) swimmers. Check for free sneaks in your local area!
  21. Stephen Orr

    Peter Jackson's next epic series -

    Story can be found here http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr..._id=1003120747 Personally, this sound so cool. Kinda like Horatio Hornblower meets Dragonheart.
  22. Stephen Orr

    New HP Media Center computer m7680y with Core 2 Duo Chipset

    Just ordered one of these last night from HP for around $1200. Been reading about the Core 2 Duo chipset, which is getting raves all over the place. Specs are: - Genuine Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 - Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor E6400 (2.13GHz) - 2GB DDR2-667MHz dual channel...
  23. Stephen Orr

    *** Official WORLD TRADE CENTER Review Thread

    Saw Oliver Stone's latest tonight at a free sneak at our local military theater. Whatever Stone's political leanings, he puts politics completely aside to tell the true story of the 18th and 19th survivors, two Port Authority policemen, to be pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center in...
  24. Stephen Orr

    Look! Up In The Sky Superman documentary June 12 on A&E

    A&E is showing this in advance of the new Superman movie. Looks like something to DVR, although I hear the DVD that's coming out at the end of the month will be 30 minutes longer! Look! Up In The Sky
  25. Stephen Orr

    Friend talked to 24's President Logan this weekend

    We have a very good friend who is a major 24 fan. She has a friend who caddies in North Carolina. Her phone rings and Gregory Itzin, who's golfing in NC, says to her "This is President Logan." She flips completely out! She told him "We love to hate you so much!," to which he replied, "Then I'm...
  26. Stephen Orr

    25th (Silver) Anniversary and still going strong

    My wife and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary this week. She's getting a new ring set and a cruise. I feel I'm the most blessed guy in the world that I'm married to her. Anyone else here at the quarter century mark or beyond?
  27. Stephen Orr

    25th Anniversary - 3 day Disney cruise!

    My wife and I have hemmed and hawed around for the past few months about how to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary coming up next month. Finally, we took the plunge and set up to go on the 3-day Disney Caribbean cruise to Nassau and Castaway Cay. This will be our first cruise, ever. I hit...
  28. Stephen Orr

    Windows Workgroup computers drop off and back on line

    I have a secure wireless g network in my home. I have four computers currently sharing the network: three desktops (2 wireless, 1 wired) and one laptop (wireless). When everything is up and going, it's great. However, I am having issues with different stations dropping on and off the network...
  29. Stephen Orr

    Monty Python's Personal Best! Check your PBS listings

    Starts tonight in my area. 6 hours of the cast's favorite bits. And I just read that PBS will be reairing all 47 episodes beginning this spring! Ex-parrots for everyone!
  30. Stephen Orr

    Throughput slowdown with WPA security?

    I'm still kind of new to the whole wireless thing. I set up a wireless router in our house so we could use my son's old dell laptop anywhere in the house. I set it up with WPA security, and have a pretty strong signal all over. I spent this evening installing a wireless desktop card into our...