The pizza, incidentally, was terrible.
"Yeah. Could you put it out?"
"Well, I don't have any water. I'm waiting for the fire department to arrive. Any idea when they might come?"
"Is there something else you could use?"
"Not really. Just the fire department."
"How about this vodka?"
"No, that will just make it worse."
"What about this bottle of Coke?"
"Well, that might put a small part out, but then we'd have a big sticky mess and it wouldn't really do much to the fire anyway."
"Well, keep plugging away at it, maybe something will turn up. I heard the fire department might be here in two days."
"Might be? Couldn't we get a firmer commitment than that?"
"No, not really. So just keep on using what water you find. This is a top priority, and I'm confident you can handle it."
And of course, the one I got, which says "Ryobi 9.6 volt," has a completely different connector than what's on my charger or drill.
For $5 more I could have just bought a new damn drill. Ugh.
Of course, now I see that there's a "battery number" that I was supposed to match. GOOD THING THIS WAS OBVIOUS.
Tonight I finally tracked down where it was coming from: the transformer on the cheap PS3 Move charging station I bought. Which was especially maddening since I had it unplugged from the charging station itself (to turn off the obnoxiously-bright obligatory blue LEDs) which only made it even louder. And it's at pretty much the exact same frequency as my tinnitus, making it really hard to track down or even tell if there's a difference between it on or off (because if I plug my ears, of course the tinnitus gets relatively-louder).
Also, as it turns out, when I have the Move controllers docked on it with it unplugged, it drains the Move controllers' batteries. So much for convenience.
Basically, I can't really recommend the CTA four-port Move charging station, especially if you have really good treble hearing, a case of tinnitus, and an aversion to REALLY BRIGHT LIGHTS.
I absolutely hate MotionFlow, and always turn it off whenever I can. Since it also increases lag, "game mode" generally disables it, so it might not be so bad if I play it through my PS3 — although the PS3 is also significantly louder than the dedicated Blu-Ray player. It merits further experimentation, at least.
Fortunately, there is a way to turn it off: put the system into "theater" mode, and then the sickeningly-smooth 240Hz drops down to the 24Hz that it should be. Unfortunately, that also does a lot of other things to the image, like making it a bit darker (I guess you're expected to have your lights off) and so on, and also screws with the sound (putting it into some sort of "cinema audio" mode). BUT: game mode also turns off MotionFlow (to decrease input lag) and also keeps the nice wide image dynamic range.
It's a bit annoying how I seem to have to fiddle with things more to undo all the "OMG WOW" features that are turned on by default though. Oh man I wish I had a lawn to tell people to get off of right about now.
I haven't played any games on it since there's nothing I want to pay money for (at least not the prices they're charging). Supposedly their menuing system is part of the same streaming video thing, though, and that was pretty responsive. It's hard to judge latency on something like that, though, and even then I did notice a bit of lag in spots.
Also, the reviews which say it looks just as good as local gaming are clearly colored by wishful thinking. The colors look washed out and the image looks fairly fuzzy. It's better than YouTube but it's still no local HDMI link (and things that move get smeared into oblivion). Also, it took quite a lot of bandwidth (7Mbps down, 100Kbps up), and also whenever I watched someone's game, it just played a short segment of it before pausing.
An interesting technological achievement to be sure, but it still seems like a little fish in a big desert. Out of place and probably going to dry up unless they figure out how to get some water.
I just want to be able to press "menu" and get right to the movie's menu, or better yet, just go straight to the movie, since it's not like Blu-Ray movies need any configuration most of the time (since it's not like the bad old days of DVD where the player didn't know what audio format to use or whatever, and some things were set up with the assumption that peoples' players didn't know how to downconvert 5.1 to 2.0 or whatever).
This is one of those things where it's gotten worse as the studios have gotten more format-savvy, and of course there's a visual aid. (Except it's even more ludicrous than that because the Blu-Ray ad is telling us how much better Blu-Ray is than DVD, which is why I have it on Blu-Ray already.)
Use each of the digits 1-9 exactly once each to fill in the blanks in this equation:Of course, instead of solving it myself, I wrote a simple program to brute-force the solution. My solution worked by very quickly generating permutations and then testing to see which permutations led to the desired answer. Maybe not the cleverest way of solving the problem, but it was a fun challenge anyway._ _ _ _ _ - _ _ _ _ = 33333
But then that got me thinking: what properties could I find in other possible solution values? 33333 is all well and good but there's actually 95063 possible numbers that could be solved for (12345-9876 thru 98765-1234).