Yesterday, I decided I’d make up for slacking off this weekend and feeling iffy about it by slacking off on Monday and feeling good about it.
Work was work. Drove home, got some McDonald’s (parents are MIA, and I don’t have my cooking facilities up to par yet downstairs). Those new Chicken Select Strips are great… they’re still not really CHICKEN, but they’re closer to it than the greasewad nuggets I usually eat. Munched dinner while watching X-Files reruns, said hi to Jen. Went downstairs, took a powder on the couch while watching a Law & Order rerun. (Lame episode. Why is it that they always find out the one they’re trying to convict isn’t the one who did the crime 75% of the way through?) Consoled a friend who’s trying to quit smoking (I curse the tobacco industry), took a shower, twiddled with the MAME box a bit trying to make it a video server, watched Dexter’s Lab, Samurai Jack and RAW with Andy, did some more box twiddling, went to bed.
That’s my whole day right there. Other than copying files over to the other computer and wrangling downloads, no productivity whatsoever. But I got some entertainment soaked into my brain, which actually can help my writing a lot — any new experience, be it reading, watching, or listening helps my creativity bubble. Consuming the same reading, watching or listening over and over again without any NEW experience just makes my creativity stagnate.
…wow, that was probably very boring to read. I’ll spice it up a bit.
I’m trying to get my MAME box to play DivX and MPEG movies. I’m able to launch Windows Media Player from my PartyOn frontend with the joysticks… but then I have to go through the annoying mouse based process of ordering WMP to play full screen. This irritates me. I’d like to be able to fire up the player, have it launch full screen, play the video, then close the window when finished so control returns to PartyOn.
Windows Media Player 6.4 could do that; it had command line parameters like /close, /fullscreen, etc… WMP 7.x does not. I guess Microsoft reeeeally wants you to use their affiliate program loaded ‘Media Guide’ and not skip out on that stuff. Dammit.
Anybody got a better solution? It HAS to be something that doesn’t require use of the ESC / Enter keys to quit playback or reach a menu. I’d prefer no mouse control either, but I can settle for that if I get fire and forget fullscreen media playback.
Just to inspire jealousy in y’all, I’ve currently got on the video server: FLCL 1-6, Hand Maid May 1-11, two eps of South Park, Harvey Birdman 1-2, some great Chuck Jones cartoons, Dexter’s Lab’s Speed Racer parody and all three Gorillaz videos. Working on downloading Samurai Jack eps and Batman eps now. Awwyeah. Who needs broadband when you have sheer determination and a good flatrate ISP?