Payback for flashing 12:00

Posted by len on October 30th, 2007

Crazy Modern RemoteRemember when you were a kid and the new VCR (or DVD player) arrived at your parents house?
Remember the flashing 12:00 on the built-in timer/clock that your parents could never figure out how to set to the current time but it annoyed and harassed them on a daily basis for being too out of touch with the crazy techno-doo-dads of the day?
Well, not that I ever wished my parents that aggravation but I must admit a bit of “oh those old-timers than can’t grasp modern technology” going on in my mind.
Well, my mother struck back today, as I sit here in Virginia (on a business trip), writing this post, unable to turn on the television (beyond the weak LED glow of the power switch) or listen to some nice satellite music through the tube.
What’s the point of an “ALL ON” button if it doesn’t turn everything on!? The “Help” button does nothing and I can’t even imagine how many more wires I’d need to connect to make the “My DVR” button do something! Just blackness.

My mom’s off walking the dog, and I sit dumbly looking at the pictured remote, just feeling a bit out of touch.

44 Responses to “Payback for flashing 12:00”

  1. Randy Says:

    The “all on” button actually means the responsibility is all on you to figure out how the damn thing works.

  2. sue Says:

    Was that photo taken with your new camera?

  3. len Says:

    That photo was from the webcam in my computer.
    I sure hope my new $350 camera does a better job than that!! Eegad!

  4. Heather Says:

    I take it there aren’t any 10 year olds around to help you?

  5. alberto Says:

    Hey Len!!

    Long time since I talked to you… Congratulations for “surviving” one full year abroad, a real accomplishment for an american : )

    How are you? Do you still remember Birps? : )

    At the end of November I’ll be in Rome where I’ve been invited to attend a Film Festival. This time I’ll bring my family with me and if you and Sue will be in the “european” area, we’ll drop the kids to the grand-parents and take the first flight wherever you are.

    Read you soon,

    Alberto

  6. len Says:

    Awesome! We’ll be in Lisbon at the end of November.
    Come on down!

    PS: I can never forget Birps. In fact, just a day or two ago I was talking to a recent MIT graduate about scheme, the scripting language inside Birps. I guess comp-sci guys worship it but every other day I wanted to strangle the guy who decided to integrate that nutty language into our most beloved of Birps.

    PPS: For you non-Sony people out there that are confused at this point, Birps is “sprib” backwards which stands for “Sony RIB” and “RIB” stands for “Renderman Interface Bytestream” which was invented by Pixar and makes movies happen.

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