Netflix on the iPad

One of my favorite apps for the iPad is Netflix's streaming service. I started out watching tons of documentaries. I really enjoyed two recent ones: Beer Wars and The Union

Beer Wars is an inside look at the world of microbreweries and how it's nearly impossible for them to sell at major stores thanks to the near monopoly held by Bud, Coors, and Miller. The Union is yet another "pot should be legalized" movie, but it's better than any I've seen before, with a long slow exploration of all the angles of the "why is pot illegal?" that doesn't fall for cheap tricks or emotional pleas and comes off as an intelligent run-down of how crazy the US laws are around pot and how they got to be that way.

Eventually, I found I didn't always have 90 minutes to sit around watching films and I eventually found the streaming TV shows listing at Netflix. It's really fantastic to have all three seasons of Arrested Development just a click away, or any number of TV shows I've never watched when they were first broadcast.

I thought my favorite app for the iPad would be Air Video, but that requires me to seek out shows and movies, download them, then stream. Netflix has surprisingly become my go-to app for relaxing and enjoying video on the iPad. It's a bit buggy and crashes whenever I finish an episode, but other than that, it's pretty great.

New look for

I never know what to do with my vanity domain ever since I moved my blog to this address in 2001. This week I scraped the old list of links to my work and updated it as a portfolio of the projects that currently take up my time. 

This was another quick project I sent over to HTML Rockstars, and kudos to them for turning my mockup into HTML reality in just a few days. I suppose the only thing lacking is bio or contact info, but I guess you can easily find that online elsewhere.

Conan’s first roadshow

Stage, pre-Coco show

I was lucky enough to see Conan's tour kickoff earlier this evening in Eugene, Oregon. The night started off with the amazing Reggie Watts doing his mix of live music and comedy for about 40 minutes then after a break, Conan's band played a bit and then the man finally came on.

He hit the stage and got a standing ovation that lasted a good 3-4 minutes. It was a great moment and Conan admitted that in all honesty, the thing he missed most from leaving TV was getting to hear applause.

It was a fun night. Andy Richter was there and they explained why they were doing the show and how it'd work, they did a few bits from the show, and Conan played and sang on several songs. There were video parts to break up the evening featuring goofy bits and characters from the old show. The band Spoon happened to be playing in Eugene that night as well, and somehow they worked it out where the band dropped by and played one song in the middle (and presumably ran across town to their own headlining show soon after). I'm curious if they'll be able to pull off a similar guest musician spot in other towns.

About the only parts of the evening that were less than successful had to do with the music. There was a song where Conan changed the lyrics to basically be begging for a new show for laughs, but since he announced earlier that very day TBS was picking him up for a show in the Fall, the jokes fell a little flat. Half the show seemed to be music, with Conan (kinda sorta) playing guitar over blues and rock classics. He probably played 4-5 songs throughout the night and it started to seem a little self-indulgent by the end, like they could have done half as many songs and just threw a few more bits from the old Late Night or video parts to increase the comedy aspects.

Overall, it was a great night, a celebration of all things Conan, and a very entertaining show.