Archive for October, 2009

A friendly reminder: Daylight saving ends this weekend

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Would that all timepieces were like our cell phone and computer clocks, automatically turning themselves forward or back to adjust to daylight-saving time. Alas, it ain't so. Don't forget that at 2AM this Sunday morning, daylight-saving time—that wonderfully sunny season that may be costing us all more money—ends and we all get to start commuting home in the dark.

So turn back your clocks one hour when you go to sleep Saturday night, and enjoy that extra hour of sleep. We sure will.

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A friendly reminder: Daylight-saving ends this weekend

daylight saving time halloween november 1

Would that all timepieces were like our cell phone and computer clocks, automatically turning themselves forward or back to adjust to daylight-saving time. Alas, it ain't so. Don't forget that at 2AM this Sunday morning, daylight-saving time—that wonderfully sunny season that may be costing us all more money—ends and we all get to start commuting home in the dark.

So turn back your clocks one hour when you go to sleep Saturday night, and enjoy that extra hour of sleep. We sure will.

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3 ways to follow the World Series—digitally

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For $9.99, watch up to four different camera angles at MLB.com.

One great thing about baseball’s postseason is the almost daily gratification of watching a pivotal game. It can also be one of the most inconvenient aspects. It’s easy enough to reserve an evening to watch the Superbowl; a little less so to hunker down in front of a TV for up to seven World-Series-filled nights. Major League Baseball (or was it the TV networks?) didn’t make time management any easier this year by scheduling game three on a night otherwise occupied by Halloween parties and trick-or-treating.

If you’re looking for an alternative way to catch the game (in case you’ll be walking hand-in-hand tomorrow night with a pint-sized vampire), or maybe just a way to mix up your usual gamewatch experience, technology has provided some new ones:

Get an app. iPhone and iPod Touch users have a number of resources for staying updated while mobile. MLB.com offers At Bat ($9.99), a popular application that lets you watch each game streaming live over your phone. With “Quad Mode” you can watch from up to four camera angles at the same time. The app also integrates with Twitter so you can stay connected to friends and followers.

What’s that? You don’t pay for apps? Two free options are At Bat Lite and ESPN ScoreCenter. Both provide scores and game updates. ScoreCenter covers a multitude of professional leagues, from baseball and football to soccer and cricket.

One more neat app: If you like to record stats as you watch pro games—or if you're a coach with your own team— check out iScore Baseball Scorekeeper. A free application, it lets you keep track of batting, fielding, and pitching statistics and can run postgame analyses.

Watch online. Similar to MLB.com’s phone application, Postseason.TV lets you watch the game live online, offering highlights and Quad Mode, for $9.99. When I was looking Wednesday night, I found it tricky to find sites that let you watch for free. Huffington Post lists some, but neither they nor I can vouch for them. If you know of any, I’d appreciate the tip.

Enhance your TV-watching with social media. If you can’t have all your buddies over, meet them in cyberspace. Log on to Facebook or Twitter, where you can chat and follow each other’s updates and reactions as the game unfolds. While you’re on Facebook, you might also join either the Yankees fan page or the Phillies fan page if you haven’t already.

Know of any other cool, tech-related ways to get into the game? Share them with the rest of us in the comments section. —Nick K. Mandle

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By The Pricking In My Thumbs, Something Wicked This Way Comes

I hope everyone has a safe Halloween. It’s one of those nights it’s just best to stay at home and watch TV. And for a change, I’m not necessarily going to watch over the air TV, but lots of my Favorite DVD’s from the past. So I am a sucker for the Sanderson Sisters in “Hocus Pocus” starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. Definitely might view “The Burbs” starring Tom Hanks, and naturally animation flicks “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and Charlie Brown collecting rocks in “It’s the Great pumpkin Charlie Brown“.

That’s about as terrified as I’ll get, except for the Ghouls and Goblins ringing my doorbell. I just hope I don’t eat all the candy first!

I will be doing something a bit out of the ordinary also, watching a live seance on weirdthings.com at 9PM Oct, 31st, when Justin Robert Young, Andrew Mayne, Brian Brushwood and guests try to contact Houdini live on the internet. That’s going to be something to see! (from a safe distance)

Naturally I’ll be raking leaves this weekend, since after the last rain they started falling faster. That’s good news for folks having Fall reception problems, but a pain in the lower back getting them to the street or mulched up for the flower beds.

At least we get an extra hour of sleep this weekend, but it’s always fun to see who shows up at church an hour early or later. Don’t forget to set your clocks back, and replace those smoke alarm batteries!!!

Plus, I have to do something special. You see, this is the 99th blog post on this site, so I have to come up with something amazing for the 100th post. Not sure what it will be, but stay tuned! Feel free to make suggestions, comments or email me.

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Forget Thanksgiving—this year Black Friday starts on Halloween

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For those looking to scare up some early holiday shopping bargains, this year Sears is adding a new trick to the traditional Halloween treats: Black Friday deals that kick off tomorrow, October 31st.

Sears says its “Black Friday Now” deals were created for customers asking for after-Thanksgiving-style deals earlier in the season. Special pricing, including “doorbuster specials,” will be offered every Saturday until Christmas. The events run from at 7:00 a.m. to noon, with the exception of this Saturday, which is Halloween. Instead, doorbusters start on Friday October 30th at 5:00 p.m. and run until noon on Saturday. An example of an upcoming deal: a 42-inch 720p plasma TV from Zenith, priced at $500. The deal will be offered on November 7th, or as a pre-order on October 29th.

Sears says that it will include Black Friday Now offers as part of its layaway plan, available both in stores and online. Layaway allows you to purchase an item and pay it off in installments prior to pickup or shipping, and Sears will match competitors pricing on the same product.

Stay tuned to our blog for more Black Friday news—even when it kicks off as early as Halloween. —James K. Willcox

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