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I got the Bose Acoustimass 16 setup running and let me tell you:

It is absolutely fucking amazing.

I had the Acoustimass 6 series running before - passive subwoofer, five single-cube satellite speakers. Loved it. This new set has an active sub and six double-cube satellite speakers.

I thought my old system was great, but this blows it out of the water. It’s like gold plating the gold I already had. I’ve been watching movies and stuff all day and I don’t think I’m going to leave the living room ever again.

The only downside is that my amp doesn’t do 6.1 surround, only 5.1, so the center-rear channel isn’t hooked up. Guess it’s time to upgrade that amplifier, eh?

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While waiting for CSI to come on last night, Jenn and I were flipping channels and came across The Surreal Life. I’d never watched the show before so I didn’t know what to expect, other than folks said it was pretty funny. This was the season four opener, so I figured it’d be a good intro to what’s what.

Holy

Shit.

Honestly, I could not stop laughing. The ridiculousness of the whole thing was overwhelming. See, they’ve got a couple of halfway normal folks on there (Christopher Knight and Da Brat seem to have things reasonably together), and then you’ve got Verne Troyer and Joanie Laurer on the other side of that logic boundary.

Let’s just say this: The show ended with Verne Troyer - Mini-Me - drunk, naked, sitting on a scooter peeing in the corner of the living room. Seriously. There’s video of it on VH1’s site. Check it out.

My driver’s side headlight is out again, so that’s some more car maintenance I didn’t want to deal with. I’m kind of irritated about it, but what are you going to do?

Jenn handed me a yogurt for breakfast this morning. I got to work and saw it was way expired. That and the headlight are shaping my day up nicely.

My Bose Acoustimass 16’s are going to be in at the store tonight, so I’ve got to go pick those up. I have to look at that as the bright spot in my day, even if it is costing me a bit.

My M4P Backup script has problems now that iTunes 4.7.1 has come out (because hymn, which I use for automated unlocking of the protected files, doesn’t support stripping of individual tags), but I don’t see any releases of hymn approaching to fix the issue, so that may mean switching to JHymn and just using a proper combination of options there to get the job done. I kinda wish there was a command-line interface to JHymn, or that hymn itself would be updated with some additional switches, but I’m not prepared to put in the work myself to get that to happen.

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The holiday season has come and gone, and while the money’s still a little tight, I decided to commit to buy a few things with some money I’d saved up for the purpose combined with some gift certificates and other money I got for Christmas.

First on the list, I special ordered (from Magnolia Audio/Video) the Bose Acoustimass 16 series 6.1 speaker system. They said it’d take a couple of weeks to get here, so it’s not in place yet, but I’m very anxious. It’s on the way.

Then I took an iTunes gift card I got from my mom and I’ve been getting songs and stuff. That’s fun, and I can see where it would become addictive. Like, it’s “only a dollar” for a song, but I could easily nickel-and-dime myself to death. The only downside is the stupid 128kbps sample rate; all of my stuff is 256kbps AAC, and if I’m buying songs where I’ll never have the original CD to resample, I’d at least like a really high quality digital file.

Of course, in the purchasing of songs I realized that there were a couple of CDs I wanted, and I haven’t bought a CD in a long time, so I ordered Bobby Brown’s Greatest Hits and the new Avril Lavigne album, Under My Skin. Both are excellent and have been rocking my iPod since.

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last.I had bought a shirt for Jenn for Christmas but I got her the wrong size, so I gave that one to my sister and Jenn decided she wanted a The Cheat shirt instead, so I got her that. While I was there, I got myself a copy of the first 100 Strong Bad Emails DVD set. How could I pass?

And, of course, I got a GameCube for Christmas, and it came with a gift certificate for $15 off a game, so I went to the local Target and picked up Pac Man Fever and Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour. Both are fun, and Jenn and I regularly compete at golf. Neither of us are all that good, but it’s a lot of fun.

In other news, it was my friend Stuart’s birthday yesterday, so we took him out to lunch at work, and tonight we’re going Cosmic Bowling. Should be fun.