Jim's Blog Ramblings about novels, comics, programming, and other geek topics


Comic Con 2010

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This was my third year in a row that I’m been fortunate to attend the San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC). However, it was the first year that I had a plan, a map with annotations, and a checklist.

I thought that I would try to traverse the convention’s exhibit floor in an almost OCD manner of going up and down every row starting from the northern end of the floor (the side with the comics) and ending in the southern end (movie stuff). I think this idea paid out very well since I was able to do almost everything on my list and find lots of hidden surprises along the way. Walking every row on the floor and browsing each booth took almost an entire date. I started walking soon after the exhibit hall’s doors opened and completed my first complete floor walk by around 3-4 PM.


Comic Con 2009

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Last week, I attended Comic-Con for a half-day for my second year in a row. Just like last year, the convention was sensory overload and standing room only. KPBS reported that there was about 126,000 attendees and another 25,000 exhibitors in town for the four day event. Over the four days, it was estimated that the local businesses reaped in about $42 million.

While I was strolling the aisles, I came across Stan Sakai's booth. He was selling autographed copies of the 1987 Fantagraphic's Usagi Yojimbo: Samuri! issue #1 for only $5. At first, I thought I was mistaken to see the 25 year old comic for just $5. I mostly remember Usagi Yojimbo from the TMNT TV series and comics of the 1980s. After snatching up the autographed #1 issue, I discovered that the un-autographed issue's street price is somewhere between $14 and 17. I just wish I could pick stocks and mutual funds with a 200% profit...


Streaming video to your TV via your console

I read about the PlayOn Media Server on LifeHacker last week. It's software that runs on your Windows computer and streams video to Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The PlayOn Media Server streams content from YouTube, Netflix Instant Queue, Hulu, CBS, and ESPN.

The PlayOn Media Server demo works for 14 days and I'm almost half way through the demo now. Since downloading the demo, I've been able to stream a couple of episodes of 24 (from Hulu), some random and mostly useless YouTube videos, and watch a movie from my Netflix account.