March 10th, 2006


season finales tonight -- can you record SciFi?

My VCRs died and/or disappeared over the course of my move, and I've not replaced them, as I've been planning to move to a DVR (TiVo or whatever), and just haven't had enough time, energy, or disposable money (since the PowerBook theft) to get one -- and now I'm majorly conflicted.

Tonight, SciFi will be playing three season finales, of shows I've become rather attached to -- Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica.

Tonight, there's a house concert I've been strongly and personally encouraged to attend.

I cannot do both -- and I'm planning to attend the concert -- but that means I'm going to miss the finales.

BG gets re-broadcast Monday night, so worst case, I'll see that, then -- but the Stargates don't get rebroadcast after tonight.... and I won't be able to see them until the DVDs come out ... or I buy the episodes from iTunes, which I don't want to do, as they will then have to be viewed on computer screen, rather than the jumbotron, and the experience is radically different -- and not in a good way.

So, my plea.

Is there anyone reading this who can record, in any transferrable way, these 3.5 hours of TV tonight? (BG has a 90 minute finale.) Almost any form of optical disc would be optimal delivery (I've got a Philips player that handles DVD, DVD±R, DVD±RW, VCD, etc.), if the content is standard format (e.g., mp4) -- but if you've got a VCR, I'll find a playback device.

I will reimburse for media and postage, as necessary, and find some way to make my significant gratitude known beyond that.

SciFi plays these shows from 8:00 to 11:30 PM Eastern, 5:00 to 8:30 PM Pacific; and then re-plays from 11:30 PM to 3:00 AM Eastern, 8:30 PM to Midnight Pacific.

I don't care which order you record them in -- if you can start at any of 8:00 PM, 9:00 PM, 10:00 PM, or 11:30 PM Eastern, and run for 3.5 hours -- that's perfect. If you have something else you follow in the middle, but can catch the start of the first cycle and the end of the second -- that also works.

Heck -- if you can record any full-show segment, please let me know. Getting one or two of these is greatly preferred to missing all three.

*another* opportunity for growth...?

Breszny's Virgo (August 23-September 22) Horoscope for week of March 9, 2006

The ancient Greeks had words for love that transcend our usual notions, writes Lindsay Swope in her review of Richard Idemon's book Through the Looking Glass. Epithemia is the basic need to touch and be touched. Our closest approximation is "horniness," though epithemia is not so much a sexual feeling as a sensual one. Philia is friendship. It includes the need to admire and respect your friends as a reflection of yourself--like in high school, where you want to hang out with the cool kids because that means you're cool too. Eros isn't sexual in the way we usually think, but is more about the emotional gratification that comes from merging souls. Agape is a mature, utterly free expression of love that has no possessiveness. It means wanting the best for another person even if it doesn't advance one's self-interest. The phase you're currently in, Virgo, is providing you with opportunities to explore the frontiers of at least three of these kinds of love.