Hmm. I have a few things to catch up on, I guess.
Good news for me is that my cable company (Comcast) now has the Sci-Fi Channel in high definition. And, thank the Lords of Kobol, those at the channel seem to properly understand the issue of aspect ratio. All my friends already know my pet peeve about HD channels not showing programs correctly. Sometimes a show or commercial is stretched or squashed to fit the screen. This is the main reason I haven't been watching The Universe on the History Channel, because I'm tried of round planets and stars looking like eggs and scientists with fat heads.Anyway, apparently the broadcasters at the Sci-Fi Channel know what they're doing, probably because the channel is owned by NBC Universal. Now Stargate: Atlantis looks better. Can't wait for Battlestar Galactica to resume!
In other personal news, I bought myself an early birthday present two weeks ago: an iPod touch. It's the iPhone without the phone, and it works great. The Wi-Fi capability is very cool. I can receive and send e-mail and use Google Maps. And even though I'm cellphoneless (shocking, isn't it?), I can still use my iPod to contact people via phone by sending them text messages via e-mail.
The iPod's Web browser lets me check Clear Sky Clock and can run some of our interactive observing tools. You can save a bookmark as a touch-screen icon for easy access. I have the Moon phase one as a button on my home screen. Hopefully software developers will write new mini programs soon.
Of course, now that I finally have an MP3 player, I'm using the iPod for iPoddy things, like downloading and listening to podcasts more regularly. I've brought myself up to date with Astronomy Cast and the Onion News Network. I'm eager to find more media to listen to while walking to work, or to watch while eating a meal when out by myself.