Joost, IP tv?

I stumbled upon joost tonight while surfing the Net. The TV over IP or IP TV has been in spot light for a long time. Here in Toronto Bell started the buzz almost two years ago but so far, it’s been only smoke and light and no word on when it might be out and now it seems the wait is over.

The way it works is through a software with a fairly good UI. The quality of the shows are fairly good although it flickers some times and in a couple of cases, sound and image were not synched. I couldn’t find the shows I wanted but it’s an unrealistic expectation from something free to compete with good old TV. However, the day has already come for cable companies to feel a real competition.

Bottom line, joost is only the tip of the iceberg in this market and with cowboys like Google, it won’t be far when we see some real TV on the Net.

Cirque du Soleil

Had heard about infamous Cirque for years both here in Canada and back home in Iran I was more than eager to see one of their performances but my options were not so much. Either waiting here for them to come up with a new tour or take the hassle of a trip to Vegas which naturally I chose waiting for a new tour and that wait came to an end yesterday.

I originally planned it with a visiting friend but he being busy all the time with tons of post ponded stuff and I with my assignment at the time it didn’t happen. We even scheduled for it and started spamming each other with emails about when and how to go and what they can do to their kid but it died away on the way and we didn’t revisit the idea till they left for Iran last week so I decided I didn’t want to wait any longer and bought the tickets for the past Saturday.

Finding a good sit was another story, checking their web site, the seating chart was giving a false impression of a huge venue which made any seat other than directly in front of the stage worthless but not being an early bird made it extremely difficult to find a seat in front row so I settled with the next best and chose one in a slightly cornered section still with a good view of the stage and I’m glad I made that decision!

Show started on time with a couple of performers doing some kind of audience warm up here and there like the delivery guy looking for Mr. Ferguson and the balloon guy cheering up kids and then the main show started.

To make it short, it was a good presentation of a mediocre program. Not to undermine their efforts but I’d expected something more, something that lives up to the name of the Cirque and they had their share of hiccups here and there like they canceled part of the show due to “technical difficulties”. This said, however, their Circle of Death was one spectacular act which made the audience excited and terrified at the same time.

Bottom line is, Kooz, if only because of that Circle of Death was worth the 200 bucks we paid for that but I’d seen better shows in less glamorous presentations but it’s still Cirque du Soleil.

Songbird

songbirdmail.gifI found Songbird a while ago while hanging around on the Net. It’s a browser/media player/ media download manager developed on Mozilla’s Firefox engine. With a long list of features and the reputation of Firefox, it’s going to be another good open source software.

Good morning Dr. Chandra!

Well, I dunno if I’m going to write here frequently or just leave it alone for another two centuries but I’m here for now. Things have changed a little bit around here, the most obvious one is moving to WordPress. I’ve been playing with Joomla and MovableType for a while. Joomla was an overkill for what I needed and MovableType is horribly difficult to use (all right, no offense to Mena fans, but it is).

So far WordPress has been charming and welcoming to me and I hope it continues treating me like this. Set up was easy, adding a new theme even easier and adding a web gallery in a snap, what else I need? but never know, it can be just the starter luck …