30 Days

Caught Morgan Spurlock’s new show, “30 Days” this weekend. Great freakin’ show. We loved “Super Size Me” so we were anxious to see what Morgan would do next. “30 Days” takes the basic premise of the film – what can a person learn in 30 days – and applies it to other people and a variety of topics. Last week’s episode took a white Christian from West Virginia and dropped him in Dearborn, MI – home to America’s largest Muslim population. He had to live as a Muslim, with a Muslim family, for a month. Very interesting to see the guy go from very defensive and closed-minded to somewhat more accepting and understanding. The moment that really stood out for me was when he couldn’t allow himself to pray with the Muslims because he couldn’t see that God and Allah are the same. He honestly thought they were praying to a different god and he felt he’d betray his faith if he joined them. It literally never occurred to him in his 33 years that their gods may be the same and that it’s their beliefs and customs that separate them.

Anyway, it was well-done and very thoughtful. We’ve added it to our Season Pass list and are looking forward to new editions. Good stuff. Check it out on FX, if you can.

Tivo notes

Got the new Tivo working and networked on Saturday. I really wish Tivo had a feature to backup your shows, season passes, wish lists, and prefs to either a computer or to their servers. Until last night, we had to have both Tivos powered up since we had unwatched shows (last week’s ER and – of course – Surreal Life) and too many season passes to remember.

The best new feature of the Series 2 model is online scheduling at tivo.com. Go to the site, search for a show, set it to record or configure a season pass, and it’s updated when the tivo makes it’s nightly call back to the mothership. Damned cool.

The music & photos features is pretty nice but I’m waiting for my software update to arrive from the Tivo mothership so I can enable the new network doodads like iSee iTunes. As it is, we can now listen to MP3 files (but not AAC) from iTunes and view our iPhotos from Julie’s PowerBook and our G4 but not my PowerBook. There seems to be some sort of conflict between the Tivo Desktop software and my pre-release copy of Tiger.

New TiVo

Picked up a new Tivo tonight. There’s nothing wrong with our old unit but Circuit City has the 40-hour Series 2 box for free (after rebates, of course) and Tivo will knock the monthly service fees down by half since we already have one. The Series 2 box has USB so I can connect an ethernet adapter and it also supports all the tricky new software platform stuff that lets us do things like control iTunes, show the weather, or even browse rss feeds. I know, just what we need – another stupid weather widget. But it’s on Tivo 🙂