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After having it for only a couple months, I’m now trying to sell my XBox 360 HD DVD player + some movies and hoping some idiot out there is unaware of the death of HD DVD, thinking they’re getting a fabulous deal on a player. (hence, the price I’m hoping to get for it—also, partly based on the fact that there are others selling it for the same, if not higher, price) We’ll see what happens. I knew the format war was over, but I was hoping to squeeze more life out of my player with my Netflix account…..until I got this e-mail today:


We’re Going Blu-ray

Dear Audrey,

You’re receiving this email because you have asked to receive high-definition movies in the HD DVD format. As you may have heard, most of the major movie studios have recently decided to release their high-definition movies exclusively in the Blu-ray format. In order to provide the best selection of high-definition titles for our members, we have decided to go exclusively with Blu-ray as well.

While we will continue to make our current selection of HD DVD titles available to you for the next several months, we will not be adding additional HD DVD titles or reordering replacements.

Toward the end of February, HD DVDs in your Saved Queue will automatically be changed to standard definition DVDs. Then toward the end of this year, all HD DVDs in your Queue will be changed to standard definition DVDs. Don’t worry, we will contact you before this happens.


Well, that about did it, screw that. Time to sell. Cross my fingers that this works. And damn, I really liked having Knocked Up and Children of Men. Oh well. I’d turn around and get a Blu-Ray player but they’re too freakin’ expensive right now. I guess I’ll have to wait til the pricing for those go down….

Weekend was fun — went to the symphony Saturday evening where we ran into Miss Amanda Darling, a fellow Smithie Lamonster who moved to Seattle a few months ago, and her boyfriend, Zack. We ended up getting drinks together after the symphony over at the Triple Door to catch up which was pretty fun. It’s crazy to think that I first met Amanda 12 years ago–eeks!

Sunday night, we checked out DJ Shadow + Cut Chemist (who was also the random chemistry teacher in Juno) over at the Showbox which was awesome. Kid Koala opened for them and he was equally amazing.

And yes, I was one of thousands of Americans caucusing for the first time in their lives on Saturday. It was honestly quite interesting — I felt like I was in one of those old 1950’s movies where everyone gathers in town hall to discuss who should be the next mayor. My particular precinct caucused at the Seattle First Baptist Church around the corner along with 7 or 8 other precincts. It was insanely hot inside and pretty chaotic with so few people knowing what to do. After checking in and waiting around, they “officially” closed the caucus and started explaining all the rules while each precinct leader tallied up the votes from everyone. We then all broke out into our precincts. In my precinct, there were 95 people total — 72 for Obama, 16 for Hillary, 5 for Kucinich, and 2 undecided. With 8 delegates, that translated into 6 Obama, 1 Hillary and 1 undecided. With the undecided delegate needing to go to one candidate, we then broke out into a totally unorganized discussion to sway the undecided over one way. I was lucky and happened to be standing right behind one of the undecided, listening in on how the Obama and Hillary supporters were trying to sway him. To be honest, if I were a judge at a debate tournament, I would’ve awarded the Hillary supporters as their arguments were more solid and persuasive…at least with this particular individual. In the end, I think he was swayed over to Hillary as the final tally was 75 Obama, 18 Hillary, 2 Kucinich — so delegate-wise, that was 6 Obama and 2 Hillary. Next, came the volunteering of delegates which I watched for a bit but it wasn’t too entirely exciting. I listened in on speeches from another, rather-large (160) precinct as the comments being made were more interesting….and then left. All in all, it was 2 hours out of my day on Saturday, but 2 good hours. I’m glad I caucused.

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