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Posted on Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Dave!As a certified pack-rat, I've kept every cable from every piece of electronics I've ever owned. Even those I got rid of years ago. This has resulted in my having a closet with four large boxes of wire crap that just takes up valuable space. Today I finally decided to sort through everything in an attempt to simplify my life.

And make room for my Batman Legos.

It took three hours. THREE HOURS!! Because, of course, they were all tangled up. Wires tend to do that for some reason...

Dave Cables

Then I decided to go through all my laserdiscs and videotapes to see if there was enough material to justify ordering a video capture card for my Mac. Turns out there is. So I did. This way I can digitize all my stuff and toss out my old video equipment.

More room for Legos!

What convinced me to take the plunge was my Hi-8 video tapes of two of my favorite shows.

First there is Rob Thomas' masterpiece... Jeremy Piven's Cupid (which is going to be a remake that has disaster written all over it)...

Piven Cupid


And then there's Alan Ball's masterpiece... Oh Grow Up! He created this hysterical show before his American Beauty and Six Feet Under became famous. It was sadly overlooked, and quickly canceled...

Oh Grow Up!

Almost as cool as the shows themselves are the commercials between the shows. In watching a few tapes I got to see the first iMac and iTunes commercials. Oh! And an anti-drug commercial from President Clinton!

It sure will be cool to be able to have all these old shows on my Mac.

And some space for my Legos.

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  1. Dammit! Stop making buying a Mac seem tempting!

  2. Marc says:

    Keep on practicing with the cables. Some day you might be able to participate in a speedcabling championship…


  3. HoosierGirl says:

    Oh my gosh, am I first? Yeehaw! I don’t care much about Batman Legos, but I DO want me some Indiana Jones Legos. Those are too cool.

    Happy Sunday,

  4. HoosierGirl says:

    Okay, I got all excited about being first until I went back and read that comments are moderated, which means there could be 30 of them backed up somewhere….you just haven’t had time to post them. Sheesh! Talk about getting all excited over nuthin’!

    Anyway, I came back for a P.S. to say congratulations on cleaning some stuff out. I really need to do that with all our old videos, too.


  5. Michelle says:

    Man, I miss the good ole days when I played lego’s. I should buy myself a really huge set.

  6. I understand about the cables. 14 years, can you imagine how many cables I have? I have organized them like, four times, and I probably don’t need 90% of them, but I just can’t give them up. **sigh**

  7. jake titus says:

    Better man than I. I have a box of cables in my garage. It looks like thirty-seven pounds of partially melted black licorice. Maybe I should follow suit and deal with it. Now if I could just find a way to digitize my 8tracks, I’d be set.

  8. Hilly Sue says:

    Oh lovely! Can you come to my house and untangle all of my cables/power cords/network cords, blah blah blah? I’ll make you pudding :).

  9. Lewis says:

    Hey, DON’T THROW ALL OF THE CABLES AWAY! They are great for tying people to the bed post.

  10. Suzy says:

    Please tell me you’re not talking about Three Guys Etc. and a Pizza Place? Dude, that show was awful. Never saw Cupid. Love Piven though.

  11. Avitable says:

    I’m scared to throw my cables away. Who knows when I might need one of them?

  12. SJ says:

    I hope you label your cables. We have a huge boxful, but can never find the one we need at the time.

    I have some tapes with old Headbanger’s Ball episodes from the ’80s. You’re right, the commercials are almost as fun as the shows!

  13. Kristin says:

    Pantyhose are really better for tying people up. And they take up less space.

  14. Phew, and I thought I was the only nutjob who kept every cable ever.

  15. Mike says:

    Congrats on getting rid of cables! I used to be a major pack rat myself. Now it’s not that bad…

    About a month ago I reorganized the cables under my computer desk. Gone is the spaghetti factory that was there!

    I only keep a small box of computer parts (including cables), but at one time I had 13 or so computers in various states of repair…

    On the negative side, now that I’ve moved some things, I can’t connect my X-Box to my computer anymore. Maybe I need more cables. But the call of Legos is also strong with me… Damn you Dave!

  16. shari says:

    Batman legos!!!! Littlest Eclectic would be insanely envious if I told him about those, and he might decide to live with you instead of me. Hmmm… maybe I’ll tell him afterall. 😉

  17. Three guys, two girls and a bitch. BAHAHAHA.

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