Thursday, June 19, 2008

*Paige is right

We're always getting after her for not updating her blog and here we are without a post since the first of the month! And the thing is, there's a ton I can post about. I just haven't had the time or energy.

Kim was here with her girls for 3 weeks and it was so much fun!!! I miss her. She really ought to move closer. She keeps trying to get us to move by her, but Joel speaks Portuguese, not Spanish, so Chile won't work for us. I think since both her and Dave speak English, they should move here ;). Anyway, we had a ton of fun and I took hundreds of pictures. That's part of the reason I haven't posted for awhile. I'm almost too overwhelmed with pictures. I tried uploading them into photobucket, but it was taking forever and I haven't tried since. I've decided that for now I'll just pick a few to represent what we did and if I get the chance I'll post details about each of them.

Oh yeah, another reason I haven't posted since Kim left till now is because Joel and I were sick sick sick for a few days. Good timing actually. Kim left Friday, I got sick Friday night, Joel took care of me and Kaylee Saturday then he got sick Saturday night. I was still sick, but much better than I had been by Sunday so I was able to take care of him. By Tuesday we were both mostly over it. We had the worst flu either of us had had in a long time. It was no fun, but we're healthy now, so it's all good. I'm finally getting caught up on laundry and cleaning from the fun playing of the month and the sickness, so I have extra blogging time.

I think what I'm going to do is post 1 picture from everything I want to post about later as a reminder.

Cute cousins (or 2nd or something... my cousin, Heidi's, baby) Bailee and Kaylee playing

Family Pictures

Bean museum

Bylund family reunion

East High (where High School Musical was/is filmed)

Wheeler Farm

And those are just the things I personally have pictures of. I also have to post about:
  • Kangaroo Zoo
  • Our new callings
  • All of Kaylee's new tricks
  • Chuckee Cheese
  • etc.
Hmmm... yeah, don't expect even half of those posts, but I'll do what I can.

*This statement applies to this post only and is seldom true ;)

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Less Language, Violence and Nudity in the Hilton Home

I like movies.

I like movies a lot.

So I don't like it when a movie that I want to see has elements that I don't want to see.

For a while there, while I was living in Provo, we had Clean Flicks and the like all over the place so I was able to enjoy edited versions of these films and find such gems as Love Actually, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the bestest, most awesomest film in the world -- Shaun of the Dead.

Then Hollywood, being the greedy, worldly, evil corporation that it is, decided to destroy the edited film industry as we know it (although Family Edited DVDs does still seem to be out there), even though there is obviously revenue to be made on these types of films and Hollywood already does make their own edited versions of these films for airlines and TV and they could, in reality, sell them to the public!

But I digress. . .
So Beth and I decided to purchase a ClearPlay DVD player upon the recommendation of a few friends. Here's how it works: You buy the DVD player (from the internet, from the TV ad phone number, or from a kiosk in the mall) and you also buy a "subscription" from the ClearPlay people. The DVD player comes with a FilterStick (a thumb drive) that you plug into your computer and download the list of movies that ClearPlay has on their website. The one thumb drive can fit thousands of movie filters on it. Then you just plug the stick back into your DVD player and you're good to go. The subscription, just in case you were wondering, is so you can get the latest DVDs titles as they update it.

When you insert any DVD that you've rented or own the player will search the stick for that DVD's filter and then automatically load it. Then, and this is the best part, you can set the levels you want it to edit to low, medium or high filtering. They have a ton of different categories that you can edit, too, such as: vulgarity, nudity, blasphemy, violence, bloodshed, disrespect parents, disrespect flag and even mushiness (Thank goodness! Mushiness is icky!).

Then, as you're watching the movie, it will mute or jump forward for a split second to avoid what you told it to avoid. And you can always bump up the filter (or bump it down) while you're watching the movie.

We're still working out some kinks here and there, and the technology isn't perfect, but at least it's a step in the right direction.

So this post pretty much sounds like an advertisement, but it has just been fun to rent all these movies we've been wanting to see but haven't wanted to rent and we just wanted to spread the word to any who are interested.

Plus, we've installed ClearPlay on our blog so we [edited for content] our [edited for content] in case of [edited for content] frogs [edited for content] bucket [edited for content] Beth says I never post [edited for content] time-lapse [edited for content] Slice of Fried Gold [edited for content] and we haven't seen [edited for content] LOL cats [edited for content] and finally, [edited for content].

Hmmmmm, maybe I have the filter set too high. . .[edited for content]!!!