There's a television set in my room. It's actually my television set, bought when I set up my own grad-student apartment back in 1996, so it's not one of those fancy flat-screens or HD televisions or whatnot. In fact, I think it's pretty snappy that it has closed captioning. But it works and so it's not likely to be gotten rid of until that state changes. And it's got a cable box hooked up to it, one of those left over from when the Tivo was first installed in the living room. Every now and then my father asks if I really do watch TV in my room, and I assure him that yes, I do, and he begrudgingly accepts that.
Except: sometime around bunny_hugger's visit, the cable box stopped working. All that came up was a blank or a staticky screen, with the box itself declaring the current channel was unavailable and not giving any information about that. I didn't see any reason for it to start this behavior, but I also had many other things to get around to doing so didn't have the chance to call up the DirectTv people and ask what was going on. My suspicion: if it stopped working at the start of the new year, this would suggest the old-model cable box stopped being supported and we'd have to get a replacement of some kind. It's a thin lead, but, a possible one.
We don't need a new cable box. In fact, you may not believe it when I tell you how we got it back into working order. I had to unplug the power cord, let the box wait about fifteen seconds, and then plug it back in. And this was exactly what it needed; it's been working without complaint since.
That's right: turning it off and back on again actually solved the problem. I never thought I'd see the day that happened.
Trivia: Long-running (1939 - 1953) radio detective show Mister District Attorney was inspired by the actual district attorney work of Thomas E Dewey. Source: On The Air: The Encyclopedia Of Old-Time Radio John Dunning. Oddly, the Dewey biography doesn't mention the connection, or if it does talks about it briefly enough that I missed it. Dewey's actual radio appearances, speaking on behalf of stopping crime, get their play, though, and aren't mentioned by Dunning. (They'd be a bit off point for Dunning, though.)
Currently Reading: Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography, David Michaelis.