Burgers and TV

I guess for about a year or so Colorado has had a few “In N Out” burger joints that were imported from California. For years now I’ve been told by native Californians that this is the best burger on Earth and the claim otherwise was to subject oneself to immediate stoning.

So, years ago in mid 2013 I decided to put this claim to the test and drove to the nearest In N Out, which happened to be in Salt Lake City, to sample this most holy of hamburgers…

It was alright I guess. Certainly nothing worth driving 12 hours each way for.

(I know, I know – heresy!)

Anyway, back in the present I’d been meaning to try it again in order to have a sample size greater than one, but the local In N Out has had an hour long wait pretty much since it opened. I’m guessing they’re all of the California immigrants we have here now with nothing better to do, but I just don’t have that kind of time to sit in line for lunch.

Well, the chain has been in the news for a few days for giving San Fran the middle finger over some draconian law or another, and I decided I’d like to support any rare company with a spine – so I trundled over there at 10:15 as they open at 10:30, and hoped I could get lunch by noon…

It turns out that even though they advertise opening at 10:30, they were serving at 10:15. And long story short, I was out of there and back to the office by a quarter to 11!

I got the “Combo #1”, a double cheese burger basically. The burger was definitely better than the one I had in SLC, and the fries were actually really good… Still not sure about the place’s mythical status, but it wasn’t bad.

I’ll swing by again some time when I have an hour to kill to get a burger. 🙂


The other news this week is that my CFO / real estate mogul has been working on refurbishing his in-law’s house. They moved to some other country and he bought the place off of them, and has been cleaning it out for a couple of months now in preparation to gut it and make it his own.

It’s a HUGE place – like seven bathrooms or something – and was full to the rafters with high-end or custom-made one-off stuff from the late 90’s / early 2000’s… Some of which was A/V gear…

He knows I’m into weird old electronics, and he has no use for weird old electronics, so he gave me a bunch of it – and I’ve been going through and fixing things up as I have time.

The first piece I’ve gotten running again is a mid-2000’s 50-inch Samsung DLP TV…

The first TV I’ve owned since 1995… With matching stand!

The cabinet itself was in pretty good condition with only a few minor cosmetic things to iron out, and after a thorough internal cleaning and replacing the lamp ($45), the DLP fired right up!

The next issue to work out was the fact I didn’t have cables for anything I own that interfaces with the TV. For example, the TV has s-video in and my PowerBook G4 laptop has s-video out, but I haven’t had an s-video cable for at least a decade…

The TV does have HDMI though, but everything I had that did modern video was display port…

So, I had a new Apple TV dropped off direct from Apple (The HD – no need for the 4K version on a 720p TV), and got it talking to my PC via a piece of software wizardry called “AirParrot” – and from there it was a simple matter to send the TV some video to test it out…

And what’s the best way to test a circa 2005 TV? With a circa 1986 cartoon of course!

Oh Megatron, you silly, silly robot. (Transformers: The Movie – 1986)

That’ll buff out, I’m sure. (Transformers: The Movie – 1986)

And with that I spent the rest of the evening watching movies on an actual TV – and it was good.

Next up is the pile of Denon stereo gear…