I was in OpenID meetings at Microsoft all day Tuesday, and started driving home to Vancouver at 4PM. This a fairly painful route at that time, but the Blue Jays and White Sox, via MLB on the Nexus 7, reduced the pain considerably.
The problems included an accident on 405 (but there’s always an accident on 405) and that Skagit-river bridge that fell down last month (but the detour isn’t terrible). Still, a lot of stop-and-go. If you could just keep going you could do the trip in under 3 hours; it took me a just over 4.
So right there in the Microsoft parking lot, I pulled up the MLB app on the N7 and checked out what was on; then tuned into the Toronto pre-game show. I was going to have been a Blue Jays fan this year, but they’ve been so awful; still, I enjoy listening to Jerry Howarth.
I have a little 1-Amp adapter for the car power which can’t charge the N7 but can keep it running for a long, long time. Its speaker is kinda low-fi but plenty loud enough even on the highway.
When I pulled into Vancouver the game had just switched into extra innings; so when I got home to the fast WiFi, I sat down to enjoy the game on the N7 screen (damn, MLB gets a fine picture on that screen; just razor-sharp) along with pizza and a pilsener. It ended just in time for me to read my 7-year old the evening’s instalment of Narnia.
As for the game; well, it was a little ridiculous. The Sox handed it to Toronto on a plate, what with a couple of crucial errors and the plain farce of Maicer Izturis (5’8”/170lb) knocking the ball loose from Tyler Flowers (6’4”/245lb). Still, Wang may be a viable band-aid on the Jays’ bleeding starting-rotation neck wound, and it was nice to watch Janssen work; he might be a premier closer if the Jays had more save opportunities.
MLB gets the Internet better than all the other sports franchises put together. I spend a hundred and change a year for the service, and it’s worth every penny. And the N7 is a terrific baseball platform.