"Tattoo of Leviticus 18:22, which forbids homosexuality: $200.
The fact that Leviticus 19:28 forbids tattoos: Priceless."
(found this here.)
"Tattoo of Leviticus 18:22, which forbids homosexuality: $200.
The fact that Leviticus 19:28 forbids tattoos: Priceless."
(found this here.)
Not a fan of Maher, but I do loves me some satire 🙂
Xbox and Hulu announced today that Hulu is now on Xbox. I will begin testing everything on my Xbox in my room but I need to learn a few things first:
1. Does it work and how well?
2. Do we have to pay for a second Hulu account to view on both Xbox's? (You must "activate the device". We did on the living room box and it shows it on our Hulu account as that Xbox gamer's account name. Activating my separate Xbox and account in my room, might present issues. Tune in.)
3. Will turning in my remaining DVR increase the cost of my internet price? (Since it's a "bundle" deal, I'm sure it will 🙁
4. Depending on the above variables, what is my new cost compared to my old one after all of this?
I'll let you know….
"There is nothing I love more than air-conditioning. Walking inside an air-conditioned room from a 95 degree afternoon is the greatest panacea I've ever found. Sometimes though, I come in from the heat only to find an oscillating fan recirculating the blistering misery. This is the difference between the love I feel from him and the love I feel from her. His love is cathartic, yet she doesn't even have the decency to oscillate." –Allen McNulty
Cats trying to figure out a tread mill. I love how hard the one cat strikes, but then there are two more funny parts that happen later 🙂
Don't throw away your batteries, Best Buy recycles them for free (container at the entrance at most places). Also, Lowe's hardware store recycles rechargeable batteries, CFLs, plastic bags and plastic plant pots (bins near customer service and exits at most places).
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Yes, I realize that the Husqvarna Solar Hybrid Automated Mower is $3000.00, but I wanted everyone to put it on their list of things to buy when they win the lottery.
It will text message you if something disturbs it while it’s mowing, has an anti-theft alarm, no emissions, PIN lock code, battery-operated (but solar panel is an extra energy source on sunny days and can provide an extra oomph), weather-proof, low noise, timer, and much more.
My prediction is that this will become better and more affordable over time. It only makes sense. I wonder what the stats would be if every house replaced their gas/oil mower with this?
The IoSafe Solo 1 TB Fireproof and Waterproof External Hard Drive took a brutal beating by Maximum PC magazine. The hard-drive claimes to be fireproof and waterproof, so they set it on fire and then dunked it in a bucket of water. After that, they took the drive back inside and plugged it in to their computer and all the files were completely intact.
The one they tested was USB 3.0, but I could only find USB 2.0 on Amazon at the time of this post…but still with the same fire/water claims, as well as a one or three-year data recovery service (where they claim that if you can’t get your data off the drive, they can).
At first it appears as if the casing provides the defense, but the guts are where the protection exists. It’s wrapped in what appears to be a fireproof/waterproof bag. Regardless, it works. I would, however, question my working environment if I needed a drive to be able to survive all of that 🙂
Thanks, Jessica, for finding this.
Excellent experience with Vudu tonight. It’s now a part of most blu-ray players and we just noticed it on our PS3. They gave us one free movie to watch and we watched a 1080p version of “The Fighter” with a perfect stream. I paused several times, stopped it to finish watching later, and a little bit of RW/FF…with no issues at all. Not sure if the PS3 streams better than the Xbox or if Vudu is better than Netflix and Hulu, but it was flawless.
I watched Steve Martin on The Colbert Report the other day, as Steve promoted his second “bluegrass” album. They performed on Colbert’s show and the song was pretty good…but nothing that grabbed my attention enough to run to Amazon and buy the CD.
However, I just watched Steve Martin on David Letterman. Steve told Dave a story about emailing Paul McCartney asking him to sing a song on his new album and Paul agreed (as did the Dixie Chicks). That caught my attention a little more, but it wasn’t until Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers (from NC) sang an A capella song “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs” that made me finally go and buy the album. It gets here in a few days and I’ll give my opinion on the rest after I get a chance to hear the whole thing.
someone’s watching way too much porn on their phone to need this. (i bought three.)
How do they expect to keep my business like this?!?
A video of my experiences with the Moshi Talking Digital Clock.
I had two HD DVR’s. One in the living room and one in my bedroom. Today, we disconnected the one in the living room and returned it to their local office. Took 5 minutes and $30.00 off of my cable bill ($360.00 savings in a year).
We usually watch recorded shows on our DVR (or a Netflix DVD if we have one…sometimes a movie streamed from Xbox or Netflix) when we’re eating. Tonight at dinner, there was a big, empty space where the DVR used to be. Between Hulu, Netflix, and shows/movies on Xbox), we had more than plenty to watch and most was in HD. (For those wondering, we watched yesterday’s episode of the Colbert Report and a Tosh.0 episode we hadn’t seen yet.) So, there was (almost) nothing missing from our routine…except for one major thing….a clock! The DVR was our only living room clock and we don’t wear watches, so that was weird having no idea what time it was (we don’t like to grab/turn on our over-priced smartphones with food on our hands…and getting up out of the recliner was NOT an option 🙂 I bought a nifty little digital clock for that spot, so my money savings went down a bit, which brings me to more math to consider.
When I mentioned the $30/month savings (from removing one DVR and “extra digital TV” charge), I now have to consider that the Hulu Plus membership is $7.99/month and my Netflix is the 2/month @ $14.99. That’s a total of $22.98/month. Sounds like hardly any savings, doesn’t it? But here’s the rub. I’ve used Netflix since 2002 or 2003 and never planned on cancelling Netflix…so I don’t count that $14.99 in the math (this is “getting rid of cable” not “getting rid of everything I pay for entertainment” 🙂 Still though, I did add the HuluPlus for $7.99 and, of course, I can’t and won’t get rid of my internet, so it might be “fuzzy math” right now. Where my savings should really kick in is when I get rid of my DVR & digital TV charges from my bedroom. I won’t do that, however, until I live the life without cable in the living room and get used to what that feels like (jeez…sounds just like my quitting smoking posts 🙂 Also, Hulu is supposed to come to Xbox “soon” and, until then, I have no way to watch Hulu on my bedroom tv. Also, they will raise my internet bill when I remove my cable tv completely (it’s in a pricing bundle, currently)…so I’m taking baby steps in shaking the cable monkey off my back.
Another biggie I’ve noticed is that the freezing has been almost non-existent lately. Not sure if the Playstation 3 that we use Hulu on fixed the issue in their system update they just had or not. Could be coincidence or a bug fix. Loving no freezing though, no matter what the reason.
An interesting side note: I thought the cable guy would have to come out to the house, but all I had to do was go to their office and turn in my DVR. I called their 800# first to see what steps I needed to take and how much they were going to charge me for the guy to come out. When I explained to the customer service rep what I was doing, she offered me 3 free months of my HD-DVR. I considered taking the offer and waiting three months to turn it in, but decided to stop letting the drug dealer win. She was very enticing…appealing to my addiction and sensabilities…but I “just said no” 🙂
One more side note: For those who don’t know it, you can watch Hulu for free on your computer, but I think you get more clips and limited selections. I don’t watch tv/movies on my computer, so I don’t care about testing their free online version. You can try it and comment here…I’m sure the readers would like to hear of other’s experiences.
If you haven’t heard of (or used) Groupon yet, then you’re either a newbie, like paying full price, or don’t understand it. I won’t comment on the first two, but I’d like to give just a touch of insight into the third one.
Groupon is a site that offers local coupons to those who sign up (it’s free and painless to sign up). You choose your area and then Groupon emails you coupons, sales, and discounts to local businesses or products near you. They only email you when a coupon’s available in your area. After you purchase, they email you what you bought (not immediately, but within a day or so. That’s it!
My Experience So Far: The first thing I ever bought from them was an Amazon gift certificate. It was a $20 gift certificate for $10. Way too good to pass up. My second (and only other) purchase was a gift certificate to one of my favorite restaurants. It was a $50 gift certificate for $25! Again, way too good to pass up. They’ve sent me emails over the past several months for massage, carpet cleaning, and other discounts that I don’t use so I didn’t buy. But those two deals made it worth my while, even though the majority of them I don’t use…but I remain hopeful for better goodies in my inbox soon 🙂
this pic scares me just a little for some reason, but they’re kitties so i still love it 🙂
Getting Rid of Cable Part 1 is here.
Received the Roku XDS Streaming Player 1080p, but the same day we discovered that we could get Hulu on our Playstation 3, so it sat unopened while we tested Hulu Plus. We’ve used Netflix (I love Netflix) on our PS3, so we had a streaming comparison for both HD and SD. (On a side note, I’m anti-Sony and am looking fwd to Hulu arriving on the Xbox. Their site says it’s “coming soon to xbox”)
The Hulu Plus interface was very easy to figure out. They make it very user-friendly and you can find shows easily and watch immediately. We quickly found the “Colbert Report” and Hulu had the most recent show already available to watch! They also had episodes spanning at least a week (maybe more), in case you missed other episodes. This was also the case for tons of popular shows (Modern Family, The Office, Family Guy, etc.) Some shows had all episodes from all seasons, but some others only had the current season of episodes. It appeared as though they had some agreement with Fox and ABC, since those shows were so prominent…but that was a cursory glance/opinion and many other stations and popular shows were available as well.
Some shows have commercials throughout. A 30-second one before the show started and then ones ranging from 15-30 seconds at each “station break”. We sometimes paused during a commercial and ran out for a drink or bathroom break. When we came back, it was sitting there waiting for us to hit “play” on our remote and continue. Some shows had no commercials at all (those seemed to be ABC, Fox, and Comedy Central, but we haven’t explored every network and show to see the commercial vs. non-commercial pattern).
The above are either pros or cons, depending on your personal tastes. But here is a major Con that was consistently and issue: The shows kept freezing! Some wouldn’t, but almost all did at some point. It was sporadic, so we’re fairly certain that it was nothing we did wrong. I spoke with two friends who watch Hulu via their Roku and they said they experience the exact same issue. Most freezes lasted exactly 8 seconds and then it fixed itself and continued. A few times, we had to hit the FF, Rewind, or Play button on our remote to unfreeze it…then it would either continue without issue or might freeze once more. It was so random, we couldn’t find a pattern. Our conclusion here was that Hulu has issues. Possibly because they’re growing too fast and need more servers. Don’t know, but I can only assume/hope that they are aware of this issue and are working on it. After all, we’re paid subscribers and they don’t want everyone to start cancelling. Some episodes never froze…even ones in HD…so I think I’m going to continue using them and chalk it up to “growing pains”.
And yes, I’m aware that Netflix streaming will do the little spinning circle once in a while, but that’s not Netflix’s fault but rather your wireless internet/network changing its network speed (so if you’re watching an HD movie and your internet speed slows down, Netflix will automatically change your stream from HD to SD…and when your internet speed goes back up, Netflix will switch you back again, hence the spinning circle of waiting. But I’ve found it rare and predictably fast).
So…I’m returning the Roku for a refund. I’m also going to call the cable company today and ask them to disconnect the cable and return the HD DVR (I think that will be a $30.00 drop in my cable bill). I’m keeping my cable and HD DVR in my bedroom, until I experience what it’s like with the new, no-cable, system in the living room. Rumor has it that if I remove all cable tv from my home (and keep only internet), that the cable company will severely jack up my internet pricing. A friend said they did that to her when she got rid of everything but internet. I assume this is true, since these are “bundle” packages and if there’s no bundle then you’re going to pay “A La Carte” pricing which offers no discounts. Regardless, I will still be paying substantially less and will post those amounts in another “Getting Rid of Cable” update.
Getting Rid Of Cable (Part 3) is here.