Cord Cutters Unite

I remember when I was a kid growing up, I had to wait a week for episodes of one of my favorite shows at the time, “The Wonder Years” to come on. There were a lot of other shows I viewed then during prime time, but this was one that I related with the most.

Enter a few years later, 1999 to be exact when the DVR became available. Now you would still have to wait a week for a new episode to air, but at least you would be prepared to catch it and have the option to skip the commercials. You would also have the option to store your shows on hard disk and watch shows later, at your own leisure.

Enter today. We still have the DVR option, but including in the mix is video streaming. Streaming options from the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and others, we now can pick and choose “a la carte” style what shows we would want to follow and watch. Part of the fun is the discovery of new and old shows that has been put on and is available instantly. Just the other day, I found the show “ALF” and although this show was popular when I was growing up, I now can watch all the episodes. This concept makes a new breed of television viewers come to light, “The Cord Cutters”.

The cord cutters are folks who have for one reason or another, forgo the cable box or satellite dish to get content. Maybe it’s for prices, maybe they like to pick and choose shows, or maybe they just want to be the first on the block to say to neighbors that they don’t need a content provider. Take that cable box!

But there are some shows that some would be hesitant to get out that cable cutter they got from Walmart. Take the show “Mad Men” for example. Earlier seasons are available on streaming services, but the current season is only viewed on the AMC channel. Actually, you can also buy shows through iTunes to watch as a season pass, as well.

Now, there are some streaming options that in my opinion need a little work. You should be able to use a service without having a cable box with subscribed premium channel to view the stream option. I talking to you, HBO. At least provide an option to pay a certain amount for the people that don’t have the use of a subscribed premium cable box. Then I could finally see “Game of Thrones”, supplementing my imagination when I read the book by George R.R. Martin.

The next thing, which has been happening these few years is that now Netflix and Hulu are helping in creating original programming. Take for example the show “House of Cards“. This show first “aired”?, or “streamed”? in February 2013, providing ALL 13 episodes at one time. This and another example being “Arrested Development”, due out in May 26th, 2013 with reportedly ALL episodes out at one time, are changing the way we watch shows and consuming content. It also changes how independent studios now have more options in production.

I wonder what is in store in the years ahead. Only time will tell.

Until next time…

Grand standing

Today, I have been thinking about the idea of the standing desk.

I remember a few years ago, the standing desk concept was first brought about, and at the time I wasn’t really sure what to think of it. For ages, since before corporate culture began, we have been ingrained in the concept of sitting at our desks, to work. We are even taught at a young age in school that we “have to sit at our desks“. This is an idea that changed everything that I have ever thought about work, and I had been challenged. Just something so simple as to stand, instead of sitting.

There are some benefits of standing, like increased blood flow and having more energy during the day. Personally, I have been more active as of late, with deadlines and keeping concentration up while working on projects and presentations.

I’m game to try this concept. I will let you know of my experiences later. And if anyone is doing this, please share in the comments section. I will definitely like to know.

Until next time…

iTunes or Looney Tunes…

I’m back! And, it’s now two days in a row! That is uncommon!

Today, I am going to rant on a topic that just about everyone is familiar with, music. Specifically, music that has been downloaded and stored, not just a stream of music like Pandora, Spotify, or Rdio. I am talking about Apple’s iTunes.

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My iTunes desktop

I had been a long time iTunes user, and have music that I have purchased in the past. I have also been hesitant about downloading and installing it again on my new laptop and yesterday, I finally pulled the trigger. So far, I am enjoying the experience that is the iTunes IU (user interface).

Before, I had tried to use Winamp, but got frustrated on the UI. I like the look of it, but it seemed to hide and make it hard to do simple things. Also, I don’t have that many hours in the day to sit and figure out how to add or revise podcast playlists and such or import specific music files.

Just about the only things I do like about Winamp are, a) That the window has the ability to “stick” to a corner or side of the desktop. b) The minimized window.

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Minimized Winamp application. Looks pretty cool, huh?

Some hurdles I have to overcome are the fact that I use a Google Android phone (Nexus S), running Android 4.1.1 and not an Apple iPhone. I haven’t found out how I can listen to podcasts “synced” between laptop (iTunes) and phone (I use the DoggCatcher app), so for now, I just use my phone solely. It helps that I really like the DoggCatcher app a lot.  It would also be nice to listen on my laptop, then be able to sync wirelessly to my non-Apple device and listen right where I left off on my phone… but that is a story for another day.

Okay, that’s enough ranting for today. Now, time to enjoy some of my music on iTunes.

Until next time…

I awake from my blogging slumber…

I have been M.I.A. from the blog o’sphere and I make my return. I’m not going to promise that I will keep on top of posting anything relevant, but I will make an attempt. But I figured that I would change it up a bit, starting with a new blog theme. I might change it to something else, but for now, I sort of like this one.

Okay, what is new in my life since my last post? Well, I’m still in school but changed my major (my last time, I promise) to computer science. Life right now is for the most part, studying, and a lot of it.

Well, that is all for now. Need to get this thing called studying done.

Until next time…

YouTube Friday: “2012 U of A Band Day – Pride of Arizona Evening Show – Radiohead 2.0”

A little late for a YouTube Friday clip, but late is better than never, right? Here is a clip of yesterday’s Pride of Arizona Band Day performance of Radiohead 2.0, with “15 step”, “Sail to the Moon”, and “Creep”.  I am remiss that I missed watching the live performance, but I myself was suffering a mini-migraine at the time.  I’m better now…🙂

The Pride of Arizona Marching Band has a special place in my heart because I had played trumpet in the marching band for 2 seasons. I had a ton of fun and great memories playing. 

Here is the clip:

Until next time…

Happy Birthday to Me!

I figured that today would be as good as any day to post.  So much has changed in my life since my last public entry, so I will spare the details.  As I have said in the past, I will promise to post more often.  That last statement sort of sounds like an empty promise, but I intend to share some of what is going on in my life.  I’m going to make this post short and sweet, so I’m going to enjoy the rest of the day with my family, who are in town for the weekend.

P.S. – Wow!?! My last post was LAST YEAR in APRIL!!! Why have you guys not told me!!!!

Until next time…

YouTube Friday: “YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 Grand Finale”

Okay folks, this was the concert that I have been waiting for some time… and here it’s is, if you didn’t catch the live broadcast on Sunday…

(0:03:20) Hector Berlioz – Roman Carnival – Overture, Op. 9 (featuring Android Jones – digital artist)
(0:13:00) Meet Maria Chiossi – Harp
(0:18:00) Percy Grainger – Arrival on a Platform Humlet from in a Nutshell – Suite
(0:22:20) Johann Sebastian Bach – Toccata in F major for organ (featuring Cameron Carpenter)
(0:30:00) Meet Paulo Calligopoulos – Electric Guitar and violin
(0:32:55) Alberto Ginastera – Danza del trigo (Wheat Dance) and Danza final (Malambo) from the ballet Estancia (conducted by Ilyich Rivas)
(0:42:22) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – ‘Caro’ bell’idol mio’ – Canon in three voices, K652 (featuring the Sydney Children’s Choir and soprano Renee Fleming via video)
(0:45:14) Meet Xiomara Mass – Oboe
(0:48:42) Benjamin Britten – The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34
(1:08:00) William Barton – Kalkadunga (featuring William Barton – Didgeridoo)
(1:13:15) Timothy Constable – Suna
(1:16:36) Meet Roman Riedel – Trombone
(1:18:38) Richard Strauss – Fanfare for the Vienna Philharmonic (featuring Sarah Willis, Horn, Berlin Philharmoniker and conducted by Edwin Outwater)
(1:23:08) *PREMIERE* Mason Bates – Mothership (specially composed for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011)
(1:34:34) Meet Su Chang – Guzheng
(1:36:55) Felix Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 (Finale) (featuring Stefan Jackiw and conducted by Ilyich Rivas)
(1:44:44) Meet Ozgur Baskin – Violin
(1:46:22) Colin Jacobsen and Siamak Aghaei – Ascending Bird – Suite for string orchestra (featuring Colin Jacobsen, violin, and Richard Tognetti, violin, and Kseniya Simonova – sand artist)
(1:55:35) Meet Stepan Grytsay – Violin
(1:58:00) Igor Stravinsky – The Firebird (Infernal Dance – Berceuse – Finale)
(2:12:50) *ENCORE * Franz Schubert – Rosamunde (featuring Eugene Izotov – oboe, and Andrew Mariner – clarinet)

I hope you enjoy!!!

Until next time…