Is Sirius XM worth the money?

After about a month, Sirius XM gets old and repeaty. I took a trip to the grocery store and heard the long version of the Humpty Dance on Backspin. Once I got tired of the endless loop, I flipped over to 90’s on 9 where the Humpty Dance was just beginning. Also, you can only hear Downtown Julie Brown so many times before you want to jump out of the door on the interstate pavement.

You will get your three month preview whenever you get a new car, but that’s as far as you should go. One time, I made the mistake of getting the 6 month extension for $29 ($36 after fees), so I was stuck hearing Humpty Hump for a few more months. BTW, Sirius XM doesn’t work well if there are trees around or you pull into a gas station. The signal will go out because you need a line of sight to the satellite.  Once your free trial is up I suggest Apple Music if you are an iPhone user. That way you can put Humpty on repeat to your heart’s desire.

Blocking pop-ups from magazines…

IMG_2873It sounds like a contradictory non-sensible statement but I’m talking about the little card that flies out of a magazine when you thumb through the pages. These are the equivalent of pop-up ads on websites. Now that add blockers are basically useless you have to go back to print media to get your news, but now you have to deal with Geico shoving a card within each page.

Whenever I get a new magazine, which is rare these days. I will take it directly to the garbage can with the widest opening. I shake the magazine until all the cards fall out and then enjoy the magazine as it was intended. You know, a few articles and embedded ads.

Best and Worst Times to Visit Disney World

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Walt Disney telling you to leave!

When a hurricane is there

The park will be closed and you won’t be able to get through the gates, well you probably could, but you would go to jail. Not Disney jail, but real jail, where the mice bite and try to violate you. However, if you are on the property then you are safe. Disney Resorts are made to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. They will treat you like royalty and since they are their own municipality, you will have power sooner.

When it’s hot

You will sweat profusely and you will get dehydrated if you don’t buy the $4 bottles of water. Don’t drink the soda and beer or you will dehydrate faster. And be broker faster

When there are numerous amount of people there

Holiday’s and weekends are the worst, and holiday weekends are a no-brainer to stay away.

When you just bought new shoes

That is unless you like blisters on your feet. Never take a brand new pair of shoes into the park. Don’t buy a brand new pair of waterproof timberland boots for your July trip. Your boots will be filled with pain and suffering.

When a new ride is open

Well, it might be a good time to visit other areas of the parks except for Pandora, Seven Dwarfs Mine train, or Peter Pan’s Flight

When a new area is open

I can’t imagine what masses of humanity will be drawn to the parks once Star Wars Galaxies Edge is open.

Remember, there is no slow season no matter what anyone tells you. If you are going to go, just do it and enjoy your time. If someone says they got on all the rides with no waiting they are lying, and you shouldn’t be friends with liars.

Bringing back old movies to theaters

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Windows XP on the Big Screen!

I’ve noticed an uptick in the trend to bring back older movies from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s to local theaters. I think it’s a great idea, but unnecessary in our day and age.

I can see the appeal. You can watch an old movie on a large screen with high-quality audio. It’s easy to do now because there are no unwieldy film reels to deal with. All the movies are delivered over the internet or on hard disk drives that basically load into a fancy digital projector. Kinda irks me when they splash the Sony 4K logo before a movie. Really? You are proud that your resolution is lower than celluloid?

The real reason movies are coming back out is because Hollywood is out of ideas. They’ve rebooted every movie franchise they can think of. They’ve created movies based on video and board games. The only untapped market is the cereal industry. I’d pay to see a movie where Captain Crunch fights Count Chocula, Franken and Boo Berry like Van Helsing.

 

Is RPX Really Worth the Price?

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Regal Premium Experience has been out for a few years, and in my opinion, is worth the extra price if you must see a movie at the theater. You get a comfortable seat, a huge screen, and super loud audio with many speakers. I used to go for the 3D version but have since switched to 2D only because the picture is much sharper. They could make it even more premiumer if they had some way to keep the movie commentators quiet. Maybe some sort of EMP to disable all cell phones so that we are not blinded by blue screen light as we are engrossed in a Xenomorph chomping its way out of a human body cavity.

Of course at my house, I have a pretty large screen, super loud surround speakers, and all the popcorn I want to eat. Of course, I can pause the movie anytime I want so no one interrupts the Xenomorph cavity carnage.
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Is it time to stop owning your media?

For as long as I’ve had money and ears I’ve been purchasing music. I started with cassette tapes in the 80s and moved on the CDs in the 90s followed by iTunes in the 00s.

Music (Yes)

I have a disappearing collection of CDs as they have all been put into apple audio or mp3 format. I rarely purchase a physical CD anymore unless I sign up for a Kickstarter campaign and get the artist to sign it. I purchase soundtracks for my favorite movies and have the physical CD and the auto-rip from Amazon. I finally subscribed to Apple music family plan, and for only $15 a month, my family and I can listen to anything we want.

Books (Maybe)

I’m slowly removing all my physical books from my shelf and replacing them with their digital counterpart. I’ll keep a few on the shelf because I could never part with them. My Grandmother’s study bible and hymnal, and my personal bible collection, and a few Star Wars books. But other than that I have everything on my Kindle. Let’s hope Amazon doesn’t close it’s virtual doors anytime soon.

Movies (No)

I still own many movies, I have VHS (but no VCR), DVDs (dwindling collection) and many Blu-rays and 4K discs. I also own the original non-special edition Star Wars films on Laser-disc (and a Laser-disc player). Blu-rays are superior in my opinion because they don’t buffer like streaming services. You get the highest quality picture and sound.

It’s a neat idea to have all your media in the cloud, it would put those time life CD infomercials out of business because you can dig in the virtual crates and find all your favorites, all for the easy payment of $9.99 a month.

Binge watching is the new standard

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I have all but quit watching TV shows when they air. I believe I stopped watching live TV shows when Friends went off the air, before DVRs were a thing. I don’t like commercials and with Netflix, Hulu and other knockoffs, you can watch an entire season rather quickly. Once the streaming services became available it made it too easy to watch what I wanted on my schedule. There are some shows that I like to keep up to date on so I will wait about a month until they get at least 4 shows in the books before I begin watching. Then there’s that awful period of waiting for them to get another 4 episodes in the queue.

I’ve never been nor ever will be a fan of Game of Thrones. I’ve heard enough people talk about it to know that I won’t like it. However, if I ever do watch it, I will wait until the series finale, then watch all the seasons in about a month.

I’ve caught the first 5 seasons of Last Man Standing and now have to wait for season 6 to come out to Hulu, since Netflix decided to drop the show. Which means, I have to subscribe to yet another service to see what I want. If it wasn’t for the Marvel shows on Netflix, I would drop them. I find that I search Netflix more than I watch. And now with Disney pulling all their content it will make the decision easier. Here are a few of my favorites that I’ve binge watched over the years ranked from Happy to Depraved.

  • The Office (Netflix)
  • Parks and Recreation (Netflix)
  • Justified (Amazon Prime)
  • The Sopranos (Amazon Prime)
  • Dexter (Netflix)
  • Friends (Netflix)

The last three I really didn’t like the last few seasons, I just wanted to complete them so I could be disappointed with the endings.