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Pure Awesomeness… Sort Of…

Cutting Cable and Still Watching TV

After hearing all about people cutting cable and watching tv, I decided to give it a try. In short, I love it.

If you’re trying to do the same, here are my tips.

Making the transition:
Before you go all out and cancel your cable, feel free to try the all internet route for a few weeks and see how you like it. Most of the internet services I will recommend have free trials you can use before committing.

Wait… Transition to what?
Transition to the services that will allow you to watch your shows!

My favorite services are Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, and Netflix.

Amazon Prime: My favorite choice. Not only do they have 40,000 titles available, including portions of the HBO library, but the service also let’s you get free two-day shipping on amazon orders and allows you to borrow kindle books for free. Essentially you get to watch a random collection of movies, HBO shows that are not currently in season, BBC shows, Downton Abbey, The Americans, etc. No real currently airing shows, but a good library regardless. 30-day free trial, then $99/year.

Netflix: I signed up for this purely to watch Orange is the New Black. Not kidding. Besides OITNB and House of Cards, their original series, they have a solid streaming library of existing and some currently airing shows. Also, a decent movie library. Free month trial, then $7.99 a month for streaming.

Hulu Plus: My last favorite service is Hulu Plus. The perk of this service over the others is that Hulu Plus allows you to watch current seasons of shows. Great replacement for everyday show watching. You can get the first two weeks free, then $7.99 a month. Also, the base service on is free; however, it will only allow you to watch 5 episodes of some shows, and only on your PC, not devices.

When you get bored… You can also install redbox instant for an occasional movie rental when the other choices don’t suffice.

Sports: if you’re primary concern are sports, you can sign up for services through each of the sports leagues (NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL) to watch live sports. Some of them have odd blackout policies. Or… You can walk to a local spots bar and watch with friends ;-)

How to watch using these services?
You can generally watch programming using these services by accessing their website on your laptop, installing and using their app on your phone or tablet/iPad (App store, Android Play store), or on your Smart TV. Personally, I like the Samsung smart TV platform, but Sony and a few others have the apps as well. If you don’t own a Smart TV, you can still watch with these services on your TV. You can either connect your laptop to your TV via an HDMI cable, or you can purchase a peripheral device such as a Roku 3, an Apple TV, or the Amazon Fire TV.

Happy watching. Feel free to comment any questions or tips.

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Playing Blondes v. Brunettes Football Again for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Blondes v Brunettes Game 2014

Blondes v Brunettes Game 2014

Hi All! I’m playing in the annual Alzheimer’s Association Blondes v. Brunettes flag football game again this year! The game is on 5/31 at Fairfax HS. 1pm doors open, 2pm kickoff.

This is a nationwide women’s flag-football league created to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. My teammates and I are training and preparing for game day, but win or lose, our true goal is a world without Alzheimer’s.

I would GREATLY appreciate your support in helping me fundraise (and beat the brunettes!)! Donations help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research to discover methods of prevention, treatment and ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. Also, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.

If anyone can contribute (any amount is appreciated, even $1 or $5), I am still fundraising until game day. Donate to Monica for Alzheimer’s Association.

Below is my happy photo because of the support and generosity I have received throughout this experience. Thank you to all those who have supported me!!

At last year's Blondes v Brunettes game.

At last year’s Blondes v Brunettes game.

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Remembering the Armenian Genocide – 99 Years of Denial

Armenian Genocide - 99 years of denial and remembrance

Armenian Genocide – 99 years of denial and remembrance

Today, April 24th, is a day of remembrance for the lives lost during the Armenian Genocide, which took place beginning April 24, 1915. We are now 99 years from the original atrocities that took place. Over 1.5 million Armenians were murdered between 1915-1918 – approximately 75-80% of the Armenian population of the world at that time. Thankfully, the attempts by the young turks of the Ottoman Empire to eradicate the Armenians was not successful. Currently the Armenian Diaspora includes 9 million people throughout the world.
Please take a moment now to remember those lost in the Armenian Genocide…

Previously, I wrote a series of posts on the topic, including the account of the genocide by my great grandmother, that you can see here:

Part 1 – The Armenian Genocide
Part 2 – What Transpired
Part 3 – Recognition of the Armenian Genocide
Part 4 – A Survivor’s Account of the Armenian Genocide – My Great Grandmother.

For additional information on the Armenian Genocide check out these sites:

Thank you for taking a moment to remember.

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Air travel and technology, we can do better

As many of you are aware due to the media coverage, two days ago Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 took off from Kuala Lumpur and about 50 minutes later the Boeing 777-200 went missing. Now they are searching for the wreckage, unsuccessfully, to find the black boxes so they can figure out what happened.

I’ve posted previously about my frustrations with air travel and the way it really has not improved or changed much since the 70s. We mostly fly in planes designed then and at speeds even slower to maintain fuel efficiency. (I won’t even get into my rant about how we should be flying faster, at least at concord speeds, by now). Lately, there have been a few improvements… we can now watch satellite TV and surf the internet. I’m not trying to discount these awesome upgrades in entertainment and productivity options, but this accident or disappearance reminds me again of how the air travel industry just refuses to change with the times.

Why are we relying on these black boxes that are so hard to recover when planes mysteriously crash or disappear? We have the technology and ability to communicate with the airplanes, get them internet and satellite TV. Why is the aircraft flight data not being uploaded real time onto remote servers? Doesn’t that seem like a better way to figure out what happened, considering we can’t find the plane? I suppose some would say that some flights lose communication before crashing. Sure, but we could still have data up until communication is lost. And a remote upload system could be redundant with an on board black box system…

Just a late night rant addressing an issue I feel could be better handled. Is it just me?

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Hurry up and wait!

Hold on. Angry rant incoming. Is there some ridiculous conspiracy going on to make this city impossible to drive through? I can’t get anywhere without sitting in a ridiculous amount of traffic. During the day, the various rush hours make driving unbearable. Ok, fine, so the goal is to avoid rush hour right? Drive later, after rush hour is over? NO. Because every night they close down all the freeways to 1-2 lanes and bring everything to crushing stand still. Oh, you want to take the 405? Half the lanes are closed and you probably cant find an open on ramp anyway. The 110? No, the section through the tunnels is narrowed to 1 lane so it will take you forever to get through. The 134? Forget it, they narrow it to 2 lanes while they… OK, I’ve never actually even seen anyone working, but they are definitely diligently practicing their cone placement and removal every night. I now hate the color red because it signifies brake lights and the color of the freeway on google traffic maps. Additionally, all this sitting around with my car running on the freeway means I need to get gas all the time since my MPGs are worthless. And every time I fill gas I get angry… Oh it’s $3.839 per gallon. Wait… 9? This has annoyed me since I was a kid. I can’t pay in thousandths of pennies. None of us can… Why are they allowed to post prices in decimal levels that we can’t pay in? Can I bill my clients that way? Are they keeping track of the extra pennies I give them every day because of that fraction that I can’t pay in? Do the extra pennies roll over and am I getting credits? Am I going to get a free stick of gum one day? Please post your prices in amounts that currency exists in. Oh and surprise, they closed my exit to work this morning. Let’s enjoy the convenient detour. End Rant.

(Reproduced from my Facebook page from a few days ago. Easily my longest rant ever.)

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Been a long time…

It’s been a long time (long time), we shouldn’t of left you (left you),
Without a dope beat to step to (step to, step to, step to, step to).

Musical interlude aside, seriously, it has been a while since I have been on here. I just redid the theme, should look a bit more updated!

Also, have a set of posts planned and coming up. Should be amusing to say the least. Hope you guys enjoy.

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Hi guys. I had a lot of spam users register on the site, so I went through and deleted a lot of the users registered here that I didn’t recognize. I’m sorry if you are a legitimate user and I deleted your username. Please reregister.


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Remembering the Armenian Genocide

Today, April 24th, is a day of remembrance for the 1.5 million lives lost during the Armenian Genocide, which took place beginning April 24, 1915. Please take a moment to remember…

Previously, I wrote a series of posts on the topic that you can see here:

Part 1 – The Armenian Genocide
Part 2 – What Transpired
Part 3 – Recognition of the Armenian Genocide
Part 4 – A Survivor’s Account of the Armenian Genocide – My Great Grandmother.

For additional information on the Armenian Genocide check out these sites:

Thank you for taking a moment to remember.

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New Theme

I’ve been neglecting the blog for many months now, but to start things up again, I’d like to start with a new theme.  Keep an eye out.  :-)

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Cruise Lines Will Not Accomodate Food Allergies That Require Organic Foods

I’m always hearing from people about how cruise lines are very good about accommodating food allergies.  What about food allergies which require consumption of organic foods, such as those people who cannot have the compounds in preservatives and pesticides?  Well, turns out the cruise lines will not accommodate these people.  I contacted Carnival, Royal Carribean (RCCL), Disney Cruise lines, and a couple others and got the same answer, “we cannot accommodate organic foods.” 

So, not only are they irresponsible in terms of caring for those with particular food allergies, but in addition these cruise lines are clearly very much not on board with the organic movement. 

They’ve lost my business, have they lost yours?

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