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Making the change to streaming!

I posted last month asking about Netflix. Now we have three TVs doing streaming.

I started with a Roku Express for the TV closest to the WiFi router. It's working great. So far I have subscribed to Netflix and Sling with the news add-on so I can get MSNBC. For free throughput I have added TubiTV and Crackle, Vudu (which I will never use for pay programming), and the Roku Channel (not much on there but it comes with the Roku).

My biggest complaint about the Roku Express is that it does not control the TV. So I found the Insignia multi function remote that can control the TV, the Roku, and the DVD. If I can figure out what kind of sound bar I have it might be able to control that, too, or it can control a receiver or other sound product.

Meanwhile we splurged and bought a 65" LG 4k Smart TV for the living room! It has built in streaming and the LG WebOS has Channel Plus which has a lot of content. Adding our existing streaming accounts to the TV was a breeze.

Now that we are near to cutting the cord, we needed another streaming device for the TV in the family room - another Roku - this one is the Roku Streaming Stick. The Stick is purported to have a stronger WiFi signal so I figured it would be good for the TV further away from the router. The hardest part about hooking up another Roku device is entering the ridiculous WiFi password. The remote with the stick has audio control built in so right now we don't need a multifunction remote for it.

We haven't yet disconnected our PrismTV - I'm giving it until Monday. When I do I will upgrade our DSL to 40 mbps, the fastest speed we can get at our location. With the DSL and landline our monthly bill will be $95 - plus $30 for Sling (with news), $14 for 4k Netflix (which gives us 4 channel throughput), and probably soon $6-8 for Hulu. Our current bill is over $250.

So far I am enjoying streaming - and I am finding shows I'd never heard of, shows I'd forgotten, and series I'd never finished. For the last week I have been binge watching Longmire. I just got to the episodes filmed for Netflix and will be caught up in time for the new season to start on November 17!

Seeing the Ice Age Wacissa Through Artifacts and Fossils (Florida)

Seeing the Ice Age Wacissa Through Artifacts and Fossils
November 2, 2017

Last week, we met Morgan Smithís team and got to know their archeological sites on the Silver River. Today, weíll revisit their Wacissa River site, see some of the artifacts and fossils theyíve found, and learn what they can tell us about ice age Florida. Weíll also look ahead to potential off shore digs.

Special thanks to Shawn Joy, Morgan Smith, and Matt Vinzant of Karst Underwater Research for letting us use their underwater footage. Morganís research is sponsored by the Felburn Foundation, Center for the Study of the First Americans, Texas A&M University, and the PaleoWest Foundation. He would like to thank the Silver River State Park, Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

In the video above, we visit three archeological sites on two rivers. When you watch footage from each sites, one sticks out as the most visually striking. Itís an underwater cavern at the head spring of the Silver River, and itís full of mammoth bones. It looks like a cool place to explore. But itís also the site with the least scientific value.

The footage from the other two sites looks similar. Divers methodically work the edge of flat walls of dirt, plucking and bagging small bits from them. FSU Anthropology masters student Shawn Joy makes notes on a clipboard while a large tube vacuums up loose sediment. The process is less dramatic, though the resulting story might not be. And telling that story is Morgan Smithís job.

More, including some nice photos and video: http://blog.wfsu.org/blog-coastal-health/?p=10537

Liberal Redneck - And Justice for Paul

Sweet Indictment - Randy Rainbow

Conspiracy Books

Manafort & Stone -- Tony Podesta -- John Podesta? Questions I have

From when I first read about Tony Podesta's firm getting caught up in the FARA investigations I wondered. His firm was brought into the Ukrainian situation by Manafort & Stone's firm. Apparently Tony Podesta's firm relied on information provided to them that the organization they were working for was not a governmental entity. It turns out that was a lie - who gave Podesta that info? Manafort & Stone?

Was Tony Podesta set up by Manafort & Stone?

Could Tony Podesta's email have been the conduit for hacking John Podesta's email account? After all brothers tend to communicate regularly and John Podesta may not have been as careful as usual with email contacts from his brother or from people that seemed to be connected to his brother.

Not pushing this as a serious theory, just questions that keep floating to the top of my head.

OFF TO THE VET (FULL FILM) - A Simons Cat Special!

Spider Cat - Simon's Cat

I'm BACK! With a new aortic valve!

The TAVR went great. I checked into the hospital at 5:30 AM Tuesday, taken into surgery about 7:30, into Post-Op about 9:45, and into my hospital room by 11 AM.

The anesthesia was the conscious awareness type - while I did doze off for part of the procedure, while they were placing all the lines going into me, I woke up while the surgeon was explaining to the team what they were going to do. There were five things in my blood vessels - an IV in each arm, a port for a blood pressure monitor in the right wrist (that directly measures the blood pressure in the artery), the port for the TAVR in the right femoral artery, and another one in a vein on the other side of my abdomen that I never got the purpose of.

When the surgical team (there were five of them) briefed my husband they said everything went smoothly, no complications. For me the worst part of the entire thing was at the end when I was coming out of sedation and they were using pressure to make sure there would be no bleeding - on each side of my very full bladder! They don't like to use catheters because of the chance of infection, so I just had to suffer.

The next most painful part was the next four hours - to prevent bleeding I had to keep my legs and hips straight. My lower back didn't like that and after the first two hours started spasming. Meanwhile I got my first experience using a bed pan.

As soon as I was permitted to move, I had the nurse help me to the bathroom. This turned out to be a mistake. I took care of my business and started to feel woozy. The nurse had stepped out so I called my husband in. He came in, reached for my hands, asked why I was so pale. The next thing I knew, there were five people in the bathroom, none of them my husband, and a whole crowd more in the entrance and in the hallway.

I had had a "vagal" or vasovagal syncope and the heart monitor had sent out the panic signal to the entire hospital! Most likely there was an electrical disruption so my heart momentarily stopped. Fortunately I was seated and my husband was right there so I didn't fall and get other problems. Until yesterday morning, I used the porta potty chair that we put next to the bed so I didn't have to move very far.

Yesterday my goal for the day was to go to the bathroom without fainting and to get a shower. I managed the first goal very early. Then I sat up as much as possible, walked up and down the hall, and tried to do as much as I could to get back to normal. I did so good they checked me out mid afternoon. I was tired when I go home and have been mostly sleeping. I took a nap, had a shower (our shower is much larger and better for when help is needed than the one in the hospital), and had dinner, all in between more naps.

I am not running out of breath like I had been. I am tending to list to the left when I walk but I am getting steadier. Before they approved my release they did the basic tests for stroke and I was cleared on that score. The sleeping is my normal reaction to injury and surgery, the way my body heals.

The week after Thanksgiving I should have the next two procedures - taking out the kidney and repairing the hernia. After that my husband an I have a goal - New Year's Day we want to go to St. Marks Wildlife Refuge and go birdwatchin!

Question about binge watching on Netflix and Hulu

I just got a Roku Express thing. So far the only channels I have signed up for are Sling (for the news channels), Vudu (because it was a free offer), and Roku (free).

I haven't used it much but did watch the second season of "People of Earth" from Sling. I found their method of watching a series annoying. After each episode, I had to drop back to the main series menu, scroll back through the list, hoping I remembered which episode I was on, and start it.

I guess I am too used to the DVR I have with my Prism TV that once you record a season of shows when you watch an episode and stop at the end, it gives you the option of watching the next episode. It also dims the titles of the episodes you have watched so even if you don't go back to that series for weeks you know where you left off.

How does Netflix handle series binges? How about Hulu?

(I've got offers for free trials of Netflix and Hulu but haven't signed up yet. With my operation on Tuesday I wanted to hold off signing up for anything else.)
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