Recently, I had to call Comcast to cut my cable package down to the minimum. I could still afford it, but with the rising cost of food and gas I thought it was wise to start making cut backs now. So far it’s been a good decision and the money I am saving is making my life more enjoyable.
With the lower package you only get 16 channels, so the chances of something good be on are slim. So when nothing is on cable I head to Hulu.com, a video website owned by a few of the big media players. It features a lot of great premium content like, the Daily Show, Arrested Development (Seasons 1-3), and movies (with a few ads). The best part is, if you hook up your computer to a HDTV you can watch them in 480p (not bad for free). If they could figure out a way to reliably stream live events, cable might become obsolete.
So instead of paying for a bigger cable package, save your money and watch what you can online. If you can’t find something on Hulu, check out Fancast.com (owned by Comcast), they sometimes have different content.
If you stopped paying for cable and watch TV online, please share your experiences via comments.
Today at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Steve Jobs announced the 3G iPhone. The launch date is set for July 11th with a retail price of $199 for the 8 gigabyte (currently $399) and $299 for the 16B gigabyte.
After my contract is up with Sprint, I plan on getting an iPhone. Since they are now a price I will consider paying. Also, I wonder if Apple plans to drop the price of the 8 gigabyte Touch, which is a $100 more than the 8 gigabyte iPhone (with 2/yr contract). Maybe in the July they will change, so I would wait if you’re planning to buy one.
With the launch of the new phone, Apple is also letting outside developers create applications for the iPhone and Touch. They will be able to sell or give them away through the Apple App Store. So now you will no longer have to jailbreak your phone to install your favorite apps. Techcrunch.com has put together a nice list of the upcoming startups working on apps.
Also, announced at the event was Mobile Me, a service that lets you sync your life. It’s basically an upgraded version of the now debunked .Mac with a slick web 2.0 interface. The release date is early July and will cost only $99 a year with 20 gigabytes of space. You will be able to sync emails, photos, contacts, calendars, and other information between your iPhone and different computers.
I really am excited about these new announcements. The iPhone is now in my price range. The new App Store will allow me not to sacrifice my enjoyment of apps (I use a handful on my Centro) when I get one. The new Mobile Me will help me keep my email and calendar in sync no matter where I update it.
Let me know what your favorite announcements are via comments. If you’re not a Mac fanboy, you can still let me know your thoughts on the new iPhone.
Have you ever seen artwork at Goodwill or a yard sale and thought, “Wow that’s so bad it’s good”? Well the fine folks in Dedham, Massachusetts have, and they started a whole Museum dedicated to it called the Museum of Bad Art.
The museum was founded in 1994 and is located in the basement of the Dedham Community Theatre. Their mission is to bring the worst of all art to the widest of audiences. They have done this with their website, where they feature a lot of their 400 piece collection.
The best part about the museum is each piece has a description just like a real fine art museum. Not only do some of the pieces make you chuckle, but when you read what goes with it you will lose it. Even though this is “bad art” you can’t help liking it. I would even go as far to say that some of this is better than stuff I saw at “good art” museums.
Acrylic on canvas by Unknown
Acquired by Scott Wilson from trash
This disturbing work “makes an offer you can’t refuse”. The chilling, matter-of-fact manner in which the subject presents the severed head to us is a poignant reminder of just how numb we have become. The understated violence implicit in the scene speaks volumes on our own desensitization, our society’s reflexive use of force, and the artist’s inability to deal with the hindquarters of the animal. – from MOBA website
Look through the collection and let me know what your favorites are. If you are a maker of bad art don’t hide it away, show it to the world.
I got an email today form a friend of mine informing me about a crocheted bacon bracelet (or cuff for guys). It’s customizable too, when you order you can tell them what color button you would like. Also, if you have a large or small wrist you’re in luck, if you send them your measurements they will make it to fit. This homemade bacon gift sells for the very reasonable price of $6.50 USD each.
Here is a short list of other bacon products I found on Etsy:
Unsettlingly Real-Looking Felted Bacon Scarf – This is very expensive, but it looks so real I could eat it.
Premium Personal Bacon – I don’t understand what this product is. Is it a blanket for your hand?
Magical Magnetic Bacon Strip – Make your fridge happy and buy some bacon for it.
Lampwork Glass Focal Bead – if you’re making jewelry for a bacon lover this may come in handy.
Bacon Pin – Complete your summer style with this yummy looking bacon pin.
Bacon Greeting Card – This is great! Inside Greeting: ‘I’m achin’ for some bacon!’
There also needs to be more bacon in art like this:
Octopus Dog Art Print and Boston Terrier the Bacon Butcher Art Print
If I am out and I see you wearing something bacon related you will earn a free high-five. If I keep this promise next year at bacon fest, my hand is going to fall off.
For some unknown reason, I just found out about Celebrity Foods Canned Bacon a few days ago. I was sad to find out that it hasn’t been on store shelves for over a decade. Doing a quick search on Google found Canned-Bacon.com, a site dedicated to preserving the idea of bacon from a can.
After checking out the site, I found that they recently had a special announcement. There is a new can of bacon for sale under the name of Yoder’s Canned Bacon. The main difference between the two is Celebrity Foods bacon was uncooked and Yoder’s bacon is precooked. I feel this makes it the ultimate camping and survival food. The new bacon is a little pricey, 109.95 for a case of 12 cans.
If you live in the Pittsburgh area and want to split a case to save money let me know. I really want to try this stuff. I also just found a nice post from Accordion Guy about it, he really goes into detail.
Sony used to rule the music playing world with it’s Walkman line, but ever since the iPod, it’s struggling to regain street-cred. An attempt to wow the masses is a dancing, blinking, and music playing egg, called the Rolly.
If you are looking to spice up your music listening experience, the $400 Rolly could be your new jamming buddy. You can upload two gigs of music and program the dance moves via PC. If you happen to have a Bluetooth-enabled gadget you can also send music to the Rolly wirelessly. Just like any other music player it has all the controls you need to enjoy your music; like volume, play, and stop (just to name a few).
What makes the Rolly standout form the pack is it rolls around on the floor and plays music out of the two little speakers that flip out of the side of it. I really dont understand the point of this. Is there really a market for an expensive music player that plays music poorly and moves around? My guess is people that have ADD or people that have kids would love this thing. It may also be a good time to program it to chase the cat while it plays Motorhead. But even with all that fun potential, $400 seems a little much.
With the rising cost of gas people are starting to look for alternatives. Now this ridable three-wheeled cooler may not be a realistic option for your morning commutes, but it could get you around a tailgate party.
The cooler has a top speed of 14 mph and uses a 500-watt electric motor to do the job. It holds about 24 cans and 8 lbs of ice, so it’s big enough for a case of your favorite brew. If you had to park far away from your buddies tailgate, don’t worry about it, this thing can travel 15 miles on one charge.
One of the most interesting features of the cooler is the cup holder located between the knees of the driver. I wonder if there are any laws about driving a cooler under the influence. Another bonus is the cooler can open while driving. That means if you’re on a long 15-mile ride (which will take you an hour), you will have easy access to road beers.
Send me an email if you find any interesting bacon or beer related products.