awfulhorrid: (Bajoran Communicator Pin)
I'm investigating alternatives to cable television.

I've already re-activated my NetFlix account (on a free trial for the next month) and I'm pretty happy with what I'm finding there in the streaming video selections. Unfortunately, it's not everything I want to see -- for one thing, I'm not really seeing current seasons of shows in the streaming offerings.

Enter Hulu - Plus. I see it *does* offer many of the current season shows for which I'm looking, so that's a bonus. There are still a few things missing, but nothing that I can't wait until it's offered on DVD (and thus available on NetFlix.) I've only used Hulu a little bit, and even then only the basic model. I'd love to hear from anyone who's used it to any great extent.

My prime motivation is simple economics. Our current cable package just went up to $139.04 per month. Dumping the cable television portion drops that back down to $46.43. NetFlix and Hulu Plus each run about $8. If we add in the DVD option to NetFlix to cover the missing few items, that's another $8. Total: ~ $70. Heck, for that price difference, I might even be convinced to upgrade my cable speed!

Still, I'm looking for feedback on this. Has anyone had experience with these options? The only thing I watch semi-regularly that I know I'd be missing would be Countdown with Keith Olberman, but I know that there are other shows that come up at random that I'd likely miss.
awfulhorrid: (Spore Clown Building)
(I'm waiting for someone to get back to me with some very important data revisions. So far I've been waiting about two hours. I may as well do something to entertain myself while I'm sitting here ...)

The day after it was released, I made the mistake of trying out the free trial of the Spore Creature Creator. A few hours later, I paid for the upgrade to the full version. A day or so later, I placed a pre-order on Amazon. This arrived late last week and ... well, we (mostly Bookwurm, Bella and me) spent a good part of the day yesterday creating and playing with some really weird creatures, buildings and vehicles. It's a lot like the Sims, except the beings and places they live are a lot stranger.

I've set my profile to where I only download content from my buddy list. If anyone else plays, I'd love to see your oddities!

February 2013



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