Wednesday, February 27, 2013

hulu fail

A couple of years ago, I got hooked on Burn Notice by watching the first season on Hulu. It was easy and convenient while I was sitting near my computer, but working on something else (I don't even remember what that was). Sure there were a few commercials, but comparitively few, and the show ran smoothly and the next episode started as soon as the current one was through. I told people about Hulu. I considered it a go-to for series viewing on computer.

It's been a while since I used it though. Until last night. I tried to watch the last couple of episodes of Castle, and folks, I could only get through one. It kept... well I'll be generous with the intent, and say freezing up. About every time the commercials would play (up to 3 from the 1 I previously experienced, but still fewer than if I was watching TV), the screen would go dark... not the whole computer screen, but the Hulu page "screen." I would wait. Is it loading? Doesn't seem to be. OH! hit the button for the show again... no, not the start arrow, the button that shows the episode. It would start again... with some more commercial time. REALLY?!?!

I was annoyed. Can you tell? From that experience there is NO WAY I would actually pay for that service, much less recommend to anyone else that they watch for free. I certainly won't be watching there any time soon.

Wonder where else I can find this week's episode of Castle...  At least Google is stil my friend.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

7 psychopaths

Did you see this movie when it was in the theaters? Did you?

Ron and I did. We loved it. Quirky, dark, and hilarious, we laughed and laughed. I mean, have you looked at the cast? How could you not love this movie?

GO. Go get it. I'm telling you. It is out on DVD now, and you can buy it. We did.

Here's the trailer if you want to check it out.

This is not a paid endorsement, just a movie that was entertaining, and will be through many viewings.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

what I need

Here we are, racing through February. I've become - more or less - accustomed to the no prep period I have this semester. Valentine's Day was survived. Windy days like today. Teaching Macbeth (I think this might be my favorite of his plays, actually, there is so much to it). The lot.

But I still need something.

I need a kick in the butt.

Last year in February, and all through the spring, I was riding that exercise bike 3 or so days a week. Half an hour. Not every moment or anything. I could feel the difference in my health, in my joints, and in my weight. This year, although I need it every bit as badly, I am not. For some reason, I just can't talk myself into getting started on it.

I have all those same good arguements that I had last year, that were working. I even have the knowledge of the benefit I got from the activity. And there the bike sits. And here I sit. I'm not happy about it, and I know it is rather whiney to complain about something I'M DOING TO MYSELF. And here I sit, doing that. THAT I can talk myself into. Regular exercise, not so much. ARGH!

Evidently I need an external push of some kind to tip me over the edge of excercise... can anyone give me what I need? Anyone got some kick my butt?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

that moment when...

I woke up this morning and noticed right away the light spilling over the drapes. "Hmmm," I thought to myself, "that isn't right."

I tried to make it all right. "It's OK. It's Sunday, right?"

I realized it wasn't Sunday. There's nothing like a little panic to really get you up and going in the morning, is there. Yes, I overslept. No, I hadn't turned on the alarm clock the night before. ACK! I better get a move on! I made it to work on time, dressed and everything (One of the good things about putting together my clothes for the week as I do laundry. No thinking, just grabbing). Even got Raine off to school, too.

It was nice, though, getting that extra hour of sleep.

The alarm? Oh, I already turned it on for tomorrow. Yeah.