November has been a fulfilling month for this cordcutter. I even read a book this month via the Amazon Lending Library. I watched season 4 of Downton Abbey which will premiere in the States in January 2014. It’s been hard to not talk about it with my mom and sister. I also watched the first 3 episodes of Betas, an Amazon original series. It’s ok. It might turn in to one of those shows that I hatewatch. We recently started watching Game of Thrones and are well into season 2. Nobody will STFU about this show so I figured I’d better jump on board. Eastbound & Down is over and I am sad as fuck. Long live Kenny fucking Powers. I started Treme yesterday. It’s shot in New Orleans and takes place 3 months after hurricane Katrina hit. It’s a strong series. This evening I grabbed the first season of The Bletchley Circle, a period mystery drama set in 1952. It’s about four women that use their codebreaking skills from World War II to solve a serial killer crime. It sounds fascinating and is available on Netflix!
In other news I was really happy to hear that Netflix is picking up The Killing for its fourth and final season after being canceled by AMC. I believe The Killing was one of the best shows on TV. I was sad to hear it had been canceled and overjoyed to hear it was picked up by Netflix. I hope hope that Netflix will reconsider ending it and picking it up, but it sounds unlikely.
Also, hallelujah to Netflix profile support on the Roku. That means a lot more documentaries and series for me and a lot less Good Luck Charlie!
If you’re not watching Suits you should be!
I finished the second season of Call the Midwife. It was, just like the first, superb. I managed to get current on FX’s The Bridge and it has been an exciting first season. I’m now enthralled with Sons of Anarchy and am 1/3 of the way through it. As the 6th season is coming to air next week I am trying to get current so I can catch up and watch it in real-time. Muscling through that much TV in a week will likely be a challenge, but I pace it at 2 or 3 episodes per day. I did watch a couple of episodes of Suits and have found that to be a good show, but mix it in very sparingly. I’ve still yet to watch more Under the Dome, but will make time for it after I am current on SoA.
Sprout complained for the first time this week. She said something like Hulu not keeping up with her shows. I don’t keep up with her shows and have no idea if they’re on hiatus or what. I will have to check that out this week so I can figure out how to keep her happy. I remember when I was ten my parents FINALLY got cable in the house and it was exciting to watch Nickelodeon as I’d heard people talking about it but had never really watched any of it, but I was much happier listening to music and solving puzzles in my room than watching TV. Sprout loves her shows, laughs at them, and just really enjoys vegging out in front of the TV so I have to get this researched and fixed! I did pick up a copy of Sims 3 for her to play so that has kept her occupied and not obsessing over TV.
The only snag I’ve hit thus far was trying to figure out the best/fastest way to get content. For example, I ascertained an episode of Suits via Sickbeard but then found out I could watch seasons 1 and 2 on Amazon Prime (in HD!) and if I get current I can watch the airing season on Hulu+. It is somewhat confusing having to hop around and I have really struggled working out a way to figure out the most ideal and efficient way. I’m still using Trakt, which is good for tracking what I’ve seen or missed, but it doesn’t guide me to find the content. I’ve even gone full nerd and created a spreadsheet.
A random compilation of old art that imagines the future of transport. Love this set.
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Have moved on to a few new series since cordcutting.
I watched Season 1 of Ripper Street and enjoyed it. Currently, I’m watching the second season of Call the Midwife on the PBS Roku channel. Of course, I’m staying current on Breaking Bad, Dexter, and my guilty pleasure, MTV’s The Challenge. I also just started watching Veep and occasionally mix in a few episodes of Sons of Anarchy. It might sound like I am watching copious amounts of television, but it’s not true. I have never been a big TV watcher as it does not hold my attention and it has taken me almost two weeks to get through three episodes of the Midwives. I am really enjoying the setup in the house, Sprout has not complained once about it, and for the $7.99 + internet cost/per month I just can’t beat it.
I am going to try Suits, Defiance, Under the Dome, and The Bridge.
Still using the same kit I mentioned here and added Trakt to get recommendations of other shows and movies to watch. I’m also pretty hungry for dedicated profile support on the Roku as my queue is full of Disney’s Good Luck Charlie, Shake it Up, and Ant Farm.
I’ve got to get down to Dallas and catch this man.
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I leave in a few weeks to go to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Florida. For the first time EVER I am going camping. It’s a moments walk from the bay and the gulf beach. I picked up some snorkel gear and a saltwater fishing license and we are going to do some scallop fishing. I don’t like to line fish (wriggling, worms, fileting) but the thought of plucking items out of the bay with my bare hands is intriguing.
And here’s the best video showing you how to clean em.
We’ll also be doing some beach kite flying, beach frisbee, and catching the Perseid Meteor Shower. I borrowed my dad’s binoculars and plan on spying on some wildlife.
I am ready to go and cannot wait!
We canceled satellite a month ago and have had great success. Here’s how we did it.
My tools: A few Roku 3 boxes, Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, over-the-air broadcast, and Hulu+ which I’m considering canceling but will wait to see if it shows its value during the fall TV lineup. I scored a few free TiVo boxes, but have yet to set them up as my OTA use has been nil. Also, I use Sickbeard and SABnzbd, nestled behind SSL and PIA VPN, and Plex to get that media to the Rokus. I read a lot of blogs about upcoming content and lurk quite a bit at /r/cordcutters.
Since cutting the cord I have realized that I don’t miss TV and am actually watching better quality programming. I don’t miss the serendipity of channel surfing and am actually *GASP* reading more.
Interesting programs I’ve watched since cordcutting: Call the Midwife, Orange is the New Black, Top of the Lake, House of Cards, and Sons of Anarchy. I’m waiting for Ripper Street to stream, and will likely check out Hemlock Grove.
The very few books I’ve read since cordcutting: The Fort by Aric Davis, Mark Siegel’s Sailor Twain: Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson, and Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime Underground by Kevin Poulsen. I also just started Aric Davis’s Nickel Plated.
I’m very interested to see where we’ll be in a year. Marking the calendar now.
- Goin Down the Road (Grateful Dead / Woody Guthrie cover)
- Something Like Olivia
- Paper Doll / cover of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”
- Speak for Me
- Who Says
- If I Ever Get Around to Living
- In Your Atmosphere (LA Song)
- Queen of CA
- Born and Raised
- Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
- Cover of Willie Nelson’s “I Gotta Get Drunk”
- Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey
- Dear Marie
- Edge of Desire
- Age of Worry
- Waiting On the World to Change
- Face to Call Home