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Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: September 02, 2018, 10:29:07 pm »
 Iím currently binge-watching Emerald City. I know, it only lasted one season, but at least it didnít end on a massive cliffhanger. Like many things, I donít see why this one was canceled when there are so many other me-too programs that have been renewed.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: August 21, 2018, 05:45:55 pm »
I keep hearing so much bad about the finale of Lost that I keep hesitating to actually watch it now that I can. Sometimes I think I'd like to, and then I think... Quantum Leap.

I recall that it was very allegorical/metaphysical, and many people have brains that canít handle that sort of thing, including me. It was especially frustrating for people that thought the series was all about the mysteries and not about character and redemption. Many people loved the ending.  I am partway through the fifth season now, and should hit the end of the series early next week.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Curious About KBoard History
« on: August 20, 2018, 07:52:17 am »
Looks like you've been here longer than anyone that's posted so far.

It took me several tries to find my number. It's complicated going through your profile because there are several steps.

I am #91.

I am not a number, I am a free man! ó The Prisoner. 


Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: August 19, 2018, 11:09:11 am »
 I decided my next binge-watch was going to be Lost. Iíve been doing five or six episodes a day, so Iím already up to the beginning of Season 4. I am still impressed by the series. Not having to wait between episodes or seasons is a definite plus to watching it this time.

 I remember being disappointed with the end of the series, and Iím wondering if I will feel the same this time. I have read comments from another producer/writer that either Cuse or Lindelof (creator/show runners) told him that the network messed about with the final season against the wishes of the producers of the series.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: August 13, 2018, 07:03:41 am »
I haven't seen The Prisoner since sometime in the early 90s. I never did watch all of the episodes. Where did you find it to watch these days?

 I have four of the five-volume set of DVDs, purchased 10 or 15 years ago but never watched. But itís free with Amazon Prime, and seems to be a slightly better copy there so I watched it on Prime. The original Saint TV show with Roger Moore is there also, and I periodically watch several of those.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: August 10, 2018, 08:25:46 pm »

 This week I binge-watched the 17 episodes of The Prisoner. It has been a long time (maybe several decades) since I watched it. I enjoyed it just as much this time as I did back in the 1960s when it was first shown. It has been digitally remastered, but it is still in the 4:3 format with just plain stereo sound.

The final episode is just as inexplicable now as it was back then. McGoohan admits that when it was time to do the last episode, he had not yet written it and didn't know how to end the series. He claims he didn't figure it out until he had written the first third of the last episode. I think it shows. That episode is a complete mess. I have read the articles and watch the shows that purport to explain that it's an attempt to explore the nature of Individualism versus collectivism. All the preceding episodes do this, but not the last episode. I think it just shows what kind of a train wreck can occur when you put an auteur in command with no oversight. It's not surprising that McGoohan had to leave the country for a few weeks after that episode was shown in the UK because angry viewers kept accosting him in the street and berating him.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: New iPhones coming
« on: August 02, 2018, 08:03:57 am »

 You could have gotten a new battery for your phone for a lot less than the cost of a new phone. Or a case with an extra battery built into it.

Sounds like somebody just wanted a new phone!  :)


Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: August 01, 2018, 03:22:16 pm »
We're watching Midsomer Murders on Netflix. We're only on season four at the moment, so no spoilers!  ;D

 This is my comfort series. If I canít find anything else to watch, I will go look through the episodes of Midsomer Murders. I can always find an episode to watch.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: July 29, 2018, 05:41:40 pm »
DH has found another crazy game show from England - Taskmaster.  I think he's up to series 3.

 I found a panel show from the UK that Iíve binge-watched two seasons on BritBox: Would I Lie to You?  Basically itís two opposing teams of three people that tell (generally outrageous) personal anecdotes, and the opposing team asks questions to try to figure out if it is the truth or a lie. Part of the entertainment value is watching people tell the truth in such a fashion that it seems to be a lie.  Generally, all of the people on the panel are well known comedians from the UK.  Itís one of the few shows where I actually laughed out loud.  Unlike my other favorite panel show, QI, itís generally safe for family viewing.

Anything Else Amazon / Re: Amazon's July 16, 2018 Mess
« on: July 20, 2018, 07:26:29 am »
Sometimes I get sick and tired of technology.

 So do I. I spent four days messing about trying to get a Nest thermostat working. It kept shutting down my air-conditioner at inopportune times, and the daytime temperature outside is 100į here in the Texas.  It took three service calls from the A/C repair people (who installed it) to finally get the thermostat replaced. It appears to be fixed in the short term. Luckily Iím on a priority maintenance contract.

 I have pretty much stopped using a desktop or laptop computer for anything. I use my iPad instead. Because It Just Works.

Anything Else Amazon / Re: Amazon's July 16, 2018 Mess
« on: July 17, 2018, 06:07:03 pm »
 I couldnít get into my prime streaming account last night. It had forgotten by name and password, and was running so slow each keypress took over 10 seconds to register.  It works now though.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: June 21, 2018, 03:34:21 pm »
If you haven't already, poke around iMore and see if there are other ways to get more out of your Apple Watch:

Hope it continues to work out well for you!

One of my favorite sites to visit! I also listen to their podcasts.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Re: Apple Watch
« on: June 20, 2018, 10:51:01 pm »
 Itís pretty useful. I can make and receive phone calls if I am within 80 or 100 feet of my iPhone. I didnít get the cellular model watch because my provider doesnít support it.  A surprising number of iPhone apps offer a watch ďcomplicationĒ,  which is a small watch app that provides a link with the same app on the iPhone. Such as a Nest thermostat app, one that talks to my alarm system, the weather app I use, my email app, etc.  I can set it to mirror my phone notifications also, as well as using it as a remote camera shutter.

I havenít worn a watch for 16 years, but found I got back into the habit with no problem. Itís more comfortable than the watches I used to wear. I donít wear it while Iím sleeping though, I put it on the charger. The charge seems like it will last two full days.

 Also, itís less expensive over a year of operation then one of those alarm devices you hang around your neck.

Apple devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod...) / Apple Watch
« on: June 20, 2018, 01:52:45 pm »

 I got tipped over the edge two weeks ago when I watched the Apple iOS announcements at WWDC, and bought an Apple Watch. I have been thinking about it for the last year or so, but never found the killer app. The announcements of the improvements to Siri in iOS 12 convinced me.

Other than for future Siri, I finally caved and bought one basically for two reasons: 1) it was something I could wear all the time and call for help if I needed it (I am in my mid-70s and live alone), and 2) as a health monitor.

In regards the the health monitoring functions, I read the Apple User Guide section on the Activity function twice and still didnít quite understand some of the details of how that feature worked. It took about a week and a half to finally get it figured out. I am still a bit puzzled by the fact that I can do a casual Outdoor or Indoor Walking Workout, and it does not count as Exercise (but shows up as a workout). I surmise that the difference is triggered by the heart rate monitor at some point: too low a heart rate and it's not a workout (sounds reasonable when I think about it). I use both a stationary bicycle and a treadmill for my indoor exercises.

I have already seen some benefit in having it remind me of daily goalsÖ It seems to be helping me get around a bit better with my dodgy knees after only a week and a half.

The screen is a bit small for reading books, however.  ;D

The Book Corner / Re: The book you read within a day
« on: June 17, 2018, 05:47:05 am »
 The last one was several days ago: Heinleinís Citizen of the Galaxy. An oldie but goodie, and a book which I have read a number of times.

 The animated blue light on top of the device is a bit hard to miss, though. Very curious.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: June 14, 2018, 07:26:42 pm »
 I just finished watching two seasons of the British comedy show Would I Lie to You?  Itís a panel show, with two teams of three people taking turns telling stories, and the other team trying to find out if they are lying or not by asking questions during the process.  I am not from the UK, but I recognize most of the people on the panel as being mostly the UKís top comedians. Itís been a long time since I found a show that I liked this much,  and I generally find panel shows to be supremely boring. Itís on the Britbox streaming service (in my case via a Roku box).

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Microwave
« on: May 29, 2018, 08:23:42 am »
  Via phone, Abt salesman told me that number of microwave oven watts depends on interior size of the microwave.  Therefore all microwave ovens cook comparatively the same.  (Did I say that understandably?)  I believed him when he told me.  Now I don't think so.  Yes or no?

No.  The salesman did not know what he was talking about.  The only real difference in cooking is between having a built-in rotating plate and not. The rotating plate models tend to cook things more evenly.

The power output is dependent upon the circuitry driving the antenna. Itís independent of the volume of the oven.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: May 28, 2018, 06:57:18 am »
Andreas Katsulas and Peter Jurasik were both brilliant on that show. It was inspired casting, as was choosing Walter Koenig.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: May 24, 2018, 05:21:48 pm »
 I am currently binge-watching Babylon 5. Iím currently halfway through the second season. I am still enjoying the series after watching it several times over the years, despite the occasionally clunky dialogue and casting errors.  :)

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: May 24, 2018, 05:16:58 pm »
I am just trying to figure out how folks got past all that and still continued to watch.

 It wasnít easy. I always considered him by far the weakest character on the show. And I watched in spite of that. I was glad when he left the show.

Not Quite Kindle / Interesting game
« on: May 20, 2018, 02:40:44 pm »
One of the few games I have on my phone/tablet is GeoGuessr. It is an app that lets you specify a city, country, or the world, and it will go to a random location within that selection and you have to find out where you are using Google Street View. Google Street View is the function of Google Maps where is there is a car wandering the streets taking photographs of everything. The more accurately you can pinpoint the location, the more points you get. It can take quite a while.

Once I have been dropped in northern Portugal, and once in central Croatia. The Portugal location was in a small village and I finally identified it by the sign above a business. In Croatia, I actually landed not too far from a city limits sign of another small village, but there were two places in Croatia with the same name, which was a bit confusing at first.

The Book Corner / I've discovered a new mystery series!
« on: May 13, 2018, 07:45:50 pm »
Iíve discovered a mystery series that somehow escaped me over the years: The C. D. Sloan mysteries, by Catherine Aird.  These are the stories of Detective Inspector Sloan, a policeman in rural England. There are now 24 in the series, published between 1966 and 2016.  The publisher regularly runs sales on the volumes in this series, Iíve picked up 14 of them for $1.99 each (courtesy of Open Road Mediaís Early Bird book notifications).  Iíve seen these books on the shelves at the bookstore for several decades, but never thought to try one.

 The books would fall somewhere between cozies and police procedurals, and are very witty and literate. They remind me a lot of the works of MC Beaton and Martha Grimes. I am still in the early books, and so far they are all in the 1950s time frame.  Which is fine with me. DI Sloan is not one of these newfangled detectives that has to be an alcoholic, have psychological problems, or talks to ghosts. Heís just an ordinary, albeit smart copper.  He does get saddled with a slightly dim detective sergeant who drives like a crazy person. And Sloane is happily married.

 I am very glad I discovered these, it gives me a nice warm feeling to know that I have almost an entire series of new-to-me books to look forward to.

Edit:  I see the problem with question marks instead of apostrophes in the final posted message is still not resolved.

Anything Else Amazon / Re: Amazon Prime price going to $119!
« on: April 26, 2018, 06:30:13 pm »
 Itís getting pretty close to a tossup decision for me. I donít use Amazon prime streaming very much so getting rid of that wouldnít really bother me.  I am in it for the shipping advantage.

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