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Animation winners of the 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards

The 2014 Daytime Emmy Awards were given out yesterday evening. Unlike previous award shows, this year’s couldn’t find a television network to carry it, so it was only streamed online. This begs the question: what’s the point of the Daytime Emmys, if the very medium it’s giving awards to won’t televise it? I suppose one could argue that the shift to online productions (for Netflix, etc.) might negate this, plus the decline in the number and prominence of soap operas, but it still seems like a snub by…

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This week with the Mac Mini: my choice of music services

Reviving the “this week with the Mac Mini” series of posts, I thought I’d give an update on my fall 2012 blog post about my choice of music services, since it was written before I made the Mac move. These days, my choice of music/audio services include: TuneIn Radio I’ve written about TuneIn Radio before. TuneIn’s quite useful in letting me listen to NPR streaming audio during the day. The Pro version is only a dollar, but gets rid of the ads (plus lets one record…

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Xbox Music and my choice of music services

Microsoft’s announced a revamp of their Xbox streaming music service, as part of both their Windows 8 push and their push to make the Xbox a home entertainment center hub (versus merely a video game system). Renaming their music service from “Zune” to “Xbox Music,” the service will cost $10/month to use on the Xbox (apparently on top of the Xbox Live Gold fees) and Windows 8 phones. A free, (very) limited streaming version will be available on Windows 8 PCs and tablets; no version…

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Anthony gets a new HP laptop and moves to Linux Mint

HP M6-1045DX laptop keyboard (right side view)As the subject line says, I’ve finally gotten a newer laptop to replace the trusty-but-aging (and wearing out) HP Pavilion dv6-1230us I bought at an OfficeDepot three years ago this month. The replacement? An HP Pavilion m6-1045dx (yes, HP loves its model numbering), which Engadget mentions here. While it’s being sold as a back-to-school type item, I’m sure it’ll serve me quite well. The specs include 8GB RAM, a 750GB (5400 RPM) hard drive, 15.6″ screen, an i5 processor (“i5-3210M,” running at 2.5Ghz), and a…

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Alternatives to Google’s services: yes, they still exist

On the heels of my recent iGoogle alternatives post, I took a look over what other Google services I’ve come to rely upon, and thought I’d write a followup post. Yes, writing this made me realize how reliant I am upon “da Google” (to quote the crocs in the comic strip “Pearls Before Swine”). This post lists my suggested alternatives to Google’s services, where possible. AdSense Google seems to dominate this area, but one alternative might be Amazon.com’s Associate program. Analytics There’re some alternatives to…

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Two days until C2E2: fan-made promos

Only two days left until I depart for Chicago and C2E2. Yes, I’ll be posting photos, blog thoughts, and Twitter remarks on the whole thing… enough material to keep me going on blog topics for, well, several days at least! Before I depart, I thought I’d post one or two of the ads made to promote C2E2. This one apparently is what it’d be like if some trendy New York ad agency/fashion designer were creating ads pitching comic conventions: Last year’s ad by the same…

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Cable TV alternatives

Lately I’ve been looking over what I’ve been spending on my cable bill. After being notified that I’ll be seeing my cable bill raised next month by $16 (from $80 currently, for digital cable service with no specialty channels and a DVR, to $96), I’ve been pondering what it is I watch on TV, and what alternatives I have to paying for cable. Any cable cutting wouldn’t be until next spring at the earliest (when I currently plan on moving, and thus would have to…

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I’m a Marvel/I’m a DC YouTube video on C2E2

One of the people appearing at the Chicago comic show next month is the creator of a series of amusing YouTube videos parodying the “I’m a Mac/I’m a PC” ads using Marvel and DC action figures, though he’s since taken the parodies into other directions as well. Here’s one of the videos he did for the upcoming convention (using the running gag from his videos of the Green Goblin’s tendency to get electrocuted): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kicwE8EPZwY

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Cheesy old cartoons: “Fangface”

With Halloween approaching, and all manner of Halloween-themed programming on TV (including holiday classic “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”), I thought this’d make a plausible excuse to write another blog post about old cartoons. Thus, here’s a late 70s cartoon involving werewolves: “Fangface.” “Fangface” debuted on ABC in 1978, and ran for two seasons. The show was the first one produced by Ruby-Spears, a studio founded by two people, Ruby and Spears, who worked for Hanna-Barbera in the 60s and 70s, including having helped…

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