Anthony’s eight favorite YouTube channels

How It Should Have Ended

Like others, I have a few favorite YouTube channels I enjoy following. While they’re admittedly low on cute cats, they’re all still entertaining and/or educational. CGP Grey CGP Grey is a channel offering several minute long videos explaining various subjects, ranging from why the US should kill the penny (among other reasons, it’s lost … Read more

Anthony’s 10 favorite Roku channels

Roku Streaming Stick

I’ve been getting a lot of mileage out of the Roku Streaming Stick I bought a few months ago. It’s completely replaced my Xbox 360 for streaming purposes. Also, since the Roku’s platform neutral (versus Amazon, Google, and Apple’s devices), it supports an extremely large number of streaming “channels.” Admittedly a lot of them are useless for me; … Read more

My choice of music services (fall 2014)

iPod Classic

Here’s an update of a previous post I’d written about what music services I use. 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 on my phone. The Pro version is only a dollar, but gets rid of … Read more

A look at my social network usage (Summer 2014)

Twitter screenshot

As everyone knows, social media networks dominate online life for most Internet users these days, with Facebook and Twitter the dominant ones. I thought I’d write up my feelings and experiences so far about the social networks I use. Most of the ones I use can be reached via the links section in the left sidebar. Facebook … Read more

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 … Read more

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. … Read more

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 … Read more

Anthony gets a new HP laptop and moves to Linux Mint

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more