Apr 23, 2015

How I Finally Cut the Cord and Got Rid of Cable

In an attempt to save money towards buying our own house in a few years, my wife and I just moved to a cheaper rental. I took the opportunity to re-evaluate my cable tv situation and decided to bite the bullet and get rid of cable altogether.

In our old house we were paying $158 per month for Verizon Fios double play with 75mpbs internet connection and a mid level tv package. We had 1 DVR connected to a TV in our bedroom and a CableCard which was being used in a Silicon Dust HD Homerun Tuner connected to my HTPC in the living room. There was no connectivity between these 2 TV’s. What was recorded on 1 TV was only accessible on that TV. Verizon charges a flat fee for adding multi-room DVR capability as well as a charge per TV. With these features added the enticing package deal pricing start to climb very quickly. Continue reading »

Apr 20, 2015

These new streaming services may entice you to cut the cord

I recently decided to ditch cable and go with 100% streaming or downloaded content for TV, so you can expect some related articles to begin popping up here. Finally, this blog will begin to live up to the 2nd half of its tagline.

Apr 7, 2015

Why I Choose to Write about Tattoos

Over the years of writing this blog I have repeatedly seen comments similar to the ones I am going to highlight below. The common claim is that as the author of this blog I must be secretly insecure about my tattoos and that I care too much about what other people think about me.

If you go on the internet writing stuff like this, you obviously care very deeply what other people think say about them.
People with no regrets have no need to defend themselves because they genuinely don’t care what small minded people have to say about their personal choices.

The fact the person made a blog about it, tells me that he is not completely secure about having tattoos.

The first thing I need to share are all of the times in my life where I was treated poorly due to my tattoos. I will detail each and every instance of discrimination in the workplace, every case where someone made a negative comment about my tattoos and each and every case where I thought I was treated different in any way because of my tattoos. I hope everyone is ready. Continue reading »

Apr 7, 2015

Removing stigmas, not tattoos

Even the Army has to acknowledge that society is changing its views of tattoos.

According to Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, this prevalence was a driving force for the Army tattoo policy change. “Society is changing its view of tattoos … Soldiers have grown up in an era when tattoos are much more acceptable and we have to change along with that,” Odierno said.

Apr 3, 2015

War Ink exhibit tells veterans’ tattoo stories

War Ink is a virtual exhibit that combines video, photography and audio to present the stories of veterans with tattoos