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Big improvement for most Rokus!

One of the things I have liked least about my two year old Roku Express streaming stick is the lack of mute, volume control, and TV power off/on button. Today my husband and I were shopping for a new Roku for him (his was a freebie from Sling, probably one of the old Rokus and it has been dropping off and/or buffering far too much). His new one came with voice control and all the things I have been hoping for.

Well, right next to the Roku we got for him was a Roku voice remote control with TV controls. I got one, brought it home and installed it. Installation was easy - power off the Roku (by unplugging it), let it reboot, put the batteries in the new remote, press the Pairing button on the remote, and let them find each other.

Then you let the remote go through codes to link to your TV. Now I can turn the TV off and on, adjust the sound, and mute commercials! The voice control works OK, though it seems to have a little trouble understanding my Southern accent.

The new remote is not that much cheaper than a new Roku, but it sure is easier to install. If you have an older Roku and want to see if you can use one of the new remotes, go to http://go.roku.com/remotecheck Then scroll down to find your Roku model.

My only complaint is that they have a different set of streaming channels than on my old remote - my old one had Netflix, Sling, Hulu, and Amazon. The new one has Netflix, ESPN (which I will never use), Hulu, and Sling. SO the first voice command I tried was "Launch Amazon" and after two tries, Prime came on. I guess I can live with that, though I may put a piece of black tape over the ESPN button.

Left Southampton yesterday on the Independence of the Seas

Weather was poor yesterday, rainy and foggy with gusty winds. Today the ship changed course to avoid Tropical Storm Pablo. Pretty high seas, rain, lots of wind, ship's really rolling right now. It probably won't improve for a day or two until we get past Pablo.

Other than that, it is a good voyage so far! Glad I don't get seasick.


New Yorkers are ridiculing ‘Crazy Rudy’ with this hilarious ad on the subway

This hilarious 'Crazy Rudy' ad has popped up on the New York subway:

Twitter / @ZackFinkNews

Rudy Giuliani’s incessant and increasingly contradictory appearances on cable news have sparked a hilarious new ad on the New York City subway system.

One GOP Senator even told reporters last week: “Rudy’s saying a lot of things and I’m not sure he’s helping the president by being on TV every 15 minutes.”


Call the phone number and it leads to a belligerent voicemail:

“You have called the law offices of crazy Rudy! We specialize in back channel deals, cable news appearances and will work when drunk!”

CHEETO CHRIST STUPID-CZAR - Randy Rainbow Song Parody

THe first three photos I've edited in Lightroom CC

It's easier than I expected - once you find out how to do it. Mostly I wanted to simply resize the pictures. Well, after well over an hour looking up how in the instructions I found that it is basically a batch operation when you export (or save the photos to a different location).

For descriptions, see my last blog entry before I leave the country for a few months: http://woodswell.com/wp/2019/07/20/last-night-before-our-next-adventure/

Is this where Trump got the idea for the ever lasting IRS audit?

I was watching "Eerie, Indiana" last night - old (1991-1992) comedy series that only lasted one season - the episode was "Zombies in P.J.s."

The plot is that a local store owner (played by John Astin) is dreading an IRS audit since he had forgotten to file his taxes for twelve years.
Radford: I forgot to pay my income tax. For twelve years. Mea culpa, already! It slipped my mind.

Simon Holmes: It's an honest mistake. I'm sure they'd understand.

Radford: Understand? The IRS? They are ruthless, heartless bureaucrats with one goal in life: making me pay. Why, the average IRS agent would make the Devil Himself seem like Mr Rogers.

Thus setting up the plot for the show. A con artist, "The Donald" (played by Rene Auberjois) shows up, encouraging the shop owner to offer credit so he could sell everything in his store. Of course, it get weirder than that, this being Eerie, Indiana.

At the end when The Donald gets his due, having been outsmarted by a fake IRS auditor, there is a comment that an audit could last forever. Did Don the Con see this back in the day and remember that comment?

Now that it is officially summer it is time for camp songs!

My favorite:

Does anyone here use Adobe Lightroom CC?

I've just subscribed to it. The theory is that I can use it on my trip to the UK to put my photos on the Creative Cloud, edit them, and the post photos either here or on my blog.

Problem is, I tested it the other day - and night - and uploading 320 photos to the CC took hours and hours. And that is with my semi-fast broadband connection. Chance are, the internet available to me while on the trip will be slower - and not at all while on shipboard.

I've been looking at external drives and understand that it is possible to store photos "locally" then sync to the cloud when possible.

Any advice on how to handle this?

NOTE - we will be onboard ship for two weeks, in Scotland, England, and Wales for 2.5 months, then onboard ship for another 2 weeks for our return. I hope to post photos and updates to my blog - but if I am tying up bandwidth uploading photos, that will not be easy. That's why the fallback of an external drive seems advisable.

The paperless society struck today!

I'm getting ready to transfer our "extra" vehicle to my brother in law - but my husband and I searched all over and couldn't find the title for the car. Last time this happened AFTER we spent an hour and a half in the tag office waiting to apply for a new title and transferring it to the buyer I found it in the wrong folder in the file cabinet a week later.

So I called the guy who sold me the car (very nice used car salesman I've known for years). It turns out that now Florida has what are called "electronic titles." You don't get a paper copy unless you ask for one.

Cool - but we were going to just sign the title over and let him carry it to Jacksonville where he would transfer his old sedan to his daughter and put our car into his name. Now we have to carry BIL into the local tag office, make him buy a temp tag, and transfer the car into his name.

Whew! At least we don't have to pay for a lost title again...

You don't like the Electoral College - how about THIS method of selecting a leader?

From "The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books" by Edward Wilson-Lee, about Hernando Columbus who was in Venice in 1521 when a new Doge was being 'elected':
This observance being done, the election of the new Doge could commence - though perhaps 'selection' is a better word for the long series of lotteries and ballots put in place to safeguard the process from corruption. Venice was a republic, yet its electoral process was far from wholly democratic: only members of the Great Council, consisting of 2,500 or so male members of ancient Venetian families listed in the so-called Golden Book, could participate. From this body thirty were chosen by lottery, of whom none could be related, and then these thirty were further winnowed by lot to a Committee of Nine; the Nine elected forty more, who were reduced to a Committee of Twelve by lot, and given the chance to elect twenty-five more; they in turn were reduced to nine and elected forty-five who were reduced by lot to a Committee of Eleven. The Eleven chose forty-one, none of which could have been on the previous electoral committees (the Nine, the Twelve, and the Eleven), who (finally) elected the Doge. At each of these stages each of the candidates had to carry a healthy majority of the vote. The design of the system made it incredibly difficult to rig, because of the lotteries and the rules to prevent any one person (or family) from participating at different stages of the process, and also because it was so complex it would be hard to know where to start. All the same, in 1521 it was floated during the election to double the number of electoral steps, just in case. This was the mode that Venice, the mercantile republic, par exellence, had developed to inoculate itself against the monopolisation of power. pp219-220

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