Jim’s WebLetter for 12/27/14

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Hi-ya Friends!

I hope you had a great Christmas. Now we look forward to a new year. Here’s hoping for a good year for us all.

This week, I came across an article in the Sunday edition of the Florida Times Union about an online TV network called Pluto.tv and since then, I have been spending a lot of time on it. While I’m not sure why it’s named Pluto.tv (maybe named for the Disney canine character), I was interested in the story about its’ creation. A guy working at home finds he needed to keep his two year old busy. After trying to find videos from YouTube for her to watch, he realized that it was taking up more and more time while his work running an e-card business was falling behind. He came up with the idea of putting several videos together so they played one at a time keeping his daughter occupied while he labored. From that, a company was formed that now employs as many as 15 people who comb the Web for HD quality videos to be added to as many as 100 different channels.

Pluto.tv can be viewed via a Web browser, but you can also download and install the Apple or Google app for your smartphone and tablet devices, too. In addition, using the app allows you to broadcast the Pluto.tv onto your TV using Google Chromecast or Roku. Using a browser, you have the option to sign up and create an account. “My Pluto.tv” is a free service that lets you save the shows you want to watch later. Just click on the show in the guide and then click “save show” to record it. You can access your saved videos at anytime by clicking on myPluto in the program guide.

You should know with the wide range of programs, some of the channels are adult rated (one of the movie trailers on the Movie Trailers channel had rough language and Eye Candy features Victoria Secret programs that run on late night television – for obvious reasons), I don’t like some of the music artist channels being featured (sorry, Miley Cyrus and R. Kelly) and a few other channels just don’t appeal to me, but I also found quite a few of the channels are really good (the classic cartoons channel features the old Merrie Melodies cartoons I watched as a kid, Feel Good TV, Dog channel and the GoPro channel all have fun videos, and If you want to have a fireplace on your screen, there’s a channel for that). The last color coded section on the playlist is all kid oriented programming from science to music.

What Pluto.tv is doing is providing another reason for people to want to cut the cable and use the Internet for viewing their favorite shows. With apps from such networks as TNT and History channel providing on-demand programming, it makes you wonder how long it will be before cable TV becomes a thing of the past.

On my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, I remarked to my father that he and Mom never seemed to fight.
“We battled,” he said, “but it never amounted to much. After a while, one of us always realized that I was wrong.”
(Thanks, Roger)
A research team proceeded towards the apex of a natural geologic protuberance, the purpose of their expedition being the procurement of a sample of fluid hydride of oxygen in a large vessel, the exact size of which was unspecified. One member of the team precipitously descended, sustaining severe damage to the upper cranial portion of his anatomical structure; subsequently the second member of the team performed a self-rotational translation oriented in the same direction taken by the first team member.

In simple English what does this translate to??
Jack and Jill went up the hill….
(Thanks, BJ)
Enjoy your weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.

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