HAPPY NEW WEEK! I hope everyone has a wonderful week!
Bison deciding which road to take in Yellowstone National Park
National Park Service/Jim Peaco, photo labeled "Public domain" (copyright free)
Wendyb: Oh that's just ghastly. Interesting that the charity was able to take him - I'm assuming some kind of local authority was involved so there were legal grounds, but it's always nice to hear when mistreated animals finally find a good home. My daughter has rescued horses in the past - a much more expensive undertaking.
Heather: What a shame you can't investigate the loo flush - it's probably just the chain or the flapper. Hope it doesn't cost too much.
Lindybird: All these electronic things have to "find" each other before they can communicate but those IP addresses (or whatever) can be tricky. Re all that stuff, I've spent the last day going over our cable bills for the last three Januarys (new year/new rates) as they are sneaking up again. I looked over the list of channels and picked out the ones I watch most, and out of a couple of hundred, I only regularly watch 12 or 13! I'm waiting to go over the options with OH as I absolutely resent paying for channels I don't watch. Sneaky companies "bundle" them so if you really want just one or two, you have to buy the whole darn package. It's such a racket. More and more people are "cutting the cord" to these kinds of services in favor of streaming, so the customer base is shrinking. We get very little TV without cable or satellite dish here because we are surrounded by hills that block signals. I should be able to connect my laptop to my TV (not a smart TV) and stream that way, but I was reading that even that is a hassle - and I'm sure the pricing arrangements are just as tricky. Aren't you glad you know all that now? :-))
Lovely blustery day here. My daughter/granddaughter bought me some really lovely chimes (individually tuned) and they sound like temple bells. They make my older chimes sound very clang-y.
Anyway, off to sort out the world (or at least the cable bill). Take care all
Annette- I am confused. You say you can get Netflix on your TV? and it's not a smart TV?
Annette-Don't need smart TV for live streaming, but yes you could use an HDMI cable. I just watch on my laptop and there is an option for full screen. I set it on a kitchen counter during the day. I do have smart TVs. I watch Netflix and Britbox on my TVs at night. I think you could watch Netflix or Britbox on the laptop also. I think Diane watches a lot on her computer.
Just type in live streaming BBC or CNN on your search engine and see what comes up. This is all through the internet and does not require cable. Do not use any that do require cable.
That's interesting bjane. Do you have a smart TV that connects to the internet? I have to investigate hooking up my laptop to my not-smart TV too - I gather that if the TV has an HDMI connection, you can hook up your computer and watch streaming stuff on the TV via the computer. We get PBS in the basic cable lineup and we watch BBC News on PBS. How do you watch CNN, BBC, and MSNBC live? I watched the Brexit debate and vote this morning live via my New York TImes subscription on my laptop, and I often listen to Radio 4's PM show the same way. I doubt my OH would want to do any of that. We have Turner Classic in our cable lineup and the Sundance, Indie and similar movie channels, which would be what we'd lose if we went Basic. The move channel choice is vast but dismal, so I'd be prepared to try that. I see that Netflix is raising its rates. It's available on our TV, but I don't see Britbox. Sorry if I'm not making much sense.....
Heather/Lindybird: Are you finding the smaller, darker type easier to read?
Our predicted storms once again fell short of expectations, but still, it did rain steadily, which is safer. I'm not sure how all the people who were evacuated from Montecito feel about having to pack up and leave at 10 in the morning only to be let back in at 6 in the evening when many may have paid for hotel rooms....
Annette- I didn't "cut the cord" but I did go down to basic cable which is only $25 a month versus the $100 plus I was paying for channels I didn't watch. Basic cable gives me the network channels (the ones that used to be free) and Public TV since I can't miss my Masterpiece shows. I am a bit addicted to the news shows like CNN and BBC and occasionally MSNBC, but I found I can live stream all of them on my laptop and I have Netflix and Britbox subscriptions for $7 a month each so I'm quite happy because I only pay for what I watch now. Just type in livestream CNN or BBC for instance and find one that is free and doesn't require a cable provider.
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