Sunday Blog: The problems with Netflix Live Streaming

first_imgThis new inventionThe DVR, a little brother of the VCR, was a great invention. You could record your favorite shows and rewind the show if you aren’t paying attention. But my problem was it requires planning and effort – two things I don’t like to do if I’ve plopped my big butt on the couch.But this Apple TV Netflix thing is instantaneous – not just for TV shows, but movies. Heck, the other day I was watching a South Korea television show in subtitles.I know. I need help.Another beautiful thing about Netflix live streaming is it spared me from the greatest indignity of all, getting caught up in the World Cup phenomenon. I tried, I really tried, the other day to watch a soccer match. But there is so much about the sport I’m not getting. Like the time clock. It counts up – not down like American-bred sports. When does the @#$%! game end? And why does the clock keep running during injuries or player substitutions or when the players are yelling at the ref?And for the love of Peter, Paul and Mary, someone score! Anyone! Heck, bring in the water boy as a goal keeper. Get Peyton Manning in there to throw a ball through the net or something.As Sumner Newscow contributor Garrett Wilson said on Facebook the other day, “If I wanted to watch guys running around not scoring, I’d go to the local bar.”While I was watching all this scorelessness, I started thinking about Walt. I knew he was in trouble with Gus in my Netflix world. They needed my immediate attention. And I was spared of anymore soccer watching. My obsessionThe last time I got this hooked over something not good for me it was Facebook. Like Netflix, I knew the site was out there, but didn’t really care much about it — probably because I was busy railing about the evils of social media. I had actually signed up with Facebook for about three years before I made my first post. And I can’t remember why one day something clicked — someone friended me, or someone said something cleaver or stupid and it reeled me in. And from that point forward I became a Facebook-aholic. Thankfully, the site now annoys me more than intrigues me. But I still can’t completely shake my bondage from the site.I discovered the joys of Twitter last year and use it mostly for business purposes. Again I was late for the party. My kids were by then moving on to something more hip (does anyone but me use that word anymore?) — social media sites like Snapchat or Getnakedwithaselfie.com or something I have yet to discover.I’m always a step behind in the computer virtual world. But at least I’m walking. Facebook has become a haven for old farts. I, at least, was one of the first old farts to get hooked.Anyway, back to Netflix live streaming. One night my daughter relinquished the remote and allowed me to surf the tube with Netflix. It made me realize that we weren’t watching televisions anymore. We were watching glorified computer monitors.I managed to surf through a list of shows – shows I have always wanted to watch but because I’m a step behind just didn’t get around to watching.One show in particular was “Breaking Bad” a TV show about a chemistry teacher named Walter White who is my age and dying of cancer. He decides to start cooking meth to pay his medical bills and leave his family a lot of money before he dies. My son said the show was great. My neighbors said it was great. Hell, my dog told me it was great. Everyone was saying it was great except for me because I was busy being one step behind.So, even though, the show was already more than six months over and the world had moved on, Johnny-come-lately, i.e. Cueball, decided to give the show a Netflix try.Oh, my goodness. Where has this show been my whole life?I spent the next month and a half obsessing over Walt and his hijinks. I tried to limit myself to two episodes per night if I had the time, but this show was beyond anything ever produced on television.It was smart writing, great acting, and dang, I could start another website and call it Newscow Breaking Bad. Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The other day I discovered Netflix live streaming.Some of you are smirking. Cueball just joined the 21st Century. But I also know a few of you are a bit befuddled wondering what the heck I’m talking about.It’s not like I didn’t know about Netflix and all its wonderful soul-sucking traits. My kids have been live streaming for years. My only relationship to Netflix was paying the monthly fee for their entertainment. Which is fine. I’m an ATM machine for my teenage kids. I know my place.My selfie…Anyway, the other day, my daughter came up to me and said we needed Apple TV for the living room so we could live stream on the big TV. I resisted at first. I never understood the appeal of Netflix since I don’t like watching movies on my computer, because being on a computer is what I do for a living.But, of course, I eventually relented. I am my teenagers’ slave… and ATM machine.  I ordered the box and to my surprise it came in a size of a wallet and even with my feeble technological knowledge I was about to connect the recommended wires.Then something happened. I got hooked.  The resultThis week I finished off Breaking Bad. And I felt like that guy who spent a cool, sunny summer with the love of his life off the Massachusetts Cape only to see the girl go off to college and marry Mr. Harry Wonderful.I was left wanting more Breaking Bad episodes and only holding wistful memories of the best show on this planet.So, I turned back to regular television. Soccer was on. Chile was playing Powder — a country from Africa I could not pronounce.  The score was zero to…. zero. I looked blankly at my television screen and suddenly realized that I couldn’t remember that one part in season one where Walt was yelling at Jessie over something during a desert cooking meth session and it needed my attention again.And, guess what? I’ve started watching the whole “Breaking Bad” series all over again.Did I mention to you, I need help?Netflix has ruined my life.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 319 weeks ago Breaking Bad deserves all the superlatives. And soccer does suck. Quicktip: find out what you want to watch before turning on Netflix. It will save you a lot of time. There are many websites, but my favorite is instantwatcher.com. It is current and searchable/sortable. Quicktip #2: Documentaries. Man on Wire, Restrepo, Marwencol, Dear Zachary, Blackfish, The Imposter. Report Reply 1 reply · active 319 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 319 weeks ago Dang Ted. This was as nice of post as you have ever posted. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Larry · 319 weeks ago My obsessions are with Leverage and Burn Notice. I’ve watched all the episodes of each show twice…and probably will again. I love Netflix because there are NO commercials! When I’m somewhere else watching cable, it’s excruciating to sit through endless commercials. YouTube now offers many full-length concerts that can be streamed. Being a big music lover, that’s a real plus for me. I also enjoy watching all the old shows like Rockford Files, Columbo, Hunter, Simon & Simon, and Magnum PI on Hulu. Since buying my Roku Streaming unit, I will never go back to cable or conventional television. Report Reply 0 replies · active 319 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 319 weeks ago House of Cards. Report Reply 0 replies · active 319 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Larry · 319 weeks ago If I didn’t see it the first time, well then I didn’t miss anything. I guess since I am retired, I don’t have the time to just sit in front of a screen and watch stuff. I keep busy traveling and just enjoying what we have on this earth. I guess I can watch it all when I am older. Bottom line to each his own. If that is what you enjoy, do it.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 319 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Neal · 319 weeks ago Now watch Dexter! Report Reply 0 replies · active 319 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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England quartet set for Irish boys’ championship

first_img10 Jun 2016 England quartet set for Irish boys’ championship Teenagers Jack Ainscough, Jake Benson, Callum Farr and Arrun Singh-Brar will represent England in the Irish boys’ open amateur championship. The 72-hole championship takes place at Castle Golf Club, Dublin, from 28 June to 1 July. There will be a cut after 54 holes with the top 50 players and ties contesting the final 18 holes. The players: Jack Ainscough, 16, (Hartlepool, Durham) was runner-up in the Peter McEvoy Trophy. Last year he reached the last 32 in the British boys’ championship and had top tens in the McGregor Trophy and the Scottish U16 championship. (Image © Leaderboard Photography).  Jake Benson, 17, (Beeston Fields, Nottinghamshire) tied for the U16 Hazards Trophy at last year’s English U18 boys’ championship, where he was 10th overall. He also helped England U16s to their clean sweep in their autumn home internationals. Callum Farr, 17, (Priors Hall, Northamptonshire) shared seventh place in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and last year reached last 32 in British boys’ championship. He has helped Northamptonshire reach the Boys’ County Finals last year and this. Arrun Singh-Brar, 17, (Foxhills, Surrey) had top ten finishes in last season’s Peter McEvoy Trophy, the German Junior Masters and in qualifying for the British boys’ championship. This season he reached the matchplay stages of the French boys’ international championship.last_img read more