YouTube Mini Series Are Awesome

I’ve never been a real YouTube junkie since I’m not a big fan of self created vids. I like the pro stuff which is why I’ve gravitated to Netflix and I also watch regular TV (although the only thing I can find of interest these days are cartoons). Recently I’ve discovered that some big names like Halo and Battlestar Galactica have some original content being posted weekly. I’ve watched some of these shows and I’m quite impressed with what I’ve seen so far.

I first started watching Forward Unto Dawn which is a mini series about the Halo universe and was created as back story for one of the non-playable characters in the new Halo game. This one was a live action mini series that lasted 5 episodes of 20 minutes each. It even had the Master Chief in some of the episodes which I found quite cool. I liked having some of the back story for the new game. I have most of the books as well that give even more back story but being able to see it was pretty neat. Unfortunately there won’t be anymore Forward Unto Dawn episodes but maybe they will make more Halo vids.

Just when I thought Battlestar Galactica was over, YouTube comes out with Blood and Chrome which is being done by Syfy who aired the remake of Battlestar Galactica. This is a prequel series that follows William Adama as a young pilot. Apparently this takes place after the other BSG series that Syfy created that didn’t quite catch on. I think if they made that other BSG series was aired on YouTube it might have gotten a better reception and it might still be on. I’ve already watched 6 episodes of the series and it’s pretty damn good. I especially like that there aren’t any commercials in the middle of the episodes to get in the way. Sometimes there are ads in the beginning or the end, kind of like how Europe does their advertising, and I gotta say that I like it way better that way. Although it does get in the way of potty and snack breaks.

I think YouTube is on to something here regarding original content. It’s like that one original series that Netflix did but then they just kind of stopped doing it. I’ll be cruising more YouTube in the future, maybe there are other little nuggets of video I can consume for free that will spark my interest.

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Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2012

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and I’m on day 3 of my staycation. That generally means that I have daddy duty while the Mrs. works during the day. It’s not easy to keep my daughter entertained the entire day and on top of that she’s also sick so it makes things extra interesting. So far all the Thanksgiving ingredients have been purchased between my family and my sister-in-laws. It’s actually my sister-in-laws holiday so she will be making the bird and the ham, we just bring the side items. Traditionally we don’t do turkey day dinner, we do turkey day lunch because it’s way easier. Dinner will consist of leftovers so turkey day won’t be an all day affair like most people.

Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year for us Americans. This is where we can get all the door buster deals and wait in line forever just to get a few bucks off some item we want but not necessarily need. I’m going to try and keep to my tradition of not going out with the crazies and just going during normal business hours. I don’t really intend to go out to buy anything, I just plan to take a nice stroll and escape my house for a few hours. I intend to stay up late on turkey night so I can buy what I want online.

I Resisted the iPad Mini

Last week I saw the keynote for the new iPad mini online with countless others who were anticipating the new tablet from Apple. I kind of admit that I don’t really want to get it. I looked at the specs of the iPad Mini and they were pretty much the same as my current iPad 2 which I’m using to type up this blog post. The iPad mini is a smaller version of the current iPad and offers the Apple ecosystem but in a smaller package but not as small as an iPod touch which only came out a few weeks beforehand.

I decided to see the iPad Mini at my local Best Buy to compare it to the current iPads that are being offered. I bought my wife a Nexus 7 which kind of have the same dimensions of the iPad Mini but it was a little bit wider than the Nexus. I decided to play with it for a little bit and I was a bit underwhelmed. As much hype that has come about regarding the smaller form factor and that it had the same internals as an iPad 2, at the end of the day it was still an iPad although it is smaller and lighter than what I currently use. I can see the value to places like schools or people that love to read. The small form factor and lighter weight are big pluses since I do find myself propping up my iPad 2 on a pillow or something when I’m reading at night.

Although my time with the iPad Mini at Best Buy was relatively brief, I can say that for now I will resist the urge to spend money and just keep using my iPad 2. I’ve even resisted the urge to get the iPad 4 because of the problems that would ensue since it uses a lightning connector and not the regular 30 pin doc connector (which I have never minded). At the end of the day, what you would be buying is an iPad. I have 2 of these things and having a faster and lighter device certainly has its appeal but those new iPads do not reduce the general enjoyment that I can get out of my perfectly functional iPad 2. Maybe when the iPad 6 comes out ill be compelled to get a new one since by that time they would have stopped developing iOS upgrades for my iPad 2.

Maybe in the next few years we will see the rise of another company to take away the allure of Apple and its products, until then I’ll be making constant use of my iPads until they break.