NBC Un-Olympic Coverage

This Olympics was very frustrating for our family. We decided that we would be willing to pay a little extra to be able to watch the Olympics together as a family. But, we didn’t get to watch hardly any of it!

After some Google searches, I found that Sling TV was one of the best options to stream the Olympics. I read that we needed Sling Blue to get NBC Channels, which was $25 a month. I thought it was worth it to pay for a month.

The problem is that NBC is only offered in certain areas. Our area isn’t one of them. We were able to get NBCSN, which included some of the Olympic coverage, but it didn’t include the main stuff we wanted to see. We missed the opening ceremony. NBCSN didn’t seem to cover the figure skating. The commercials were long and horribly repetitive. Sling TV wasn’t very reliable and would buffer. I looked into YouTube TV, but as I understand it, it didn’t matter which company we used, our zip code wouldn’t include NBC.

NBC supposedly live-streamed everything, but you have to have a Cable subscription, and you have to provide the login to be able to watch it on their website. We’ve found that Cable TV doesn’t hold enough value for us to pay for it every month. I wasn’t interested in trying to get a cable box and pay for a month of cable.

I don’t think NBC gets it. Surely, I am not the only one who has ditched the Cable. Netflix and Amazon Prime allow us to watch TV when we want to watch it, not when the TV company schedules it. For us, these streaming services have as much or more content that we would watch. This Internet age allows me to watch when I want and where I want with a reasonable price. NBC is still back in the old age.

To me, the Olympics is about bringing everyone together in a peaceful, competitive platform. Even countries with no snow like the Kingdom of Tonga could compete in Winter sports. Even differences were set aside long enough for North Korea to join. Does it fit to have broadcasting limited to only allow regions of people in the US to watch or only those who can afford Cable?

According to AdWeek, NBC was forecast to make $900 million from advertising. Would it really have reduced ad revenue to have opened the streaming up to anyone?

The Olympic Committee has given broadcast rights to NBC through 2032. So, do we have to put up with this for another 14 years? At least after that, could we get a company that can include a wider audience? What about YouTube or something like that?

Does anyone else feel the same way? Am I offbase? Please comment.

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Bible Study: Teaching the Family

When God says something twice, we should probably pay attention.  One of those things is:

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4)

God says it again in Colossians:

Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. (Colossians 3:21 [KJV])

It is easy to focus on the negative: provoking our children to anger.  We shouldn’t hinder their growth, especially in the Lord.  But, in following the cross references, God gives another pattern of repetitive instructions on the positive side to teach our children:

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Pre-Trib Rapture

We discussed the rapture in church the other day, and I learned a new passage that describes when in God’s timeline it will happen.  It always helps me to talk through what I learn to make it stick in my mind.  So, here it goes…

What is the Rapture

The word rapture is nowhere in the Bible.  The concept on the other hand is.  This passage describes what we call the rapture:

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (I Corinthians 15:51-57 [KJV]

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Moving Time Again!

Well, it’s time to move my website to a new host. I think that I have been the longest with Hostgator, and it was a good experience, but it is time to move. My main reason for moving is trying to get SSL. I wanted to add security to my website, but it was going to cost way too much to do it through Hostgator.

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Pardon the Dust: Transition in Progress

Things might look a little different on the blog if you haven’t been back in a while.  And, things might not be working quite up to par for a bit.  Please pardon the dust.  I’m trying to get things back in order as quickly as my schedule allows.

So, here’s what’s going on: I am moving my website to a VPS.  My term at Hostgator expired, and I decided that this next year, I want to include SSL on my site and take it to the next level.  Doing so at Hostgator was not cost effective in the least.

So, I am rebuilding everything on my own VPS.  It’s exciting but things may be a bit rough for a few weeks.  I hoping to pull together a new theme on the blog, SSL for securit/SEO, and tie it all together on a multi-site WordPress installation.

Please keep checking back and see how it goes!

April Fools 2016

Each year, I enjoy the jokes that the companies put out on the Internet.  Here’s my list…

Google Cardboard Plastic

I think this is my favorite joke:

Google Cardboard Plastic

Useless Light Switch

I need to get this light switch for the boys since they are always leaving the lights on.

ThinkGeek: Useless Light Switch

Useless Light Switch

Open Table Taste

You can try a restaurant before you go now.

Wonder Paw

Teach your dog to code!

Duolingo Pillow

You can learn a new language easier now:

Duolingo Pillow

Duolingo Pillow

 

Redbox Kiosk Ambassador

Redbox has new job openings!  Check out their website.

Now Hiring: Kiosk Ambassadors!

GMail Mic Drop

It sounds like the Mic Drop is an example of how you have to be careful with April Fools.  In my opinion, an April Fool’s joke should be obvious.  It should make someone laugh, not feel stupid or irritated.  As with any joking or rough housing, it’s always easy to get carried away even unintentionally.  Google didn’t mean to, but they seem to have caused problems by adding this joke to GMail.

Official GMail Blog

Sony’s Proton Pack

Now you can catch your own ghosts!

Groupon Cat Reader

Need a coupon to hire someone to read to your cat?

Groupon: Groupon Reads to Your Cat. Mystery Sitcom Star Available.

Prysm Infinity Aerosol Display

Just spray and display!

Prysm Infinity: Simply Spray and Display

Waterpik Shower Belt

It’s better to be safe in the show.  Check out the new shower belt.

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Where’s Bin Laden’s Faith?

I came across this article the other day:

Fox News: Bin Laden claimed $29M fortune, wanted it used ‘on jihad’

This quote caught my attention:

“If I am to be killed,” he wrote in a 2008 letter to his father, “pray for me a lot and give continuous charities in my name, as I will be in great need for support to reach the permanent home.”

One would think that a leader of such an organization would be pretty sure of their ways.  If Bin Laden had supposedly accomplished so much for his religion, why did he need people to pray for him or give charities in his name to get to heaven?  Where is his faith?

As Christians, our faith is different.  There is no doubt or hoping.  We don’t need people to pray us into heaven.

Jeremiah 17:7-8  Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

One of the best examples is the story of the thief on the cross.  The thief deserved to die on the cross and did not dispute that fact.  Even so, Jesus says the thief will be in heaven that day:

Luke 23:43  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

When Jesus was on the cross, He declared His work was finished.  He had completely paid for my sin so that I could get to heaven:

John 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

So, I am not depending on a person to help me get to heaven after I die.  Jesus completed everything, and that is what I am relying on.