Monthly Archives: May 2017

Get Hype: Wonder Woman!

I mean, if I can’t tell you to enjoy this movie, how about a bunch of other folks?

We’re hoping to catch this opening weekend, something we haven’t done with a movie in a while. But it just looks so good and we don’t want to miss it. And I mean, it’s the DC Extended Universe, so we should be concerned, right?

Oh. Oh I see. That’s… that’s just how fresh? 97%? Oh.

Maybe DC has finally done it. If there was one movie they needed to nail it with in their whole enterprise right now, it’s Wonder Woman. Meaning, nicely done DC. But I mean, they’re normally just fine, right? It’s just that I’m a Marvel fan…

It’s really looking like there’s something “there” with this movie. And we couldn’t be more excited for that.

 

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Starting to look at: Sling TV

So we’ve talked about before how we’ve dropped cable and are just streaming. It’s led to some interesting problems like watching shows on the app from the channel and dealing with their new episode embargos, as well as keeping up so as not to have the new episode fall out of the most recent 5. We’ve moved to an unlimited data ISP.

Still, it’s been a cobbled-together replacement for what we used to do, which was watch some TV, record some shows we watched, and all that sort of TV interaction. Now we watch YouTube for “channel surfing,” and constantly feel the need to be keeping up with our other shows, so there’s rarely time to branch out. Then NetFlix for finding shows to binge…

However, we’ve now found there’s a new streaming service that replicates a cable subscription: Sling TV. Sling TV gives you the option of a couple of different basic channel sets, and then the ability to pay to add individual channels that you want. “A La Carte TV” as they advertise it.

They also seem to allow for watching all the way up to live TV, as opposed to the delayed model that exists in other streaming and digital media. But it also has some On Demand options and some cloud-based DVR recording. So really, it’s just an Internet-based cable provider, offering you choice and a lower rate.

It’s a good idea, for sure. And you can also subscribe to both of the basic sets, giving you a wider breadth of channels, and more options for your add-on channels. Unfortunately, as I look at the channel listings, I feel like we would want to go with this doubled-up subscription: several of the kids channels – like Disney – are only available on the “orange” plan, and several of the entertainment channels we would want – like USA, FX, and SyFy – are only on the “blue” plan.

The other thing is that it doesn’t seem to necessarily replace another service we currently have. Okay, we’ve already dropped Hulu, and it does duplicate some of Hulu. But it doesn’t step on the toes of NetFlix or HBO Now, so we would still be subscribing there. And we already have so much we’re watching – would we find time for more?

I’m curious at this point if you, dear readers, have or have considered Sling TV. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Memorial Day from Comparative Geeks!

It’s a lazy day for us here at Comparative Geeks. We’ve been both busy, and hanging out with family, this weekend. Which has worked pretty well for a three day weekend. Hopefully you and yours are doing well, dear readers.

I don’t feel like I have a good or a non-cliche thing to say right now for Memorial Day, but just a reminder to stop for a moment and reflect, and remember, is maybe enough.

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Agents of SHIELD – Comparative Opinions Episode 47

Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! Hosts David and Holly spend this week talking about Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, especially season 4 which just finished up (spoilers), but also season 1-3 which they have been binge watching as well! The show is improved by knowing where it was going, and with some binge watching, and our conclusion was that season 4 was absolutely the best so far – so if this show dropped out of your life at some point, it might be worth it to pick it back up and watch it through season 4!

Comparative Opinions is a weekly half-hour-ish podcast hosted on ComparativeGeeks.com. Subscribe for new episodes every Sunday!

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Feeds You Should Follow: Museum of Science Fiction

I’ve recently found a fantastic feed for science fiction news and articles and I thought I would share. I’m not sure if they’ve just really stepped up their game, or if I’ve passed some threshold of interacting with their posts so that I now see them more regularly… whatever it is, I’m liking what I’m seeing.

What’s funny is the articles shared I’m interested in and I save them on Facebook, but I’m just finding more and other interesting articles from them to save and just creating a backlog… so much good content!

It’s the Museum of Science Fiction, out of Washington D.C.: Museum of Science Fiction Facebook.

They’re not necessarily creating all the content themselves; just doing a good job of curating articles from around the Internet. Definitely worth a follow! Here are a few recent posts:

Enjoy the addition of some good science fiction discussion in your news feed! What other articles would you recommend?