This Week’s Thoughts

The Nielsen Company, which takes TV set ownership into account when it produces ratings, will tell television networks and advertisers on Tuesday that 96.7 percent of American households now own sets, down from 98.9 percent previously.

via tv-ownership-nytimes: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance.

It’s not the TV I  object to – I love TV.  It’s the enormously high cable bills I’m no longer willing to pay.  Count me among those finding alternative forms of entertainment. 

The data breach comes on top of the 77 million PlayStation accounts it has already said were jeopardized by a malicious intrusion.

via Sony says 25 million more accounts hacked – Video Games Blog Plugged In – Yahoo! Games.

PlayStation Network users beware!  I know they were down for something like 10 days.  Heh, it was probably cable hackers getting even for those of us finding alternative forms of entertainment.

a federal lawsuit alleging that the firm, Atlanta-based Aaron’s Inc., loaded computers with spyware to track renters’ keystrokes, make screenshots and even take webcam images of them using the devices at home

via Suit against PC renter raises privacy questions – Yahoo! News.

This gives whole new meaning to the term “spyware”! 

Doug Flutie’s daughter, Alexa, was recently selected to join the New England Patriots 2011 cheerleader team. The 23-year-old reigning Miss Massachusetts was one of 31 women to make the squad.

via Doug Flutie’s daughter will be a Patriots cheerleader – Shutdown Corner – NFL Blog – Yahoo! Sports.

As a Patriots fan, I just thought this was fun.  Smile  Doug’s daughter is the real “Flutie Cutie” although dad is still a contender. 

every food on this list boasts multiple healing effects, from fighting cancer to reducing cholesterol, guarding against heart disease, and more

via 12 Foods With Super-Healing Powers.

Super foods!  Sometimes it really amazes me how awesome our food is. 

Here are the 16 worst (and most confounding) gifts Shine moms have unwrapped or unleashed their fury over on Mother’s Day

via Heinous clothing in the wrong size – You told us! The absolute worst Mother’s Day gifts on Shine.

Yep, Mother’s Day is this weekend!  This is a funny list of the kind of gifts not to buy for that special mom you might know. 

Also this weekend, the Kentucky Derby!  Yay, horses, racing, mint juleps, woo!  Open-mouthed smile   

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  1. I bought a Roku player ($60) and I spend more time watching TV than ever before. I have subscriptions to Netflix ($10) and Hulu Plus ($9). The Roku comes with tons of channels (news, weather, sports, music, movies) some for free, some not. So for less than $20 a month, I can watch pretty much anything I want, usually commercial free.

    Ack! We have an Aaron’s. I never trust rent to own companies. You pay twice as much than if you just bought it outright.

    I’ve never heard of Roku. I’ll have to check it out. Maybe! LOL I’ve been working on that TV addiction thing, don’t want to re-addict myself. I did see an ad for something called Vudu earlier tonight when we were looking at computer stuff. Now that looked tempting! Evil Vudu! LOL

    Rent-to-own is just another way to say, “Please rip me off.” Yuck.


    • I think Vudu is a program, not a player. I was looking at blue ray players and saw you could install Vudu on the player and have access to tons of channels. Of course, there was no mention of price for installation.

      Right you are! I just did a minimal amount of research and found that Vudu is a streaming service like Netflix, but is “on-demand.”

      The Roku player I have is about the size of a bag of Ramen noodles. It’s completely portable so I take it with me when I travel. If there’s internet access, it works. It is about the best thing I’ve ever purchased.

      I am going to check that out. It sounds cool, and I love gadgets. 🙂


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