Thursday, September 12, 2019

FYI: "Cutting the cord" ~ 8 months later

"The Bloom Is Off The Rose."


My disenchantment does not come from "cutting the cord" and coming off cable TV. That was a good idea ~ and it is still a good idea.

My disappointment is with the app that Spectrum offers as a replacement.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

FYI: Sharing Genealogy Research

I have been working with genealogy for well over a year and a half, and it's time to share what I've found.

My current interest started in 2017, when I bought a DNA test. I was curious about what I would discover, but I mostly bought it because it was on sale. 😎

Results from a DNA test do not come back for up to six weeks. I wanted to learn more about how to interpret/use DNA test results. While I was waiting, I discovered that Pinellas County, and the Largo Library in particular, had extensive genealogy resources.

From that little spark of curiosity, I eventually:

  • ...became a member of the Pinellas Genealogy Society (PGS)
  • ...explored the Jaggers tree on FamilySearch.com
  • ...joined the PGS Board as their Technical Director
  • ...downloaded and installed genealogy software on my local PC
  • ...added 1,200 names to a Jaggers tree that I created on Ancestry.com

My 2019 Epiphany:


I am more of a story-teller than a researcher. I like finding the context around a set of facts.

For example, thirty years ago, a cousin sent a copy of her research. It listed the Jaggers' family tree with the usual dates (born, married, died). That somehow seemed incomplete to me. I added some context by updating the facts into something like this: "(relative) was  28 years old when he married (name), who was only 16."

The Question For Today 

How do I share my experience about genealogy research and tell stories about the Jaggers family?


Monday, August 19, 2019

Personal: Rick's Personality Test Results

The Anatomy of Love

Dr. Helen Fisher is a biological anthropologist who has studied components of "Love" and how to measure them. Her body of work goes back to the 1990's, and her career has generally been a continuation and refinement from that time.

Match.com ~ Dr. Fisher has been a consultant at Match.com for over a decade, and her personality tests provide input to Match members.

By the way, Fisher insists that Match is not a dating site: it is an introduction site.

In August 2019 I took the personality test at TheAnatomyofLove.com and I recorded the results below.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

FYI: Cutting the Cord - Summer Report

"Cutting The Cord" Lessons Learned


Previously on Rix Distillery:

  • Feb 15 - I Cut the Cord! - I was proud of myself for this step, and this article explains what steps I took.
  • Mar 16 - Update - I have learned how I can unlock archives from individual apps where I can revisit old episodes. Some with commercials; some with commercials. Life is good.
  • April 30 - Why Roku - Life is still good! In this article I reviewed my Roku device
  • Jun 29 - Oops! - The first hint that cutting the cord is not all I expected it to be. I discussed streaming apps available from Spectrum.

July 2019 - this post, however:...

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Personal: Do you like my stories?

 I realized that I really enjoy telling stories! This came to me as I was explaining to my son that I'm trying to make our family history interesting to him and his sons.

My interest in my family's genealogy is not for the research, but for what it tells me about people in the context of their time whether it's 20 years ago or 200 years ago..

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

FYI: ABCInc.biz Blog moved to ABCInc.pw

At the end of June, 2019, I bought the domain name ABCInc.PW

ABCInc.pw now points to my blog for a BetterComputer, Inc.
Jaggers.pw continues to point to my personal blog.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

FYI: Opps! More Cutting the Cord



My TV world was good since I "cut the cord" 4 months ago.

My world was good until Tuesday, when Fox News went away.

I still had CNN, BayNews9, and a handful of other channels. But Fox was not longer available.

... I have just finished an hour on the phone tracking this down, and now I'd like to report what I've learned...


Saturday, June 1, 2019

Fun: Rix Beach

This was one of the first videos I made. Yes, I'm bragging!
(30 seconds)
8 Miles To The Beach

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

FYI: My Why ~ Roku Devices

In February, 2019, I "cut the cord" by dropping my cable TV subscription and began using an Internet streaming device.
  • All TV broadcasts use digital signals, anyway
  • Video quality is the same whether decoded  by a cable box or a streaming device
  • Streaming devices are available from familiar names 
    • Roku (stick, premier)
    • Amazon (Fire: stick & cube))
    • Google (Chromecast)
    • Apple TV 
  • They all have HDMI connections/cables

My Roku Review


I personally use Roku, and here's why...