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Hello! I'm Tony. I'm a Husband, Father, Friend, Blogger, Country Radio DJ, and proud Dance Dad. Faith, Family, and Technology...this is what matters to me and it's what I write about here.

Streaming Success

Services like Netflix have made streaming video mainstream.  From two different instances in my own life recently I see that the possibilities for video streaming are endless.

The first came this past Saturday night.  Our Middle School was putting on a musical.  My daughter had lots of friends in it and really wanted to go.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to make it… but we were able to see it! Our school recently started streaming school events so all we had to do was go to the video stream on our home PC and then Chromecast the video to the TV in our family room.

In a matter of moments we were watching the performance.  BTW, everyone did a fantastic job.

Our second brush with streaming video came yesterday.  My daughters had a dance competition and one of their Grandmas couldn’t make it but thanks to streaming video technology she could watch on her laptop.

It was the first competition we’ve been to, that I know of, that streamed the performances.  I certainly hope more do in the future.

This weekend sure did open my eyes to just how mainstream video streaming has become.  I’m really excited about the possibility for family and friends to be able to virtually attend my daughters’ school events.

If you’re interest in getting your own Chromecast you can check it out here.

Do you have any video streaming success stories?  I’d love to hear them.

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Pride In Accomplishment

You see it all the time in little kids.  That pride in accomplishment when they conquer something new.  The look on their face when they realize that they did it all by themselves.

Learning to tie a shoe.  Writing their name for the first time.  Picking out their clothes and getting dressed all by themselves.  If you’ve been around kids at these times you’ve seen first hand the pride they can feel.

I had one of those pride in an accomplishment moments today. After doing research and following some guides on the internet I successfully set up Plex Media Server on our home PC.  It involved changing router settings and some settings in our computer.

It was a project I was unsure of at first but I got it working.  Now I can stream any movie stored on our PC to the TV’s in our house.  I can also access and watch any of our movies on my Android smartphone and my Android tablet.  Pretty cool.

It got me realizing that as an adult I’ve had fewer of those pride in accomplishment moments.  Most of them have come after home improvement projects.  The kind like painting a room where you work really hard and when you’re all done you just sit there in the middle of the room for awhile taking in the fruits of your labor.  Maybe you can relate.

I’m going to be actively looking for ways to challenge myself to learn something new.  To accomplish something that initially I thought might not seem possible.

When was the last time you felt pride in something you accomplished? What was it?

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Spending or Investing?

Spending and investing… two words that I’ve always associated with money.  Something that I read last night now has me associating those words with something else: time.

For Lent this year I gave up watching television each night from 9-10 and instead have chosen to use the hour for reading.  One of the books I’m currently reading is Dan Miller’s48 Days To The Work You Love“.

In chapter 4 he made a statement and asked a question that got me thinking.  In fact, I should probably go back and re-read the rest of the chapter as I couldn’t stop from thinking about the question.  This is what he wrote, “Time is the only resource you can never recapture. Are you spending or investing your time?”

Definitely something to think about.  There are parts to my day where my time has just been spent.  The biggest offender would be my commute. However, I am beginning to change that over to investing by listening to educational and inspirational podcasts.  I also realize now what a big waste of time watching television can be.

The parts of my day where my time is being used as a good investment? The time spent with my family.  Evening meals at the dinner table.  Time spent helping my kids with their homework or projects. The time I spend writing my thoughts here and now an extra hour each day to read.

There are 168 hours in every week.  Are you spending a majority of it or are you investing it?


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