• Amazon Fire TV Stick Review

    When Amazon announced their Fire TV Stick, I immediately snagged one. Unboxing and first thoughts below.

    Unboxing

    Facts

    On first boot, my wireless was easily detected and a software update was downloaded.

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    On reboot, I was treated to a cute 5-minute video explaining the Fire TV Stick‘s operation.

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    The Amazon Fire TV Stick does a good job playing Netflix, Hulu, and of course Amazon Prime videos. The UI while navigating through Amazon’s content is silky smooth.

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    But swiping through Netflix and and Hulu’s titles is a little sluggish; better than my Samsung Smart TV but nowhere near as nice as my Roku. Nonetheless, all the streaming video plays in HD without hiccups.

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    There is a fairly wide selection of games, but most of them require Amazon’s Fire Game Controller (sold separately). Those that work with the included Bluetooth remote (no line-of-sight required) work well.

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    The Verdict

    In short, the Fire TV Stick is…. pretty much exactly what you’d expect: a solid, cheap entry into Amazon’s content library. If you caught the special $20 pricing for Prime members, it’s a steal. At the normal $40 price, I’d probably pay a little more for a Roku.



  • Pagan delivers opening invocation at county school board

    A while back, Pagan David Suhor delivered the opening invocation at an Escambia County School Board meeting in Florida. I re-watched the video recently and was struck again how hilarious it is watching these Christians squirm at being forced to endure a prayer of (gasp) a religion that is not their own!

    At the beginning of the video, several of the council members walk out of the room. Others remain, but look incredibly uncomfortable throughout the invocation. This is a great video to keep in mind when Christians use the “even if you don’t believe, you can just sit quietly through the prayer” line. Suhor says it best himself:

    “In a way I would like for other people to experience what it’s like when I go to a meeting and am asked to pray against my conscience.”

    Of course, this is what the Supreme Court has wrought with its Galloway decision, which upholds the constitutionality of prayers at city council meetings, but only if they are open to all religions and non-religions.

    via Friendly Atheist