News on HBO’s Stand Alone Service

Last year, HBO announced that it would be launching a subscription service aimed at those people who do not have some sort of cable or satellite package.

More news on the service, which will be called HBO Now can be found at this link:

http://www.ibtimes.com/hbo-talks-apple-be-launch-partner-coming-web-service-hbo-now-exclusive-1835882

The service is expected to carry a price of $15 a month which is pretty close to the same amount a cable subscriber would pay for the channel. The company is hoping to have the service ready for launch next month, in time for the April 12 premier of the fifth season of ‘Game of Thrones’.

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Forget Schrödinger’s Cat, I have Schrödinger’s WWE Network Subscription

If you are familiar with the concept of Schrödinger’s catI just realized today that I have a textbook case of Schrödinger’s WWE network subscription.

I’ve been getting emails telling me that my WWE network subscription expires tomorrow. Today, I got one telling me it will expire tomorrow so I decided to log in to my account and see. Honestly, had WrestleMania fallen in April and not March, I would have saved myself the $$$ and let it expire for a month.

But no, when I logged into my account I was informed that my next billing date is tomorrow which means my subscription will renew.

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Concluding the Series

I have concluded my lengthy series of posts on living life with a visual impairment.

Part XIII is about going to school:

http://caseytrowbridge.com/2015/02/being-visually-impaired-xiii/

Part XIV is about how I get around:

http://caseytrowbridge.com/2015/02/being-visually-impaired-xiv/

Part XV is just covering some random topics that didn’t fit anywhere else:

http://caseytrowbridge.com/2015/02/being-visually-impaired-xv/

Part XVI is putting the whole thing in to perspective and making some acknowledgements:

http://caseytrowbridge.com/2015/02/being-visually-impaired-xvi/

Entry 12 in My Series of Posts About Being Visually Impaired

In entry 12, which has been my favorite to write thus far, I talk about dating relationships. Since I can’t see what attracts me to a woman? How do I flirt? What might be like to date someone with a visual impairment (this is what it would be like to date me but not all cases are the same) and how I do or do not meet women.

http://caseytrowbridge.com/2015/02/being-visually-impaired-xii/

This is probably my favorite of all the entries I’ve written thus far. I can also say with confidence that the series will run through the end of February with the final post coming on Saturday. Unless of course I get more reader questions that necessitate follow up posts.

More Posts on Being Visually Impaired

First of all may I just say that I am very excited that the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is happening in May. It is a few years later than I would have liked, we discussed this fight during the original incarnation of the site but the fact that it is happening at all is at least better than the alternative of it never happening.
I may even bring back a staple of the old site and do some round by round live blogging of the fight but we shall see.

Anyway, I wanted to share links to my on-going series on being visually impaired.

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Thoughts on the Two and a Half Men Finale: I loved It

This post contains spoilers from the Two and a Half Men finale which aired last night. Read at your own risk.


I wanted to take a break from plugging my series of posts on my personal website about being visually impaired, up to eight as of this writing with more to come, to talk about last night's series finale of Two and a Half Men.

I have been a fan of Two and a Half Men for a long time though not since the very beginning of the series. I am one of those people that never seems to get into a series when it first comes on the air. My current favorite show, The Big Bang Theory, is one that I started watching when season 1 came out on DVD. I like to binge watch shows and so I used to buy a lot of TV on DVD for that purpose. The first season of Two and a Half Men did not come out on DVD until the show was in season 4 or 5. But I did buy it and I did watch it and I became a fan and started to watch the show on television.
Two and a Half Men was one of the shows I would actually make it a point to watch every week once I started to watch the current episodes. I wasn't big on watching network TV then and almost everything I watched was either on DVD or on TV Land or something. What can I say? I love old sitcoms.

I was more of a fan of the Charlie Harper years than the Walden Schmidt years but not too much more. I thought the show went a different direction after the Charlie years and was fine with it. So this series finale was the first one in quite some time that I was eagerly anticipating. I haven't looked forward to a series finale this much since Friends and Frasier went off the air over a decade ago.

So how did I enjoy the finale?

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The Next Two Visually Impaired Posts

I have posted two more entries in my on-going series on what it is like to be visually impaired.

Part V should have been the first part. This part was prompted by a question from a reader who wanted to get to know me better and wanted to know more basic information about me. So this post deals with my life as it is right now as well as a story or two about choosing a college and some other material.

http://caseytrowbridge.com/2015/02/being-visually-impaired-v/

Today’s post deals with some questions I have gotten from readers up to this point as well as an introduction to and explanation of how Braille works.

http://caseytrowbridge.com/2015/02/being-visually-impaired-vi/

I can see the end coming unless I get more questions, maybe 2 or 3 more posts to go, unless I revisit the series at a later date. I’m posting one a day as things either come to me or I get questions.

How Do the Blind Dream?

Yesterday and today I have put up two more posts over on my personal website on what it is like for me to be visually impaired.

Yesterday's post discusses entertainment options for me, technology issues and public speaking. It also is the first post in which I ask for any questions readers might have.

You can read that post at the following link:

http://caseytrowbridge.com/2015/02/visually-impaired-iii/

Today's post might be interesting to any person who reads this and is interested in dreams. In this post, I tackle the question of how do blind people dream?

http://caseytrowbridge.com/2015/02/being-visually-impaired-iv/

As I said, anyone interested in dreams might find that quite interesting. I can't say if it would come as news to people who research dreams for a living but it is there for all, regardless.

More on What it is Like to be Visually Impaired

Earlier today, I linked to a post I wrote on my personal website on what it is like for me to live my life with a visual impairment. A friend’s comment sparked another thought and then it was like a snowball rolling down hill and led to an entire sequel post.

This post contains more childhood memories, memories of what it was like when I lost a lot of the vision I was born with, why I relate better to people older than me and when it was that I felt like I could relate to people my own age for the first time.

If you liked the first one, this one might be even better.

http://caseytrowbridge.com/2015/02/being-visually-impaired-ii/

This Thing I Wrote

The fact that I am visually impaired does not come up often on this site. For reasons that remain unclear to me even hours after writing it, I decided to write a post about what it has been like for me to live my life with blindness. I wrote it on my personal website, so if you are interested in reading it:

http://caseytrowbridge.com/2015/02/being-visually-impaired/

I do not claim that my experiences are the same as anyone else. Nor do I claim that my opinions on matters of discrimination are the same as anyone else. I’m just giving my assessment of how things are for me.

Iron Sheik to Guest on The Ross Report Next Week

Yes, you read that correctly. The man, the myth, the Legend himself, The Iron Sheik will be a guest on the Ross Report Podcast next tuesday.

The Iron Sheik is the reason this site exists as you can find out if you read our history section. So of course it had to be mentioned. The Ross Report can be accessed at PodcastOne.com next Tuesday at 9:00 PM.

2015 WWE Royal Rumble Challenge Entry Order

The 2015 Royal Rumble challenge Entry Order has been set. We have 25 competitors set and so there are 5 lucky souls that ended up getting 2 numbers in the match.

I used Random.org to generate the order of entry list. The methodology I used is probably more complicated than I needed to make it but it was random and ensured every person had as good a chance as everyone else to end up with two numbers.

The order of entry is blow the jump. If the wrestler that comes out at your number wins the match, you win the challenge.

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Still Time to Enter the 2015 Combat Hooligans Royal Rumble Challenge

The 2015 WWE Royal Rumble is on Sunday. There is still time to enter the 2015 Combat Hooligans.net Royal Rumble challenge.

It is simple. Tomorrow, a random number drawing will take place. If you get, for example, the #21 and the person who enters the Royal Rumble on Sunday at #21 wins, then you win the challenge.

Fast, simple, free. Second place goes to the person who has the entry that is responsible for most eliminations.

We have 15 entries thus far. If we get no more, each person will get two numbers. If we get thirty, each person will get one number. Between 15 and 30 and there will be random drawings to see the lucky people that get two numbers. All numbers will be posted on this site after the drawing.

How do you enter the challenge?

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Get in on the 2015 Combat Hooligans Royal Rumble Pool

The 2015 WWE Royal Rumble is quickly approaching and as a result, it is time again for the Combat Hooligans Royal Rumble pool.

What is the Combat Hooligans Royal Rumble pool? The Combat Hooligans Royal Rumble pool allows for 30 players. Each is asigned a number by random and that number matches the wrestler who enters that spot in the Royal Rumble. As an example, last year I was assigned the number 1 and the number one participant in the Royal Rumble was CM Punk. So had Punk won the Royal Rumble, I would have won the pool.

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