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Do you know someone in your life who loves to sit around and watch TV all day long? If you do, then this is just perfect gift for him or her for Christmas. It is also an excellent gift for a dad for Father’s Day or mom for Mother’s Day. A massage chair pad. It is much cheaper than getting a full blown massage chair and it is portable. You can carry it around from room to room and even attach it to your car seat if that is what you prefer. However, I think it belongs in the living room best for when you are relaxing watching TV. This shiatsu massage cushion with heat is excellent as a gift for someone who loves watching TV.
I got this as a ‘just because’ gift from my husband a while back. I often suffer from lower back pain. This massage chair pad provides great relief for my lower back. I love how you can adjust the massage, vibrating, rolling or deep kneading with or without heat. You can also adjust the areas you want to massage, all over, higher or lower, concentrate on just one area of your back or all over. I like to have my back massage while the seat is heated and vibrating at the same time. You can customize it to your liking.
I really prefer a Massage Chair Pad to a massage couch because of its portability. In fact, I am sitting on my massage chair pad now as I write. I am a writer and blogger. I maintain 5 blogs and have written several ebooks. This means I work long hours online. My massage chair pad gives me good relief for my aching back. It is also very nice to use in the living room for TV time.
Some massage cushions are not high enough to reach the back and neck in which case a massage pillow may do the trick for massaging the neck.
If you like a total body massage, you can go for a foot massager as well. In this way, you can get a foot reflexology while you watch TV.
Making Time For Me
I Need Some Me Time. Everybody does and everyone deserves some Me Time. I need some me time to take care of myself. I need to spend some time alone doing the things I love or just doing nothing. It is the best stress reliever of all. I felt this even more when I was a new mother looking after two young kids on my own 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week without pause. Apart from the kids, we have the spouse, the extended family, friends, colleagues, bosses. There is so much multitasking and organizing to do. Sometimes, I just want to shout out ”LEAVE ME ALONE!” and get away from it all. That is when I know I seriously need some me time and I will claim this time for myself.
I don’t feel guilty claiming some me time. It is essential to keep me going. It is good for my mental health. Once I am recharged and rejuvenated, I come back better than before in my relationship and I can better manage everything that life throws at me including lemons.
Read my previous post 18 ways To Make Time For You to get some ideas on how to make time for yourself.
I have a google chromecast device which works well for my flat tv with hdmi input but then we wanted to utilize our old TV, you know those old big fat televisions of yesterday. Yes, we still have one of those. So how do you make your old TV smart? That was something I had to figure out and eventually did.
In this post, I will share with you step by step how to watch YouTube and other streaming video on your old TV.
Before you start, you will need
- a smart phone
- a google chromecast donger
- a hdmi to av adapter
- a usb charger wire
- usb charger plug (optional) and
- a red yellow white composite cable.
If you have never used a Google Chromecast donger before, then please read my old post How To Use Google Chromecast To Watch Streaming Video From Google Chrome Browser before you proceed with the rest of this tutorial.
Step 1 – Power up your google chromecast dongle by putting the usb end into a usb charger plug and plug into an electrical outlet. If you have your desktop pc nearby, you can use the usb port from your desktop pc, then you won’t need the charger plug.
Step 2 – Insert the hdmi end of your google chromecast dongle into your hdmi to av converter.
Step 3 – Insert one end of the composite cable to the output end of the hdmi to av converter
Step 4 – Insert the other end of your composite cable to the composite cable input of your old tv. This can usually be found at the back of your old tv. Just follow the color codes when you insert the wires. Red for red etc.
Step 5 – Power up your hdmi to av converter by inserting one end of the usb charger wire to the converter and another to a usb inlet nearby. Again, you can use the usb port from your pc or you can use the usb charger plug.
Step 6 – Open up the YouTube app on your smartphone. Click on the Cast to TV button (It is the little rectangle with wavy lines on one end right beside the “What To Watch” link.)
Step 7 – Select your chromecast. I named my Living Room.
Step 8 – Tadaa! That’s it. You can now watch YouTube from your old TV! Congratulations if you made it this far. We’re watching a minecraft video on our old TV. Our old TV just became smart. Cool isn’t it?
Extra Tips For Watching Streaming Video Without Lag – Use An Alternative Browser For Casting V ideos Instead of Google Chrome Browser
You can cast any video that you are watching from any site by casting it from your google chrome browser. However, I find a small lag between the audio and video when I do that. In order to prevent the lag, you can download a browser app specially for casting web videos as well as local videos on your smartphone or ipad to your TV. I’m using an app called Video and TV Cast for Chromecast. It works well with no lag so I can watch any streaming video I want on my old TV not just YouTube videos. However, this app does not support rewind or fast forward for free users.
Bonus Tip: (Alternative way to watch streaming video on your old TV. Can be used for older generation Apple devices only)
If you are using an old generation iphone or ipad ie those that use a 30 pin adapter instead of the lighting 8 pin adapter, then you can use the following to watch any streaming video from any website on your TV easily. It is an AV Cable for iPad and iPhone. Remember, this only works for the older generation devices.
The AV Cable has 3 parts. Plug the 30 pin adapter to your old generation iphone or ipad, plug the usb part into a usb port to charge and power up the device and finally plug the composite cable into the red yellow white composite input of your old TV. That’s it!
Here is the difference between the 30 pin and 8 pin adapter. The 30 pin one is larger in size. This is the part where you plug into your iphone or ipad when you need to charge it. So check whether you have a 30 pin adapter if you wish to use this option.
I have an annual pass to Scribd for one year as an author of ebooks on Smashwords. My ebooks are listed on Scribd. Today I received an email from Scribd informing me that 10,000 comics and graphic novels have just been added to Scribd. Woohoo! They include titles from Marvel, IDW/Top Shelf, Valiant and more. My husband is a Marvel fan especially Thor, Silver Surfer and Doctor Strange. I just downloaded my first copy of Thor on my device. It looks great. I love it.
In addition, I’m going to be saving all this shelf space. I have no idea where to put all our comics as we keep on buying and loath to throw or give away because we re read them.
I’m so in love with Scribd. I think it is really worth it. Anytime I feel like reading anything from romance or action novels to self help books, all I have to do is search the genre and most of the time I will find something I want to read. In fact, I’ve got so many books stored in my library, all half read. They include the many Minecraft books for my boy. When my free annual subscription expires, I will be back for more monthly subs. I’m hooked.
My husband is a Star Trek fan. We have the Star Trek Original Motion Picture Collection and the Star Trek The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection in our DVD collection. He watches both these sets of DVD over and over again. So for his 50th birthday in early 2014, I have decided to include Star Trek The Complete Original Series DVD Seasons 1-3 in the gift basket I am doing for him.
Since it is his 50th birthday, I am doing something special by making a gift basket on my own. The gift basket will contain all his favorite things, favorite movies, favorite comics, favorite scent, favorite family pictures which I did into a photo book and more. It is so much fun to do all this planning. I have already started collecting all these things to be put into his gift basket since early this month even though his birthday isn’t until February 2014.
I think he will love the Star Trek The Complete Original Series DVD or Star Trek TOS the most. Although we watched them when they were playing on TV previously, it has been a long time since. He jokingly calls me “The Entertainment Officer” at home because I plan all of his entertainment needs. I know him very well and what he likes and Star Trek happens to be one of his favorite series. He will love to watch the Star Trek team boldly go where no man has gone before.
To me the best gift for a Star Trek fan would be this original TV series that first introduced the original Star Trek Crew; Captain James T Kirk, Spock and Leonard McCoy and all the adventures of the USS Enterprise.
How many episodes does the Star Trek TOS have?
Season 1 – 29 episodes
Season 2 – 26 episodes
Season 3 – 24 episodes
Here is a list of the Star Trek Original Series episodes with all the titles and the order in which they were broadcasted.
The DVD is the remastered version. It is amazing to watch. Even though the original series first began screening in 1966, they don’t look outdated at all. Highly recommended for all Star Trek fans. This is where it all began.
My Favorite Star Trek Captains
My favorite Star Trek Captain is Captain James T Kirk (1966-1969) followed by Captain Jean-Luc Picard (1987-1994) but that’s just my personal opinion. The other Star Trek Captains are Captain Benjamin Sisko (1993-1999), Captain Kathryn Janeway (1995-2001) and Captain Jonathan Archer. (2001-2005).
That is why I recommend Star Trek The Original Series and Movies as a starter gift for the Star Trek fan followed by Star Trek The Next Generation Series and Movies collection and I did not include Star Trek Voyager Complete Series in my recommendations.
Tip for Buying DVDs online:
Make sure you check the region code of the DVD when buying online. If you do not have a multi-region DVD player, you will not be able to play DVDs from other regions.
Region 0: Multi-Region
Region 1: USA, Canada, US Territories
Region 2: UK, Europe, Japan, South Africa, Middle East
Region 3: South East & East Asia
Region 4: Australia, New Zealand, Central & South America
Region 5: Africa, Indian Sub-Continent, Russia, all former USSR countries, North Korea, Mongolia
Region 6: China
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