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What To Do With That Old Cable Box

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DirecTV, Comcast, Dish, and whatever other cable company executives are out there, huddle together in fear. Once enemies, they look around and realize that they’re all about to meet the same fate. Web based content providers are taking over and there’s nothing they can do about it. Streaming services are simply the next step in the evolution of television and cable is the obsolete past. The cable death march is well under way.

Cable subscribers have been declining rapidly for the past 5 years and now more households have access to Netflix than they do to a DVR. So in a few years when cable boxes are simply dust collectors next to your VHS tapes, you’ll need some ways to get some use out of them.


Cooking dinner and you realize that you’re out of clean dishes? Don’t worry. Just grab that old cable box, snap off the top panel, and voila. You’ve got a trendy new plate/bowl combo. The raised edges will keep food from getting out and you won’t be able to see the DirecTV logo, so you’ll forget all the turmoil you endured when you forgot to record the series finale of your favorite show.


Now that you have some functional trendy dish ware, what are you going to do with the top panel you just ripped off? A brand new frisbee for the kids to enjoy. With its sleek design, this piece of plastic will cut through air. You’ll no longer have to worry about where an old, conventional frisbee will veer off to since this new one will be on a beeline straight to the receiver.

*This is a joke. Please don’t allow your children to fling jagged pieces of plastic at each other or the family dog.

Home Gym

Have you been on the cable TV kick from the very beginning? If so, then your house is filled with old, heavy, cable boxes. Why not put them and yourself to work? Grab a branch from the tree out back, tape a cable box to each side, and you’ve got your very own personal gym. Watch out 24-Hour Fitness, these athletes are subscribing to Dish!

Coffee Table Decor

Entertain the grandkids with a blast from the past when they ask you what that giant brick with buttons is. Regale them with tales of shoddy TV connections during Game 7 of the World Series. Blow their minds when you tell them that this 12lb. behemoth could only hold about 30 hours of recorded video. Tell them of all the relationships that ended simply by fighting over the right to pick the channel.


As you tell your grandchildren about a simpler time in entertainment, I’m sure rage will begin bubbling up inside of you. Don’t worry, it’s completely natural to resent your old cable provider when you realize how much easier streaming is. Save that rage for your ex-coffee table decoration and current object of hatred, your cable box. It’s useless now. So take a bat and head out back for some good ol’ fashioned stress relief… Office Space style.

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4 Must-Hear Podcasts For 30-Somethings

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You love the idea of podcasts, but there are way too many out there for you to sift through to find the best ones. Don’t worry — I did all the work for you!

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1. You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes
Hosted by comedian, Pete Holmes. This podcast is basically a series of interviews with famous comedians. Each episode is under 2 hours, and focuses on one special guest. Some of more notable guests have included: Aziz Ansari, Jenny Slate, Seth Rogan, Jimmy Kimmel, and Andy Samberg. Typically, the conversations are about the comedy business. What makes this podcast so interesting to listen to is how deep Holmes will go with his questions and discussions. Topics range from losing virginities to divorce. Staying true to the show’s title, it can definitely get weird…but in the best possible way.


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2. WTF with Marc Maron
Very similar to You Made It Weird, this podcast is hosted by comedian, Marc Maron. He also has celebrity guests and spends about an hour talking with them. Maron is a lot more cynical about the world than Holmes. In this show, Maron and his guests typically discuss political issues and how it relates to them personally. Even though this podcast is hilarious, it gets very dark as well. As a recovering addict, Maron discusses his addiction problems and invites his guests to talk about their as well (if they have it). He has also had guests like Laura Jane Grace, a transgender woman in the rock band Against Me! and even Barack Obama came on to discuss the 2016 election. Maron is masterful at having real conversations while peppering in a lot of humor and fun.


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3. Straight Talk with Ross Mathews
This podcast is 100% fun. It has everything from snack breaks, hilarious song parodies, games, contests and even karaoke! It is the podcast for those who love The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. A true TV personality, Ross Mathews is a naturally bright and sunny person. He and many of his hilarious friends make their listeners feel like they are hanging out with a really fun group of friends. Episodes are under 2 hours and are sure to make you smile.


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4. Call Your Girlfriend
Started by 2 best friends whose careers separated them across the country, journalist Ann Friedman and Tech Specialist Aminatou Sow started this podcast so they could keep in touch and catch up. This podcast truly makes the listeners feel like they are eavesdropping on a phone call between a couple of cool best friends. Typically, they open the show with each of them pouring a glass of wine. Then they dish. Their topics range from health care to the latest feminine hygiene products. They don’t always discuss feminist issues, but most of their conversations are women-centric, which is pretty typical in a phone call to your best girlfriend. Even though some subjects they tackle can be challenging, overall the show is light-hearted, thought-provoking and just plain cool!

What podcasts are on your can’t-miss list??


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