What’s All the Hoopla About?

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So, I’m a little late today as I got up a bit later than normal.  I would normally do the blog either during breakfast or shortly afterwards, but today (in addition to picking up my car–yay!) I needed to reset my password to Hoopla, a service that my home public library, Chattanooga Public Library subscribes to and that I have access to by being a member.

What is Hoopla?

Hoopla is a streaming service that is more than just a traditional streaming service.  It allows you to borrow (for my institution) 10 items per month.  Notice that I said, items, not movies or TV shows.  It does have movies and television, like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.  However, it also has comics/graphic novelsebooksaudiobooks, and music (!).  I’ve used it before and really liked it.  What it lacks in terms of terms of hit releases (very few major releases), it makes up with breadth–there are a lot of good genre materials embedded within each of the categories.

Summer Hoopla

So, while I’ve got a ton of work to do over the summer, in terms of getting ready for my summer classes this summer, I’m going to try to catch up on reading some of the comics/graphic novels (& books) that I’ve put off over the school year.  They have quite a few Marvel graphic novels, Star Wars, Star Trek, and other properties (again, books and graphic novels, mostly, not so much with movies/television).  Still, now that I trying to integrate Popular Culture into my scholarship as a Pop. Culture scholar, I actually need some pop. culture to go with my scholarship.

I would encourage you to check out Hoopla if your library has a subscription.  If not, then you might want to see if your library has something similar.  It is a really useful service that I plan to investigate more over this summer.

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Potpourri–A Bunch of Little (& Stranger) Things

This blog post is just a random collection of little things that I’ve been working on over the past week that really don’t deserve a full blog post.

Stranger Things
So I started watching Stranger Things Season 2 over the past weekend.  Right now, I’m really enjoying it.  The first episode is reestablishing the characters and introducing new characters.  I like the vibe of the show, so far, even after only one episode.  It is like getting reacquainted with old familiar friends after a long hiatus.  There’s a lot of 80s nostalgia that is really forefront in this episode and also several new characters seem like a good mix for the show.  I can’t wait to see how it progresses.

iPhone 7
So my iPhone appears to be utterly and truly dead.  After talking with Apple, I’m going to have to take it to a local authorized Apple Dealer and see if they have a phone in stock that I can exchange with it, or if I’m going to have to wait for Apple to send me a replacement.  Ugh, very frustrating.  I’m just grateful that it was in the 1 year warranty period for the phone.  I’ll keep you up-to-date on the phone situation.  I did, by the way, have a great Technical Support experience and the Apple Advisor was very patient with me as we went through the process.  I greatly appreciated that!

Star Trek Next Generation – First Season
I’ve started STNG and the first season is much “rougher” than I remember.   I knew Worf’s prosthetics & makeup underwent a redesign, but it looks worse during the first season than I remember.  Also, many of the trademark elements that made STNG what it was were either still being formed or hadn’t yet been implemented, so the show feels like an “empty shell” rather than the rich, inventive show that I remember.

Well, that’s all for now–this post will have to be short and sweet.  Till next time!

Iphone 7 Bricked

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An example of a completely black iPhone 7 screen (mine looks exactly the same as in this image, by the way), Image Source: YouTube

Well, this sucks.  I was going to write about my experience at the writing center working on my novel, but I’ll have to save it for another time (preview: it went well & was productive, but more in a later blog post).  No, unfortunately, I find that today’s topic is that I woke up this morning to find that my 3 month old iPhone 7 is bricked.  It will not turn on, it will not charge, it will not do anything.  It is essentially a paperweight.

Color me unhappy.  I no longer upgrade the iOS immediately anymore to keep from things like this from happening.  I knew iOS 11 was out, but now I wait until the little update badge appears on the Settings icon of the phone nowadays as that usually happens when there have been one or two bug fix updates applied to the iOS.  In this case it was three: iOS 11.0.3, before it popped up to upgrade last week.

I upgraded and IMMEDIATELY noticed a drop in battery life.  I used to be able to watch YouTube and Netflix periodically throughout the day and the battery would last a day and a half.  I could get through a full day and most of the night before it needed recharging.  After the update, it needed to be charged every 6-8 hours with the same usage model, sometimes dying in the middle of the night even though it started the night on an 75%-80% charge.  I figured that this would be fixed in a future update.

Yesterday, however, battery performance was particularly bad.  I had to charge multiple times during the day, so last night, before going to bed, I plugged in the USB adapter into the wall charger and plugged in the phone hoping for a full charge in the morning (the battery indicator was on 43% and was yellow when I went to bed).  When I awoke this morning, I didn’t remember hearing the alarm, so when I rolled out of bed, I checked the phone.  Dead as a doornail.

I thought, maybe the phone overheated.  Nope.  Maybe it needed to be turned on after shutting itself off.  Nope.  Maybe I just need to reset it. Nope.  On and on, solution after solution via Google and online forums.  Nope. Nope. And Nope.  So now as I type these words I have a black paperweight of glass and plastic staring at me, refusing to even acknowledge its own existence.

And now, I’m probably going to have to miss class to try to take it into a local AT&T store to discover what the problem is and that is not something that I really want (or should have) to do as a Graduate student.  At this level, school should come first.  I buy Apple products because of the “Just works” mantra.  If that’s no longer the case, then I need to start looking around for other products that will suit my needs more capably.

Not happy, Apple.  Not happy, AT&T.  Not happy at all. 😦