The YouTube Premium conundrum. The other day I decided that I could afford YouTube Premium and it would be worth my while since the constant ad breaks aggravate me. On the web I found that I could sign up for $13.99/month, or $139.99/year. Given that I watch YouTube mostly through an AppleTV box, I went to sign up for a year through the YouTube app on my iPad. On my iPad the only subscription option I was presented was for $18.99/month. WTF? My initial thought was this was a 30% “Apple Tax” for signing up using an iOS device, but the math doesn’t work and I am certain that Google doesn’t pay Apple 30% for subscriptions which occur using iOS devices. So, I balked because I feared that I wouldn’t be able to use the feature via my AppleTV box if I signed up via the web, and $18.99/month is more than I am willing to pay. I think that I will sign up for the monthly subscription via the web, and cancel immediately if I am unable to watch the videos without ads on my iPad and AppleTV.

Not too much going on. My back still hurts. I think the next step will be a doctor visit, perhaps followed up by a chiropractor? Mo money. Mo money. Mo money. Perhaps I can’t afford YouTube Premium after all…

I finally cleared off the dining room table and have started a new, and admittedly relatively easy, jigsaw puzzle.

Yesterday I tried to check out a book from the Dekalb Library System. By the way, if you have a library card and a digital device, you must check out the Libby app. The book I wanted is written by a Scottish comedian named Fern Brady (Steve, any relation? Haha). To my happy surprise the library has it. To my unhappy surprise it will be approximately six weeks before my turn to check it arrives as there is a queue waiting to read it. Who knew?

Have a great weekend everyone.

Wordle: three, my starter was RIDGE
Connections: perfect, Green > Yellow > Purple > Blue

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26 Responses to 2023-01-12

  1. Sally says:

    Wordle in 4 starting with POISE. Perfect Connections: Green, Yellow, Blue, Purple.

    Nice easy run this morning and off to work. Have to be at work tomorrow at 7 am as we have a group run sponsored by Adidas then I will head to Fort Mountain State Park for the week-end.

    Catch ya on Monday! 🙂

  2. Sal says:

    Wishing Bob a happy birthday!

  3. Steve says:

    Wordle in 4 and Connections finally.

    30 minutes on the trainer done, as hopefully we will be heading to Greensboro once madam arises.

    A lovely dinner with David at our favorite sushi joint. Thanks for meeting us.

    House is semi-clean for the farm sitter.


  4. Jenka says:

    Painters primed and did the first coat yesterday, it looks GREAT! It’s kind of a soft white. The house was built 110 years ago when they needed it to stay cool naturally so it’s built DARK. The last people had painted the interior like a dark beige. This soft white brightens everything up wonderfully! They will finish painting today and then put all of our furniture back, I hope.

  5. Jenka says:

    Happy birthday, Bob!

  6. Bob says:

    Thanks for the birthday wishes! It’s a skip day so burger and beers for me tonight!!! 🙂

    Good choice on YouTube premium and get it through the app for $14. You should be able to play it on any device. Crazy that Apple would charge extra for it.

    Wordle in 3 using REACT
    Perfect connections only because purple was last, purple is always such a mind bender.

    • I don’t think it’s Apple. They have a standard 30% cut on all app sales, but it’s widely known that the Big Boys — Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, etc — don’t pay anywhere near that. It’s a mystery.

      Enjoy your birthday spoils!

    • David says:

      Happy birthday, Bob! I hope it’s a great one.

  7. Barb says:

    4 days of DRY January – but tonight we are meeting friends for Mexican food, so there will be margaritas.
    Its so easy for me to not drink at home.

    Saturday the walkabout is Westside Beltline & then to Wild Leap’s new place downtown.
    (if anyone is interested – let me know, I can send you the details)
    There will be a beer or 2 consumed then.

  8. David says:

    I had a fun breakfast at Buttermilk Kitchen in Buckhead this morning. Four of us that worked together in commercial real estate back in the day (overlapping periods been the 80s to early 00s) met up and had a reunion of sorts. I’ve kept in loosely in touch with everyone over the decades, and it’s always such a gift to not see someone for an indeterminate amount of time and just pick up where you left off as if it had only been yesterday.

    Wordle in 3, I don’t have the mental bandwidth for Connections today. My brother is flying into day to spend a week. He’s going to help me paint my bedroom and my daughter’s bedroom. The handyman I hired patched all of the holes, so we’re ready to hit the ground running.

  9. Barb says:

    its a Conniptions day for me – got green & blue & then gave up

    but – wordle in 3 at least

  10. Debbie says:

    It’s a lovely day for a drive. Not. Steve has already declared that we’re going home via I-20 versus the perpetually under construction 85.

    Wordle in 5 and just barely made it a winning Connections day. Phew!

    Happy Birthday Bob!

  11. Barb says:

    watching the 2nd of the Harlan Coben Netflix mini series – I think I like the twists & turns – if & when we roadtrip again, might have to listen to one of these books.

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