I’m a fan of The Ranch

I never thought I would say that I’m a fan of this show but here we are. It has all the ingredients for something that I would automatically dislike. Rednecks who are Republican-minded, not fans of Obama, and are into country music. Yet despite that, I now find myself 2 episodes in season 2 (Part 2) and I thought let me take a breather and talk about it.

The show has a stellar cast, starring Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson (both of that 70’s Show fame), Debra Winger and Sam Elliot as the Bennetts. They are a family of cattle Ranchers down on their luck. Ashton Kutcher is the prodigal son who comes back after a failed semi-pro football career and is figuring out his life at the age of 34. He left the family 15 years prior to pursue said football career and now has to come with grips of that decision by convincing his stoic man of the earth father Beau (played by Sam Elliot) and smart ass talking older brother. Adding to the dynamic, is Debra Winger, the matriarch, who moved out of the ranch to run her bar and live in an Airstream trailer but yeah comes back every so often for a booty call with dear old dad.

It makes for a riveting family dynamic that keeps me coming despite some of the aspects that I would normally abhor and stay away from. The writing is just that good. What actually got me made me think to give this show a show was a recent interview that Ashton Kutcher had with Stephen Colbert. After wowing me with his venture capitalist investment stories he mentioned that he was in this show that was in the vein of the old Roseanne sitcom of the 80s with that blue collar dynamic. I was a fan of Roseanne in my youth and that was the seed that finally grew roots and made me finally check the show out.

I’m glad I did. Like I said, 2 days later and 12 episodes deep, I’m invested in the Bennetts plight and wish them the best.

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Typing with my iPad

I recently got myself an iPad and wireless keyboard as my Xmas gift and figured why not test it out as a supplement to my computer when I don’t have it with me. Thus far I’m enjoying the keyboard that I got based on a review I read. It’s a great little keyboard made by Microsoft and feels almost as good as a laptop keyboard. More importantly it was extremely affordable ($39.99).

Currently I’m using the WordPress app to type this away and am also testing out the split screen feature to test how well I can multitask in comparison to a fully functional computer.

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Thus far multitasking between Safari and the WP app was pretty seamless, though it’s still more convenient to do these things on a computer. Also it seems to take forever to upload photos on the post via the app.

After waiting for what seemed like an extremely long time I decided to just log on to WordPress via Safari like I would on a regular computer and was able to post a picture with ease. This was definitely eye-opening. It seems the web, even if it’s mobile web, is still more functional than web apps despite the arguments to the contrary.

All in all, not a bad first start with this experiment. Tune in when I start using the Stylus I bought by 53, as a supplement to  a pencil and drawing pad. I’m trying to get back to my old hobby of drawing and may spur on an old childhood dream to become a cartoonist (though I still feel that is far fetch).

Enjoying Amazon Prime Programming

So it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been thinking what plans do I have in store for this blog or for blogging in general. In the meantime as I’ve mentioned in the past I’ve been gorging on media consumption. And what a feast it has been for 2014 and the beginning of 2015. I finally went back to Amazon Prime to see the second season of Alpha House which is a great political comedy about for Republican Senators that share a house together in DC. It’s written by Gary Trudeau of comic strip Doonesbury fame and it’s as good as it’s ever been. 

Another great new Amazon show that I discovered is called Mozart in the Jungle.

In this show, you follow a cast of zany characters that make up the New York Philharmonic. There newest Maestro “Rodrigo” has some interesting and radical ideas and brings his new home into a crazy and wild ride that has everyone wonder if he knows exactly what he’s doing or if they should bring back the former Maestro “Thomas Pembridge”. There are of course other subplots in this show. We follow Hailey, an oboist whose dream is to join the prestige classical music symphony but is still fresh and is also harshly criticized by senior oboist, Betty.

It’s a fun comedy that brings you into the world of classical music, union battles, the chemistry of everyone involved in the symphony and what it takes to keep a concert hall running.  I highly recommend this as a must watch.

On to the other critically reviewed Amazon show, Transparent.