TV

A Fun Thing for Long Distance Relationships

My best friend E. moved across the country for grad school. I'm immensely proud of her but I miss her and it's only been a week. However, a couple of months ago I heard about rabb.it, a website where you can video chat and watch movies or television with friends online. You can chat with up to 15 people and can watch Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and more! It's great for long-distance relationships or even collaborating for work.

So after she moved away, we tried it.

Rabbit is still in beta mode, and we had about half-an-hour's worth of trouble getting it started, but once we had everything working, it was great! We watched Zoolander on Netflix and I got to see her face and hear her voice while we were watching it together 2,500 miles apart.

We ended up getting it to work when we were both in the chat/video room in Google Chrome. I had trouble with my mic at first, but the mic worked in Skype. Then I couldn't see her, but eventually we both ended up in Chrome and everything was working. I don't know if you'll also have to be in Chrome to make it work for you or if that's just how it happened to work for us, but if you use it, you may have to play around with it.

The only thing I wish I could do would be to make the video full screen and still be able to see the person or people I'm chatting with as a little bubble in the corner, but I couldn't find a way to make that work. It's a minor thing but I'd rather her bubble block part of the screen than have both be pretty small.

She and I have plans to watch a television show later this week. I'm excited to do this with her; it's a fun way to stay in contact and keep ourselves watching our favorite shows and movies together. It's the next best thing to watching something together in the same room and this way, we don't have to click play or pause at the same time, the website takes care of that for us.

Have you tried Rabbit or a similar service? What have you thought?

Unbreakable: Kimmy Schmidt

Northwest Pearls: Unbreakable: Kimmy Schmidt

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I watched all of Unbreakable: Kimmy Schmidt twice in 9 days.

There's a new show called Unbreakable: Kimmy Schmidt, available on Netflix. I watched it last weekend when it came out and then again this weekend. There are only thirteen episodes and they're each less than half an hour long, but it's such a great show.

It's about a girl rescued from an underground cult and the show has some pretty great quotes. My best friend and I were texting the best of the quotes to each other last night. (She was also watching the show for the second time in a week.)

So here are my favorite quotes in no particular order:

  • "Stranger danger? I'm a stranger danger ranger!"
  • K: "Can you help me with math?"                    T: "Girl did you just hear me say libary?"
  • "Are we in trouble copicer?"
  • "They're coming out with a new I-Phone today which means our old ones are gonna completely-dammit!" [Phone breaks}
  • "Uretha! That's it!"
  • "I’m just a regular guy. I like NASCAR and fishing. You know, quoting Borat, setting up universal remotes."
  • "Black, gay, and old. Oh I won't even know which box to check on the hate crime form."
  • "Ariel, this thingamabob is not going to work."
  • "Things sound better with a British accent. For example: 'The dolphin died on the sidewalk.'"
  • Paintball: "The straightest of all weekend activities."
  • "I'm being bullied and I'm not even fat!"
  • "Straight men never give any indication that they're listening."
  • "You don't know what you look like? How do you know your self worth?"
  • "Hashbrown no filter."
  • "Stop the presses my paninis can wait!"
  • "Age doesn't matter, you can die at any time."
  • Ju: "My first wife..."                    Ja: "Turned fifty, I know. And I would never do that to you."
  • "2090 called, you're dead and you wasted your time on earth."
  • "It's so funny what people who have never been kidnapped think is scary!"
  • "Troll the respawn, Jeremy."

So if you have some free time, or are looking for a new show to watch on Netflix, you should watch Unbreakable: Kimmy Schmidt. It's super funny and deals with Kimmy being a survivor and not a victim.

Have you watched it? Tell me what you thought, and until next time, troll the respawn Jeremy.