The next time someone suggests you take a dietary supplement, or a plant or herb extract, or tells you to eat, drink, apply on your skin, inhale, or do anything with the argument that it's natural, remember this:
NATURE HATES YOU
Almost everything that comes from nature will kill you. All animals would prefer that you die, all plants are toxic, and it's only through a long evolutionary process that you are barely capable of digesting any vegetables.
There is a reason why we take aspirin instead of chewing bark, and why we cook meat before we eat it. Freaking potatos are toxic if eaten raw.
Give parsley to a parrot, give chocolate to a dog, give celery to a cat, give hemlock to you: DEAD. Because all around you is trying to kill you. All the time.
Nature is not a mother, nature is actively hostile to you and will be happy to make your life as hard, brief and painful as possible. Man has changed that. Saying "oh, but this is natural" is an indictment, a warning sign.
Raw foodists, paleo diet advocates, herbal-supplement-chuggers: you are all the beneficiaries of a long history of knowing what is semi-safe to eat because everything else will kill you.
I will not eat anything nature gives me until it has been carefully tested by men and science. Because science is good and nature is evil.
I had read the first couple of Heirs of Alexandria books years ago, and saw this one for free at Baen.Since I had rather fond memories of those first, I gave this one a chance.
Suppose you wanted to have free TV. Suppose by that you mean series, not movies or news (both of which you can get in other ways).
Also, suppose you want to have it on your actual TV. Also, that you don't mind breaking IP laws. Well, this is how I would do it, if that was the case.
First: get hardware.
You need a general computational device with TV connectors and lots of storage. Like, say, a Mele A1000 or A2000 running android, and a SATA disk. This will cost you around $150 or so.
The Mele has HDMI, VGA and composite, so it can connect to pretty much anything that can display images. You could even use a 64GB SD card instead of a SATA drive if you want to go cheaper.
Second: choose some series.
You could go to ShowRSS create an account and just choose series you like. ShowRSS would then provide you with a nice RSS feed updated as your shows are uploaded.
You could even choose between SD and HD versions.
Third: get the episodes.
You would need a BitTorrent client that supports this:
Choosing the destination folder (uTorrent for android doesn't)
RSS Feeds with autodownload
For example: aDownloader
If you are using the Mele and the SATA drive, there is a bug in aDownloader where it can't write to the SATA disk. You can fix it if you have root and some patience.
Fourth: get a good video player.
You want one that:
Has HW decoding
Has SW audio decoding (a mele-specific issue)
Supports many video formats
Supports subtitles, if you need them
For example: MX Player
Fifth: get subtitles.
If you ever watch something that is not in your native language, you also want something that automatically gets subtitles for your videos. For example Subloader
How well would this work? Well, it would take roughly 5 minutes to download a show in SD or 15 minutes to download it in HD on a 10Mbps internet link.
It would let you play them in your own time.
It would let you see shows before they air in your country, and even if they will never air there.
It is also illegal as all hell, so don't do it.
Continues the stories of the first volume, of course.