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John Pasden
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I write about learning Chinese on Sinosplice, I help individuals in Shanghai learn Chinese at AllSet Learning, and I help the masses overseas learn Chinese through ChinesePod.
I write about learning Chinese on Sinosplice, I help individuals in Shanghai learn Chinese at AllSet Learning, and I help the masses overseas learn Chinese through ChinesePod.

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Still awesome.  Getting better.

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Started using images on the Chinese Grammar Wiki. You'd think grammar doesn't need pictures, but they look nice!

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So I heard about Chromecast's virtual fireplace feature, and figured I'd give it a go, since I have a Chromecast. I discovered I had to use Google Play to get the fireplace, which required me to download the Google Play "Manage Music" app and upload MP3s. I also installed the Google Play iOS app. (I don't have any Android devices.)

Apparently that's no good, though; there's no "Labs" feature on the iOS app. So I use the web app, where I can then enable the "Labs" fireplace feature. But there's no Chromecast play button in the web app.

When I try to use the Chrome extension to play to Chromecast, it tells me to use the button in the web app, but there isn't one. I'm not sure if there's supposed to be, or if this is really only supposed to work on Android devices.

This is a very disappointing user experience. I turned to Chromecast after being extremely disappointed by Airplay. I sincerely hope I'm missing something or there's just a tiny easy-to-fix glitch, but it looks like both tech giants are just really BAD at this "wireless streaming video" across multiple devices and platforms thing. I realize it's complicated, but c'mon... Google and Apple are the biggest, richest, most powerful tech companies on the planet. is it THAT hard?

I want my virtual fireplace!  :(  If anyone can help me figure this out, I'd appreciate it!
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Ah, the classic "A or B" question...

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It's not too late to join this Chinese Grammar party!
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