After much hemming, hawing, and kvetching about the abysmal state of movies available on HBO (no, thank you, I’ve seen LOTR enough times now) we decided to bite the bullet and sign up with Netflix.
In theory this should be great—the selection is pretty darn good, the recommendations system is interesting, and there’s no driving to the video store involved.
Having a steady stream of DVDs magically appear for a monthly flat fee also allows for more experimentation in titles and removes the video store “Hmm. This could be good. Or it might suck. And then I’m out five bucks and the Man has screwed me again” conundrum. But then, perhaps that only affects cheapskates like me.
Another reason to have a steady stream of DVDs coming in is, somewhat paradoxically, television: There are some shows I would really like to see again, like for instance Band of Brothers and All Creatures Great and Small but putting down almost a hundred dollars to own a TV show is just Wrong.
The one drawback is finding the time to watch the things. Now there’ll be that little extra layer of stress, since if the movies come in and they just sit there, I’m paying $15 a month for nothing. But oh, well, that’s life on the cutting edge.
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Posted Thursday, 18 August, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.