Netflix Recommendations (or pans)

April 17th, 2015 at 12:12:54 PM permalink
Evenbob
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Driving Miss Daisy. Heard of it many times, never
seen it. An extreme stepinfetchit Negro in the
early 50's gets a job as a chauffeur for a snooty
old Jewish woman. That's the whole movie, nothing
else happens.

They're both old at the start, 20 years later they're
older. Well acted, nice production values, it's a
movie about nothing. A snapshot in time, I guess.
Morgan Freeman does a great job as the chauffeur,
all his yas-maam's and high pitched laughing at
any and everything. Him and the old lady become
eventual friends, which is not unusual. Even in the
slavery south, the owners were usually friends with
the Blacks on the household staff. It wasn't unusual
for them to include them in their will, leaving them
things like sets of china, or bed linens.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
April 17th, 2015 at 12:24:02 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: Nareed
Seriously, there is something to be said for just turning on the TV and being able to watch a show at once, without having to navigate menus, lists and make things connect over WiFi.

Suppose your TV or set-top box, or even the streaming stick, could download an entire series and store it, maybe doing so in the wee hours when you're not using them.


Wikipedia says that broadcast TV is scheduled for digital switchover in Mexico City on November 26, 2014. Did it happen on time?

When the USA stations switched to digital a few years ago, there was enough bandwidth room to add 3 or 4 auxiliary channels in STANDARD DEFINITION only. So now a slew of new networks have popped up to recycle old TV shows, Spanish TV shows, and old Movies in standard definition. So the choices are more varied than they were a few years ago to watch with an antenna. Where I am the choices jumped from 4 to 12.

Ultimately, downloading at night will probably have to be implemented. I don't think the system can handle mass streaming of video
April 17th, 2015 at 12:54:02 PM permalink
AZDuffman
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Quote: Evenbob
Even in the
slavery south, the owners were usually friends with
the Blacks on the household staff. It wasn't unusual
for them to include them in their will, leaving them
things like sets of china, or bed linens.


Bedding must have been fairly expensive that far back as it is one of the things I see in wills fairly regularly. "Household items" might be generic, but bedding is spelled out. I have seen slaves given their freedom in a few wills as well.
The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it
April 17th, 2015 at 1:40:37 PM permalink
AZDuffman
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Quote: Pacomartin

But I don't think it will come to an end in twenty years. That is just hype.


Have to consider how literal to take him.

Some products that are "dead" you can still buy.

You can even get new products business schools teach as being extinct!

My thinking is in 20 years and maybe 10 the median age of viewers of liner TV will rise to 60 and median income will fall to <$30,000 in today's dollars. IOW, they will be old and/or broke. By then, sports will be more streamed as well.
The man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it
April 17th, 2015 at 2:01:08 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: AZDuffman
Have to consider how literal to take him.




My college roomate raised his daughters with a Black and White 13" TV that I gave him. Their mother said that TV would always be mesmerizing to children, so they were allowed to take the TV out of the closet for 1 hour per day. She felt that having nothing but a tiny B&W screen would keep the experience of watching TV at a minimal sensory overload. All of his girls grew up athletic and beautiful.
April 22nd, 2015 at 4:06:52 PM permalink
Evenbob
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Long Way Round. Stars Ewan McGregor, who takes a
trip round the world on a motorcycle with a buddy.
Pretty good for a documentary. It makes you realize
how so much of the world is still living in the early
1900's. No real roads, no electric, plowing with horses
and mules. It also makes you realize how mind
numbingly boring most of the world is. Still worth
watching though, none of it is staged.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
April 23rd, 2015 at 5:35:18 PM permalink
Evenbob
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In the last 2 episodes they are in AK and
Canada. After spending 2 months riding
across Asia, AK was a like a different planet.
You jump from 1900, right into the 21
century. They were blown away by the
products available in the big supermarkets.
They were especially enthralled by the fact
that hand guns were openly sold in the
big box stores. Right there, you can buy a 44
Magnum. Handguns are illegal in Britain,
where they live.

What really impressed them was the incredible
infrastructure in AK and Canada. They mention
it every 5min. On a motorcycle, the condition
of the road is everything. Asia might as well have
no roads, they are mud and sand and dust filled
ruts. Bridges almost don't exist, huge trucks drive
across rivers. They get to AK and everything is
paved, with wonderful bridges and overpasses.

I've always said, the strength of this country is
the infrastructure grew in every state at basically
the same rate, within decades of each other. You
don't see that in any other large country in the world.
Big cities are modern, the sticks are a hundred years
in the past in Russia and china.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
April 23rd, 2015 at 5:51:13 PM permalink
terapined
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Watched 1st season Breaking Bad.
It was entertaining but still has not hooked me.
Might watch season 2, on the fence.
The last TV series to hook me was Lost. Loved it until the crappy ending.
I was totally hooked.
I haven't found a series since Lost to get hooked on.
Thinking about cancelling Netflix when my free month is over.
Sometimes we live no particular way but our own - Grateful Dead "Eyes of the World"
April 23rd, 2015 at 5:55:34 PM permalink
Evenbob
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Quote: terapined

Thinking about cancelling Netflix when my free month is over.


If you can't find something worthwhile
to watch on Netflix, you have a serious
problem. Thousands of things to choose
from, just the documentary section blows
me away. For 26 cents a day? Unbelievable.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.
April 24th, 2015 at 12:43:19 AM permalink
Evenbob
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Big Fish. What a great movie. What a great
cast. Had me entranced for 2 hours. Of course
anything that has Helena Bonham Carter
does that to me. This movie is very close
to being a masterpiece, it's that good.
If you take a risk, you may lose. If you never take a risk, you will always lose.