Monday, October 10, 2011

Spandex City.

Netflix streaming has problems beyond branding and price.

I find it lacking in info. They show me the movie box, and a short summary of the plot, and a less than useful rating system. (*** or below, really are like * star.)

But what I really want to know is: Who are the actors, the director and the date of the movie.

It also seems like every time I actually search for a specific movie, it isn't available.

After all these years of hearing how great Netflix is, it was quite a letdown.


I kind of like this gloominess. I don't know why. If I was in Eugene or Salem or Portland, I might not like it because it never ends. Or maybe it's just the change.

It makes me want to nest. Read. Write. Watch movies....


As much as it isn't my thing, I have to admit that Bend has an impressive amount of Spandex and Nylon.

Bikers and runners.


Going to try to write another chapter today.

The more I write, the more I see how much I need to write.

I put on the blinders to do this; writing through the doubt. Just gonna do it.



So we were better off in the Depression?

I know that's not what the front page article in the Bulletin today really says -- but, as far as the future is concerned -- it appears we may well have been better off in the Great Depression.

Incomes drop after the Great Recession? Well, that seems obvious to me, as well. The so called recovery only seems to be helping the well off.

Occupy Wall Street!


Combine that with the article on how educational software seems to be less effective than planned.

Forgive my old-fogginess, but I'm not surprised.

Read, my dear students. Read. Read everything you can as often as you can.

Good books take time and they have depth and they are complex and they are also fun and engrossing. Keep reading until you find the book that has the above characteristics.

That's how you learn.


Andy Z said...

I wouldn't discount Netflix. The reason people are so pissed about them mucking with the brand is that we've come to love it and count on it. It's right up there with the public library.

You just don't see those kinds of reactions to most corporate announcements.

Also, all of that info is available when you roll over a title.

H. Bruce Miller said...

"I kind of like this gloominess."

Bet you won't be liking it quite as much by June.

H. Bruce Miller said...

I often have trouble with losing the signal when I stream Netflix movies. I have a high-speed cable modem, a state-of-the-art wireless router and a supposedly high-quality receiver / DVD player (Sony) so I'm not sure what the problem is. Netflix tech support is almost nonexistent, and Bend Broadband tech support has been no help.

H. Bruce Miller said...

"I have to admit that Bend has an impressive amount of Spandex and Nylon. Bikers and runners."

Cuts circulation to their brains. Makes 'em stupid.

Duncan McGeary said...

"Bet you won't be liking it quite as much by June."

Oh, I agree.

Anonymous said...

Bruce, Bruce, Bruce,

To what worthwhile end was your ignorant comment: "Cuts circulation to their brains. Makes 'em stupid.".

With that moronic comment you established your intellectual cred at less than zero.

Sad, very sad.

Maybe you should start wearing Spandex and Lycra as not wearing it has shown you could use some relief from hitting yourself so often with the "stupid stick".

Anonymous said...

There is round about ways to navigate netflix and to optimize finding content.

that site works pretty well.

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Duncan McGeary said...


I love my blue jeans and t-shirts.

I know my size, easy to buy, get my t-shirts at wholesale at my store.

Copying? Every once in a while the average joe gets it right.

I find them very comfortable and easy.

H. Bruce Miller said...

Dunc: Yeah, the jeans-and-T-shirt uniform is fine for those who like to blend in with the herd.

H. Bruce Miller said...

I think I should start wearing a tuxedo around town just to give the yokels something to talk about. Or maybe a swallow-tail coat and a silk top hat. Yeah, that's the ticket.

H. Bruce Miller said...

Bike Bend: I was just seeing if I could get members of "the biking community" riled up. I could.

Duncan McGeary said...

Thing I finally realized about myself.

I'll never blend in, even if I try.

Anonymous said...

re: your "I was just seeing if I could get members of "the biking community" riled up. I could."

Sorry to disappoint you but I don't make up the entirety of "the biking community" nor did you get me "riled up".

What you actually did was demonstrate - again sadly - your childishness and closed-minded negative side. Take a deep breath Bruce, look in the mirror, and see if that's who you really want to be. It's never too late to make changes you know.