Netflix Shares Tank

Here’s the thing, guys. No matter how much you paint this as the apocalypse, my Netflix account is still cheaper than cable, cheaper than satellite or pay-per-view, cheaper than buying or renting individual movies (even at Redbox or whatever those things are called – and don’t expect those supposedly inexpensive prices to last much longer, either). I’m paying less, and I’m actually gaining more control; like cable or satellite, there’s always something on, but unlike either of those pariahs, it’s always something I want to watch.
More importantly, despite the segregation of DVD and streaming service and the admittedly moronic switcheroos Netflix has conducted over the last couple months, their customer service remains miles ahead of anything I’ve ever received from another content provider. For the 10+ years I’ve been a subscriber, Netflix has proactively and satisfactorily addressed every conceivable issue I’ve encountered, as well as dozens I didn’t even know existed. I’ve lost count of how many times Netflix has shipped me a compensation DVD without me even realizing my next-in-queue title had been delayed, or credited my account for streaming outages I was not even aware of. AT&T can’t even transfer me to another department within its own fucking company, but Netflix treats me like I own the company.

So, there’s news on the story content for the Rise of the Hutt Cartel (Reeeally, guys? *side-eye*) expansion. World/Faction story, but no addition to the class stories. I’m gonna have to assume that means the companion arcs aren’t being appended either. I has a sad. When you get right down to it, story is why I play the game.

Also, when we had that thing back in May/June where several of the PC and companion voice actors tweeted or blogged about doing new work for the game, what were they doing, exactly?

Hour of Slack #1529 - Tuesday at X-Day with Dr. Hal, Rev. Baby Bear
  • Hour of Slack #1529 - Tuesday at X-Day with Dr. Hal, Rev. Baby Bear
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“We record two live Hours of Slack each day at the X-Day Drills, and this is the second one from the first day, with Rev. Baby Bear taking Slot 3 of the 3-slot Tarzan’s Radio Station “studio” – which is on a picnic table in an outdoor café at Wisteria Community campground. This particular episode sounds more like normal radio because we were deliberately being stupid with “jock radio sound effects” like whistles and squeak-dildoes. Baby Bear and Hal try to be upbeat despite Stang’s constant dour doomsayings and criticisms; nonetheless, it is a real nerd-out, with endless asides about old TV shows, comic books, and gaming. The discussion occasionally rises to lofty peaks, only to be immediately dragged down into the mud repeatedly. TYPICAL! One saving grace of this episode is that it has really gorgeous background music, from the coolest of sources. We’re still hard at work organizing and editing the recordings of ranters and bands, but those will be forthcoming in good time.”

Feedly do everything for free. Their website has no ads and they offer no subscription service. So, where are they getting the money to run banks of servers trawling tens of thousands of websites for RSS updates every day. They claim to be ‘self funded’. Feedly is free 'at the moment’. Now that a few million people have transferred to their service, this would be the perfect time to start charging a fee… But people would hate them for it. The public outcry would ruin their reputation. They’d be better to leave it for a few months, maybe a year. Wait until everyone is really dependent on them. Dozens of other RSS websites jostled for a chance to shine in the dying light of Google Reader, but the masses flock to the new-crowned feedly king. Wait until the alternatives fade away due to small userbases, then BAM. Monthly subscription fee. Or maybe, SLAM. “Only subscribers may have more than 100 RSS feeds tracked at once”

We’re through the looking glass here, people

Albert Langen Laments Art

From Die Kunst stirbt (Art is Dying):

“Art is dying of the masses and of materialism. It dies because the land it needs is all built up, the land of naivete and of illusions […] On each national holiday a joint toast to art and science is proposed; perhaps they mean one and the same to the idiot. But they are deadly enemies: where one of them exists, the other flees. […] We must confess that we no longer have an artistic idea […] for the first time we have entered a period without direction, without an artistic style, without a young revolutionary generation.” (qtd. in Lankheit 11)

Can you guess the year?

doomsay you are bestest friend in the whole wide world and i LOVE YOU EVEN WHEN YOU ARE SAD

you don’t bring me down you make me happy! i hope you feel better friend i am here for you. you are awesome! 10/10 anons agree with me as well
Psychic Capital: Tech and Silicon Valley Turn to Mystics for Advice
The names of the tech workers in this story have been changed. Ten thousand miles from Silicon Valley, in a room near the Black Sea,...

Doomsaying has become as unsatisfying a pastime as wondering when the drought will end.

Maybe it’s no surprise, then, that many tech workers in San Francisco turn to psychics for a glimpse of the future. Or that psychics, in turn, are rebranding themselves as spiritual therapists, executive coaches, and corporate counselors. The trend is common enough to be spoofed on HBO’s Silicon Valley, where the show’s fictional tech CEO confers with a spiritual guru. Meanwhile, real-life tech execs are increasingly candid about their spiritual hygiene: Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff endorses yoga; LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner advocates mindful meditation; and the late Steve Jobs, a student of Buddhism, was mentored by a Zen priest.

The San Francisco Yellow Pages list 128 psychics and mediums in the city; there are 141 listings for astrologers (with some overlap between the categories). In the Bay Area at large, psychics are keen to cash in on tech’s spiritual awakening.

FEATURE: “Tembo the Badass Elephant” Review: Contrary to popular belief (and my own doomsaying), platformers aren’t a dying breed… but sometimes it really feels like it. Indies practically own the genre, with everyone and their mom putting together retro-styled platformers with crafting systems, character upgrade trees, and complex, branching storylines to appeal to modern audiences. It’s really nice to see a simple, back-to-basics platformer put together by two big names. Enter Game Freak of Pokemon and Drill Dozer fame,…

FEATURE: “Tembo the Badass Elephant” Review


Big Science by Laurie Anderson was the first tape I ever bought.  I was eight when my poetry mentor Janet played me the opening track “From the Air,” whose lyrics narrate a plane’s crash landing, mixing leftfield oddities like “I’ve seen this all before; why? Because I’m a caveman” with portentous doomsaying: “Jump out of the plane. There is no pilot. You are not alone.”

With a third-grade education, I couldn’t tell you much back then about the song’s textual treatment of authority or its elusive, displaced rhythms, but knew this much: all my weirdling suspicions that chaos and bewilderment could transform us had been confirmed.  It’s why as a teenager I heard Throbbing Gristle and They Might Be Giants as two sides of the same coin, both playing terror and mischief around the edges of everything we think we know, but don’t.

About the whole Orphan works thing, regardless if there’s any truth or not

Since last week, I have been coming across conflicting things about this whole issue.

There was that video, blog posts and so forth.

I did some digging myself and the most concrete thing I’ve come across has been ‘Orphan works and mass digitization under ‘Recent Reports and studies’ dated June 4, 2015.

Then from sunday came an article blog saying there’s no reason for panic. Maybe so. But regardless of it, and having looked up past cases of an actual attempt of an Orphan Works act in such a way as said, I think regardless if this is happening or not, I do think if nothing else, to at least send your concerns via a letter to the US Copyright office. 

But that’s just me, I’ll be dead honest, I typically AVOID videos or anything with wording that can come off as alarmist/doomsaying. all that being said however, there is some concern to at least pay some mind to things political and seeing what can be done.

But for one, that is easier said than done, and as someone who’s rather disillusioned for the last 17 years of not longer over politics in general (not just in the US), for me at least, I can be a bit apathetic (or at least wanting to voice my thoughts in a fashion such as art).

But I’m going to send a letter their way regardless. My only suggestions is to be sure it makes sense, and to do so in a respective, kind manner, but also to indicate you have clear concerns to put it mildy. But also it would be a major problem if such a crappy act or law or however were to pass.

That’s my two cents on the matter.

Maybe for once I’ll be more positive next time I write something here….or not, we’ll see as always.