We start filming Monday. When I think about the mall pet store where I was born, my tiny jet black eyes fill with tears. I will never forget the day my mother—who was also born in a mall pet store, as was her mother before her—looked at me and said, “Cashew, I heard Netflix is going to start creating original, subscriber-only programming.” I said, “Mother, what an incredibly complex idea to get across with high-pitched squeaks,” and she said, “My beloved Cashew! All creatures intuitively understand the concept of high quality on-demand programming.” I promised one day I’d make her proud. Now that day has come. [...]
The other S C A N D A L of the week: What Netflix Does catalogues terrible Netflix aspect ratio zooming. Netflix swears that this doesn't happen, except they also swear that they stamp it out whenever they see it occurring, so it does.
Shut in? Cooped up? In for the long haul? Well start enjoying the TV while you still have power! Let's indulge together. UPDATED!
• The entire Brideshead Revisited. It is ELEVEN EPISODES LONG and it is so fantastic. Really, just so enjoyable. There's two whole episodes that take place on a pitching ocean liner! And the best gay sidekick in history.
• "Alias" season one. Did you somehow not watch "Alias," as I did not? Well finally, FINALLY, they released the early seasons to the wild. Everyone's telling me to stop halfway through season 2 but of course I will not. I will abandon the show on MY terms. Spoiler: [...]
43. Dysfunctional Family TV Dramas 42. Dark Biographical 20th Century Period Pieces 41. Classic Goofy Musicals 40. Critically-acclaimed Underdog Dramas 39. Suspenseful Spy Movies Based on Real Life 38. Quirky Crime TV Shows 37. Feel-good Opposites-Attract Movies 36. Revenge Movies 35. Gory Action & Adventure 34. Romantic Gay & Lesbian Coming-of-age Movies 33. Critically-acclaimed Nature & Ecology Documentaries 32. Gritty Conspiracy Movies 30. Controversial Courtroom Movies 31. Campy Prison Movies
Remember when Wired was telling us the "web" was dead or whatever? (When, in terms of volume delivered, it grew seven-fold between 2005 and 2010.) Well, frightening new development! Half of North America's web use (or "internet use"; we're being bad with terminology) is "real time entertainment." What's that mean? It means Netflix is 30% of all downstream traffic. (For comparison, YouTube is only 10%.) Now, don't panic: video is "bigger" than text, duh, so just because all internet traffic for pulling websites to you nifty computer is only 18% of total use, well, remember that websites are "smaller." But soon you will be getting your websites [...]
Nextflix is eating up the Internet, but that seems a small price to pay to have Season 2 of "The IT Crowd" available for streaming any time I want.