Someone Is Trying To Kill Me
Not literally, of course. Well, hm, maybe.
OK, Let’s Try This Again, Shall We?
|Nothing’s wrong. Each state gets two senators. Them’s the rules.|
I’m OK With This
Netflix is great. It’s wonderful. I love it. But, its streaming catalog has a decided lack of classics, independent, art, and foreign films. You know, the stuff film snobs like. Their DVD branch does have a pretty deep selection, but you have to wait for it the come in the mail and on those night when you want to watch it now, it would be nice if there was a streaming option other than paying separately to watch through iTunes, Amazon, youTube, etc.
“Oh? Tell me more?”
That’s when I found out about FilmStruck, a streaming service that offers the kinds of movies film buffs crave. It sounded perfect and we were considering signing up. Then last month, WarnerMedia announced they were shutting down FilmStruck at the end of this month. The decision was due to lower than hoped for subscriptions.
However, Hollywood didn’t like this news. Just about every big time filmmaker raised a protest and signed a petition asking WarnerMedia to reconsider. This art needs to be readily available.
Well, good news, FilmStruck (sort of) will back in the spring of 2019 as The Criterion Channel. As I understand it, it will be available as a stand alone service, but also be offered in a streaming package service offered by WarnerMedia. This is good, but even at just 10 bucks a month we might not be able to afford it. Remember, there’s that other bill that is presenting its own set of problems.
But, we’ll see.
There just doesn’t seem to be an event that happens in the world that conspiracy theorist can’t twist into some nefarious plot against humanity. The latest that I’ve seen is the massive wildfires in California aren’t really forest fires. They’re an attack by “them” using directed energy weapons ate select neighborhoods in that west coast state.
Those of us without a conspiratorial mindset can look at this latest conspiracy to see excellent examples of anomaly hunting and the Dunning-Kruger Effect. These people just don’t know that they don’t know enough about wildfires to know they shouldn’t make declarations such as there is a death ray in the sky. They don’t understand why houses made of dry materials would burn, while living trees filled with water wouldn’t. Huh. It’s a head scratcher.
Mick West of Metabunk gives a quick demonstration to explain why houses burned while trees didn’t.
Here are a couple memes created by the anomaly hunters to suggest a great conspiracy:
|Just ignore the burnt trees. And do you see the above ground swimming pool (center, lower half of picture)? Why didn’t it burn?|
|And why didn’t those two houses on the lower left not burn? They most belong to the conspirators!|
1) Stan “The Man” Lee died this past week. That’s not what’s cool. I blogged about my reaction to the news of his death, touching on how he changed comic books (and the world). Stan’s legacy is very cool.
|Crow? Cat? Hmmmm|
“Which truck has the best…”
“Chevy!” It’s Chevy. You’re the guy in the ads that have been running for the last – what? – five years? You guys really need a new ad campaign.”
Music heard on the show…
First ad break bumpers: ‘Next Position Please‘ by Cheap Trick & ‘Epic‘ by Faith No More
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