Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Will work for Netflix

I work a regular job, for money, for which I am very grateful, because it is the means by which I obtain things I need, like food and shelter, and Netflix. 

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Film personality test

Ben Tesch says:
It’s not strange to disagree about movies that are wildly different, and there are surely a few random movies that are very polarizing. What I find most interesting is which movie people consider the best movie from a particular director, as it is usually very telling and polarizing in a different way, so to this point I will propose a new personality test where you reblog your favorite movie from each of these directors:

1. Joel Coen: No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, The Hudsucker Proxy, Miller’s Crossing, Raising Arizona, etc
2. Wes Anderson: The Darjeeling Limited, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Royal Tennenbaums, Rushmore, Bottle Rocket, etc
3. Hal Ashby: Being There, Shampoo, Harold and Maude, etc
4. Kevin Smith: Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Dogma, Chasing Amy, Mallrats, Clerks, etc
5. Quentin Tarantino: Grindhouse, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, etc

My results:

Joel Coen: Raising Arizona
Wes Anderson: Darjeeling Limited (I haven't seen Bottle Rocket)
Hal Ashby: Being There
Kevin Smith: Chasing Amy
Quentin Tarantino: Reservoir Dogs

Via Listology

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Faster than Netflix!

Wow, that was fast! I posted my promo codes here, then Mike at Hacking Netflix linked to my post, and within hours, I received four bonus rental vouchers on my Netflix account.

Has it worked for you yet?

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

More One Month Free Trial Cards from Netflix

These Netflix promo codes expire October 31, 2008. Each code can be used only once. You must be a new member. Limit one per household. The free trial lasts one month. At the end of the trial, Netflix will begin to bill our payment method. No refunds or credits for partial months.


I dislike the glue which they used to hold the cards to the mailer this time. When I removed the cards from the paper, it removed some of the fine print from the back of each card.

I will receive one bonus disc voucher for each new customer who signs up using one of the priority codes provided. The voucher will appear in my queue. I must redeem the voucher for the disc to ship. I am limited to five bonus discs. All bonus discs plus one plan disc must be returned for the next shipment.

Post your priority codes in the comments, if you want bonus discs too.

Netflix Movie Watching World Championship: The Quest for the Popcorn Bowl

Some sleep-deprived folks are going to try to watch movies for more than 5 days in a row, continuously, in order to set a new world record for movie-watching. In Times Square. Sponsored by Netflix, of course. The prizes are great. If I could stay awake for more than 120 hours, I would go for it, but I value my sleep too much. After watching movies, my second favorite thing to do is sleep.

The longest I've ever continuously watched movies was probably at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, when I was watching movies from 8 AM to 10 PM. Even so, the most consecutive movies I watched was only five.

Via Cinematical.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

"Land of no return"

This Slate Magazine online reader poll asks "What unwatched Netflix rental have you kept unwatched the longest?" Poll closes Tuesday, September 5, and they promise to "offer some strategies for avoiding the land of no return."

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Thanks for all the bonus discs!

Thanks to those of you who signed up for Netflix using one of my trial codes, I received 5 bonus rentals.

If you posted your promo codes here, and you want to see how many bonus rentals you received, check "membership terms and details" under "your account" on Netflix.com.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

What powers the Netflix Player?

HotHardware interviews the Roku VP of Consumer Products, Tim Twerdahl, about what's inside the Netflix Roku player. He confirms there is no hard drive, only flash memory. It runs a version of Linux on an NXP core processor. They are also going "to seek out other content providers to put their content on the Roku box."

They are sold out and on about a two-week back-order.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

My Netflix Player is here. Now what?

I've received my Netflix Roku today! Just as they say, it was a breeze to set up. The hardest part is deciding what to watch first!

I also received two Netflix DVDs in the mail.

What I should do is watch and return my DVDs before using the Netflix Player to watch movies instantly. Oh, if only I could call in sick tomorrow!

I'll never be able to cancel Netflix. Never.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

My Netflix player is coming!!

I'm so excited, I can hardly stand it!! I just ordered a Netflix Player from Roku! I can't wait for it to arrive. The second I learned about it on Hacking Netflix, I had to have one!! I might never watch a DVD again. This little box will allow me to watch Netflix instantly on my regular TV, via my home WiFi Internet connection. I won't be tied to my computer any more. I have 56 movies in my Watch Instantly queue, but I'll be adding more soon.

This means it won't matter if I have a Mac or a PC, I'll be able to Watch Now without my computer at all!

Wow, this signals the end of an era for me. No more cable TV, no more broadcast TV, no more DVR, no more DVDs. Well, maybe not yet. There are still 444 movies in my queue that are available only on DVD.

I will let you know how it works.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

One month free trial cards from Netflix

I received four one month free trial cards by mail from Netflix, with priority codes.

For each of you that uses one of these codes, I'll get a bonus disc. For each activated card, I'll see a "Bonus Disc" button appear in my queue for each new member.

If you received these in the mail, feel free to post your codes in the comments. Maybe you'll get bonus discs too.

I have to share my promo codes this way, because all my real-life friends and family are already Netflix members!

If you've never joined before, click on Netflix Tell A Friend and enter one of the following codes. If these codes don't work, check the comments for more.


This offer ends June 15, 2008.

Friday, May 02, 2008

One month free Netflix

For new members only. Try this link. Expires 06/15/08.

I got it in an email. This time, there's no promo code or coupon code, just a button to click in the email. I've tried to extract what I think is the relevant information from the URL. Let me know in the comments if it doesn't work. When I click it, it redirects me to my home page, since I'm already a member. You might have to delete your Netflix cookie to see it.

Monday, April 28, 2008


Paul Lamere, a researcher at Sun Labs, collects Freakomendations, which are wacky recommendations from Netflix or Amazon. For example, "Because you enjoyed The Killers, Netflix thinks you will like The Looney Tunes Golden Collection".

Monday, April 21, 2008

Create your own remote control!

NoviiMedia makes software which you can put on your mobile device to turn it into a universal remote control for your TV, DVD player, Tivo, or sound system. I love it!

My Palm T|X is turning out to be a great investment. It's like having a universal remote, calendar, alarm clock, to-do list, music player, photo storage, deck of cards, phone book, address book, library, note pad, Web browser, and world atlas in my pocket. All except a phone.

Your laptop can do these things except it doesn't fit in your pocket.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Dude has over a thousand Netflix friends!

I just made Robowriter a Fave, which means I'm a Fan, not a Friend, since he's a stranger to me. He has rated 13,132 titles on Netflix, written 486 reviews, made 148 lists, and he is 50% similar to me. His reviewer rank is an astonishingly low 14. My favorite thing about Fave Robowriter, is his exhaustive lists in which he categorizes movies very specifically. For example, he's making a list of all movies in which the Wilhelm Scream is used.

Sunday, April 06, 2008


From a comment on my blog, I learned about FeedFlix, a handy place to share your Netflix Queue and reviews with anybody (even if they aren't Netflix members). As far as I can tell, they have less than a hundred users signed up, but if they ever get a substantial number, the data could be really useful. The FeedFlix feature that's most interesting to me is that you can see who else is watching or waiting for the same movies you are. It's totally anonymous. All you have to share is your Netflix Queue RSS feed link, and FeedFlix keeps your page updated. My page is http://feedflix.com/netflixfan.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Netflix recommends I watch ZERO 258 movies

I don't know if it's the new design of the Netflix Web site, but all suggestions have disappeared. I used to have about 200, because I've rated over 2000 titles. Maybe they've been reset. When I rated the last movie I returned, the number jumped to ten.

***UPDATED 3/30/08 I just noticed, all my Netflix suggestions are back!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

VHS all gone

I found a home for the remainder of my used VHS tapes, via the Greensboro Freecycle Network (TM). Freecycling is like a Craigslist for household discards that are otherwise headed for the landfill, the dump, etc. It is stuff that might not be worth the trouble to buy or sell, but someone out there would take it off your hands for free. Like small amounts of scrap, broken appliances, obsolete technology, clothing, etc. You can request what you need, or offer what you have. Then folks reply if they have it or want it. You never know what a stranger might value that you find worthless. I think it's great that my tapes didn't end up in the trash.

Freecycling reminds me of a good documentary I got from Netflix: The Gleaners and I. Gleaning, which is picking up other peoples' castoffs and leftovers, or recycling, is one way for the poor to get what they need at the same time we protect the environment from waste. We should make more gleaning opportunities available in America.

In Leviticus 19:9 and 10, God commands us "When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God."

Peerflix is shutting down

CNET News.com reports that "The DVD swapping service Peerflix is closing, according to an e-mail sent to users this evening. The service enabled its members to request DVDs from other members. It let users print prepaid fold-it-yourself mailing containers on 8x11-inch paper, and charged a fee for each swap."

This doesn't surprise me a bit. If you don't want to keep the movie, but just watch it, then swapping movies doesn't make sense when you can rent them so much faster and easier from Netflix, and no one can compete with the selection Netflix has.

However, I am sad whenever an entrepreneur fails.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Every Movie Available From Netflix On Demand

Jon Dyer’s Blog has a list of Every Movie Available From Netflix On Demand which is very, very handy. It represents alot of work on the part of Jon Dyer. I hope he can keep it updated, but Netflix should make such a list available or at least make it possible to search for movies according to whether they are available on demand.

via Hacking Netflix

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Netflix apparel turns heads

I get interesting reactions when I wear this Netflix fleece top I bought on eBay. I'm the only one I've ever seen wearing Netflix-branded clothing in public in Greensboro. Without exception, people assume I work for Netflix. The sales associate at Best Buy offered me a deal on a TV if I could get him free Netflix. I say no, I don't work for Netflix, but I tell them about my blog.

I wish Netflix would sell this stuff directly to consumers. Why don't they?

Video tapes saga

I found a recipient for many of my used videotapes. A friend of mine took all my Babylon 5 episodes and a few of the movies.

Friday, February 15, 2008

DVD killed the Video star

Since I joined Netflix, I have bought about 50 videotapes of movies which still aren't on DVD. Some of my pre-recorded videotapes are worth selling or donating, but hundreds more contain TV series and movies recorded from TV (ie: every episode of Babylon 5 and Xena: Warrior Princess).

Now that DVD has killed the VHS, what are you going to do with all those old videotapes? I don't want to dump them in the landfill, so I looked into my recycling options.

I was researching this issue on the Web, when I came across this list of videotape recycling companies. Unfortunately, they are all on the Left Coast. There is Tropical Media, a company in Burbank, CA, which recycles VHS, Beta, etc. GreenDisk, in Washington State, has a mail-in service for recycling all sorts of "technotrash", any computer-related waste, but they charge by the pound, and you pay shipping.

Elsewhere, there is Lacerta, in Massachusetts, but you have to call or email for a quote. Sounds like it's not for consumers.

Shred-It looks like just what I need. They have branches all over, and one is in Greensboro (Burlington, actually). They have a call-in shredding service, which shreds while you wait, and they shred all sorts of media, not just paper. But I still have to call or email for a quote.

I wish I could find a more convenient way to recycle.

What have you done with your old tapes?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

My Netflix anniversary

It was over four years ago that I joined Netflix. Since we've been together so long, we take each other for granted. So much so, that I forgot to celebrate our anniversary on January 13. But I'm still a fan! So here is a hug and a kiss on Valentine's Day to all you fine folks at Netflix.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Glossary of Netflix Fanatic terms

My favorites are "notflixing", which means renting a movie, but not watching it, and "queue-mongering", which means filling your queue with movies you have no intention of watching.

My own contribution, is "lackaflixaphobia"--the delibilitating fear of not having a Netflix in the mailbox, especially right before a holiday or long weekend.

Inspired by Terminology for the Netflix Fanatic - The Big Noob

Via Hacking Netflix

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Account hold better than canceling

The Account Hold feature of Netflix is new to me. If you're too busy to watch your movies, or you're feeling Netflixia, you don't have to cancel. If you put your account on hold instead, they will stop sending you movies and stop billing you, but they won't stop you from using the Netflix Web site. You can start up again any time.

Account Hold is good for only 90 days. After that, you have to cancel or resume.

I've never used this feature. Have you?

Via BrentEvans by way of LifeHacker

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

How many movies did you get from Netflix in 2007?

I saw only 263 movies in 2007. It was a slow year. The year before, I saw 473. This is how 2007 breaks down:

Netflix sent me 106 movies,

SilverScreenArchive sent me 65,

Classicflix sent me 2,

I saw 67 in a theatre, on the big screen,

and 23 from other sources, like eBay, Amazon, a dollar store, or Redbox, Video Review.

I managed to avoid Blockbuster and Hollywood Video entirely.

Thank you, Netflix!