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Internet Fails

March 25, 2012


I like the new show with Ashley Judd, Missing. It's action packed and emotional like 24.

There was an actor in the second episode that I recognized, but couldn't place. I went to IMDb to look him up.

This is what I found:

Cast of Missing

NOT the full cast. I looked all over for the full cast list and couldn't find one. I was on my iPhone, so I thought it was a mobile problem. Some sites and apps have goofy filters for mobile. I guess it's to keep data transfer lower, but it's annoying.

When I looked on the full, desktop site, though, I only found the same list.

I resorted to searching DuckDuckGo.com and found the show on Wikipedia which told me that actor I was looking for is Joaquim de Almeida. Oddly enough, when I looked at him on IMDb, there was an entry for Missing. So why is he missing on the Missing page? Fail.


I was in Vivian, Louisiana on St. Patrick's Day. I saw Tom's Market where they filmed the exterior shots of the grocery store in Stephen King's The Mist.

Tom's Market

It got me wanting to watch The Mist. So I searched Netflix on my iPhone to put it on my queue, if available.

I couldn't find a trace of it. I searched for Stephen King, too, and it didn't appear in his list of movies. Again, I thought it was a mobile device problem, so I searched on my desktop. Still no trace.

This is odd because Netflix used to have a page for any movie I was looking for even if they don't offer it for streaming or DVD. You could even put it on an "I want to watch it when you get it" list.

I'm only subscribed to Netflix streaming and I noticed that all the movies I saw on there were available for streaming. I logged out of Netflix and searched. There it was, The Mist, available on DVD.

So this must mean Netflix filters out non-streaming movies to streaming customers. This is dumb because if I want to see a movie badly enough, I'll sign up for the DVD service. But only if I know the movie is available on DVD! Fail.

Have you Experienced This?

Have you come across this behavior anywhere on the web?

Something I Saw in Texarkana

The Leaning Tree at Spring Lake Park

The famous lake and leaning tree as I sing about in The Lake and the Leaning Tree.

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The River

February 12, 2012

I watched the pilot of "The River." TV seems to be trending toward more scary/creepy TV series that push the envelope. Maybe this one doesn't push the envelope too much, but it's scarier than any TV series I've ever seen. I suspect "American Horror Story" might be scarier given that it's set in a house rather than an Amazon jungle that I'll never visit.

The thing about scary shows with supernatural events is they can make the rules up as they go. In "The River," it feels like a stretch when the characters figure out the rules under pressure and quickly enough to dig themselves out of a deadly situation.

I'll keep watching.

Incidentally, every time I think about this show, that line from Rush's "Tom Sawyer" pops into my head: The river (ba dum ba duuuum, ba doo be doo be, ba dum ba duuuum....).

Reasons not to immediately toss boxes or put laundry away

Cats in Boxes

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Sweet Hostage

December 22, 2011

I bought a movie from the Warner Archive that I thought I would never see again. Sweet Hostage stars Linda Blair and Martin Sheen (who looks a lot like his son, Emilio Estevez in this). Sheen escapes from a mental hospital and kidnaps Blair. She falls in love with him. It made quite an impression on me. It's been about 35 years since I've seen it, and I still remember the title, premise and some details.

Do you remember any obscure movies from that long ago?

Something From Facebook

Deep Fried Planet (Facebook Post)

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NaSoAlMo 2011, Day 15

November 15, 2011

This is the halfway point of NaSoAlMo. I'm ahead of the game, but I don't have near as much free time in the second half of the month.

Last night, I was suffering from a bad (or maybe sad) attitude. Tonight, I felt much better. I had a better day at work. I felt better physically. And I left work an hour early so I had more time to do music.

I tackled the mix of NaSoAlMo 01: Count the Sunrises. I felt like there was something missing in the chorus so I added a simple cymbal and high hat groove. I find this part of the process to be very tedious and frustrating. I can work for an hour on the mix and think it's perfect, then export it and put it through the mastering process. Mastering is the final polish and I don't claim to understand it... I just have some buttons to push and sliders to slide until it sounds good. It usually makes the song louder. The mastering part can emphasize things in the mix I didn't intend to emphasize. So then I have to go back to the mix and make changes.

The drum software I have takes minutes to load. So even if I have one tiny thing I want to do (like bring the vocal down a decibal), I still have to wait minutes for the drums to load before I can export it to do the mastering. Frustrating.

THEN... after I master again, I might decide it sounds good. But then when I listen in the car, something else sounds wrong, so it's back to the drawing board. I've learned that if I hear something wrong when I listen on my main computer, though, to just leave it. Even though other people's music sounds good on my computer, my music always sounds like crap. shrug

As I write this, I've got a mastered version that I like, but I haven't listened in the car yet. I will put it in my iPhone and listen in the car tomorrow.

Something I Started Watching Today

Highlander - I'm 45 minutes in, and I can't count the number of times I've said, "Huh?" I was expecting medieval style fantasy, but it started with a Queen song and a pro wrestling match and then a sword duel in a parking garage where the cars practically came to life and then started falling apart. I have no idea what's going on. I think I should have watched it back in the 80's when it wouldn't have felt so dated.

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