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#629: The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend

September 29, 2011

Notes from the Manager

You can read up a little about Netflix splitting off its DVD arm into "Qwikster" over at NPR. (Qwikster sounds like a chocolate milk delivery service, doesn't it?)

EDIT (10/10/11): It looks like Netflix has cancelled its plans to spin off its DVD arm into a separate company now.

Do you have Netflix? What do you think about this split, or are you still just pissed about the price hikes they tried to pass off as good news a while back?

Personally, I think the selection on Netflix Instant is pretty good, although mostly for TV shows like Breaking Bad and Louie, which I'm trying to get caught up for, and a bit less so for movies. While they lack a lot of popular movies, they still have a lot of good movies — and for someone like me, who doesn't much care if a movie is popular or not, that's plenty. Sadly, it's constantly changing, so a lot of my favorites that I've found on there aren't up there anymore, like the Carlos mini-series (although they have the 3-hour movie cut) and Animal Kingdom.

It's an understandable shortcoming (they don't have an unlimited budget for programming), but it also makes it kind of hard to endorse the service when my favorite examples of good movies they still have on there aren't there anymore.


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“Autobiography” (excerpt)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

So I finished my Master of Fine Arts degree—technically as of March 31, although I’m still working on a couple of assistantships. But I got my diploma in the mail today.

This is one of the weirder things I did in grad school. It was a project I did for a Graphic Design Studio class, and the only stipulation was that you had to make a collection of… something. I chose to do a “collection” of twelve books that shaped who I am as a person. Not necessarily books that I still hold dear, but that really connected with me when I read them.

So, I call it an autobiography, although obviously it’s not. I decided to make a story scroll using clippings from these books, cut and pasted to build a NEW story (a creation story). I made scroll handles for it from wooden dowels (painted bronze) and bronze drawer handles on all four ends.

It was roughly 6¾ feet long if you completely unrolled the scroll, so I’ll only show the first bit here. You can click through to the Patreon page I posted it on a couple of years ago if you want to read the whole thing. I made it public so anyone can see it.

The books are (in no particular order): The Book of Job, translated by Stephen Mitchell; The Illustrated Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking; Cages by Dave McKean; Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood; Epileptic by David B; Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman; Hamlet’s Mill by Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechen; Justice League: A New Beginning by Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire; Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson; The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan W. Watts; and The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh & The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne. (The Pooh books are technically two separate volumes, so it’s really thirteen, but I now own a single-volume collection of them. I also read Justice League in the issues first, not TPB, so whatever.)

Enjoy! Or just kind of squint your eyes and wonder why this is something that graduate students spend their time doing. But hopefully you’ll enjoy it.

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