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#633: Follow-through

October 13, 2011

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #622: Everyday All Day; #628: Script Issues; #629: The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend

You've probably heard about this by now, but less than a month after Netflix announced it's (stupid) idea to split Netflix into two separate websites (and divisions), with "Qwikster" as the umbrella for its DVD offerings, they've backpedaled.

And, like before, they announced it in a blog post. Brilliant. While there's some merit to realizing when you've made a bad decision, the split was never a good idea and all three of these major announcements has been handled incredibly poorly. (Trying to pass off the price hike as a good thing was pretty insulting, I thought.) This whole thing is a PR nightmare that just won't end for them, and Reed Hastings is basically making himself look like a fucking idiot. It's pretty likely he's going to idiot himself out of a job soon, too, if their board of directors has been paying attention to the stock price

Now, I'm a die-hard movie geek, and I think their streaming offerings and DVD offerings are still worth the higher price, so I'm still with them, but my faith in the company is pretty damned low at this point. (Full disclosure: I canceled my disc service when they announced the split and then reinstated it after they backpedaled.)

How about you? Are you still with Netflix, or have you abandoned ship already — after the price hike or the Qwikster announcement, or after this…?

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Leonard Nimoy (1931–2015)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

I was never a huge Star Trek fan, exactly. I love some of the early episodes, and I think Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. I enjoyed Star Trek III and IV, too, for what they were. I read a bunch of the DC Comics Star Trek stuff at that time, because my brother bought them. And I watched a bit of the Next Generation and then fell off the wagon. Kirk and Spock were my Star Trek, and the Star Trek 2–4 “era” was its peak for me, warts and all, because that’s the “era” that really hooked me. And really, for me, it was all about Wrath of Khan.

In addition to playing Mr. Spock, of course, Leonard Nimoy did a lot of other things. He was on Mission: Impossible. He directed a few movies (Three Men and a Baby!). He was a photographer. He was the voice of Civilization IV. But one thing I really loved of his was Standby: Lights, Camera, Action, on Nickelodeon from 1982–1987, which provided a behind the scenes look at movies like Star Trek III, Return of the Jedi, 2010, and more. Nimoy hosted and occasionally interviewed guests like George Lucas. As a budding film nerd in the pre-Internet Dark Ages, behind the scenes specials like Standby: Lights, Camera, Action were hard to come by. I ate that show up.

Anyway, as you’re undoubtedly aware by now, Leonard Nimoy passed away on the 27th. As cartoonists do when they’re sad about these kinds of things, I drew a picture:

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