Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: sciatica, ankles

Current reading: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, Cracking the Code Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell

Recent listening: Cop Killer by Body Count, Anthology 1964-1977 by Johnny Rivers, These Foolish Things by Bryan Ferry, Garcia Plays Dylan, Neon Bible by Arcade Fire, The Doggfather by Snoop Dogg, Slow Train Coming by Bob Dylan, S-Town (podcast)

Recent viewing: Big Little Lies, Homeland, Billions, Scandal, The Last Man on Earth, Dave Chappelle: Collection 1, Marvel’s Iron Fist, The Crown

Recent playing: n/a

Recently accomplished: Replaced CR-V, changed insurance agent, cleaned roof & gutters, job interviews, The Daily Bowie

Imperative To Do: Write Mother’s article, find a job

Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: sciatica

Current reading: n/a

Recent listening: Exmilitary by Death Grips, Hamilton (original cast recording), The Pretenders, Roxy Music, Split Enz, x Infinity by Watsky, Just Can’t Get Enough

Recent viewing: Westworld, Black Mirror, Longmire, Batman vs. Superman, 13th

Recent playing: Galcon Fusion

Recently accomplished: power wash cement, completed mortgage refinancing, installed camera cables, Scion frame repairs

Imperative To Do: Fix HP printer, Xmas shopping, bariatric application, write Mother’s article

Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: sciatica

Current reading: Programming iOS 9 by Matt Neuburg

Recent listening: The Jam, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, The Stiff Records Box Set, The Buzzcocks, Elvis Costello, The Undertones, Squeeze, Oingo Boingo

Recent viewing: Luke Cage, The Daily Show, The Choice 2016, Presidential debate, VP debate, The Do-Over, Bloodline (S2), Stranger Things

Recent playing: Galcon Fusion

Recently accomplished: Installed latch for main gate, flora trimming, Grassination, replaced faltering laptop (MBP 2008 -> MBP 2011), replaced Tardis motherboard, weeding, mowing

Imperative To Do: Fix HP printer, close mortgage refinance, bariatric application, write Mother’s article, deck maintenance, birthday party

Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: jaw muscle (healing after mouth infection)

Current reading: The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons

Recent listening: Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, Shadows in the Night by Dylan, The Magnolia Electric Co., re: Bach by Lara St. John, Hozier, Little Big Music, Gris-Gris by Dr. John, AM by Arctic Monkeys

Recent viewing: The Tonight Show, Grimm, Parks & Recreation, SNL40, The Daily Show, Scandal, Resurrection, Inside Amy Schumer, Duct Tape Messiah, The Nightly Show, Marco Polo, 30 Days, The Bletchley Circle, QI

Recent playing: Kingdom Rush Frontiers

Recently accomplished: Cleaned laser printer kopen, started van, paid bills, server maintenance, spam cleanup

Imperative To Do: Contact Social Security, turn compost, fix blog CSS, send bike to Thomas

Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: sciatica, left knee (intermittent)

Current reading: The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons

Recent listening: Fairport Convention, Fifth Dimension, The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard and Clark, The Incredible String Band, Woody Guthrie, Bert and John, Gentle on My Mind

Recent viewing: Justified, Inside Llewyn Davis, Steve Goodman, X-Men: First Class, Brian Wilson presents Smile, Star Trek Into Darkness, Cashback, Safety Not Guaranteed, Revolution, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show

Recent playing: 2048

Recently accomplished: FolkDive 2 (in progress), 10b5-1 contract, birth certificate for G, mowed lawn

Imperative To Do: Laundry, prep for graduation party, clean roof and gutters, contact Social Security, turn compost

Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: left foot arch

Current reading: Fahrenheit 451

Recent listening: Harry Nilsson, Billy Holiday, Green Day, The Zombies, The Clash, Matisyahu, Concrete Blonde

Recent viewing: Warehouse 13, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Louie, Falling Skies, Leverage, Stargate SG-1, Columbo, The Benson Interruption, H.R. Punfnstuf, The God Who Wasn’t There

Recent playing: DropZap, Words with Friends, Mondo Solitaire

Recently accomplished: Bug fixing for new job, bug fixing for old job, lawn care

Imperative To Do: Clean garage, clean gutters, new shelves for stereo, bark dust, doctor appointments

Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: ankles, back muscles, possible tongue thrush

Current reading: Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish

Recent listening: Infected Mushroom, Foreigner, Primus, Greg Kihn, Massive Attack, Thievery Corp., Weird Al (new album!), Radiohead, Motown, Portishead, Canned Heat, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Recent viewing: Leverage (season 3 & 4), Frontline, The Planets, Pulp Fiction, Stan Lee’s Superhumans, The Story of the Blues, Super 8

Recent playing: DropZap, Words with Friends, Mondo Solitaire

Recently accomplished: Both children advanced to next grade level, camping/biking in Idaho, acquired fireworks of questionable legality, paid bills, Roundup for weedy areas, weed and feed for lawn, mowing

Imperative To Do: Light fireworks, back to work, clean garage, clean gutters, new shelves for stereo, bark dust, doctor appointments

Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: right ankle
Current reading: Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
Recent listening: B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, John Anderson, Eric Clapton, Booker T. and the MG’s, Bukka White, Electric Flag, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield Blue Band, Elmore James, Robert Johnson, Fleetwood Mac, George Harrison, Harlem Slim, Jimi Hendrix, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Jimmy Reed, The Band, Reverend Gary Davis, Dock Boggs, John Hartford, Pet Seeger
Recent viewing: The Middle, Community, The Civil War, Frontline, 60 Minutes, Kickass, Surface, Lord of the Flies (1963), Strange Days, Suck, Twilight Zone, Network, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Black Swan, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Dark City
Recent playing: DropZap, Words with Friends
Recently accomplished: Teacher meetings (Thomas), Troop 820 treasurer’s report, bank trip, Tivo hard drive replacement
Imperative To Do: Clean garage, clean gutters, new shelves for stereo, bark dust, doctor appointments

Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 2567
Aches & pains: the usual suspects
Current reading: ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Recent listening: Muse, Tom Waits, XTC, Massive Attack, Portishead, DJ Shadow, The Chemical Brothers, Tones on Tail
Recent viewing: Timeline, Shaft (remake), Medium, Flash Forward, Heroes, Dollhouse, Buffy, Better Off Ted, The 13th Warrior, Memento, The Illustrated Man, World’s Greatest Dad
Recent playing: geoDefense, Link4 Online
Recently accomplished: Ordered birth certificate, Scout bookkeeping, passport application, voted
Imperative To Do: Clean gutters, hook up antenna in the attic, clean office, clean roof, fix bathroom door (again)

Reverse Baader-Meinhof Syndrome

Part One
Some time ago I renewed my subscription to Netflix in order to utilize their streaming video service which is offered “free” to all their subscribers. The service is nice but the selection of movies available to Watch Instantly (their term for internet streaming) is a very small subset of the movies that they have on DVD. Because I’m interested to know of any additions to this subset, I subscribe to their RSS feed for New choices to watch instantly. With that subscription I receive notification in my web browser whenever a movie is made available for Instant viewing. This morning there were approximately 20 new movies available which I quickly scrolled through, clicking open a new tab for each that interested me. One of these was Yojimbo by the legendary Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa, who also directed the seminal Seven Samarai. After reading the description, I clicked the “Add to Instant Queue” button to save it for later viewing. Whenever you add a movie to your queue on Netflix they suggest 10 more related movies that they think you might like. This time, they showed me these (click to enlarge the image):

Netflix Choices

My eyes were immediately drawn to one of the movies on the bottom and in the middle, The Beider Meinhof Complex. The name was somewhat familiar so I read the description but it didn’t interest me so I closed the window.

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