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The thing I would most hate to lose at this point from a Twitter implosion is this:

Do me a personal favor: Go into the bathroom, lock the door, look in the mirror, look yourself in the eye and say,

"I care about Black people. Their safety and freedom is important to me. They are just as human as I am. I would be comfortable working with, working for, living with, and having personal and intimate relationships with them, and I would be outraged to see innocent Black people be subject to unjust and violent treatment."

If you have any trouble saying that to yourself, in private, with nobody watching you, then you need to ask yourself why you can't say that, but you can keep saying /#alllivesmatter.

If you think we can do better, if you think we can do better together, please share this.

And you don’t have to share my post. Share its spirit. Ask, Which lives matter? Talk to the people in your life about it, ask tough questions, be thoughtful, be civil, and have debate. We must come together, because we are falling apart.



If God wanted us to have unlimited free energy He’d have put a giant fusion reactor in the sky.

Staggeringly, Chase sent me an email I am required to click to receive money electronically from my Chase credit card balance.

An email. With a link. That I must click.

I checked the website and the app, then called Chase. Not the number in the email, of course, but a number I already knew. The person I talked to confirmed that the email was legitimate, but also said that clicking that link was the only way to receive the money electronically. Not via the website, not via the app, only by clicking a link in an email.

I am having serious trouble believing this to be true, but all the evidence seems to be pointing that way.

It’s like nobody at Chase has ever heard of spam email, as if no Chase employee has to take employer-mandated training annually that explains in great detail how you should never never never click links in emails and supply banking details.

I’ll wait for the paper check in two weeks. I will never click that link. Shame on Chase for sending it!

I have spent too much of my life consoling myself. “Things could be worse.”

But you know what? Things could be better!

They don’t have to be, it isn’t inevitable, but it’s possible.

Things are better than they used to be, but they could be better still.

It is noteworthy and totally appropriate that Biden gave an in-depth interview about threats to -- and saving -- democracy to a major US news organization that, unlike almost all others, has made this a priority in its coverage: @ProPublica

Read it, please:

I stopped checking mastodon along with almost every other online endeavor for a while, and checking back in makes me realize: it’s time to get off of qoto. Every time I see certain things, I’m sorry I ever signed up here. I hate losing everything I posted here, but there is no joy in staying, either.

And this is why mastodon’s design tradeoffs, while fine on a technical level, are tragic on a social level. I don’t know where to go, and have no confidence that anywhere I might go won’t end up with the same issues over time.

Most people, faced with this, just stop using mastodon. I’d rather not, but other server options don’t spring readily to mind.

The list changing from three weeks ago makes me think I should note what’s there now, for when it gets better or worse. So…

White Christmas
FTA (documentary)
The Great Waldo Pepper
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Hitler: A Career (documentary)
Slap Shot
Jaws 2
The Deer Hunter
The Wiz
The Jerk
Richard Pryor Live In Concert (Standup)
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Rocky II
The Electric Horseman
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Conan the Barbarian
Rocky III
The Karate Kid
Rocky IV
The Breakfast Club
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
The Karate Kid Part II
Stand By Me
The Money Pit
Adam: His Song Continues
Jaws: the Revenge
The Secret of my Success
Strange Voices
Quiet Victory
A Stoning in Fulham County
Too Young the Hero
Midnight Run
Hard Lessons
Coming to America
Uncle Buck
The Very Best of Monty Python’s Flying Circus
The Ryan White Story
Steel Magnolias
The Karate Kid Part III
Field of Dreams
Unspeakable Acts
Rocky V
In Defense of a Married Man
Out of Life
Victim of Beauty
Triumph of the Heart
A League of Their Own
Reservoir Dogs
In the Line of Fire
Groundhog Day
Sinbad: Afros & Bellbottoms (Standup)
Clear and Present Danger
Legends of the Fall
Kicking and Screaming
Sinbad: Son of a Preacher Man (Standup)
The Cable Guy
Sinbad: Nothin’ But the Funk (Standup)
Donnie Brasco
Liar Liar
Starship Troopers
The Devil’s Own
The Negotiator
Monty Python Live at Aspen
One Last Shot
Jerry Seinfeld Live on Broadway (Standup)
The Last Days (documentary)
Blue Streak
Girl Interrupted
Stuart Little

I count 85 English-language movies now that I’ve gone through them more carefully, rather than just skimming the list. That’s all Netflix carries for 1902-1999.

Plus another 68 movies not in English. Some of which are really good! But I’m trying to avoid being tricked by Netflix “stuffing” their numbers by loading a back-catalog of Hindi movies to offset their ever-dwindling collection of English-language movies.

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Perhaps you don’t care about movies from the early 1900s, and if you wanted to dig into film history, you’d use something other than Netflix. Okay, good luck with that, but it’s a fair point that not everybody cares about movies made before 1954.

How many movies do you suppose Netflix carries from before 2000?

Wednesday, August 30, 2023, I checked and found 149. I remember noting that the run of Airport movies were there, starting with the Burt Lancaster original “Airport” in 1970, but also “Airport 1975,” “Airport ‘77,” and “The Concorde: Airport ‘79.” None of those are there now, though, and yet the total number of movies from 1900-1999 is now 153.

Of those 153 movies, roughly 61 are not in English, most in Hindi, but also a few others. That leaves roughly 92 English-language movies from prior to 2000, from White Christmas to Stuart Little. That’s it!

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Inasmuch as the index at JustWatch is accurate, it paints a dire picture of the movie library at Netflix. The fact that Netflix makes it incredibly difficult to navigate their library based on things like release date makes it hard to confirm this, and it’s hard to come away thinking that navigation choice isn’t deliberate.

The oldest movie Netflix currently features seems to be “White Christmas,” from 1954. In fact, that seems to be their only movie older than 1962.

Is that accurate? How could we be sure? Clicking on the names of the actors in that movie doesn’t pull up any other movies, even though Bing Crosby was in more than 100. That’s suggestive.

In 1962, a second movie appears! Its original title is “प्रोफ़ेसर”, but in English it translates to “Professor.” Then in 1966 we get “आम्रपाली” and in 1969 we get “Prince,” another Hindi movie. If you’re looking for something in English, your second choice is a 1972 documentary called “FTA,” about Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland’s opposition to the Vietnam War and the titular Army engaged in it.

1954, 1972, and then in 1974 we get the disaster movie “Earthquake.” Finally in 1975 we get “Jaws,” a Robert Redford movie, and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Three whole movies! From a year which IMDB reports had 3,682 movies, although that admittedly include a lot of non-English films.

Back when I got red envelopes mailed to my house, I could watch basically any movie ever made, or at least any movie released on DVD, and I am sure I watched more than three movies made before 1975.

JustWatch believes that the Netflix movie library currently has 3,916 movies, which is quite a comedown from what Marketwatch once described as “4,335 in March 2016 and 6,494 in March 2014.” Still, it’s higher than when I checked JustWatch in May of 2021, which reported 3,622 movies then.

We’re paying more and more for less and less. Companies are pulling movies and shows from streaming to abuse tax law, and we have no legal recourse. This isn’t the fault of Netflix, or at least not Netflix alone, but it’s badly broken.

It reminded me of this one in my neighbourhood:
Title: Mono
Location: Lavapiés, Madrid
Artist: Okuda & Bordalo II

Title: Half Baby Beaver
Location: Bernex, Switzerland
Artist: Bordalo II (Portugal)

Macau seems like Las Vegas, but smaller, cleaner, and slightly more Chinese.

It’s my first time visiting Taiwan, and I really, really like it! Normally when traveling, the more unfamiliar things are, the better, but maybe the US-style electricity and very similar driving are subtly signaling familiarity to me.

Tainan and Taichung so far, Taipei tomorrow. Everything has been great.

I don’t know who needs to hear this but if the batteries die in your electric toothbrush, it’s still a toothbrush

"We've learned how to fight abuse. It's a solvable problem. We just have to stop repeating the same myths as excuses not to fix things."

Still relevant seven years later. From @anildash via @jkottke

I realized today that neither of my cars have the ability to play CDs.

The EV era and the CD era apparently do not overlap.

Sure, “generative AI” image models are all the rage, but don’t sleep on slightly-older-fashioned FaceApp de-aging, aging, and re-gendering.

This is what I looked like, will look like, and would have looked like, apparently.

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