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27 June 2008 @ 10:59 am
Going Stir Crazy  
Rembember that post on Cabin Fever? It's still happening-- no end to the smoke due to wildfires. Though I was amused at yesterday's early "current weather conditions," which had Haze listed instead of Smoke. Haze from WHAT? Oh yeah... They actually had to cancel the Western States Endurance Run 100-mile race for the first time in 35 years because of the smoke. A co-worker's husband is mighty disappointed, as this would have been his first year to run it.

I'll be biking in the garage again (Grrrr), watching another boykissing movie. Happy Together was pretty good, though not what I expected. Very passionate but not explicit, a great exploration of a volatile relationship and what it means to be unhappy with someone and miserable without them. And to be too forgiving...

I finally gave Netflix some feedback on their movie suggestion algorithms. For instance, they lump Gay and Lesbian together, but in reality most viewers of that genre will be interested in only Gay OR Lesbian. However, the "Not Interested" feedback doesn't seem to be folding into more intelligent suggestions, and this case is fairly obvious!

In more subtle cases, I notice that "Not Interested" is not resulting in the big "Adam Sandler = NO" algorithm input that it should. HalfshellHusband had a great idea, which was for them to add "Favorite Actors" and "Actors To Avoid" for customers. That would allow me to avoid, say, Sandler, Jim Carrey (except in dramas) and Meg Ryan, and my husband to locate every Gene Hackman movie ever made (knowing that the quality is mixed, but still... he loves The Hack Man).

I don't know what to do about the "guilty pleasure" choices, such as our weakness for Jackie Chan in his U.S. movies that are less martial arts and more comedy and incredible fight-scene choreography. This is where it gets tricky-- I don't actually like martial arts movies, but I DO like some of the Jackie Chan ones. Well, neither software nor people are perfect, I guess. ;)

*Also needs a "Will Farrell = NO" button and HSH would like an "Emma Thompson = YES" button too*

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girlguidejonesgirlguidejones on June 28th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
OMG. Finally someone else...
...who loathes Adam Sandler. I thought I was alone on the planet.

I finally quit NFlix when I realized I had the same three movies for three months and hadn't watched them yet. *L* One of my frustration factors was exactly what you said. The "not interested" never seemed to get anything screened out.

Good on you for taking the time to explain that!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on June 28th, 2008 06:53 am (UTC)
Re: OMG. Finally someone else...
And here I thought you were chiming in on the Cabin Fever problem. Perhaps I'm a little obsessed with it right now. *is grinding teeth over the suffocation of it all*

...who loathes Adam Sandler. I thought I was alone on the planet.
There are a lot of types of "comedy" that just don't work for me, and usually anything that really appeals to the 10-year-old boy mentality is on that list.

But also, I don't like 'unfunny comedy' much. I.e., when someone is trying too hard and wants to be liked and is still not funny... Ouch. Adam Sandler hits both of those areas for me.

Part of me might consider watching "Reign Over Me" because it's a drama (and it has Don Cheadle!). But... it's still Adam Sandler, and I've just grown to hate him the more I see him.

We saw a preview for the next Will Farrell/John C. Reilly movie, and while sitting there feeling pained over it I noticed that the rest of the audience was yukking it up. That's who those movies are made for. :0

I finally quit NFlix when I realized I had the same three movies for three months and hadn't watched them yet.
Some of these wind up being the boykissing movies for me, because after my husband goes to bed I write, and I only watch those movies while biking in the garage. Which relies on bad weather, so the timing is unpredictable.

But some are movies I "should" like and can't get interested in. We watched "Water" last weekend, and it's probably just as well that my husband kept falling asleep, because that was a tough concept to sit through. :/

One of my frustration factors was exactly what you said. The "not interested" never seemed to get anything screened out.
:D "No to that Will Farrell movie!" "And that one!" "And that." "Oh for the love of god, STOP already with the Will Ferrell!"

;)