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I’m still not sold on Netflix- never to this date I’ve ran into a film that I wanted to watch on it. At least in terms of this region, which doesn’t count with as much content as the US or Canada one. Similar issues with iTunes… and Amazon is out of the question.

I used to subscribe to MUBI for a long while (at least for a bit over a year), but eventually turned off my subscription because I wasn’t watching anything, while things I had added to my watchlist stopped being available, and the selection of their films eventually was reduced to their now curated content. I’m only subscribed to EROSNOW now, and have seen a few couple of films there, but had to turn to other mediums when found links that were region-restricted or surprisingly without subtitles.

My experience with streaming has been decent- and for as cheap as $5-9 bucks you can watch a lot in a month, and it just makes your life quite easy. Similar flawless experience with my first Vimeo On Demand watch. Thanks Joss Whedon for the heads up, and actually putting the film up there right after its premiere. To top it all off, subtitles in Spanish, German, French, Portuguese and Japanese (plus English CC) were available making it the smoothest watch if you decided to watch it with any bunch of people.

Paying $5 to stream a new movie can seem like the best way possible to make it look as if you’re going to the cinema. It takes me back to those days where I would watch 2 or 3 new movies a weekend. If studios ever decided to really go off their way to online distribute their new movies almost simultaneously, I’d be willing.

Here’s In Your Eyes.

Apparently Vimeo streaming is not as smooth (or at all) if you don’t have a Vimeo account, though. Take it as a good chance to get one, or don’t complain. I really don’t know any other streaming (paying) website that would let you use their content without an account. You need one in iTunes, in Amazon, in Netflix, HBO, et all. So please, people, stop complaining about THAT.

Spanish (more serious) related note.

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Facebook has always been crappy with most image uploads that aren’t necessarily photographs uploaded onto their albums. Forget uploading clear shapes and illustrations without adding noise to them, they’ll look pretty hideous. [example]

Recently, I noticed that Twitter had changed it’s picture upload to include the ‘:large’ suffix once you enlarge a photo to see its (Twitter max) full size. However, I also noticed a change in the way pictures are uploaded and that clear shapes and chunks of colors (hence illustrations) were also uploading in some dreadful quality. [example]

They’re especially rough on reds.

On the contrary, Weibo (instead of saying ‘a Chinese Twitter-like version’ let’s call it ‘Twitter on Steroids’) does a super (and I do mean SUPER) crisp upload, plus adding the customary Weibo URL, username and Weibo logo fix. No one can beat them. The only (kinda) sad thing about the modifications in the Weibo picture upload is that with implementations of galleries (that Facebook has also implemented not long ago), people have stopped making image collages.

If more people I knew were on Weibo, I’d be more active there.

I’ve worked on (small scale) websites for a while, and this is the first time I’ve read an item on a news site that included non-related items in the same page. I told myself ‘I don’t get websites any longer.

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I don’t get what Kim Novak, BitCoins, Putin and a BBC sitcom have to do with each other to be included on a page with the URL only referring to the Kim Novak item. In terms of plain simple content nor information architecture.

Trying out Letterboxd~

March 3, 2014 — 2 Comments

In a state of MUBI panic, I opened a Letterboxd account.

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Okay, I did more than just try it out. I spent a few couple of hours coordinating my rating from both IMDb and MUBI, and I’m pretty much done with anything that’s not between 2000-2009. With top ratings from 2010-2012 and all ratings from 2013.

I still miss Favorite Cast Members and Directors and lists from MUBI. Also a “favorite” seems to be quite different to “a like” in my lexicon.
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Happy new year, everyone!

Sorry for the lack of posts last month. To make up for it, here are five posts so you can catch up to my 2013 and to get you going this 2014.

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