Another thing I got from smelstra bigpoo is a six month subscription to Netflix. I think they may have offered one of these in the past too but I did not take up the offer, and why would I? The internet has all the films and tv shows I could ever want, right? Yes it does. But I thought I’d give this a try anyway.
And it’s pretty good. The whole thing basically runs out of a browser. I go to the Netflix website, click on a tv show and it starts playing. One small feature I do really like is it remembers where you are up to. If I’m watching a movie and I have to cut it short, then get back to it the next day, it picks up right where I left off. I think the video-playing program VLC might be able to do that but I’ve not seen it do it very successfully.
In general I like what Netflix is doing. Them and similar set ups like Amazon Prime are gradually starting to break the monopoly that reptilian beings like Murdoch have.
The only, yet large, downside to netflix is that their movie catalog doesn’t really go back beyond the mid ’80s. A lot of the movies I like to dig through are old.
Been dipping a little into The Beach Boys vast, vast body of work. For 1969, this is amazing:
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Have been using the apple music streaming service for 6 or seven months now. Only because telstra (_smelstra_) give a six month membership with the year phone contract. It’s my duty to listen to as many different things as I can until it runs out then I’ll go back to all the stuff I own.
Listened to the first three Black Sabbath albums on the daily commute. Knew alot of that stuff from best of albums – but it’s always better to hear the hits in context with the rest of the stuff they were created with. First album has some very prominent bass. Second and third less so but great riffs. On the whole, an under-rated band I would say. The way Ozzy hits his lines just off the beat is pretty unique. Contrast the song <a href=”https://youtu.be/7H9ZQSZ9G9I”>Electric Funeral</a> from the second album, Paranoid. On this one song he does hit the lines right on the ‘one’ — listening to it yesterday morning, immediately thought of <a href=”https://orband.bandcamp.com/”>Orb</a>, the Geelong band.
Only the non-power chord rock hasn’t stood up to time as well.
And because the greatest farce in modern history is just about to fly into Victoria:
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