You and your queue.
Note: I wrote this back
when I subscribed to Netflix's dvd-by-mail service. I've never
used their streaming system. In spite of the flack the company
has gotten in recent years, I liked them. I only quit the service
for two reasons un-related to them: 1) I simply didn't have enough time
to sit around and watch a full movie almost nightly and 2) I had a huge
supply of dvds available outside the service. I live two miles
from a major downtown library (and less than five from another big
one). I was borrowing dvds from friends, including an
ex-girlfriend who had literally hundreds of discs, all with no time
limit on returning them. I could actually see going back to
Netflix in the future, just not at this point in my life.
Netflix has been pretty good. I'm a
serious movie addict, so I have a looooong list of movies and tv shows
I want to see. It isn't good if you want a particular movie RIGHT
NOW, but it's nice always having something you want to watch. I
mainly joined it because, since I watch so many movies, I'm usually
looking for things that are kind of hard to find without having to buy
them, and I don't do that. These guys have just about everything
ever released on disc, so I have access to things I would otherwise
have to buy if I wanted to see them. Overall it's been pretty
Organizing the list.
I have two
approaches: rotating the content and randomizing it.
it means that I want different types of things. I don't want to
get nothing but tv shows for me that my partner won't be interested
in. I need variety, so here's what I do:
I have the unlimited 3 movies at a time
account ($20/month), so I set up my queue so that I rotate between
1) something for me and Dani (usually a tv
show we both like)
2) a tv show for me that she isn't
3) a movie.
This way there's always variety in what's
arriving at any given time.
to randomize it, I draw from a "wish list" of movies I want to see, and
I'm constantly adding to that. Either I could always add new
movies I hear about to the top of the list or the bottom of the list,
but either way isn't fair, and I didn't want to drop them in randomly
because there's never a way to ensure you're being random. Well,
actually there is. I just alphabetized the list (Thanks, Excel),
and I always add in the new titles alphabetically, perhaps twenty or so
at a time. As mentioned above, I'm also picking up dvds from the
library and friends, so sometimes I get to "skip ahead" on my
Occasionally I'll bump up a few seasonal
things such as The Nightmare Before
Xmas or Rocky Horror
around Halloween (especially if I'm doing research for costumes or
making props), but the main goal in alphabetizing the list is that I
never know what I'm going to get from one day to the next.
Sometimes I'll get something that's almost a new release, whereas other
times I'll get something that's really old and has been on my list to
see since even before I was on Netflix. It keeps me from sort of
jumping the gun and only going with things I know I want to see. If I only
went after movies I knew I was going to like (or at least what to
expect), I wouldn't ever have any surprises, and the reason I watch
movies is because I like surprises.
2007 (Revised 2012)