Sunday, March 30, 2008

Good reads/random cool sites (3/30/2008)

Hulu.com is a newish free video-on-demand site. It has full-length movies and TV shows (mostly NBC and Fox, apparently), as well as clips. There's some really good content there, but I'm not sure yet what I think of the site. I have two problems with it. First, they show commercials -- right in the middle of the movies. They're short, but it's still really annoying. (Although when I watched Quest for Fire, they offered the option of one long commercial first or short interruptions. I don't mind the one long commercial that much -- it's the interruptions I hate.) The other problem was that when I tried to watch The Jerk, it was an edited (for TV, apparently) version. The choppy cutting, bowdlerization, and commercials were just too much for me. I didn't finish it. So my movie-watching experience there so far is one Acceptable, one Unacceptable. But check it out for yourself.

Sports Illustrated is posting old articles and photos online. One of my favorite SI articles ever is "The Curious Case of Sidd Finch," by the late great George Plimpton.

People have been wondering why former New York governor Eliot Spitzer got prosecuted for patronizing prostitutes, something for which federal prosecutions are extremely rare. Maybe this is why.

Finally, a fond farewell to jugglingCats, a blog I've enjoyed very much. Brahnamin is quitting blogging to concentrate on other projects. I'll miss his blog, but I wish him the best of luck with his book.

2 comments:

  1. And you neglected to mention that Hulu.com can't be used by people in the UK, which sucks. I wonder if you guys can use BBC iPlayer?

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  2. Yeah, I thought that might be the case, but I wasn't sure.

    It's the same with BBC iPlayer: "Sorry, this programme is only available to play in the UK"

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