walkitout (walkitout) wrote,
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I've been feeling very under the weather lately, either the cold got worse or I got another one.

In any event, I've been watching Netflix Instant Queue stuff, specifically, Dead Zone Season 4 and 5 episodes. A number of observations. First, it's like Sanctuary mined this show for actors -- Christopher Heyerdahl tried to burn John Smith's house down in "Panic" and Agam Darshi makes an appearance in "Articles of Faith". And that's not counting all the Stargate actor overlap (Don Davis perhaps the most conspicuous, but also Colin Cunningham and probably others). [ETA: Speaking of Cunningham, he showed up as the creepy husband in that episode of Sanctuary with the infected woman and the weird love triangle involving Henry.]

Second, part of what I liked about the show was its homage to old movies and Hollywood cliches -- but I like what NCIS does with those things (or, for that matter, Bones) a whole lot more. And one of the things that annoyed me about the show at the time is much clearer now: it had plot problems. All the time. Cutting land lines in 2005 or 2006 just didn't make a lot of sense.

Finally, this is the first time I've switched between watching Netflix stuff on the Tivo to watchign on my laptop and back. Boy, howdy, does that sync last watched location rock. I think I'm a little surprised that idea didn't get patented. Or maybe it did? It is a little odd, however, experiencing the parallel between reading kindle content and watching netflix content.

ETA: About that patent:

http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/20090259711

Apple is attempting to patent that idea; filing date was April 11, 2008, which is not obvious from that URL. If you want the real information, go here and enter the patent number:

http://appft.uspto.gov/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.html

But the resulting URL is beyond junky.

I tracked this down via some bloggy coverage of it, I think at engadget, but the coverage was from 2009 which of course was after netflix and/or the kindle was already using the idea. Someone much brighter than me will have to figure out just when one of those two applications started using the idea, and whether it was before or after the filing date of that patent.

ETA Several days later: Martouf just showed up on The Dead Zone as a cult leader! Ok, JR Bourne. But whatever.
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