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When data mining goes bad... - Blather, Rinse, Repeat
October 15th, 2006
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When data mining goes bad...
I was flipping around NetFlix, still irritated that they have an upper limit to the number of movies you can have in your queue (I'd pay an extra buck a month for a larger queue - and disk/memory/database space is cheap, guys).

One of the recommendations that NetFlix served up to me was "The Complete Holy Bible: King James Version". Ok, that might be interesting - but I was thinking that maybe there might be another translation (you've never experienced Psalms until you've read it in the original Klingon). So I scrolled to the bottom, the list of similar titles are:

"The End Times"
"Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition: 2002"

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Date:October 16th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
to some of us, the Swimsuit Edition counts as a religious experience...
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Date:October 16th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
I cannot imagine what Sunday School must have been like.
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Date:October 16th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
500 disks - and I've been hovering between 490 and 500 almost as long as I've been a member.

A while ago, I went to IMDB's top 250 movies of all time, which is calculated based on IMDB vistors' rankings, which means that you're free from professional film critics' snobbery, but there's no culling out the people who think that Snakes on a Plane was the best film EVER.

Even with the votes of cinematic riffraff, the top 250 was an interesting list, and for a cinemaphile such as myself, shameful to realize how many quality movies I had never seen.

I've been trying to catch the films as they come around on premium movie channels, but that wasn't knocking them down fast enough for me, so I entered all the missing movies into my Queue as soon as I joined NetFlix. I'm now down to a mere 123 movies to go.

Two other practices that I have that tend to fill up the queue: rewatching television shows of my childhood, and watching the whole portfolio of directors or actors that I like.
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