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Week off - John C. Kirk

Jul. 5th, 2007

01:41 pm - Week off

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I'm now half-way through my week off work, and I'm slightly concerned that I haven't done a great deal. Still, I'm enjoying the break.

Following up on my previous post about Facebook, I was amused by the recent PHD comic about it. I'm avoiding the meme-like aspects of it (e.g. the zombies application), so I don't mean any offence if I ignore your invitation to things like that; I'm partly just concerned about this turning into a huge time-sink.

However, I do quite like the Flixter application: as with LJ, it actually allows me to contribute some kind of actual content, rather than just doing mindless clicking. I have film reviews on my main website, but they tend to be short essays, and it seems a bit silly to create a whole page for one paragraph of text. I'll still keep the long reviews around (when I have something particular to say), but Flixter is convenient for "capsule" reviews. If you're not on Facebook, you can access these directly at:
(They generated that username for me.)

My rating scheme is:
1 star = Avoid.
1.5 stars = Maybe watch it if you're bored and have nothing else to do.
2 stars = Ok to pass the time, but nothing special.
2.5 stars = Worth watching, but you can leave it on in the background while you do something else.
3 stars = I enjoyed it - worth watching once.
3.5 stars = I really enjoyed this, and intend to watch it again (or have watched it more than once).
4 stars = I have watched this several times, and probably own it on DVD.
4.5 stars = (currently unused).
5 stars = One of my all-time favourites.

Meanwhile, I've been doing tech support for a couple of my SJA colleagues by fixing their laptops. I like to think that I'm a bit like Dr House - if I can't figure out how to solve the problem long range then it's interesting enough to warrant further attention.