Netflix Search – a Game of Groans

maxresdefaultToday’s blog prompt was: “Think about an object, an activity, or a cultural phenomenon you really don’t like. Now write a post (tongue in cheek or not — your call!) about why it’s the best thing ever.”

Samsung’s Smart TV Netflix app is awesome! I love it. All you need to have is the exact title for a movie and it will search for it. Why didn’t IMDB think of this ingenious system? On there you can limit searches by genre, year, release date, and any number of popular tags. That’s all so unnecessary. With Netflix, it’s actually not even possible to search for anything other than a movie’s name. And then there’s the browse function. The best part of this is they pre-plan how the browsing will go.

They place the lowest ranking movies in the browse so you are sure to get some “diamond in the rough” films like “Mimic 3.” and B movie relics from the 60’s. These are great when you run across them simply searching for one movie you want. You usually get worn out looking and settle on a one star for the evening. I’ve heard the iPhone app is needlessly “helpful” in that it lists movie by genre as the PC app does. Going sheerly by the tv app, you are assured to not find what your looking for unless you are prepared with a title, which for true Netflix experts, is never a problem.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Game of Groans.”

My Top Ten Tunes in Heavy Rotation

These are the top ten tunes I have in heavy rotation currently. Spotify playlist link

  • The River – Imagine Dragons
  • All Night – R5
  • Brand New – Ben Rector
  • Nobody to Love – Alex Newell
  • Demons – Imagine Dragons
  • Superheroes – The Script
  • Man on a Wire – The Script
  • It’s Not Right for You – The Script
  • Renegades – X Ambassadors
  • Superhero – Cher Lloyd

Tagged as part of: #TopTenTuesday on Twitter.

Top Ten Tunes in My Car at the Moment

  • Damien Riley VelosterI Sold my Bed but Not my Radio – Capital Cities
  • Ship to Wreck – Florence and the Machine
  • Demons – Imagine Dragons
  • On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons
  • Every Night – Imagine Dragons
  • It’s not Right for You – The Script
  • Keep on Walking – Passenger
  • Me and my Broken Heart – Rixton
  • Jerome – Zella Day

This post is part of the #TopTenTuesday blog meme on Twitter.


I have no affinity for Sunday nights. I do have a couple 3 day weekends in February, so those Sundays will be nice. I’m a firm believer that relaxation breeds creativity and productivity. If employers believed this, weekends would last longer than 2 days. It was a wonderful weekend and I am set to have the best Monday of my life.

Lessons from the day – Everyday Gyaan

I like to read Corinne’s insightful post each Monday before reflecting and posting. I love the idea of the ever present potential to learn from life. Below is a snippet from her article.

Last night I was chatting with a friend who was sharing her take on relationships and unconditional love . She was not really saying anything new, but what she said flowed from her experiences an deep personal conviction. Her painful experience had taught her a beautiful lesson. Once more, I realised how life is constantly seeking to teach us lessons. Sometimes, we don’t learn the lessons the first time so life keeps giving us more chances to learn.We were both talking about a mutual acquaintance, a basically a nice person (isn’t everyone?) who loses out on relationships because she tries to control people. Even though she’s been through a divorce, left several jobs on a bad note and lost many friends, she continues to be the same. I suppose, life will go on trying to teach her.Lessons From The DayInstead of focusing on someone else, I asked myself if I was learning the lessons life is trying to teach me. Every day, life is trying to teach us a different lesson, if only we are willing to listen and learn. Recently, I heard of an elderly Catholic priest who would bless himself before he watched a movie, even if it was a Western! When asked why he did that, he replied: ” I don’t know what God might say to me through the movie.”I am determined at the start of each morning to ask what is the lesson I’m supposed to learn from that day.

Source: Lessons from the day – Everyday Gyaan


Crash Test Dummy

If a car is traveling at an extremely high speed and you see the video in slow motion, you will clearly see that a brake at the last minute will not stop the car. It will continue with the wheels screeching which can easily cause a break in someone’s car. This is starting to sound like a “Saw” sequel. Imagine that god-awful voice saying: “Someone in your car will receive a break.” Well if it were me, I definitely would want it to happen to me and not anyone in my family. That doesn’t make me a hero by any stretch, just a daddy bear. Incidentally, I have never in my life broken a bone. Pretty lucky huh? Well yeah, on that front, I am quite a lucky guy. I’ve heard broken bones hurt bad.

This unencumbered, stream of consciousness portion of my brain has been sliced as part of the blog challenge:

brake or break

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Look Out Look In

Which quirky habit annoys you the most, and what quirky habit do you love — in yourself, or others.  

Source: Quirk of Habit | The Daily Post

The quirky habit that annoys me the most is when someone tries to get in the good graces of the boss by clinging and being her/his errand boy. Some might call it brown nosing. It looks like major insecurity. I always feel a job well done is the best and only real job security one needs.

The trait I love to see in myself and others is thankfulness. I’ve heard it referred to as an “attitude of gratitude.” Things seem to always work out for thankful people. I’e heard it said they even live longer.

There is a Season Turn …

I’ve always been good at making goals for the future. They start with dreams, then you whittle them down. I remember as a kid I always wanted to be a doctor, do you remember your dream occupation? I never pursued being a doctor because as I got older I saw blood and open heart surgery on PBS. That got me away from that dream pretty fast. There’s talk of a “5 year plan” in job interviews. Coaches and bosses want to know yours. In my teens, I imagined my 20’s as all about rock n roll. The next decade it was college degrees and teaching at a university. After that the reality of teaching elementary school took hold and I;ve done it ever since. I’m still making imagined “5 year plans,” are you? I think I will until the 5 year mark is starting to be on the other side. I wonder what my 5 year plan will be like then.

The Daily Post at

I thought I’d showcase one excellent link I go to for blog prompts: The Daily Post at It’s a great place to keep up your chops and make new blogger friends. If you’re new to it, check out the “last 10” prompts over there to get started.

Check out hashtag #toptentuesday on Twitter for more top ten posts.

My Life Without a Computer Would be …

My life without a computer would consist of similar things as it does now: ie; snail mail letter writing and contests, self-publishing as well as queries to publishers. I’d probably do more playing and singing in small venues with my guitar. I used to do it a lot more when I lived in the OC. Up here in the high desert there really aren’t any places to play. If there were no computers, who knows I’d might move where there is a more of a live music/open mic culture.

Your life without a computer: what does it look like?

Source: Life After Blogs | The Daily Post

Update on Yesterday

Today was awesome. The child that was having troubles on Friday told me today I was “his hero.” I never thought he would say something so kind to me. I thought he didn’t care for Mr. Riley much at all. It reminds me that we never know what kinds of day these kids are having and/or their homelife. Sometimes their bad behavior in class is related to that and not you, the teacher. My role is to take care of my students, even on their bad days. I like to write down anecdotes about days like this and bring them out on rainy days!

ROW80 Sunday Check-in 1.24.2016

Recap: I’ve been doing much more than the below routine so I look forward to fulfilling it this week. Many thanks to the hosts of #ROW80 for giving me a place to outline my blog routine.

#ROW80 weekly blog routine. (What I aspire to do)

  1. Write a Daily Post blog prompt every day.
  2. Write 3 movie reviews a week.
  3. Every evening, write an online diary entry.
  4. Read and comment on other people’s work, ideally 3 comments before writing a post.
  5. Continue to work in different post formats and include their tumblr style icons. ie; this one is an “aside” hence the “Aa” icon up top.

A SoCS Swan Swan Hummingbird Goes By

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “odd/even.”  Use one, use both, use ’em any way you’d like! Enjoy!

Source: The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Jan. 23/16 | Linda G. Hill

Six on one half dozen the other is such a cool American idiom. Odds and evens remind me of that. This is free association SoCS right? Do I have to make sense of why? I discovered the idiom in an REM song in 80’s. Michael Stipe sings,

Six and one, half dozen the other
Tell that to the captain’s mother

Swan Swan Hummingbird, REM

I listened to their music so closely growing up. Lucky for me, Stipe was a literary guy like myself so I had a lot of stuff to look up through the years. I think part of my impetus to study English at the university was because I liked lyrics so much, especially his. ODD/EVEN has another connotation for me. Sarah’s dad when he first really hung out with me at the lake came up to me reaching for my nearly hairless chest, I’m not a hairy guy, and pulled some out saying “odd or even.” My wife was so embarrassed but I thought it was funny. For the life of me I still don’t know why he thought it was funny. A final one: computers work on a system of zeroes and ones. I think of that pattern as odd/even. Blogging works on a giant mountain of odd/even symbols.

#SoCS rocks! Try it yourself, read the directions at Linda Hill‘s post.