A Series of Poor Decisions

Posted in Media Management, News & Current Events, Technology by Natalie on October 10, 2011

WOW, Netflix. This has just been a series of really poor business decisions. Who was managing this catastrophe? Netflix had such a solid business plan, and seemingly intelligent and consistent management. You know the old saying, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it?” Well, maybe someone should have said that to Reed Hastings a few months ago. Not only did Netflix raise prices, but then to made the bizarre move to de-brand their perfectly branding company by adding Qwikster…WHAT? And now, it’s like they just woke up in a strangers bed after a bad night of partying, and all they want to do is forget, and run away, the horrible decisions they’ve just made. Oh man, I’m starting to feel embarrassed for them now.

So, for now I currently have my Netflix account on hold…I’m sorry but $17/month for 1 DVD at a time and streaming on my 13 in. laptop – not worth it! Maybe if/when I starting making a little more money (you know, in this booming economy), I”ll unfreeze it, but until then, my Netflix account will continue to collect some dust. Sorry!


Science is Art

Posted in Art & Design, News & Current Events by Natalie on February 22, 2010

Here are the winning photographs and illustrations from the 2009 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. Now, I’m not saying I know what any of things actually are, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t look cool. But I will say that anyone who claims that art and science aren’t link is a damned fool.

Now yinz know not to break the rules!

Posted in News & Current Events, Pittsburgh by Natalie on February 11, 2010

When you live in an major city there is a sense of community. With your friends and neighbors you conquer the bustling, gritty city streets. You all know the quickest way to get downtown or the best local bar for a cheap shot and a beer. You form a bond with your co-patriots, and this bond comes with colloquial quirks (Yinz?!) and social pacts that all adhere to. One of these social “norms” is the act of reserving what you believe to be your parking spot on a crowded street. If you’re a resident of a particular road or avenue where parking is hard to come by, you can be sure that you will put any inanimate object you come by to hang on to your parking spot, and you’ll be damned if somebody violates this sacred code and steals it. Absurd? Yes. Aggressive? You bet. Let the Parking Wars begin!

With the recent blizzards eclipsing the North East, these rules take on a whole new level of ferocity. There have been several articles in various newspapers around the globe telling tales of renegade parkers – people with no sense of morals or common decency. Those who will toss your chair, orange cone, or kitty litter box aside and steal your spot! Well, some fine residents of Pittsburgh had their own solution in dealing with these delinquents.  Enjoy.

Good stuff…

Posted in News & Current Events by Natalie on February 6, 2010

Al Franken lays into CEO & NBC big wigs, and rightfully so, as this merger is something we all should worry about. Glad to see someone has some balls down there on Capital Hill. If you’re not familiar with the potential joining of these big media forces that’s about to go down, or how it could affect your cable/internet access, check out the article below and watch the clips. Hilarious.

Read it.

Oh Jeez.

Posted in News & Current Events by Natalie on February 4, 2010

Someone needs to learn how to handle their shit better.

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