Best TV shows of 2015 (link)

Gabe Weatherhead published a list of his favourite TV shows of 2015. I haven’t watched any of them yet, but several are on my list. I tend to stick to one show at a time.

One comment he made that I find interesting is:

Maybe I'm abnormal, but it's really thrilling that Netflix and Amazon are both making some of the best television around. I haven't cared what was playing on the big three for quite a long time. Unfortunately it's also getting harder to avoid subscriptions to Netflix and Amazon Prime for anyone that's interested in the future of television.

I feel the same way. Ever since I got Netflix, which wasn’t that long ago since it hadn’t officially launched in Australia until recently, I haven’t had the desire to find content elsewhere aside from a couple of shows (e.g. GOT). There’s just so much content in Netflix and the original series I’ve watched have been pretty good for the most part, with a few excellent ones.

Other than at hotel rooms, I haven’t watched live TV in over a year. The few times I’ve turned the hotel TV on it just makes me angry. Most of the content is idiotic crap broken up by way too much, embarrassingly bad advertising. Cable, at least in Australia, is just as bad. Crap content filled with ads. And you have to pay for that?

Fortunately, Netflix has streaming figured out to the point that it works well from an old iPad on hotel Wi-Fi, so there’s no need to watch crap TV anymore.

Personally, I’m also thrilled that Netflix (can’t get Amazon Prime in Australia) is producing so much great content. I have no issues paying the subscription if it gives me the best shows with no advertising. It’s a great business model.

To contribute to Gabe’s list, here are my favourite shows of 2015 in Netflix:

  • Narcos: Season 1 is based in the story of Pablo Escobar. Most of it takes place in Colombia and it’s in Spanish, which makes it feel very authentic. The actors are native speakers and do a great job. It reminded me of Breaking Bad a bit.

  • Sense8: Written and produced by the Wachowski brothers and J. Michael Straczynski. It’s a weird one about eight people with completely different and separate lives that become linked and can see, feel, do, and experience each other. I bet this one is a love it or hate it one. I thought it was brilliant.

  • Peaky Blinders: I only started watching this one last week and based on the first 3 episodes I think it’ll be a good one.

On being more (or less) connected due to the Internet

Dave Pell:

The distractions play an even more aggressive role when it comes to my connection with myself. Most of the moments once reserved for a little alone time have been infiltrated by the realtime Internet. I never just wait for a bus, or just stand in line at a bank, or even just sit and think as I sit stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. At these moments, I pull my phone out of my pocket faster than a gunfighter pulls his weapon out of its holster.

This is essential reading. I was having a conversation over dinner with my family earlier, and we were discussing why it used to seem we had more time to do things before. I think this explains it. We're just always bombarded with stimuli and rarely just stop and wonder. It seems we just don't like being bored.

Boredom is good. It lets the brain relax.

The best investment

If you purchased $1000 of shares in Delta Air Lines one year ago, you would have $49 today! If you bought $1000 of shares in AIG you would have $33. If you purchased $1000 of shares in Lehman Brothers you would have $0 today. But, if you purchased $1000 worth of beer, drank all the beer, turned in the aluminium cans for recycling, you would have $214. Therefore the best current investment plan is to drink heavily and recycle."

Via Column 8. Couldn't find the original source though.

Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Apple's Lion Recovery Disk Assistant:

The Lion Recovery Disk Assistant lets you create Lion Recovery on an external drive that has all of the same capabilities as the built-in Lion Recovery: reinstall Lion, repair the disk using Disk Utility, restore from a Time Machine backup, or browse the web with Safari.

I'm installing it on a thumb drive.

IE Users Have Lower IQ Than Users of Other Web Browsers [STUDY]

Stan Schroeder at Mashable:

Users of Internet Explorer 6 have an average IQ score barely more than 80; Firefox and Chrome users fare much better, with average IQ scores of around 110, while Opera and Camino users have an average IQ score more than 120.

Got it from a friend that's forced to use IE6 at work. Seems fishy. Not sure I believe it, but it's funny. And if you use IE6, please upgrade now. Yes, now. Stop everything and do it now. Now.

UPDATE: I was suspicious of this one at the time, but I thought it was too funny to pass up. It turns out it was a hoax. But I still think it's funny.