Taoism and Electric Cars

We've continued to blow through our Netflix movies this summer even though we get five at a time. I think it has something to do with our lack of any form of cable or satellite TV service.*

From the past week or two:

  • Who Killed the Electric Car - must see, even if you're not inclined to save the planet.
  • The Tao of Steve - laugh-out-loud funny, clever telling of the ol' "unexpectedly falling in love".
  • Extras: Season 2, Disc 1 - Ricky Gervais. Isn't that enough? In case it's not, this is even better than Season 1. A self-inflated, Johnny-Depp-bashing Orlando Bloom, a condom-flinging Daniel Radcliffe, plus David Bowie. (He's David Bowie, that IS enough.)
  • The Big Tease - Craig Ferguson (plus) as flaming queen of a hairdresser from Glasgow (plus) in a mock-umentary (love those) of him going to L.A. for the world hairdressing competition. So. Damn. Funny.
  • The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain - It's Hugh Grant, based on a true story, set in Wales and just a fun tale.

*In March, while I was volunteering at the kids' school 8-12 hours a day for the annual fundraising gala, I got the crazy idea to cancel our satellite service with Dish Network, our phone service with Vonage, and move everything over to Comcast for simplification and to save a few bucks. Small problem. Vonage, like all of the other VOIP companies, doesn't have to abide by the FCC regulations regarding portability of phone numbers. What does this mean to you, the consumer? It means that when you want to take your phone number of 10+ years with you to another provider, they don't have to give it to you. Nice, eh? They don't actually tell you they aren't going to release the number. Vonage blames it on the sub-contractors. Sweet, huh? The upside/downside to this is that I cancelled our satellite service with Dish once the Comcast installation had been scheduled. We weren't home much given my volunteering schedule. We weren't watching much, if any, TV. No big deal. However, the Comcast hookup was dependent on both phone and cable TV service being connected for the package deal. I was too busy to argue with Vonage about all of this. We weren't missing the TV. We got used to it. The kids started playing together more, watching an occasional DVD, but mostly forgetting that the TV was there at all. We weren't missing the monthly satellite bill, started watching most of what we were missing via Netflix, and here we are. Now, I'm just too cheap to start shelling out $70+/mo. for TV that we can obviously live without. That's a month of lattes. Okay, half a month. Plus, there's always Joost which is the way I think the whole thing should be designed anyway - a la carte, watch what you want, pay for what you want, skip the rest of the crap.