Replacing Cable TV with Netflix

My family doesn’t watch a lot of TV yet we pay ~$80/month for cable. To paraphrase Roger Waters: Got fifty channels of shit on the TV to choose from. My kids watch speciality children channels. We all watch Discovery channel for MythBusters and other cool shows, and we sometimes watch the science-fiction channel. That’s it. I decided to evaluate Netflix as an alternative since it’s only $8/month here in Canada.

Revisiting “Psycho”

Roger Ebert writes that, “Hitchcock deliberately wanted Psycho to look like a cheap exploitation film. He shot it not with his usual expensive feature crew (which had just finished North by Northwest) but with the crew he used for his television show.” Subsequently, Psycho feels like the best episode of The Twilight Zone ever, and seeing it projected like I did last night effectively cranks the thrill-o-meter up to 11.

Keeping Kids Busy

My three year old son started playing soccer last week. My daughter’s in gymnastics and piano lessons. My wife goes to the YMCA for exercise regularly, and I play World Of Warcraft. I watch less than a couple of hours of television a week, but the kids watch it a lot; it’s their baby-sitter. We want to reduce our dependency on it, keeping them busy with creative and engaging activities