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Time Warner

Time Warner

http://www.timewarner.com

Official , Film & Television
BattleChimp

BattleChimp

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Go on a journey with me.

Imagine you live in a world where you want for nothing. Love is abundant, money does not exist, and, therefore, is joyfully meaningless. The world reacts to your every desire as long as you wish it into existence. The perfect utopia is yours, and you benevolently watch over it with the dearest affection.

And then, one day, without you even knowing, a shadow creeps into your perfect glen. At first, it is barely noticeable, as if it only exists in the corner of your eye, and when you try to look directly at it, it vanishes without a trace. Soon, you begin to find small flakes of ash floating in the shadow-thing's wake. It is bigger now, and it brings with it a distinctive air of unease. The unease grows steadily, just as the shadow creature does, into a heavy and oppressive dismay, and then into a cold, shuddering fear.

The shadow creature becomes more bold, and the ash now comes in piles, followed by trails of black tar and decay. It comes closer and closer to you each day until, soon, it stands at your side, spewing poisonous thoughts into your ears. The perfect utopia you created out of love begins to degrade as it becomes more difficult to push out the bile being constantly bombarded into your mind by the shadow beast.

Your attempts to rid the world of the beast is all in vain, as every time you attempt to separate it from your paradise only brings more of its inky ugliness into form. It gains strength from your failed attempts, and as you begin to hate the beast, it only causes it to grow in power.

Now, to be around the monster is painfully woeful. You can't remember the last time your cheeks were dry of tears or when your fists weren't clutched so tightly in anger that it caused a steady throbbing pain to shoot up your arms and sink red hot claws into your mind. The sound of your constantly grinding teeth are completely drowned out by the din of heckling laughter and snapping wind.

The monster now has a monopoly on your soul, and as the sun is blocked out by pitch black clouds, you realize you will never see the sun again. You sit on your ruined world of tar and ash, close your eyes, and try to remember a time without the sickness of the beast.

You can't.

Time Warner is Eternal.

Time Warner is pain.

Time Warner is a monster.
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FlitterWeb

FlitterWeb

http://www.flitterweb.com

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LupisLupine

LupisLupine

531

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Yo dog. I heard you like reviews. So I am writing a review of your review site so you could read a reviews of reviews while you review reviews.
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Netflix

Netflix

http://www.netflix.com

Video Streaming , Film & Television
Alexander Winn

Alexander Winn

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Netflix is my go-to video streaming service, both on my computer and on my AppleTV's. I also use their DVD-by-Mail system, which has a much, much larger selection of content. The website is laid out well, and their recommendation algorithm, for finding videos you might like based on your previous ratings, is incredibly accurate.

The website has imperfect integration of the Streaming and DVD halves of its business, and sometimes it can be a pain to get information about a movie or TV show without starting the stream accidentally, but otherwise it's a very good example of what you'd want from a movie/TV streaming site: lots of content that's easily accessible.

If they had more available for streaming, and if the streaming library stopping shifting around based on contracts with the studios, this site would be just about perfect.
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ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek

http://www.thinkgeek.com

Shopping , Geek
LupisLupine

LupisLupine

531

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So so may gifts have come to me from ThinkGeek. It is an amazing site for all things nerdy and fun. Their products are quality tested and all really nice items once you receive them. They also do a wonderful job categorizing their offers by type.

Need something Star Trek themed? No Problem.
Star Wars or Doctor Who? Easy.
Bacon? Yes, please.

They make it way too darned easy to take my money.

I think my only complaint would be the after purchase spam. Watch what you click when you set up your account, or you will get emails forever.
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Facebook

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com

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evylynrose

evylynrose

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I've hated Facebook for years. Because of the sheer volume of users, it made itself indispensable as a place to keep in touch with loved ones and for self-promotion.

It was never pretty, but it served a purpose. It's one of the least user-friendly and worst organized sites in terms of settings, but users only concerned with posting, liking, and sharing updates will disagree. Reports of problems or suggestions receive an automated message that your message may be seen but won't receive a response.

Many significant updates over the years - several of which occurred without notice - have prevented you from seeing what you want to see. There's something disturbing about family and friends not seeing a friend's post about a loved one's death, but they will see the silly meme (and related ads) that same friend posted at the same time.

It's not just important updates from loved ones either. You know those companies and people you liked and followed so you could keep up on them easily and without effort? Well, if they aren't dishing out money on special advertising you won't see the important stuff, and if you don't know there's special news feeds you have to visit or go directly to their page on a regular basis, you'll never see anything from them ever again.

With changes like this, Facebook no longer provides the service it's supposed to. It is no longer a social networking site but a site for ads and keeping you distracted with only certain types of posts so you'll see more ads. If you're a business or self-promoting? It's a place you must pay for your efforts to have effect and what you are paying for may not be what the services and numbers suggest.

Here are the effects of not using Facebook today:
-No impact on business
-More time for anything everyday
-Increased interaction from loved ones by more personal means
-Less headaches
-Increased attention span and awareness
-Only the true addicts of Facebook get confused when you tell them you don't use it
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The History of Byzantium

The History of Byzantium

http://thehistoryofbyzantium.com

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Terry Young

Terry Young

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Mike Duncan's magnum opus "The History of Rome" (THoR) was a landmark in history podcasting, indeed, podcasting in general. It's what inspired me to start my own detailed narrative podcast "The History of the Early Church." When I finished the last episode of THoR I found myself wanting more even after nearly 200 episodes! But thank God we have Robin Pearson to continue the story of Romania. "The History of Byzantium" (HoTB) is a welcome continuation of Mike's work, both faithful to the style of its predecessor, but also its own standalone podcast. Robin's diction is clear and fluid, and his accent makes for soothing audio. Robin's fearlessness is also to be commended. He plans to take the narrative of the Roman Empire from the mid-fifth century to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. In many ways this narrative task is even more ambitious than THoR given that in Mike's podcast, while covering slightly more time than Robin's will, the early centuries of Roman history until Julius Caesar, and especially before the Punic wars, were covered in about 40 to 50 episodes given the lack of detailed contemporary source material. Robin will have a greater challenge in that every century of Byzantine history has, more or less, detailed primary sources. Where as Mike Duncan could cover the entire 250 years of the Roman kingdom in just a few episodes, Byzantine history affords Pearson no such thing. Byzantine history also spans across many historical periods (ie. Late Antiquity, Early, High, & Late Medieval). This means an ever changing geological cast of people's and nations around the Roman Empire, a lot of to cover! Thus, Robin is to be commended for his fearless ambition and he has thus far succeeded in spades. The two hour episode on Heraclius' victorious campaign against Persia was masterful and is perhaps the best example of Robin being able and willing to set himself to the historical task at hand.
Since this is a history of the Byzantine Empire, the subject of religion plays a key role in a way that it did not in THoR. Robin's coverage of Byzantine Orthodox Christianity is done with accuracy and maturity. While some may think his coverage is a bit thin on the details with subjects like say Monophysitism, this would be to misunderstand his purpose. His podcast is about the Roman state, with the Christian Church playing a secondary role in his narrative. It is the intricacies of the imperial court, not the councils and schism of clerics, that he aims to cover. The subject of Islam also now plays a major role, though I felt Robin was a bit over cautious here, as though he felt he was stepping on eggshells with every sentence.
One of the novel additions Robin has brought to the story of the Roman Empire are his end of the century review episodes. While Mike took a break from the narrative in the reign of Antoninus Pius, Robin takes these breaks every 100 years, surveying not only the Empire but the world around it. This is, I think, an improvement of the THoB over its predecessor. Robin really makes you feel like you are in the world of Late Antiquity.
"The History of Byzantium" is one of the best history podcasts on iTunes. No podcast and/or history lover can afford to not listen to it!
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The History of Byzantium

The History of Byzantium

http://thehistoryofbyzantium.com

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Tony Diaz

Tony Diaz

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Like many others, I came to The History of Byzantium having just sailed through the entirety of Mike Duncan's riveting The History of Rome podcast. On the heels of Mike's description of the Rome's collapse in the West, I found myself hungry for the next chapter. What about the Greek-speaking half of the empire that survived for another 1,000 years, almost to the Renaissance? I have long felt like this is one of those gaping holes in Western history as it is customarily taught: a huge chapter of European history that we for some reason ignore.

Well, Robin Pierson has never disappointed as a successor to Mike Duncan. In his hands, Eastern Roman imperial history has unfolded with real fluency. After briefly reviewing how the late Roman Empire's power and wealth shifted toward the Greek-speaking east and toward Christianity under Constantine, Robin dove in to the bitter controversies and mysteries of Byzantine politics after the West fell. Since then, Robin has told a consistently engaging tale, balancing palace and church intrigue, military strategy, and broad social commentary.

Throughout, Robin always points up controversial issues and the difficulties of understanding ancient texts and archaeological questions. The website provides plenty of maps, illustrations, and a rich bibliography for further reading. I especially appreciate his inclusion of guest subject matter experts in the podcast, drawing listeners into controversies over (for example) the origins of Islam. I eagerly anticipate every broadcast. Always fascinating.
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The History of Byzantium

The History of Byzantium

http://thehistoryofbyzantium.com

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The Wheelman

The Wheelman

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Simply a great podcast. It's great that someone has taken on themselves to continue the great work begun by Mike Duncan in "The History of Rome", and so far it's been an worthy continuation.

My particular favorite parts so far are a ~45 minute episode on the self-identification of people in the so-called "Byzantine Empire" (hint: they never called themselves that), and an epic 2-hour episode on the last war between the Romans and the Persians in the 6th century, in which Heraclius takes the last army in the Empire to an almost impossible victory.

In short, whether or not you've listened to "The History of Rome", this is a podcast I would recommend to anyone with any interest in history, particularly Roman/ancient history.
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IMDb

IMDb

http://www.imdb.com

Reference , Film & Television
LoveHorses235

LoveHorses235

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Ever been watching a show and thought, "Where have I seen that person before?" Just jump on imdb and find that actor in a second. For movie buffs, this site is a go to for reviews, information, and just general movie info.
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Viewster

Viewster

http://www.viewster.com

Video Streaming , Film & Television
tvanstee

tvanstee

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A pretty busy homepage with a lot of content on it but with nicely designed top navigation. The footer is similarly well-designed and leads the user to not be overwhelmed despite the great amount of content present on the site.

I would consider reducing the amount of options on the homepage, and perhaps replacing it with more information about the service itself rather than a simple list of all videos on the page.

Overall, however, the design is clean and functional and is generally good - and can be made great - by making the user experience somewhat less overwhelming.
12...7

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