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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

User Review , Link Sharing
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

Social Networks , Link Sharing
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

Podcasts , History
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

Podcasts , History
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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Cool Stuff Inc

Cool Stuff Inc

http://www.coolstuffinc.com

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weesh

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This is my favorite online retailer. I've spent well over a thousand dollars on the site, and it is NOT because they have great deals. In fact, you could often find better deals elsewhere. And they offer modest shipping times compared to other retailers. So why shop at cool stuff if it isn't the best deal or the fastest?

1) KILLER search function
It is unbelievable to me how powerful their search is for specific trading cards. When I'm building a "magic the gathering" deck, I often use their site to find applicable cards that might fit the theme because it is in many ways superior to the official Magic site.
You can find the cards in half the time, and then, of course, the prices and availability will be right there!

2) Customer Service
Given that I've bought maybe 1000+ individual items from large games to single cards, it is impressive how infrequently an order has had an error. But when it did happen, it was fixed quickly and professionally.

3) Better layout, more intuitive purchasing, and clearer UI than the alternatives.
When you pull up a specific card, the text is visible, and every possible edition is presented with a thumbnail picture. There is no need to go to a third party site to figure out which one you want.

4) price is "what you see is what you get"
I love how negligible prices are for shipping cards. no need to do mental math to figure out if it is worth it to you or not. $1 total for pretty much any number of singles is so sane that it it is surprising.

In short, the site is very enjoyable to use, include a silly little level-up features as you to get bigger and bigger discounts as you spend more money.

I've shopped at many places but I'll probably stay with cool stuff for 95% of the rest of my gaming purchases.
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eHarmony

eHarmony

http://eharmony.com

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Site setup is easy, but you make your profile WELL before you are given payment options. What this means is that you get invested in the site, and then you are shown the rates, which can be a bit shocking if you have never used a dating site before.
I highly recommend finding a promo code for the site before starting.

Additionally, creating your profile is easy, as there are lots of prompts to help you know what to put and where. It can feel a little pushy sometimes, but it is probably for the best that you follow its lead with such things as "add a 2nd picture to your profile".

The initial contacts are also intuitive and, by design, you cannot directly talk to people. You can send ice breaker style questions to someone you are interested in, or you can request permission to go right to chatting, but the other person would need to agree.

A few problems that I've found:
1) if the site breaks, it is not rapidly fixed, though it was fixed
2) if you live in a very small town, you'll get hassled to expand your preferences. for instance, when I lived in Alaska, it wanted me to allow matches up to 6 hours away by car.
3) as you start discussions with people, the message chains try to bury themselves under your other contacts. there is no way to make someone a primary interest, and thus see what they have said to you easier.
4) you end up doing a LOT of scrolling to keep track of everything the site throws at you.
5) there is a "pause" function, if you start to date someone, but like many fringe features, it is hard to find.

My experience was negative in the small town, but positive in the large town, even though I've not found someone who fits me yet.

The site also includes a lot of helpful articles on dating subjects in general, that are unrelated to online dating.
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