Partial seasons have a payoff

Partial seasons have a payoff for the content holder.

Allow me to explain. Years ago I watched a show that I liked called WareHouse 13. Unfortunately they only had two episodes on Netflix, so I never watched past that. It seemed to be on TV but because I didn’t watch because it wasn’t a priority.

So yesterday I see it listed on Amazon Video. Now I don’t like Amazon at all, but I also am very curious about what happened. I also like the story line because it thoughtfully examines different ideas. So I paid the $29 to watch the season 4 and my curiosity is satisfied.

It makes sense that content makers want people to get a taste and then buy things. I don’t mind supporting them in this way. It has brought me lots more pleasure than $29 worth. I think more and more in the future what we will see are productions that are self funded and bypass the traditional gatekeepers.

You see this now with the incredible number of original programs by streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. Some things seem so inevitable, that you look back and it seems weird for it not to happen. Take the internet for example. We look back and wonder what life would be without it.

Many people share this sense of curiosity that I have. I am so glad I bought this season. It features Brent Spiner who was Data on Star Trek. He adds a charm and interesting variety to the show. In some ways the show seems to be grasping at straws by bringing in a big hitter like him, but its ok because I like his character.

When we like something we can forgive almost anything can’t we? I guess now I will be looking Amazon video over for other shows I might enjoy. I tend to like Netflix but Hulu had some good series as well. Why can’t they just have a service where you can pick exactly what you want?


How to handle anger

How to handle anger. I’m no expert but this is what I have learned.

We are not angry at the person but at our own expectations. We believe that we should be treated in a certain manner, and when we are not, then we feel frustrated. The thing is that we may have never communicated that to another person, so how could they be aware of those expectations?

We get angry because we interpret how others treat us through our own experience. If Bob doesn’t pick me up when he promises too, then we feel that Bob doesn’t care about us.

What I have learned is that often what angers us most in others is what we have in ourselves. So for example I have a friend who is sometimes forgetful. That is a problem for me because I remember most things very well. When they forget things then I feel frustrated because their forgetfulness affects me now. An example. I was tired one day and my friend forgot something in my car he needed. So I had to drive back to him to drop it off to him. However to be honest, I sometimes forget things as well. So not only am I angry at him, I’m angry and reminded when I forget things as well.

We get angry because we feel that we give more to the other person than they give to us. Which is interesting because our perception of what we give them is different than their perception of what they receive from us. We know what we give up to be with them. I could go with Bob and have a nice dinner, or stay home and play video games or something else I enjoy. Bob knows that I have a choice, and when I choose to spend time with him then he should feel special.

We get angry because we feel frustrated and we don’t always have a good way to direct those feelings. I get frustrated when I drive more than 2 hours a day. My back starts to hurt and that affects my generally happy mood. I don’t like that, and so when I am asked to drive more than 2 hours a day I try to minimize that. Its not easy, but it really helps in my happiness.

I think we mostly get angry because we are being challenged in what is comfortable to us. Sometimes relationships are the most difficult because they challenge us at a deep level. It takes maturity and wisdom to know how much we can grow, and how much we can deal with at once. Sometimes we get overwhelmed and we have to be patient and kind to ourselves as we are challenged and changing.

Being angry is ok as long as it isn’t the only way we deal with life.

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