This past week, I signed up for MoviePass. I first heard about it, a few months ago when one of my coworkers signed up for it. The way it works is that you pay a monthly fee for “unlimited” visits to movie theaters. The fee is dependent on where you live ($29-$39/mo) but for me it was $35/mo. I figure that my break-even point is 3-4 movies per month, so if I see at least 1 movie per week, I am coming out ahead. My only complaint so far is that not all theatres in the area are covered by the program. In order for the program to work with the theatre, they need to accept discover cards. It looks like the Oriental, the Downer, and the iPic aren’t covered. That leaves me with the Fox Bay and the North Shore. It’s not ideal that I can’t go to every theatre but I think it will be OK in the end.
Also, this past week, I received a reply from the NSA, to my FOIA request for any records they have been building by spying on my phones. They denied it, stating, “your requests are denied because the fact of the existence or non-existence of responsive records is a currently and properly classified matter in accordance with Executive Order 13526, as set forth in Subparagraph (c) of Section 1.4.” That line says, “intelligence activities (including covert action), intelligence sources or methods, or cryptology.” So, I think that what they are claiming is that even though they are spying on Americans, you do not know which Americans, so we do not have telling.
Useful and/or interesting stuff I found this week: