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  • I'm just about mentally committed to completely re   14 years 3 weeks ago

    Ah, a little glitch: I named myself because I thought I was having to post anonymously, but apparently not so - but the button did say "post anonymously".

  • I'm just about mentally committed to completely re   14 years 3 weeks ago

    Jim, for me, a visit to TL usually goes the following way: I click "my lists" to login and check my lists for new comments to answer, then if I have any "administering" to do I do it (or sometimes this gets left til later), then I click "search" and "what people are saying" and check out new comments in general, and from here I might go to other's lists to make comments, then I usually click "recently updated lists" - this often leads to checking out new lists rather than updated ones, so you might consider separating those two functions. I rarely use the author index nowadays, but it is, of course, a necessary feature. I remember when I first arrived at this site that I found the major links down the left side a bit misleading in their wording; e.g., "my lists" and "my profile" give the impression of a personal hompage with those links leading to info about the site's owner. You might consider changing these to something like "user's lists", although "user's profiles" wouldn't be appropriate, so I don't know what you'd do with that one.

    Btw, this is bertie, who obviously didn't follow routine this time - but I did say "usually".

  •   14 years 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for the compliments, Jim.

    Ah, the last 20 entries... This has been crunch-week at my work, so I haven't had the opportunity to post much lately. Too much overtime has conspired to keep me chained to my desk and away from the site. Hopefully, I can start adding to my list again next week. Pretty sleazy to post everything but the top 20, eh?

    I'd like to second the recommendation for Johnny's list. His knowledge of American music is staggering, and the list is extremely judicious in narrowing such a marvelous field down to 100.

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • canadian musicians i think i'd like if i heard more of   14 years 3 weeks ago

    Ah yes, there are the Hip. Personally, I love the Hip and GBS, but I think I'm in the same boat as you for the rest of them. Never heard of 2,3,4 though...

  • canadian musicians i love   14 years 3 weeks ago

    Lowest of the Low is highly recommended, if you can find any of their stuff.

    I'd never heard that porn star thing about BNL. Still, I can't fault their music. New album coming in a couple weeks...

  • films i'm avoiding for one reason or another   14 years 3 weeks ago

    Why not Boiler Room? I just saw it myself, and thought it was quite good.

  • canadian musicians i love   14 years 3 weeks ago

    Were Neil Young and The Band intentionally left off?

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • canadian musicians i love   14 years 3 weeks ago

    Some good picks and some stuff I've never heard of, but I have some questions... Where are The Tragically Hip? They're easily one of my favorite bands Canadian or otherwise. Have you ever heard of Lowest of the Low? They're a fantastic, but sadly now defunct, band. Why Barenaked Ladies only some of the time?

  • I'm just about mentally committed to completely re   14 years 4 weeks ago

    Me too. I'm thinking this could be handled via the "watch list" feature above. So when you're watching a list, you get mail when it changes, or when new comments are made to it. Checking that the new comment is a direct reply to your specific comment is a little harder (what about a reply to a reply?). Maybe I could also add a user preference "check here to automatically watch lists that I comment on".

  • I'm just about mentally committed to completely re   14 years 4 weeks ago

    Maybe it's my love of parallelism (or something), but I like the categories: aural, textual, and visual.

    Or you could be more strightforward and go for audio, video, print.

  • I'm just about mentally committed to completely re   14 years 4 weeks ago

    I'm very happy that we can now know, via the stars, when a new comment has been added to our lists, but I'd also like to know when someone has replied to my comment on another list.

  • I'm just about mentally committed to completely re   14 years 4 weeks ago

    Great idea. It would be a good idea to be able to check a box in order to watch your own lists as well. I would love this feature.

  • 0008: Harrison Ford's Ten Best Films   14 years 4 weeks ago

    I'll have to watch Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade again. I've seen Raiders countless times, but I've only seen the others once or twice each (in the theater, and then right around the VHS release, so it's been awhile). I remember thinking that the darkness of ToD kinda betrayed the mood of the original, while TLC recaptured it. But I do agree about the ending of TLC. I'll let you know if I stand by my ranking when I rewatch them (which might take a long while).

  • I'm just about mentally committed to completely re   14 years 4 weeks ago

    Think about user preferences. Once you've logged in, how would you like to be able to customize The Listology to suit your habits?

  • I'm just about mentally committed to completely re   14 years 4 weeks ago

    This would be difficult (possibly) to implement, but I'm trying to think of a way to capture some kind of list revision history. Sometimes (often) when I go to a list that has recently been updated, I can't tell what is new, if anything (or maybe the owner saved it just to clear the "new comments" star - the new site will unrelate that functionality). Maybe if I just save the current version and the previous version, I can compare the two. Hmmm....

  • I'm just about mentally committed to completely re   14 years 4 weeks ago

    Another idea: When you see a list you like, you could check a box to "watch" it. Then you'll get an e-mail in your inbox every time that list is updated. And the owner of a list (or anybody, for that matter), could see how many folks found his/her list interesting enough to "watch". Thoughts?

  • I'm just about mentally committed to completely re   14 years 4 weeks ago

    This is an interesting issue that has been around from the beginning. Various folks have requested various sections: television, radio, magazines, essays, or just "other" ("favorite M&M colors" for example).

    I remain torn. Broadening the focus of the site might make it more interesting. Or it might spread it too thin. I have hesitated--and continue to hesitate--to add new sections for fear of detracting from the movie/book/music focus of the site.

    I don't think a proliferation of categories is a good idea (television, magazines, whatever). However, I do see some possibilities:

    I could rename the existing categories in a broader fashion. Perhaps "moving pictures", "the written word", and "audio" (clearly these need work, but you get the idea). So TV and movies would be lumped together.

    Also, I could add an "other" category that folks could use to kick in whatever they fancy. Humerous lists, Lettermanesque Top 10 lists, etc. To keep this from detracting from the media-focus of the site, I would probably not make the "other" category searchable, but it would be browsable (so you could click on a "view all Other lists" link).

    What do you think?

  • 0013: Tom Hanks' Six Best Films   14 years 4 weeks ago

    I think I have to disagree with Jim's wife. I didn't really see this movie as a tearjerker, and thus did not feel that the failure to produce any was a drawback to the film. I think it's a good solid story with some very good acting. David Morse is always a treat (see the comments in Greatest Supporting Actors.) Though it figures I'd like this movie - I'm always a fan of Stephen King stories that don't really get attributed to him (i.e. The Shawshank Redemption).

    Hey, where's Joe Versus the Volcano or the Burbs? C'mon, they're both fine forums for Hanks' talent! ;)

  • I'm just about mentally committed to completely re   14 years 4 weeks ago

    I know that a few of my friends have commented that they would like to be able to add television lists. If there was a television section, I would probably contribute.

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • 0013: Tom Hanks' Six Best Films   14 years 4 weeks ago

    I liked Forrest Gump. At times it did lay it on a bit thick, perhaps, but I think a great deal of backlash was generated when it defeated Pulp Fiction for the Best Picture Oscar. Sure, I think Pulp deserved the award more, but that's hardly Forrest's fault. I believe others try to read messages into the film that I'm not sure are really there. I like the film.

    Big would indeed be number 6; I almost made this a top 6 list, but then decided not to. Perhaps I still well.

    Thanks for the view on Green Mile.

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • 0013: Tom Hanks' Six Best Films   14 years 4 weeks ago

    Regarding The Green Mile, my wife put it best: "it was a tearjerker that failed to jerk any tears." We both liked it, but didn't find ourselves too involved emotionally (except for some scenes). Definitely a worthwhile rental, but I wouldn't say it affects this list.

    Some would take exception with Forrest Gump. Many found it treacly. Not I, however. Nor you?

    However, I'm surprised not to see Big on this list. It's tough to say which movie should get the axe to make room, though. Perhaps you could make it a "best 6" list? :)

  • Essential Albums: Sophomore Efforts   14 years 4 weeks ago

    Hard to argue with anything on this fantastic list. Question: Do you prefer Too Much Too Soon to the Dolls' debut? I'm only curious...

    Nice to see Isn't Anything make a list!

    I'm not sure if you're interested or not, but the reissue of The Band's second album is being released August 15 or thereabouts. I highly recommend it (it is number 5 on my all time list, for what that's worth)!

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • 0007: My Ten Favorite 2000 Films   14 years 4 weeks ago

    I'm going to have to see The Whole Nine Yards. Thanks for the suggestion!

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • 0011: Steven Spielberg's Ten Best Films   14 years 4 weeks ago

    Boy, I'm not sure I can better Bertie's description, except to emphasize how much of the director's skill shines since the film lacks a large budget or grand theme to obscure it. This is lean and mean, and while it is not Steven's best, it is certainly a unique pleasure in his work.

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs

  • 0008: Harrison Ford's Ten Best Films   14 years 4 weeks ago

    I definitely meant the best films he has starred in and not necessarily his best performances.

    I excluded several of the film you mentioned (Apocalypse Now, for instance) because I didn't really feel Harrison was one of the main stars of the picture, not because they weren't better than the films on my list. I haven't seen Air Force One yet, perhaps much to my shame.

    Shalom, y'all!

    L. Bangs