Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Amazon Responds on Netflix Outage

Here’s what just this afternoon told Etopia News it had to say about the Christmas Eve outage of Netflix due to a failure in Amazon’s cloud system:

“AWS [Amazon Web Services] experienced issues with the Elastic Load Balancing service that did impact some customers in the US-EAST region. Impacted customers started to recover the evening of December 24 and the service was fully recovered and functioning correctly on December 25. We have been heads down ensuring customers are operating smoothly and will be publishing a full summary of the event in the coming days.”

Netflix’s PR link led me to my suggestions page on their apparently-functioning site, so I’ll be watching “The Great Gatsby” for the next few hours.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Discussion of Diversity and Screenwriting by Award-winning Screenwriters


Chuck Hayward, Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, Paula Yoo, Vivian Lee, and Zak Shaikh, new honorees of the Feature Access Program at the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), and Kim Myers, Director of Diversity at the WGAW, talk about this award and the screenwriting world in general, recorded from multiple locations, including Delaware, on December 20, 2012.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Stanford Genomics Center


Kyle Gschwend, News/Features Writer at the Stanford Daily Newspaper, talks about the creation and operations of the Stanford Center for Computational, Evolutionary and Human Genomics, recorded from Palo Alto, California, on December 13, 2012.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Michael Cutler on Commonwealth v. Pacheco

Michael Cutler, a member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee, talks about the reasoning behind the amicus brief he (along with Stephen Epstein) filed in the case of Commonwealth v. Pacheco, a case testing whether sharing a joint of cannabis constitutes illegal “distribution” of the drug.  He also argues more generally against cannabis prohibition and expresses confidence in the future evolution of cannabis legalization, recorded from Northampton, Massachusetts, on December 11, 2012.