A mixed bag for this entry.
While checking to make sure a for-testing-purpose My::Module was not indexed by the CPAN indexer, I noticed several authors have lets various My:: modules get through to the indexer and been caught with their pants down, so to speak.
Lacking a working rt.cpan.org today, what better solution that to name and shame here!
Buster CPAN Authors (add those missing no_index entries guys!)
To make this entry a bit more useful, I thought I'd outline a highly useful Movie Trailer Rule I developed a few years ago. And it goes a little something like this...
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Movie studios spend a lot of money creating feature films, and they really need to get it back. But unlike the people that actually MADE the movie and have their egos at stake, once you've paid your money it no longer really matters to the movie studios how good you think the movie is, except for the fact you might tell your friends it was good, and maybe it gets an Oscar.
To help convince you to go see a movie you might otherwise not bother, they create trailers
Trailers are specifically designed to make you think the movie is cool, so you will go see it and pay them money. Trailers arn't created for the fans. The fans will be going to see the movie ANYWAY, so the movie studio has no real interest in doing anything for them.
Trailer production (for your typical 30 second trailer) works something like this.
Your typical movie might have 20 "cool" or "whoa" moments spread throughout it's length. The stuff that triggers that emotional response, or an adrenalin hit. The things that make you walk out thinking a movie was good. Better movies might have more, say 40 or 50. Crap movies have less, say 5-10 (or less).
For most movies, most of these moments will only have any value the first time you see them. Think Darth Maul opening his two-bladed light sabre for the first time, or the crazy plot twist at the end of "The Game". The are nowhere near as cool the second time you see the movie, and boring by the 10th time.
Once you've seen it once, the surprise is over. Most plot "whoa" moments or cool special effects fit this type.
To convince you to go see a movie, your typical Hollywood trailer is going to give you an advance look at maybe 4 or 5 "whoa" moments! Which is why trailers look so cool when you see it for the first time. The "whoa" density is huge! You get a big emotional response, and you go see the movie.
The trailer worked.
But to get maximum coverage, by the time you actually go see the movie, you've seen the trailer 5 or 10 times at other movies, on TV, or online. Those cool moments have effectively been "spent".
So what was previously at decent movie is now heading down towards "crap" ratings. Only the best of the best will still look good, despite leaking those "whoa" moments.
For movies that are not-so-great already, all of a sudden you have spent over 50% of the cool bits of the movie, and your movie officially now "sucks".
My conclusion from this?
As soon as you have decided to part with your money, trailers have served their purpose and are now damaging to your experience of the movie itself.
If a movie if coming that you KNOW you are going to see even before the trailers, DO NOT WATCH IT!!!
The first movie I ever tried this on was Star Wars Episode 1. And ok, it kind of sucked anyways. Nothing could really have saved it.
BUT!!!! Hot damn that double light sabre was cool. I was sitting there going "WHOA!!!" and the rest of cinema (opening night no less) was sitting around me in dead silence, bored. Weird experience. I checked the trailers afterwards, and yep, the double bladed light sabre was in every single trailer EVAR!!!
Completely ruined it for everyone.
Implementing this rule has made my movie experiences SO much better, although it feels a little silly to sit in the cinema during a trailer for something I know I'll watch with my fingers in my ears singing "la la la la lAAAA!"
If there was ever a testament to what I now call "The Trailer Rule" here it is.
I remember sitting with my eyes closed in fingers in ears during the Star Wars 2 Trailer at the cinema. And it went ON, and ON, and ON and on and on AND ON!!! 8 goddam minutes!
I knew right then and there without seeing a thing, that the general populace were going to think it sucked. In that 8 minute trailer, you saw pretty much the entire movie, and almost every single "whoa" moment, leaving nothing at all for the when watching the movie itself.
People hated Star Wars 2.
I one the other hand, thought it was great! Not "brilliant", but definitely better than "good". I had absolutely no idea what was going to happen, and I loved it! In particular, the sequence that started with the heroes tied to the stone columns and ended with the huge spherical space ship being shot down was amazing. It just escalated and escalated and everything was unexpected and ALL THOSE SHINY LASERS AND WHOA!!!
And everyone else hated it, because they'd seen every vehicle and every cool moment 5 or 10 times already.
So in conclusion, I urge you to use this piece of advice. If you are going to a movie already, skip the trailers. Actively avoid them if you have to. The movie will be far FAR better for it.