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TorgoX (1933)

TorgoX
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Saturday October 29, 2005
02:23 PM

The Burke index

[ #27367 ]
Dear Log,

Interfaces on DVDs are awful and getting worse.

Folks, I just wanna press Play (once!) and have the movie start. Yes, the actual movie, not the "preview" blurbs, not menus where you can't tell what's selected because it's too cutesy, not the increasingly insane FBI warning screens, not the repeated "splash screens" for the studio, but the movie, the actual reason I rented or bought the disk.

I have taken to quantifying part of the interface awfulness, by counting the minimum clicks to takes to get to the actual movie. I am toying with the idea of calling that number "the Burke index". I think this would firmly establish the tradition of my naming deeply frustrating things after myself.