5 Lunchtime Links: Netflix codes

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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, file photo, a person displays Netflix on a tablet in North Andover, Mass. Some television companies are balking as more people watch shows online, and may start delaying the release of shows to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. These studios fear that the success of streaming services might lead more households to cut back or drop cable TV services. It also comes as online services have been dabbling in creating their own television shows. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, file photo, a person displays Netflix on a tablet in North Andover, Mass. Some television companies are balking as more people watch shows online, and may start delaying the release of shows to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. These studios fear that the success of streaming services might lead more households to cut back or drop cable TV services. It also comes as online services have been dabbling in creating their own television shows. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

A person displays Netflix on a tablet in North Andover, Mass. Some television companies are balking as more people watch shows online, and may start delaying the release of shows to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. These studios fear that the success of streaming services might lead more households to cut back or drop cable TV services. It also comes as online services have been dabbling in creating their own television shows. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

1. Netflix ‘secret codes’ make browsing easy.

Scanned through general categories like “comedy” and “drama” so many times on Netflix that you nearly have the order of the movies memorized? It might be time to try some more specific categories like “suspenseful movies starring Brad Pitt” or “sci-fi adventure for kids ages 8 to 10.” But how? Check out this list of specialized Netflix category codes, each with a different numerical identifier that can be used to zone in on just what you’re looking for.

2. Austin loses 1,200 music industry jobs in past four years.

According to a recent study commissioned by Austin Music People and conducted by local firm TXP Inc., Austin has lost more than 1,200 music industry jobs in the past four years. The report also says the “year-round economic activity by local artists, venues and businesses” has dropped 15 percent during that time. Despite these discouraging figures, the total economic impact of the music industry on the city has grown from $1.6 billion to $1.8 billion. This is primarily due to Austin’s strong “festival economy,” and the debut of the Austin360 Amphitheater.

3. Happy National Margarita Day!

Today we celebrate every Texan’s favorite limey, frozen cocktail, the best way we know how: by having one! If you’ve already got a favorite margarita and a spot to get them, head there now. Otherwise, take a look at our readers’ favorite margaritas using our interactive margarita map. 24 different margaritas in and around Austin that give us plenty of reasons (excuses) to celebrate!

4. Who else can you see during SXSW?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. With SXSW revelations raining down on us, it can be hard to keep track of what exactly you’re looking forward to the most. Doubtless the announcement that Spotify House, this year located at the now shuttered Nuevo Leon on East Sixth Street, is promising performances by Miguel, Chvrches, Kacey Musgraves and Vince Staples makes the choice no less confusing. Still not excited? Maybe today’s addition of Miike Snow, the Kills and Ghostland Observatory will do it for you.

5. NASA release strange ‘space music.’

The Apollo 10 mission did more than just orbit the moon two months before astronauts landed on it in 1969. The astronauts aboard the mission also discovered a strange sort of “space music,” recordings of which have only recently been released by NASA. “That music even sounds outer-spacey, doesn’t it? You hear that? That whistling sound?” lunar module pilot Eugene Cernan asks in the recording. The strange whistling was recorded during an hour when the spacecraft was out of radio contact with mission control.


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