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timewaster of the day

This articles describes how Netflix has tagged movies in such a way as to produce many very very specific subgenres:
http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/01/how-netflix-reverse-engineered-hollywood/282679/

The silly, timewasting takeaway from this article is that if you have a Netflix account you can log in and put this into your browser:

http://movies.netflix.com/WiAltGenre?agid="N"

And replace "N" with a number between 1 and 93116 (that's as far up as I was able to find genres), and you'll see an impossibly specific genre of movies such as "Golden Globe Award-winning Coming-of-age Movies" or (when I entered part of my fake Internet birthdate) "Gritty Political Movies based on Books".

Some of the numbers don't work and some of them bring up a genre but there are no movies listed in it.

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