Chernobyl

Chernobyl

The series on HBO has come to an end, and while in some ways it suffers from the usual dragging pace of binge-watch oriented series, and the previously mentioned "lets make a representative scientist character, who know more than all her coworkers, a woman" - significantly toned down after the introductory episode - is still a solid retelling of the Chernobyl disaster. The infogalactic article is a long one covering the accident in more depth as well as alternate hypothesis regarding the sequence of events and responsibility/issues.Long story short - a perfect storm design flaws, piss poor training,…

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Norwegian Cinema - Kon Tiki

Norwegian Cinema - Kon Tiki

First - apologize for the lack of a post yesterday. Second, as you can likely guess from the title, there will be more than one film discussed over several posts. Anyway...For one reason or another, I've managed to watch, and enjoy several movies out of Norway over the last few years, most recently the story of Thor Heyerdahl and the raft christened Kon-Tiki. Highly recommended.The movie certainly shows a degree of polish that I would call worthy of an Oscar nomination, but doesn't have the dreck usually associated with the Oscars in it - likely why it was…

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A Bit of Cyberpunk

A Bit of Cyberpunk

While I'm never not going to be a metal/rock guy, I took a long tour through trance, and other modern dance including the Cruxshadows end of darkwave, and more recently, The Midnight and other retrowave groups. As a result, I was overjoyed to stumble into Didact's recommendation of Scandroid. The first track he shows, "Empty Streets" has not only an excellent and evocative sound but a stylish 8-bit lyric video.So, to follow on a theme, one of more recent listens has been a retro Darkwave artist by the name of Irving Force, and I've really come to like…

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Falling Angels and Burning Bright

Falling Angels and Burning Bright

Saw John Wick the other day. Lots of action, interesting characters, with yet again a lot of John Wick's history and background exposed by how he is treated by the people he meets, including the surreal experience of a fanboy out to kill him.If you liked the first two, go see it. Men of the West has an interesting, spoiler filled take on it and the relationships between boomers, gen-X, and millenials, after their initial teaser setting up the premise.In short, go see it.So, instead, I'm here to talk about my ipression of a few trailers I…

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Memorial Day

To everyone who's lost someone, to everyone who's fought and died for what they thought was right in this country, even if the system wasn't always what it should have been, thank you, my prayers.And you know who you are. Miss you.…

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Misfeatures, and Enhanced User Experience

Misfeatures, and Enhanced User Experience

At first I'd hear stories of how things constantly get worse, and figured it was old techies doing a geek style version of "get off my lawn". Or figured, like Scott Adams, that life is getting complex enough that even smart people are getting relatively stupid.I'm not sure if the recent news to hit the MSM that IQ is indeed dropping (I wonder why? What's changed, demographically?) is relevant, or how, but I've come around to the view that things are indeed going to shit.Apple no longer has the design lead on high build quality, thin, hi rez…

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