Chappie . Want . Sub . Titles

I jumped in line to see the new film “Chappie” and I was very impressed with the visual trickery that’s yet another jump above what director Neill (not a typo) Blomkamp (also not a typo) did on his excellent previous film “District 9″, with perfect CGI effects everywhere.

PrettyIs

Psst, it’s also a misunderstood love story

As for the audio, ummm…. not so much. In fact it must have been a toss up as to leave room for subtitles or  get clean understandable sound, and the winner was, ummm…. some other movie. Recommendation for you? Bring a friend with you that can read lips (or who managed to find a copy of the script on the ‘net).

JarJarByteme

Good luck reading my lips….

All things considered, I think I’d rather read Chappie’s lines than listen to what sounds like the winner of the Jar Jar Binks happy voice award competition.

subtitles

Not the subtitles I was looking for.

There’s one Mad Max Mutant looking bad guy that got subtitles even though he was speaking nearly English, and because it was understandable for the most part and I was able to follow his dialogue, he stands out for that in this film more than for his evil looks.

Jabba The Hut Hut Hut

A walking waterbed, but not exactly the mutant I was thinking of

I read in a review that the very talented Sharlto Copley was the actor who played the robot cop Chappie, which means that he was the one that did the green suit motion capture work to give the CGI folks an example of the mannerisms, excellent ones that I could also imagine Roberto Benigni doing, physical humor that’s seldom done this well.

Sharito

Back in his District 9 Un-Chappie days.

Now, I’ll just need to find a theater that will screen this film in another language and then provide some back to English subtitles so I can follow the (not too complex, actually) plot.

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March 6, 2015 at 11:44 pm Leave a comment

Are These Secret Photos Of The Koch Brothers With Obama?

In The Beginning, they started out pretty much like any two other normal brothers that were trying to find some way to get by with only a $300 million inheritance between them, a way to survive and cover those day to day kind of expenses that we all have to learn to deal with.

The Early Years

Smiley and Dopey, the early years

They were just two simple men, dim but with a plan, and then came the day that they took that fateful ride with Barry, who was happy just to be able to sit in the back and not have to carry the baggage.

Taking Obama For A Ride

What you talkin’ about Willis?

MSDTRPL EC004

Now listen very carefully, when we’re in public it’s “Mr. Willis” to you…

Try though you might, you can’t outrun Karma

Can't out run Karma

You can’t be having a heart attack, you don’t have a heart!

And where are they now?

So Happy Together

Geeeze, it’s not like we have a hold on a percentage of every dollar in the country!

imago ipsa loquitur

imago ipsa loquitur

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March 5, 2015 at 5:31 pm Leave a comment

Sayonara Samsung

O.K., I know that Sayonara (さようなら) is goodbye in Japanese and that Samsung is a Korean company, but the stretch was needed to make the point as I sadly will bid my fond adieu to my phone manufacturing company of choice for the past few years.

My Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been a easy cruise after the long learning curve I went through with the previous ‘Droid Motorola phones that I’ve had, this one just instantly made sense to me. It fits my hand and my jeans pocket perfectly so I pretty much hit the ground running, the only drama was in learning to live with a steaming pile of bloatware that I didn’t want and couldn’t find a way to remove without the somehow connected Google (I’m looking at you “Maps”) or Samsung related installs going into a deep anaphylaxis shock.

Chances are that I still might in the near future get a newer Note 4, as my old phone, like it’s owner, gets older, but unless the Note 5 of the future manages to skip over this “upgrade” in an stupid attempt to fashion itself after the iPhone, since I’m not a 14 year old school girl or a gay guy, I’ll just say Adios.

No way to change the battery?

No way to insert a memory card?

No thanks, and once again, Sayonara Samsung.

March 3, 2015 at 5:29 pm Leave a comment

SNL 40 Proves There Is No God.

The proof as shown on Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show.

Gilda Radner is dead.

Will Ferrell and Dennis Miller are not dead

Ipso facto, res ipsa loquitur, et cetera, yatta yatta yatta.

I rest my case.

February 16, 2015 at 7:32 am Leave a comment

Got Your Password Hanging?

To create a password I chose “Penis”, but my computer told me my password’s too short…

O.K., ignore that bad joke, I’ve found a method to help you create a master password that will be sort of like Sarah Palin, i.e., unintelligible to human minds.  O.K., perhaps that should be unpronounceable?

The process to come up with a password which will not be found in any dictionary can be just this simple: think of a song that you know every word of by heart, perhaps one that has some connection to something memorable from your past, and then pick several words from it, i.e. from the Christmas perennial “Jingle Bells” you could choose “In a one horse open sleigh”, words that perhaps could be especially memorable if you were at one point able to get lucky in such a conveyance.

O.K., select the first letter of each word: I A O H O S.

A brief note, before you waste your time, this is not a password I use or have used, not even close, my song is far more important in my past (not you, Jennifer), not some public song residue.

Now, depending on the allowable requirement parameters of the site you’ll need this word for, just sprinkle in a few numerals or symbols somewhere between two of the letters. For me as a mnemonic demonstration and to simplify it I’ll use the NUMBER 1 after the WORD “One”, so now I have:  I A O 1 H O S

Once you’ve created one of these master passwords for yourself, to personalize it for each place you want to use it you might want to embellish it a bit my adding some sort of a connective to make it a very inside joke, for example try adding WFB to it if you’re unaware (It was recommended to me that I don’t use the word “stupid” so I won’t) enough to be a Wells Fargo Bank customer, or perhaps you could just use B.O.H.I.C.A. instead.

N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and / or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as we’ve found, success will have a million parents and failure will be an orphan.
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February 13, 2015 at 2:54 am Leave a comment

Extrapolation 101, Please Be Seated

Hi there Fun-folks, and welcome to extrapolation 101. In today’s class we’ll take a Rashomon style look at the different parts of the same elephant described by blind men, and see if we can somehow tie it them all together.

Blind Elephant examiners

Hey, I think there’s a second tail back here!

1st, on the national news lately there have been stories of how someone of the evil persuasion can via the use of blue tooth or other means capture control of your car if it’s one of the new internet connected variety.

security attacks2nd, on the local (Los Angeles) front, there was yet another carjacker today who was followed by helicopter to the inevitable finish where the perp was taken away after the chase reached the predictible end.

Perp eats pavement

Perp eats pavement pie!

3rd, an hour after the chase ended on that same t.v. I watched a commercial for some model or other of a new Subaru that was shown taking part in one of those controlled crash test where the car’s built in radar sensor having noted an impending crash into a wall ahead sends a signal to an on-board brain which applied the brakes and the car came to a full and safe stop entirely by itself.

car test crash

If it’s so smart, why didn’t it give you a place to hide?

So, with a little Venn Diagram overlapping we become aware of a potential issue that may show up in our not that distant future wherein an outside source may perhaps take action to override the controls of our car and make it either come to an unwanted stop or, more of an ominous alternative, have the brakes go into the fail mode and the steering makes some interesting decisions about handling the over the side of the cliff route for us.

Что, мне беспокоиться?

Что, мне беспокоиться?

But, there’s yet at least one other potential issue unearthed by using those same factoids. As the story of your interconnected car that’s well wired into the grid also pointed out, your every stop location and duration intuited by data mining is noted along with enough information on your driving habits to cheer up the glummest insurance salesperson.

Why yes honey, I'll be working late at the office...

Why yes honey, I’ll be working with my “staff” late at the office again tonight…

So, if it should show up on your record that you’ve often stopped near the residence or business that for one reason or another is a “Person or place of interest”, one fine day your car could come to a mysterious stop anytime the local gendarme should want to quiz you a bit.

N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and / or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as we’ve found, success will have a million parents and failure will be an orphan.
Feel free to ignore any ads that are shown below this advisory, I don’t get to choose them and even more sadly, I don’t make a penny off any of them, so in the holy name of capitalism I rebuke and don’t endorse or support any of them, unless of course they’re made of funny stuff….. 
P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….
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February 10, 2015 at 8:18 am Leave a comment

I’ll Take Atheism For $1,000 Alex

I was intently watching “Jeopardy” last night when I heard a knock at my door, when I opened it I found two ladies were standing there, and one of them loudly said “Jesus is the answer!”.

Without missing a beat I replied “What did Joseph and Mary call their son?”

Don't Usb Cross

N.B., The ownership of any and all photos, opinions, and/ or quotes above (including those of my own) belong to the material’s creator(s). Credit is given when it’s known, but as always, success usually has a million parents and failure is an orphan.
Feel free to ignore any ads that are shown below this advisory, I don’t get to choose them and even more sadly, I don’t make a penny off any of them, so in the holy name of capitalism I rebuke and don’t endorse or support any of them, unless of course they’re made of funny stuff…..
P.S., check back for occasional updates and rewrites….
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January 29, 2015 at 2:24 pm Leave a comment

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