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July 20, 2019

Schitt’s Creek

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Glad to see this little show getting some well deserved recognition.  If you haven’t watched it, you should. There are some really good performances.


July 19, 2019

Take. My. Money!

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Shut up and TAKE MY MONEY!



July 16, 2019


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That is the number of posts I’ve done on this blog in the last 11 years.  The blog has changed significantly over the years. (I’m not sure for the better.)  In any case, one of my goals is to go back and re-read all of the old posts, to try and get a feel for how its changed, and maybe recapture anything I was doing that I’ve lost.  I am also always open to suggestions for what you the reader want to see. (More modelling!  Yes, I know).  Ok this is now 3277, and I hope to continue for some time to come.

Cleveland’s missiles

Filed under: General,Technology — dknights @ 6:11 am
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I didn’t realize that so many Nike missiles were deployed around Cleveland. (h/t to Jim Bates for the pointer)

July 15, 2019

Movie review: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

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In a fit of sleeplessness, I finally got around to seeing this film, which I had wanted to do for a long time.  I very much liked the dark tone and design of the original.  Sadly, this movie is a pale imitation.  While there are some visually stunning moments, it doesn’t hold a candle to the visual impact of the original.  While Harrison Ford, supported by a great supporting cast, was a big part of making the original the great movie it is, Ryan Gosling, who is the lead in this movie is flat.  There isn’t any of the depth that Ford brought to the original.  Ford, reprising his role from the original, while still compelling, just doesn’t have what it takes to carry the film on his own.  Most of the supporting cast is also a pale reflection of the original, with the exception of Mackenzie Davis, who does an excellent homage to Darryl Hannah’s Priss from the original.  Also, at 2 hours and 44 minutes  the film feels self indulgent and more than a little bit lost. 2 out of 5 stars.

July 14, 2019

Are we getting dumber?

Filed under: General — dknights @ 12:32 am

As a species?  Things like this make me wonder.

July 11, 2019

Movie review: The Philadelphia Experiment (2012)

Filed under: General — dknights @ 2:52 pm
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Do Not Watch This Movie.  It is an hour and a half of your life that you will never get back.  The acting is uniformly bad.  The script is bad. (The dialog makes George Lucas look like Shakespeare.)  The movie, of course, centers around the rumors/conspiracy theory of the WWII experiment on the USS Eldridge.  A degaussing experiment on the ship goes wrong, rendering the ship invisible and also transporting it thru space and time.  In this version, in the current day, a lab conducting similar experiments based off the original ones open a portal which brings the original ship back from when it disappeared in 1943.  The details of the rest of the plot don’t matter, because, have I mentioned, this movie is BAD.  Don’t watch it.  Go model.  (One interesting piece of trivia.  There have been two movie adaptions of the Philadelphia Experiment, his one and one from 1984.  One actor, Michael Pere is on both movies.)

July 9, 2019


Filed under: General,Legal — dknights @ 2:03 pm
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Someone needs to be caught and hung from a yardarm.


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This is great.  Leave it to the Swiss.

July 8, 2019

Movie traditions

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I have several movies that I watch every year, each tied to a specific date or time of year.

Sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I will watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

On or about June 6th each year I’ll watch The Longest Day. (Occasionally, I’ll watch Saving Private Ryan, but The Longest Day is the superior movie)

Sometime on the July 4th weekend, I will watch the musical 1776. (Without a doubt, the best Broadway musical)

What are your movie traditions?

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