Friday, November 21, 2014
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Went to see Interstellar last night ...
I was really let down.
This isn't the typical Christopher Nolan - have you thinking - kind of film.
Nolan, who co-wrote and directed the newest Batman films, The Prestige, and Inception - totally loses focus in this boring, borrowed plot. There's nothing original about the script. The movie drags on.
I don't typically give away plot elements to movies, but you need to know this one part to solidify that you don't want to see this movie.
The movie is clearly set in the not too distant future, but obviously technology has advanced reasonably far. Robots have developed AI. Well, the robots are ridiculous. I mean silly. So outrageously ridiculous that it's almost comical. They are literally walking, talking 7 foot tall black bricks. The effect is mind numbing and laughable. You can't stop thinking - is that a guy inside a black spray painted refrigerator box?
The plot is weak and has real science mishmashed among the cool mumbles of McConaughey to keep your attention but it only serves to confuse you as you turn your ear to the screen.
There's really no dazzling visuals to see yet the effects budget is clearly high.
Do not waste your 2½ hours to see this.
If I wasn't in great company - I would probably have taken some time to get in a nap - Matthew McConaughey's voice just does that to me.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Please take the time to check it out AND KNOW YOUR RIGHTS ...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Friday, March 07, 2014
King Xerxes origin looked interesting in the previews but, what you see is just about it - he walks into a sort of random pond in a random cave and somehow his hatred or evil (which isn't really explained) turns him 4 feet taller and coats himself in a body in gold! That's it!
Saturday, March 01, 2014
Here's some buying advice from me to you …
• Size: 42-55" / Any bigger and you get lighting consistency problems and pixelation even in the top end • LED over LCD or Plasma // Plasma is going to have the best picture but LED is going to have the richest colors and uses WAY less energy
• 120 hertz refresh rate // Any lower and action movies (explosions) or sports (fast action like basketball) pixelate and blur // Better yet is 240hertz, but typically these TVs are pricey in LED form
• Brand means a lot! There are only 4 major manufacturers of TV panels - the brand names get the best screens and they give the cheap brands the lower quality panels.
• Samsung TVs, in my experience have great speakers - eliminating the need to purchase a soundbar or speakers. Samsung is top. LG a close 2nd. Vizio is the most popular but the picture is about a 6 out of 10 Hisense is the least expensive but is about 4/5 out of 10 and has a high failure rate.
• Don't worry about features on the TV - like built in apps or wifi - these are best added by a little box like an Apple TV or a BlueRAY player. A Google Chromecast is one of the best purchases you can make - it allows you to show pictures, Youtube, and Netflix from your tablet or smartphone. Also remember that HDMI has an adapter for almost any connection - don't worry about DVI / RCA / VGA connections
• Don't get drawn into the hype of 3K 4K 5K TVs ... There's very little content available and NOTHING older than 2012 makes a difference on that resolution. Refresh rate is far more important!
Best advice - Window shop at Best Buy and buy through Amazon. Go see some TVs and look at the difference ... Just note that ALL retailers set the settings of the TVs they want to push with the most optimal picture and PURPOSELY dumb down the settings on TVs they don't make much profit on.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
"As for common core, it doesn't change WHAT is taught, it changes HOW it's taught."
In math, it teaches in some instances, your answer is ok, even if wrong, if you can show your work and your reasoning. Math is the study of absolutes. That's why you see it in movies as to how we would supposedly communicate with aliens. It's universal. Common Core seeks to turn math into the Tongues of the Tower of Babel.
Math is the language of God. Common Core math is some twisted self centered, "It's all about what you think" mumbo jumbo.
In History & English - which in some twisted way become co-mingled ... SC schools in Simpsonville & Charleston had an ACTUAL textbook that condensed the Bill of Rights into 4 principals and said the 2nd amendment was about providing weapons for our military! Property rights were pretty much left out of the study.
I've seen dozens of actual examples and I have personally downloaded two textbooks for study - I've seen it! It is a change. It borders on propaganda. It turns everything into an SAT question.
What's an answer?
One is; SC will always be at the bottom because of the high number of credit hours to graduate we require vs other states. Want a better graduation rate? Enforce attendance! Reduce credit hours to a national standard. Your final: read the first chapter of your favorite book out loud ~ fluently.