Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
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Definitely Not Stellar

Went to the movies again today, 12:25 showing of Interstellar I was in the theater at 12:30, the ads played and played and played and by 12:40 the previews started. I didn't look to see what time the show actually began. Close to 1 pm, I guess.

The good: John Lithgow. Women scientists in leading roles. Close-up cinematography (as in "Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up") was excellent and there was a lot of it. Some of the special effects. Interesting AI robot. Once in a while there was actual humor. Some of the locations. Nice baseball clip near the end.
The bad: The audio. Way too loud sound loops instead of a real soundtrack. It often drowned out the dialog when it should not have. Ugly, unimaginative closing credits with not a lot of technical consultants. Not surprising because what little hard science there was, was corrupted completely by hints of the paranormal.
WTF is Michael Caine doing playing an American scientist? That role needed a USA accent. "Go not gently into that good night" is over-used. Plot reveals which made no sense, and ignored the theater rule "never introduce a prop unless you are going to use it". Matt Damon looked fat in that space suit. Totally unbelievable tech. Not much acting.
The ugly:
Enough super-close-ups and even Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain start to look ugly with ears that stick out. Many of the very well done close-ups of random citizen interviews were a total waste.
Horribly inaccurate depictions of dust storms. Way too much "If you build it, they will come" corn fields.  
Ellen Burstyn. Nice try, though.
Lots of actors, including the female leads, mumbling. Horrible voice audio mixing.

Nutshell - it's not in 3D, IMAX didn't add anything, wait for Netflix or Amazon.

Home after the movie, though I really should have hung around. Cloudy and windy but warm enough. But there was football, and Spook.

Made sloppy Joes for dinner.

Watched Oregon trounce Oregon State, but was infuriated by the announcers giggling all the way through the 4th quarter as if the game was over, when OSU was making an impressive comeback. Too little, too late, but they had figured out the UO defense and were worth paying attention to.

What I need to do is build a center speaker bypass switch with a remote. Should be easy, with one of those remote controlled light switches. Maybe not - those rely on an AC power source. Something to look into tomorrow.

Received the SSD drive for the laptop, and the drive cloning machine. Opened up the laptop, and discovered it uses a proprietary SSD drive, about 1/5 the size of the one I bought. Will be sending that back to Amazon tomorrow. Keeping the duplicator, it may still come in handy, since it will copy any SATA drive.

Putting the back cover back onto the laptop was more difficult that it should have been. It was very easy removing it. But the audio connectors on the left side refused to slide into their sockets if the USB connector on the right side did. I have no idea what happened, but everything finally lined up. It may be time to replace the laptop with something which has a standard SSD.

Also, when I tried to do a backup, MSFT's backup program refused to see the NAS drive, even after it was connected as a network drive. Boo hiss. I may have to do the backup via USB. zzzzz.

Plans for tomorrow:
No movies
Football
Play with Spook
Maybe do something with the 1lb can of crab meat sitting in the fridge
Take out the garbage
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