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Monday, March 23, 2015

GSY: Kingsman: The Secret Service

I headed down to Tigard Regal 11 last Friday night for a late showing of Kingsman: The Secret Service. It has sorta been a bland winter for films the past two months, so I was hoping that Kingsman would be good. It did not disappoint.

A film with Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Cain? What a combo! While some of the story elements were rather predictable, it wasn't that big of a problem because the movie was FUN. I genuinely had a good time watching the film, the story had a good pace and kept moving along to the predetermined conclusion.



Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hello Computer

This last week I picked up a new computer. By new, I mean new to me. It is an old computer from 1989. A Macintosh SE. 

I have a lot of great memories with the MAC SE, playing Sim City with my cousins. As I was doing research on my latest computer I discovered that there are whole communities of 'low end Macs' and vintage apple computer users.

It got me thinking about one of my favorite scenes from Star Trek IV. Scotty attempts to chat with an Macintosh Plus. According to Michael Okuda , the screen of the Mac Plus was replaced with a video screen that could be driven at 24 frames per second.

Now I just need to find an old floppy of Sim City.

Monday, March 2, 2015

MacGyver Mondays

Patti and Selma from The Simpsons might be right about Mac being a genius. In my quest to celebrate 1985 I found myself skimming many of the television shows that premiered that year and I was surprised to see MacGyver on the list. I had never watched many episodes, my mother claims that I watched a lot of them with her when I wasn't old enough to pay attention. The entire series is on Netflix so I decided to start watching this month. Been dedicating Monday evenings to watching a couple episodes.

The first season so far has been interesting.  The stories were not greatly developed and in many cases I feel like viewers are dropped in the middle act of a longer story and that we never get to hear the beginning. In one episode for instance, MacGyver heads off to some place to help some friends work an oil well. The other characters are great friends of his, and he even decides to take off a few months to help them work on the well. We hear very little of why they are such great friends. That particular episode featured Nana Visitor of Star Trek Deep Space Nine.