Monthly Archives: May 2017

Before I Fall

By | May 22, 2017

Watch this film if you want to know how to waste your most precious asset of all as a filmmaker. That asset is screen time and this squanders it in abundance, with extraneous characters, unnecessary scenes, copious narration and superfluous moralizing all to conclude in a mediocre ending that ignores its most interesting character even… Read More »


By | May 20, 2017

Gnome finally getting fractional scaling. Linux nor Windows (any version) properly supports multi-DPI monitors. For instance, I have a 5K and 4K monitor side-by-side. When I drag a window from my 5K to my 4K, it’s the same size in MacOS. Everything just works perfectly. In any other OS, total brokenness. This has worked correctly… Read More »


By | May 20, 2017

I was just looking at a copy of my military records earlier. Technically, I’m a German paratrooper, too. I’d forgotten about that. You get foreign paratrooper wings when you as a paratrooper train with a foreign country’s parachute forces, and they then award you those wings — so I have American and German paratrooper wings.… Read More »

Cloudy outlook

By | May 19, 2017

Just another reminder: there is no “Cloud,” it’s just a computer sitting in a rack somewhere you can’t see. The cloud has been the cleverest, most inane, and most successful marketing gimmick in the last 20 years at least. I’m duly impressed.

Croesus Crisis

By | May 18, 2017

If Trump or his antics start making rich people less rich, he’ll be gone. That will be the determiner. Not Russia, not general incompetence, not drone-bombing or petty thuggery. It the stock market tanks and profits drop due to Trump’s dumbassery, he’ll be out the door in months.


By | May 18, 2017

When Erin gets enraged by the libertarian-type blogger following and haranguing her in Ghostbuters, Melissa McCarthy’s line, “Erin, he’s too pasty to fight!” is just perfect. Delivery, timing, cadence, everything. Yeah, Kate McKinnon’s Holtzmann steals the show, but each of the women in the movie gets off some truly great cracks.


By | May 17, 2017

I am not much of a comedy fan so take as you will, but think Ghostbusters (2016) is the best comedy film I’ve ever seen. It’s not my favorite (that’s LA Story), but I think it is the only comedy film I’ve returned to, to watch certain scenes, in many years. It’s not perfect but… Read More »


By | May 16, 2017

When you hear all the flapdoodle about how much renewable energy is subsidized, remember this: $452 billion/year in subsidies for fossil fuel production from G20 nations – 4x as much as the world subsidizes renewables. Via @MikeHudema — Brent Toderian (@BrentToderian) May 16, 2017


By | May 16, 2017

The Leftovers is just a damn brilliant show. Something I noticed tonight as I was watching the first episode of Season 3 is that it’s not just great due to the plotting or the uniformly adroit actors, or even the weirdness admixed with the mundane that makes it all the more surreal-real, but has much… Read More »


By | May 15, 2017

I’ve linked a version of this before and in this one, the audio quality is completely terrible. Like, someone banging on a rusty garbage can on the bottom of the ocean abysmal. But I can actually see Marissa P of Screaming Females play the entire solo at the end of “Because the Night,” and for… Read More »