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MAGA: Make Apple Girthy Again

Posted by Jean Valjean , May 09 2019 · 42 views
Apple, Macbook, Chevy, Silverado
:kaukau: I would totally buy a Macbook Pro if they weren't so thin. Literally, make their base two or three times as thicc. Take care of the ventilation problems. Make them live up to their full potential. I care about the engineering, not about the design. The only thing that needs to be pretty is the screen.

Seriously, all of these thin laptops look incredibly fragile. I can get how people might want a phone to be a fashion statement, but I think that people these days look at a thicc laptop and say to themselves, "That's for some heavy duty stuff right there." Like those Alienware computers, which I'll never buy because I'm not into gaming, but I appreciate how they don't treat their hardware.

Whereas Macbooks, they think that everybody wants something thin. At least offer the option to get a thicc laptop. And see how that goes. They might be surprised at how quickly they sell. Because it's the thin ones that actually look cheap. And as I said, fragile. Like they're meant to be temporary, when you're in-between laptops. Not that definitive laptop that keeps its value over time.

Get your act together, Apple. You're the freaking trend setter, so even though I don't buy your products, your decisions affect me.

Until then, I'm saving up my money for a Silverado High Country. Which I probably won't be able to comfortably buy until around 2028. And I definitely won't invest in the Apple ecosystem until sometime after that, and that's assuming that they get their act together and make products that are works of engineering first, design second.

And Chevy knows that when to make an economy car and when to make a big, thicc truck.

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Endgame: No Spoilers

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Events, Movies, Reviews May 02 2019 · 57 views
MCU, Avengers, Avengers: Endgame and 2 more...
:kaukau: In a nutshell, if you haven't seen it yet, here's what you should expect going in:
  • The previous films didn't require watching all of the rest of the MCU to hold up on their own. You absolutely have to watch all of the other MCU films to appreciate this one. This movie is basically a celebration of the entire MCU.
  • The movie has an extreme editing challenge. The last one focused on Thanos, but this one focuses on the six original Avengers. It gives it a definite Lord of the Rings: Return of the King feel.
  • Speaking of having a feel, this movie has the feelz. You know how all of the previous Avengers movies had the jokes? This took literally all of the jokes and replaces them with feelz.
  • I would consider the previous Avengers film to be the actual climax, and this to be more of the falling action. Its emphasis is really on bringing everything full-circle and creating a definitive ending for this 22-movie saga; it wants to be more complete than it is big. But in all fairness, it's still the second biggest-feeling Avengers movie, so it's still pretty stinking big.
  • It shows you some of the things with the characters that you always wanted to see, and thought, "When are they going to go for it?" Well, they finally did.

There you go. I hope that tells you everything you need to know in order to have the most satisfactory experience.

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I like the WNBA

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Life Apr 15 2019 · 69 views
WNBA, Basketball, sports
:kaukau: Honestly, I like it more than the NBA, or just about any sport that you can regularly catch on television.

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Codewriting Party!

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Nerd Apr 10 2019 · 67 views
code, nerd
:kaukau: I proposed this to everybody at work...and they all said no :( .

Guys, all I want to do is design a calculator that with a Base 4096 interface. It's not like I'm designing the special effects for Interstellar wormhole scene.

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Codewriting Party!

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Nerd Apr 10 2019 · 28 views
code, nerd
:kaukau: I proposed this to everybody at work...and they all said no :( .

Guys, all I want to do is design a calculator that with a Base 4096 interface. It's not like I'm designing the special effects for Interstellar wormhole scene.

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Homework Fabrication

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Humor, School Apr 07 2019 · 53 views
Humor
:kaukau: I looked back at an old syllabus for a Fabrication class of mine, and found that academically dishonest homework could be disqualified for...fabrication.

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My father's new 4G Flip Phone

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Life Apr 03 2019 · 50 views

:kaukau: For those of you who have been following my chronicles of the Adventures of Fliposaurus, my father still has a flip phone. Bless his heart. I envy him, in a way. This last week, both of us ended up losing our phones due to incremental damage. I replaced mine with an LG Stylo 4. It's a model from last year. Nice stylus. I really like it. Also, far more appealing than the Aristo, as far as aesthetics go. My father? He got himself a flip phone...with 4G!

That sucker's going to last a while. It's going to be like the Japanese on Iwo Jima. No amount of bombardments are going to snuff it out. It's only going to go down the hard way. This old man is going to continue with his Fliposaurus for the next decade, at least. I'm trying to imagine his first smartphone being the iPhone 30, or iPhone XXX, or whatever they call it. Presuming there's still an iPhone by then. I'm just going to assume that they'll have some sort of personal device that's controlled directly by the brain.

In other news, I was in the same room as someone who watched a low-quality pirated version of Captain Marvel. With Russian subtitles. Honestly, I think I kind of enjoyed it more with low resolution and brightness settings turned down low. Probably has to do with it resembling some of the VHS I grew up with.

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5G flip phones

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Life Mar 21 2019 · 99 views
technology, smart phones and 1 more...
:kaukau: I said that I would wait until the next Big Thing before upgrading everything of mine wholesale to the Apple ecosystem. After asking a lot of people at Best Buy, I've decided that the thing I'll wait for will be the eventual 6G network. So basically, it will probably be around 2030 when I upgrade to Apple.

Also, I discovered that while 2G and 3G are being phased out of service in the next year or two, there are some 4G (and inevitably, 5G) flip phones. That's right, my father can still hold on to his dear Fliposaurus! And then I can wait until the 2030's before I get him a flagship smartphone. I want to put this off for as long as possible because a) nostalgia, I love those dinosaurs, too, and b) I want to contrast between generational technology upgrades to be as dramatic and surreal as possible. Hopefully it doesn't send him into shock.

In the meantime, my next upgrade will probably be the Galaxy Note 10 or 11, which I'll use for educational purposes until it dies on me. After that, I wouldn't mind going for the majority of the 2020's on a flip phone. It wouldn't have as many tools, but its shape and build is ideal to fit in my back pocket when I'm welding. Plus, there's something cool about being the stubborn person from yestergeneration refusing to conform.

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Once you go Mac...

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Life Mar 14 2019 · 83 views
iPhone, Mac, Apple, 90s
:kaukau: You never go back. At least, that's what I hear. Honestly, if I went Mac, I probably wouldn't go back, either. It isn't because it's so much better than everything else, because I actually never liked the interface of Macs. At least they have changed their mouses from those ugly early 2000's which thought that it was a good idea to be featureless.

Still, fewer viruses are written for them. Once you get to a certain age, you become a single-issue voter when it comes to which computer gets your vote. Interface is completely irrelevant if your computer doesn't have the best security on the market.

That, plus if you buy one thing from Apple, you're strongly incentivised to make all of your other products Apple in order to make everything compatible.

Anyway, I'm going to stick with my regular PC for another five years. I spent over two thousand dollars on it, and I want to get all my money's worth before replacing it. If I can make my computer last at least eight years, preferably over ten, then I'm happy. When it finally gives up the ghost, then I'll upgrade to whatever the most advanced Mac laptop is by then. Which means that I'm likely to spend $10,000 on the laptop alone. And then I'll probably want whatever flagship iPhone is on the market, which I'd imagine will be amazing in 2025 or so. They'll probably be out with Bluetooth 7 by then, too.

Honestly, I get pretty confused by those people who upgrade their phone with every new model. Are the incremental improvements worth $1,000? I only just upgraded to a smartphone for the first time less than half a year ago. That's right; just a few months ago, I was using a dinosaur phone. Imagine the contrast when I upgraded to a used 2017 smartphone. That phone was worth $100 when it was first released, but compared to my flip phone it was a $1,000 upgrade. It has quite a few new features. And sure, some of the new phones have even more features, but how many of those are worth an extra $1,000? Because I'm not going to pay that money for a phone whose features I mostly already have. I'm basically buying my current phone, plus something else that may be tacked on to that. Until such a time that I do upgrade, I'm keeping an Excel sheet of all of the new technologies and estimating a dollar value for the usefulness of each. I'd like to quantify exactly how much better my eventual replacement phone will be compared to my current one.

Anyway, that's part of how I look at things.

Also, the Galaxy Note 9 isn't a piece of junk. There's still quite a bit of latency with its S Pen. Apparently people think it's perfect, and I'm looking at it like it's a piece of tech in its early stages of development. It's a cool idea, though. I can imagine buying my father something from the Galaxy Note series in a few years. He likes the idea of getting a Ring, but they're made for people who use contemporary phones, and he still uses a dinosaur phone. I figure that maybe the only way he'll upgrade is when his Fliposaurus rex goes extinct and a smart phone is his only choice. He hates them, much like me, but he might like something with a built-in stylus. So yeah, when he's forced to transition give up on the 90's (it will be painful for both of us, because I haven't fully given up on the 90's, either), I think I'll help him get a Galaxy Note 13 or whatever is out by then. Some people are saying that the smartphone will be dead by 2025, and if a couple of years out from that these rumors are looking increasingly plausible, then I'll probably hold off even longer. If he's going to upgrade, he may as well get the best possible upgrade to make it worth it.

Also, sometime in the 2020's is when I'm going to be the age he was when he had me, and from then on we'll both be closer in age than we are apart, and we'll be members of a couple of older generations spectating the developments of a newer generation who are native inhabitants of this millennia.

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Captain Marvel Review

Posted by Jean Valjean , in Reviews, Movies Mar 11 2019 · 99 views
Captain Marvel, Marvel, MCU and 2 more...
:kaukau: First of all, I need to address other reviews about this movie. It's apparent that there are reviewers that are highly vested in promoting either a positive or negative opinion on this movie. Everyone wants people to share their opinion, and apparently it's divisive. My understanding of this is that the lead actress, Brie Larson, said things in the name of feminism that were deemed as hostile, but I have intentionally not paid any attention to this drama. As far as I am concerned, I only judge her on her acting career, because that's all I see of her.

With that having been said, what was the movie like? What would make you want to see it or not see it? Who is this movie for, and who is it not for?

First of all, anyone who loves Stan Lee should see this movie. Marvel Studios constantly makes it difficult for me anoint one in particular as the best. For a while there I thought that it was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but they keep on getting better.

Second, there are feminist themes, evoked about twice, both with regard to the Air Force. The setting justifies this, since Carol Danvers faced some discrimination in the Air Force during the 80's. Go back and watch a movie like G.I. Jane and you'll see that the feminist topics in this movie are a good fit for the times. The most feminist thing that the movie did, and the only thing that might be remotely overreaching, was changing an established character from the comic books from a man to a woman. Some people are going to be fine with that, others won't, and I think that it ultimately depends on how attached you were to that character from the comics.

Third, there was surprisingly little 90's nostalgia. On one hand, I'm very nostalgic about the 90's and was disappointed. On the other hand, exploiting decades' nostalgia is pretty gimmicky, so it could be a good thing that they didn't harp it to the same extent that the Guardians of the Galaxy movies did. The best 90's stuff in the movie actually wasn't the overt references to popular culture, but the things that I subconsciously picked up on, such as the make of the cars, the technology, and even the architecture. These details created an ambient sense that I was watching a 90's film, because I remember what 90's technology feels like.

But let's get to the real questions that people are asking. Was the main character any good? Well, it's complicated. The trailers didn't do this movie justice, since they chose all of the most monotone moments of line delivery to represent this character. She does have some humor and charm. However, I don't think that she's quite as magnetic as some of the other Marvel leading characters, and I'm not fully invested in her as I would have liked. I'm not entirely sure if this is the fault of the director or the actress, and I feel conflicted saying this because I've seen Brie Larson in a few other things, and she's definitely a talented actress. There was something missing. I've seen a couple of reviews saying that she's now officially the most charming person in the MCU and that Tony Stark can step aside; these reviews are clearly pushing an agenda. At the end of the day, her performance isn't burned into my memory quite like Josh Brolin's Thanos was, or perhaps to make a more apples-to-apples comparison, Melissa Benoist's Kara Danvers. I've had some time to think about it, and I think that the one element that was missing was vulnerability, at least in the performance. It was also somewhat there in the directing, particularly during a big moment in the movie when Carol Danvers realizes who she is, and why she's going to "end" the war instead of "fight" it. It was a moment that should have played strongly on the character's internal conflict, and while it was there in writing, the directors breezed through the scene too easily. As I said, her greatest moment of self-revelation should have had some vulnerability and made our hearts break for the character.

That isn't to say that the character is unlikable. She does have a decent story arc, good writing, and isn't a Mary Sue, as some people were speculating. She does earn her powers, does go through growth, does have complexity, have interesting relationships, and she isn't wantonly over-powered. I'm actually surprised at how nerfed her powers were, given the hype I was hearing from some that she's the most powerful person in the MCU, and the MCU's version of Superman. Based off of what I've seen in this movie, she's about as powerful as Thor, but not as powerful as Doctor Strange and Thanos, and definitely not the MCU's Superman.

I go on all of this at such length because, in context, this film is under heavy scrutiny over whether or not the character is a Mary Sue. Ultimately, my verdict is that she isn't, not the way she's written. I don't foresee there being too many Youtube videos criticizing this movie's in the same way that Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi was. However, if you thought that you might have a problem with Brie Larson herself, then you just might walk out from viewing this with it unchanged.

The highlight of this movie is 90's Samuel L. Jackson. He's easily the best part, and looking at other reviews, people are consistently coming to this same conclusion. You don't notice the de-aging in the slightest. People have also been saying that the cat from the trailers also stole the show, and the breakout star, but I don't necessarily agree. As nice as the cat was, I don't really think that it's one of the best parts of the film. For me, that was Stan Lee, although I already said that. To name something other than him and Samuel Jackson, I did like Ben Mendelsohn.

Overall, it was a standard Marvel movie. In my personal estimation, a little bit better than the trailers. There's a chance that you might think that it's the best one to date. Everyone seems to say that about the most recent Marvel movie. They said it about Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War., back to back. I don't see it that way. To me, this is closer to Ant Man and the Wasp, which is just fine. Perhaps the only area in which that is a problem is that the end-credits scene from Avengers: Infinity War hyped this up so much as being something as groundbreaking as Thanos, and this film was meant to build up to be a real game-changer for Avengers: Endgame, but I didn't necessarily find that it has the gravitas for that. I also don't know how invested I am in this character over others that will be appearing in Endgame. With that in mind, don't watch this because of the next Avengers movie, but rather to enjoy the adventure of this story on its own merits. It stands on its own quite well.

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Wait...isn't she technically the "First Avenger?" At least by name? Or if we're going to say that Captain America was the first on the basis that he was around before her, would then Thor technically be the first Avenger?



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