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July 13, 2020

"The Old Guard" starring the great Charlize Theron

It premiered last Friday, July 10.

For my money, the only better actress in the world — one who can carry any film, no matter how bad, across the finish line — is Kristen Stewart.

What an excellent movie, whose premise came as a wonderful surprise to me only because I'd never heard of the comic series it's based on nor read the reviews beforehand.

Pay close attention around thirteen minutes in, when something happens that shifts everything into a different and absorbing new frame of reference.

Matthias Schoenaerts is compelling as always: along with Jason Statham or Idris Elba, he'd be much better as James Bond than pouting Daniel Craig.

Technical note: one more reason why watching movies at home trumps going a movie theater is volume control.

At a theater you're at the mercy of deafening music and special effects and sometime unintelligible dialogue.

In your comfy spot at home, you can instantly lower the volume as needed and raise it when you're having trouble hearing what someone said.

If that doesn't work, rewind and listen again.

And if that doesn't do the trick, you can go into Settings and

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Now where's my popcorn?

July 13, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Why the pandemic may result in better relationships

With a mask on it's hard to tell the beautiful people from the rest of us.

All the better for the rest of us, who now have a far better playing field in terms of first impressions: it's not just looks anymore, but the eyes and what's behind them.

Wait and see if somebody doesn't write about this in an essay in the New York Times' Modern Love feature.

Hey, joe, why don't you do it?

Nah, too lazy.

Take the idea and prosper.

Wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?

Why, it leads this post.

July 13, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"In LIght" — Julianna Barwick

Back story here.

July 13, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What happened to the cat videos?

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Constant readers will have noted that last week the daily 12:01 pm/2:01 pm Grey Cat video stopped appearing.

You may ask yourself, why is that?

How did I get here?

And then you realize that this is not your beautiful wife.

But I digress.

Long story short: it became clear that my stated goal of 1,000 YouTube subscribers — unlocking mobile livestreaming — was getting further away every day.

My all-time high of 644, reached around the middle of June, stopped increasing but instead started losing a subscriber every couple days down to where I'm currently at (top).

My spidey blogger sense told me those peeps going out through the in door were doing so because they were tired of my kitty.

So she's on hiatus, in turnaround for now.

Hey, wait a sec — what's that music I'm hearing?

July 13, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

Backpack Chainsaw

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Leatherface, call your office.

From Core77:

Wielding a chainsaw can be tiring.

Getting tired leads to accidents, so I call it quits as soon as I start to feel fatigued.

That's a luxury I can afford because I'm harvesting firewood on a relaxed schedule, not performing silviculture for a living.

I admire the professional arborist who can wield a chainsaw all day long.

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For the arborist involved in thinning operations, Husqvarna has invented a special chainsaw to make things easier.

By breaking the tool up into its constituent components, the 535FBx "Backpack Chainsaw" distributes the machine's weight in an intelligent way while increasing reach and reducing operator fatigue.

Once the fuel tank is empty, the operator needs to remove the harness to add more.

Apply within.

Still not convinced?


the video.

July 13, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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