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Blade Runner 2049

 

I saw it and it was superb. I had not felt like this in a film since I saw “There Will Be Blood” in 2008. Literal frisson all the way through. Hans Zimmer scored the film with Benjamin Wallfisch (whom I am unfamiliar with). They did an exquisite job setting the ambiance and mood throughout. (I was afraid that with out Maestro Vangelis composing the auditory sensation that made “Blade Runner” would be lost. That was not the case.) The cinematography was on point and the visuals, specifically the lighting was splendid.

The film is rather slow to develop and some may find its pace brutal even. (The film is 164 minutes). However it is a very rewarding experience. Those unfamiliar with the first film will be fine but it is that more delightful knowing the story.  The film does escalate very quickly towards the end portion, when you want more time spent delving into some aspects presented. All in all I will it’s magnificent and astounding. I would like more. Preferably in less than 30 years.

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Radio and Podcasts

My fascination for radio and the medium as a whole is almost as expanse as my newspaper/magazine reading. I started listening when I was 7 years old.

I usually listen and read so many things to the point of overload.

Radio stations I usually listen to:

570 WTNT (defunct)

820AM The Gamut

740AM Zoomer Radio

770AM WABC

1180AM WHAM

1030AM WBZ

88.5FM WMAU

88.3FM WBGO

100.3FM WBIG

Radio shows I oftentimes listen(ed) to:

Matt Drudge: The Drudge Report (defunct)

Truckin’ Bozo

Coast to Coast AM

The Sean Hannity Show

The Savage Nation

Ground Zero

Mark Levin

Shortwave:

When I was younger and in school I’d get home and listen to the shortwave/am and listen till I went to sleep at 10pm or 11pm. This was way back when the internet was not ubiquitous and I didn’t even have a computer at home.

I’d sit and try to pick up whatever I could. I became fascinated with the curious pop up stations that repeated numbers in Spanish and Russian as well as other languages. The aptly named: Number stations.

This scanning of stations instilled the desire to learn languages as I desired to understand what I heard over the various stations on shortwave.

I still carry my shortwave radio and people ask me all the time what I’m doing as I shift around to obtain reception. I enjoy the conversations that come due to my radio listening.

 

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Closed Internet

…No one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet,” says FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

It is a blatant lie however. The last time I checked the Federal Communications Commission was an independent agency of the United States government. Furthermore the FCC exists to regulate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. Now however you can add the internet. Just so we are on the same page, regulate means:

vt reg·u·late\ˈreg-yə-ˌlāt\
reg·u·lat·edreg·u·lat·ing
1
:  to control or direct according to rule or law <regulate the testing of experimental drugs>
2
:  to fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of
reg·u·la·to·ry\-lə-ˌtōr-ē, –ˌtr-\adjective
So there, no one except the US government or rather the FCC should be able to control the internet–that is wrong. It is doublespeak.
Any edict, which is what this is anyways, coming from the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler should be looked as suspect. The man is a former lobbyist for telecom companies–cable and wireless. He is also a major campaign contributor to Barack Obama giving $38,500 from 2008-2011. It is already been stated that the only reason that this is taking place is because, “Obama told us to do so.”
So let us get this straight:
  • The FCC will control (regulate) the internet.
  • No one from the public or Congress was allowed to read the regulations.
  • FCC did this because Barack Obama told them to do it.
  • FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler, a former telecom lobbyist, Obama contributor enacted this.

This is supposed to be great? I think this may force people to get licenses to operate websites, tax per website, megabyte, or gigabyte–maybe all these.

Closed internet–lest you are taxed and pay the tax.

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Dexter–The End?

Hopefully at this point I’m not spoiling “Dexter” for anyone, but I may, so be forewarned.

“Dexter” should have ended ages ago or it should have been taken to where it was taken this final episode(?).

Things were tied off hastily and other things dangling in the air.

At the end I actually wanted more.

“Dexter” has gone from predictable–surprising and inexplicable…and that was just this final season. This includes Dexter Morgan & Co.

There were other more interesting ways I imagined this could have been ended(?) including Dexter Morgan dying and/or doing himself in because he had broken his (father’s) code.

However this alternate alternate, etc. life was given. Frankly when I first began watching I assumed that sooner or later that he’d have to reinvent himself and move on. Unfortunately other commitments and  his realization or acquiring of  empathy for loved ones made it very difficult for him to do so. That is  untill those very things that prevented him from doing so made him eventually do it.

I found it interesting that Showtime stated that they did not want Dexter Morgan to die and that is what leads me to believe that to believe that possibly they may explore Dexter Morgan at a future time. Or possibly they’re trying to end on the note of “The Sopranos” did with their non-ending, leave it up to the viewer, etc.

Looking back the word I like to use is that some seasons were whimsical and at times slightly disappointing.  The reason I say this is that the show began to show more and more Dexter Morgan & Co. and some episode were just his company with a little Dexter Morgan because well he happens to be there and we need to establish surroundings. That’s fine, but when you deal with Dexter Morgan & Co. it would be best to tie all the ends of Dexter Morgan & Co. and not just of Dexter Morgan with some of the ends directly tied to Dexter being tied.

All in all it was ride–a very good one that’ll will keep you watching till the end…?

Dexter… The End

All I can say is wow and it’s about time.

Dexter should have ended a long time ago but its ending now and wow.

It was a very fast paced Dexter the first episode and it was all over the place. Dexter’s worst place to be in has finally happened again. Someone at first glance is aware of who he is. He’s half in control and half out of control.

More good questions have arisen and that has placed the intrigue level high to see what will occur.

I am excited and relieved that it’s ending.

TV Mobile Apps

I haven’t had a cable subscription in almost two years. These shams of being able to watch live TV but you have to provide your cable subscription credentials are trash. When a cable company or even a premium channel company like HBO gives the ability to be able to use these apps via an ‘a la carte purchase then you can make announcements about these apps. Right now they’re about as useful as trash–only to be thrown away.

What more proof is needed than Netflix or even for that matter Hulu and Amazon Video for their viability?

This is what media companies should be complaining about. Their lack of progress–their ingenuity and not ‘piracy‘…

Stop making content so tied up. Cable TV subscription is an archaic form of DRM. The last frontier. Once this barrier is broken companies will see so much improvement.

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111 Days of Xbox 360

I’ve been an extremely late adopter to the Xbox 360 and 111 days later I can tell you I’m impressed.

I got my Xbox on a whim on eBay for a whopping $40 with literally nothing–no hard drive,  no power cords, no a/v cables et cetera. It took me a couple days to find the 12.1amps power adapter to fit the “Jasper” Xbox I had obtained.

I went to an electronic parts store, bought the power adapter and picked up the original composite cables. I looked up the serial # and found it had a warranty till January 2013 and wasn’t banned. I was overjoyed. I had originally planned to purchase an Xbox at the time of the release of  “Splinter Cell: Conviction” and the bundle it came with back in April 2010.

 

Then I decided to wait to see if  Ubisoft ported it to the PS3 at a later date. However they didn’t and I argued one game for one console…eh… –but for $40 why not?

I already had “Splinter Cell: Conviction” Collector’s Edition.

 

 

I was fortunate though I had purchased the game via OnLive and had been playing it for a year on the service having logged 137 hours on Splinter Cell. The quality for OnLive games varies on one’s bandwidth and other variables as well however the picture displayed is surprisingly very good. I am not to fond of the keyboard controls–at least for this game and opted to buy a wired Xbox 360 controller to play via OnLive. (I think Microsoft should acquire OnLive and implement it’s infrastructure to the console. They can afterwards polish it up. The subscription playpack would be paid for by Xbox live and the on demand games would truly be on-demand playable within seconds.)

So when I obtained the Xbox 360 I had a controller and one game.

After acquiring it I decided I would play solely the exclusives on the System and that I did. Previously I had desired to Play Fable II and Fable III  having seen the adverts to it…same thing for the Gears of War trilogy–soon to be four.

I have played the Xbox more in 3 months than I have the PS3 in a whole year.

Games I’ve Recently Played:

The multiplayer match-ups, the xbox party features and UI aesthetics have  left me repentant as to why I had not purchased one sooner.

My only gripes would be load times are longer (at least you don’t have the mandatory install thing like PS3)–the pop up/in graphics, the occasional hiccup freezes and how loud the Xbox is in general.

Although these things I have easily accustomed at the beginning were annoying.

Also the achievements make playing video games, games in and of themselves. Yes, PS3 has trophies but they are not as evident or spotlighted.

I am happy to say that in these few short months the Xbox has become my console of choice and I’m looking forward to playing some of the upcoming titles:

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