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2021 August

  • Quantum of Solace

    Bond film no. 22, Daniel Craig's second outing. I actually watched this back in 2008, but apparently I wasn't super impressed (and I wish I wrote more back then lol). I suspect I didn't really like it because this movie is actually a direct sequel to Casino Royale which I hadn't seen until this year. It picks up on several hanging plot threads, and some of the characters appear again, and Bond in this film is primarily motivated by anger over the events of the previous film. Not to mention I had only seen two Brosnan movies prior to watching

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  • Performative Politics

    I read this article about how a US Democratic representative says his Republican colleagues are like WWE wrestlers (excuse me, they're called "Superstars") who behave differently in private versus in public. Basically their politics are performative, they act a certain way in public to appeal to their bases, but in private they don't actually really believe in many of the things they say in public. It speaks to a certain lack of integrity and deceptiveness. It's the kind of laying and salesmanship that I really dislike. Reading this article reminded me of supporters praising Duterte back during the 2016 campaign

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  • Weeknotes 2021-08-01

2021 July

  • Some stuff I've watched lately. Spoilers for Gunpowder Milkshake and MotU: Revelation are marked. Casino Royale (2006) Bond film no. 21, and the first for Daniel Craig. The final era in this James Bond run, looking forward to it. Casino Royale is new to me, but I've seen two of Craig's Bond films, so I have an idea of what to expect: a more serious and much less campy James Bond, grim and determined. The tone here is much closer to Dalton's two films than any of the other runs. Since it's kind of a reboot, it takes place early

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  • Weeknotes 2021-07-25

  • I used to do these "Watching Lately" posts to talk about movies/tv/books I'd recently consumed, but for a while I folded up the reviews into the weeknotes and sometimes via short notes but the reviews have been getting longer so I guess I'm bring the "Watching Lately" tag and series of posts back. Die Another Day (2002) Bond film no. 20 and Brosnan's final appearance. The main question for me going in was: have I actually watched this before in the theatre? My memory says no, but this movie does have the ice palace scene I originally thought was in

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  • Weeknotes 2021-07-18

    A quote: "The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men." - George Eliot The world: Fitch downgrades PH credit rating outlook to "negative" Pacquiao ousted from PDP-Laban by an opposing faction, just as he's preparing for his upcoming fight. Covid-19 delta variant has been detected in the PH, let's hope the government can keep it under control. Valve has announced the Steam Deck, a handheld PC for playing Steam games Links of interest: Hobson's Browser: How Apple, Facebook, and Google Broke the Mobile Browser Market by Silently Undermining User Choice The

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  • Warning: Spoilers for the just-ended season of Loki at the end of this. I have a spoiler-free review of that if you'd like. The World Is Not Enough (1999) Bond film no. 19 and Brosnan's third. Pretty sure I saw this in the theaters when it came out, but for the life of me could not recall any of the plot details at all. Turns out it was because the plot was a bit unnecessarily convoluted. It's easy to tell straight away that Sophie Marceau is on the bad guy side, given her henchmen, so that was no surprise. Renard

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  • Weeknotes 2021-07-11

    A quote: "You are the books you read the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colours fill

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  • Black Widow

    We finally return to the MCU films, a full two years after the last film was released! Breaking a decade-long tradition, I am unable to watch it in theaters this time (and probably won't get to watch any of the others this year in theaters either), but at least we are moving forward now, onto the next phase! Spoiler-free review first, then spoilery bits follow afterwards. incredibly good as an action movie, great fight sequences and set pieces and chases etc. Felt like I was watching something from Mission Impossible or James Bond fairly stand-alone, though some knowledge of what

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  • On Being President

  • Tomorrow Never Dies

  • ComSat and CompShops

  • Goldeneye (1995)

    The Bond film reviews were starting to get a bit long for Twitter/notes, so a full blog post it is. Goldeneye (1995). Bond film no. 17 and first for Brosnan. The films are starting to look "modern", but might just be because this is the first Bond film to come out after I graduated high school and that's what I see as "modern". I didn't see this in theaters when it first came out though. We get that dry wit and humor back, and a bit more modern armaments. Not sure if I've ever seen Bond use an automatic weapon

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  • Someone gave me a copy of this book last week, just after I had finished the previous book (Excellent timing!). Einstein's Dreams is a short book which explores different concepts of time. It's filled with short vignettes, each 1-2 pages long, describing an alternate universe where either the rules of physics are altered so that time proceeds differently, or humans perceive time in different ways. The book is framed as being a collection of dreams of Albert Einstein in 1905 as he develops his theory of relativity - there are short interludes where Einstein discusses his theories with his friend

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    July 5, 2021, 3:18 p.m. / / blog / #books / Syndicated: mastodon twitter / 175 words
  • Weeknotes 2021-07-04

    It's the Fourth of July, which really only means something in the US. Over here it used to be "Philippine-American Friendship Day", but apparently that was phased out while I was still in grade school. A quote "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts" - W. Churchill The world: Our current president and one of our possible future presidents, who are ostensibly allies / partymates have been feuding over the past week. Just another sign of how tenuous political alliances in this country are; they are no match for ambition. The

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2021 June

  • Book Review: Linchpin by Seth Godin

    Linchpin: Are You Indispensible? is a 2010 book by Seth Godin. The book's primary thesis is that in the modern world, you have to avoid being a conforming, replaceable assembly line worker, and instead be a linchpin, someone who is indispensible, someone who goes the extra mile, who invests emotional labor into his work and his art. The book covers topics such as the problems with the "old way" of working, what it means to be a linchpin, the resistance from your lizard brain, gift culture, connection, the importance of shipping, etc. He summarizes the book as: All I wanted

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    June 29, 2021, 9:56 p.m. / / blog / #books / Syndicated: mastodon twitter / 676 words
  • Dan Fornace, creator of Rivals of Aether writes: After 8 years of working in fighting games, I’ve accepted the fact that no matter how β€œeasy” you make your game, pros will absolutely demolish new players. Well-known fighting game Youtuber Maximillian talks about the casual appeal of Guilty Gear -STRIVE- and expands a bit on the above: I think there is definitely a serious learning curve when it comes to fighting games. They're typically difficult for the uncommitted casual gamer to get into. There's a lot of stuff that needs to be learned: inputs, commands, matchups, systems, etc. I mean, I've

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  • Weeknotes 2021-06-27

    It's almost July, which means 2021 is just about halfway done, and yet here we still are in pandemic mode. A quote "Each year that passes rings you inwardly with memory and might. Wield your heart, and the world will tremble." - Doran the Siege Tower The world: Last Thursday, former PH President Noynoy Aquino III passed away quietly. This led to the usual condolences and accolades from across the political spectrum, although many noted the delay in the palace issuing a statement (I suspect it was because the current president was still asleep). Many of his friends and supporters

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  • Schitt's Creek

    "Our lives are like little baby crows carried upon a curious wind and all we can wish, for our families, for those we love, is that that wind would eventually place us on solid ground." -- Moira Rose I started watching Schitt's Creek during my last game jam weekend. I decided to try it out mostly because I remembered it getting a lot of buzz for its last season back in 2020 and getting a lot of Emmy Awards for that season. I ended up binge-watching all six seasons of the series in around two weeks. The accolades are quite

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    June 26, 2021, 2:05 p.m. / / blog / #tv / Syndicated: mastodon twitter / 457 words