Random Musings – Movie Edition

Posted 2016.05.22 9.28 in Pointless Blather

Star Wars

A couple weeks ago I finally saw the new Star Wars film.

Things I Liked: Rei, Finn, Poe, and BB-8.

Things I Didn’t Like: C-3PO – sorry I’ve just never liked that guy. Ever. And he’s been in every damned movie.

Things I Didn’t Understand: Why did the bad guys seem to come from the Harry Potter universe? I’m not even a potter fan but the big bad guy looked like Voldemort, and the little moody bad guy looked like a young moody Severus Snape.

Random Thing That Irked Me: It bothered me that Rei lost her nifty little blaster like 30 minutes after she got it. No idea why, it was just one of those little things. That was a gift Rei, take better care of it!

Random Things I Hope Get Explained Elsewhere: So Rei found Luke and he was just standing there on top of that island / mountain with just some weathered rocks and a good view. How long’s he been there? Where does he sleep? What does he eat? Where does he poop? The nice view is only good for so long before you get cold and tired and hungry. Maybe he has a little Yoda Hut just around the corner that they didn’t show in the closing scene.

Dead Pool

Last week I finally saw the Dead Pool film.

One of my biggest peeves in movies and tv shows is where the narrative timeline jumps around. Like when a TV show opens with some scene of destruction or chaos, then the scene shifts to a peaceful quiet whatever and the text-over says “24 hours earlier” I just change the channel. Hate that crap.

Dead Pool was entertaining enough for me to hang in there through that sort of thing. There’s a fight sequence that stops for two flashbacks that take up like 2/3 of the movie, it’s so long that I forget it’s a flashback and jarring when we go back to the original narrative timeline.

But, entertaining enough that I let it slide.

The only thing that confused me, because I’m not into comic books and all I know about DC and Marvel is that they both exist and are separate, was trying to understand if the X-men and the Avengers are in the same universe?

I mean, the big battle in the junkyard, they seemed to have a wrecked Shield hover-carrier thing there. So that’s avengers universe. But they had that tin guy from X-men and he was trying to get DeadPool to join the X-men.

And at the very very end DeadPool mentions Nick Fury. So Avengers / Shield stuff.

So are X-Men / Avengers / Shield in the same universe? Or was that all part of the 4-th wall breaking stuff and not ‘serious’?

Ooh and one other thing – Negasonic Teenage Warhead was fun but what happens in 5 or 6 years? Does she become Negasonic Adult Warhead? And in 20 years, Negasonic Middle-Aged Warhead? Or does she never age?

Two Tulips

Posted 2016.05.07 15.57 in Pointless Blather

Two Tulips

Two tulips in my backyard. The last two tulips actually — squirrels ate the rest.

Bloomin Peppers!

Posted 2016.05.01 14.38 in Hobbies

Bloomin Peppers

Potential Proto Peppers!

Posted 2016.04.17 14.52 in Pointless Blather

I know it’s been a long while since I posted on my little aerogarden, but it’s more or less still kicking. Certainly seems healthier than I feel these days. 🙂

Anyhow, one of the things I was really excited about was the Ghost Pepper seeds my sister gave me, and that plant is still thriving!

I just recently I noticed it had wee little ‘bud’ things forming. I think these are proto-peppers! There’s like a half dozen of them at least, and I’m excited and hopeful that it means I’ll have fresh home-grown ghost peppers soon!

Possible Proto Peppers

Still Not Dead…

Posted 2016.04.16 13.08 in Life On Drugs

… but definitely still broken in one way or another.

The ‘brief intermission‘ has lasted a lot longer than I thought it would. Sorry.

One of my thousand ‘minor issues’ has been gradually working its way up into being a ‘major’ problem. I’m literally watching the clock counting down the hours till my next appointment at the community nurse clinic, to see if they can do something about the bleeding.

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Next week it’s into the hospital for some diagnostic imaging, and then with some luck there’ll be surgery in the next month or two, then maybe, maybe, I can start feeling slightly better again.

Totally unrelated to all that, I broke one of my toes back on the vernal equinox. The right fifth proximal phalanges if my estimation and spelling are correct. Aka the first bone in my right pinky toe.

It was super sucky the first day, then kind of interesting for the rest of the week, but tomorrow will mark the end of 4 weeks and I’m quite frankly bored with it now. It’s still tender and a bit swollen and sore.

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Probably doesn’t help that Misha tripped me earlier in the week and I slightly re-hurt it. (Possibly the first bit of bad luck I’ve had from a black cat crossing my path!)

Update: The bleeding got stopped but things are still crappy. I’m seeing the nurses every 48 hours, 7 days a week, for the forseeable future. On the one hand that feels like it’s not often enough, and on the other hand it feels like it’s already taking up too much of what little useful energy I have.

A Brief Intermission

Posted 2016.02.16 9.53 in Pointless Blather

Taking a little break from this year’s house plants & synth pics show to lower the mood and rant / whinge for a moment.

You know the expression Death By A Thousand Papercuts? Sometimes I feel like that.

Sometimes it seems like I have a thousand relatively minor health problems and individually they’re all quite common or insignificant, the sorts of thing everyone deals with one way or another.

But when there’s so many of them, there’s always at least 2 or 3 that are going at once, and by the time they’re dealt with, 2 or 3 more have already flared up to take their places.

So it’s constant. It’s not always the same thing, but it’s a constant struggle, a constant drain.

And I think sometimes it’d be easier just dealing with one biggie, like cancer or something. Because when you’re having a shit day and tell people that your cancer is flaring up, they understand that and cut you some slack. (*)

But when you’re having a shit day and it’s because [really minor medical inconvenience # 612] is flaring up, people think you’re a lazy-ass crybaby wimp who whines too much. Because they don’t get that it’s just one of a thousand other minor problems and they all add up, or that the last time you felt truly good and healthy was some time before the turn of the century.

Anyhow, I’m not saying I’d rather have cancer or something like that. Just that every little damn thing adds up and really sucks the life out of you, but those little things are all individually no big deal.

Like Spoon Theory – if you don’t know it, look into it. I first read about it in The Bloggess’ book Furiously Happy.

I sort of see it as it’s easy to explain why your cup is almost empty when there’s a huge gaping hole in it (eg. cancer) but when it’s constantly empty because of a thousand microscopic cracks, it’s harder to understand or explain.

Anyways, I just wanted to get this out. I’m in pain for what feels like the 7524th day in a row, and it’s not huge pain, but it’s enough to remind me that I don’t really want to endure another few thousand more days like this.

* Note: I’m not sure chronicly healthy people even really grasp it in those ‘big’ situations.

My dad was very healthy right up untill he died of cancer, and even then the only part of him that was sick was his lungs, where the cancer was. A couple days before he died, he told me he remembered one time years ago when I couldn’t keep up with him walking, because my asthma was acting up.

He admitted, at the time, he thought I was just lazy and out of shape. It wasn’t till he was laying there dying of lung cancer that he actually understood how debilitating it was, to have trouble breathing.

I’m not saying every healthy person is as oblivious as he was, just suggesting that unless you’ve actually experienced poor health yourself, you maybe don’t fully get how utterly taxing it can be.

More Synth Electronics Pron

Posted 2016.02.12 14.58 in Hobbies

Today’s pics are from a Korg Volca Sample.

The Volca series has a reputation of being hacker / modder friendly, but the first three in the series were basically analog, the Sample is all digital. It has 4MB memory to hold 100 samples.

The obvious mod is Midi Out, which is labeled on the bottom of the main pcb.

I wonder about a memory expansion. The 4MB is an 8-pin SMD chip, 25Q032, and there are drop-in replacements like an 8MB 25Q064. Whether or not the Sample’s firmware would recognize more memory is unknown. The memory uses SPI and could be read out by a SPI probe.

There’s also a couple test points whose function is not provided, they might be interesting. And a connector CN4 which appears to be connected directly to the ARM processor. Maybe for JTAG, or for ICSP?

Top of main circuit board:

Volca Sample Main Board

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