Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Five Frames - 12/07/2016

Five Frames

Images iPhone 6s Plus / Panasonic Lumix Digital.


Lotus


Sue with Mandolin


Encanto Park


Monster Miata


Beach Life - 2
These images and many many more can be found on my Flickr account.

Cinema Cycle - Pete's Dragon


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE REVIEWED: 12/07/2016


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 2 hours 19 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 26.6 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 5747 miles

SYNOPSIS: A runaway orphan boy and his invisible pet dragon pass through a small turn-of-the-century seaside town and cause havoc.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: The warm fuzzies and where they come from.  The Disney Factory at the height of its family values era.

PROS AND CONS:  This is not one of Disney’s best.  It was made at the end of their animation period and it just doesn’t work.  The acting is over-the-top and the music just isn’t that memorable.  

After mulling over the film, I realized that this was the kind of film that thrilled me as a child, but as an adult you have a hard time believing that stuff like this could really happen.

It is the sort of film that you could take a toddler that is just learning to walk and speak, park him front of the television and he would watch this for hours.  It's harder for adults.


To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.



Monday, December 5, 2016

Five Frames - 12/05/2016

Five Frames

Images taken with an iPhone 6s Plus / Bronica ETRS / Lytro Illum.


Breakfast of Champions


The Serenade


Ranch Dance, Double Adobe, AZ


Sunsets You Never Tire Of


Sacramento Pit
These images and many many more can be found on my Flickr account.

Cinema Cycle - The Understudy: Graveyard Shift II


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE REVIEWED: 12/05/2016


FORMAT: Laserdisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 31 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 20 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 5720.4 miles

SYNOPSIS: A vampire invades a movie set and consumes the cast.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Disbelief in reality and horror for its own sake.  Seriously, a vampire in a film about vampires that play pool?

PROS AND CONS:  Not a big fan of this genre and if the Random Media Generator had given it to me to watch, I doubt I would have ever seen it.  After this viewing, I have little desire to see the first film in the franchise.

The interesting thing about the plot here, is that it is so linear.  There really is no arch. There is not much character development or background story.  Vampire comes in, bits the film crew one by one and is killed (sort of) in the end.  That is about it.

One interesting aspect of the film is that it deals with the making of a film.  In that regard, you get a good look at what goes on behind the scenes on a movie set.  


To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.



Sunday, December 4, 2016

Five Frames - 12/04/2016

Five Frames



Images Taken With A Lytro Light Field Camera. Click through to my Lytro Account to manipulate the images.















These images and many many more can be found on my Lytro account.

Friday, December 2, 2016

My Life Is No Longer Like This.

A blog post originally published in 2008.  Scenes from a life that I no longer live. 

This Is My Job...
December 2, 2008 at 8:03am


...but this is not my life.

It is a sad day when we finally put all the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together and realize that the image they create is not a very pretty picture. Let me show you two of the pieces that have fallen into place over the past few years and see if you can tell me what the image is.

Puzzle Piece #1) While diagnosing a problem in our southern office about 5 years ago, I was helping a co-worker input some data into our database. This data concerned statistical information on the volunteers that work for us. When I got to the birth date field my co-worker said they didn't input that anymore. This came as a shock to me because it is a required field. We have to produce statistical information regarding our Volunteers to Federal Agencies for compliance and one of those statistics is an age breakdown. So I asked my co-worker why they no longer input this data. "Because it is no longer on the application." was her response. Our volunteer application had been revised and 'redesigned' by a 'management team' who could not see the relevance of asking someone for their birth date. Obviously the 'management team' didn't have any statistical background or they would have realized they were shooting themselves in the foot by removing this question from the application. The work-around?, add a new process to the statistical data input where we have to look up their birth date via their Federal background check information. (God forbid we should just go back to the old application questionnaire!)

Jump ahead 5 years.

Puzzle Piece #2) I am composing an e-mail at my desk when 'Boat Anchor' comes into my office inquiring if the e-mail problem has been resolved. "What e-mail problem?", I respond. He tells me to read my e-mail from the Program Manager. It appears that all of the confidential e-mails that are being sent to us by an outside vendor are being bounced back as un-deliverable. Which means we aren't getting the 50 to 100 e-mails per day that we need to complete our job process. Hmmm, not good.

It obviously appeared to be an e-mail server issue so I started firing off an e-mail to our 'Crackerjack' ITD support center to look at the server and possibly reboot the darn thing. Half way through composing the e-mail, I remember reading something that morning in my e-mail inbox that made me pause. Pulling up my old e-mail, there is a notice from one of the Program Managers in my division indicating that the structure of the Microsoft Public Outlook folders on the E-mail Exchange Server have been modified to make them look 'neater' and more organized. Putting two and two together, I quickly realized that the inbox for the e-mails that were getting bounced, were in the modified portion of the directory tree, and in effect, the e-mail inboxes had been moved and were no longer available.

Once again, Management had made a decision that affected everyone in our division without thinking through all the consequences. End result, we have lost about 300 confidential e-mails that will have to be resent, and placed our work flow process in the office back about 3 days.

Which brings me back to the title of this blog. This is all I do. I research what others have done to see how the decisions that they made in the past have screwed up our business process in the present, and then try and come up with ways to correct their mistakes. This is all I do, seriously.

The reasons for both of these mishaps is obvious, but I am the only one in my organization that has the history and the knowledge to see the linkage between the events and know what factors lead to which conclusions. I have long since given up the idea of really accomplishing anything here, I just put out the fires that others carelessly and accidentally start.  I am one of the mentors for the morons.

Cinema Cycle - The Avengers - 1963 - Vol 8


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE REVIEWED: 12/02/2016


FORMAT: VHS

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 44 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 22.8 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 5700.4 miles

SYNOPSIS: (from Wikipedia)

Box of Tricks is the seventeenth episode of the second series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee and Julie Stevens. It originally aired on ABC on 20 January 1963. The episode was directed by Kim Mills and written by Peter Ling and Edward Rhodes.[1]

Death of a nightclub magician's assistant leads through a crippled general and his quack, to employment opportunities and secret documents.

Warlock is the eighteenth episode of the second series of the 1960s cult British spy-fi television series The Avengers, starring Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman. It originally aired on ABC on 27 January 1963. The episode was directed by Peter Hammond and written by Doreen Montgomery.[1]

The inventor of a new type of fuel lapses into a coma. Steed discovers that the scientist had links to black magic and the occult.

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: Older British drama where dialog is everything, camera movement and hitting your mark are important and the concept of understated English cool is born.

PROS AND CONS:  There isnt much I can say about this series that I have not already mentioned in previous reviews of this series.  It is good, but in a very dated sort of way.  

The concept of British mystery and intrigue in the post WWII era is always interesting.  The plots of almost all of these episodes have to do with secret plans,  formulas or other military secrets that ‘dastardly foreign agents’ are trying to steal.  Usually in overly elaborate ways.

The most humorous thing about the whole series is the relationship between Steed and his female lead, in this case Cathy Gale.  It is always appears ambiguous and the viewer is left to wonder if the relationship is personal, professional or both.  



To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.