PhantomSaw it last night with a friend. In this case, the critics are idiots. It's a damn good movie. Not flashy or funny or even all that actiony. Just a solid plot with lots of tension and drama.
Basic plot is that a Soviet ballistic missile sub goes rogue and is trying to start WWIII. The crew that's still loyal has to stop the rest from causing a nuclear exchange between China and the US. Fairly straightforward, but with some twists and a commitment to realism you just don't see in war movies these days.
Final Rating: A-
Very well done and kept me interested throughout. A couple of things could have been done better, like at least having the actors speak with Russian accents (the whole movie was in American accented English) but they can be overlooked. Go see this movie, I highly recommend it.
Well, FuckSo, pretty shitty past few days. Barbara decided she didn't need me for SXSW, even though I specifically scheduled a trip months ago so that I would be available for it. My really expensive bike pump decided to quit working on me. I found out that I'm going to have to stay with my crappy internet provider since the one I want doesn't service my address. A hacker killed my week old character on DayZ. I've got to travel to Dallas and back this weekend to help with a party for a friend of the family when I need to be studying for one of three tests. And I had to kick in my own door because I left my keys inside and there aren't any locksmiths who stay open past 5:00.
And now I've got to help a bunch of people learn how to do the engineering equivalent of wiping their own asses while listening to them whine about how hard it is and how they want to switch majors.
What Do Hackers Get Out of It?I'm not talking about the ones who go after your credit card or government secrets or steal your identity. I'm not even talking about the ones who write viruses, though the same argument applies. I'm talking about the ones who come onto your DayZ server, teleport around, and blow everyone up. Seriously, how is this fun? Where's the enjoyment in blowing up a guy who spends a week getting a character to its current point without even bothering to look at them? In ruining the enjoyment of other people? I'll never understand these pricks. [/rant]
Two other items of news: First I may or may not be at SXSW this year. It depends on if Barbara decides she needs my help or not.
Second, I turn 21 this Sunday. Not exactly the best day for going out drinking. I'm planing on having some sort of get together afterwards, but the next weekend is SXSW and after that I'm going to be out of town, so it may be a while. But if anyone wants to get together next week for a drink I'd be up for it.
Well, this quake was recorded as magnitude 4.9. Their last quake created a mag 4.52 quake and was estimated to be 2.4 KT (unless you ask the Russians or Chinese). Crunching the numbers, you get a yield of a bit over 5 KT. About 1/3 of Hiroshima and 1/4 of the Trinity test.
Still wouldn't want to be at ground zero. But the truth is, that kind of size means the fission reaction probably was extremely inefficient. And this is their third go at it! I guess that's what happens when you execute scientists when they make a mistake.
Huh.So, I was just walking into my local community college when I notice a picture of Burnie and Kathleen on the entryway. The person next to me asks "Why do they have that picture there?" and I answer, "They did a talk here a few weeks ago." Then I look over and say, "Well, you should know that, you were there."
It was Burnie.
And then I ate a huge lunch I didn't remember ordering and woke up.
Superbowl, Anyone?So I spent last year watching the game on my own. Don't want to do that this year. So if anyone in the Austin area is having a party and doesn't mind me crashing it, let me know. Heck, if you don't have any plans I'd love to meet at a bar or something. I'd host something at my place, but I don't have cable.