Archive for May, 2011

Movie Review: Crank High Voltage

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

One of the best things about Netflix is that I get to watch movies whenever I want. One of the worst things is that it doesn’t seem to have that good of a grasp on the types of movies I like.
Such an example is “Crank: High Voltage”. The successor to “Crank”, CHV (yeah, I’m lazy) might just be one of the weirdest movies I’ve ever seen. The whole time, I kept thinking to myself “suspend disbelief”; every time I did, a new scene popped up where I had to do it again. About 3 minutes in, I thought I could have been watching a student film–a bad one.
The plot is that Chev (Jason Statham), some kind of bad-ass, has his heart stolen & replaced with an artificial by some Chinese gangsters. He wants to get it back. Throughout the movie, he has to “recharge” the battery pack in a variety of stupid…well, funny ways. He also kills a bunch of people.
There is a tremendous amount of gratuitous sex & violence in the movie (Chev has sex with his girlfriend in the middle of a derby, there are several shoot outs involving naked women), which, while funny, doesn’t add to it.
Most bad movies make me feel as if I should have been drinking during it. This one leaves me wishing I had one afterwards.

Turbine Engine

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Over the last nine or ten months, about once ever couple weeks, one of our neighbors has been starting up some kind of turbine for about five minutes at a time. ¬†It’s extremely loud (it sounds like, well, a jet engine), but since it happened so infrequently, it wasn’t that big of a deal. ¬†Today, however, the neighbor decided to spin up the jet turbine for about 30 minutes. ¬†I walked over to see what the deal was.They didn’t answer. ¬†After quickly polling some of the other neighbors, we all called the police. ¬†Sure enough, the guy owns some kind of model airplane jet engine company based in Taiwan–and he’s been testing the jets at his house. Hopefully, he’ll stop.

Here’s a clip of it from last August:

The Next iPhone Speculation

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

There are a ton of people speculating about the next iPhone. ¬†iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, etc. ¬†I don’t have any personal knowledge of the matter–but I can say that there are some features that I would really like to see on the next iPhone. ¬†Before I list them, though, I should point out that the iPhone has become “just another phone”. ¬†There’s nothing the iPhone can do that other Android phones cannot, and that Blackberries or Windows can’t do without significant developer help. ¬†I personally like the iPhone interface better, but frankly, Google is doing a good job of catching up (and in some places, passing) the iPhone in its core functionality.

So the list. ¬†I’m going to divide it into a few parts:

Expectations

If Apple releases an iPhone 5, it will come alongside an iOS 5 update. ¬†As a result, many of these feature desires are software based–you could see them in the current models with a software update.

  • LTE – this is the *real* 4G. ¬†Super fast internet.
  • Longer batter life.
  • Profiles (software based–this means that you’ll be able to customize notification sounds, etc, from your own library rather than the built-in one. ¬†Think of the Nokias; Outside, Indoors, Silent, etc.)
  • Thinner (why not)
  • Better cameras (they’re good now, but, well, yeah)
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) for payment, etc.
  • Better notification system (modal popups are horrid)

Hopes

Not as realistic, but I hope:

  • More durable/rugged.
  • Louder speakerphone.
  • Louder earpiece.
  • 1080p Video with stabilization

Wishes

These won’t happen, but I’ll throw ’em out there:

  • Biometric unlocking. ¬†I hate passcodes.
  • Tactile feedback that isn’t some stupid vibration.
  • Speech-to-text/voice command – one that actually WORKS.

I’ll probably think of more, but this works for now.

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