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January 17th, 2014


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04:17 pm - The Terrors, I mean, Wonders of Technology; Also, Prospective Cinema-Going
Friday afternoon, and I heave a sigh of relief. Then I tremble a bit at what lies before me.

This past several weeks has been over-full of learning (or failing to learn) new technological tricks. First was the weary work of formatting Traveller and Wish-Queen for two different uploading platforms; it was traumatic, but I learned more about Word than I knew before, and I was able to work through my instinctive wish to Abandon Ship! whenever I ran into difficulties (which was more often than I plan to confess). But it was done at last. More annoying has been my new laptop, which has an "Accutype Keyboard." "Accutype" is what we call a LIE, friends; this thrice-damned keyboard enjoys such pastimes as skipping up two lines at random when I breathe wrong, and also erasing a paragraph whenever I twitch at Master Danger barking or similar.

Tomorrow will be a new challenge. I am off to buy a new television to replace the 16-year-old CRT which no longer displays the full screen properly. (I blame HD.) This purchase, should I accomplish it, will then require a) hooking up the new one to the cable box so that I can watch Sherlock on Sunday night, and b) carting the old, LITERALLY 75-pound beast to the electronic/recycling area of the local dump. Fingers crossed.

This long weekend I might, I say, MIGHT also try to go see a film. In the theatre. I know, it's a concept. The only problem is deciding which of three movies I should see:
1) August: Osage County. PRO: Some of my favorite actors (Chris Cooper!! Cumberbatch! Mr McGregor! La Streep!), and at least some location shots of Oklahoma. CON: Oh, how I hated the stage play (which I've only read, not seen performed). It's just the genre that makes me most irritated at the world.
2) Saving Mr Banks. PRO: Two faves top-billed, and a profound love of Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke horror-accent notwithstanding. CON: Myth-making that has received some pointed critiques which makes me less likely to enjoy the movie.
3) American Hustle. PRO: Great actors. I love me some 70s. CON: David O. Russell, ick.

Any recs?

In any event, may you enjoy your weekend, sans terrors or hard decisions!

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From:tx_cronopio
Date:January 17th, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
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I'd vote for American Hustle.

Saving Mr Banks is apparently Pure Disney Propaganda, and Osage Co has gotten hideous reviews.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 17th, 2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
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These are compelling points, but American Hustle is the one I'm least interested in... But I should see it. Hmmm.
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From:kathyh
Date:January 17th, 2014 10:16 pm (UTC)
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We're going to need a new television soon too for precisely the same reason. The choice is quite bewildering! Our old television is very heavy so we'll get a new one from somewhere they also take away the old one as we could barely get it through the door by ourselves when we bought it.

I've seen Saving Mr Banks and it's worth seeing for Emma Thompson's performance BUT it is very manipulative. Tom Hanks manages to get in hints that Disney might not be too nice underneath all the charm but hints are all there are
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From:laurawise
Date:January 17th, 2014 11:22 pm (UTC)
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The choice of new TV is mind-blowing. I hope I can choose wisely....

Good thoughts, K, and thanks for the Saving Mr Banks review, too! Hugs!
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From:chase820
Date:January 17th, 2014 10:17 pm (UTC)
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American Hustle has had the best reviews of the three, if that's any help. I've heard August: Osage County falls rather flat and Saving Mr. Banks is shameless Oscar pandering, not to mention disturbing levels of Walt Disney-worship.

I haven't seen any of them, but AH is the only one on my must-rent list.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 17th, 2014 11:31 pm (UTC)
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Yes, but you like 70s New York, and I mostly don't. Still it IS the one with all the hype! A hard choice. :)

Cheers, Chase, and a good weekend!
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From:gwynnega
Date:January 17th, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
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I've been wanting to see American Hustle. I recently saw and liked Blue Jasmine.

Good luck with the TV upgrade! (I need to do the same at some point...)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 17th, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
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The TV upgrade is making me very very anxious. Technology is not My Thing. :)

Hugs and a great Friday!
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From:anne_d
Date:January 17th, 2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Husband's seen all three films, but he seemed to enjoy American Hustle the most.

Good TV hunting.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 17th, 2014 11:32 pm (UTC)
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That's what I keep hearing! Thanks for weighing in. :)

Hugs and healing to you!
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From:paratti
Date:January 17th, 2014 11:56 pm (UTC)
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It was well worth iy that you wrestled with the inputting methods. I'm loving it.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2014 12:33 am (UTC)
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Thank you thank you, mate. :)

Cheers and hugs to you!
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From:roguedemon
Date:January 18th, 2014 12:06 am (UTC)
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I'm so proud of you for braving all the formatting horrors in order to get your excellent work out there! Also, I wish you luck on the TV thing. Figuring out the cable box is v.v.hard.

This weekend I am seeing American Hustle with my husband and friends, and we will do dinner afterward. (Look at me actually being social on the weekend like a normal healthy person!) I quite agree that DOR is horrid but I unfortunately love the movies the guy makes. And I will always want to see a movie where the female characters get to steal the show. Also, Amy Adams FTW always.

I console myself with the fact that if I was to boycott the work of every artist who is an awful person there would be very little to consume. Also, my wish to support an actor often clashes with my loathing for the director, producer, whatever. For instance, my love for Cate Blanchett and Amy Adams versus the fact that Woody Allen and David O. Russell are horrid in their own special ways. So there you have it...
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2014 12:34 am (UTC)
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I am helpless with cable boxes and TVs, but if nugs hugs]ecessary I can call on a friend to help me figure it out. However, I'll try to work it out myself! :)

And YAY and cheers for you for a weekend of movie-going and dinner with friends! I am so happy that you will have time to enjoy. [h
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From:mamculuna
Date:January 18th, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
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No reviews on the movies--haven't seen any yet, but would probably head for American Hustle just based on reviews.

But I will say that when our CRT mammoth finally headed for fossil land, we were delighted with the pleasures of the thin! wide! multi-talented! new wide-screen. You may really enjoy the added pleasures of getting to hook up a computer quite easily and see many things that used to be difficult. Enjoy, once your back heals...

Edited at 2014-01-18 12:53 am (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2014 01:08 pm (UTC)
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I think that once I figure it out, having a proper flat-screen will be much, much better than the CRT behemoth. But the trick will be figuring it out! (And yes, hauling the old one away to be responsibly recycled.)

Cheers and a great weekend to you!
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From:wildrider
Date:January 18th, 2014 02:04 am (UTC)
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I very much loved Saving Mr. Banks, but I've never had a hate on for Mr. Disney. He was a delight in my childhood and if I hated all people of that era my parents and my in-laws would make me just as unhappy.

I haven't seen the other two yet, although I did get interested in American Hustle after all the hoopla about it.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
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I've really enjoyed the clips of Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, I must say. :)

Cheers, K, and a great Saturday!
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From:wildrider
Date:January 18th, 2014 03:50 pm (UTC)
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In one scene they show Walt in his office talking to Tinkerbell, which took me back -- I remember those, from the openings of "Wonderful World of Disney." Gave me a happy. :)

Happy weekend! Hugs!
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From:rahirah
Date:January 18th, 2014 03:55 am (UTC)
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I liked Saving Mr. Banks, but I think some of the criticism is valid. On the third hand, I don't think it's any more inaccurate than your average Hollywoodization of history.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
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Yes, Hollywood is not one's place to turn for Accurate Recounting of Historical Events. :)

Thanks, and cheers to you on this Saturday!
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From:stateless82
Date:January 18th, 2014 04:11 am (UTC)
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I will be no help choosing a movie- I'd never heard of any of them prior to watching the Golden Globes and I'm still not sure what any of them are about. I do like Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks though.

I'm right there with you regarding technology- the e-reader is occasionally so frustrating it's amazing I haven't launched it though the window. Touch screens suck so bad. Luckily the stories make it worth the struggle. :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
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I am so grateful you're dealing with the e-reader, though, as annoying as it is. :) Hugs, and good thoughts for an easier time with the touch screen!
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From:cindergal
Date:January 18th, 2014 08:11 am (UTC)
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The only one of those movies I've seen is American Hustle, which I really loved. I'm seeing A:OC tomorrow, because of the cast, mostly. How can I resist?

Happy TV buying!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2014 01:14 pm (UTC)
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The cast for August: Osage County really IS the draw for me. :)

Cheers for your Oscar-watching project, and cheers for you!
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From:janus_74
Date:January 18th, 2014 04:36 pm (UTC)
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You'll love the new TV, but I don't envy the taking away part of it.

Have fun at the theatre, whichever you choose.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Hee, there has already been installation fail. We carry on. :)

Cheers and a great Saturday, T!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:January 18th, 2014 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Hope all that's gone well so far. I had a sort of TV upgrade recently: from one secondhand CRT to a newer (still secondhand), widescreen CRT.


Edited at 2014-01-18 08:20 pm (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 18th, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
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I have already run into difficulties. Such is life. ;)

Cheers for you, Stevie, and for your TV upgrade!

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