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April 16, 2015

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Review: Furious Seven

First of all, yes I know it is all over the media and elsewhere as "Furious 7", but I did note that the number was spelled as a word in the title card of the actual movie.  So while I be pedantic, why don't the rest of you just pretend you know what I'm talking about.

As far as the franchise goes, I saw the first one, and ma-a-a-a-be the second one.  I knew there had been more, but frankly I had no idea that this was the seventh.  Fortunately, there didn't seem to be any requirement to have seen... well, any of the previous ones because A) I effectively didn't remember anything about the ones I had seen and B) gratuitous flashbacks bring you up to speed on the salient points as required.  (Or as required by the editor's need to fill time slash band-aid over Paul Walker's inclusive exclusion or something.)

Anyways, any complaint about this movie can be explained away with the phrase "Hey, it's a Fast And Furious franchise movie, what do you want?"

For example:
  • The dialogue is terrible. "Hey, it's a Fast And Furious franchise movie, what do you want?"
  • The plot is ridiculous where it exists at all. "Hey, it's a Fast And Furious franchise movie, what do you want?"
  • I don't understand where all these cars that the characters blow up come from.  "Hey, it's a Fast And Furious franchise movie, what do you want?"
  • The attempts to band-aid over the band-aiding of Paul Walker's death made the whole thing seem uneven.  "Hey, it's a Fast And Furious franchise movie, what do you want?"
  • Kinda too shooty-shooty-bang-bang for my tastes.  "Hey, it's a Fast And Furious franchise movie, what do you want?"
  • Why is Furious Seven showing in all four of the large-format theaters at Landmark simultaneously?  "Hey, it's a Fast And Furious franchise movie, what do you want?"
  • My popcorn is kind of stale here.  "Hey, it's a Fast And Furious franchise movie, what do you want?"
See?  So it kind of makes the whole "review" idea superfluous.

Hey, it's a Fast And Furious franchise movie, what do you want?

by David Mackintosh ( at April 16, 2015 07:00 PM

Burger Time: Five Guys

Overall: it was okay, but it sure wasn't a Vera's.  Make no mistake, it was a very well done burger, lots of food, all of it good, maybe a bit pricier than I might like (although in the same ball park as Vera's).

I think what disappointed me the most was the metal chairs done up to look like wood chairs, and the fact that all the decorations in the room -- plus most of the decorations on things like the cups -- were reminders to you that all these people over all these years had voted Five Guys Most Likely To Succeed or something.  Look, it is fine to be proud of your accomplishments and all, but I don't need to sit in a room with you telling me how much other people like you.  I'm there.  You have my money.  Let your food do the talking for you.

Of course, after listening to the food... maybe that's why they overcompensate a bit.

by David Mackintosh ( at April 16, 2015 06:07 PM

April 14, 2015

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Driver Skill Is Obviously All-Important

Your finishers, in China 2015:

If only Sainz had not fallen out and spoiled a perfect finish.

by David Mackintosh ( at April 14, 2015 10:46 AM

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April 13, 2015

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Best Of The Rest

A solid 3-4 finish is pretty good, especially considering the mess of futility that last year was.  I am pretty happy about it.

Thinking about it, I think the deficiencies, we can assume that the Ferrari engine is a huge step forward this year.  Maybe not "Mercedes" class -- although the engine is powering perenial back-marker Sauber into more reasonable competitive results, and we know traditionally their car isn't much good -- but still pretty good (the engine).  So from that, I think that the Williams car is inferior to the Ferrari car, which fits with my theory of the Williams merely being the best also-ran last year which benefited from the Mercedes dominance.  With the Ferrari resurgence, Williams is once again behind the serious leaders.  The other Mercedes team that benefited last year, Force India, is similarly unremarkable, and Lotus is really just coming to grips with things.  Clearly, the Mercedes is less of an advantage this year.

Renault is in big trouble, and not just because Red Bull is threatening to have a temper tantrum and go home.  Their engine is where the Ferrari of 2014 was -- which was nowhere.

Red Bull having a gearbox which is apparently made of glass isn't helping any either.  This is the first post-Newey year, but you'd expect them to have their act together a little better than this.

Honda is of course the worst of the worst, but that's because they are in their first year and anyways are showing a surprising amount of realism in their expectations.  I think Q2 is a reasonable goal for this year, judging from what's happened so far this year.

For me, I think this is as good as we can expect for this year.  Ferrari isn't going to take the race to the Mercedes week in and week out, but with reliability they can collect solid points and be there for when the Mercedes duo trip over each other.  Perhaps in the desert at Bahrain things might go better, and perhaps at circuits where engine power is less important (ie: Monaco) they will have a chance, but for me the titles are already out of reach.  And frankly I'm okay with that.

by David Mackintosh ( at April 13, 2015 09:00 PM

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Lookie what I found

So it turns out that OwnCloud community RPMs clobber local .htaccess changes when upgrading:

[root@voyager owncloud]# cp .htaccess .htaccess.8.0.2
[root@voyager owncloud]# yum check-update
owncloud-3rdparty.noarch 8.0.2-16.1 isv_ownCloud_community
owncloud-app-activity.noarch 8.0.2-16.1 isv_ownCloud_community
owncloud-app-external.noarch 8.0.2-16.1 isv_ownCloud_community
[root@voyager owncloud]# yum -y update
Updating : owncloud-app-gallery-8.0.2-16.1.noarch 34/92
Updating : owncloud-server-8.0.2-16.1.noarch 35/92
[root@voyager owncloud]# diff .htaccess*
< php_value upload_max_filesize 513M
< php_value post_max_size 513M
> php_value upload_max_filesize 16G
> php_value post_max_size 16G
> php_value max_input_time 3600
> php_value max_execution_time 3600
> ErrorDocument 403 /owncloud/core/templates/403.php
> ErrorDocument 404 /owncloud/core/templates/404.php

by David Mackintosh ( at April 13, 2015 08:00 PM

Review: Home

Jim Parsons is going to get typecast as his Big-Bang Theory character Sheldon for the rest of his life. He probably won't mind, because he'll probably end up very rich because of it.  Home is a vehicle for Sheldon-isms without the burden of the rest of TBBT cast or, you know, a plausible plot, and ends up with the predictable Here's The Message at the end that children's movies have to have these days. I got tired of the Sheldon-isms about 15 minutes into the movie, but got past that and it was a pretty good ride.  The Message is the message, but even that doesn't intrude too much.  And they made pretty good attempts to insert references for the adults, the most obvious being the Star Wars hang and the outatime license plate spin.  So yeah, it was OK for a movie, which is a good thing, because we're going to see it again in two weeks as part of a Birthday Party.

by David Mackintosh ( at April 13, 2015 07:00 PM