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Panorama Fails July 24, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in Ducks, Fashion, News.

Ever take a panorama with your phone? Did it turn out like you hoped?

Here’s one of Mrs. Geezer’s Horse.

geezer horse


Here’s my dog:

Lauraws Dog


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So Valerian (Movie Review) July 23, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.

I’d been looking forward to Luc Besson’s new movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, ever since I saw the trailer. Luc Besson wrote La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element, The Transporter, Taken, District B13, and Wasabi (an unsung personal favorite). He directed many of them as well.

I finally got to the theater last night, after setback after setback. Plunked my butt down in one of those modern lounge seats, and commenced to view.

Sadly, Luc let me down this time. The movie was gorgeous and detailed, but flawed in so many distracting ways that I couldn’t enjoy it. For instance:

  • The Lead Dude (Valerian): This guy was supposed to be a bad boy lady-killer Major doing special ops missions for the United Human Federation. But he looked like a choir boy whose “bad boy” persona consisted of putting firecrackers up frogs’ butts. Too young. Too innocent-looking. No personality.
  • The Lead Dudette (Laureline): She’s supposed to be the tough mission-oriented Sergeant who’s Valerian’s latest partner. Cute, but her face has no character and she looks like she’s in her late teens. Too young. Too innocent-looking. No personality.
  • Dialogue: So, so flat. Banal to the point of distraction.
  • The Stupidities:
    • The Pearl People: This Avatarian-type race (confession: I never saw Avatar) is the stuff of liberal fantasy. Completely non-violent, androgynous, low tech, and living in perfect harmony with their planet. I’m pretty sure they never poop. And of course they are used to criticize humanity and all its foibles. The thing they (liberals) don’t think through is that the Pearl folk had two major cheats: an unbelievably awesome power source provided to them by nature, and cute little critters that replicate stuff. Without those ridiculous cheats, their society turns as ugly and nasty as every other society.
    • Barbarians in Space: The hell?
    • Contrived Side Missions: Seems like they wrote in distracting side missions¬† just to give some room for scenes with Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, and Alain Chabat. The scenes broke the momentum of the movie, which was kind of incoherent anyway. The characters played by Hawke and Chabat were supposed to be quirky, but just seemed like failed attempts to bring a Johnny Depp/Captain Jack Sparrow vibe. And Rihanna sounded like Rihanna, not like a space alien (same complaint I had about Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy 2).

But, the movie did have Herbie Hancock, which is pretty cool.

Science is just spiffy. July 22, 2017

Posted by lauraw in Art, Ducks, Personal Experiences.

Hubby, after watching video: “I need a sand pendulum.”


Abolishing Civil Asset Forfeiture July 21, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.

I just signed this petition asking for the removal of civil asset forfeiture. I think it’s something that everybody of every political persuasion should sign. If they reach 100,000 signatures, the White House will issue a response.

I don’t know what Jeff Sessions was thinking when he decided to double down on civil asset forfeiture, but we should help him unthink it.

Dunkirk ~ the Other one. July 19, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in Art, Ballistics, News.
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I was searching for YT trailers for the new movie, Dunkirk, and found this 5-minute, single-take tracking shot (in a different movie).

Film fans like geoff will appreciate this.

Volkswagen “Ashes” Commercial July 19, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.

Saw Spiderman a couple of nights ago (liked it), but didn’t really enjoy the Volkswagen commercial that preceded it.

The commercial shows a family cruising around with a recently-widowed grandmother while we listen to Simon & Garfunkel’s “America.” I’m watching this family reminisce about grandpa as they drive past gorgeous scenery, and saying to myself, “This had better not be a frickin’ car commercial.”

But of course it was, panning back from the final scene where they pour Grandpa’s ashes into the sea to show the Volkswagen Atlas. Because nothing says dignity and respect for the departed like turning their memory and the disposition of their ashes into a car commercial.

Nothing is sacred for some people.

Apparently the commercial’s a couple of months old, and I saw a cut version. You can read an alternate take on it and view the commercial here.

Idiotic NYT Headline July 19, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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When a Broken Headlight Leads to Deportation

No, being in the country illegally leads to deportation. A broken headlight leads to one’s illegal status being detected.

GoPro Mystery July 18, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in Family, News, Travel.

…with a happy ending.

Exports Time July 14, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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You were probably sitting there at your computer saying to yourself, “Gee, I won’t feel good about enjoying my weekend without knowing how exports are doing!”

Well fret not, because I’ve got your exports data right here:


Crawling sideways, so no good news. Kind of like all the economic data of late.

Manufacturing Jobs Stall, But at Highest Level of Past 5 Years July 13, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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Yep, for the past 3 months the number of manufacturing jobs has held steady at just under 12,400,000. No one likes to see manufacturing’s climb arrested, but that’s actually the highest level of manufacturing jobs we’ve seen since the recession.


Still, I’d like to see more in the way of gains.

Millennial International July 11, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in Crime, Fashion, News.

A Worthy Cause!

Somewhere in Utah July 8, 2017

Posted by Retired Geezer in News.

See the smoke up ahead?