Here’s a few unsorted thoughts on Her (no unmarked spoilers), mostly because they don’t fit into 140 characters and App.net never really took off, did it?:
- The acting’s pretty good, I guess. (It helps that there’s some actual depth to the characters.)
- Voice acting especially. (I could totally image Scarlett Johansson’s voice being on, like, This American Life, or any other NPR-y podcast.)
- I watched Restless yesterday and complained about the instagrammy color grading. This holds true for Her as well, but (to me) it’s less annoying here, maybe because it’s set in the future?
- Orange-blue contrast, we meet again:
- Good architecture. And, more generally, some of the shots are beautifully minimalist:
- Especially this one. Ridiculously not subtle at all, and I love it:
- I can’t into emotion-y things in movies, so that was kinda meh and it’s why I’m not really commenting on any of the story-related bits. YMMV, etc.
- The pace was okay, contrary to most films these days (get off my lawn already), but things felt a bit redundant at times. See the previous point.
- Chris Pratt. (His role was too large for me to not be annoyed by the fact that he’s 100% Andy Dwyer in my brain, but small and spread out enough to not temporarily un-typecast him for me.)
- Spoilers: I wish the movie had explained the tech and how it was accepted by society the way it seems to have been accepted. How did this AI and voice synthesis evolve, who developed it, who does it belong to, how did people become okay with technology being sentinent, how do the AIs network and collaborate, where are the AIs going, etc.? But obviously Her isn’t that kind of movie.
- I don’t know if this is particularly unusual, but there’s some Chinese on this exit sign. Interesting detail, with the movie being set in the future and all.
Her is a decent enough movie, I think, and you should probably watch it, and then go listen to the latest Hello Internet episode for more opinions—that’s what I’m going to do, at least.
Update (2014-07-26): A few points I forgot to mention yesterday:
- I like the way colored objects are used, especially in the office Theodore works at and in his apartment.
- The score’s good and fits the movie quite well.
- What’s interesting to me is that Theodore’s job, which today probably wouldn’t pay so well, buys him this nice big empty apartment in the city and ample amounts of free time. Seems like Her is set in a mostly post-scarcity world.
Here’s a blurry star trail, surrounded by way too many hot pixels.
(Never mind the shakiness - for this 30s test exposure, my camera was mounted on a less-than-steady tripod standing on a similarly unsuitable desk, and this was shot through a 500mm lens, essentially maximizing any accidental movements.)
It’s not easy to take macro photographs of waves without
- drowning your camera
- or your shoes
- while getting usable images with straight horizons.
I released two Tumblr themes recently, by which I mean “sometime this decade, but I couldn’t be bothered to write about them up until now”.
I consider Guillemets to be quite ugly now, to be honest. But back when I created it, I wanted to try the whole releasing-a-theme thing, so I just whipped up a simple one. It’s decent, I guess, but it isn’t going to look particularly great on very small or large displays.
GreyGray is 100% gray, or grey if you think that’s the correct spelling. (Either way, it’s not called GIF, so the internet won’t pointlessly fight about it.) It’s wider than Guillemets, horizontally centered, features large margins, and generally looks quite nice. Right now, I’m using it for this very blog, so you’re basically looking at a demo right now.
Both themes are easily customizable - you can change every single color in the appearance options. So go ahead, try them, customize them, and build things on top of them! (Also, send me a link maybe?)
I’ve purchased a Nifty MiniDrive Air a few months back, shortly after I bought my MacBook Air. It arrived a month or three later, but that’s to be expected about products funded with Kickstarter.
I was lucky as I didn’t have to use tape to make it work - it just worked, out of the box, exactly as you’d expect it to work. Transfer speeds are great (or not so great, completely depending on your Micro SD card - don’t expect SSD performance), it sits flush, and the surface looks exactly like the MacBook’s aluminium.
After finding out that Time Machine refuses to backup SD cards for no good reason, I decided to use my Nifty MiniDrive to store movies and TV shows I’m going to watch soon - the read speed ist fast enough for anything my MacBook can decode without stuttering, there’s no point in putting large files that I almost never use on the internal SSD, and all of my movies and TV episodes are already backed up on at least two external drives.
…and while I’m at it, here’s another desk photo, showing my new set of speakers, which are excellent.
Since taking that photo, I’ve replaced the light bulb with a LED bulb because I just couldn’t stand the fact that the old 40W bulb was (mostly) wasting close to four times the amount of energy that my computer uses on average. (CFLs aren’t much of an option because of reasons.)
Remember when I promised to update my photo blog more regularly?
Yeah, me neither. But yesterday, after finally editing all publishable photos I took in Denmark last summer, dumping the 15 GB worth of PSDs on a few external hard drives and dealing with a broken file system, I decided to begin putting those photos on Tumblr to acquire some meaningless internet points.
Also, on a completely unrelated note, I created ReAD a few weeks back. It’s quite nifty, if I may say so myself (which I may, because this is my blog).
I hear it’s hip to post one’s desk once in a while.
I took this photo a couple of days ago, when I was (supposed to be) working on a fairly easy web development assignment for a course whose name translates to “Digital Media Design”. (It’s not math, so it’s bound to be fairly easy.)
Apparently, Microsoft thinks that demoing their latest products at my university will drive sales, so they have a small booth in the cafeteria this week. (Most of the students have access to a free, legal copy of the most recent Windows versions anyway, so I don’t fully understand why Microsoft thinks throwing money at stuff like that is a good idea.)
I talked to a really nice Microsoft person for about twenty minutes today, and I gotta say: Windows feels really snappy on the Surface RT. On other devices that are not optimized for the newest Windows versions, not so much, but the performance is still acceptable. Also, while using Windows 8 on a giant TV screen, I found that all the new touch gestures and hot corners and menus and stuff are interesting, to say the least - ome might even say that they’re good, but I haven’t used the OS for more than a minute at a time, so I don’t feel comfortable expressing a definite opinion.
That said, I like the simple, colorful design more than, say, the approach Apple has been taking with iOS.
I don’t really know what to say beyond that - you can read about the new Windows’ numerous features online, and if Microsoft does a booth somewhere near you, go there and talk to a staffer, even if you hate Windows with the force of a thousand neckbeards. Microsoft products aren’t neccessarily bad, even though they don’t respect your freedom, Mr. Stallman. Also, the Microsoft employee I talked to was quite knowledgeable, though, let’s face it, he tried to sell me on Windows - which is what he gets paid for, after all.
I’ll stick to my MacBook and Android phone for now, but if someone decided to gift me a Surface RT (hint, hint), I’m sure I’d use it on a regular basis.
I’m currently reformatting most of my hard drives to exFAT because Apple can’t seem to be arsed to support NTFS properly, and I can’t be arsed to trust potentially bug-ridden third-party software to not fuck up my data.