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bad review revue

The Bad Review Revue

The King’s Daughter: “January is often where bad films are stashed, but The King’s Daughter isn’t just bad, it’s a cloying, clichéd mess that’s not worth even the slightest risk of contacting COVID-19 to see in theaters.” — Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

Sensation: “Sensation wants to be a deep movie…[but] those depths rapidly become shallower and shallower until we’re left splashing in puddles. Ultimately, the only sensation you’ll get from this film is mild disappointment.” — Allen Adams, The Maine Edge

The 355: “The nicest thing I can say is it reminded me of a very funny scene in another movie.” — Chase Hutchinson, The Stranger

The Legend of La Llorona: “This umpteenth time is not a charm.” — Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle

Shattered: “The smooth-crotched erotic thriller equivalent of banging a G.I. Joe and a Barbie together.” — Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle

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games

AI Learns Monopoly

I don’t remember the last time I played Monopoly but I have fond memories of the game. My dad built it up as one of the greatest board games ever when he picked up a used copy at a garage sale. I tend to agree (at least when I was kid — of course board games have come along way since I was a kid).

My friends always thought our set was weird because it had a milk cartoon, egg holder, and goblet instead of the usual metal shoe, wheel barrow, or scottie dog, etc. but I’ve come to love the classic wooden pieces over the more modern metal ones.

The video above discusses the use of artificial intelligence to figure out the best Monopoly strategy. It took the equivalent of 1600 years of monopoly playing for the AI to discover that… I won’t spoil it for you except to say that if you’ve ever looked into strategies, the best one is one you probably already know.

Previously.

(Via Kottke)

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life

HomePod Mini

I ordered a HomePod Mini which arrived today.

My daughter asked if there was a baby Siri inside. I explained that it was the same Siri as the big Homepods’. Ignoring me, she exclaimed, “Oh, so cute! She’s going to hatch!” and then started laughing.

I’ve been using the intercom feature to call into the kitchen while I’m sick in bed. It’s also nice to turn on white noise to help get some sleep while I’m sick. My favorite is the “sounds of the forest”.

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family Photography

The World of Colour

I’ve been restoring and colourizing some old black and white family photos in Photoshop lately. Here are some of my favourites:

My grandpa Milner and his basketball team. Circa 1922.
My great grandpa Frank Milner. Unknown date.
My mom in about grade 4. Circa 1962.
My aunts and uncles and Milner grandparents before my dad was born. Circa 1943.
My grandma and grandpa Scoville on their wedding day. Circa 1942

I’ll save the rest for another day.

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life pandemic

Covid, A Week Later

It’s been seven days since the kids and I tested positive with Covid. For something that has occupied our worst fears for the last two years, we have faired extremely well.

I realize, of course, that Ange and I are fully vaccinated and that with the kids being so young they are unlikely to suffer major complications. It’s also true that the omicron variant is a much different beast than the earlier strains but it has still been a week of worry as the kids have had fevers and short bouts of coughing fits.

I’m not well enough to return to school tomorrow, I still have a headache and stuffed up sinuses.

It’s my belief that this whole five days to recovery is far too short and is exactly why we got it in the first place — we were in extended contact with someone who tested positive seven days previous but we were led to believe the infectious stage was over.

In the time since we tested positive we know a couple others that have also contracted it. One of our friends says she knows four families (including us) that have it right now.

Even though our hospitals are as full as any time in the pandemic, I think this might be the beginning of the end.

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games

Solving Wordle on the First Guess

Following up my Wordle post from a couple of days ago, here is a story about someone using software analysis on Twitter posted guesses to solve Wordle on the very first guess.

It turns out the squares taking social media by storm contain enough information to correctly guess the daily Wordle on the first attempt each day.

The site includes some examples and has a link to download the code.

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Apple finance

Apple Earnings Q1 – 2022

Apple:

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2022 first quarter ended December 25, 2021. The Company posted an all-time revenue record of $123.9 billion, up 11 percent year over year, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.10.

Great news for Apple. The company made a record $34.6 billion in profit. Tim Cook is still almost apologetical as he explains how well the company has done during the pandemic.

Here’s the breakdown of the numbers with year over year change.

iPhone $71,628 million (up 9.2%)
Mac $10,852 million (up 25%)
iPad $7,248 million (down 14%)
Wearables, Home and Accessories $14,701 million (up 13%)
Services $19,516 million (up 24%)
Total Net Sales $123,945 million (up 11%)

Check out the Apple Earnings Charts from Jason Snell at Six Colors.

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games

Best First Guess Word For Wordle

Wordle, it’s all the craze lately.

I’ve done a deep dive figuring out the best first guess word for Wordle.

TLDR: Skip to the last table which breaks down the best words by the greatest chance to have the most letters in the word in the correct spot vs the most letters in the word but in the wrong spot.

Find out more after the jump.

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crime

Shooting near the Bowen Ranch

I’ve been following this story of alleged attempted murder in southern California as it has been unfolding over the last couple weeks. From what I understand, the Bowen Ranch used to have a campground for folks making day trips to the nearby Deep Creek Hot Springs. A couple years ago the ranch shut down their campground and a new campground opened up nearby. A fellow named Mike Castro lives on the Bowen Ranch and Brent Gaddes is one of the people that helps runs the new campground. Apparently there have been ongoing issues between the two.

I’ve written about our trip to the Deep Creek Hot Springs but our adventures have never taken us to the Bowen Ranch or the new campground. There have been plenty of posts by “Jobe” complaining about Mike being an unhinged maniac but having no idea who these people are, enjoy the story and take everything here with a grain of salt.

More after the jump:

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backmasking pandemic

Vaccine Skeptic Eric Clapton Claims ‘Subliminal Messages’ Manipulating People

Eric Clapton says he was duped into getting the CoViD-19 vaccine by subliminal messaging on YouTube. The infamous guitarist got at least some of his vaccination shots but has declared he regrets that decision after suffering “disastrous” side effects. Billboard.com has the story:

After months of railing against COVID-19 lockdowns and vaccines, and refusing to play shows that require vaccination proof, Eric Clapton has seemingly embraced a controversial theory claiming that secret messages are allegedly being hidden inside YouTube videos with the goal of driving mass compliance with COVID precautions. The 76-year-old rock icon pointed to the theory as an explanation for his divisive views on the global pandemic that has killed more than 5.6 million people worldwide.

“[I thought], ‘What’s going on here?’ I didn’t get the memo. Whatever the memo was, it hadn’t reached me,” Clapton told YouTube channel the Real Music Observer about why he decided to team up with his old friend — and fellow lockdown opponent Van Morrison — for the anti-lockdown screed “Stand and Deliver,” as well as releasing his own similar take, “This Has Gotta Stop.”

Remember kids, even if there were something conspiratorial going on — which there isn’t — subliminal messages don’t work.

(via Cynical-C)