Apr 20

Transcendence

Transcendence

Transcendence

I saw Transcendence on Friday at the Fox Bay Cinema.  It is the story of artificial intelligence researcher, Dr Will Caster.  He is working on building a sentient computer, capable of experiencing human emotions, when he is attacked by radical anti-technology extremists.  As he slowly dies, his friend Max Waters and his wife Evelyn struggle to transfer his consciousness into a computer.

This is an interesting story, but a little preachy at times.  It also had plot-holes you could drive a truck through.  Additionally, I found the choice to expose the ending within the first five minutes to be an interesting one.  I could have done without that.  Between that and the knowledge you get from the trailer, there is little you do not know by the 10 minute point.  Despite its issues, I thought it was a very enjoyable film.  It was not perfect but I would recommend it.

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Apr 20

Bears

Bears

Bears

I saw Bears tonight, at the AMC Mayfair 18.  It was an interesting departure from what I normally see.  It is a Disneynature documentary that followed a bear with two cubs for one year.  It showed the development of the three bears, their challenges, and their triumphs.

It was a beautifully  cinematic movie.  I think that it would be excellent in IMAX.  You routed for the main characters and were on the edge of your chair when they were in peril.  You could tell that they were struggling to stitch together a storyline, though.

I would suggest seeing on the biggest screen you can.  It probably wouldn’t be too good on a small screen.

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Apr 13

Bad Words

Bad Words

Bad Words

I saw Bad Words on Friday night, at the Saukville Marcus Cinema.  This is the story of Guy Trilby, a 40yr-old copy editor, who enters the national spelling bee.  He exploits a loophole (the fact that he never graduated from the 8th grade) to get into the competition.  Reporter Jenny Widgeon (played by Kathryn Hahn) follows him through the story, in an attempt to learn why he is doing what he is doing.

This was a pretty bad movie.  The combination of this and the 2013 movie Identity Thief makes me question Jason Bateman’s ability to act.  The only bright spot is the relationship between Guy and Chaitanya Chopra (played by Rohan Chand).

I can not even recommend watching this for free.  Find something else.

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Apr 06

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I saw The Winter Soldier last night at the Marcus North Shore.  As far as Marvel Avengers movies go, it was pretty good.  It did not take itself too seriously but it also was not one long fight scene.  In this movie, Captain Steve Rogers struggles to come to terms with the future while trying to save it.  His primary foe is a shadowy ex-Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

I really do not think it is going to be winning any awards but it is a good escape.  It was a nice.  I especially found Robert Redford’s portrayal of Alexander Pierce especially enjoyable.  I would say that it is worth the cost of admission.

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Apr 04

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Tonight, I spent a magical 100 minutes at the Marcus North Shore Cinema.  The Grand Budapest Hotel is the story of concierge Gustave H and lobby boy Zero Moustafa.  Zero acts as Gustave H’s protege and trusted friend as the two of them go through their intriguing adventure.  The story is presented as a factual tale that is told third-hand.  As such, the visuals are exaggerated in entertaining and delightful ways.

The mixture of the absurdness and interesting / likable characters made for an excellent mix.  This was one of my most favorite movies in a while.  I look forward to buying it on Amazon VOD, in the future.

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Mar 30

What are IP address classes?

IPv4 addresses are divided into five classes.  Each IP address class has a different maximum number of IPs that exist within it.

Class First Octet Range Default Subnet Mask Maximum Number of Hosts Per Network
A 1-127 255.0.0.0 16,777,214 Hosts (2^24-2)
B 128-191 255.255.0.0 65,534 Hosts (2^16-2)
C 192-223 255.255.255.0 254 Hosts (2^8-2)
D 224-239 N/A
E 240-255 N/A

Class A IPs start with 1-127.  Keep in mind, though, that 127 is reserved for localhost.  The remaining three octets are used for the host id.  Class B IPs start with 128-191 and use the first and second octets for the network id.  Class C begins with 192-223 and use the first three octets for the network id.  Class D and class E are not generally used for setting up networks.  Class D is Multicast and class E is experimental.

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Mar 30

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Mr Peabody & Sherman is based upon the 1960s classic ‘Peabody’s Improbably History’, by Ted Key.  Mr Peabody is a super intelligent beagle who is a business magnate, inventor, gourmand, and two-time Olympic medalist.  Mr Peabody discovers Sherman orphaned and abandoned in an alley.  After successfully petitioning the court, Mr Peabody adopts Sherman.

The movie focuses on the relationship between Mr Peabody and Sherman.  As Sherman begins school, he has a fight with one of his classmates.  In an attempt to rectify the situation, Mr Peabody invites the girl and her parents over for dinner.  Sherman ends up showing her the WABAC machine and wacky happenings ensue.

This is a very good movie for audiences young and old.  The character development is good and the dialog is genuinely funny.  I liked it.

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Mar 30

Noah

Noah

Noah

I saw Noah friday night at the Saukville Marcus.  While being based on the biblical tale, it does take some liberties.  The movie is the tale of Noah, the only remaining decedent of Seth.  The rest of humanity descends from Cain (the first human to commit murder).  Since the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden, Cain’s line has grown wicked and plentiful.  God makes the decision to eliminate Cain’s line while allowing Noah’s family to survive.

This was an interesting take on a classic tale.  I was not expecting to like it as much as I did.  Russell Crowe did well in the role of Noah.  Through the movie, Noah struggles to do what he can to realize God’s wishes.  At times, this is goes against his own desires.  He was very relatable.

I think that this is a very approachable, enjoyable movie.  I would definitely recommend it.

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Mar 27

Hello, My Name Is Joe

Hello, My Name Is Joe - 3 SheepsAllow me to reintroduce myself.  Hello, My Name Is Joe. :)  Sometime last week, Norm Glomski tipped me off about the existence of this stuff.  It’s an imperial black wheat, infused with 20 pounds of Colectivo Coffee’s Sumatra blend per batch.

I am yet to try it but I am excited.  I picked it up today at the Nehring’s.  It was roughly $10 for a 4-pack.  Even if it ends up being awful, it is worth it for the novelty factor.  I am expecting something great, though.

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Mar 26

Joe begins to learn Node.js

MilwaukeeJS 03/25/2014 NodeSchool WorkshopLast night, I attended a NodeSchool workshop, put on by the Milwaukee JavaScript User Group.  It took place at Corvisa Services, at Schlitz Park.  It was a bit of fun.  We went over the “Learn You The Node.js For Much Win!” section of the NodeSchool program.

I noticed early on that installing Node.js is easiest if you are running Homebrew.  Once Node is installed, you use NPM to install the NodeSchool lessons (which is easy enough).

The way I installed the lesson was:

npm install -g learnyounode

I had assumed that that would have placed code within my current directory, but it apparently installs it into some sort of global package directory.  The “-g” is signifying “global”.  Once the package is installed, it is executed by running “learnyounode” at the command line.

I have gotten through the first four items within the lesson.  This weekend, I will finish the rest of them.  I like this a lot.  April’s 30-day challenge might involve writing a Node app.

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