18Aug/14

The Expendables 3

I saw this on Friday night, at the Marcus North Shore.  If you have been reading my film posts for a while, you should know that I tend to really enjoy a good action movie.  I loved the first two expendables movies.  In this installment, Barney (Sylvester Stallone) replaces his entire crew, in his attempt to take down Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson).

This was not a bad movie but it was a little disappointing.  There was not anything specifically wrong with the acting or the action.  It just was not as good as the rest of the trilogy.  It might just be a case of it being hard to do better than great.  I would recommend renting it and skipping it in the theater.

14Aug/14

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I saw this last weekend at the Fox Bay cinema, in Whitefish Bay.  I can still remember seeing the original movies, as a little kid.  I was definitely looking forward to this.  The movie takes place in New York City.  The evil Foot Clan, led by Shredder, is terrorizing the city.  The turtles, having remained in the sewers with Splinter since their transformation, must journey out into the night to save the city.

There are a number of ways that this reboot differs from the original.  None of the ways are terribly large but they are large enough for fans to notice.  This does tend to take you out of the moment a little.  If you look at the movie outside of the lense of the original storyline, it does much better.

I do not think this is anywhere close to being a ground-breaking or important movie.  It is a good movie, though.  As far as summer popcorn flicks go, it is worth checking out.  I would recommend seeing it.

12Aug/14

How to recover a saved WiFi password in OS X

Everybody has been in this situation (Well, at least I have).  You are sitting in a coffeeshop and you need to connect your phone to the WiFi.  You have connected your laptop to the WiFi before but you can not remember the password.  You could get up and ask the barista for the password but that is a little bit of a hassle.  Well, since you have already connected to the access point on your laptop, you can look the password up on it.  I shall show you how.

Step #1: Open Keychain Access

'Open Keychain Access'

Step #2: Use the search box in the upper right corner to search by the SSID

Use the search box in the upper right corner to search by the SSID

Search by the SSID

Step #3: Select and open the record

Open the record

Step #4: Check “Show password”

Show password

It is that easy.

11Aug/14

Hercules

I saw this on Friday night, at the AMC Mayfair 18.  It is the story of Hercules, a man that is cursed to wander the earth, seeking peace in battle.  He is accompanied by six companions who joined him during his legendary twelve labours.  Hercules and his companions are hired by the King of Thrace to train his army and lead them into battle against their enemy.  As the movie progresses, the characters are forced to deal with their past and discover who they want to be.

I liked this movie a lot.  It was fun.  I do not think it is going to win any awards but it’s a great summer popcorn movie.

10Aug/14

AngularJS: Exploring ng-repeat, ng-show, and more

I have been meaning to to explore the capabilities of AngularJS a little more, so I whipped up this small demo app.  It takes your zip code (hard-coded into the JavaScript file), queries a YQL API, and displays a listing of the nearest NPR stations.  It is not the most unique piece of code but it gives me a chance to explore a few concepts.

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05Aug/14

Milwaukee I/O: A Project Postmortem

Milwaukee I/O Front PageSlightly over two months ago, I attended the 2014 HackMKE Civic Hackathon.  I had attended one other hackathon in the past and I figured that it was time to attend another one.  I tried to put together a Starkmedia team but the majority of my coworkers are “9 to 5 programmers” and had no interest.

I decided that I would show up by myself, without a plan for what I would create.  I would simply dedicate myself to helping  wherever I could.  I ended up working on building an FAQ database, based upon a site called Honolulu Answers.  The idea was that you could post questions about life in Milwaukee and people would offer answers.

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04Aug/14

A Most Wanted Man

I saw this at the North Shore cinema, on saturday night.  I had high hopes for this one.  It is based upon the John le Carre novel by the same name.  The movie centers of Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant that sneaks into Hamburg to lay claim to his father’s ill gotten fortune.  The man’s presence immediately grabs the attention of the foreign and domestic intelligence agencies in Germany.  Is he a dangerous islamic extremist or is he simply a victim?

I really wanted to like this movie.  I enjoy spy thrillers and I wanted Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final film to be a good one.  Unfortunately, it seemed to drag on without end.  I was very disappointed with the pacing of the movie.  The characters were interesting but there was just too much movie and not enough plot.  I have to say that I can not recommend it.

03Aug/14
Guardians Of The Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

I saw ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ on Friday, at the North Shore Cinema. I watched it on the ultra screen, with my nephew. The movie centers on Peter Quill (Chris Pratt): a thief who was abducted from Earth when he was young. After stealing a mysterious orb, he is forced to team up with the Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot to keep it away from Ronan.

This was an excellent summertime, popcorn movie.  It had witty dialog, epic fight scenes, and heros you have to love.  I am ready for a sequal.  I highly recommend seeing this.