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Science doesn't always need to be about subatomic particles. I like these kind of stories too: the science around the wrinkling of our toes and fingers when in the bath. Includes cute picture of a monkey.

Jenna Ortega may be only a few fleeting moments in Studio 666 but she's the best thing about it and her scenes are worth buying it on iTunes. I'm watching it now and not even skipping to her bits only. I should be careful not to have my dinner coincide with the barbecue scene...

Some technical details for those interested:

  • iTunes allows you to buy some films in 4k (UHD)
  • They play, in 4k, in the app you have for your Apple TV+ subscription on your Google TV Chromecast (on a Samsung TV, though that's not relevant)
  • You can download the film to your PC and get a single .m4v file.
  • This file is however not playable in common players like VLC, so it's likely DRM protected.

#JennaOrtega #Studio666 #AppleTV #iTunes #DRM
A few more fleeting moments than I remembered... It would be really interesting though to see a prequel with the story of Dream Widow, some potential there.

Jenna's character is Skye Willow, the drummer of legendary 90s band Dream Widow, that you have heard of due to the demonic stuff that went on in the house when they recorded their album there. Now, The Foo Fighters have moved in and history may repeat itself... Jenna is part of the backstory of the house, but I think she's one of the demons haunting it as well.
And I failed in the 'not having dinner coincide with the barbecue scene' thing.

I stand with all women's right to have an abortion.

Where the full stop at the end of that sentence really carries meaning: no conditions.

I also stand with the right for same-sex couples to marry (and exist) and for the right to use contraception for everybody. Because these are next.

Watching Maleficent (2014) and regularly thinking 'that is not how it really happened!'.
Don't take this as an endorsement of this film, since it's not. Definitely not. It feels like there was a great story outline with possibilities for showing emotional depth and changing of a heart, but none of that made it into the actual story, filming and editing. Finding love in what is essentially yourself, is the best we're left with.

I missed that it was Ella Purnell as teenage Maleficent, but she was shown very shortly and only in silhouet. Still should have spotted her...

And what's this obsession in fairytales with depicting a girl's transformation into womanhood at 16?

I also dislike all these 'romantic' films and stories that essentially show the human mating ritual as the man chasing the woman showing his persistence and determination and not taking no for an answer to proof he's worthy of her, where she seems to have no other input than judging his performance of this ritual. Where's the woman's wish in all this? Her desires, her love? Are her only desires 'to be loved' and not to love someone herself?

I especially fear that some men may take this as truth and indeed not take no for an answer. And think their feelings are the only thing that counts?

It's that scene in a film where the man exclaims 'but I love you!'. Well, she doesn't love you and doesn't owe you anything.

A lot of these online advice things are based on the assumption that the underlying problem that's holding someone back is the fear of failure or rejection and try to motivate and rationalise you over that fear. For me that's not the problem, I'm ok with failure and rejection, have a lot of experience with it.

Fear of success they sometimes hint at and that's at least partially true.

Fear of ruining someone's day and being blind as to when that may be the case is more accurate for me.

Please retweet if, like me, you would like the Presidents of SAG/AFTRA, the DGA, and the WGA - all women - to encourage membership to boycott film and television production in States that outlaw abortion.

#DoveCameron is eating me for #Breakfast (since it is already midnight here and we have early breakfast).

We've had to cancel so many volleyball games lately that for this next one I think I'm going to need a refresher of the rules. How many times was the ball allowed to bounce on the ground?

I've been using public transport more lately and I'm again developing the same impression I had previously when I used it regularly, which is that to the people operating these scheduled services the actual operating of these services seems optional.

tumblr is broken in a new interesting way so that's both new and familiar at the same time.

Resisted the urge to say Emma Watson (1990) when talking about Noah (2014). And now failed to resist it.

I fell asleep, woke up, and suddenly it's Thursday
-- Prue

Gidi Kroon reshared this.

X is out on blu-ray in Europe! I saw this film in the cinema and it was amazing.

It's getting to be quite a collection...
#XMovie #JennaOrtega

Stack of disks of Jenna Ortega films, with X on top

The same stack seen from the side, with X, Scream, You S2, Saving Flora (twice) and The Little Rascals Save The Day
I'd have more if these streaming companies didn't tend to block dvd / blu-ray releases. I'd definitely have The Fallout, The Babysitter: Killer Queen and Yes Day if they would be released on disc. Now I'm paying HBO Max and Netflix monthly for access to these films.
Let's rewatch it now, before it gets too late and dark and I don't dare to see this scary movie anymore...

X (2022)

My technique for finding good films is to find a good actress and then see which films are smart enough to hire her, and which films she considers worthy of her time. I'm so happy to have found Jenna Ortega...

Seeing a post by an actress I follow in my timeline on Instagram, where she is promoting a film and appears all bloodied in special effects makeup (shark attack) reminded me of the time I saw a post by another actress who was all bloodied in my timeline and I thought 'great! new film!', but when I checked the caption to see what film it was, I found out it was real... (cat attack) (she's fully recovered now).

I may be the only person in the world who clicks the 'watch credits' button in Netflix.

me: how do I use product x?
google: buy product x here!
or here!
get x cheap!
five ways to buy x
other people search for 'where can I buy x'
*pages and pages more like that*
me: but I already have product x, I just want to find information about using it... :-(

Google has become impossible to use as a search engine, which is unfortunate since it is a search engine.

Watching the recent film North Hollywood for the first time, because it has #MirandaCosgrove in it.

I was going to complain that I forgot to check my Pleroma notifications for account migrations so I could do them manually in Friendica, but it seems that somehow Pleroma sometimes follows an account migration without showing the notification. (Maybe if the old account gets deleted?)

I'm already under mosquito attack sitting on my balcony, but it's too early and too warm to retreat inside. I'm going for a walk and hope they can't keep up.

Happy 6th wedding anniversary Alizée and Gregoire!

I love how happy she looks.
#Alizée #Wedding
Wedding photo of Alizée and Gregoire, smiling and happy, of course!

I think Ella Al-Shamahi is the real-life Indiana Jones. The below photo is not really an illustration of that fact, just an interesting picture of her, though I did think of captioning it "Real-life Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur".

The photo shows Ella in Cambodia with a bird that is more than half her size (and she's not short) playfully biting her finger. The bird is a Great Hornbill.
#EllaAlShamahi #GreatHornbill #RealLifeIndianaJones
The bird is not in captivity and free to leave the sanctuary it's in. Though it seems like paying football too much to do so. Yes, football. Watch in this amazing video Ella posted on her Instagram:

(I may edit this post later too include the video, for now it's over my own upload limit)
People in the UK are in luck, a documentary series presented by her starts on Channel 4 tomorrow. This channel is blocked outside the UK, but apparently us in the rest of the world get this documentary series later this year. It's about the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb and the curse-myth that followed.
#EllaAlShamahi #Tutankhamun
Ella posing in front of an entrance to an Egyptian tomb, hieroglyphs are on the wallElla posing in the entrance to the tomb. There's a wooden walkway.

Seen an old rebroadcast of a topical news quiz. All prime ministers featured have since gone, but despite what we thought at the time things could get worse.

Still feels weird to realise that the Commodore 64 was named after its 64kB of memory. Kilobytes, not MB or GB. Or 64 bits...

And of those 64 kilobytes, 32 kB were switched off by default and its address space used for the I/O chips. Because who needs that much memory?

There were businesses that ran their whole admin on one Commodore 64.

Browsing a site, going to page 5 in the list and it looks like they have to switch tapes in the machine to serve this request. Page 4 already took considerable time, for this one I think they even need to open a box, after locating it first.

Just started watching High Fidelity with Zoë Kravitz on StarzPlay. I really like it so far, Zoë is such a star and she seems to be in her element leading a tv series that she also exec produces. She has long since stopped being 'the daughter of' (either her father or her mother) and is a great actress (and singer) in her own right.
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Reading up on something and apparently I can set any locale as the default locale for a cloud instance, provided I choose "C" since that is the only one that works. Also, for ssh connections it by default uses any locale specified by the client, provided it specifies "C" since that's all that it has.

(Free from Blackadder's "last meal" scene, where the prisoner could choose any last meal, provided he chose sausages since sausages was the only thing the cook made)

(I see the info about dpkg-reconfigure locales to install extra locales, but that is manual and only after a cloud instance has been instantiated. I was looking into what cloud-init can do for me)

It's so odd, I factory-reset my tv and now suddenly the picture quality is good again in a way that just reseting the picture settings didn't achieve. Or maybe a proper switching off and on again would have done the same thing?

I'm watching the season finale of Alta Mar (High Seas) again, since I can't remember what happened and I suspect it may be useful to know before watching the next seasons. I must have been very tired when I watched it, since I've got no clue. Netflix insists I did finish that episode. Anyway, more Ivana Baquero.

I'm clearly not keeping up with blogging about Jenna Ortega news because there is just so much of it. How can she do more things than I can write 'she did this thing'... Until I've caught up a quick overview:

  • She stunned at the MET gala last month and with that attendance brought in much money for charity
  • She stunned again at the MTV Movie & TV Awards yesterday, on the red carpet and on stage where she presented an award to Olivia Rodrigo
  • She won at the MTV Movie & TV Awards for her performance in Scream
  • Scream, X, Studio 666 are all out on digital and discs
  • American Carnage, the film she made long ago (I think 2019), finally has a trailer out and has a release date set for next month
  • Wednesday is coming in the Fall and will have a first look today
  • She just finished filming the film Finestkind two days ago
  • She will film Scream 6 this summer

Jenna only won at the MTV Movie Awards 'Best Frightened Performance' for Scream! That was an amazing performance indeed, well deserved!
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Jenna pretend eating the golden popcorn she'd just won

Using the # frontend on Friendica looks reasonably ok. The notification screen even makes more sense, showing only actual notifications (instead of Friendica's 'someone you don't follow replied to another post in the thread than the one you favourited').

However, they don't seem to know all notification types, so when an rss post comes in you get this notification:
Notification saying "Something magical happened".

Bought a sunshade for my balcony yesterday, but couldn't test it yet because it was already later in the afternoon and the sun had turned around the building. Today it's extremely depressing weather, continuous rain and light levels haven't been above dusk yet. I'm sorry for jinxing the summer for everybody...