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#NowWatching Felicity Jones in A Monster Calls. It looks like the film is mainly about a little boy and the monster, with Felicity playing a supporting role of the boy's mother. So often, for actresses, once they no longer play the teenager in an coming-of-age story they become the mother and somehow that's hardly ever the main role in a film; for male actors this rule doesn't seem to apply.
#FelicityJones #AMonsterCalls
Photo of the blu-ray of the film with a small boy looking up at a big tree-like monster
A young boy has to deal with a bully at school, his mother being ill, a strict grandmother and the annoyance of a monster telling allegories, all the while learning some life lessons.

I didn't really feel this film, maybe because the monster was not very convincing as either a monster or a storyteller. Felicity was as feared not in it enough for my liking.

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Scream VI–Jenna Ortega’s next project is sequel to last year’s horror hit

#JennaOrtega #Wednesday series #previews #movies
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I like her doing the smaller films. She can still proof herself and she doesn't need the fame.

Watching a very long making-of for a Chinese film, without English subtitles. I have zero idea what they're talking about.

Failed doing an online training today, not because of the training itself but because I can't find it on the site.

A common theme in most Asian cinema that I have seen is that it has Zhang Ziyi in it. House of Flying Daggers, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha, 2046, Hero, The Warrior, The Banquet. Doesn't really say much about Asian cinema, more about me, or her. But now I'm watching Jasmine Women which I haven't seen yet. It is also known as Jasmine Flower.
#ZhangZiyi #JasmineWomen #JasmineFlower #NowWatching
Photo of the dvd cover showing Chinese text and in English the title Jasmine Women. Three characters are shown, most prominently Zhang Ziyi.
I was wondering which of the three women Ziyi would play and it turns out all of them.
The film is at first difficult to get into since the young woman in the first generation is a very naive character, but each generation the woman is smarter, stronger and more independent. The film turns out to be much much darker than you'd suspect once you realise what the things are that are not spoken about and hardly shown, but which have a fundamental influence on someone's life. I really enjoyed this film. Ziyi is really great playing three different and growing personalities. And it has probably the most memorable giving birth scenes of all films ever...
#ZhangZiyi #JasmineWomen #JasmineFlower

If you see this message there is nothing wrong with my wifi despite what the chromecast says.
It's Wednesday again so it's Wednesday again. For Mastodon users: that's first Wednesday the day of the week, then Wednesday the tv show. My fourth run-through I think, now one episode every week. Because Jenna Ortega is so brilliant.
#Wednesday #JennaOrtega

I don't quite know what it means yet, but Adidas says they haven't done a new label in 50 years, but they are going to and Jenna Ortega is going to be the brand ambassador of it. That's all I know. More to be revealed. This was from an official Adidas press release.
#JennaOrtega #Adidas

(Photo copyright Adidas)
Jenna Ortega sitting in a purple Adidas outfit
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Most people will associate her with acting, red carpets, fashion and high heels, but people who have been following Jenna Ortega longer will know that sports and soccer in particular are very much part her. At some point as a kid she had to choose between the acting or continuing playing soccer and it could easily have gone the other way.

We all know harassment is bad, but on the fediverse there seems to be a subset of (often external) people of which the consensus is that it is fun when they are harassed. I don't agree with that.

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It's #WerewolfWednesday, and I have a story I really wanna share:

In 1691 an 80-something Livonian man named Old Thiess was called to court as a witness in a theft case. As he was sworn in, another witness laughed: "How can he swear a holy oath when everyone knows he is a werewolf?"

The judges immediately forgot about the thief and put Old Thiess on trial. He calmly admitted that yes, indeed he was a werewolf.

#folklore #werewolves
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this sort of story is why I love the crazy randomness of Mastodon! Thanks for sharing.

Maybe it's my insecurity interpreting "thanks for asking" with an implicit "and now leave me alone", or maybe it's correct, but I tend to err on the side of caution, because I just literally can't tell.

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We have one client which we manage an Azure tenant for. They require, and have specified, a zero-tolerance for device non-compliance.

In roughly two hours, 1647 devices are about to be locked out of access to organisation resources, wiped, and removed from Intune permanently.

4 meetings, 124 emails, and two phone calls a day for the last 14 days have warned them of this.

We’ve been *very* clear about what is about to happen for the last 13 months. Their internal management have *acknowledged* what is about to happen. But still, time marches on.

Death by middle-management.


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I’m going to sign off in a moment, but I think my takeaway from today isn’t that Compliance has too much control or that middle management usually sucks, it’s that centralised IT procurement is a vital facet of service delivery.

If you’re in a position to do this, empowering your technical teams to procure, initialise, and standardise with complete agency, is essential. Please, who knows, it’ll probably save you millions. It’ll also make you more secure… so that’s a bonus.

Devolved acquisition is often lauded as a dynamic and forward thinking thing to do. But more often than not it’s people who don’t know what they’re doing, trying their best to meet a requirement.

I’ll keep you updated on the crater tomorrow, once the dust has settled.
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"Fucking Around" being chased by "Finding Out" with a reported in tow saying "As you can see, the gap is narrowing..."

Just started watching South of Hell, which I know nothing about except it's a tv series with Mena Suvari hunting demons.
#MenaSuvari #SouthOfHell
Photo of the blu-ray with Mena on the cover
The sfx with the eyes isn't really good... But the concept that she hunts demons possessing people helped by the demon possessing her, is quite nice.
It was good to see Mena Suvari, both as the demon hunting woman Maria and as the demon hunting demon Abigail. But other than that the series does not have much going for it and I would instead recommend finding something else with Mena in it to watch...

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My ex husband raped me while we we're having sex. I didn't know that consent could be revoked at anytime then. I said no and tried pushing him off of me, got scared and I was crying and he still kept going. You're absolutely right that this.

In saying who's a good actress and in buying their films I really do not care how famous they are (either way, some people are snobs and ignore those who are famous). It's just that for some people there are way more projects to talk about.

I'm now going to watch my blu-ray of Nina Forever, with Abigail Hardingham. It's a horror film, but it's the middle of the day so hopefully I don't get too scared.

I had known she was a good actress, but when I saw her in a double episode of Silent Witness I was stunned how good that performance was. I mentioned this on Twitter, years ago, and was shocked to get a thank you. Some people don't get praise all the time, even though they should.

On the cover, Abigail is the one on the right, not the eponymous ghost character.
#AbigailHardingham #NinaForever #NowWatching
Photo of the blu-ray cover of the film, with the three main characters: in the middle the ghost Nina (white face, with blood), a woman on the right kissing her on the cheek and a man on the left looking on. Nina has her arms around both pulling them close.
The dead ex-girlfriend really objects to being called "ex". Her argument: we never broke up. Where's the lie, though.
A very original treatment of baggage in a relationship, in the form of a horror film. A ghost story, but told from the perspective of the living, showing what it means for them. As such, Abigail Hardingham plays the main role, even though she isn't the Nina of the title. Great performance and a very worthy film.
#AbigailHardingham #NinaForever

#NowWatching something good, with several great actresses in it like Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan: Suffragette.
#HelenaBonhamCarter #CareyMulligan #Suffragette
The blu-ray cover of the film with the three main actresses including Carey Mulligan (center) and Helena Bonham Carter (left)
So far the parallels with the Belgian film Daens (1992) are remarkable (that one is about a moment of social change in Belgium involving a priest called Daens). A smart young woman (Maud/Nette) observes hardships while working in a factory, including the brutality, including sexually, by the male supervisor. There's a government committee that will hopefully bring about change, but their hopes are dashed, resulting in an act of great police brutality. Even down to the committee members being ushered away and the policemen being on horseback. Though I must say that Daens did all this much better and I urge people to see that film. Antje de Boeck is truly amazing as Nette.

Anyway, I'm now wondering who will go to Rome for an audience with the Pope... For surely from here on the stories must diverge.
Of course Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter are very good in this. But the film seems a bit lightweight. The suffragette movement is depicted as a choice, rather than born out of desperation, especially for the rich ladies. The comparison with Daens is that there Nette was forced out of desperation to fight for social change. Here Maud almost accidentally joins the movement.

#NowWatching Bad Neighbours 2 because it has Chloë Grace Moretz in it. This is a film of before she realigned her project choices and I'm only watching it for completeness. Or maybe it'll be fun. Anyway, I'm sure Chloë will be good as always.
#ChloëGraceMoretz #BadNeighbours2
blu-ray cover of the film, Chloë center front in front of a wooden fence, other actors behind the fence.
When you see a very unrealistic representation of university life, it's not clear whether it's because of it being a comedy or that we are supposed to think (American) university life is like that.

Also, a group of girls asserting their independence as a sorority by doing exactly what a guy tells them to do? I hope this becomes a plot point later on...

So far, every single character is not being true to themselves, but not really in a comedic way.
A bit difficult to find something positive in this film. It seems to try to be a comedy with a feminist slant to it, but is at risk of only making fun of feminism. Maybe the resolution at the end is the only good thing, and of course that Chloë was indeed in it.

So often the quaint or old English is the current Dutch.

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music player software should understand that never, under any circumstances, do I ever want to replace my current play queue with a single click

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Seeing the BBC version of His Dark Materials series 3 and there are rather beautiful subtitles on all the 'mulefa' dialogue. They show both the original and the translation as Mary is slowly learning the language. On the HBO broadcast we didn't get this at all. There there were whole scenes in this fantasy language, with no indication what it was about. That was weird and now I'm jealous...
I'm realising yet again that I want to see everything else Dafne Keen will act in as well, and that it means I will have to watch some more Star Wars.

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A thing that computer technology killed before most of you were probably even born is now an artifact of newspaper history: the "bus plunge story." Let's discuss it in a short thread (🧵​).

Back in Ye Olden Days, when you flipped through a print newspaper, you'd come across an extremely brief news item. Here's a real example, from the New York Times of July 21, 1964:

Las Palmas, Canary Islands, July 20 (UPI)—Eight persons perished today when a small bus plunged over a 300-foot cliff into the sea near the town of Mogan. One man jumped from the vehicle before it reached the edge and was saved. All the victims were Spaniards.

These came to be known as "bus plunge stories," because they were so often about, well, buses plunging off a cliff somewhere.

But why would readers of the New York Times care about a bus going off a cliff in the Canary Islands?

The short answer is, they didn't. The bus plunge story wasn't there for the reader; it was there for the paper's editors.
A plunged bus.

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Advertising material for the Model 14 Linotype machine.
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And this is where the "bus plunge story" came in. It provided an extremely short news item that could be dropped into a column to fill those occasional empty spaces. It could be scaled up and down, from a single line to a paragraph, as needed, just by adding in additional details. And because the world is big and buses are, well, buses, there was always a story at hand about a bus plunging over a cliff SOMEWHERE.

So "bus plunge" became shorthand for a news item printed less for its news import than for its value as a space-filler. Bus plunge stories saved generations of news editors from having to re-set entire pages, a process that was complicated enough to present a real business problem in an age when newspapers still competed on getting the news out first.

(If you're interested in this subject, the estimable Jack Shafer wrote a long history on the rise and fall of the bus plunge story for Slate back in 2006:
I worked in the production rooms of newspapers between the mid-80s and mid-90s.

I spent many many hours, in aggregate, keylining lines of text, individual words of text and sometimes individual letters to fit awkward spaces that were too large for the story and too small to add a filler story. AMA
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I got impatient waiting for you to write the rest of this thread, and I had a guess about the reason for the decline of the bus plunge story. Internet search turned up that other Slate article immediately, so I just read that and thought I had the gist of what you were getting at.

Boy, did this thread take a sudden turn at the end! Glad I happened to see it. "You see, there's just one more thing that has me thinking, about these, uh, bus plunge stories..."
@nilesjohnson Yeah, it would be nice if there were a Mastodon client that let you compose a thread and then publish it all at once, rather than having to publish post by post. Alas, etc.
I worked in retail advertising for Montgomery Ward Corp HQ from 1973 to 1990, starting as a copywriter.

Using a typewriter we had to fix text into ad layouts with specific width. I did this daily for my first 10 years then rose to supervisory roles.

In late 1970s I & a few others begin to use Mac computers, first to do ad calendars that changed frequently. We demonstrated value and by late 1980s the entire ad building process was done via computer, much as you've described.
@tutormentor1 I was responsible for laying out a page in my college's student newspaper for a year in the mid-'90s. Digital typesetting had made its way into newspapers and business by then, but it hadn't fully found its way to our paper yet. They were in the awkward in-between phase where individual stories were composed on computers and printed out on laser printers, but the overall page was assembled by pasting-up printed out pieces to create a camera-ready page.

I spent a lot of time that year hunched over a paste-pot with an X-Acto knife. I can't say I miss it 😆​
I feel your pain. I did a LOT of paste up over 17 years in retail advertising, especially in my first 10 years.
me, full of hope, opening this thread: “Ooh, did computers somehow make buses much safer to drive?”


Doing one Wednesday per Wednesday for my fourth run-through of the series. Meanwhile also at episode four of The Lizzie Borden Chronicles. There's something quite Wednesday about this Lizzie.
#JennaOrtega #Wednesday #WednesdayNetflix #ChristinaRicci #TheLizzieBordenChronicles

I may have totally missed the joke about shitting down vs booting up.

Every single time I upgrade handbrake, I forget to safeguard libdvdcss.

In the meantime, while the conversion runs and the PC is making a lot of noise to pretend it's busy, the amazing Stephanie Leonidas in Dracula. I've seen this version and as always she's very good. Though as always in stories the female lead is more the object than the subject, even more so in a Dracula story. What's great is that Stephanie really shifts her character when the influence of the count becomes stronger.
#StephanieLeonidas #Dracula
This is still early in the film, I keep freeze framing because I'm also making dinner.
There's a bat infestation.

#NowWatching Christina Ricci in The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, the tv series that came after the film. I'd seen the film a while ago. Of course I have to see everything with Christina in it, still quite some to go...
#ChristinaRicci #TheLizzieBordenChronicles #LizzieBordenTookAnAxe
Photo of the dvd box, showing Christina holding an axe with blood dripping from it
Conversion still ongoing, I have a slow computer, but I can already play episode 1. Of course next to Christina Ricci there's also Clea DuVall, that's great! Starts off with lots of axe-work and chasing a load of kids away with a single raised eyebrow. This is going to be good.
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I'm an idiot, mixed up Clea DuVall's name with someone else (also great). Edited the post.

What is all this green stuff in my salad?

Building with maven: please wait while we download the internet.

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If he's not your boyfriend, then why is he making you this miserable?
-- Mrs Haider


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It's one thing to lie about your sexuality, it's quite another to lie about dinner
-- Naveed


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#NowWatching more Amy-leigh Hickman, in series three of Ackley Bridge. Soon, very soon, we can see her in season four of You: 9 February!
#AmyLeighHickman #AckleyBridge #YouNetflix
I'm only at episode two of Ackley Bridge series three, but this is an acting masterclass by Amy-leigh Hickman.
#AmyLeighHickman #AckleyBridge

Starting to watch The Princess, knowing nothing about it except that the film has Joey King in it and that she looks utterly cool on the poster wielding a sword. All good reasons to watch it.
Yeah, I think they lied to us about what Disney princesses are like. Or this one is different...
It's essentially one long, raw, no holds barred fight sequence. I like that it doesn't fall into the trap of having the female lead use cunning to stay out of the fighting, or do the fighting in some clean distant way with bow and arrow, as is common in films. Instead, she's fully in the thick of it, going all in. I like it. Joey King also executive produced this film.
#ThePrincess #JoeyKing

Bought a Wacon drawing tablet today. After some deliberations I went for the cheaper model that is advised for beginner's, since, well, I don't know what I'm doing. But the more expensive models were so much better... and so much more expensive...

I already notice that I've really got to get used to the absolute positioning. I keep using it as a touch pad!

I also realised that in a sense, I already have two other Wacom devices: both my phone (Samsung Note8) and tablet (Samsung Tab S4) have an s-pen, which is the same thing. Especially the Tab S4, using the Pen-Up app, is showing features of the more expensive Wacom models: pressure sensitive, multi touch, tilt(!), and of course its own display...

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The Scream VI trailer is out! It looks great. Nice detail is that unlike the previous one where they suggested Tara (Jenna Ortega's character) was the opening kill, here we see her in multiple outfits, so she is in the film for a while. Not so nice is that there is a clip of Tara in trouble that she maybe doesn't survive...

In cinemas in March!
#JennaOrtega #ScreamVI #Scream
Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega are so believable as sisters.

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I think the biggest missing feature on Mastodon is the ability to specify how a post is supposed to taste. I know you can describe it in the body of your post or use taste hashtags but it really should be supported on the protocol level and I just can't really see Mastodon getting popular without it.


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Hmm, The Fallout is not eligible for the Oscars 2023 and it wasn't eligible last year either. So it can win SXSW 2021 but just not even be allowed for the Oscars. Anyway, both X and Scream are eligible, but Oscar films tend to be picked from autumn releases and I don't think these are contenders.

It is all great how Jenna Ortega's talent is now so much recognised, resulting in The Fallout suddenly getting nominated in the 2023 awards season even though it premiered at sxsw 2021, and her Instagram followers jumping from 8 million to 38 million, but can we let her lead her own normal life in between jobs? You can see all the (presumably professional) autograph hunters on all the paparrazi photos.