Since then I've dug through the junk pile that once was my family room to access information on a desktop that stopped working right years ago. My current primary computer is a laptop that'll fry my legs if I put it on top of my lap and doesn't have enough memory to ... you know, run. Also no sound, in or out. It lacks the hardware so even if I attach external speakers (I'm counting headphones in that category) it can't do anything with them. There may be a software only version of a sound card but given how badly it does ordinary tasks there's no way I'm going to ask it to try emulation.
Secondary works well enough considering when it was made except for the fact that it will just blink out of existence without notice and with no predictability.
It did pretty well before blinking out the last time, might have been up for a full hour. It finished restarting while I was writing this. Right here. Well actually after the first sentence of the next paragraph, but things would be really disjointed if I didn't go back to insert this one but instead wrote it after that. So, it started, it made the "I'm on, you can use me," sound it immediately crashed. Full power down instantaneously. Not even a blue screen of death. We now return to your regularly scheduled post, already in progress.
And yesterday I watched a movie on tape. Yeah, tape. VHS. All shall fear me because I have '90s tech. And by '90s I mean '80s. And by '80s I mean late '70s. But the film was from the 90s. 1991, Rutger Hauer, Mimi Rodgers, Joan Chen:
In the prison ofDEADLOCK
the future, criminal
justice will have
a deadly twist.
No chance of escape.
[secondary just crashed again, damn it I could really use a computer with sound right now]
Anyway, it's not a bad movie, though it would have been nice if there were better acting in it. I didn't remember that the nerdy guy whose security pass they stole in Sneakers was the warden, he did a pretty good job but the other bad guys he spent much of his time interacting with really,really sucked at the whole acting thing
Hauer, for hist part, was stuck having most of his scenes be about the novelty factor of the premise, very little time for actual ... you know, movie.
"Because Plot" actually tends to leave you with not much in the way of plot.
Still, the premise can be exploited well. In Swordfish a variation was used to devastating effect, but as a tool rather than a premise. The Transporter 3 based an entire movie on basically the same idea.
[and secondary failed again]
The movie deserves to be remade in some fashion, just not by ANY of the people who are remaking movies these days.
Probably one of the best parts of the movie was Stephen Tobolowsky (he'll always be Werner Brandes to me, his voice is his passport, verify me) explaining to Rutger Hauer that the reason the prison doesn't need walls and only requires a bare minimum of guards isn't the devices that exist to blow the heads off escaping prisoners, it's paranoia. Since the devices are linked in pairs (if one goes, they both do) and no prisoner knows who their "partner" is any time that any prisoner tries to escape it's potentially a death sentence for each of the other prisoners.
Anyone who doesn't want to lose their head to a small explosive secured around their neck has to do everything in their power to keep the other prisoners from escaping.
But ... plot.
Very little of the movie takes place at the prison so we never see this dynamic in play.
While there are multiple female actresses, only two really rise to the level of character and that's a damn shame.
And the black guy dies first. And second. And fourth. I wasn't keeping count, but that might have been all of the black guys in the movie.
It's because of these reasons and more that the film deserves a remake, there is potential in there, but there's also loads of crap smothering it. Unfortunately it deserves a remake by people better at making remakes (or indeed original films) than our current generation of film makers.
But all of this is a tangent, the point is that I watched a film on VHS. Twice. Just yesterday.
Part of me wants to say, "Don't fuck with me or I'll break out the Betamax," part of me is wondering if I should plug in the record player, part of me is wondering where all those reel to reels got to (the player is actually already plugged in, down stairs), part of me is going, "What the fuck? At this time last week I was compiling my own personal cut of a movie from a Blu-ray disc," and part of me is just waiting to get back to the copy of Spirited Away I've gotten my hands on. It's subtitled, not dubbed, which is annoying because my eyes like to wander, but beggars (and I'm totally one of those, that donate button isn't just for show and the reason I have multiple broken computers lying around is because I can't afford to throw out broken shit, I need to be able to use that shit when the non-broken stuff breaks) can't always be choosers.
Though sometimes beggar s do need to choose. They say not to look a gift horse in the mouth but horses are expensive and require a lot of care and the gift could bankrupt you and AT THE VERY LEAST you should rap on the belly to see if it's hollow because you don't want a bunch of Greeks bursting out of there after you've gone to sleep and killing off your entire town.
Finally, why is "beggars" spelled with an "a'"?