Imitation Game

I finally got my “round to it” and watched The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch on Netflix. I have to admit that the actor more than the story line is what grabbed me.

The movie was gripping – a very well told story. Turing was so obviously autistic it was painful. The homosexual twist was not exactly shocking, but I was pleased with how it was covered – not lewd/crude, but matter of fact and certainly not central. Although the movie could have ended much earlier than all the homosexual political stuff – however, I do understand why Hollywood included it. I can’t fault them for using their medium for political agendas.

This is definitely an adult movie for many reasons, but mostly because it’s slow and complex. Kids won’t necessarily be able to follow it. I liked it, and would probably watch it again sometime.

Cumberbatch was great in this role. I do like that actor. He’s not overly handsome, but he is a really believable actor. I find that skill level fascinating to watch.

42

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams has the answer, and it’s 42. This is a great and fun book. I’ve never read the rest in the series, but I want to!

There are a number of theories why the answer to “life, the universe, and everything” is 42. My favorite is that’s it’s ASCII for “anything you want it to be.”

The number 42 also happens to be the ASCII code for the asterisk ‘*’ which is a wildcard character indicating any number of characters or even an empty string in programming. This could be interpreted as the answer ‘anything you want it to be’.

Wikipedia

The real answer is far more mundane.

Douglas Adams was asked many times why he chose the number 42. Many theories were proposed… Adams rejected them all. On 3 November 1993, he gave this answer:

The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and… I sat at my desk, stared into the garden and thought ’42 will do’ I typed it out. End of story.

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Kindle Fire HD 8 MoKo Cases

To help with our educational goals (and make use of my giant Kindle library), I purchased 3 Kindle Fire HD 8 tablets on Prime day for the children. I also got these MoKo cases. Both products are great!

My Review of the cases on Amazon:

We got three of these cases. The cases are sturdy, fit well, the kids love them, and they’re pretty. Who could ask for anything more?

Incidentally, my giant Kindle library is largely due to a BookBub subscription. That service is brilliant!

Hot and Cold

I had a heating pad on for a while, and then got very chilled when I took it off. I commented as such to my son, and then said I needed to get a jacket, “even though that’s ridiculous in this heat wave.”

My wise son replied, “Go outside, Mom.”

LOL! 😆

I did! Much better now, thanks.

Calendar, Journal, and Puzzle Books oh my!

The collection that sits on my night table struck me funny. My logic puzzles book, my bullet journal for tasks and homeschooling stuff, my calendar for the usual scheduling needs, and my prayer journal.

I sometimes wonder if I should combine all of those journals into one, but I’m not sure that I want to. I like the compartmentalization.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

I took the kids to the $1 movies today. I LOVE that this type of thing is still around! It was either Alvin and the Chipmunks Squeakquel or the Secret Life of Pets. We’ve seen the Pets movie, and I really didn’t like it enough to watch it again. So, Alvin it is!

This movie was cute, slap-sticky, and laugh out loud funny. I was entertained even though it was a little ridiculous. It’s a kids movie! 🙂

My kids enjoyed the movie, laughing and carrying on for a little while afterward. I’m shocked they didn’t go on and on about the fart scene, actually. They loved the helicopter and bad-guy confrontation stuff at the end.

I did roll my eyes a bit at their cheeky handling of bullying and body image issues, but on the whole, it wasn’t totally terrible. There are only two things I didn’t like and wish could have been different:

  1. The oversexed up girl chipmunk group. They could have been cuter and less sexy, and it would have still worked well.
  2. The insinuation that you can’t be in sports and music at the same time. This movie was down on sports pretty hard. I was a band geek, and I still didn’t like how horribly the sports team guys were portrayed.

I don’t do stars, tomatoes, thumbs, or anything. I enjoyed the flick, but probably wouldn’t watch it again.

I am the Bowl

I loved this sermon message!

I am the bowl, and the fruits of the spirit are put into me by God. Gifts!

The fruits of the spirit are not goals to reach for, they are evidence of God’s spirit in you. If you’re focusing on these qualities as goals, you are seeing where you fall short – your failures. If you are seeing them as evidence of God’s grace… well, that’s a whole different ball game.

Have a listen!

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
– Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

Real Genius

It probably wasn’t a genius on my part to let my young crew watch this movie, but they enjoyed it all the same. It did have quite a few parts that made me cringe and hope they didn’t really pick up on what was going on. I know I didn’t realize all THAT was in this movie when I was their age.

I like the reviews over on Common Sense Media. I probably should have checked there first instead of scrolling Netflix for something that didn’t sound boring.

The kids are 12, 10, and 9. I know. I know. A little young. Common Sense Media suggests 13. They handled it just fine though. The boys loved the explosions, fire, the hole through everything on campus, and, of course, the popcorn.  They also loved the potty humor. Of course, they did! All 3 of them did, actually. I’m surrounded by potty humor nearly every day movie or no movie.

As for me, I still really enjoy Real Genius. It cracks me up even more now looking at all that 80’s!

Try Not to Laugh

This is an appropriate title for my first stab at a reaction video complete with video editing!

Enjoy!

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I created the video capturing with OBS – my husband/son introduced me to this tool. I edited the video with Adobe Premiere Pro and created the intro/outro with Adobe Spark. All the while getting near constant input from my son on how to actually do it all! I have experience in graphics editing and Photoshop, but nothing to do with videos. That’s a whole new world!

Update: My son (12) uses the free version of Resolve for video editing, and states that “it is the best editor in my life.”

2nd Update (months later): The video was flagged for copyright infringement since it showed the original video via the video capture bit. This thought should have occurred to me, but simply didn’t! I did not intend to infringe on anyone else’s copyrights at all! eek. It was still good and fun skills to learn with the kids. Please be careful when making videos to not infringe on other’s creative works. I certainly will be more careful!

Custom Sidebars and Blogging

I had more fun playing with the WPMU custom sidebars plugin today than doing any actual writing for the blog. There’s now a different sidebar for the post pages that doesn’t include the long string of Instagram pictures. Post pages are probably never going to be long enough to warrant all of that.

I then realized I didn’t have a search function on the site. So, I added one and then I added a custom sidebar for the search results. Oh yes, I do find this stuff loads of fun! This is good because when I’m not homeschooling or mothering, websites are my job!

Speaking of blogging, I’m considering moving the more blog-like posts from my professional website over to here. This is the blog. That is more of my living business card. Of course, that means I’ll need another bucket for my more geeky posts.

For now, I’ve been slowly adding in bloggable posts from my collection in Evernote. Some of them may very well have been published to this blog in one of it’s earlier iterations. When I do add those posts, I backdate them for when they were originally written.