Review : Terminator Salvation

What did you think about Terminator Salvation?

I thought it was a pretty good movie. Much better than T3 but then that’s not saying much is it? Terminator and T2 are very hard to improve upon. So Salvation is pretty easy to place in the Terminator pantheon.

The Fx were great. Acting was top notch and I was very pleased with the plot and pacing of the movie.

I’d love to hear what you thought. Please comment below

( Note: I would write more but I really need to get back to work on the website. )

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Terminator Salvation

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RunPee Unplugged – Unclothed modeling during my college days

Yes, it’s true. I was a “model without clothes” for the Art Department at Northern Arizona University, back in the day. I needed the money and they needed a male model. Turns out that they had plenty of females willing to do nude modeling, but finding males willing to bare all were hard to come by. (Wow, was that last sentence full of puns or what? )

You may think that modeling for artists would be easy, but in fact it is quite difficult. If you want to get a feeling for what it’s like, then go lay down in a comfortable position on your couch. Now don’t move for 45 minutes. After just a few minutes you’ll want to shift positions a little. Maybe you put too much weight on your left butt-cheek or something. Before long you’ll find a leg or arm going numb. A pain in your neck starting to crop up. And if you’re nude then you’ll start to feel cold.

Here’s a PG-13 sample of what some of the students drew:

Dan Florio, polyGeek, nude

Dan Florio, polyGeek, nude

Dan Florio, polyGeek, nude

Dan Florio, polyGeek, nude

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Review: The Hangover

[ Spoiler free ]

The Hangover isn’t the sort of movie I usually go for. Movies in this genre tend to be crude for the sake of crudeness. The Hangover isn’t like that. All of the characters are likable. There’s no maliciousness between them that wouldn’t be normal for any group of guys. And they bond together as the movie goes on. As opposed to a movie like Very Bad Things ( 1998 ) which has a similar theme but ends up driving the characters apart.

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The Hangover

The movie plays out unexpectedly as a mystery. Four friends go to Vegas … tell me if you’ve heard this one before … for a bachelor party. The morning after we see Phil, Stu and Alan wake up in their hotel room to find the place trashed and a few inexplicable additions. Plus one major subtraction: the groom. Thus begins the mystery. They have no memory of the previous evening and begin piecing clues together as they search for their friend.

There were some good laughs and the pacing worked well. I had to see it to get the PeeTimes and I’m glad I did.

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Review: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

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There was nothing wrong with The Taking of Pelham 123. The acting in Pelham was more than adequate, as you would expect with high caliber actors Denzel and Travolta carrying the load. The story was okay; the direction was okay; the writing was okay. So as much as anything that’s what is wrong with Pelham. It was just okay.

There are no great reveals and no great plot twists. Which in and of itself is no crime but that leaves the movie as nothing more than a simple story. And that can work well if there are compelling characters. Characters that you want to live, or die, or overcome some obstacle. Someone to root for. But that’s not the case here.

Denzel played his character just fine but the character as written was unassuming and humble. So no great attachment is made with the audience.

Travolta’s character – Ryder – wasn’t terribly evil or malicious. So it’s hard to root against him. It seems as though an effort was made to make the audience associate with Ryder and think, “This could be me under those circumstances.” But the story just doesn’t quite pull it off.

What did you think about The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

The acting in Pelham was more than adequate, as you would expect with high caliber actors Denzel and Travolta carrying the load.

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RunPee Homepage

RunPee logoI have created m.RunPee.com for those who would like to access RunPee.com from their Blackberry, or practically any other mobile phone. m.RunPee.com is a simple HTML version of the website that will let you navigate to the movie you are seeing and view the PeeTimes.

The good news is that most existing smart phones will soon have the ability to view Flash websites like RunPee.com. That will be made possible when Adobe releases Flash Player 10.1 which is optimized for mobile phones. At that time I’ll be able to make a mobile version of the site for everyone that should have all the features that the iPhone app currently has: timer, vibration before PeeTimes and local storage. It should be ready in the first half of 2010.

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User registration all ready

I got User Registration all hooked up and running today. There’s some polish that needs to be done for sure but users can check for unique user names, input a password, provide their email address and make themselves a user account. This is also the first time I’ve used MD5 to protect the users password. Amazingly simple to use. Perhaps there will be a video tutorial up at polyGeek.com soon.

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Cool, now I can email my friends

Long day today. Got two of the big remaining feaures done today. Email reminders and email friends.

Reminders was the hardest because it requries quite a bit more PHP that I know but I got it sussed out and working. The easy part is submitting the data to MySQL Database – been here, done that. But once that’s done I need to have a script that will be called to run on the entries in the reminders table and look for entries who’s date matches today. Then do a while-loop on the records returned to send out the email.

The thing that made it take so long to develope is that errors in PHP aren’t exactly descriptive. Debugging PHP is a pain. When I finally got everything working I used CronJobs to run the script once every day.

The email a friend feature was pretty much cake. Just a lot of details to iron out. Using EmailValidators to make sure that the entered email addresses are all good to go is pretty easy to do in Flex. But it’s been a long time since I used a validator.

Oh, I also signed up RunPee and Gorlog for Twitter accounts.

Tomorrow I think I’ll take it easy and do a few odds and ends, maybe set up a store at CafePress.com.

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deepLinking

This weekend was quite productive. First I nailed down the emailing from Flex functionality an Saturday. Then on Sunday I got the deepLinking enabled.

I’ve worked with deepLinking before on XanaduWest.com years ago so the concept is familiar to me. Flex adds the HistoryManager class which is amazingly helpful. In this case I had to customize the way it worked because I’m working with a custom component that doesn’t do any history management by default.

In the future this is something that I’ll implement early on in the project. Because I had gotten so far along with it it turned into a bit of a hack to wedge deepLinking/HistoryManagement in after the fact. But it works, and that’s what matters most.

So now I can email a link to someone which will take them directly to a specific RunPee view and the browser back-button and forward-button works.

I believe this is the last of the plumbing level functionality that I need to add to RunPee. Most of what’s left is UX, expanding existing features, that sort of thing. At this rate I’ll be in public beta in a few weeks. Well in time for 360Flex.

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