I’ve been watching “The Leftovers” on HBONow. I originally avoided it because it looked too religious to me, but I started watching it to check it out and while some episodes seemed mediocre, others were very good (especially S1E6). By episode 8, I was looking up a couple of the people on the show on IMDB who I liked. One of those people turned out to be Michael Gaston, who plays Dean, a rather mysterious character who shoots the stray leftover dogs in the neighborhood. I found his IMDB profile picture to be odd:

Is he flipping the bird to the camera? It’s a very grainy image and while Trump appears to be giving a thumbs up, Gaston certainly appears to be using another digit.

Zooming in on the image, although making it grainier, pretty much confirms it’s the middle finger. So the question is why would this be the profile picture? I would like to give Gaston the benefit of the doubt and say that IMDB chooses one at random, but I find that highly unlikely to be the case. The odds are clearly in favor of Gaston making a political statement right there on his IMDB page.

Examining Gaston’s twitter profile shows that he is very anti-Trump. In fact, not too long after his profile states “I’m that bald guy from that thing you saw currently” comes a #FUCKTRUMP hashtag.

Doing a brief spot check on his twitter feed shows it is littered with anti-Trump tweets. In fact, this photo of him giving the finger appears about a million times in his media feed. He’s particularly proud of it. Oddly, the original post of it appears to be in June, 2013 and this one is the title image of the post:

The hatred of Trump runs deep with Gaston. Here he is stating IMDB “suppressed” his image, followed by a tweet stating he had gotten it back up:

Anyway, the day after the 2016 presidential election, I chatted with a good friend and stated I was 100% sure Trump would be a one term president because the Democrats would learn their lesson, do a proper primary, and come up with a more qualified candidate. Now I’m not so sure. The left still fails to understand that this type of behavior (always going low) is part of what got Trump elected. Other items with the Democrats that led to his win, beyond the scope of this post, are still in play today too. Going low is somewhat ironic, too, given the “when they go low, we go high” statement from Michelle Obama, but again, most everyone understands at this point that statements from politicians are the exact opposite of reality meaning that everyone knows that this statement from Obama is admitting the Democrats go low, not high.

They go low because they can get away with it. Compare this to an average person who may have had a “FUCKOBAMA” hashtag and a photo giving the middle finger with Obama. That person’s career, wherever he worked, in whatever industry he worked, would likely be ruined because the cries of racism would rain down on him. The difference in extremes in shit like this is part of the reason large amounts of independents broke Trump in the swing states.

There’s always the possibility I may be wrong and Gaston is not a rank and file Democrat, just simply someone who dislikes Trump. Monkeys may fly out of my butt too. An earlier tweet seems to confirm he’s a Clinton supporter, though:

I haven’t given his tweets that much time and don’t intend to any more. As for my thoughts on the 2016 election – I firmly believed Trump was a horrible candidate and would probably be an incompetent president. And I believed the other primary candidate in the election was even worse. That’s the problem with our current two party system. Indeed, I agree with Trump when he said Clinton is a nasty woman, but it’s the pot calling the kettle black, just different genders. Oh wait, am I allowed to use the word gender? Another reason Trump won.

As for The Leftovers, I think I will stop watching it for now, as Gaston’s shit stinks and has turned me off of it. The other person I was looking up, the actress of the character I liked named Aimee, left me wanting to see more of what she’s in. Why?

BECAUSE SHE’S NOT FORCING POLITICS DOWN MY FUCKING THROAT VIA IMDB.

Funny how that works. Also, I inadvertently saw that Meade was only in the first ten episodes, meaning she either gets killed or exits the show somehow after season 1. Lame. (Am I allowed to use the word she? Am I allowed to use the word actress? Serious questions.)

Suicide Squad came on HBONow last Saturday and I figured I needed to watch it, especially since I had just seen Batman V. Superman. I guess I should review it too. Unfortunately, I found Suicide Squad to be inferior to Batman V. Superman, even though everyone was in love with the Suicide Squad trailer, as compared to their hatred for the Batman V. Superman trailer.

The positives of the film are Will Smith’s performance as Deadshot and Margot Robbie’s performance as Harley Quinn. Interestingly, this is the first time I’ve seen Cara Delevinge on the screen, who plays an archaeologist who gets possessed by a witch named the Enchantress. Delevigne is in an upcoming film of interest, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and I have seen the trailer for that. She was hardly in the movie as the archaeologist and that performance was fine. The Enchantress performance seemed mediocre at best, but I think the primary problem was the dubbing of audio over top of her lip syncing, or something. Something wasn’t right about it at all and it took away from her performance and the scenes with the Enchantress.

The visual effects weren’t bad, but in spots weren’t necessarily good either. As for the true negatives – the story, the direction, the Joker hardly being in it. Perhaps the biggest problem with this movie is the attempt at making unlikable people likable, some of whom do unlikable things throughout the entire movie. While it generally works for Deadshot and Quinn, it fails miserably on everyone else. The other characters are completely useless too; Jai Courtney sucks as usual as an Australian named Boomerang, a guy who uses a…you guessed it…boomerang to kill people. There’s also a crocodile guy or something, a Japanese woman who uses a…you guessed it…sword to kill people and then there’s the guy that can turn his body into a flamethrower, Diablo, but then sits around most of the movie brooding while refusing to use his powers. Lame. But even lamer, there’s one guy who can climb buildings real fast and then gets killed immediately. Not even in battle. LAME.

Grade: D

I brought back my subscription to HBONow a day into the flu to get some new things to watch when I wasn’t dead in bed. Here’s some brief reviews, none of them of brand new movies or shows:

Westworld: The best series I’ve seen. Better than Game of Thrones, which jumped the shark at the very, very end of season 5. The blonde woman with the snake tattoo, played brilliantly by Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, is absolutely lovable in her badassery, even though it’s a pretty small part. Everyone else does well too. I also liked seeing Tessa Thompson again, who I first really saw in Creed. I ended up binge watching the entire season over two days thanks to it being so good. Grade: A+

Batman V Superman: I finally saw it thanks to the subscription and while it wasn’t a great film it wasn’t terrible either. My issues with it were the length and the odd tonal shifts where they tried to shoehorn in items for the next Justice League movie. While a lot of people were harping on Affleck being Batman when it was first announced, my issue at the time was with Eisenberg being Lex Luthor. I’m happy to say his performance as Luthor wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Grade: B-

Independence Day: Resurgence: Not good. There was mediocre CGI, bad green screen, lame plot. And that was in the first 30 minutes because I fell asleep after that. So, I can’t really say I saw the movie. Another noteworthy item – “Madam President” is introduced within the first few minutes of the film, instantly dating itself to the dark times of the mid-teens where Hollywood was simply assuming the next President would be Hillary Clinton and was helping pave the way. Grade: D (from what I saw of it)

X-Men Apocalypse: While it was nothing that hasn’t been seen before, it was a decent movie and it being set in the 80s was fun. Sansa Stark, I mean Sophie Turner, played a young Jean well and I liked seeing how Charles Xavier lost his hair. Truthfully, there’s been so many X-Men movies, I have no idea if this is supposed to be in an alternate timeline or not compared to others from the 2000s as well as others from this decade. Regardless, it was a fun movie. Grade: B

Given the news of United Airlines grabbing a paying customer already seated, knocking him bloody and unconscious, and dragging him off the plane because the plane was “overbooked” calls for me to revisit the reason United Airlines is on my “permanent blacklist without the possibility of parole.”

(And yes, technically it probably wasn’t UA that grabbed him, it was likely the police department, but I can’t say that for sure because the guy who knocked him unconscious and dragged him out was wearing regular jeans, regular shirt, regular jacket and a simple baseball hat. It was uniformed police behind him.)

Back towards 2005, I traveled a fair amount by plane for my job and I knew United Airlines to be a general shit show at that point. At one point, I had a cross-country flight from California (probably Orange County John Wayne Airport) back to BWI. I got stuck with a seat all the way in the back of the plane. After I walked the length of the plane past moron after moron, I got to the back and a guy was in the aisle seat whereas I was in the middle. He flat told me he couldn’t move. I flat interpreted this as him being an asshole (who isn’t on flights?), so I simply climbed over his legs into my seat without saying anything, all with a poker face because I wasn’t sure what was going on and I wanted to make sure I was seated so the flight could go.

Then when I sat down, I realized he actually couldn’t move and that there was something wrong with him. I also re-examined in my head his telling me that he couldn’t move and realized he was embarrassed for the situation. Very shortly after that, a woman (obviously, a business traveler like me) showed up to take the window seat. I politely explained to her he couldn’t move and that I would have to climb out over him and she would have to climb over him to get to her seat, then I would climb back over him into mine. And that’s what we did.

The guy then opened up to me and said he had some disease that I can’t remember the name of. It effectively made him quadriplegic. He had very limited use of his hands and feet and I guess arms and legs, but they were effectively immobile and he had to have someone wheel him around in a wheelchair all the time. United Airlines had brought him onto the flight via wheelchair and dumped him in the very back away from other passengers. At this point I was rather irritated – not at the guy, but at both United Airlines and society in general. Several questions were in my head:

  • Why is someone not traveling with this guy?
  • Why did UA dump him in the back?
  • Does it not represent a safety concern of both the woman and I to have to climb over this person to exit our seat?
  • Why didn’t UA give the woman and I warning that this would have to be done?
  • Does it not represent a safety concern for the guy that the guy can’t move at all?

And really, I wasn’t that concerned about the safety of the situation because if a plane has a problem and is going to crash, you’re up shit creek without a paddle anyway. So I let my Colin-tude die down. I didn’t ask too many questions of the guy because I didn’t want to be prying, so I never got any answers as to where his people were. I do remember that at one point he said he was from Nanjemoy in Charles County, MD.

At some point during the long flight, UA flight attendants announced they were selling boxed meals for $5, exact change only. And these weren’t “meals” per se, but a box of a few shit-snacks. Totally not worth $5 and something that the airline should have been giving out for free prior to an even larger meal that should have been free as well. I immediately decided I wasn’t going to get one and forgot about it.

As the flight attendants started at the front of the plane collecting money from people, the effectively quadriplegic guy started moving a bit and continued to move, and continued to move, and continued to move. I didn’t know what he was doing and didn’t want to inadvertently be a dick by asking. Over the course of about 10 minutes as the flight attendants moved from the front to the back of the plane, he continued to move and fidget. Then as the flight attendant neared the back, I realized what he was doing – he was getting his wallet out of his front pants pocket to pay for the shit-snack “meal” box.

I then pulled it the rest of the way out of his pocket for him and it took another couple minutes for him to unfasten the Velcro (seriously). Just in time too – the flight attendant arrived, a guy, and asked if any of us would be getting a box. The quadriplegic guy was delighted to be getting one, had a 20 in his hand, and the flight attendant rudely told him exact change only. In fact, the flight attendant seriously may as well have said “fuck off.” I immediately pulled a ten out of my wallet and told the flight attendant both him and I would be getting one. The flight attendant then brought back a couple of boxes and handed them to us.

At this point, United Airlines was on my “blacklist watch” list. While it may not seem like much had happened, a significant event, in my mind, had taken place. The flight attendant was basically treating the guy, a paying customer, as sub-human. And yes,

  • The flight attendants had said exact change only at the beginning.
  • I could have misinterpreted the flight attendant’s attitude.
  • Even if the flight attendant had a ‘tude, it could have been an isolated incident.

Except we all know airlines, and United Airlines had a history of having attitude problems on the flights I was on. It wasn’t an isolated incident and that’s the reason they went on my blacklist watch list. Plus, people along the entire length of the plane had just ordered boxes – could UA not have pulled back out three fives to give a crippled person change, or am I missing something?

The quadriplegic man was really grateful that I had bought him some food. He immediately went for the apple sauce in the box and was having a difficult time grabbing the foil lip to peel off the top of the container. Not wanting to watch him struggle again like with the velcro on the wallet (or the 10 minutes to get the wallet out for that matter), I went ahead and told him I would do it for him. Again, he was very grateful. We then chatted a bit more and that’s when I learned this was the second leg of his journey, as he had been on a connector flight from Arizona or something and hadn’t moved at all. He said he was treated that way on that flight too. (And no wonder he was hungry.)

That’s when I saw the same flight attendant as before get stopped by another passenger up towards the middle of the plane. Apparently the passenger had decided she wanted a box after all. That’s when the flight attendant turned around and asked everyone in the vicinity on the plane very nicely if they had change for a 20 while waving the 20 around that the woman had just given him.

While it may not seem like much, UA then got put on my permanent blacklist without the possibility of parole for inhuman treatment of a crippled person because that’s exactly what had happened. I’ve never flown them again and the incident being reported in the mainstream and social media hardly surprises me. What makes it even more egregious in today’s incident is the fact that it appears the flight wasn’t “overbooked”, but rather UA wanted to put four of its employees on the flight at the last minute.

United Airlines is a shit show operation and you travel at your own risk with them – I’ve known that for 12 years. Unfortunately, they will no doubt continue to be in business because whatever boycott occurs will be weak and I’m sure more subsidization from the federal government (taxpayers money) will be given to them if they start to stumble.

Baseball is a uniquely American Sport, although it has its roots in cricket. It’s only appropriate that a week after opening day we’re bombing the Middle East again. While bombing the middle east is not a uniquely American sport, pretending to want peace in the Middle East while each new presidential administration bombs it, is uniquely American. This administration is off to a relatively quick start with a surprise bombing that happened sometime last evening while I was dead from the flu.

Whether it was justified or not is anybody’s guess. Our mainstream media is so corrupt, it’s difficult to validate whether the Syrian chemical attack that precipitated this bombing actually happened. After all, the mainstream media had repeatedly assured us that the outgoing Obama administration had successfully gotten Syria to disarm themselves of chemical weapons, a part of Obama’s brilliant legacy, or something. Thus, it’s not even possible to have occurred even though it was being widely reported to have occurred. Meanwhile, people from both the left and right were claiming it was a “false flag” operation for some reason or another. Moving on from the chemical attacks, it would be nice if our mainstream media discussed how this bombing complicates the already complicated proxy war occurring in Syria. Instead, we have Brian Williams achieving orgasm viewing war porn:

But MSNBC viewers weren’t upset about that, they were upset their beloved Rachel Maddow was interrupted to cover the bombing. Anyway, this bombing appears to have significantly shifted peoples thoughts about Trump. All of the sudden, the mainstream media is in love with him (America sure loves war, huh?) while some Trump supporters have jumped off the “Trump Train” (fortunately, I was never on it to begin with). Meanwhile, die hard Democrats are twisting logic around into multiple pretzel knots trying to explain how someone who they believe is simply a puppet of Putin’s (remember, it’s a fact to these people that Putin hacked the election) has gone and bombed Syria and complicated relations with Russia.

I will be curious to see how all this plays out. In the mean time, it’s definitely time to play 2004’s Team America: World Police song. Satire or not, this timeless classic really should be America’s national anthem:

The evening before last, I came down with a sudden sore throat and nasty malaise. I was able to get some sleep and when I did, fever dreams were occurring. I knew what it was even before I went to bed, though; it was the flu. This despite getting the flu shot later last December.

How I felt day 1.

First thing yesterday morning, I went to MedStar PromptCare in the hopes of trying Tamiflu for the first time ever. The doctor ran both a strep and flu test and both came back negative. But, in one of the most surprising things to ever happen to me, the doctor immediately agreed that it was the flu despite me having had a shot and the test coming back negative. Apparently the fact that the flu shot partially missed the mark this year, the fact that the flu is still going around my area, and the fact that my symptoms all screamed flu, led her to agree with me. Doctors and I have had different opinions about things my entire life, so this was noteworthy. She was also genuinely concerned that if I had any indications of a heart or breathing issue with it to go the ER immediately. I guess those are the hazards of getting older now.

Day 2 even worse.

So I got a prescription for Tamiflu and took the first pill around 11am yesterday. The symptoms only got much worse after that and now 36 hours after taking Tamiflu, I can say with certainty that this is going to run its course on par with the other times I’ve had a nasty flu. Which is to say not being able to do anything except feeling like I’m going to die for four days followed by a week of still feeling like a shit sandwich while working.

Going into day 3. Yep, still the same.

Now, you’re probably thinking that it isn’t the flu given I had the vaccine just over three months ago and the virus I have is not responding to Tamiflu. I 100% support your logic. I can also say with 100% certainty that you’re wrong. Given that the flu vaccines have missed the mark in recent years, it does make me wonder what the point of getting a flu vaccine is. As for Tamiflu, I’m going to continue taking it since there’s no difference between it and a sugar pill, but I won’t bother with it again. In fact, I went back last evening to my tried and true method of flu symptom relief – gargling a quarter shot of El Dorado rum once an hour, as needed. I strongly recommend trying it if you never have. I’m sure your decent liquor of choice can be substituted.

fuck yea

Edit: Oh, lord. I just learned The Walking Dead season finale is tomorrow. So, that’s the reason. I should have known it was advertising related somehow. This has to be the lamest thing I’ve ever seen a major site do.

I had no idea because I haven’t watched The Walking Dead since season two because it was a joke then.

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Imgur used to be a nice site several years ago with interesting or funny images and thoughtful comments. But, it devolved into a majority of shitposts, reposts, and politics (many of which seem to be upvoted by bots) over the years. At the same time, a comment showing even the slightest dissent from the Imgur community groupthink would get downvoted to disappear. I had been thinking for over a year now of dropping off of Imgur because wading through all the bullshit to see something good was getting rather cumbersome.

But for the past 24 hours or so, it’s been nothing but zombies. This happens sometimes, as the community will jump onto a meme. But this topic was put forth by imgur in a banner at the top of their web page and mobile app.

Apparently it’s a game imgur wants users to play by tagging things with #TeamHuman or #TeamZombie with #TeamZombie posts getting “infected” or something. It’s a remarkably stupid thing for an image site to do, but at the same time, remarkably stupid is the world we live in now and imgur has been steadily lowering in content quality, so it’s a Poe’s Law situation as to what Imgur is thinking.

There’s a very strong possibility that this was coordinated for maximum impact on April Fools’, since that is today and the day imgur died to me, but there is a major problem with that thinking – Imgur started it yesterday, March 31st. It’s also unclear what zombies have to do with April Fool’s. So again, Poe’s Law. Still, I’m assuming tomorrow there’s going to be some post from imgur saying “thanks for playing the zombie infection game, we hope you had fun on April Fools”. That will explain the general stupidity of it, but it’s not going to explain why:

A) imgur wrecked its own site for an extended period of time for a joke. Most April Fool’s jokes on the internet are a quick laugh then the site can be usable. This isn’t a laugh and the site is not usable as it once was.
B) Imgur spent some time programming some of the stuff related to the zombie game when they could have been programming other things.

In fact, the top comment on Imgur’s post on the subject is “cool..so the favorites folders are just around the corner then?”

Indeed, folders for favorites is something the imgur community has been asking imgur to implement for years. My favorites are the only thing keeping me from deleting my account at the moment. I’ve already deleted all my posts as well as deleted all my comments. Now I just need to go through my favorites and download them all and sort through them locally to save what I want.

Over the past year or so, they’ve also taken away functionality that people had enjoyed and have made user interface changes that nobody asked for. Also, their servers have been crashing nonstop for the past year and a half or so.

My departure from sites occurs because of a mix of the user community becoming excessively stupid and some sort of self-infliction from the site itself. Imgur is no different, but weighs heavier to the self-infliction side.

Shame.

Three storm chasers were killed yesterday outside of Spur, TX when a Suburban with two chasers ran a stop sign and collided with a Jeep being driven by another chaser. The crash was not attributable to the weather, despite some headlines that suggested otherwise. The Suburban had the Weather Channel logo on its side, and the driver was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the crash. It was also live streaming at the time.

These are the facts either reported by the Texas Department of Public Safety or verified by me after the crash through simple observation of information in twitter feeds. The damage control team at The Weather Channel was quick to point out that the two in the Suburban were contractors:

I didn’t read any opinion pieces today on the subject because I don’t have to. The storm chaser community will claim they provide a valuable public service with data gathering that helps forecasters increase lead times for tornado warnings. Except they don’t. Virtually all the information they actively gather can be passively gathered by Doppler radar. In fact, it’s Doppler radar that allowed the modern era of storm chasing to begin. What they’re actually doing is gathering video for ratings for money. We all know this to be true.

Today’s storm chasers are Nightcrawlers.

The first thing that will be said in the opinion pieces, though, is that it was a tragedy. What won’t be directly said is that it was an entirely preventable tragedy and that everyone in the weather community knew for years something like this would happen. I expected a massive crash to occur with non-chasing civilians or emergency responders such as the police or EMTs. But the crash occurred with another chaser who was all of 25 years old (third one down, screen cap saved in case it gets taken down).

The fact that this crash occurred is bullshit enough, but the fact that the driver of the vehicle running the stop sign was not wearing a seatbelt makes for double bullshit from a weather community who is way more than happy to lecture the public on safety. This crash comes after three veteran storm chasers were killed in 2013 when their truck got sucked up and thrown by a tornado turning the truck into a heap of twisted metal, the only thing identifying the make of the truck being the wheel.

Don’t get me wrong here – I’m sure the Weather Channel team (as well as the other chaser) were all good people and the driver of the Suburban simply made a mistake. I say that truly and sincerely; we all make mistakes and may they all Rest In Peace. Also, I’m mostly a hypocrite when it comes to this stuff. If a severe thunderstorm warning or tornado warning is issued for my immediate area, I’m first opening my door to take a look before going to my basement. But the difference between me and others in the community is that I’m not jumping in my car at the first sign of a thunderstorm popping up on a day that looks ripe for severe weather, then driving around chasing it.

I’m also not blowing through stop signs because I’m looking at the sky (we all know that’s what happened) because I’m not out there in the first place. Back in the 90s, I had decided I was going to book a trip at some point in my life and ride along with storm chasers, but by the 2000s, there were articles appearing stating the chasers and their tourist gawkers were getting in the way of first responders and ambulances after a tornado had blown through. I decided then I would not be doing it, but yea, I continue to love me a good high resolution supercell and/or tornado video and will for the remainder of my life. So, I admit that I’m still a part of the problem.

But given the state of politics and the “reporting” by our fearless investigative “news” teams, there is no doubt in my mind that blame deflection will occur and climate change will be brought up as a reason for this crash and the probability certainly exists that Trump will take some blame given his stance with the EPA. After all, this crash occurred the same day the world’s foremost expert on climate science, Michael Moore, announced the END OF THE WORLD (for the 100th time over the past decade):

It seems likely to me that the Russians will somehow be tied to it as well by our media. All items designed to mask the ugly truth when looking in the mirror. A brief spot check of twitter shows at least one person blaming TX roads for the crash. Given that the photos show a very clear intersection and visible signs, I would think this is satire, the account says it is satirical, but I’m thinking it’s actually serious since the account says it is an advocate for road safety? Who knows? I have no idea what people are actually thinking anymore:

Looks like a clear, well marked intersection to me.

All that having been said, what I’m about to say clearly calls for my very own Unwelcome Idea Rob Base meme (only the dankest of memes for me), if it hasn’t already:

Unwelcome Idea Rob Base: “I got an idea, that I wanna share. You don’t like it? So what? I don’t care.”

How about we stop with the storm chasing bullshit? It risks the lives of storm chasers, citizens and emergency responders while providing nothing other than XXX weather porn. Frankly, there’s enough people simply living in tornado alley now with cameras on their cell phone to satiate the hardcore weather porn aficionados looking for Two Girls, One EF5. At a maximum, storm chaser teams should consist of actual scientists performing research for NOAA or other agencies, like it was prior to 20 years ago. The amateur chasers, the tourist companies and the tornado porn nightcrawlers like the Weather Channel absolutely need to get the fuck out.

But why have the hard conversations and debate when you can shut down any debate by a choice of screams:

CLIMATE CHANGE!

TRUMP!

RUSSIANS!

Since the storm chasers, including the ones who died, appear to be white males, the “THAT’S RACIST!” and “THAT’S SEXIST!” argument can’t be used as a distraction in this instance in arguing for the storm chasers, although it could be used as a distraction in other arguments related to storm chasing (WHY AREN’T THERE MORE FEMALE OR TRANSGENDER STORM CHASERS?! DAMN PATRIARCHY!). As for me, I’ll just say I believe the Russians are at fault. God forbid if people find out I can think for myself.

Putin has done it again. I’m LITERALLY SHAKING!

Spoilers?

I rented and streamed The Devil’s Candy this past weekend based on a review by Chris Stuckmann and the fact that most reviewers are giving it positive reviews. Unfortunately, I found the film to be mediocre. The issue I had with it was that it basically seemed like a standard slasher flick. Yea, it’s an indie film and some may like the artsy take on it, but all I found that part to be was an homage to heavy metal music. And that’s pretty much all the film was – a crazy guy killing children to the backdrop of heavy metal music. Even the climactic ending seemed like it was simply an homage to heavy metal music videos and album covers.

That having been said, I liked the performances of all the actors involved especially the three family members (Kiara Glasco, the teenager, is definitely one to watch for a good film career in the future), but unfortunately, Pruitt Taylor Vince, the killer, plays his typecast character the same as most everywhere else he’s been. Which is to say very well, but I’ve seen the exact same actor playing the exact same character in movies a couple of times before (the first one being 2003’s Identity with John Cusack).

Also, Vudu had streaming problems Saturday evening when I wanted to watch the film and I ended up having to watch it Sunday evening. Lame.

Grade: C+

P.S. I found the creepiest scene to be the one where the killer appears in the girl’s bed.

Back in the early 2000s when I was still relatively new to working full time in Information Technology, there were always customers who said “Apples can’t get viruses.” This was so wrong, wrong, wrong, and showed the general ignorance of people when it came to computers, although that ignorance really wasn’t their fault. I knew full well it was part of the Apple fanboi culture to proclaim that Apple computers couldn’t get viruses, although it was never officially stated by Apple to be the case.

Fast forward 17 years later and for the past month, Apple has had a set of advertisements that I’ve seen on the web in video format and on twitter, among other places, that state “you wouldn’t get a PC virus, if you’re computer was an iPad Pro.”

 

To that, I have to say…

DUHHHH!

Apple breaking out old, has-been and ignorant arguments reeks of desperation and stupidity and methinks they are fearful of competition from the Microsoft’s Surface series of products. No doubt many will fall for these advertisements and doing a spot check of a couple of articles about it claim that the takeaway from these commercials is that Apple is up to it’s usual “funny” or “cute” self because the message is so obvious in its literal form.

Except that it’s not funny or cute. It’s really stupid. And it’s blatantly trying to get people to think that Apple products don’t get viruses or are somehow more secure.

Back in 2008, I purchased my first ever Apple product, an Apple MacBook Pro. I did this because Microsoft Windows Vista was a complete shit show of a product, a true embarrassment equaled only by my seventh grade social skills. I said at the time that if Apple were smart, they would tune and beef up OS X and bring in a better application ecosystem, then they could outperform Microsoft in both revenue and market share. Instead they did something arguably smarter – brought out the iPad. I said in 2010 when it was unveiled and after I had used one that it was the perfect consumer tablet. But the keyword was consumer – it wasn’t going to be a business or work computer and I said this repeatedly at the time, even as industry analysts happily chugged the Apple cock saying the iPad would ultimately become a true PC replacement.

Seven years and a plethora of models later, most are in agreement now that not even the latest iPad Pro is a MacBook replacement, much less a business PC replacement. With Microsoft bringing out true innovation in their Surface line while Apple simultaneously left the computer lines that run Mac OS X (now macOS) to practically die, Apple obviously sees the problems that lie ahead for itself in the short term. This is just more ebb and flow of the Information Technology tides, as nearly a decade from now I’m sure Apple will be back to being at untouchable status.

For the record – I purchased a Surface Book a year ago and love it. It’s everything it was advertised to be. The Surface dock, however, is the biggest piece of shit I’ve ever purchased and works maybe half of the time. I finally gave up on it about a month ago and tossed it into my spare computer parts bin, as it will be much easier to simply unplug the laptop, monitor, and USB hub and take the Surface Book with me than troubleshooting the black brick turd known as the Surface dock.

Fuck you, surface dock team