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Reviews for October 2023

Updated on Sunday, October 8, 2023

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Movies

Nowhere

Review:Movies:Nowhere

Spanish movie where the nowhere in question is a shipping container bobbing around in the ocean after falling in during a storm. That would be fine except there is a pregnant woman on board who promptly gives birth and now has two problems. It's OK.

Reptile

Review:Movies:Reptile

It's a cop movie. Probably the best scene is when all the cops bet on who the killer is, just like the audience at home. Adds nothing to the genre, but it looks great and goes down easy.

The Foreigner

Review:Movies:The Foreigner

Jackie Chan goes all Liam Neeson and kills the IRA terrorists responsible for his daughter's death. Pierce Brosnan is absolutely not Gerry Adams, any similarity must be due to coincidence.

The Last Man on Earth

Review:Movies:The Last Man on Earth

Spanish movie with the premise that hot women should sleep with ugly men, even if the world hasn't quite ended yet. Compelling. I prefer The Quiet Earth in the everyone else has gone genre, the sex is better here though.

The Out-Laws

Review:Movies:The Out-Laws

Downloaded for a flight. About as funny as an average SNL sketch only movie length.

Podcasts

Intrigue Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

Review:Podcasts:Intrigue Murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

I have now worked my way back all the way to the first story in the series, murder in a hotel in China. This was pretty good.

Intrigue The Immortals

Review:Podcasts:Intrigue The Immortals

Fantastic series on the billionaire trend towards spending all of your money on life extension and ultimately the geek rapture. Hopefully some of the technology trickles down. I'm not holding my breath - this seems to be the realm of anecdote over data and even some of the proponents admit that it's more religion than science.

TV

The Lincoln Lawyer

Review:TV:The Lincoln Lawyer

From the Bosche Cinematic Universe. The Lincoln Lawyer is unconventional but his heart is in the right place. He has a teenage daughter to look after part-time. He even seems to live in the house next to Bosche (he certainly has the same view). I never watched the movie and I haven't read the books. This adaptation is a David E. Kelley creation - good, but just a little too whimsical.

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Pew: Two Thirds of Americans Support National Popular Vote

People protesting outside the White House, generated by Dall-E 3

A recent Pew Research Center poll found that 65% of Americans support the National Popular Vote. Even the old ones:

"Younger adults are somewhat more supportive of changing the system than older adults. About seven-in-ten Americans under 50 (69%) support this. That share drops to about six-in-ten (58%) among those 65 and older."

If you find yourself in this majority then here are 9 things you can do today to advance the cause.

It's not just a desire to have a president of the country who represents the will of the country that is currently thwarted. Last year Pew found that:

"Today, a 61% majority of U.S. adults say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 37% think abortion should be illegal in all or most cases."

58% of Americans favor stricter gun laws. 57% want the Federal Government to take on health care. 63% support free college.

Why can't we have nice things? Apparently because the founding fathers thought we needed protection from the 'tyranny of the majority'. So you'd expect minorities to be well protected by this system.

Same sex marriage was legalized by the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision in 2015. Public support for same sex marriage was at 27% in 1996 (when Clinton passed The Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA). It's now at 70%. We crossed the 50% line around 2010, when Obama said:

"I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage."

Our majority tyranny protection system failed, Obama failed, Clinton failed. What carried the day was campaigning that convinced the majority that they were wrong on this issue, and arguably the AIDS crisis humanizing a minority for many people.

I wasn't around for the civil rights movement but I think it followed a very similar pattern. The system didn't inherently recognize the rights of the minority. Support was slowly built in public opinion until the Supreme Court eventually stepped in like someone in 2023 who thinks they just discovered Taylor Swift.

While the founding fathers may not have contemplated gay marriage or that black people might be just people they were clever enough to understand that the constitution was a living document and would need to be amended. We just need to get back into the habit.

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PHX SFO

Updated on Sunday, October 1, 2023

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ITHCWY Newsletter for September 2023

San Francisco shrouded by fog, Stable Diffusion, scale 0

Catfood WebCamSaver 3.22 released with the latest web cam list. Catfood Earth for Android now supports random locations.

New tool - this page is updated every hour with a video of the last 48 hours of global IR cloud cover. Useful for tracking hurricanes and atmospheric rivers.

Sunset timelapse with a slider. And a video made from the highest resolution version of Blue Marble Next Generation.

Does the US need a third party? Also, sortition.

Some bubbles and a San Francisco Crayfish.

Reviews for August and September.

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SAF PHX

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Updated 2023-09-30 20:04:

Time lapse of AA 3270, a Canadair CRJ-700 flying from Santa Fe Regional Airport (SAF) to Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) at sunset.

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PHX SAF

Updated on Sunday, October 1, 2023

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SFO PHX

Updated on Sunday, October 1, 2023

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Autumnal Equinox 2023

Autumnal Equinox 2023

Fall starts at 06:60 on September 23 UTC. Autumn if you're British. Spring if you're Australian. Rendered in Catfood Earth.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Autumnal Equinox 2023 #code #catfood #earth #equinox #autumnal Render of Autumnal Equinox 2023 at 06:60 on September 2023 UTC in Catfood Earth. )

Bubbles

Photo of bubbles drifting over the Great Highway in San Francisco

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Somebody was blowing huge bubbles at Ocean Beach. This photo shows them drifting over the Great Highway near Sutro Heights.

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(Published to the Fediverse as: Bubbles #photo #bubbles #sanfrancisco Photo of some large bubbles over the Great Highway in San Francisco, California. )