what an excellent day for a(nother) series renewal

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , , , , on May 14, 2017 by phanteana

when a TV series based on The Exorcist was announced last year, i was initially skeptical…after all, it’s a classic in both print and visual form and with the over-saturation of remakes and reboots infiltrating the entertainment industry, i feared it’s reputation would be slathered in pea soup. but when the pilot episode aired last September, i was pleasantly surprised and drawn in just as i was with the small screen version of Damien. but while the latter was sadly cancelled after one season, the former has been renewed for a second run. the first season’s highlight was the surprise return of Regan (and to a lesser extent, Chris) MacNeil. there are no details yet as to the plot for season 2, but for everyone who was curious as to whether the show would return, it looks like those prayers have been answered. amen!

hillbillies who code

Posted in Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , on May 11, 2017 by phanteana

while the title of this post might sound like the name of a hipster band, it’s actually part of the latest trend of people learning to code from anywhere and everywhere. according to Kentucky-based coal-miner-turned-coder Garland Couch, “a hillbilly is someone who is hardworking, thoughtful, and loyal.” in other words, it’s not the stereotypical image we tend to have of folks from certain regions of the States. Mr. Couch hails from a small town, but his career options grew bigger as he began learning code. just like a large portion of beginner coders, Garland is a career changer and although he is twice the age of an average CS graduate, he doesn’t let that stand in his way.  the same applies to Rusty Justice (yes, that’s what he goes by), who founded Bit Source in 2015 after 40 years of workin’ in a coal mine. Mr. Justice found that the salaries earned by miners were on par with those of many tech jobs, and with so many unfilled positions in the tech industry these days it made sense for him to get involved. with the solid work ethics of Rusty Justice, Garland Couch and countless others, it’s only a matter of time before Kentucky is dubbed “Silicon Holler.”

the door to other worlds has opened

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , on May 3, 2017 by phanteana

darkness before dawn

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on May 2, 2017 by phanteana

hello, gentlemen…the world has been expecting you for some time now. so good of you to drop in.

everyone’s a critic

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on April 27, 2017 by phanteana

it’s common knowledge that J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis had a unique friendship. since social media and the Internet weren’t around during their time, we don’t actually know what a typical conversation was like between the two authors, and can only assume it usually involved meeting at the local pub to discuss what they were working on. despite the lack of technology that was readily available during the early half of the 20th Century, movies were common forms of entertainment both in the U.S. and in England. among those churning out motion pictures was Walt Disney, whose brand of animation seemed to draw the ire of both Tolkien and Lewis. while they may have phrased their opinions more eloquently, their general consensus after attending a screening of Snow White was that “it sucked.” Lewis claimed the dwarves had “bloated, drunken, low comedy faces.” JRRT, on the other hand, described “feelings of nausea” upon seeing the film. early 20th century fantasy authors: they’re just like us (except without social media)!

 

 

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Aslan, those aren’t dwarves! i should know, i’ve spent waaaay too much time with them. 

 

magic (and a whole lotta sugar) in every sip

Posted in Art & Photography, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on April 24, 2017 by phanteana

since the invention of social media, it has become a platform for sharing images of food, cats, kids and silly memes. the best one that i’ve seen recently involves a new concoction made by an international coffee chain (which probably looks better than it tastes…sorry, i stick to tea) paired with a classic 80’s fantasy film (which, in all honesty, i would actually love to see a live-action version of):

 

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forget Red Bull…this’ll give you wings!

 

digging the claws into R

Posted in Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , on April 18, 2017 by phanteana

several months ago, i blogged about JavaScript for cats…because the language is so common even cats can learn it. when they step all over the keyboard, the output onto the screen could easily be mistaken for a JS file. i’m still not crazy about JS, but i feel like it’s gotten easier with practice. jQuery is a lot less intimidating.

but JavaScript isn’t the only programming languages that appeals to our feline friends. there’s also R for cats. R is used for statistical computing. it’s a language i haven’t gotten around to learning yet (i’ve become quite attached to Ruby these days). but if Garfield can learn R, then so can i…eventually.