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ant nothin’ to it

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on July 10, 2018 by phanteana

like the rest of the planet, i followed suit and saw Ant-Man and the Wasp this past weekend. although i’m not well-versed in comic book lore, i have enough real-life sources to rely on in case i have too many questions (which i usually do…don’t even get me started on Infinity War) post-film. i also tend to be a bit behind when it comes to the MCU (i didn’t see the first Ant-Man until earlier this year, if that’s any indication). anyone who reads this blog knows that i’m devoted to the MECU (note the extra letter), or what’s now being referred to as the “Legendarium.” but it’s not that i have no interest in comic book movies; i just don’t get around to them as quickly as others do.

regardless, i have to say that Scott Lang (at least, the big screen version of him) is definitely one of my favorite Marvel heroes. he’s your (sort of) average guy just trying to make a better life for himself and his family, and moving forward from the mistakes he made in the past. we can all relate there.

 

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yes, Ant-Man…we can forgive you for that time you toured with W.A.S.P.

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listen for the whispers

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on June 13, 2018 by phanteana

it’s safe to say those people who experienced the lunchtime terror of the first footage of the updated Suspiria have recovered from the ordeal…just in time for the trailer that dropped last week!

so what did i think of it? (not a spoiler alert)
well, it’s definitely creepy in terms of tone and appearance. but it looks more like an artsy foreign film as opposed to a horror movie. the costuming screams 1977 (but not tacky 1977). the color scheme used in the original is nowhere to be found, which further confirms that this new version is not a remake but rather a re-imagining. it’s different, but that’s not a bad thing. until the actual film is released on November 2 (which, coincidentally is Day of the Dead…good job, marketing team!), please enjoy the musings of Suspiria‘s Twitter page. whoever runs it is quite imaginative with their postings & retweets!

con-founded

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2018 by phanteana

conferences are always filled with free food, informative panels, swag bags & the occasional surprise guests. the tech conference i attended last weekend certainly offered all of the above (except for the surprise guests). it’s a good thing one of the sponsors gave out free hand sanitizer bottles, because after a few days of being surrounded by hundreds of people you’re bound to catch the dreaded ‘post-con crud’ (cough/cold). fortunately, it’s not bad enough to keep me home from work. but i do feel bad for everyone who hears me sneezing. this is where remote access will come in handy in the future.

while my conference may have been low on the surprise factor, CinemaCon delivered a wallop during its lunchtime schedule with the premiere of the first footage from the upcoming Suspiria remake. judging from the reactions, whoever decided to show the clip while people were chowing down is either insane or a marketing genius…or both.

while i’m not the biggest fan of Dario Argento, Suspiria is considered to be his most well-known and most successful movie. i understand why people love it: the visuals & the soundtrack are important elements in his approach to storytelling (remember, i studied Film in Undergrad). when news of the remake broke, it sent fans into a frenzy because they felt it would ruin a classic: replacing Goblin with Thom Yorke for the score is completely ludicrous. on the other hand, there is no modernization of the plot so expect lots of 70’s outfits/haircuts. speaking of the original, Jessica Harper has given her support by appearing in a small role in the new version so that has put some of the anxiety at ease. but until the first trailer drops, we’ll all just have to rely on the commentaries from those terrified lunch-goers who may never look at quinoa salad the same way again.

 

 

 

body slams and books

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on December 21, 2017 by phanteana

if you’ve read enough of this blog, then you’re aware of my professional leanings: i’m a media library coordinator with an interest in coding. i even have my own portfolio (but you won’t get to see that just yet, because that would mean revealing my identity…muhahaha!). but enough about me, let’s talk about…the Milwaukee Public Library. why them? because they, like so many other libraries, have found a unique way to entice patrons into spending more time in the stacks…even if it meant rearranging the furniture and computer stations.

 

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a rush and a push and the land is ours (to drive a bookmobile)

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , on October 25, 2017 by phanteana

the bookmobile is both loved and ridiculed. it brings the joys of reading to people who may not otherwise have access to a library, but it also is prone to parodies. regardless of opinion, it is an invention that has helped libraries gain wider appeal.

while bookmobiles are more commonly associated with suburban and rural areas where libraries are either few and far between, major urban areas are also embracing them. one such city is Los Angeles and if you’re familiar with the layout of L.A., then you know commuting relies heavily on driving…sure, you can get around on the bus or rail (or by bike) but the trips will take far longer (and the L.A. highways are notorious for their congestion, frequently dubbed “Carmageddon“). so why spend 45 minutes driving to a bookstore, when the books can come to you? that’s the idea behind Twenty Stories, an independent bookmobile operating out of a 1987 Chevy van. the founders are a millennial couple from New York who relocated to L.A. last year in search of a literary community. while both cities have a rich amount of writers and bookstores, New York is the polar opposite of Los Angeles when it comes to getting around: despite a round-the-clock public transit system (good), it’s unfortunately prone to overcrowding and intense delays (bad)…so while getting around without a car may be easier, it isn’t always faster. so perhaps Twenty Stories might consider expanding its services in the future, especially since the creators once dwelt in The City That Never Has A Train Running On Time.

 

Alexa, who you gonna code?

Posted in Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , , , on October 3, 2017 by phanteana

do you or someone you know own an Alexa? for anyone who might be living under a rock, it’s that wonderful invention that tells you what the weather is or how many calories are in a chicken wing. there have even been cases of individuals getting creative with their Alexas, such as this guy and also this Hamlet-inspired contraption. now…what if you could design your own voice app to interact with Alexa? well, you can thanks to Codecademy, who have partnered with Amazon to teach new and experienced coders how to build their own Alexa skills. Codecademy is already known for its free training in languages such as Python, JavaScript, and Ruby but also offers instructions on how to Make A Website and how to incorporate Responsive Design into said website. not only is the course free, but you don’t have to actually own an Alexa to participate. so go ahead, build you own voice app and ask Alexa all the crazy questions you want!

clowning around

Posted in Film, Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , , , on September 6, 2017 by phanteana

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the scariest thing about our IT department is when you really need assistance, but their out-of-office notification is turned on!

 

(as for the movie, the reviews are pretty darn good so far)