marcicat: (superhero rainbow shirt)

Not even sure what to make of this one. We typically have a team meeting every Wednesday, which is great, fine, good plan. Gets everyone on the same page. I’m for it.

And once a month or so that meeting includes a guest speaker who makes more money than us talking about whether or not the company is making money. (Spoiler alert: the answer is unfailingly ‘things look good, but not so good that we’re making any promises, so if you could work harder, that’d be great.’)

But *this* week, there are no meeting rooms available in our building for Wednesday. And our scheduled guest speaker is busy. Did we reschedule the meeting to a different day? Did we carefully evaluate whether it was worthwhile to review this information a mere three weeks before we are going to have a company-wide meeting to review it again?

Nope. Instead, our entire team is going to drive to a different building and meet with a different person to review the same information. I mean, okay, but why? In the classic words of ‘Meet The Robinsons,’ “I’m just not sure how well this plan was thought through.”

[“I have a big head, and little arms.”]

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marcicat: xkcd grownups (xkcd grownups)

It’s 4th of July weekend, and that means it’s time for INDEPENDENCE DAY MOVIE VIEWING! That’s right — at some point this weekend (or possibly on the 4th itself), I will be watching INDEPENDENCE DAY and also INDEPENDENCE DAY 2.

(Did the second movie have a special name? I don’t remember. *ETA: it did — Independence Day Resurgence.)

Because nothing says ‘celebrating our freedom’ like ALIEN SPACESHIPS!

(True story: I am the only-slightly-sheepish owner of both Independence Day movies. There was a special offer!)

I am preparing for this annual event by checking itunes to make sure I didn’t dream up purchasing the movies, and adding popcorn to the grocery list.

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umm…

Jun. 26th, 2017 07:09 am
marcicat: (bird with balloon)

Gosh, it sure is Monday today. Would you look at that. Who would have thought.

some more random thoughts for the day:

*If your workplace is giving you July 4th off (Tuesday) but not the 3rd, today’s a great day to start complaining about it, if you haven’t already.

*How did I not notice that Billy is wearing Jason’s color in the final scene of the Power Rangers movie?

*After bargaining away nearly all of my usual blankets to the cat, cooler temps last night led me to add one of the sofa blankets to my bed, and I did not realize how amazing that would be.

*Why is driving a car so hard?

*I really hope I like Pacific Rim 2.

*The cat has an innate talent for walking across the keyboard and opening itunes. Once he managed to start a movie. I think my computer may like the cat more than it likes me.

*Yes, it’s still Monday.

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marcicat: (loaf cat)

No work thoughts right now, still trying to figure out the Power Rangers movie. Here’s what’s tripping me up: there were other spaceships.

(Okay, I’m only guessing they were space-flight-capable. But it seems like a safe guess.)

When Zordon does his flashback explanation, multiple ships fly overhead. So who were they? Not Zordon’s team. They didn’t seem too invested in helping either Zordon or Rita, and apparently they didn’t stick around (or come back) for the power coins or the zeo crystal.

Also confusing: Zordon’s explanation of Goldar, etc, seemed like he was describing something that had happened before. (And Rita did a whole ‘oh, I missed you’ thing with Goldar.) But when? I mean, unless she tried for multiple zeo crystals and failed every time? Or tried and succeeded, I guess — Zordon said she would gain the power of life and death, or whatever, and she did seem remarkably unable to die, although I thought that was maybe just the power coin.

And THEN there’s the question of why Alpha apparently kept the situation a secret for 65 million years. Not calling in to the home office, eh buddy? Not letting anyone know the ship survived and you put Zordon in the wall? Why not, exactly?

So what I’m saying is that I’m pretty sure Zordon was lying a lot, or at least mis-representing the situation. A lot.

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: (starburst)

“It’s lovely, it’s practical, and you can hide a sword in it.”
-Joshua Johnson, The 1A Movie Club Sees ‘Wonder Woman’

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marcicat: (black cat)

I took some notes as I was watching.

1. Okay, I think we all learned from ‘Frozen’ that you have to look carefully at the terms and conditions. If the spell doesn’t say romantic love, it doesn’t have to be romantic love. Which makes it pretty depressing, because that would mean this guy didn’t even take the time to get to know his own employees during the cursed years. Really, pal? Were you even trying?

2. Clearly Belle’s dad has not read as much as his daughter. ‘Ah, here I am in a creepy and *obviously* set apart from reality in some way castle.’ (the snow, if nothing else) ‘I think I’ll first eat something, and then take something. That’s never had dangerous consequences ever!’

3. Wait, wait — please tell me there’s a fic where both Maurice and Belle are just like ‘hey, sweet enchanted castle! Landlord’s a bit grumpy, but it’s way better than our village! We’re both staying!’

4. Or one where they keep switching off. ‘Oh, Papa had to go to the market for some new tools; I’ll be here till he gets back.’ And ‘Belle wanted to go to the library fundraising event, I’m taking her spot for a few days.’

5. Also, the fact that LeFou pays everyone to sing Gaston’s song is A+.

But I got a little bored, during the ‘look, we’re falling in love’ montage, and I stopped taking notes. I really thought the music box would be more important?

Overall I thought the movie was long, but I had fun watching it.

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: (moon and stars)

Totally non-spoilery review coming up!

1. Totally awesome. Definitely worth seeing on the big screen. Gal Gadot was amazing. 11/10 would watch again.

2. Surely I was not the only one to walk out of the theater thinking, ‘Was that Remus Lupin?’ And yes, yes it was. David Thewlis (Sir Patrick in Wonder Woman) also played Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter movies.

3. For those who watched the scene in the trailer where Diana wears an evening gown and appears to have her sword tucked into the back of her dress, and thought, ‘Now *that* is where I draw the line on believability,’ fear not! She has her armor on *under* the dress!

4. So it looks like Chris Pine’s wildly inconsistent character representation in every Star Trek movie is not his fault? Because I thought he was great in this! Much more likable character than I expected!

5. It appears that the Justice League movie will not feature Wonder Woman as the main character, which seems like a mistake. How much do I want a movie where Diana, Lois, Martha, and Alfred meet up for coffee each morning and save the world, all while sending Bruce and Clark on increasingly improbably quests to remote places in the world? SO MUCH.

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marcicat: (starburst)

I love reading the wikipedia pages of comic book characters, because they present the most wild storylines in such a matter-of-fact way. And so… some Wonder Woman info gleaned from wikipedia, presented entirely without context:

1. Wonder Woman was capable of bench pressing 15,000 pounds.

2. Wonder Woman’s Amazon training gave her limited telepathy, profound scientific knowledge, and the ability to speak every language – even caveman and Martian languages.

3. She is able to astrally project herself into various lands of myth.

4. She can apparently leave the planet through meditation, and did this once to rescue Artemis while she was in hell.

5. She possesses an arsenal of advanced technology, including the Lasso of Truth, a pair of indestructible bracelets, [and] a tiara which serves as a projectile.

6. She also had a pair of red glowing magnetic earrings which allowed her to receive messages from Queen Desira of the planet Venus.

7. [The invisible plane] is shown as being able to fly at over 2,000 mph (3,200 km/h) and to send out rainbow rays that penetrate the mist around Paradise Island, as well as landing stealthily and having a built-in radio.

8. Thanks to tinkering by gremlins, the Plane even developed intelligence and the power to talk.

9. Diana can slam the bracelets together to create a wave of concussive force capable of making strong beings like Superman’s ears bleed.

[1-9 are direct quotes from the Wonder Woman wikipedia page]

10. Looking for a soundtrack to make you feel like bench pressing 15,000 pounds, astral project, and talk with an invisible plane? Check out the Wonder Woman theme music!

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: (aquarius dreamsheep)

You know what’s great about Wonder Woman’s superhero name? Truth in advertising.

*Wonder Woman: is she a wonder? yes! is she a woman? also yes! a+ name, 100% score

*Batman: is he a bat? no! is he a man? yes. 50% score.

*Superman: is he super? a matter of debate. is he a man? not a human one. score unclear.

*Flash: is he a flash? no. does his power involve flashing? no. is his power light-related? no. very confusing, 0% score.

*Green Lantern: is he green? no. is he a lantern? no. 20% grandfathered score since it’s an inherited title, plus Kermit bonus points, total score 25%.

*Nightwing: is he the night? no, that’s Batman. does he have wings? i don’t think so but to be fair i haven’t followed his character arc. 10% bonus points for it being a cool name anyway.

*Aquaman: pretty good name, actually? being an aquatic man and all that. plus i know almost nothing about this character except that Jason Momoa played Ronon on Stargate Atlantis, so 80% nostalgia score.

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JUNE!

Jun. 1st, 2017 06:33 am
marcicat: (starburst)

It’s June! It’s — very foggy, actually, at this exact moment, but the sun is making a valiant effort and I think it will make an appearance later.

Reminders for June:

*awesome gift for *Andrea’s birthday

*Fathers Day on the horizon (6/18)

*June is WONDER WOMAN month!

*oh, work

*first of the month — time to Change My Desktop Wallpaper, which always makes me feel Wildly Successful for Minimal Effort!

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: (rainbow owl)

1. I laughed! I cried! I saw two women on the screen at the same time!

2. I liked it more than the first one!

3. Baby Groot is still voiced by Vin Diesel. (Aww….)

4. Peter said he’s been flying the Milano since he was ten years old. (And then Rocket says he’s cybernetically designed to fly a spaceship, which — really?)

5. Possibly the best recurring theme: Nebula being 10,000% done with everything.

6. Best plot news of the day: this movie has nothing to do with Infinity Stones. (The events of the first movie are briefly mentioned, but no new Infinity Gauntlet related plot occurs.*)

7. Baby Groot is flipping adorable. The apparently irresistible waving thing — super cute.

8. Remote piloted fighter ships are possibly the smartest idea ever for a space battle. I vote we ret-con the entire Nova Corps fleet to also be remote piloted, because then I could finally stop crying about That Scene from the first movie.

9. I absolutely do not believe they were ever planning on leaving Nebula in a prison on Xandar.

10. [*ETA apparently there was a comics callout to one of the infinity gems in one of the post-credits scenes. Also, there are multiple post-credits scenes, FYI.]

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movie day!

May. 6th, 2017 08:21 am
marcicat: (starburst)

Going to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2 today. (Volume 2? I’ve just been calling it Guardians2 in emails, even though that makes it potentially confusable with a bunch of other movies. Which reminds me of that great ‘this trilogy makes no sense’ post from back when the first one came out*.)

My prediction for this movie: somewhat garbage, but not 100% garbage.

Why that makes me want to see it more: there’s no pressure — the most disappointing movies for me are when I want them to be amazing, and they’re just not, so this is much more fun. I basically just want it to be moderately entertaining for two hours, give me something to talk about on the internet, and be an excuse to get DBOX tickets (rumble seats!). So far, winning on all fronts.

(*I did look for it. Briefly. Anyway, it was the movie posters for Legend of the Guardians, Rise of the Guardians, and Guardians of the Galaxy, with the caption “This trilogy makes no sense.” There seem to be quite a few variations of it floating around the internet at this point, but I couldn’t find the exact one I was thinking of.)

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marcicat: (cleocatra)

Just a quick reminder that the WONDER WOMAN movie comes out on June 2nd! That is not very many days away!

What ELSE is happening on June 2nd? It’s NATIONAL DONUT DAY! And also NATIONAL LEAVE THE OFFICE EARLY DAY! (Seriously, I didn’t make these up. I mean, someone probably made them up, but it wasn’t me.)

I feel like those things come together to create the foundation for a great day. Bring donuts to work in the morning, leave the office early, spend the evening watching Wonder Woman!

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marcicat: (froggy heart)

I’ve been trying my hand at writing some fic for the new Power Rangers movie, but it has been slow going. Work is All About The Drama right now, and it’s hard to avoid Even More Drama when writing about high schoolers.

So I’ve been reading a lot of Guardians of the Galaxy fic, which — is not actually helping. (But I never really got into the fic when that movie came out, so there’s a lot of stuff I haven’t read yet.)

Mostly this entire post was just an excuse to show off the flamingoat again:

(How did we get to the flamingoat? Drama –> “So The Drama” –> Kim Possible –> “A flamingoat? But that’s the rarest of the Cuddle Buddys!” Technically, the flamingoat is from “A Sitch in Time,” which I recommend as an enjoyable viewing experience!)

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marcicat: (freakout squirrel)

Just read the wikipedia summary for Fast & Furious 8. (Or whichever of the various titles it’s going by now.) Nope.

You know what I like in a movie? When NO ONE DIES. Is that so hard? Medical advances happen every day! Sometimes you even *think* someone is dead, but it turns out they had amnesia, and then it turns out they were actually *faking* the amnesia and you were secretly married to them the whole time and your True Love brings you back to life after a parking garage collapses on you!

(Not even kidding, that was a real plot line in Fast & Furious 4 through 7!)

I’m so tired of movies killing people women for The Dramatic Emphasis.

(To be fair to F&F8, it’s not like killing a character for Dramatic Emphasis is unique to that chapter of the franchise. They did it in 1, 3, 4 (sort of?), 5, 6, and 7 (a repeat of 3, but more sad?). Did they really not kill any of the good team in 2?

(Also to be fair, it wasn’t always a woman. There’s just so few women to begin with! Percentage-wise, it’s not even close!)

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marcicat: (cookies)

I didn’t watch any movies this weekend, but I did spend a lot of time thinking about the new Power Rangers movie.

And since I was just saying how I hadn’t seen any fan art for the movie, tumblr has now proved me wrong!

Check out this adorable art by Cahlac!

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

marcicat: (polar bear)

Preview review: at no point in the movie did we see Zack do martial arts and/or a superhero pose on a train. Nor did we ever see all of them except one stand on a car and look at the night sky (ie. the poster). (But the poster is still cool, and based on their absolutely terrible decision-making skills when in cars, I’m totally okay with the omission.)

Movie review, based on the four things I said I wanted to see:

1. There’s no juice bar, but I’ll accept starandrea’s suggestion of either the detention room or the mine. A bunch of kids hanging out at a mine — not even an abandoned mine! — was super weird, but I did really like that everyone except Jason had seen each other there before. It’s like the non-sports-star students all have lives too! And do stuff! (Granted, they hang out illegally at an active mine, but whatever.)

1a. Way to go Billy being the only one (apparently) with a social group of actual supportive friends and acquaintances!

2. Flinging notes at each other was absolutely the cutest thing ever, and an acceptable replacement for the jump in the air, which would have seemed very weird in this movie-verse.

2a. Seriously, though, and not entirely related — I feel like they would run into trouble relatively quickly with Jason’s house arrest thing. You can fool the technology, but he lives with three other people; by the end of the movie at least one of them had figured out that he was nowhere he was supposed to be, since his dad was driving around looking for him.

3. I would say that the coins are harder to keep track of then a watch, but they seem to keep track of themselves — very convenient! They also seem to have the happy side effect of making phones waterproof.

3a. This raises a lot of questions for me about what Jason was doing at the end with his probably-not-called-a-spiral-saber thing. Did they keep the coins? Did the coins keep them? Can Jason just not figure out how to make his weapon go away with his suit? I AM CONFUSED.

4. The zords were specifically called dinosaurs, but they were not individually named, and none of them looked like a sabre-toothed tiger (which I know isn’t a dinosaur, but that never stopped them before). I am generally in favor of More Cats, but I would have been worried about them the whole movie, so at least there were no cats in peril?

4a. I liked this movie! Way more than I thought I would!

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marcicat: (summer foliage)

Headed to the movies today with starandrea to see POWER RANGERS! Things I would love to see:

1. JUICE BAR

2. that thing where the rangers stand in a circle and all put their hands in and then they jump in the air and yell ‘power rangers!’

3. Are the morphers a watch still? If so, ALL the fitbit/smartwatch jokes. (“Can I get texts on this thing?”)

4. A cat. (Hey, it’s caturday!)

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marcicat: (peace dreamsheep)

I liked it? On a scale of ‘movies I’ve seen,’ I’d rate it above Frozen, but not as awesome as Zootopia.

The songs: nice! Very enjoyable to listen to, very difficult to sing along with.

The characters: nice! There were so very few of them.

The animal sidekicks: cute! Not Rajah. (To be fair, it is hard to compete with a tiger.)

The plot: did not make me angry like Frozen! A+ symbolism!

The visuals: beautiful!

The ‘ocean as character’ concept: loved it. Made the movie way less scary. Although it did raise the question of why the ocean didn’t just — give the heart back itself?

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marcicat: (owl heart)

I have mixed feelings! Because on the one hand this is clearly the best of the TNG movies, and on the other hand it’s one of those problematic faves. (If one had four hands, the third would be ‘of course we’re not worried about continuity, this is Star Trek’ and the fourth would be ‘has there ever been a more goofy plot shenanigan than the manual control joystick on the bridge?’)

Okay, so first: fun movie! Clearly this was written by someone who (like me) was highly influenced by ‘The Sound of Music’ when it comes to what makes an exciting story. (Evacuation in the middle of the night into the mountains!) And especially compared with the reboot movies, there was very little death in this movie. (Not none, but not the enormous casualties of some of the others.)

Second: It was actually a little creepy that the Ba’ku were all white. And what was up with the whole ‘oh, we don’t use machines’ schtick? Gosh, I guess we better get rid of this loom, then! And this irrigation system!

Third: I mean, I don’t know how much continuity is really expected, so that’s whatever. But even just within the bounds of the movie, it felt like there were a lot of loose ends that were never resolved and didn’t even make much sense to begin with.

Fourth: Goofy plot shenanigans everywhere! I loved them all.

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