David Chung d6chung@identi.ca

Honolulu, United States

  • Please RSVP

    2021-10-06T18:48:08Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    I don't know why that irks me so...

    I guess it's because I grew up with SVP signs so I automatically associate SVP with "please".

    So yeah, I see "please RSVP" as "please respond please".

    PLEASE I'M BEGGING YOU!!! 😁

    JanKusanagi @i at 2021-10-06T23:46:42Z

  • Cry Macho

    2021-10-02T10:03:06Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    So we know that Clint Eastwood can direct and Cry Macho is visually good to look at. As they say, Eastwood is more of a traditional-style director and so we get wider shots and moments to take in the scene, which is actually the style of cinematography I prefer.

    However, it falls apart at the screenplay and dialogue level. The series of scenes doesn't quite flow and there are a few moments in the dialogue and performance that made me cringe.

    If you segment out the scenes, it's great! So sip some Mai Tais throughout to dull your senses trying to make sense of the screenplay but take in the captured moments. 2 Mai Tais throughout should do it.

    Clint Eastwood is so old!

    Also, a sign of the times: Covid Compliance Officer in the end credits.

    2021 ranking so far:
    In The Heights: 0 Mai Tais
    The Suicide Squad: 0 Mai Tais
    Godzilla vs. Kong: 0 Mai Tais
    Finding Ohana: 1 Mai Tai
    Judas and the Black Messiah: 1 Mai Tai
    Malignant: 1 Mai Tai
    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It: 1 Mai Tai
    Those Who Wish Me Dead: 1 Mai Tai
    Zack Snyder's Justice League: 1 Mai Tai
    Coming 2 America: 1 Mai Tai
    Tom & Jerry: 2 Mai Tais
    The Little Things: 2 Mai Tais
    Cry Macho: 2 Mai Tais
    Army of the Dead: 2 Mai Tais
    Reminiscence: 4 Mai Tais
    Space Jam: A New Legacy: 4 Mai Tais
    Mortal Kombat: 4 Mai Tais

  • Unruly Passengers

    2021-09-24T19:28:20Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    https://www.staradvertiser.com/2021/09/24/hawaii-news/2-separate-hawaiian-airlines-flights-return-to-honolulu-airport-after-two-unruly-passenger-cases/

    I would think that being blacklisted for flying when you reside on an island is a consequence one would try best to avoid.

    That got me thinking what one would have to do if they're in such a situation. My guess is that they would need to get on an international carrier then fly to Canada or Mexico and cross the border by land to resume their domestic travel.

    What an expensive consequence for a temper tantrum!

  • Kernel 5.14.5 and Dell 9310

    2021-09-20T08:45:48Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    After a weekend of trying to figure out which package update broke my wifi, I finally found this:

    https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=1993686

    The key part in that post is that after you rollback the kernel update, you have to reset your BIOS to get wifi back.

    The kernel update was my first suspicion but rolling that back seemed to have no effect. I discovered something was amiss at the BIOS level when I realised I was a major version behind and attempted to perform a BIOS update via wifi to discover that not even BIOS was able to use the wifi!

    The joys of being on the bleeding edge!

    I once heard that it's called the bleeding edge because it is stained by the blood of the users.

    Jason Self at 2021-09-20T13:40:00Z

  • End of an Era

    2021-09-16T09:02:53Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    So Amazon really went through with parting ways with HBO.

    I've been enjoying HBO content from my abundant Amazon gift cards so I've never paid for HBO (or Prime).

    Guess I'll have to finally pay for HBO myself.

  • Fire Alarm Speaker Test

    2021-09-14T21:03:39Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    So my building is testing their fire alarm speakers using slack key guitar music!

    I'd like to imagine someone in the security office is playing in the office leaning close to the mic.

  • Norm Macdonald

    2021-09-14T19:29:19Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    :(

    Pat St. John was the one who broke the news to me. I still listen to music on the radio with DJs!

  • Last Week Tonight

    2021-09-14T19:27:51Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    I've gotten so used to the audience-free episodes that when the audience returned, it felt so weird...

    Yep, no more "void" 😂

    JanKusanagi at 2021-09-14T20:58:50Z

  • Malignant

    2021-09-14T19:26:30Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    The last act of this movie was very entertaining! Just 1 Mai Tai to get through the first part of this movie.

    I do like James Wan's lighting style and he tends to allow the viewer to take in the setting by keeping the camera back -- I wish more directors did this.

    2021 ranking so far:
    In The Heights: 0 Mai Tais
    The Suicide Squad: 0 Mai Tais
    Godzilla vs. Kong: 0 Mai Tais
    Finding Ohana: 1 Mai Tai
    Judas and the Black Messiah: 1 Mai Tai
    Malignant: 1 Mai Tai
    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It: 1 Mai Tai
    Those Who Wish Me Dead: 1 Mai Tai
    Zack Snyder's Justice League: 1 Mai Tai
    Coming 2 America: 1 Mai Tai
    Tom & Jerry: 2 Mai Tais
    The Little Things: 2 Mai Tais
    Army of the Dead: 2 Mai Tais
    Reminiscence: 4 Mai Tais
    Space Jam: A New Legacy: 4 Mai Tais
    Mortal Kombat: 4 Mai Tais

  • Reminiscence

    2021-09-01T06:31:25Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    I thought the noir narrative was interesting and I thought it had world-building potential. However, this is a very forgettable movie with character development issues and the visual effects was so bad! Sadly, the characters felt flat and the visuals aren't much to look at especially given this is a sci-fi.

    Therefore, you will need to be sipping through Mai Tais throughout. 4 Mai Tais! One per half-hour.

    For some reason, I was reminiscent about the first season of HBO's Westworld. I wonder why...

    2021 ranking so far:
    In The Heights: 0 Mai Tais
    The Suicide Squad: 0 Mai Tais
    Godzilla vs. Kong: 0 Mai Tais
    Finding Ohana: 1 Mai Tai
    Judas and the Black Messiah: 1 Mai Tai
    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It: 1 Mai Tai
    Those Who Wish Me Dead: 1 Mai Tai
    Zack Snyder's Justice League: 1 Mai Tai
    Coming 2 America: 1 Mai Tai
    Tom & Jerry: 2 Mai Tais
    The Little Things: 2 Mai Tais
    Army of the Dead: 2 Mai Tais
    Reminiscence: 4 Mai Tais
    Space Jam: A New Legacy: 4 Mai Tais
    Mortal Kombat: 4 Mai Tais

  • Erect Root

    2021-09-01T06:28:29Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I've never seen a root shoot straight up like this!

    Foxtrot still has its original flower spike!
  • The Suicide Squad

    2021-08-09T08:50:50Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    Pretty entertaining! It started out a bit ridiculous and I debated with myself whether one needs to sip through that but I think how it played out was intended.

    The movie ramps up pretty quickly and it is indeed a visual treat. Unlike typical superhero movies, this one requires no prior knowledge and so it's easy to stay engaged even for casual viewers!

    0 Mai Tais needed!

    John Murphy scored this! He's the Adagio guy to me and so seeing his name in the opening credits got me excited.

    2021 ranking so far:
    In The Heights: 0 Mai Tais
    The Suicide Squad: 0 Mai Tais
    Godzilla vs. Kong: 0 Mai Tais
    Finding Ohana: 1 Mai Tai
    Judas and the Black Messiah: 1 Mai Tai
    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It: 1 Mai Tai
    Those Who Wish Me Dead: 1 Mai Tai
    Zack Snyder's Justice League: 1 Mai Tai
    Coming 2 America: 1 Mai Tai
    Tom & Jerry: 2 Mai Tais
    The Little Things: 2 Mai Tais
    Space Jam: A New Legacy: 4 Mai Tais
    Mortal Kombat: 4 Mai Tais

    Will find out soon, I guess 👍

    JanKusanagi at 2021-08-09T17:16:31Z

  • Honk!

    2021-07-31T10:02:11Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    Thanks to listening to the rowing events, every time I hear a distant car horn, I now think someone crossed the finish line.

  • CBC Olympics Coverage

    2021-07-22T03:11:59Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    It's Olympics time and I always prefer Canadian coverage over American: https://www.cbc.ca/player/sports/olympics/live

    Why? It's because Americans tend to dramatise everything. Just show me the games!

    CBC has no commercial breaks (at least via their online streaming) so I love listening to the quiet intermissions of background noise. In the case of the Tokyo games, it will be cicadas instead of crowds.

  • Tour Bus Narration

    2021-07-19T20:23:42Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    A sound I haven't heard in a while: a tour bus with narration!

    Next milestone would be to hear Japanese.

  • The White Lotus

    2021-07-19T06:47:26Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    I'm hooked!

    We get to see some Maui and they have excellent music selection!

    It helps the series is well-written too.

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    2021-07-18T07:46:23Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    I love Looney Tunes and WB Animation (WAG) but there was so little offered here.

    I actually cringed when I saw the many writers involved in the opening credits -- I knew things will be all over the place.

    First, you need a couple of Mai Tais to get through the first act. Just forget about it. It made no sense in terms of character development.

    When you get into 2D world, things look really good. The screenplay here is engaging and would indeed be amazing if they expanded it.

    Then we get into CGI world where I think that is when they ran out of money and had to resort to cheap animation. All the characters lost their expressions and it was horrible. The crowd looked bad. Everything looked cheap. Take another couple of Mai Tais here for a total of 4 Mai Tais.

    When they bring back 2D, the better writing comes back. Unfortunately, it's not enough to redeem this movie...

    They had Speedy Gonzales but not Pepe le Pew? Why?!

    This movie was a disservice for the Looney Tunes IP. Good thing the current series is not too bad...

    2021 ranking so far:
    In The Heights: 0 Mai Tais
    Godzilla vs. Kong: 0 Mai Tais
    Finding Ohana: 1 Mai Tai
    Judas and the Black Messiah: 1 Mai Tai
    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It: 1 Mai Tai
    Those Who Wish Me Dead: 1 Mai Tai
    Zack Snyder's Justice League: 1 Mai Tai
    Coming 2 America: 1 Mai Tai
    Tom & Jerry: 2 Mai Tais
    The Little Things: 2 Mai Tais
    Space Jam: A New Legacy: 4 Mai Tais
    Mortal Kombat: 4 Mai Tais

  • Waimanalo Bay Beach Park -> Hūnānāniho

    2021-07-09T08:57:40Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    People will still call it Sherwoods, right? This is an awesome beach park because the trees by the beach provide natural shade!

    https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/local-news/2021-07-07/city-votes-to-rename-waimanalo-bay-beach-park-to-hunananiho

  • Piano Green Hill

    2021-07-08T00:17:16Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    NPR fluff. That music choice for the outro though...

    https://www.npr.org/2021/07/07/1013898752/speedrunners-are-beating-video-games-in-record-time-for-charity

  • Independence Day 2021

    2021-07-04T08:07:01Z via Impeller To: Public CC: Followers

    Happy Independence Day!

    July the 4th be with you! 😁

    JanKusanagi at 2021-07-04T18:32:16Z