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This is Jason Bourne

In a bid to raise money for, Matt Damon teamed up with Omaze for a contest to raise money.  How was it introduced to the world?  Via the above prank video of Damon calling random unsuspecting civilians to get them to do spy type stuff.  It’s all harmless fun, a true prank.  I’m not sure if I’d be able to recognize his voice though, my love of Matt Damon not withstanding, if I wasn’t expecting it, I’d probably miss it.

The highly anticipated sequel to the Bourne franchise opens up tomorrow.  It’s a shame I won’t be around to watch it on opening.  But that won’t stop it from being good.  Well, it does, but hopefully it’s just really darn good.  It looks good.


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Jason Bourne

The official Trailer for Jason Bourne is out.  It makes it look good.  Not that it was going to be bad.  Matt fucking Damon is reprising his iconic role of Mark Webb aka: Jason Bourne.

The Las Vegas Strip part looks good, Tommy Lee Jones looks good, Matt Damon looks good (well, he’s Matt fucking Damon).  Go see this movie.  See it twice.

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Jason Bourne

I’ll be honest with you, this movie came out of nowhere on me.  I hadn’t kept up with the latest developments of filming schedules, but damn, I am excited:

I am not excited about being in Alaska when it’s released though.  Maybe I can find a theater in Anchorage or Fairbanks that is showing it…

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The Martian

I haven’t seen The Martian yet, and I haven’t read the book yet either.  But with this weekend planning on being a total wash out on the East Coast, perhaps it’s time to start up one, or both of those hobbies.

Here’s the trailer again, because I like it:

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The Martian

It’s that time of year again, time for the best movies of the Fall season to show their trailers.  We currently have the first non-Star Wars leader in The Martian.

This will mark the 3rd straight year of stranded in space type movies, but unlike Gravity & Interstellar, this one has the markings of being something great.  Mainly it’s because it stars Matt Damon, but it also just looks good.  As Alex over at Filmonic puts it, it’s Cast Away, on Mars, that’s an apt description if I do say so myself.  You can get a pretty good idea from the extended trailer above, but you can also watch the alternative marketing campaign below and meet the crew:

Two words: Matt Damon.  Seriously, how can you not just love him?  You should.

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The Monuments Men

Ah Matt Damon, teaming up with George Clooney for another exciting movie tour.  It’s hard to tell from the trailer what the tone of this movie is gonna be, but I think it’s going to be 65% Ocean’s Eleven, and 35%  serious film.  Andrew Shuster over at Filmonic thinks there could be alittle Saving Private Ryan in there, I disagree, from what I’ve seen in the trailer it is nowhere near serious enough to be Ryan.  He also thinks that it can be a serious Oscar contender, I disagree on the serious part, it could certainly be an Oscar contender, just not for all the same categories that Argo was last year.  But what do I know, I don’t get paid to write film trailer reviews.


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You should go see Elysium

Matt Damon. Si-Fi. District 9.

That’s all you need to know about the above trailer.

Hell, Matt Damon was all I needed to know, and I’m in.

This looks like a killer movie though.  And the more I see of Neill Blomkamp, the more I like.  I really think that in time, he will make a Halo film, and it will be Epic.  (Those that know me, know I don’t use the word Epic, unless I am reffering to something that will be, or is an Epic, like Ben Hur, or Monty Python.


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Every year there’s a movie that doesn’t matter what you think, I think looks amazing.  This year it’s Contagion, and surprise, this year it actually might be another movie that someone other then me might like/  Previous titles of awesome movie award of the year go to The Expendables, G.I. Joe, and Snakes on a Plane.

Contagion has a very Outbreak feel to it, except, it won’t be nearly as cheesy or bad as Outbreak was, at least, I hope not anyway.


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Google’s New Image Search

Why it sucks.

You may have not known, but just recently Google launched a new format for their Image Search.

For those that can’t see it, here it is:

As of right now, it seems like it’s only available though the use of Google Chrome, because as of right now, Firefox produces the same old (better) results:

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I’ve come up with a list of 5 problems, and one positive part of this change.

1. The images are too close together

There’s nothing but some small white space to distinguish between each result.  Now, that’s fine for some images, but for others it can make it impossible to tell where one image starts, and another begins, and as the images get smaller, or larger, or more ununiform, the whole layout begins to look like utter crap.

2. Stop hiding vital information

I’m speaking specifically about the dimensions and the source of the image  (the image’s name is something I can honestly live without.)  But the dimensions and source are what makes each image worth important.  I like to know that when I find images from Wikipedia, they are

  1. relevant to what I’m searching for
  2. most likely fair use

Now, if you click the “Show Sizes” button on the left, it adds the dimensions to each image.  That helps distinguish between each image better then when it’s not there, (and should be the default view in my opinion),  but it doesn’t replace the wealth of information given the old way, the only way you see that is if you hover over the images

3. The Hover thing needs to go

I know it’s the only way to get the extra information about each picture, but its annoying and distracting times alot.  The delay is too long.  The extra step required to view the details of each image is annoying, but most importantly is this.  I am a keyboard user, meaning, I hardly ever use the mouse if I can help it.  I don’t like to move my hands from the keyboard, so I often have the mouse remain in one place for a long time.  This is a problem because as I search for images, the mouse is over an image, and it will enlarge it obstructing my viewing of the other images surrounding it.

It also messes up the practice of middle clicking on links to have them open in a new  tab.  I have to click twice now to open up the new images, or wait for the hover to load before clicking brings me to the images’ page.  This is no good, because I tend to open 6 or 7 links at a time to find the one I want, or to find multiple ones to get all at once.

4. Lazy Loading is not for lazy people

Lazy loading is the practice of loading images (or scripts, or functions or anything really), only when they are needed.  Lazy loading of images means that if the user can’t see the images, such as when it would require the user to scroll down the page, the images aren’t loaded.

It’s a (somewhat) useful trick to that webdevelopers use to speed up the loading process of webpages. The problem is, that Google encodes the images in Base64, meaning that there is no link to a file that needs to be downloaded, the browser just takes this incredible long line of gibberish:


into the above picture of immaculate Matt Damon, that whole process negates the purpose of lazy loading images.

Now, I do understand that this lazy loading of images is required to make the “infinite scroll” work, but, there are other ways you can do that, specifically, something along the lines of the way has their infinite scrolling set up.  You can scroll forever, and not have to wait for the images to load, and that’s the way it should be.

Right now if you scroll too fast you are treated with a gray box with the dimensions in the lower right while you wait for the images to load.  If you scroll too fast, you can miss the images entirely, not good.

I’m all for the infinite scrolling, provided it works well, right now it’s working subpar.

5. Return the grid structure.  It works.

The grid is nice, professional, streamlined, usefull, clean, simple, elegant, perfect.  Everything was the same regardless of the size of the image, and that made it easier on the eye to scan the page.  Right now everything looks cluttered, thrown together, and very amatureish.  It’s like they just output the results and didn’t care about the looks of it.

The only thing I absolutely love about the new layout is the way the images are shown when you click on them.  With a lightbox effect of the image overlain on the page, and clicking the X removes the frame and brings you to the context of the page.
(although, after 9 years I have grown used to the frame being horizontal as opposed to vertical, but that’s a change I can live with)

Funnily enough, 3 and a half years ago Google changed the Image search interface, and there was a similar uproar of dislike, and within a month, Google changed it back to the old way.

Hopefully, this new search will last less then half as long, because it is not user friendly at all.