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  1. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    13 July 2017 - 08:58 PM

    I honestly never expected much out of this movie because I hadn't heard a lot of buzz. Only saw a couple ads on Youtube or something and what I saw seemed like your everyday formulaic epic cash-in CGI-fest movie. Something like the Clash/Wrath of the Titans films which I consider just ok. And well....that's really what it is, but (and many people will probably disagree with me, I don't know) dang if it isn't the best form of it I've ever seen. Really enjoyed it and I'd love to see the sequels that were planned. However, given how badly it bombed (not because it was bad, per se, but because it had SUCH A HUGE BUDGET) that seems unlikely. And that's sad.

    I'm normally not impressed by CGI because it's not realistic and it's overdone and overused but this movie was absolutely a treat for the eyes. And speaking of a treat for the senses, the ears as well! I really liked the score. Very visceral and abrasive with a traditional aim but with a very modern approach to it. The main theme alone is stuck in my head. And that song sticks there as well.

    Just a good flick. I like that it was straight-forward and not complex, funny, and kept me engaged the whole time. The characters didn't evolve very much but somehow that didn't bother me. Just a great action flick and I'd like to see more of where it can go with the Holy Grail and whatnot.
  2. I'm going to Texas!

    30 June 2017 - 09:45 AM

    I'm going to San Antonio, Texas to visit my brother and his family and our new niece and their other children. I know some of you fine folk are in the area maybe we can arrange some kind of meetup(s)? Let me know and I'll try to connect once we're there and organize something to head out to certain areas if possible.
  3. Youtube player controls disappeared

    11 May 2017 - 09:06 PM

    So this randomly happened tonight while browsing. I tried playing a YouTube video and the player controls and interface completely disappeared. Nothing but video. So I can't pause, play, skip, set volume/quality, etc and the video plays on. I notice the normal black menu when I right-click on a video is missing and instead a regular Windows menu appears. Also 4:3 aspect ratio videos aren't centered in the player space. Weird thing is, when I sign out of YouTube the interface returns as normal. I tried this in Edge as well (only other browser I have) and get the same results. Only when I'm logged in to my account does the player disappear. I've looked this up and this has happened to people before as the result of corrupted cache or cookies, but I've deleted all and even rebooted my computer and it's still happening. Doesn't happen on my phone, though. It seems to be specific to my account since it doesn't work when signed in on either browser I'm using. Any ideas?

    EDIT: Scratch that. That right click menu has the play/pause/speed functions (except for stuff like subtitles and annotations and quality) as well as a "show controls" selection. Selecting it shows the interface...but it's completely different. What the heck is this? Why did it change and how do I get the standard controls back??

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    EDIT 2: A little more experimenting, it seems like when I'm logged in, no matter which browser I use, the YouTube player is disabled in favour of the browser's default media player whatever it may be. I just tried Edge again and the controls are different from Firefox. I right-click and the only options I have are Player, Mute, and Play Speed. No option to "show controls". What is doing this?
  4. MP3 Patent Royalties Expired

    27 April 2017 - 08:01 AM

    So I bought the lifetime updates subscription for Cakewalk Sonar a couple years ago and I get all future rolling updates for free. I just got an email saying that MP3 exporting is now included for free in all versions as "the patent royalties associated with MP3 encoding expired." If this is true across the board I hope this paves the way for the end of MP3's monopoly on the digital music marketplace. Video games have already long abandoned it for the most part, but it's been super prevalent in the world of music because, I suspect, there were people in power trying to mooch money off of the MP3 licenses. Now that that doesn't exist can we finally see the end of this lossy nonsense on the horizon? At least in the marketplace? I'm still abhorred that people pay for destroyed audio. MP3 is a truly recognizable brand and people are familiar with it etc. I think it still has a place in portable devices with headphones because you'll never hear full quality on headphones anyway (especially conventional headphones) and you would obviously like to fit as many files on your phone as possible (even though I think OGG is better for that), but I've always wanted to see the purchasing of MP3 music as a thing die a horrible death. Or at least have the marketplace venues provide a lossless alternative AS WELL (like Bandcamp does). Not the option of one or the other, but both. Thoughts?

    EDIT: Just did a quick search and found that the relevant patent expired April 16th and there are still a couple more that expire in August and December and then that's it everything's public domain. Apparently it would cost $2500 to license MP3 in a video game, for instance. That money machine seems to be coming to an end, which to me is exciting.
  5. Sneaky Snake (The Abyss E1L5) track inspiration?

    21 March 2017 - 11:50 AM

    So yesterday I watched Full Metal Jacket for the first time (excellent, btw) and noticed that the tracks Leonard and Sniper from the OST sound remarkably similar to the Sneaky Snake music track from E1L5. Minus the drums obviously, but they share a few other factors like a similar progression and eerie feeling with the alternating low string notes and that clanging percussion sound I can't remember the name of at the moment because I'm dead tired and ready to go home from work (currently slacking off). And seeing as many other Duke3D tracks were directly inspired by and patterned after various movie themes like Blade Runner, Mission Impossible, Terminator, etc I figured it's at least possible. Anyone make this connection before?

    Sneaky Snake:


    Sniper is also similar: https://www.youtube....h?v=fHYbjQlFT_s


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