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Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: January 11, 2021, 01:53 AM »
I watched Mortal Engines (2018) recently.

The basic premise was interesting: Huge vehicular cities which travel the earth consuming other cities for resources. Visually, it was quite an enjoyable spectacle. I've heard some people say the effects were terrible, but I thought it looked really good for the most part. It had a nice steampunk aesthetic, but also with some sci-fi, futuristic technology.

It takes place a thousand or so years into the future. I don't recall if the exact (or approximate) date is mentioned elsewhere, but during the movie they make a joke about a Twinkie that has a "best if eaten by" date of 2118 and one of the characters remarks with disgust that the Twinkie is "over a thousand years old." It's a funny joke about them supposedly lasting forever, but it's sullied by the fact that a woman refers to one as an "inkie" (because the label has been partially worn off the packaging) as if the guy she's talking to should know what that is, and also implying that she's seen more of them before. But that would mean that every package of Twinkies she's ever come across all had the "Tw" worn away from the packaging in a similar way. Yeah, I know that's a minor plothole nitpick. :)

Even though I was intrigued by the basic premise, the overall story shown in the movie wasn't very interesting to me. I'm not sure if it was ever explained why the cities roamed the land. I missed some of the exposition at the beginning because it was done in a distorted, raspy voice which was a little hard to understand over the din of people getting settled in to watch while the TV volume wasn't quite high enough. I think it just said that there was some kind of an apocalypse which eventually led to the "predator" cities being created. But the world looked fairly verdant and rich in resources to me, so it wasn't clear to me why they thought their cities couldn't remain stationary like the cities of "the ancients" did (in our time).

The acting was fine for the most part, but there was never anything in the story that got me to care about any of the characters. In fact, the only character I felt any real sense of empathy for was a robot which was supposedly devoid of any feeling, supposedly designed with pure malice and hatred, and I think they said it was created for the express purpose of killing. (Spoiler alert: it turns out that seemingly none of that was true, at least for this particular robot.)

The movie was about two hours, which felt long to me because I just kept waiting for it to get good, and it never really did, IMO. The first ten minutes featured a somewhat exciting chase scene which I hoped gave me some preview of what we'd be seeing more of, but when it was over the movie just fell flat and never really delivered any more of the whole "predator city" chasing down "prey cities" or battling other predator cities.

In short, it was a movie with very nice production values, good acting (for the most part), really good special effects, and basically had everything going for it except that it failed to tell a compelling story with compelling characters. So I just didn't really care about what was happening, to whom it was happening, or why. Pity.

P.S. I just went and found and watched the trailer so I could link to it in this post, and it basically shows/tells the entire story of the movie.

Now that I know it's "spoiled" in the trailer, I'll say this: In about the first 20 minutes the bad guy is revealed to be the bad guy without any doubt. I feel the movie would have been much better if he didn't immediately show his true colors, and insisted there was some kind of misunderstanding which he regretted and wanted to clear up or somehow make amends for. Instead of him pushing Tom off the city, the city could have rolled over a big bump or something and he could have accidentally fallen. Then we could have spent the majority of the film wondering who was telling the truth and if the bad guy was actually as bad as Hester (the girl with the red scarf who attacks the bad guy, and who I spent the whole movie thinking was named "Esther") was making him out to be.

And in fact the story may have been even better if the bad guy actually was telling the truth and wasn't a bad guy after all. But that would have completely changed the main conflict of the movie (stop the bad guy from taking over the world!) and I'm not sure what it would have been replaced with. There was a subthread about a group of people who hated the moving cities and wanted to stop them. Maybe the movie could have been more about the conflict between those two groups. Maybe both groups could have had roughly equally valid viewpoints which they didn't see eye-to-eye on, and so there would be conflict and war there, without requiring the plot to have the "singular evil scientist wants to take over the world" trope. Or maybe the main conflict could have been the same, but it would have been someone else who was the mad scientist trying to take over the world and Hester and Valentine could have had a reconciliation.

But if any/all that would have been too hard to do, then I think I would have preferred to just see a movie about roaming cities battling each other. Like a giant demolition derby or BattleBots on a huge scale or something. Just some good looking but brainless action schlock on par with Pacific Rim would have been more engaging than the movie they released as Mortal Engines.

Supposedly the book is much, much better than the movie was. But I suppose that should go without saying.

Time to reset the calendar.

2019 and earlier will now be referred to as Before COVID (BC).
2020 and later will now be referred to as Always Distancing (AD).

Living Room / Re: How can I extract all the links from all tabs?
« on: January 01, 2021, 11:53 PM »
Are you on Windows? If so, does Edge or IExplore suffice? (Easiest ones to target from C#).

Forgive my ignorance, but now that Edge is Chrome-based, how is it any easier to target than any of the other multitude of Chrome-based browsers?

Living Room / Re: Saying goodbye to the old year with a cheer!
« on: January 01, 2021, 03:52 AM »
Happy New Year, everyone!

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021: Wox Rolz Die Roller Plugin
« on: January 01, 2021, 03:51 AM »
Looks nice and relatively simple. :Thmbsup:

Reminds me of this more graphically enhanced dice rolling software called Sophie's Dice:

Available on, Steam, and Google Play.

Living Room / Re: Show us a picture of your.. CAR!!!
« on: January 01, 2021, 02:35 AM »
Necro-thread arise! Again!

I just remembered the Elio again. Checking out their website, it looks like the last update was just over a year ago, in December 2019.

After the past several years of "it will be released next year" it seems pretty likely that they'll never be more than vaporware. :(

It's a shame because I really liked the concept and wanted to get one. I hope people who prepaid are being compensated or reimbursed somehow.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 31, 2020, 01:22 PM »
I'm officially confused.  The original video was about setting up a display that's not a display for the raspberry pi, which was really interested in, and thanks for the video.  The other things were a tangent I guess?  I think?  Maybe?  I dunno.

  • A tablet is not a display for the Raspberry Pi.
  • If you use an HDMI -> USB -> USB OTG converter, and your tablet supports USB webcams, you can wire up the tablet to be a display for the Raspberry Pi.
  • Or if you use remote desktop software like AnyDesk, you can accomplish the same thing wirelessly.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 31, 2020, 02:07 AM »
Actually, I think we've all kind of missed the point, me included  :-[

AnyDesk, NoMachine, VNC, etc are for controlling the computer remotely. Client controls host.

I thought the point was that even though something like AnyDesk is intended for remote usage, it can still be used for "screen sharing" and allow someone to remotely see what the local user is doing. Or in other words, you can still control the Pi using a keyboard and mouse connected to the Pi while seeing the results "remotely" (i.e., wirelessly) on your tablet. And it also provides the benefit of granting you touch controls if you want to use the tablet as an input device as well.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 30, 2020, 11:06 AM »
So forgive me for this in advance... the original post was talking about using an old laptop or tablet as a monitor for the RaspPi.  How does using nomachine help with that?

I believe the idea is that it helps in accomplishing the same thing, but without having to connect wires (and accompanying adaptors) from the RPi to the laptop or tablet.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: December 30, 2020, 10:59 AM »
Metro: Last Light Redux is free on GOG for the next 2 days.

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: The Lightning Bolt Quiz
« on: December 28, 2020, 12:11 PM »
Hi everyone,

Here's what I see in this thread:

What got me angry was that I felt there was some amount of bullying going on. But just because I perceived something to be a certain way, doesn't mean that's how it actually was. While I did initially attribute a hint of malice in what occurred here, I think it is much more likely that everyone thought they were just having some good-natured fun. I said it myself that I expect better of the long-time members of this forum. That should have been my first clue that I know you all to be better than that, so I should have re-examined my perception of your intentions.

I don't fault wraith808 for exercising his moderating privileges to the best of his ability. I'm glad he's here to help out the site.

I apologize for my public outburst. I'm grateful and humbled that all of you have responded respectfully and thoughtfully. And I'm more than a little ashamed/embarrassed that I didn't "practice what I preached" in my since-moderated post in which I was trying to convey ideas such as "you'll catch more flies with honey" and "let's all be kind and compassionate toward each other." I hope you'll forgive me.

And I'm sorry for derailing this thread. I've had my say.

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: The Lightning Bolt Quiz
« on: December 26, 2020, 06:41 PM »
Thank you for your thoughtful and humble response, tomos. I think you make a great example of why this site has been such a pleasure to be a part of for the past 15 years. :)

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: The Lightning Bolt Quiz
« on: December 26, 2020, 04:11 PM »
Here's what I see in this thread:

One person, let's call him the evangelist, who has a history of openly and often times annoyingly evangelizing, submitted a NANY which, you guessed it, evangelizes.

A bunch of other people, who are or probably have been annoyed by the evangelist in the past, jumped in the thread bragging about how "evil" they are, effectively trolling the evangelist into doing what he does: evangelize.

Once the evangelist falls for the bait, and responds with the expected evangelism, one or more people cry out, "Censor! Censor! Protect me from the rulebreaker!"

And the message that finally got the hammer to drop was one which took a pretty neutral tone and wished people Merry Christmas on Christmas day.

It makes multiple people in this thread look like crybullies, ganging up and picking on the evangelist, then acting like somehow they're the ones who were wronged. I expected better than that from long-time members of this forum.

I would argue that no one is being forced to read this thread. And due to the nature of the NANY submission, which is described as "a unique way to share the gospel of Jesus Christ," I would say that a little bit of religious discussion is on topic and warranted. Even though I disagree with the way it ("the gospel of Jesus Christ") is being shared, as I mentioned in my now-censored post.

Yes, politics, religion, and perhaps a few other things are generally verboten topics on this forum. But that has always been a soft line, and small exceptions where the discussion veered somewhat across the line have existed in the past. In them, a few mostly respectful, if not slightly heated, posts about politics and/or religion were made. And then, because it was usually off topic for the thread the posts were made in, or because of at least one warning from a moderator (but usually mouser) with the power to enforce the warning, the conversation was steered back to the topic on hand.

This hard-line censorship without warning, in a relatively milquetoast thread, all because someone said something some other person/people disagree with is new.

But as I said before. I've completed my re-education. So I couldn't be more thrilled that after 15 years of allowing respectful discussion of different viewpoints like what I described above to exist on this forum, this is now a place where people we don't like can be bullied into silence. And if they don't choose to be silenced by the bullying, at least they'll be silenced by the censorship. In a year as awful as 2020 has been, we can all be grateful that at least DonationCoder is a better place to be now that the dangerous practice of hearing ideas from people we think we disagree with is no longer allowed. This is the way. :Thmbsup:

EDIT: And keep in mind that I didn't name anybody, though it's pretty obvious who the evangelist is. So if you're not the evangelist and you think I've called you out, then maybe it's your own conscience telling you something. :-\

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: The Lightning Bolt Quiz
« on: December 26, 2020, 01:41 PM »
I've split the topic.  Anyone that wants to discuss the real-world religious implications is free to do so here.  Please refrain from doing the same in this thread.

Greetings DonationCoder members. I have just completed my re-education.

I, for one, am thankful that DonationCoder has at least one censor who will protect me and other members of this forum from scary thoughts and ideas such as "I wish you joy and happiness," and "God loves you," and "goodwill toward others." Especially when shared on Christmas day. I shudder to think how horrible life would be for all inhabitants of the Earth if these messages of love and goodwill ever managed to become widespread.

Thankfully, DonationCoder censors are doing their part to make sure that will never become a reality. :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post
« on: December 25, 2020, 11:41 AM »
Error 40404: The person you're responding to has mousered you.

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Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 24, 2020, 05:10 PM »
I think I've just discovered another use for the tablet:

EDIT: I've heard that AnyDesk works nicely on Raspberry Pi OS (Linux) and Android. So maybe I'll save myself some money and a bunch of cables and just do it that way. :Thmbsup:

DOUBLE EDIT: It seems there's no ARM64 build of AnyDesk available. So while they claim to support the Raspberry Pi 4, I guess that means you have to be using a 32-bit OS for it to work. :(

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 23, 2020, 08:04 PM »
but be warned, they ignore the unsubscribe button on emails :-/

I've discovered the same issue with Banggood. :(

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: December 22, 2020, 04:20 PM »

Ha! After seeing that one, I was about to post that it reminded me of Jon Gomm playing Passionflower, so I searched the forum to find when I had mentioned that previously, and I found a post from 3 years ago of myself responding to a different Luca Stricagnoli video saying the same thing.  ;D

And, well, I won't turn down an opportunity to post this video again, so here it is:

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: December 22, 2020, 03:31 PM »
Bridagor is free on GOG for about the next 2-3 days:

Coding Snacks / Re: [Solved] Adjust Subtitle (SRT) Timestamps
« on: December 20, 2020, 10:05 PM »
Show me the exact command line you've used and a link to the .srt file to download it, please.

I'm new to the whole subtitle thing, so I just did a search and found an admittedly sketchy looking site that I'm not sure can be trusted. So instead of linking you to that site, I've attached the file I downloaded, which I renamed to make it easier to type in the command line and have zipped since the site doesn't allow attaching SRT files.

I also renamed your AHK file to "adjust srt times.exe" to make it slightly easier to deal with.

The command I used was:

"adjust srt times.exe" "00:34:09,263" -95000

It tells me the details are copied to the clipboard, but when I paste it into a text file, I get what I posted above; all entries are blank.

Coding Snacks / Re: Adjust Subtitle (SRT) Timestamps
« on: December 20, 2020, 11:37 AM »
Something like this should work...

It needs to be invoked via command line parameters:
"Adjust .srt times.exe" "D:\" "00:00:04,049" 200

Arg 1: The .srt file to parse
Arg 2: The first (from) timestamp where the time shifting should begin
Arg 3: The amount of time in milliseconds (either positive or negative) to shift
          If you need a shifting of multiple seconds, e.g -2.3 -> -2300 ms, use "-2300"

I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but even after several attempts experimenting with different arguments, my output always looks like this:




I use Subtitle Edit for all...uhhh...subtitle editing.   :P

Thanks for pointing me toward this. Using it, I was able to splice something together that seems to have done the trick. :Thmbsup:

Coding Snacks / [Solved] Adjust Subtitle (SRT) Timestamps
« on: December 20, 2020, 02:26 AM »
Hi all,

I've got a movie that would be pretty tame (PG in the USA) were it not for the fact that inexplicably it has about 30 seconds of nudity in a scene that has absolutely no bearing on any part of the film. Okay, I said the reason was inexplicable, but it's a French film, so I guess it should go without saying. Anyway, in an effort to make it more family friendly, I've ripped the DVD and cut out the scene with nudity. But, seeing as it's a French film, and I don't speak French, now all the timings for the subtitles are off by a significant enough amount that it's hard to follow.

Actually, editing the file made me lose the subtitles, but I downloaded new ones (in SRT format).

The idea of manually adjusting the time for each line of text that appears is just far too daunting a task for me to even begin. Surely there must be some way to do this automatically? Or perhaps someone who is knowledgeable with Regular Expressions can whip something up for me that will find all timestamps, do a calculation on them, and then replace them with the new values?

Here are my requirements:

  • Allow me to enter the "start time" or the time after which all future timestamps should be modified. Or in other words, don't modify the timestamps for anything before this time.
  • Allow me to enter an adjustment amount by which to modify the timestamps. The timestamps are down to the millisecond precision level, FYI.
  • Allow me to press "Go" and have it do its work.
  • Bonus points if it erases any subtitles that may exist in the resulting "limbo zone" (the time between the "start time" and the "start time + adjustment amount" time) and double bonus points if it also renumbers any following subtitles to compensate for deleted ones.
  • Either present me with the changed text in a textarea I can copy to my clipboard or allow me to output the text to a file of my choosing (so I can choose to keep the original file if I want). Or, essentially, don't destroy any data without my explicit consent.

I actually don't need all of that. If it just let me enter the amount to shift every timestamp by, with precision down to one second, I would happily work with that. I'd be able to run it on the file and then copy and paste everything after the "start time" from the new times over the original times, and manually edit out the relatively few "limbo zone" subtitles.

Thanks in advance! :Thmbsup:

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Epic Games Store Giveaway
« on: December 20, 2020, 01:52 AM »
Yeah I realised after I posted haha - turns out I owned Skylines anyway so didn't need it :D

Looks like you edited your post while I was typing up my reply. :D

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Epic Games Store Giveaway
« on: December 19, 2020, 12:08 PM »
Epic Games Store is giving away a new game each day for the next two weeks: "Drop in daily to collect up to fifteen FREE games."

Skylines is 75% off, not free for me :(

You missed it by two days. There's a new free game each day for 24 hours.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Epic Games Store Giveaway
« on: December 17, 2020, 07:57 PM »
Epic Games Store is giving away a new game each day for the next two weeks: "Drop in daily to collect up to fifteen FREE games."

I won't be updating this thread each day, but figured I'd post about the offer. And while I'm here, I should mention that today's free game is Cities Skylines.


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