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Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« on: August 04, 2013, 10:00 AM »
I think however the best for it right now might be Chris Columbus if the whole look and feel of the first Harry Potter movie was anything to go by. Especially for Lovecraft's "Dunsanian" fantasies like Ex Oblivione or Hypnos. Although the noir vibe Zack Snyder does so well (Watchmen etc.) could work too with Lovecraft's darker mythos tales such as The Shadow over Innsmouth, The Shadow Out of Time, or At the Mountains of Madness.
Columbus would be an interesting choice. Before the Harry Potter movies I dismissed him as a second rate hack. In retrospect he was just stuck with a bunch of third rate movies. The first Harry Potter movie completely surprised me for just that reason. Chamber of Secrets made me a believer.

I'd still take Del Toro though. I think the biggest challenge to putting Lovecraft on the screen (big or small) is sustaining the creepy feel and IMO he's the master. The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth are both full of that.

I hadn't thought about it much until I read Stephen King's book, On Writing, but the other big challenge is the lack of dialog. King was actually mentioning it as a positive by pointing out Lovecraft didn't like people so he was wise to avoid it. Even if you could pull that off - and it's not impossible - I can't see a studio allowing it.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Software Installation Monitor
« on: August 04, 2013, 08:13 AM »
Revo Uninstaller Pro

Version: 2.5.8 (April 23 2012)

Method: Real-time monitoring

Free and Professional versions available.
It's important to note the free version doesn't do realtime monitoring but the brute force cleanup is excellent. It also doesn't handle 64-bit programs. This is IMO the gold standard. The price is also a little steep for me but if you wait for a sale you can get it significantly cheaper. Unfortunately I always seem to look at the wrong time.

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Windows is nasty with USB. There are bugs where speeds crawl and the only way to fix it is to sacrifice several endangered chickens while chanting black magic in ancient Egyptian as you... etc. etc.

Try deleting the device in the device manager then rebooting. Idiotic? Yes. Does it work? Kind of. But you can try the chicken thing too. It probably works better.
And sometimes a port will simply stop working entirely until you reinstall Windows no matter what you do. But if you sacrifice the chickens first you'll have something to eat while you wait.

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I'm disappointed the Death Star Kickstarter didn't make it. I really wanted to see a Raspberry Pi beowulf cluster.

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Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« on: August 04, 2013, 06:05 AM »
I'm still desparately clinging to the delusion Guillermo Del Toro will get to make At The Mountains Of Madness. I think he could get it right. Hellboy clearly showed he's a real fan.

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