Movies &Nerd stuff 03 Oct 2005 06:01 pm

Wonderful world of wireless LAN (and some movie comments)

The Nerd has been flying again (OK, in a 747-400 piloted by someone else), and finds himself sitting in Singapore’s Changi airport, staring out at the runway, watching planes and rain.

And thanks to free WLAN connectivity provided (intermittently) by StarHub, I can post to the Flying Nerd site. Fun, eh?

Saw a great film on the plane: Downfall – a German production portraying the last days of WWII in Hitler’s Berlin bunker. Riveting, disturbing, dramatic. Recommended.

Saw a dud film on the plane, too: War of the Worlds. Another example of a good story spoiled by being ‘Americanised’. IMHO, this dumbed-down version lacks subtlety and, apart from spectacular special effects, doesn’t offer much reward for the viewer. Oh, and there are just a few implausibilities:
* How come Tom Cruise can get a car going when nobody else can?
* How is it possible to drive away an undamaged car after a 747 has crashed onto the roof of the house where it (the car) was parked in the driveway?
* Why is everything electronic not working except for the passing journalist’s broadcast van full of equipment?
* Etc.

2 Responses to “Wonderful world of wireless LAN (and some movie comments)”

  1. on 10 Oct 2005 at 11:30 (Sydney) 1.Darren Leffler said …

    Richard, you can’t ask these questions. Movies like this are made for the American public. Nuff said. On the other hand Nadja has been grabbing the occasional rental DVD’s, movies like Gosford Park, Life’s a House and Life & Death of Peter Sellers. No special effects but great for a quiet night at home!

  2. on 10 Oct 2005 at 11:36 (Sydney) 2.Richard said …

    Darren, As BigPond users we have signed up for the ‘4 movies per month for $9.95’ DVDs-by-mail plan (bigpondmovies.com). Like Nadja, we are seeing some great films.

    Gosford Park isn’t new (saw that one a while ago). Peter Sellers movie was good, but quite sad. I am a big Goon SHow fan, and like to think of the Goons as happy epople. Seems like Harry Secombe was the only one of the three who was happy.

    Have you seen ‘The Life Aquatic’? See this post: http://www.flyingnerd.com/archives/19. It’s heaps of fun and way off beat.

    FN.

    (PS: what a great Grand Prix yesterday. I will write on it in due course.)