Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tuesday TwitterdeeOH!OH! and Stuff



It's 5:30 a.m. Twitter is down.  What to do!  What to do!

I'm generally a Twitter blurker, tweeting maybe two or three times a year, but I do check the site several times daily to get a quick overview of what's happening news-wise at that moment in the world. 


After trying to get into Twitter a couple of times this morning and realizing that all my other first-cup-of-coffee favorites were opening up immediately, I figured the problem was not my slow Internet. 


So, I did what millions of others may have already done.  I googled "Is Twitter down?" Immediately, I arrived at a site that said, indeed, Twitter was dealing with a widespread outage, and that people on Facebook were freaking out. 


How quickly we have come to rely on our Internet favorites to get us through the day, and how quickly we do freak out if something is wrong! 


It's 5:32 a.m. Twitter is back.  Now, I know what is going on in the world.  


As I scrolled down the most recent Twitter Tweet line-up, I saw something about the brand new movie The Hateful Eight, which was nominated for an Oscar in cinematography.  The tweet noted how everyone is now wondering about 70 mm film, used for the movie. 

I learned recently that a good friend is closely associated with the folks who own the ranch where the movie was filmed.  That knowledge and this morning's Twitter headline about 70 mm film piqued my curiosity, so I did some reading.


Stars in The Hateful Eight:  Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Story line from Movie Web:  Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. 

The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. 

Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. 

Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. 

Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). 

As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all… Read more at: http://movieweb.com/movie/the-hateful-eight/



Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all… Read more at: http://movieweb.com/movie/the-hateful-eight/
Set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob (Bichir), who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray (Roth), the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage (Madsen), and Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Dern). As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all… Read more at: http://movieweb.com/movie/the-hateful-eight/
Turns out that 70 mm film, which was used for Quentin Tarantino's 3 hour and 7-minute movie is larger format than that usual 35 mm.  Of course, with larger format frames, the detail is going to be exquisite.  It also turns out that special equipment is needed to project such films in movie theaters, but the results are worth it. 

I don't know if I'll watch the movie because I have a difficult time staying awake for two-hour movies let alone three AND too much blood and guts makes me feel uncomfortable.  

Nonetheless, knowing someone associated with the immediate landscape where the movie was filmed along with learning that it's received an Oscar nomination for cinematography, I'm tempted.  

Maybe I'll bring along blindfolds for when scenes get too dicy because I do believe the photography may overrule the uncomfortable stuff. 

In other news, the NCAA basketball world is certainly turning out to be almost a daily thriller.  

We watched Iowa State knock off No. 1 Oklahoma last night after Duke went down for the third time in a week, this time at the hands of Syracuse WHICH THE ZAGS beat earlier this season, by the way. 

Seems lesser teams keep knocking off the perennial giants, and that phenomenon is rewriting projected script for this year's season.  

Not complaining or anything, but I do like how some teams lose once,  and they're immediately demoted to the also-rans in the rankings, while the blue bloods of basketball seem to get more than their share of free passes.  No names mentioned, of course. 

This kind of drama makes the end of the journey to the tourney all the more interesting.

On the dog-day front, this is a big day for Liam.  Besides his second obedience class tonight, he goes to the vets at 10 this morning for his last puppy vaccination, which should make it safe for him to go to places where other dogs go. 

I learned the hard way when Kiwi was a pup that puppies out and about town can go down fast from the very contagious parvo germ.  We almost lost Kiwi, but wonderful treatment by the folks at Pend Oreille Vets brought her back to life.

Ten years later, she doesn't skip a beat, and she definitely stays on the move racing between the squirrel in the tree (pictured below) and the horse in the barnyard.  

Sometimes we even have to tell Kiwi that her work day has ended.  As the daylight increases, so do her hours of watching, and she's definitely a workaholic

Needless to say, from the experience with Kiwi's parvo, we have learned to be much more careful where we take our young pups.

Finally, that last photo below demonstrated that we've been experiencing a warming trend the past few days.  Ice in melting and forming some neat images.  

We're also getting into a full-fledged slop time with all the water below the snow.  Hoping it goes by fast and that the "open" winter, which was predicted gets started.  

Happy Tuesday.  





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