1. POS

    olliefrancis:

    So, I got thinking about what I want from a computer. I wanted to design my Perfect Operating System (POS).

    Here are some ideas:

    (NOTE: I’ve borrowed ideas from a range of sources and image searches.)

    AIMS: I wanted the OS to be as simple as it could be, with more complex options hidden away…

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  2. therecordofolliefrancis:

    On The Road

    Walter Salles

    Kerouac’s novel is one of the seminal works of the 20th century. Salles does well to bring its mood and pace to the big screen. As you might expect, there is some loss of emotion in the way such epic happenings have to be compressed into a two hour movie; but the vision and the emptiness of the heart of the novel are still there. I can’t help but feel that it would have done better to cast some lesser known actors in some of the lead roles, as this would have helped replicate the ‘cult’ feel of the book. Nevertheless, the feelings remain. I even managed to write a review without any paragraphs!

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  3. therecordofolliefrancis:

    A Rather Lovely Thing

    El Diablo

    Another outstanding video by El Diablo. It paints a beautiful picture of loss and the adventures of moving on. Wonderful.

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  4. therecordofolliefrancis:

    Django Unchained

    Quentin Tarantino

    Violence. Lots of blood. Probably a little too much blood. 

    Actually, no: the blood is good.

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  5. therecordofolliefrancis:

    jOBS

    Joshua Michael Stern

    The story of Steve Jobs and the beginning of the home computer revolution are something that needs to be told and needs to be told well. And while Kutcher does a great job at being Kutcher-doing-a-walk-a-bit-like-Steve-Jobs, the rest of the storytelling of jOBS (terrible title) is excellent. It captures the obsession and obnoxious nature of the leading visionary of the computer generation. It paints Jobs as someone you both admire and, at the same time, would want to avoid.

    A fascinating story.

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  6. therecordofolliefrancis:

    The History Boys

    Nicholas Hytner

    An expert exploration of education and what it means to learn and live. Witty, funny, poignant and beautiful. This was a story that needs to be told and needs to be watched again and again.

    One of my favourites.

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  7. therecordofolliefrancis:

    Edge of Tomorrow

    Doug Liman

    When I saw Oblivion, I only really had one major criticism: that Tom Cruise played a jolly good Tom Cruise.

    Strangely enough, despite this being yet another science fiction action film, Cruise somehow seems to play something other than himself. Maybe it is that his character, Cage, is a complete wimp - a soldier who has never seen battle first hand and who only (eventually) gains any kind of bravery due to the fact that he keeps on dying every single day and can’t seem to get out of it. 

    The Edge of Tomorrow is full of beautiful action and, somehow, manages to follow most of its own rules when it comes to time travel and its Sci Fi universe. The suspension of disbelief is relatively easy, making this an easy film to watch and enjoy.

    Certainly my favourite action movie of the year so far. And it’s not even the summer yet.

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  8. therecordofolliefrancis:

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    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    Philip K Dick

    I’ve always loved Bladerunner. Even today, it has to be one of the greatest science fiction films ever made. Yet it has taken me decades to get around to reading the book on which it was based. 

    I really enjoy reading books that turn out to be nothing like the films they inspired. It feels like a fresh telling of the story and it helps me to appreciate the silver screen version even more as I begin to appreciate how its creators specifically crafted it for its medium. Far from trying to transfer the ideas from one form to another, a version inspired by the ideas of the other and turned into something new and perfectly suited to a different way of story telling. Maybe that is it; or maybe I just really appreciate a good story well told.

    Either way, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is most certainly a good story well told. Philip K. Dick’s imagined world is so beautifully expansive and yet personal at the same time. The advanced technology alongside the desperation of humanity for belief and religion. The desperation and unreliable nature of his characters ensure the reader is left with a very human impression of them whether they be biologicals or replicants; you end up both frustrated and in awe of their actions. There are no heroes in this piece - only the ordinary in an extraordinary setting. And that is what clinches it for me - science fiction that delves into the central tenets of what it means to be human.

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  9. therecordofolliefrancis:

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    The Book Thief

    Markus Zusak

    There are some books that seem to sweep up a reading generation in their wake. The story of Liesel and her Jewish fist fighter is one of these books. Unfortunately, it is all too easy to see why.

    The books greatest merit is its focus on the small story. This is a tale that happens on a small scale. It tells the tales of ordinary people; the sort of stories that you can imagine happening in the lives of many people at that time in history. In this way, it paints a beautiful picture of small lives and small dreams; which, of course, are the best stories to tell.

    But all too often, it seems as though it falls into a paint-by-numbers experience. Nothing about it feels fresh. In fact, much of it feels cliche. Death as a narrator, refuge in words, love found too late: even the setting of WWII seems like a rehash of any number of other war novels. Everything has been done before - which is fine, of course. After all, there is nothing new on this Earth that does not owe something to that which has gone before - but The Book Thief recombines these elements in a way that adds little to the finished product. In the end, it feels constructed. It isn’t a natural telling, but one that feels manufactured. It is all too obviously artifice. I don’t mean in the way that our narrator seems to talk directly to the reader nor in the way that they give us images of the future before the narrative itself has reached them: those features work all very nicely and act as commendation to the writing ability of Zusak. Rather, it is artifice in the selection of features chosen for the construction of emotional impact - the strong girl, the ethnic victim, the sacrificial father, the lost lover, the misunderstood matriarch, the tug and pull of broken families. These features all claw at the reader and each is well written and I enjoyed the reading of it as a guilty pleasure; but each piece is also so obviously chosen and slotted into the story that it ends up like a emotional jigsaw. Just pop the piece in the right place and you’ll end up with a pretty picture.

    There is beauty in subtleness. And Death, it seems, is not subtle.

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