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Hot in Providence today. Currently, it's partly cloudy and 88˚F.

Yesterday, I wrote 1,027 words on "Dry Bones," which I should be able to finish today.

And the iPhone arrived. My first smartphone, which I only got because there was this deal at Sprint, if I upgraded my service I got an iPhone for $1. So, I did. And it's an odd little machine. Mostly, I'm not sure what to think about it, but I will say that I've sorta fallen in love with Siri. If nothing else, a voice-activated AI that can tell me how to spell Afghanistan is pretty useful. And now, I retire the phone I've used since 2004, after its eleven years of service.

There are few things I find more upsetting than an unexpectedly wonderful film that totally blows it in the final few minutes. Which accurately describes Joseph Baker and Tom Large's indie SF film, Beyond (2014). I'm not one of those people who insists that a bleak story must have a bleak ending, but the ending can't abruptly contradict scientific principles the filmmakers have already taken care to establish.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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jadakath
Jul. 29th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
iphone
Hey now we can i-message on the phones easy! Welcome to Siri; it can be useful.
setsuled
Jul. 29th, 2015 05:08 pm (UTC)
I'm not one of those people who insists that a bleak story must have a bleak ending, but the ending can't abruptly contradict scientific principles the filmmakers have already taken care to establish.

Sounds like nervous meddling from someone at the studio to me, like the studio ending of Bladerunner and Hitchcock's Suspicion. I heard someone quote from Hitchcock, I think it may have been from a DVD commentary, that the director remained basically pleased with the film because everything up to the ending still existed. I know when I view it I tend to think of the final scene as a pathetically hopeful dream or hallucination.
Marc D. Goldfinger
Jul. 29th, 2015 06:40 pm (UTC)
Sprint
Wow, that sounds nice. I have a 2008 flip phone Samsung with Sprint. Did it make your monthly jump up a lot? I could use something that gives me 'net access in other places besides my house.
homesiksserpent
Jul. 29th, 2015 07:09 pm (UTC)
After I got my I phone in 2/14 I wondered how I ever lived without it because of things like weather reports, being able to check on my ebay store remotely, storing phone numbers,, the calendar and calculators which actually really saved my butt in a class. Oddly enough I don't really use siri although a good friend just loves that feature.
kiki60
Jul. 29th, 2015 10:16 pm (UTC)
They gotcha
Apple smart phones with Siri is like a Witch's Familiar. All they need is arms and leg, and little more intelligence.
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