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Halfdan Reschat
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Engineer. Hobby photographer. Movie enthusiast. World traveler.
Engineer. Hobby photographer. Movie enthusiast. World traveler.

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The Photos I Take.
The other day I decided that I needed a Chromecast screensaver of my own photos, which made me realize I should probably make a single album for all my personal favorite photos that I take. A nights I did just that. I went through my photos shared to my Photography G+ collection and added most of them to a single album - which I'll try to keep adding new photos to as I capture more of the world.
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Touch down in Reno.
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Heading on to Reno after an amazing week in Colorado.
I have had a great time with a group of awesome friends in Colorado. It has been an absolutely amazing week with enjoyable hikes, beautiful views, great food, fun experiences, and perfect company.

Thank you very much for such an amazing week, +Ned Barnhart, +Sarah Rios, +Kari Tedrick, +Keith Cramer, +Lori Cramer, Jerry, Charlie, Nate, Kristy, Jen, Ian, and Isak.

And now, I'm heading on to Reno to visit +Sean Cowen. :-)

(Pictured: Ned pointing out the beautiful view to Isak.)
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Touch down in Denver.
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Touchdown in Washington.
Next stop, Denver.
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GDPR - and Why I Kinda Dig It (and not for the reasons you might think).
First off, for those of you who haven't been online in the last couple of weeks and for whom this is the first thing you see when you finally get back online - GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a new EU law (also relevant outside of the EU) that went into effect May 25, 2018. The law attempts to give people more rights in regard to the data that organisations are allowed to collect and handle about them. As a result A LOT of websites/organisations have scrambled in panic to try to ensure that they're GDPR compliant (pst, if they weren't doing some shady shit before, they probably had nothing to worry about and wouldn't had had to change much, if anything).

Right before, and even after, GDPR went into effect various organisations, worried about the potentially ABSOLUTELY STUPIDLY HUMONGOUS GDPR fines, have been updating privacy policies and sending out tons and tons of emails for various reasons - almost always unnecessarily. As it turns out, many (like MANY) companies have been collecting a hell of a lot of information about their users - and then been selling/sending these info to third parties (for instance to use for better targeted ads). Without the user given explicit content for these usages of their data, this is a big no-no under GDPR - and that's why we're currently experiencing a sorta paradigme shift for personal data handling and user tracking.

So far the only definite effect of GDPR is worse user experience (annoying pop-up before you can access most bigger websites) - and to a far, far further extend then any previous personal data regulation has any accomplished.
And here's the thing - you (like 99.9992% of you (my legitimate estimate)) won't ever feel the benefit of this law - but you'll still probably spend many minutes or hours over the next many years having to click "I agree" on so many (oh, so many) websites before you can access their content. Because... eh... you then know that the websites know you visited them... or something?

So where do I stand on the change that is GDPR?
I kinda dig it; but not for the obvious reasons (even if there were any - which I truly doubt there are).
To be clear, I hated (HATED) the precursor to GDPR that was the EU cookie policy law from some years back; it didn't do anything other than make user experiences worse (no, really - it hasn't done one single good thing for anyone ever - and never will).
Now, GDPR is a different kind of creature. While still being annoying, it has at least brought something new with it - something I actually kinda like.

So what do I like about GDPR?
To be honest, I like the shake-up, the challenge of the status quo. Companies suddently feel forced to think "oh, shit, are we breaking the law?".
The borderline hilarious thing about this is that the laws of many European countries in regard to personal data rights actually haven't changed to any significant degree with GDPR; the only things that has changed are 1) more publicity about the existence of personal data laws and 2) more definitive (read: bigger) fines for breaking those laws (and thereby more incentive on the part of the EU to enforce them). So, if a company isn't being compliant with GDPR now - it probably wasn't compliant with existing laws before GDPR - but nobody cared back then.

To be honest, the fact that (some) companies are shitting their pants about GDPR isn't actually the thing I like the most about GDPR. What I like is the challenge that GDPR brings to my work and hobbies in relation to me having to ensure that my work/hobby projects are GDPR compliant. And - I actually like reading the GDPR law texts and trying to confirm/ensure that my projects are compliant to the full extend of the law - possibly going even further, when it comes to my hobby projects (pst, I like most things that feel like a challenge - and this certainly does).

Take my hobby project, https://redacted.work. It has always been meant as a demonstration of somewhat functional comprehensiveness made with elegant simplicity, with absolutely no clutter. While there hadn't really been many changes to be made to redacted.work in recent time, GDPR gave me the intensive to take a second look at how much information redacted.work saves about its users - and whether or not this was necessary - and that I probably should let the users know about what redacted.work knew about them ("privacy policy").
The result of my GDPR-inspired actions for redacted.work (which included reading GDPR for the sake for being thorough) were:
- Google Analytics is no longer used
- One single cookie is only created on login, and not up-front, and only kept for 7 days
- A joke of a "privacy policy" was written to explain how little redacted.work saves about its users (I really enjoyed writing this shitpost privacy policy)
... and that was it.

With redacted.work (and various work contracts) updated, I'm fully ready to go into the new GDPR world (that we've already entered). It is going to be shit for UX - but maybe good for something else (big maybe).

In summation, GDPR and the reaction to it has been, and continues to be, a shit-show hellscape - making the web worse for users and creating tons of unnecessary headaches for companies.
But, well, at least it gave me something new to do for about a week. :-/

P.S. What do you think of this (joke of a) privacy policy: https://redacted.work/privacy-policy ?
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Once Upon a Time Season 7 Family Tree.
Watching season 7 of Once Upon a Time, which is almost a reboot of the first 6 seasons, I realized how confusing the family tree of the characters is.
So, in an attempt to figure out how is related to who and how, I started drawing. This is what I ended up with (and keep in mind, I'm only on episode 13 of 22 - also, I left out anyone not related to anyone else in the season).

Other Once Upon a Time followers, how did I do?
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Breathtakingly Powerful - Review of I Kill Giants
Note: While I always keep my reviews vague, the brilliance of I Kill Giants kinda makes it hard for me not to say some things that perhaps can slightly spoil the experience of watching I Kill Giants - though not story/plot spoilers, just spoilers as to how I felt throughout the movie. So, if you truly want to get the full experience, stop reading after this sentence and just watch the absolutely amazing movie that is I Kill Giant. You were warned.
Edit: Scratch that. I deleted my more detailed review and wrote this new one instead, so vague that it shouldn't spoil anything, other than that you're in for one amazing movie. :-)

So, I have this list - it's called "need-to-watch" and contains movies that I for one reason or another get a feeling that I need to watch, which I then add to the list and try to do everything I can to not hear a single word about from that point on (and I really do try - and almost always succeeds).

The other day I got a link to trailer for movie that had come out online; I clicked the link and less than 5 seconds into the trailer (before anything was really shown) I paused it. It was one of the movies from my list.
Since it was on my list, I obviously closed the trailer. I then waited until I felt in the right state of mind to watch this movie, that I litterally knew nothing at all about (no, really - I knew NOTHING).
And, so, this fine Friday evening, I watched it - I Kill Giants (2017).

Wow. Just wow. That was one hell of a powerful, capivating, and emotional movie. I don't even have words to describe how amazing of a movie this was to me; but I'll try since this is an attempt at a review after all. :-)

Right off the bat I was intrigued by I Kill Giants; not only due to what was happening on screen, but possibly even more due to how it was presented. This was something special - I knew that - and I could now see why past me thought that this would be a movie for me. (Thank you, past me.)

The movie continued to captivate, intrigue, and move me - more and more, scene by scene. The story and characters kept growing in intimate, sincere, and amazing ways. They weren't just part of a story, they were the story and they were the forces driving the story forward.
I can't mention the characters without highlighting how absolutely amazing Madison Wolfe was in playing the main character of Barbara. Every feeling Barbara expressed, I felt myself - and to a degree I don't think I've experienced so consistantly before when watching a movie.
When a single tear ran down Barbara's cheek, a single tear ran down mine. When Barbara ran through the forrest, my heart started beating faster. When Barbara fell, my breath was taken away. When Barbara stood up for herself, I felt strong. When Barbara felt broken, my heart felt like it was breaking. When Barbara's friend held her hand, I held my own. When Barbara mourned, I mourned. When Barbara was heartbroken but put on a brave face, I cried my eyes out.
What Barbara felt, I felt - and I can't even express how much I appreciate being able to have this experience. This was truly amazing.

There are so many aspects to I Kill Giants that I absolutely loved that I can't even come close to mention half of them. The story was intriguing, interesting, and heartfelt. The characters were complex, real, and powerful. The acting was moving, seemless, and admirably. The scenotography was stunning, alluring, and purposeful. The movie was just about perfect in every way.

I Kill Giants is a masterpiece of its subgenre - and, yes, there are several other movies in this exact subgenre that, if I mentioned them, could possibly spoil this movie.
While several other movies with similar styles, characters, and plots are sometimes pretty damn great, I can't empthanize enough how much I Kill Giants stands out among them. This movie truly does what so many other movies before it have attempted to do and only partially succeeded at. It follows through with perfection in every single aspect of the movie and thereby manages to create something truly magnificent.

No words left.

(List of all my reviews at reviews.reschat.com)
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Sunny Day.
Yesterday was an exceptionally beautiful day and it felt like summer is finally approaching. Today it looks like it's gonna being even better. :-)
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Different Ways of Looking Back at Movies from 2017.
As I'm sitting here rewatching the amazing movie Zero Dark Thirty (2012), my perhaps all-time favorite actor (Jessica Chastain) reminded me that it might be time to look back at the movies from 2017 even though I still have quite a few I want to watch but haven't gotten the chance to yet.

Here is a bunch of ways of looking back at the movies that came out in 2017 that I watched.

My 2017 Movie Statistics
- Total movies from 2017 watched (so far): 148 (2016: 169, 2015: 171, 2014: 218, 2013: 210, 2012: 187, 2011: 222, 2010: 175)
- 6 documentaries
- 143 feature/TV films
- 2 mini-series
- 3 short films
- Average rating: 6.6
- Highest rating: 10 (Molly's Game)
- Lowest rating: 3 (The Mummy, Dark Beacon)
- Biggest differences between IMDb rating and my rating: Before I Fall (me: 9, IMDb: 6.4), Molly's Game (me: 10, IMDb: 7.5), Smartass (me: 7, IMDb: 4.5), The Mummy (me: 3, IMDb: 5.5), Le Fidèle (me: 4, IMDb: 6.5)
- Least widespread films watched: Brave Enough (49 IMDb votes), Dark Beacon (144 IMDb votes), Blood Road (176 IMDb votes)
- Most widespread films watched: Logan (~470k IMDb votes), Wonder Woman (~400k IMDb votes)
- Most watched genres (multiple genres per movie): Drama (78), thriller (48), comedy (44), action (39), sci-fi (30), adventure (29), horror (26), romance (14)

My 2017 Movie Oscar Category Winners
- Best Picture: Molly's Game
- Best Director: Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird)
- Best Actress in a Leading Role: Jessica Chastain (Molly's Game) (followed by Saoirse Ronan for Lady Bird)
- Best Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Kathryn Newton (Little Women - even though I don't know who's leading and who's supporting in this)
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Patrick Stewart (Logan)
- Best Animated Feature: The LEGO Batman Movie
- Best Cinematography: Thelma
- Best Costume Design: Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
- Best Documentary Feature: Icarus
- Best Film Editing: Molly's Game
- Best Foreign Language Film: Thelma
- Best Production Design: Logan
- Best Visual Effects: Wonder Woman
- Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Molly's Game
- Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Thelma

My 2016 Movie Top 10
#10: Get Out
#09: Before I Fall
#08: Brigsby Bear
#07: Wonder Woman
#06: Logan
#05: Little Women
#04: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
#03: Lady Bird
#02: Thelma
#01: Molly's Game

As it turned out, 2017 was a solid year in movies - espeically in regard to amazing movies without a white male lead.

P.S. Movies from 2017 on my "to-watch" list that I still haven't seen (and thereby not included here): Flower, Losing Sight of Shore, Blame, Gemini, Habit, My Days of Mercy, The Big Sick, Neverknock, One Percent More Humid, The Silent Child).
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