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Peter Maranci
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Occasional writer, science fiction geek, and constantly-doting father
Occasional writer, science fiction geek, and constantly-doting father

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The implications of this piece are quite interesting.

I've found an interesting omission in Google's calendar and reminders system: you can't set a reminder or event that repeats after a set number of hours. The minimum cycle for repetition is daily.

I wanted to have a reminder repeat for the painkillers that I'm on after the surgery, and I needed it to repeat for three different painkillers on four, six, and eight hour cycles. But Google just can't do it. I would have had to have entered each one as a separate event. It's a strange omission!

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An underappreciated science fiction classic - and at $2.99, it's a steal. I'd particularly recommend it for people who have any connection to live theatre, but any science fiction fan would appreciate this. Or frankly, anyone who appreciates good literature. It transcends the genre.

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I've now walked all the way from Woonsocket to the point where the Greenway turns into city streets - not far past this old sign.
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A family of deer crossing under a low bridge on the Greenway.
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Amazon is patenting technology which will allow them to detect when you're comparison shopping while in one of their stores, if you're on the store wifi. They can block your access to competitors' websites, redirect you to the Amazon website, or even alert an Amazon salesperson to approach you in the store!

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These things are great. Not only do they hold my fitted sheet in perfect position for weeks, but I clipped my flat sheet with them as well at the bottom of the mattress. And that stayed perfectly in place, too. It makes making my bed as easy as simply flinging the flat sheet and comforter toward the head of the bed.
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I'm glad I don't shop at Whole Foods!

There's something really weird about the way that so many people - even very intelligent ones - are worshiping this crappy movie. It's bombastic, simplistic, manipulative, and terribly written. Even though I know he didn't direct it, it feels as if Zack Snyder was simply trying to hammer the audience over the head (he has a story credit). My son and I were both totally pissed off, and he actually wanted to walk out after the first twenty minutes.

Did anyone else notice how strange it was that WW's two big enemies were old men? And that she killed them both? If Gal Gadot had actually attacked either of those actors in real life, it would be considered elder abuse! It just felt weird.

The movie also committed a classic Hollywood sin, one that I find unforgivable: the protagonist wins "just because". Because her feelings are so strong. That makes her better than any opponent. It's a childish attitude, typical of Zack Snyder; "I'm better because I'm better". For god's sake, they finally had a female protagonist; why couldn't they have made the key to her victory have at least SOME connection to her gender? Apart from a little lip service about love, she could as easily have been a male character.

Oh and then there's the plagiarism. Captain America: The First Avenger was a great movie, no doubt about it. But ripping off a great source does NOT create a great movie. Just before Steve Trevor blew up his plane (oh yeah: spoilers), I actually wondered "Are they really going to do this? Couldn't they have come up with something original?". I should have known better, I guess. Ditto for the colorful war sidekicks; they were well-acted, but they were far too reminiscent of Captain America's team in CA:TFA.

[My son did like that the Chief was actually Apache Chief from the old Super Friends cartoons. Eh-neeek-chock! But that's a very small plus.]

The whole thing reeked of a "creative" team that wasn't anywhere near as intelligent as they thought they were, making a deliberately dumbed-down movie for an audience that they thought of as idiots.

And lest anything think that I'm some sort of culture snob: I've criticized a lot of Marvel movies, too. But not the good ones. My son and I LOVED Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2, despite seeing its flaws. Still, we left that movie feeling good, feeling happy. We had a great time watching it, and we'll be getting it on disc. But Wonder Woman? We left the theater totally pissed off.

The craziest thing is that so many people feel personally insulted at any criticism of the movie! Even close old friends. A big part of the reason for that, I suspect, is the gender issue. I'm tempted to draw some parallels with the 2016 Presidential election, but I suppose that would be asking for trouble. All I can do it maintain my own opinion - quietly - and hope that time will eventually reveal this turkey of a movie for what it is. Just as I'm doing with Peter Jackson's shitty Lord of the Rings movies.
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