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#1132125
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MAC or PC
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Jay said:

yhwx said:

chyron8472 said:

yhwx said:

Also: y’all should use Macs.

If you’re into graphic design or video editing, sure. I am not.

This is a misconception that a lot of people have about Macs: they’re only for artsy-fartsy people. That’s just not true. They’re for everybody, from the lest competent computer user to a visual artist to a web programmer. That last one, I think, is a particularly important point, as there was a bit of an exodus from Windows and other platforms to the Mac for programmers in the last decade.

The mass migration within the development and IT fields from Microsoft products to Apple products has been staggering, and these aren’t unskilled users. MS was caught completely off guard by it and they were smart to push into the cloud as much as they have; they’ve been pretty successful there, thanks in no small part to their increased focus on design and usability.

The price comparison is a persistent myth that refuses to die. Similarly configured PCs cost similarly to Macs, and companies that switch to Apple products experience lower support costs and less time spent helping non-technical staff.

Jeebus said:

Why is it Apple’s job to coddle the users and make sure they don’t accidentally fuck something up?

If we lived in the world you envision, microwave ovens would continue to run even if you opened the door. Users don’t deserve to have their faces burned off just because they make a mistake.

I feel like this is a really bad comparison. I’ve never known a Windows machine to harm the user because they made a simple mistake (and who opens a microwave while it’s running anyways?). The only thing you have to understand with Windows is, don’t move/delete the C drive, don’t move/delete system 32, and you’ll figure it all out from there! They’re really simple to use, and you only need to have a deep understanding of its machanics if you want build/repair it yourself.

Besides, you absolutely have complete access to everything on a Mac, just not necessarily via the GUI, and they’re fairly configurable.

This is still a problem. I should be allowed to do anything I want with my computer, and the OS should allow me to do so easily. I’ve never had a good understanding of non-GUI interfaces, so if I want to do anything that for some reason I’m not allowed to do through the GUI, I pretty much can’t do anything about it. I would have to go find some online tutorial that shows me exactly what to do (even then I won’t know what I’m doing), and by that point it caused me more trouble than it’s worth.

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#1123033
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Random Thoughts
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So the phrase “It’s Tuesday” became an inside joke with some friends of mine and I some time ago, and then I remembered that “Tuesday Thread” exists, along with the fact that I was born on a Tuesday, and one of my unfinished screenplays is titled “A Tuesday in May”…

yeah that’s about it.

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#1118416
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Last movie seen
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The Evil Dead (1981) – ★★★★ (of ☆☆☆☆)

Watched the Japanese LaserDisc rip, which looked surprisingly nice on my 720p plasma. I can’t wait for more news on PDB’s regrade of the BD to the LD color timing.

Evil Dead II (1987) – ★★★★ (of ☆☆☆☆)

Watched PDB’s open matte upscale.

Jaws (1975) – ★★★★ (of ☆☆☆☆)

My mom watched it again for the first time since the '70s. All she could remember about it before watching was Quint getting bit in half. We all had a lot of fun.

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#1117682
Topic
Top 10 mojos
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I hate coffee, so that’s what got bumped. 😛

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#1116103
Topic
Last Movie You Can't Unsee
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TV’s Frink said:

I guess I can understand not liking Aliens although it still seems odd to me…but to say you wish you could unsee it makes no sense to me at all.

Yeah I also don’t like Aliens, but I would never want to unsee it.

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#1115984
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Last movie seen
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Fargo (1996) – ★★★★ (of ☆☆☆☆)

I live there.

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#1115899
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Last movie seen
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Maverick (1994) – ★★★★ (of ☆☆☆☆)

This was very enjoyable. A fun movie that never stops being fun, with some real nice filmaking and cinematography. Great performances all around by the allstar cast. It wasn’t perfect, but I think it deserves the full four stars.

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#1115652
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Last movie seen
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TV’s Frink said:

Dek Rollins said:

TV’s Frink said:

Dek Rollins said:

older members like Frink

I want to be mad at this but it’s true.

You’re not that old. My parents are like, 12 years older than you. 😛

I’m not sure if that makes me feel better or worse.

I think you should feel better. You won’t be that old until your kids are my age and past it. You still have a lot of life ahead of you. You make “I’m old” jokes on here a lot, but I think you should maybe take a think about how old (negative) you really are. You’ve got many years of experience and wisdom under your belt, and you still have many more years of further experience and wisdom to get.

I don’t mean to sound like I’m preaching to the person who should probably be giving me advice, but I guess that’s what popped into my head, haha. In fact, maybe just ignore this post. 😛

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#1115637
Topic
The Phantom Menace on 35mm
Time

poita said:

Dek Rollins said:

Poita, I think the donation thing is actually a very good way to tell who cares enough, but I also want to point out the other side of that. I actually want to donate to this, as I grew up watching the theatrical version on VHS, but I’m that outlier case that maybe can’t donate to something I really want to see happen. I’m a highschool senior currently without a job. I have no income and no money whatsoever. I donated ten bucks to the THX scan out of my Mom’s pocket, haha. I could do that for this as well, but that’s only going to happen if she’s feeling generous enough.

I just wanted to say that there is genuine interest even from those who don’t have the money to donate. I actually think this film is terrible, but I still enjoy watching the version that I grew up watching every single day on my CRT television, and having the complete widescreen theatrical cut from 35mm would probably be the most enjoyable way to rewatch it now. I also want to respect you and your time and money input, so of course there are more important films to get to, but I thought I should voice my interest in this. I’ll see what I can do about donating a bit.

Heya Dek,
No one is under any obligation to put anything towards any project, and there are certainly more important things out there to donate to. The THX donation is certainly appreciated by everyone working on it.
Please don’t feel under any obligation to donate to this project.
Generally though, I feel that if someone is passionate about a project getting done, nearly anyone could find $2 if they have the means to have internet access, a device to watch a digital file on, and time to hang out on forums etc.
I remember being 8 years old so and mowing nearly every lawn in our street, and washing neighbours cars to buy 8mm film stock to make short films on a wind up film camera (an old revere8) that I received from my Grandfather when he passed away.
I was really passionate about making films, and it was the only means I had to do so. I sold some of my action figures to other kids at school (not my Star Wars ones, I needed those for the films!) and once I scraped together the $30 or so required of 1979 money, I’d go buy my film, shoot the few minutes of it that you got for that money and would then post it off to Kodak and wait a few weeks for it to return to me in the post.
Once it came back, I’d breathlessly open the envelope, run inside and watch my (awful) creation, and then start finding ways to afford the next one.
One time the film came back blank, something went wrong with processing and I’d blown my dough, but another 3 months later I afforded another reel and made another short film.
However I would never have lifted a finger to get money to buy a chocolate bar, or somtehing like a radio control car, which my brother would have done nearly anyhting short of selling a kidney to get. (It took him six months to save up to get a Tamiya Hornet)
I thought RC cars were cool, but I never would have expended much energy, or sacrificed much to get one. I kinda wanted one, but I wasn’t passionate about it.

If one is passionate about something they really want, finding a dollar or two can usually be done, my 4 year old daughter gets a dollar a week pocket money if she cleans her room and makes her bed anbd waters the vege garden (her weekly chores) and she is currently saving up for a toy she wants really badly that costs $6. The 6 weeks feels interminably long to her, but she is now four weeks in and is excited that it is only 14 more sleeps.

That’s actually some great talk about passion. I’m also passionate about film, but I grew up kind of the opposite of you in that I’ve never been the kind of person who easily expresses my passion with action. I’ve always had the pessimistic mindset that I’ll never be able to afford the means of following my dreams of filmmaking. It was always a matter of “I’ll be a big director… when I’m an adult with money and experience.” But there was a change last year’s Autumn when I watched the Evil Dead films and read about Sam Raimi’s filmmaking origins, from Super8 to professional features. I was greatly inspired and finally shot a shortfilm. I kind of wish I had the kind of passion you described growing up, but maybe that just has to do with the different environments created by different time-periods.

That is kind of what I was waffling on about when I said it is an easy measure for me as to whether it is worth investing the large amounts of time into a project for me, if a solid amount of others are passionate about a film, willing to make a very small sacrifice for it to be preserved, then it feels worth it to me to go ahead with it.
If there aren’t a bunch of people passionate about the film, then it makes more sense to me to find one that people are really keen to have done.

I completely understand that. Considering the film we’re talking about, I’m surprised there’s as much interest as there seems to be, and I’m glad it’s there. There’s a thread on here where some members are getting a Jurassic Park III print scanned, and I wouldn’t spend a dime to care about preserving any of the JP sequels, and this is coming from someone who saw JP3 first. I can imagine that’s how you sometimes feel with a project like this. You don’t care much, but someone out there does, so it just might be worth it for them.

I’ve been overwhelmed at times at the amount of work, sacrifice and support that strangers put into seeing films preserved both here and on other forums. Every one of you has my eternal respect and it warms my heart in these often selfish and divisive times to see people come together from all walks of life to share their love of film with each other. Amazing things have been achieved, if it wasn’t for everyone here, a laserdisc would still be the only way to watch the original Star Wars films for example.

Anyway, thanks again for the donation to THX, there will be news on that front soon 😃

I think you deserve the eternal respect of everyone on this forum. You seem to sacrifice so much just to see the films we love preserved. I give my utmost thanks to you for your contributions to this community and to the history of film.

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#1115385
Topic
The Phantom Menace on 35mm
Time

Poita, I think the donation thing is actually a very good way to tell who cares enough, but I also want to point out the other side of that. I actually want to donate to this, as I grew up watching the theatrical version on VHS, but I’m that outlier case that maybe can’t donate to something I really want to see happen. I’m a highschool senior currently without a job. I have no income and no money whatsoever. I donated ten bucks to the THX scan out of my Mom’s pocket, haha. I could do that for this as well, but that’s only going to happen if she’s feeling generous enough.

I just wanted to say that there is genuine interest even from those who don’t have the money to donate. I actually think this film is terrible, but I still enjoy watching the version that I grew up watching every single day on my CRT television, and having the complete widescreen theatrical cut from 35mm would probably be the most enjoyable way to rewatch it now. I also want to respect you and your time and money input, so of course there are more important films to get to, but I thought I should voice my interest in this. I’ll see what I can do about donating a bit.

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