April 10th, 2015

#4668: Quatermass and the Pit

I recalled this movie (titled Five Million Years to Earth for US release) last week and remembered that I wanted to check to see if it was availabe on demand. It wasn't, so I resolved to buy it if I had to.

...but then I remembered YouTube.

Two things happened in short order: I found the full movie there, in very good quality. Wanting to share it with Mrs. Fungus, I hooked the laptop up to the blab slab in the family room, and it worked fine--so we watched it.

5MYtE is the same age I am. I don't remember how old I was the first time I saw it, but I couldn't have been more than 12 or so, and it scared the heck out of me. Even now I find it to be an effectively creepy movie.

Bonus points for the movie containing a relatively early role for Julian Glover whose work both Mrs. Fungus and I enjoy.

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Autoplay warning but I had to link this story about cops beating the living crap out of a prone man because of the last sentence of this description:
In the two minutes after the man was stunned with a Taser, it appeared deputies kicked him 17 times, punched him 37 times and struck him with batons four times. Thirteen blows appeared to be to the head. The horse stood idly nearby.
What did he expect the horse to do? Jump into the fray? "Holy shit, my master is being beaten! TIME FOR THE CAN OF WHOOP-ASS!"

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Had to take some more computer-based training yesterday. The first one I did was about the new wedding/gift registry system. I left the following comment after completing the course:
I'd much rather get a gravy boat. It would last longer than Beats headphones do. Unless I dropped it, in which case it wouldn't. Of course, if it were made of metal it wouldn't break unless I dropped it from orbit. The same goes for the headphones. Life is hard.
The fatalistic "Life is hard" at the end is what seals it for me; I posted that, then laughed.

Generally speaking I think Beats headphones are a complete waste of money. $300 for a pair of headphones? I don't care if they connect via Bluetooth or magical pixie dust; that's ludicrous and there's no way in hell they sound good enough to justify that price tag.

If you added up all the money I'd ever spent in my life on headphones, it wouldn't pay for a pair of Beats. MSRP on the last two pairs was $10 and $8 respectively, and I'd wager the Beats don't sound any better. (My employee discount put the purchases into "impulse buy" territory.)

My usual pair of headphones--a pair of Skull Candy Ink'd I bought while I still worked at Target (!)--cost me $18. A pair of Ink'd still costs $20, but now they include a microphone for use with a cell phone. Meanwhile there's now another Skull Candy headphone which has exactly the same frequency response but lacks the mic, and costs $10 less.

For $300 you can buy thirty pairs of these headphones, and unless you have golden ears you will never, never, ever notice the difference in sound quality. (Most people--99%+ of them--would need specialized equipment to detect the difference.)

The Beats headphones are all plastic, so if you drop them, adios $300. Yeah.

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Now I have things to which I must attend.