Looper (2012) Movie Review

Over the weekend we went and checked out the movie Looper, starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I wasn’t really sure what to expect since I hadn’t really paid attention to the trailer. I knew it was a sci-fi type movie with time travel that focused on people killing other people sent back in time. Levitt plays a Looper whose future self is sent back to be killed (Willis). The movie starts off pretty quick with the killing and doesn’t really ever stop. Although it’s not a necessarily gory movie there are a lot of people getting killed, mainly to setup the darkness and grittiness of the future. The movie did seem to drag on at times and there were some confusing parts that I had to put some thought into and figure out what was going on, plus there was one major topic in the movie that seemed out of place till it was approached again near the end of the movie. The story was good but it’s hard to cheer on the protagonist. If you are a fan of dark sci-fi with a side of action this movie will do it for you.

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Adventures in Bad Restroom Design

Little did you know that not only am I professional trainer and locally famous food blogger but I’m also a public restroom design critic. Poorly designed restrooms have been one of my pet peeves for a number of years, but only just today have I made it known to the visitors of my website. But what do you expect when you have jackasses designing restrooms that apparently have never attempted to use the restrooms they design.

First lets start off with the overall clearance issues from the toilet bowl to the paper dispenser. If an adult is unable to sit straight on the toilet because the toilet paper dispenser is in the way of the person’s leg there is an issue. Next if the toilet paper dispenser is placed in a location that requires one to bend over as they are sitting on the toilet to an uncomfortable angle and still struggle to reach and pull out toilet paper something is wrong. Look I realize talking about taking a shit aren’t really something most people want to air in public, I’m not really interested in it either, but who else is going to fight for you on the terrible design of bathroom stalls, surely not Obama or Romney.

Poor Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Kramer Bathroom Design
Poor Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Kramer Bathroom Design
Poor Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Kramer Bathroom Design
Poor Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Kramer Bathroom Design

You may not be able to tell from the picture but there was probably less than 6 inches of clearance from the toilet and the dispenser. Also where the toilet paper comes out of the dispenser is not only below every fucking person in the worlds sightline, but also it’s lower than the toilet rim itself. Who is the moron that signed off on this? It’s not like it saved them any money to put it lower, it’s just a poor design decision. I actually have to pull the toilet paper out from under my leg to get it.

Poor Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Kramer Bathroom Design
Poor Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Kramer Bathroom Design

Then there is the guy whose job it is to decide how much paper towel dispenses from the automatic paper towel dispenser. This guy is one heck of a penny pincher. He’s decided that in order for someone to dry their hands they need 8 inches of paper towel. Little does he know that if your hands are actually wet because you actually washed your hands a normal grown adult probably needs about twice that. But by the time you’ve been tortured by the bathroom stall and tricked by the paper towel dispenser you are fed up enough that end up just throwing your hands in the air and give up.

Where was this wonderfully designed bathroom you ask? At the brand new multimillion dollar hospital and medical offices of Kaiser Permanente on La Palma, known as the Anaheim Kramer Hospital and Medical Office. Bravo KP, Bravo…

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Linkmeter Smoker / Stoker Project

I found a really cool stoker project to make for my smoker and the past month and been working on putting all the pieces together to make my own HeaterMeter Linkmeter. This isn’t my design, I first found it on Reddit when someone mentioned it in the BBQ subreddit. Since then I had it on the back of my mind to try and get my Linkmeter in use for summer and here we are only a couple weeks from summer and I’m on the home stretch. In addition to the GitHub and Reddit mentions it’s probably most important for me to mention this forum thread on The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board where the creator of this project and those that want or have made the device offer support. Also I have lots of thanks for my dad on being the brains behind the actual electrical part since I’m not an electrician, he worked on PCBs and appliances for almost 40 years so he’s an expect when it comes to this all, I’m a novice.

Linkmeter In Pieces
Linkmeter In Pieces

Soon enough I will have this all put together and hopefully it will be doing what it’s supposed to do not long after that! What is it that it does you ask? Well a stoker regulates air flow into the smoker to while keeping the pit temperature at the desired temp. So basically instead of me having to wake up every hour or two on an overnight smoke I can just set this and forget it (well not have to worry around it was much).

Wish me luck!

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Upcoming Movies 2012

Just a list and trailers for reference on movies I’m interested in possibly seeing.

Haywire
Seems like the female version of Borne / Transporter

Iron Sky
A Nazi base on the dark side of the moon that attacks Earth in the near future?! Not sure if this is a CG or real action.


wait it’s a comedy? WTF? Sort of Mars Attacks / Starship Troopers like.

Goon
I actually happened to like Sean William Scott… Plus it has other actors I like in it.

Rock of the Ages
A rock musical (opera) inluding lots of J80′s music. Should be entertaining.

Tim and Eric’s Billiong Bollar Movie
I guess this already came out. It’s pretty weird looking but could be quite funny…

The Amazing Spider Man
I don’t know if I want to invest new time in this. But I will probably eventually see it.

The Cabin in the Woods
I’ve already mentioned this one on Facebook. Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon is an automatic watch for me.

Wanderlust
Paul Rudd loses his job. And him and his wife try to figure out what to do. I think this is out today.

Salmon Fishing in Yemen
Who doesn’t want to fish in the middle of no where?

The Bourne Legary
No more Jason Bourne? Looks promising though. I still need to see the 3rd one though.

Hunger Games
I’ve never read the book but this looks pretty cool.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Written and Directed by one of the guys from The League. Andy and Marshall are in it!

Columbus Circle
I think Kelly will be interested in this one. Looks good has actors I like.

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Internet Blackout Day on January 18

Powered by Dan will be joining thousands of other websites around the United States and the world in protest against Senate Bill 968: the Protect IP Act also known as SOPA. If this bill is passed it will jeopardize internet freedom and shift the power of the independent web into the hands of corporations. We must stop it.

On January 18, 2012 many sites around the web — from small personal blogs to internet institutions like Mozilla,Wikipediareddit, and I Can Has Cheezburger? – will be going dark in protest and to drive their visitors to sites like americancensorship.org to take action and help fight the passage of the Protect IP Act. So will WordPress.org.

If you want to join the protest by blacking out your WordPress site or applying a ribbon, there is now a variety of blackout plugins in the WordPress.org plugins directory. While joining the protest in this manner is laudable, please don’t forget to also make those phone calls to U.S. Senators — they’re the ones with the voting power.

Blackout the Internet on January 18th to prevent it from being blacked out by Corporations.

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