Broadly speaking I’m not anti-change. I’ve been using an iPhone since Android phones became uniformly enormous. The iPhone SE versions are a good size for me. But the new Notifications “Stack” in iOS 16 is appalling. I now have a huge space for widgets I don’t want and have been missing notifications for things.

It’s simple to disable it in Settings->Notifications and choose “List” but why enable the new Stack by default? Urgh.

Watched https://letterboxd.com/film/black-hawk-down/1/ from letterboxd.com

Although the overall tone of this movie is that of a tragedy, and does emphasise that a lot of people died for no good reason, it still takes a little too much pleasure in the violence.

I also feel it does a disservice to Shughart and Gordon. The crew of Super 64 all survived the crash, not just Durant. Knowing they were defending four men, not just one, three of whom were helpless, casts their efforts in a different light.

★★★★

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Watched GoodFellas (1990) from letterboxd.com
The true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family under the guidance of Jimmy Conway.

It’s a great film but, honestly, I don’t much like these stories. People have these weirdly romantic notions about the Mafia. Never seemed to occur to anyone, they wrote their own history…

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Watched Slumberland (2022) from letterboxd.com
A young girl discovers a secret map to the dreamworld of Slumberland, and with the help of an eccentric outlaw, she traverses dreams and flees nightmares, with the hope that she will be able to see her late father again.

I liked it but it upset our 7 y/o so maybe do your research first…

★★★½

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Watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) from letterboxd.com
Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit enjoying his quiet life, is swept into an epic quest by Gandalf the Grey and thirteen dwarves who seek to reclaim their mountain home from Smaug, the dragon.

Ten years later it’s easier to look past the technical misjudgments and plot contrivances. Armitage and Freeman are both great.

★★★

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I know it’s an old complaint but, wow, starting Windows after a decent break is a disaster.

I’ve got Windows Updates, Windows Store updates, Office updates and Sophos EndPoint all trying to do everything all at once.

How are at least the Microsoft systems not talking to each other?

Heaven’s knows I’m in no rush for Sticky Notes to be updated!

Watched The Final Destination (2009) from letterboxd.com
After a young man's premonition of a deadly race-car crash helps saves the lives of his peers, Death sets out to collect those who evaded their end.

Having said of the last installment “where could you go wrong?”

Well, here most of the foreshadowing is replaced with premonitions and that doesn’t work as well.

Still, there are some wildly inventive fatalities and the finale does actually take it up a notch.

★★★

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Played Firewatch: Out now for Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Mac, and Linux (Firewatch)
Firewatch is a first-person single-player mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.

I played this back in August 2021 and just found some screenshots. I enjoyed it as a game but my over-riding memory is this:

Julia gets offered a job at Yale. Yale is in Connecticut, two thousand miles away. It's a great job: associate department chair. She wants to move. You absolutely do not.  A) Convince her not to take the job. B) Agree if she commutes back and forth.

Basically, the protagonist is a shit.

Also, very, very lazy effort on the stars:

They've tiled an image for the stars...