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It seems like Apple has fixed the bug in Compressor 4 (or more likely in the underlying frameworks) that prevented me from encoding wave-files into Dolby Digital AC3s.

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🎞 Watched: Ant-Man

I’d heard a lot about how this one was different from the earlier MCU movies and while it felt less serious – mostly in a good way – I don’t think it was this radical shift that some made it out to be.

Anyway, it was enjoyable but also a bit forgettable. I probably won’t rush to rewatch this anytime soon.

One interesting thing was the scene in the beginning that was set in the past, where they’d digitally de-aged Michael Douglas. I knew this was going to be a thing and after my negative reaction to Tarkin in Rouge One I expected to dislike this as well. Turns out I was wrong. Technology marches on fast and this digital effect looked really good. Funnily enough I actually though digitally de-aged Douglas looked more real than the real Douglas in the rest of the movie.

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Arrival.

Wow!

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🎞 Watched: Avengers: Age of Ultron

When I first watched this movie a couple of years ago I really didn’t like it. Now, as I’m watching is as part of my MCU watching, it is definitely less terrible but it’s still a mess of a movie.

Even though I’ve watched countless hours of MCU movies, since I haven’t watched the Agents of Shield tv show, I still had to resort to google to understand the stakes of the first scene. Who is Avengers fighting? Why? And why should I care?

The action scenes feels impact-less overall and I can’t really relate to the characters. There are some good things though.

I like the scene with Hawkeye’s family. It humanises all of the characters and gives me some reasons to care about them. Also, Elizabeth Olsen is good as the Scarlet Witch. She is doing some actual acting in the final battle scene, something that no-one else in the cast bothers at this point in the movie.

All in all, a more or less terrible movie.

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🎞 Watched: Iron Man 3

This movie has some serious problem with tone. Sometimes it’s great but sometimes it just can’t juggle its emotions correctly. The result is one of the worst Marvel movies. Though I have a feeling that the one I’ll watch next will be even worse.

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It’s a shame that Apple doubles down on the ”Thunderbolt 3 (and mini-jack” are the only connectors needed on a laptop” stupidity.

My dream laptop would be left half current gen MBP (TB3), right half from the old style (USB-A, HDMI and SD card).

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Iris is certainly a child of her time. Today she was playing with an old Roku remote. She was pretending that it was her phone and while she did press some of its buttons she mostly spoke to Siri on her phone, giving Siri instructions how to drive the imaginary car that she was sitting in.

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As good as old again.

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🎞 Watched: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Since this is a Star Wars movie and today was the first time I watched it I’m probably contractually obligated to write something long but that’ll have to wait for another day. For now, suffice to say it was a really enjoyable movie and I’m looking forward to seeing it again. Alden Ehrenreich – the guy that plays Han – is just perfect for the role!

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🎞 Watched: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Snoozefest.

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🎞 Watched: Thor: The Dark World

Yet another Marvel movie. This one was definitely or the sillier side and parts of it felt really bad but as a whole still quite entertaining.

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Just started watching Thor: The Dark World and I must say, the Thor movies are surprisingly entertaining.

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🎞 Watched: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Another highly entertaining movie. The spy thriller elements are more interesting than the action scenes.

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🎞 Watched: The Avengers

Now this was a movie that absolutely benefited from me watching a bunch of other MCU movies prior to it. I originally watched The Avengers a few years ago, having only watched the first Iron Man beforehand. I was mildly entertained by The Avengers then, but nothing more. At times it seemed really silly and I didn’t feel engaged.

Fast-forward to yesterday when I was supposed to watch this for a few minutes during my lunch break. Since I had watched most of the preceding MCU movies, I suddenly felt myself caring about the characters and even understanding them. I cared about Captain America, a character that I’d never given a damn about before. I cared about Coulson because I’d seen him in multiple movies. I even understood where Thor came from. And I really cared about Erik Selveig, for more reasons that simply him being played by Stellan Skarsgård.

The result of this was that I blew off work for more than two hours and actually watched the entire movie in one sitting and I had a blast. Two and a half hours of solid entertainment!

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Since the election in Sweden a couple of weeks ago there are a lot of local, regional and even the state government where there’s uncertainty about who’s going to rule. A lot of coalition attempts are tried and fails.

This week however, at least one of the local governments in my region is putting that aside to prioritise more urgent matters. The yearly moose hunt.

It actually think that is a sign of good health for the Swedish democracy.

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This doesn’t seem entirely correct… (It says my work timer has been running for 48 years.)

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🎞 Watched: Iron Man 2

Another entertaining Marvel movie. Not great by any means, I especially didn’t like neither the character Ivan Vanko not Mickey Rourke’s performance. Also the Iron Man fight scenes is kind of boring but the rest is fun.

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🎞 Watched: Thor

This was definitely one of those movies that I wrote off as complete garbage prior to watching. However The Incomparable’s Summer of Marvel really opened my eyes to the Thor movies, so I gave it a shot and it was actually an okay movie. Not as good as Captain America, but still a lot of fun and I’m glad I watched it.

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🎞 Watched: Captain America: The First Avenger

I’ve not really gotten into the MCU movies before. All I’ve watched prior to this one was the first Iron Man and the first two Avengers movies and while I liked Iron Man, the Avengers movies did not impress me. However, after The Incomparable’s Summer of Marvel I felt like I might have been missing out on some entertaining movies and since Netflix has added some of the early MCU movies I decided to give this one a chance.

Turns out, I really liked it. It’s far from a perfect movie but it was really entertaining and in contrast to Logan it was fun and uplifting. After seeing this movie I actually have some appreciation for the character of Captian America who previously has been more or less unknown to me.

Also, I’m always up for watching a movie where Tommy Lee Jones gets to be as Tommy Lee Jones as possible.

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Today seems like a good day for Songs of Faith and Devotion.

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🎞 Watched: Logan – The Wolverine

I didn’t really have high hopes for this movie and unfortunately it didn’t prove me wrong. I think I’m just tired of these bleak near-future post apocalyptic stories.

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Wait, has the Workflow app been changed to Shortcuts, not replaced? I mean, is the Workflow app on my phone actually the same app as what will be Shortcuts is I update to iOS 12?

I’m confused.

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🔖 Read: How to Trigger IFTTT Applets with iOS 12’s New Shortcuts App and Siri – MacStories

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🔖 Read: Siri Shortcuts: Opening up Siri’s next chapter | Macworld

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Before I started to logg my podcast listening on my blog my ”system” for keeping track of important episodes and their content was to screen shot Overcast whenever I listened to something particularly interesting. I will use some of those screenshots to back-fill some data.

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Today seems to be a perfect day to listen to Christian Gabel’s magnificent Krater album, the soundtrack to a Swedish post-apocalyptic 80’s movie that was never made.

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Two great songs combined into something just as great. Nice! Depeche Mode Ft The Cure – It’s No Good On Fascination Street (Glezpik’s First Mix)

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Based on the current iPhone prices, once my SE breaks I’m no longer going to be an iPhone customer.

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I just had to google how to wrap lines in a cell in the latest version of Excel. Either I’m getting worse at figuring out GUIs, or Excel gets even worse in terms of useability.

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Spatial Workstation User Guide

I always have a problem finding this, so I’ll leave a link to it here.

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Pro Tools | Loudness 4 Years On. Has Loudness Compliance Worked Or Caused More Problems Than It Has Solved?

From my point of view, it’s important to understand that a mix needs to be produced for a typical listening environment.

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De tre följeslagarna by Stephen King
Henrik Carlsson
is 49% done with <a href="/book/show/33972264-de-tre-f-ljeslagarna">De tre följeslagarna</a>.

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De tre följeslagarna by Stephen King
Henrik Carlsson
is 49% done with <a href="/book/show/33972264-de-tre-f-ljeslagarna">De tre följeslagarna</a>.

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On the most recent Hello Internet CGP Grey voices some interesting concerns about how we spend out attention and he lists podcasts as one of the ways he unintentionally fills all downtime for his brain.

And yes, it is off course a bit ironic to hear this on a podcast but I never the less agree with him. I’m in the middle of listening to their discussion now, so maybe I’ll re-evaluate some of my own media consumption afterwards.

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An Old Fashioned cocktail

Judging by my drinking habits, I should probably have a lot more tattoos and facial hair.

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It seems like the correct way to get spatial audio to work on the Oculus Go is to encode your video as a ”Facebook 360 Video” in the FB360 Encoder.

A screen shot of the FB360 Encoder

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Turns out Android File Transfer works with the Oculus Go if you want to transfer/sideload files from your Mac.

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De tre följeslagarna by Stephen King
Henrik Carlsson
is 46% done with <a href="/book/show/33972264-de-tre-f-ljeslagarna">De tre följeslagarna</a>.

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De tre följeslagarna by Stephen King
Henrik Carlsson
is 40% done with <a href="/book/show/33972264-de-tre-f-ljeslagarna">De tre följeslagarna</a>.

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