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🎧 Listened to: Flödande gratisreklam för GW:s kändisvin, uppföljande granskning av Kalla faktas uppföljning och framtidens spelreklam 1 december kl 11.03 – Medierna | Sveriges Radio

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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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🎧 Listened to: The Incomparable | My Favorite of the Chrises (Episode 416)

I wonder if having watched Agents of Shield makes The Winter Soldier a better movie. I mean, I liked The Winter Soldier and the original Captain America movie as well, but the movie that The Incomparable speaks about sounds like better movie than the one I watched.

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🎧 Listened to: Robot or Not? | Soup (Episode 144)

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🎧 Listened to: Robot or Not? | Phones (Episode 143)

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🎧 Listened to: Phil and Lisa Ruin the Movies | Phil Ruins the Age of Ultron (Episode 9)

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🎧 Listened to: The Incomparable | The Cloud is Run by Hydra (Episode 190)

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🎧 Listened to: The Incomparable | Congratulations to the Flat Earthers (Episode 415)

The Incomparable’s ”Summer of Marvel” was what got me into watching the MCU movies, so I figured I might also re-listen to a few of the podcasts after actually having watched the movies.

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Arrival.

Wow!

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🎧 Listened to: The Incomparable | Incomparable, Assemble! (Episode 245)

I’m not entirely sure whether this is a re-listen for me or not. I did listen to a lot of the Incomparable podcasts about Marvel movies before watching them, so maybe I did listen to this one when it first ”aired”.

Anyway, it was interesting to listen to it now that I just recently rewatched the movie and liked it more than the first time.

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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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🎧 Listened to: Reconcilable Differences #89: Popcorn Problems – Relay FM

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🎧 Listened to: Reconcilable Differences #88: Static Contraction – Relay FM

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🎧 Listened to: Episode 10: Tetris and the Seed Potatoes of Leningrad | The Anthropocene Reviewed | WNYC Studios

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🎧 Listened to: Reconcilable Differences #87: Looking for Something to Manage – Relay FM

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🎧 Listened to: Reconcilable Differences #86: Horse’s Feed Bag Full of Food – Relay FM

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🎧 Listened to: Reconcilable Differences #85: Comedy’s Not Funny – Relay FM

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🎧 Listened to: Reconcilable Differences #84: Camptivities – Relay FM

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🎧 Listened to: A Word From John | The Anthropocene Reviewed | WNYC Studios

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🎧 Listened to: Reconcilable Differences #83: A Pit of Feek – Relay FM

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🎧 Listened to: Reconcilable Differences #82: Summer of Intentionalities – Relay FM

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🎧 Listened to: Reconcilable Differences #81: Sixteen-Tile Puzzle – Relay FM

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🎧 Listened to: H.I. #112: Consistency Hobgoblins — Hello Internet

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🎧 Listened to: Reconcilable Differences #90: Cargo-Cult Thoreau – Relay FM

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🎧 Listened to: The Incomparable | Overture and Apes (Episode 431)

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🎧 Listened to: Accidental Tech Podcast: 298: Protective Sandwich

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🎧 Listened to: #21 Lars Vilks by God Ton™

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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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🎧 Listened to: John Carpenter – Halloween (Theme) by Song Exploder on PRX

Seems appropriate today.

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🎧 Listened to: The Incomparable | We’re the Magnificent Seven (Episode 430)

I can’t believe that Vangelis’ soundtrack for Blade Runner wasn’t picked.

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🎧 Listened to: #20 Medelklassens naziångest och graffitisanerande konstnärer by God Ton™

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🎧 Listened to: Accidental Tech Podcast: 296: Giant Buffers of Floats

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🎧 Listened to: Episode 9: Pennies and Piggly Wiggly by The Anthropocene Reviewed

The Anthropocene Reviewed is currently my absolute favorite podcast. It’s always both entertaining, interesting and thought provoking.

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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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🎧 Listened to: Micro Monday – Episode 33: Aleen Simms aka @aleen

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🎧 Listened to: The Incomparable | Sometimes You Need a Wookiee (Episode 408)

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🎧 Listened to: H.I. #104: Fruitbooting — Hello Internet

I had already listened to this episode when it was first released but at that time I hadn’t watched Solo: A Star Wars Story so I skipped that part of the episode. Now that I have watched the movie I went back and listened to the episode.

I enjoyed Grey and Brady’s discussion about it and I’m glad they more or less liked the movie. I agree with them that it probably is the second best new Star Wars movie.

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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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