Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Zootopia thoughts

I think I was a bit _too_ hyped up for Zootopia, I actually left the movie theatre feeling that it was a great movie, but I was something missing.

Now don't get me wrong, the visuals, the level of detail, the intricacies are just simply jaw dropping. Also, while I generally don't really care what projects I work on, I'd really love to work on the next Zootopia. It's just that good. Not very likely, since that's probably done in the Disney production studios down in Burbank, CA.

One major thing that I felt let down with was the anti-racism angle I keep reading about online. Deep inside, I was hoping that Zootopia would mirror the Japanese shows I enjoy watching - not only lots of action and fun vfx, but always with a strong moral undertone.

In this case, what undertones there were are too subtle, and the predator-prey thing just doesn't work for me.

It's been several days since I watched it, and Zootopia's "Try Eveything" theme song randomly popped up in my youtube feed this evening. I'm one of those people that have a tough time picking up lyrics, most of what I could hear was... .... .. ... Everything. ....... ..... ... Everything.

The bloody song was really very catchy and I though I'd bring up the lyrics to see what was being sung. I think it then hit me what I really felt strong about Zootopia. Not giving up. To rise to the challenge, to keep whacking on the block until it gives.

I'm a bit misty eye'd writing this as I'm reminded of the trials Judy went through.The sheer willpower and attitude exhibited by this lagomorph reminds me that I need to try harder in everything I do. She's even the will power to say no, I'm not suitable for the job. And leaves. How many of us can be that brave in real life?!

Granted she is not "real" in the physical sense (zootopia's real to meeeeee!!!!) and she always has a family to return to after she quit. But in her heart, she's never given up. And that's what I feel the strongest about Zootopia.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Chromebook vs Tablet

I've been using both these week for very different purposes, and I really think it comes down to your needs. But let's talk about some things I like about each of the devices:

The Chromebook Flip has it's own, proprietary charging brick, like almost every laptop out there. USB charging would be nice, to bring less stuff while traveling, But you can't have everything, no? The Tab A uses a regular micro usb port, which is super convenient as I can use one cable to charge both phone and tablet. Both devices take forever to charge up, usually I let them charge up overnight. I really miss the fast charge on the Galaxy S6, that's *bloody* fast!

Form Factor:
One reason why I'm so enamored to the Tab A is the size! With the factory "book cover", it feels very well balanced, almost like a large kindle. Don't get me wrong though, holding a kindle for long reading sessions - fine. I'd get a stiff arm the few times I tried holding the Tab A up, and that's with the lighter, 8in screen!

And of course, the Tablet doesn't come with a keyboard, though any bluetooth keyboard can hook up to it.

The chromebook's really good for typing. Heck, since I've now been typing more on the chromebook than my macbook, I've had to re-calibrate my left hand when I was writing this post (on my mac), as I no longer have the Ctrl/Alt buttons at the bottom left of the keyboard. Just a few minutes ago, I was like... how do I jump from word to word again? On my mac I use my thumb to hold down the alt/option key; on the chromebook it's my little finger on the ctrl key. Blargh.

Media Consumption
VLC definitely runs better on Android. Some very old files I can't playback on the chromebook play back fine on the tablet, or the desktop vlc. Something about the chromebook flip: Supposedly it only takes 64gb sdcards, whilst the Tab A can take up to 128gb.

I still feel dirty when I say out loud or type "apps". Ewww. Can't explain why. But anyways. The play store is definitely more vibrant than the chrome store. That's one major thing when I was hunting for games. Definitely much more choice - though not necessarily better games - on the play store.

Booting up
The chromebook does zero to login screen in under 10 seconds, though it does take some time to churn when loading up google docs. And google docs does churn alot when your word counts go into 5 digits. And that's on my macbook - I haven't reached that many words on my chromebook yet, but I can foresee myself splitting up into several chapters per document.

The Tab A is the regular android bootup, but, how often do you reboot a tablet anyways? I rarely reboot my tablets. Pretty sure my mini's been online several months since the last ios update. Phone on the other hand, would do good to reboot ever so often - never know when a wakelock spike would come in *sigh*

I appear to be rambling now, and am actually quite tired, so I'm going to end this pretty pointless post right here. Good night!