Saturday, February 3, 2018

This Morning's Trivia.... These Are The Two Movies That I Had In Mind...



  Harry Canyon and Korben Dallas....

Heavy Metal 1981 and

 The Fifth Element 1997
















 Who can forget this clip from Heavy Metal.......



Saturdeyes....
















sent in by Russ






From The Inbox.....Someone Else Was Watching Old Movies Last Night As Well....



Irish -


One of the things that has struck me forcefully is the parallel between the "shadow government" of Hillary/Barrack/Comey/Lynch/et al and the "shadow CIA" portrayed in the 1975 flick, Three Days of the Condor.

None of the "talking heads" has brought it up but I find the parallels fascinating.

Here is the scene that kinda, sorta sums it up - unfortunately, The Grey Lady (The NYT), kind of appears to be the hero at the end.  We know that wouldn't happen today!








Great quote from the film on IMDB:

Joe Turner: Boy, what is it with you people? You think not getting caught in a lie is the same thing as telling the truth?

I've had a couple of sasparillas but I just wanted to pass this along.

Oh... and fuck Robert Redford down into his socialist socks.  Blush

Take Care,

Robbie

Suddenly It Dawned On Me.... Trivia





  Last night I was was scrolling through the on-demand movie channels and ended up selecting

a great old movie from my youth . As I was watching one of the scenes of the movie it

suddenly dawned on me that the character had been used as a basis for the main character of a 

science fiction movie in the late 90's.  I did some searching on the webz and others have noted 

this similarity.



  See if you can get the two movies. Here is a hint:






Please don't name the movies in the comments so others that stop by later can have a chance.

Thanks








The Sounds, Aromas and Tastes Of The Weekend.......



























Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Tuesdeyes.....


























Pure 60's Rock.....



















And It's Only Tuesday.....
























Don' Think Crypto Currency Is Affecting You?


Don't think that Crypto Currency affects you?
Think agai.
If you build your own gaming PC's or visit certain websites, digital money is causing an impact on your life.
I saw my NewEgg alert this morning, and it was down right depressing. NewEgg is a online retailer of computer parts and consumer electronics. I've been on the lookout for deals on components, as my daughter is taking classes for New Media and Digital Design. A PC having more horse-power is a necessity for her now. Motherboards are cheap. Prices of processors are dropping, as well as some other components - but not Random Access Memory sticks (RAM) or Graphical Processing Units (GPU's / video cards).
16GB of DDR4 was running anywhere from $150 - 230 - and that wasn't even high-zoot stuff either.
You could get 16 GB of G Skill for 68 bucks a few years ago. A friend of mine got an incredible deal on 32 GB of GSkill RAM three years back, for less than $135.
NewEgg didn't even have video cards on special, because they are having a hard time getting them in stock.
The AMD 580X I got for my wife's machine, last year, is $200+ MORE than what it launched at.
The super high end stuff is available; as is the rebadged, low end, 2 gen old crap. AMD 560X / 570X / and 580X's are no where to be had; nor are GTX 1050 / 1060 / 1070's. Basically the mid-range cards are gone.
Oooppps - sorry I was wrong.
The card I got the wife, is now 500 dollars more than what I got it for a year ago!
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA6V66PP9672&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-VigLink2-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=12087162&PID=8167422&SID=jcumgvl9je0035wt05278&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_source=afc-VigLink2

What is causing this shortage of computer components, and causing prices to spike,you may ask?
Bitcoin mining.
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/ethereum-effect-graphics-card-prices,34928.html
 
The recent resurgence of cryptocurrency and the growing popularity of Ethereum has led to a massive shortage in the GPU market. Prices are oscillating wildly, and ...


These mining farms are sucking up all of the RAM and GPU's for their shear parallel processing power. While initial mining PC's just used a low power ATOM processors to chug away mining Bitcoin, current mining machines use racks upon racks of multiple-GPU equipped motherboards.
The appeal of GPU's over the main processor of a PC is the amount of concurrent threads they each can handle per instruction clock cycle. A typical high end quad core, Intel processor can process eight threads at a time. Where as a video card can grind through hundreds, to low thousands, in the same time.

As you can see, a GPU absolutely gut stomps a CPU for shear processing power.
When Bitcoins were cheap and plentiful, it didn't make sense to dump a pile of money on high end equipment. Now that the perceived value of Bitcoin has launched through the roof, there are actually people mortgaging their houses to pay for crypto-mining PC's.
Thanks CUDA.......
You can forget about me building anything for the foreseeable future. ðŸ˜’
Now to top it off, it seems certain web sites are hi-jacking your computer, remotely through the ads on their pages, to cryptomine. The most prominent, that I frequent, is Drudge Report. This is an accurate article as well - as my boss looked into his PC's resource management. Network and processing power were being consumed whenever he left Drudge open. This doesn't seem to affect my PC, as I use add ons in Firefox such as Ghostery, AdBlock Plus, and Blur. SpyBot Search and Destroy might be helping me as well.
https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=232879
The reach of Crypto-currency is ever expanding, and like it or not, it is affecting your life.

In one way or another.


H/T to Leigh in Whitehall

There was a time in the entertainment industry when looks weren't the result of plastic surgeries and talent wasn't computer generated

                                                                         One of the "hottest" dance scenes ever



Monday, January 29, 2018

Mondays.....



























The Man Who Is Working To End Black Genocide

I saw this story over at Kenny's. I read the header and clicked the link to continue reading. I was very surprised as I read the article that was linked. It was not what I was expecting. While I was aware of some of the things this man is doing, most of his contributions remain "unsung" and unrecognizable to the people he is trying to help the most. Click HERE to read the rest of the story.