How many days between 2014-11-29 and 2016-05-17?
What’s the angle between the hour hand and the minute hand on an analog clock
when the time reads 11:37?
The hard way to compute the difference between the two dates
is to start counting back months and days until you reach the earlier date,
or equivalently to count forward from the beginning.
(Don’t forget that Feb 2016 has 29 days but Feb 2015 has 28.)
Similarly with the angle between the hands.
The easier way is to compute the number of units between the first point
and some reference (or base) point,
to do the same for the second point,
and to subtract the two numbers.
Two transitions at Freely Speaking Toastmasters tonight:
Kim gave her last speech before moving to California
and Shasti gave her tenth speech,
which earned her her Competent Communicator award.
It’s always exciting to see people proceed through a series of speeches
and achieve milestones like the CC.
You see them get better with each speech.
The awkward fumbling hesitation of the early speeches
is supplanted by growing fluidity and confidence,
as the practice and the evaluations help them improve.
Title: The Woman Who Knew Too Much
Author: B. Reece Johnson
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Cleis Press
Reading period: 5–14 May, 2016
Jet Butler lives on an isolated mesa in New Mexico.
One of her few friends is a suspect in a murder.
Cordelia Morgan, an outsider,
who turns out to be far more than she seems,
is also interested in the murder,
which seems to be somehow tied up in the sale of water rights.
This never quite gelled for me.
Despite the author’s flair for description,
I found the plot confusing and I was not engaged with the two protagonists.
Title: Sing Street
Writer-Director: John Carney
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Keywords: musical comedy-drama, teen, coming of age, period, Irish
Watched: 14 May, 2016
Conor Lalor’s family life is falling apart.
His parents are breaking up and they’re broke,
there not being much work in Dublin in 1985.
To economize, they take the 15-year-old out of his fee-paying Jesuit school
and send him to the Christian Brothers’ school in Synge Street.
Conor wants to impress the beautiful girl who lives across the street
and he offers to put her in his music video.
Raphina accepts and then he has to pull together a band with his school mates,
which they call …continue.
Title: What We Do In The Shadows
Director: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Watched: 13 May, 2016
What We Do In The Shadows is a mockumentary
about four vampires living in the suburbs of Wellington, New Zealand.
They are being filmed by a documentary crew in the months running up
to the Unholy Masquerade Ball,
the highlight of the social season
for the local vampires, witches, and zombies.
Not well adapted to modern life,
Viago, Vladislav, and Deacon are all hundreds of years old.
8,000-year-old Petyr turns a new vampire, Nick,
who brings his human friend, Stu, a computer programmer,
into their circle.
Stu—who the older vampires like …continue.
Director: Paul Feig
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Keywords: action comedy
Watched: 12 May, 2016
Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy),
a self-effacing, overweight, desk-bound CIA mission controller,
spends her days in a verminous CIA basement
talking into the earpiece of her glamorous field agent counterpart.
When he’s killed before her remote eyes and other field agents are compromised,
she goes into the field for the first time
and soon blossoms into a deadly agent.
I had never seen McCarthy in anything before and
I assumed that Spy would be a dumb, gross-out comedy.
It was better than I feared
and genuinely funny at times.
McCarthy inhabits several personas,
ranging from the initial doormat of an analyst
I saw a packet of triple chocolate cookies
and I wondered, “Triple chocolate?”.
I googled and found several recipes,
all of which used cocoa powder with
either a couple of varieties of chocolate chips,
say semisweet and white,
or a couple of varieties of chocolate,
such as dark chocolate and milk chocolate,
The Keebler’s cookie was unmemorable.
The recipes sounded better.
Title: Jurassic World
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Keywords: action, sf
Watched: 10 May, 2016
Jurassic World is an unnecessary retread of the Jurassic Park franchise.
New, scarier, smarter monster Imperator Furiosa¹ breaks out of its enclosure and wreaks havoc,
killing humans and dinosaurs for pleasure.
Plucky kids—or are they darn, meddling kids?—aided by unlikely romantic couple—and by velociraptors and a T. Rex—manage to save the day.
Meanwhile, greedy human villains plan to profit off the mess
but get eaten before the end to audience applause.
Chris Pratt delivers scruffy heroics
while Bryce Dallas Howard runs around the entire movie
in ridiculous heels without breaking either an ankle or a heel.
Director: Peyton Reed
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
Keywords: Marvel, superhero
Watched: 9 May, 2016
Ant-Man is a lightweight but appealing entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Decades ago, Hank Pym discovered the Pym Particle and invented the Ant-Man suit,
which allowed him to shrink to the size of an ant.
He buries the technology, believing it’s too dangerous.
Now his former protégé Darren Cross is close
to perfecting the Yellowjacket shrinking suit and selling it to Hydra.
Pym and his daughter Hope recruit Scott Lang,
a former burglar, to don the Ant-Man suit to stop Cross.
Much of the movie is played for laughs.
Unlike Deadpool, these are PG-13 laughs.
Paul Rudd …continue.
We married on May 6th, 2000.
We went to Vancouver for the weekend to celebrate our sixteenth anniversary.
It was our first trip out of town since August,
when we returned from two months in Europe.
We drove up on Friday,
stopping in Marysville to have lunch with a friend
and to buy some clothes at the Outlet Mall.
On Saturday, we went up Grouse Mountain for the first time ever,
to enjoy the views on a clear day.
After that, we drove along the coast in West Vancouver
as far as the scenic village at Horseshoe Bay
and the Whytecliff Park.
We concluded the day with a fine dinner at Adesso.
On Sunday, Emma …continue.