Review: Animated Movie “9”

Just finished watching “9”, the animated film by Shane Acker. I have to admit I was disappointed overall. The plot was slow to develop, and then the ending left me feeling as though the whole thing was an exercise in futility.

The general premise (spoiler alert) is really just Skynet with rag dolls and not-actually-Nazis-but-clearly-Nazis. The idealistic scientist creates an artificial brain, and is then shocked when the government wants to use it for war instead of just building cool toys. The artificial brain eventually realizes that the world would be a lot better without humans, and thus turns it’s enormous war arsenal against humans and kills us all. Fortunately for us, the scientist created 9 little rag dolls and gave each of them a part of his soul. When the rag dolls use the soul talisman to defeat the artificial brain, then… Well, fuck if I know. We end the movie with the soul pieces from the five dead rag dolls ascending into the clouds and causing it to rain, while the remaining four rag dolls say “this world is ours now.”

Umm, did I miss something? What the hell was the point of this? Apparently there’s no humans left, and we’ve got four rag dolls that as far as anyone can tell have no way to reproduce that have inherited the war ravaged, corpse littered world.

Yeah, sorry, just doesn’t really connect with me as an audience member. At least in the Terminator movies you’re always left with the impression that if the humans can finally defeat Skyney, we can repopulate the world. When our rag doll proxy saviors accomplish the final victory it seems enormously empty and fruitless.

Promotion to Apple Fanboy Complete

Today was a banner day for Apple in our household – we heralded the arrival of my iPad case and both of our new iPhone 4s. All told this month I’ve ended up ordering two iPads, two iPhone 4s, and accessories for each of them.

I think this single month expenditure earns me an automatic spot in Apple Heaven, even if I’m not a mindless Jobs Acolyte, right?

Must Have Internet!!!

Since moving Cindy’s stuff into the apartment, we’ve been trying to find a way to get our PS3 to stream movies from our Synology NAS. The first attempt was to use the Netgear Powerline Ethernet adapters that we brought over from her house. Unfortunately, they didn’t work so well. So I tried setting the PS3 to use the wireless, but that didn’t work any better here than it did in her house.

The actual Internet connection via power line was fine – fast enough for gaming, but still a little slow on the downloads. The big issue was that some of her HD movies on the NAS require 13+ Mbps to stream, and we couldn’t seem to push more than about 8-9 Mbps via the powerline adapters and even less via the wireless. Finally, I gave in to the reality that I would have to use a Cat5 cable to get the performance we needed.

My first instinct was to just run the cable along the floor board and tuck it under the carpet. The first problem with that plan was that I had to traverse the kitchen, which is linoleum. The second problem was that the build quality in the apartment is actually pretty good, and I couldn’t easily pull up the carpet edge.

Next I thought I might just get some white cable and staple it to the ceiling/wall. Reflection on that idea revealed that it would look too ghetto, especially since I couldn’t readily find color matching cable.

So I finally settled on doing it the “right way.” I got a shit load of wire mold (aka conduit) and starting running the cable. Several hours worth of labor later, we have 100 Mbps from the NAS to the PS3 and all is right with the world! 🙂