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Yodeller

Welcome to the Yodeller: my ongoing project to try and write something every day. You can read more about the background from here. If you are a new reader you might want to start from the beginning.

Where have all the forums disappeared?

In the good old days of the internet most of the online discussion happened in forums. Sure there were also the IRC and mailing lists which both still have some loyal followers around some more niche topics. But those are a bit different form of communication.

What forums were good at is capturing information. All the discussion and answers were there, available years after the original discussion to be found again when needed. And if you didn't find the answer the same place worked for asking the question too.

Of course all those forums were scattered all around the internet. Each one with just a bit different user experience and rules and the need to create yet another user account.

Of course there are many "better" platforms available today. Stack overflow and quora offer curated questions and answers, various wikis try to collect all the information in one place. And then there is Reddit, perhaps the closest thing to the forums of old, bringing every topic under a single platform unifying the mess of distinct forums. But even that often falls short to a well managed forum.

The most worrying part is that many of the communities are moving away from this form of communication completely. The discussion now happens in chat services like Discord where the information is soon lost in the stream of new messages and where it can't even be found by outsiders to begin with.

I see things

I believe I'm pretty good at visualizing things in my mind. It's easy for me to imagine how things would look like or how they fit together. It's also easy for me to recall things that I have seen.

This visual thinking also expand to more abstract things that traditionally don't even have any shape. I just put them into a map and can easily navigate them or point out the things I need.

This kind of thinking undoubtedly helps me figure out things and come up solutions efficiently. But it alone isn't enough. And that's where I fall short.

First of all, I'm not good at turning those visions into words. It's hard to explain them to others when I can see them clearly but can't explain what I'm seeing. With the more abstract concepts those explanations wouldn't probably even make sense to others even if I could describe them.

I'm also not good at visual representation. I can't draw so even if I would put my visions into pictures nobody would recognize what are those doodles supposed to represent.

I to the MAX

I went to see the new Dune movie yesterday in our one and only IMAX theatre here in Finland (as it was intended to be seen). I gave a praising review to the movie, but I don't know how much of it was influenced by the IMAX experience (I might need to see the movie in a "regular" screen too). The IMAX viewing experience was an experience of it's own.

This was my first movie I've seen in an IMAX theatre. I was lucky to get us rather good seats: right in the center, but maybe a bit too front. The viewing angle was a bit too high on our row. A couple of rows back might have been perfect.

The huge screen basically filled the whole field of view. Only at the edge of the peripheral vision I could see a little black beyond the screen without turning my head. It was great when you could practically take a look around and still be immersed in the movie.

Of course sometimes you had to look around to not miss some action happening closer to the edge of the screen. But this movie was made for IMAX and such details sort of worked nicely. There were scenes where it was part of the experience that there was something happening in the corner. It really built the mood for those scenes.

Then there is the resolution and image quality. The ads and trailers before the movie weren't all shot in an appropriate resolution so they looked crappy. Also the screen size and curvature made them look disproportionate. During the first seconds of the movie I was disappointed at first: the picture was grainy - until I realized those were grains of sand, perfectly cast on the screen.

The experience overall was great, but not perfect. While the tech on the theatre might have been top notch the seats weren't anything special. I've actually seen much better seats in many regular theaters. The picture wasn't perfect either all the time. Sometimes it got slightly blurry, especially when there were wide panning shots with a lot of details the picture started to twitch noticeably.

Work of passion

Finally an adaption worth of a masterpiece that the Dune is. Villeneuve definitely nailed the work. Even though I set unfairly high expectations for it my first impression is that it might even have exceeded those.

The movie is visually stunning. Villeneuve wasn't kidding when he suggested seeing it in IMAX. The experience was fantastic. Even if it wouldn't have been based on one of my all time favourite book series I would say it was a movie worth seeing.

For a Dune fan like me this is finally a dream come true. Of course the movie omits a lot of details from the books and takes some liberties on other parts. But that's why it's an adaptation. Trying to put every detail in the big screen (or even into a several season series) isn't really feasible. It would just end up being boring and slow. That's what makes it interesting and fresh for even the ones who can recall the whole book. I'm sure there will be a lot of details hidden in the movie to be found even if they weren't in the spotlight.

It really shows when a director is really passionate about the script. The perfection needs more than just "doing the job". Villeneuve has said he has wanted to make this movie ever since he read it back in his youth. That passion really shows.

 

Fixated

It seems my fears were true. The apartment we went to see today was really nice. It has been recently renovated with good taste and quality materials. But no matter what, I kept comparing it to the other apartment again.

This one was smaller, it had one less rooms. The location was fine, about the same distance from the city center but different direction. There wasn't really anything that would have been clearly better than in my current favourite option. And even those few things were ones that can be fixed there with a little bit of effort. So the biggest pro on this one was the fact that we wouldn't have to do practically anything in there (besides changing the wallpaper on couple of walls). Even the price wasn't that big of a difference. Of course the renovation costs will increase the total price of the other even further.

Sure having everything ready doesn't mean they are perfect. There are many things that don't meet my ideal solution and can only be achieved by designing everything by myself. I also want to have something me in my home, something more than just a couple of painted walls.

Maybe I've just spent too much time in my plans and I'm already a victim of the sunk cost fallacy. It would bee too much to give up on those plans and dreams and start over again.

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