On certain days of the year, or on particular occasions, I like to watch certain movies.  Here they are.

Halloween:

  • Nothing specific, just a scary movie on my iPad either rented from iTunes or streamed from Netflix as it's my job to wait in the living room and hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters.  Mom said she's never made it through Psycho so one year I watched it with the iPad's sound up full blast while she worked on her crafts on the other side of the room.

Guy Fawkes Night:

Christmas Eve Triple-Feature:

  1. The Star Wars Holiday Special.  The RiffTrax version.  I don't think I can make it through without Mike, Kevin, and Bill holding my hand.
  2. Die Hard.  A modern holiday classic.  Christmas just isn't Christmas until you see Bruce Willis shoot up a bunch of European terrorists and blow up half a skyscraper in the process.
  3. The Polar Express.  I like trains.

The Night Before Flying Out on Vacation:

  • Up in the Air.  It reminds me that home is wherever you make it.

This list will be updated whenever.

Posted
AuthorJason Montgomery

I was on the bus today, and when my stop came, the person ahead of me at the exit door tried to open it by waving his hand at the green light above the door and not pushing the bars on the door. Despite clear, concise, simple, monosyllabic instructions written on the door saying to push the bars to open the door, this moron reached above and waved at the green "you can open the door now" light with his hand.

I have seen countless people incorrectly trying to open the exit doors on Calgary Transit buses and it stops now.

Posted
AuthorJason Montgomery

To whom it may concern:

Please stop bundling McAfee security software with the Adobe Flash updater. A family member said that Flash wanted to update, so I ran the downloaded installer and saw that a McAfee program wanted to download and install alongside Flash.

I know there is the option on the web page when updating Flash to not include the McAfee software as part of the update, but when I told my family member this I was told there wasn't one, just a Download button and nothing else. So I was the one who looked stupid.

I know that McAfee is a legitimate software company, but too many times now I have had to repair this family member's computer because of unwanted software sneaking in due to unchecked option boxes or fine print not being read. I suspect that one such time effectively lobotimized our existing security setup and let a particularly nasty virus in. (That, and a display driver that Dell should've pushed out automatically compounded the problem by not allowing the security software to reinstall but that's beside the point.) 

When your distribution deal ends with McAfee, please do not renew it. Some of Adobe's customers already have their own security setup and do not want anything that could interfere with it.

Thank you for your time, 

Jason Montgomery

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AuthorJason Montgomery

And now, the addition to the prior lists of movies and TV shows I never would have normally seen if it were not for Mike Nelson's RiffTrax (not counting tracks that are not out yet and short films):

  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part II
  • Breaker! Breaker!
  • Horror Express
  • Viva Knievel!
  • The Apple
  • Kingdom of the Spiders
  • Psycho II
  • Firehead
  • Fangs of the Living Dead
  • Silent Rage
  • Supersonic Man
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
  • Swamp of the Ravens
  • Treasure of the Amazon
  • The Wizard of Oz

Now that's a lot of mostly crap.

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AuthorJason Montgomery