Sunday, January 26, 2014

Kaiju Madness

I got a new toy, so to speak, the other day.  I went and bought a wi fi router.  It took me a while to figure out how to install it as the directions, like with a lot of electronic devices these days, wasn't written very well or detailed.  I didn't have much trouble connecting it to my computer, but once I did that, I tried to figure out how to configure it with my TV.  You can also configure it with cell phones, iPads, etc. as well.  I don't work in the high tech field, nor have close friends that know diddly squat about such things, so I headed over to Youtube to see if I could find a video that might be informative on the subject.  I watched a few things, and it finally sunk in what I needed to do.  I tinkered around with it a bit more, and yahoo, it finally worked.  Youtube is a good tool to have for other topics as well, if you are trying to figure out things about your car, plumbing, how to fix things, and so forth.

I thought I would buy the router as it would allow me to stream movies from my Netflix subscription.  I have one already that allows me to rent two physical disc at a time, but I thought streaming might be an option I might want to try out.  Plus, it and my TV, allows me to stream content from Youtube, Vudu, Hulu Plus and some other places.   At any rate, I thought I'd put this sucker to the test once the weekend gets here, and I did that just last night.  It was pretty fun.

Last night I watched the first part of the Carl Sagan documentary, Cosmos.  It's a great documentary.  I remember watching it, and taping it on VHS at the time.  When I got the urge to rewatch this series, I looked through some of my old VHS tapes, but I guess it dawned on me that I probably taped that to Betamax long ago, and was also thrown away long ago as well.

They've since come back and remastered the disc, and updated some of the science on them as well.  I was so moved by watching the first disc that I thought I might want to buy a copy of this series, and looked to see if they had it on blu-ray.  They don't, and come to find out, they many not put it on blu-ray format either.  From what I could read online, it seems that parts of the program were shot on video, so adding it to blu-ray may not make any difference in the look of the series, plus some of the science is a bit outdated.  That's what I read anyway, I personally would not know about that.  I think much of what is on the series about the history of scientist and so forth is still valid.  I assume what they are referring to deals with the astronomy portions of the series.  With the remastered DVDs though I noticed where Sagan has noted some of those updates.  I think it's still a great series, however, and may have to buy a copy.

I also noticed that this spring 2014 Neil deGrasse Tyson is reviving the Cosmos television series called,  Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.  I'm already looking forward to that.  I'm hoping with the renewed interest in it, they'll perhaps renew the older Cosmos as well.  I was up one night and watched an interview between Bill Moyers and Tyson.  It was pretty interesting as well.  Here is Part One of that interview, and here is Part Two of that interview.

 

At any rate, back to Kaiju madness.  While I was looking around on Youtube I ran onto a video where two fans are discussing what their Top 15 Favorite Kaiju movies were, and it was fun to listen too, so I thought I'd share that here.

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