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Feel like I need to make an anti-"rules for my shop" sign just to annoy the dudebro makers.

1. There are no stupid questions.
2. My tools are tools, use them.
3. Mistakes are great! Learn from them.
4. Lift up less privileged voices.
5. Is it gay? Good. :transsmiley:​

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OSes 

I've lost count at how many I've used. Consumer, industrial, minicomputer, mainframe, high concept to complete toy. Pre-release, beta, half broken dev builds. I've cut my teeth on so many UNIXes and Linuxes they all look the same.

So, what's the best?

The one you have, and the one that feels like home.

There is no ultimate OS. Prefer to crack code on bog standard Windows? That's cool. MacOS? Sure, if that works for you. I don't care if you're on a mean and lean Arch build, a Haiku Alpha, or some patched monstrosity running in a VM on top of Qubes.

Your home isn't my home, and shouldn't be.

That's what makes it beautiful.

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Confession time 

My first job involved a lot of consulting. Mostly for telecoms, banks, insurance, gov, and even the military. High powered, enterprise stuff with million dollar licenses and secured data centers. Sometimes with loaded weapons.

There's a reason I make websites now, and for none of those people.

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Intro 

Hi, I'm socketwench. You can call me 'wench or socket if you like. I mostly do Drupal and Devops by day, and enjoy bad sci-fi by night. I like creating things with my hands like toolboxes, portable computers, and keyboards. I also write tutorials and blog posts up on my site, deninet.com. Once and a while I also write fiction or draw things. I have...complicated...feelings about the term "maker" and don't apply it to myself. I don't even call myself a "hacker", unless you consider the broader Levian definition. I have a weird social emphasis on my love of tech, which might confuse you at first.

And yes, I still have hard copies of "Hackers" the movie, and all three soundtracks.

*sitting here, wondering if yesterday's movie commentary was actually enjoyable or an annoying onslaught on everyone's timelines*

re: Alien 1979, spoilers, gore, blood, death 

@socketwench - Something I found neat about the FX in Alien is these guys are all from Alexandro Jodoworsky's abandonned Dune production. This is how Dune could have looked had that gone through.

So that's Alien (Director's Cut) and that's .

We've been going hard with some serious and earnest efforts at SF filmmaking lately, haven't we Fedi?

Let's change the tune. Hop in, kid, we're going to Lost Vaga$.

And don't scratch my guitar.

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re: Alien 1979, spoilers, gore, blood, death 

And that's it!

Alien is a classic. It inherits a lot of cultural iota from the fading 70s era, but also inspired decades of films to follow. It's an FX powerhouse, but as we saw from Planet of the Vampires, it isn't the one and only film to have done so. Planet did so a decade earlier, but Alien combined elements of high-scifi with day to day existence that created a unique mix. One that wasn't quite replicated as military-SF dominated in the next decade.

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re: Alien 1979, spoilers, gore, blood, death 

"We're sorry, but this flight is overbooked."

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re: Alien 1979, spoilers, gore, blood, death 

The entire sequence with Ripley prepping for cryo kinda fills me with unease. It *does* make sense in-universe, and there's a kind of fostering vulnerability to it, but it's all shot for the male gaze. It's objectifying and uncomfortable. The film didn't need to do that, nor goes as far as a f-ing crotch shot as she puts on the suit, but it does anyways. Ugh...

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re: Alien 1979, spoilers, gore, blood, death 

"Excuse, me, ma'am? Is this coach? I can't seem to find my seat."

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re: Alien 1979, spoilers, gore, blood, death 

Spot the alien...

Your brainstem already knows it's going to happen before you know it's going to happen.

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re: Alien 1979, spoilers, gore, blood, death 

What in the hell did I just say about the cat!?

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re: Alien 1979, spoilers, gore, blood, death 

And then there's this.

"Kill me."

This wasn't established in the theatrical cuts until Aliens, but it's massively effective here. It adds resolve to Ripley, and creates a horror film catch phrase that could have echoed for years. Instead, it became almost a throw away line in Aliens.

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re: Alien 1979, spoilers, gore, blood, death 

Deleted scene time. While not necessary, this part of the film established the alien's nesting behavior. It's short scene, but it explains an important tick-over for Ripley's character. In the theatrical, she goes from terrified to resolved in the same corridor. The Director's Cut shows us why.

Dallas is entombed. Brett is slowly transforming into another egg. The implication is, they'll be more of them...

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re: Alien 1979, spoilers, gore, blood, death 

Parker's death comes off as rather heroic. Up until the last moment, he's trying to get a terrified lambert to escape. She doesn't, and both die as a result.

I also have....issues with Lambert's death. why must it be so needlessly sexual? None of the other deaths were, but this one is singled out for it, not even Ripley. Why?

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re: Alien 1979, spoilers, gore, blood, death 

Once again, Jones acts as a red herring. Once we go and look for the cat, we know that someone is going to die soon.

Only this time, it's a double-red herring. Ripley would be the natural choice for the next to die. She's alone, and the one looking for the cat. The film dupes us here, using it's own previously estabilished language to misdirect us.

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re: Alien 1979, spoilers, gore, blood, death 

The cuts around the Ash scene between an effect and actor here aren't great. They're more than noticable, even in the original res. They're not bad given the lack of CGI. The actors literally had to be made up and stuck in that table for hours to get this sequence.

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re: Alien 1979, spoilers, gore, blood, death 

Another thing I notice, Ash never eats anything. He only drinks what we assume to be milk. It's so easy to miss, but that subtle detail becomes significant here.

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re: Alien 1979, spoilers, gore, blood, death 

See? The bastard is fucking *smiling*.

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hackers.town

A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.