Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks: I wondered in the first 30 minutes how accurate this story of Pamela Travers consulting to the Disney production team – in the early 1960’s – might be for her consent to the licensing of her character, Mary Poppins. Sure, Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson lend a resounding credibility for the movie, but is their presence irrefutable credibility to the accuracy of the story? Is the entire movie a warm-up for the next Mary Poppins?

The story unfolded and it is nothing short of beautifully heartbreaking and encompassing. The permanence of Mrs Traver’s grief of her father’s death and the magical embodiment of the nurse who came to attend his final days, objectified into the mystical and fictional Mary Poppins, seemed plausible and marketable for Disney’s continuation of the Poppins franchise. But would they dare? They did. It was also fantastic.

Cut to one of the many scenes of a conversation with Travers and the Disney writers, noting a simple reel-to-reel audio recorder. I turned to Jaimi, “I want to know if they still have those tapes! What I would give to hear those conversations! She’s impossible!”

I must not have been alone. Watch the movie. Then stay through the credits. Wait for the original pictures. Then listen to the audio from one of the reel-to-reel.

It’s not often you are allowed to see through the veil of sales and marketing to find the very real life inspiration of fiction. This appears to be the real thing.

Warm Spring Day

Everyone is all, “I’m at the beach!”, “I’m at the pool!”, “I’m having amazing food and adventures and booze!”

Meanwhile I’m chained to the desk in my tech cave completing transfer of assets and writing termination of service notices. Ooooh! Up next? TAXES!

Pick Up the Phone First

When you receive “A File has been shared with you” email from a client you haven’t spoken to in a few months, pick up the phone and call him before clicking that link or flagging it as spam.

I called. My client’s exact words when answering the call were, “Aidan, don’t click on that link.” His phone was exploding and the SysAdmin was already scrambled to clean up the mess. I offered my assistance if he should need it, we had a good chuckle and wished each other well. The call was less than 30 seconds.

Benefit: virus not spread and now I’m back on my client’s radar when he reminds himself, “Oh, yeah, I need to have Aidan check on that thing that’s been nagging at me…”

Missing Instapot Feature

For all of the smart features the Instapot has, it lacks the “I forgot I put the lid gasket in the dishwasher and that’s probably why the kitchen suddenly smells so strongly of the broth I’m making… holyshittheresliquideverywhere!”

Yeah. That feature.

A-OK!

Someone please start a new fast food restaurant that copies Chick-Fil-A’s entire menu. Do everything they do except meddle in the lives and rights of consenting adults. I’ll be happy to feed my family from there at least 3 or 4 times a month. Oh, and call the new restaurant, “Chick-We’re-Gay-And-It’s-A-OK!”

Thanks. Good chat.

Love, Death + Robots

Well, hello, “Love, Death + Robots” (Netflix). It’s interesting to meet you. While I knew you were possible, I didn’t expect you so soon. Your aren’t edgy in the traditional sense, you’re quite literally “serrated” and there’s bloody flesh hanging from your handle.

Folks, these are beautifully rendered, dark, violent and sometimes hysterical vignettes that are not safe for you (or minors) to view if you are offended by blood, foul language or nudity.

Imagine Rod Serling of the Twilight Zone having a nearly unlimited CG budget, a laptop, every documented fetish and a pre-order for 18 uncensored episodes on Netflix.

It’s awesome!

Banjo Goals

I discovered this weekend that I want to live long enough to have time to learn how to play the banjo well and be that guy who plays banjo for friends and family but acts like he doesn’t want to, but then banjo’s their faces off.

Expanse

Expanse‘ on Amazon Prime Video: I submit for your consideration as the modern SciFi series to beat. Each episode, each season, improves collectively. I’m thoroughly impressed and recommend that you watch the entire series, start to finish.