Bad: It's 2.5 hours long and I only remember a couple things happening. What did they do with all that time?
I have to say, I really hate the new Dumbledore. He has zero screen presence or charm and inspires not a whit of confidence that he knows what's going on.
As for the story...meh. I remember the book seeming to make sense, but the movie has arbitrary rules that are also broken arbitrarily. For instance, if the Triwizard Tournament is so dangerous, why are children under 17 ever allowed to compete? Why are contestants bound to compete if their name is chosen and why must they risk real death during the competitions? And if they must, why can they be rescued during the hedge maze?
Given the stupid nature of Quidditch, I'm guessing these logical problems are inherent in the book, but they seemed to be hidden better. The phrase "it's a movie for children" came up with monotonous frequency while watching it.
Oh and aren't the Coeur de la Fleur girls supposed to be blonde and ethereal? These were just cute.
I'd like to give it 2.5 stars, but I rounded up to 3 for no real reason at all.
On Friday morning I realized I'd need to pull all my half-arsed matrix routines into a separate class. So in a marathon coding session that day, I created a whole Matrix class (there being no existing Tcl code that I could find) implemented in a way that would make my task easier. Got it all done in a single day, including rewriting all my existing code to use the new class.
Then on the way home, I realized that I'd done just about the least efficient thing I could have done to make it work and that it would be vvvslow with any significant number of vertices. Tests today confirm that. However, I found that tcllib has a linearalgebra package after all, so I think I can rewrite the class to use the package and I'm good. We'll see.
It took a surprisingly, even embarrassingly, long time to make a caster wheel for the robot, but I finally got one that a) pivoted, b) didn't bend under the weight of the bot and c) went straight. Then it was time to add the bumpers....and the sensor wires wouldn't reach. Tore almost the whole robot apart and put it back together more compactly in about an hour and now it is all built and waiting to be programmed.
I went out in the yard for the first real time this year (to use the grill!!) and noticed that all the leaves and sticks I left there last fall are still there. WTF, I thought the moles and squirrels would take care of those things! The Bush administration continues to be ineffective on things that matter.
So we set up the still to get some pure(r) alcohol on Saturday. As described previously, the mead flask went in a heated water bath. The column entered a stopper into that flask and formed an inverted U up and over to the condensation flask in an ice bath. We had a thermometer monitoring the head temperature as well as the heated bath temperature.
Results: Not that great. We were only able to get the head temp up to ~80°C for brief periods and only intermittently. Mostly it stayed down around 30-50. The main problem was that the water bath kept boiling off and we had to add fresh, and therefore relatively cool, water. Why was the bath boiling but not the mead? It is possible we were superheating it, since I didn't add a boiling chip.
We did get maybe 1 ml of alcohol out the other end. We don't know what proof it was, but I can tell you it definitely smelled stronger than the mead. Whoa, Nelly.
For round 2, I think we need to make two changes. First, we found a rock with lots of nice crevices and crannies for nucleation sites. Second, we want to heat the flask directly, not in a water bath. We can't just put it right on the stove burners and Target didn't have a hotplate that would work. Then I thought of the crock pot. If I take out the crockery lining, I can put the flask directly on the indirect heating element. It takes a while to get hot, though, so I didn't yet verify that it would actually boil water. I could also leave the crockery in there, but that would take even longer.
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