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Colin Devroe

Reverse Engineer. Blogger.

Jason Snell on Twitterrific for Mac

Jason Snell:

I started using Twitter because of Twitterrific for Mac. When the Iconfactory first released the app, I signed up for a Twitter account and started chatting with my friends. That was ten years ago.

Ditto. I actually started using Twitter via SMS in 2006 then saw it bloom at SXSW in 2007 but then when I saw Twitterrific in 2007-2008 it became a daily (heck, hour-by-hour) habit.

Finished Contact by Carl Sagan in audio book narrated by Jodie Foster. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It was excellent. I love the movie but it makes me wish for the π part in the book to have been in the movie.

Finished an illustrated version of Moby Dick last night. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – It is little wonder why this is such a classic.

Dan Kimbrough reviews the Samsung Galaxy Note8

Dan Kimbrough seems to love his Note8. However, he did offer this one caveat:

The one big let down I have is the speaker. It’s weak and poorly located. There’s only one speaker for media playback. At the bottom, to the right of the charging port. If you’re left handed, that’s probably where your pinky will sit. Sorry. When holding the phone in landscape, it’s where my index finger sits. It’s possible to completely muffle the sound and not mean to, which leads to holding it awkwardly. Playing a game is rough as it becomes hard to hear anything and hold the phone comfortably.

As an aside: Samsung is inconsistent on whether or not it should be typed Note8 (without space) or Note 8 (with space). If you do a search you’ll see ads that show it both ways, videos and news headlines from reviewers that show it both was as well. Even worse, Samsung’s own web site has it 3 different ways; Note 8, Note8, and Note 8.0. Poor form Samsung. This is branding 101.

I’m sticking with Note8.

Jack Baty on Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Jack Baty:

Almost lost me in the first 15 minutes. Way too silly for its own good. Felt to me like they took what they thought made the first film successful and just cranked up those bits. I enjoyed the middle portion, so stuck with it.

If I had written a review, this would be it.

Iron Horse movie bistro in downtown Scranton

On Sunday we went to the Iron Horse movie bistro in downtown Scranton. I was going to write a review but Joe Evans of NEPA Scene has already hit most points that I would cover.

All of the follow quotes are from his review. Be sure to head to their site to read it.

The first thing that stood out to me was how simple it was to buy tickets. Being able to reserve and select exactly what seat you want is fantastic. Knowing that you’re going to have exactly what seat you want is awesome. You don’t need to worry about fighting through a packed theater with your date, hoping for two seats together that still have a decent view of the screen.

We bought tickets through the Fandango app. Reserving specific seating is fantastic. I had zero anxiety about “where will we sit?” and that changes the movie-going experience pretty dramatically.

When you finally reserve a seat, the theater recommends arriving about 30-45 minutes early to grab a bite to eat and a drink in the theater’s lobby bar.

Evans made this bit a little confusing for me. In reality, they want you to order your food and drinks when you’re in the theatre not at the bar. At least, that was the direction we were given. Perhaps you can do both? By getting there 30 minutes prior to the show this gives the waiters plenty of time to take your order, get you the food, and pay your bill before the movie starts. I recommend aiming for 40 minutes before so that you can walk in the moment they allow you to. This process worked fairly well for us but not for the woman sitting next to me. She never got her drinks and asked for a refund after the movie. So clearly there are some kinks to work out. I’d give Iron Horse another month or two if you care to be a beta tester.

Evans goes on.

So here’s my biggest issue with the theater so far – the food, in my opinion, is thoroughly mediocre. There was nothing really wrong with it, it was by no means bad, but it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting.

Because I read Evans’ review prior to going to Iron Horse I did not have the same expectations as he did. So for me, the food was fine. To me, the chairs and a beer were what made the experience.

Seriously, these seats are the best of all the theaters in the area. And it’s not even close.

Not only are they big, wide seats but they are plush and soft, almost pillow-like. They blow the seats at Regal and Cinemark out of the water.

Agreed.

He goes on, later, about the seats.

Since the button for the electronic reclining system is on the inner arm of the seat, I did press it accidentally while shifting in my seat a couple times, so keep an eye on that. It can be pretty startling in a dark theater if you’re not expecting it.

I did this 5 or 6 times. My hand, for whatever reason, hit the button and I kept making the seat move. This isn’t a complaint. I don’t think the seat design is poor. And I don’t think I will do it again next time. But I couldn’t believe how many times I hit this on accident. I felt like a moron.

Overall, the Iron Horse delivers a pleasant ride that adds a little something more to your local theatergoing experience.

Exactly. Iron Horse isn’t Regal and it isn’t Cinemark. And that’s great.

Oh, one final thing. Overall the experience cost us over $80.00. So it isn’t the most affordable way to go to the movies. But I think that is a very fair price for what we got and I think we’d likely do this a few times per year.