Favourite Films

Okay so this follows an interesting late night dinner conversation. Hot on the heels of that is my absolute list of Top 20 favourite films. For now at least. Helpfully one hopes, with the relevant iTunes links where possible:

  1. The Shawshank Redemption. A haunting story of the strength of the human spirit (iTunes)
  2. Touching the Void. Perhaps one of the best mountaineering adventure stories of all time (iTunes)
  3. Heat. Crime. Big artistic shots of LA (iTunes)
  4. Shiri. From 1999 and an early global breakout for Korean cinema. Artistic. Stylish. Irrepressibly violent (IMDb)
  5. Gattaca. That it remains stylish to this day, 20 years later, says a lot (iTunes)
  6. Ronin. Works on many levels. None the least the fantastic scenes of the French Riviera (iTunes)
  7. Sliding Doors. Not only is Gwyneth Paltrow glowingly optimistic, but this movie is wonderful at conjuring up the different paths life can take, pivoting as it does on seemingly small events (iTunes)
  8. The Quiet American. Quite a lot about this adaptation of Graham Greene’s view of the American view stays true to this day (iTunes)
  9. Twelve O’Clock High. As memory serves, this movie is actually used in a leadership class at Harvard Business School. Quite right too (iTunes)
  10. Dr. Strangelove. Insane, logical, and fantastic (iTunes)
  11. Atomic Blonde. A recent addition to the list. Wonderfully snap shots the perhaps forgotten sense of depression, and of things falling apart, in the late 1980s. Great music too (iTunes)
  12. Flight. Robert Zemeckis is trying to say something here. Worth a watch (iTunes)
  13. The Insider. A whistleblowers story that says much beyond that (iTunes)
  14. The English Patient. A classic. Love, adventure, and broken hearts, in the desert (iTunes)
  15. Crimson Tide. A Big Movie. Leadership and character (iTunes)
  16. Dirty Dancing. For the sound track alone. It just makes one happy (iTunes)
  17. Margin Call. A statement on capitalism. In this humble writer’s view, under appreciated (iTunes)
  18. The Remains of the Day. Hopkins and Thompson’s wonderful rendering of Ishiguro’s best seller (iTunes)
  19. The Thin Red Line. Epic. Brutal. Clinically captures the Pacific Theatre War, and in so doing sheds a glimpse on the human spirit (iTunes)
  20. Apollo 13. If we could do all that in 1970 one, at times, wonders, what on earth are we doing today? (iTunes)

A decent coffee shop a button away

Not strictly a review of a coffee shop but useful, one hopes. The short version. It would be neat to have a button on the front of one’s iPhone that could pop up a screen suggesting decent coffee shops in walking distance, like this:

One could then press it and get, e.g. this:

The application Workflow achieves this. It’s great. Once the app is installed once needs to install a ‘workflow’ for the coffee location. The iOS version can be found here, with the link below it being the specific utility to locate the coffee shops:

Workflow by Apple



Goodbye, Facebook…

You know, I will always care about you. But it’s not you, it’s me. You see I’ve changed. I used to just want social sharing, and seeing what my friends were up to, and gossiping. I used to like the sense of being connected. And random news. It’s not that I don’t love you, but yes, yes, it’s me.

You see I just find you increasingly annoying. And — god, I can’t believe I’m saying this — but you’re manipulative too. And seriously, do you have to always go on about Donald Trump and Elon Musk? I mean who cares? Don’t you realise there’s a bigger world out there? Don’t you realise one is ill and the other is using your platform to pump his own stock? I mean, he’s a genius, as he himself would say, right?

But look, I think you will always be special to me — I mean you were my first long term relationship with a social network. But honestly, it just can’t go on like this. Every time I read your news feed, it gets me down. You only ever talk about how much better life is for other people. Don’t you realize that they only talk about the good bits. Don’t you see the cognative bias there? And the entire world doesn’t revolve around Silicon Valley, you know. And frankly, I just don’t wanna hear about it all the time. And yes, maybe I’m old but I miss how it used to be. Remember, with the internet and web pages?

You’re probably right, I might regret this. But I’m breaking up with you. So goodbye, Facebook.

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