Disappointing: the only way to see The Force Awakens in IMAX is also in 3D

Yes, it’s Back to the Future Day, but I want to talk about Star Wars.

Like many of you , I’m a big Star Wars geek and I’m excited to see The Force Awakens. I was even more excited to learn that it was being filmed and screened in IMAX format.

And like many of you, I also went online during Monday Night Football right when the trailer hit to try to buy tickets. Regular screens be damned, I went right for IMAX screenings. And not just the “IMAX Experience” but full blown IMAX theaters.

However, my excitement was quickly subdued a bit to learn that in order to see it in IMAX, I’d also have to watch in 3D. Bummer.

Star Wars The Force Awakens IMAX

You see, while The Force Awakens was filmed with IMAX cameras (yay), it wasn’t filmed with 3D cameras. That means that the 3D effects were done in post production. While I don’t care about 3D much to begin with, if I’m going to see a 3D showing I’d rather see one done with real 3D cameras. (Read why I prefer this)

Star Wars cinematographic

Eventually I found and bought an IMAX screening that wasn’t yet sold out (and when their site wasn’t crashing). But I also bought tickets to a regular non-IMAX, non-3D screening just so that I can get the non-3D experience. While I guess I’m ok with that, I was really hoping to see Star Wars in IMAX and not have to deal with post production 3D and 3D glasses.

So here’s to hoping the 3D (and the film itself) doesn’t suck.

Adventures in upgrading my SSD (it’s finally working!)


Around February of last year I built a gaming rig. If you don’t know, the first rule of building a PC should be to determine what you’re using it for and come up with a budget from that. If you don’t know that, you can go crazy and spend way more than what your needs dictate.

My budget was around $1,200-1,300. I spent decent money on the CPU, graphics card, motherboard, and memory. That forced me to cheap out a bit on the case, hard drives, and everything else. Continue reading Adventures in upgrading my SSD (it’s finally working!)

Rewatch: Following

I wrote before that I wanted to rewatch all of Christopher Nolan’s feature films while I worked my way up to Interstellar. While I realize Interstellar has nothing to do with his other films, I nevertheless really enjoy his movies, so why not? I’ve also wanted to write movie reviews. Not just new films, but any one I might come across or watch again.

The main character breaking into a flat
The main character breaking into a flat

Continue reading Rewatch: Following

Intro to git: From crash course to fearless development

Several teams at work had transitioned from using SVN to git as their version control system. While they’ve been humming along, there had been some growing pains: unfamiliarity with concepts and terms, confusion around reading the revision tree, unsure where they were using it correctly, fear around messing up the codebase – just general learning curve stuff. Continue reading Intro to git: From crash course to fearless development

My #HowOldRobot results

Microsoft got the Internet’s attention today with their #HowOldRobot, where their algorithm scans faces and guesses its age. I decided to try it and had some interesting observations. You can see the

The first number I got was surprising. I was in denial! I’m not 47!

Then I tried to discern a reason. Was the lighting bad and had too much of a shadow over my face? Was it because I didn’t get much sleep last night? Then I realized I wasn’t smiling and wearing my glasses and decided to see what would happen if I changed those variables.

Bryan Damatan How Old results

So I guess if I wanna look my youngest I should smile and wear contacts.

Reddit user compiles 245 “ultimate” movie list – I’ve seen 103 of them

Reddit user /u/Zonark000 compiled an “ultimate” list of 250 movies, by averaging scores from IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, and Metacritic. While OP says his formula isn’t perfect, I frankly don’t care. It’s an impressive list and a fun exercise. Zonark000 even boiled down the list to the best movie of each genre. You can argue any list, but all of the “best” movies of each genre are all great (although I haven’t seen Lawrence of ArabiaSeven SamuraiMetroplis, or The Good, The Bad, The Ugly). Continue reading Reddit user compiles 245 “ultimate” movie list – I’ve seen 103 of them

The Christopher Nolan movie marathon

I finally picked up Interstellar on Blu-ray. While I wanna watch it right away, it made think about Christopher Nolan’s previous films. I’ve really enjoyed them all except for one – sorry Insomnia.

Even though they have nothing to do with Interstellar, I’ve decided to watch all of Nolan’s films leading up to it. Now I don’t have time to watch them all in one sitting, I’ll watch them over the course of a few weeks. Ok, so it’s not exactly a marathon, but whatever. After each film I’ll write up a quick review. Continue reading The Christopher Nolan movie marathon

The cold you’re feeling is hell freezing over with DePaul Men’s Basketball 3-0 in the Big East

DePaul, my alma mater, is surprisingly atop the Big East with a 3-0 start after beating Creighton yesterday.

This is certainly a bit of a shock, especially to me. I haven’t been following the team for the past few years, and I know no one except for the head coach. It’s still too early to know anything else. Are they actually good and contend in the Big East? Does the conference just suck this week?

Now is probably a good time to make good on my promise to go to DePaul games once they started winning Big East games.

DePaul's Forrest Robinson celebrates his team's 70-60 win over Creighton in in Omaha, Neb. (Nati Harnik, AP)
(Photo from the AP)

Chicago Tribue: DePaul beats Creighton, takes first place in Big East


When going to the movies, don’t spend extra money for 3D or IMAX without checking the specs first

It’s holiday season so there’s a good chance you’ll go to theaters to enjoy a movie. There’s also a chance you’ll want to see a movie in 3D and/or IMAX. However, you’ll have to spend some extra cash to do that.

As a general rule, it’s not worth ponying up the dough to watch a movie in 3D or IMAX. The main reason is that the movie you’re seeing probably wasn’t filmed with a 3D or IMAX camera. To save money, most of the movies you see were filmed with a regular camera and had the 3D effects added in post production. The main side effect of that is that you’ll see 3D objects in a flat pop-up book type effect (not to mention the other negative effects you get when seeing a post production 3D movie, but that’s a post for another time). Whereas, if it were filmed with an actual 3D camera, you’ll get a much better effect – you’ll be able to see depth rather the the pop-up book feel. Continue reading When going to the movies, don’t spend extra money for 3D or IMAX without checking the specs first

Hello world! (and Merry Christmas!)

(Being a software developer, I think I’ll keep the “hello world” title.)

I’ve wanted to do more with my site than just have links to my other pages. I want this site to be an expression of me, not only just to show what I am (like my About Me page), but also who I am. This is to be an expression of my opinions, random thoughts, an outlet just to vent, and hopefully along the way to become a better writer.

So here I am on a Christmas evening, watching the NBA (and before the Bulls play), and with nothing but time at the moment. I finally launched my personal blog.

So cheers to a new start, a new year, and goodbye old site, which looked like this: Continue reading Hello world! (and Merry Christmas!)