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The Hobbit (my anti-3D rant)

Every so often I go through one of these anti-tech phases…  shunning FB, twitter, pinterest, wish, wordpress, and my phone.  And yeah…  I’m kinda in the middle of one right now.  That said, I will attempt to resume my regularly scheduled, six nights a week, blogging.  To that end, here I am.  Blogging.

On Christmas (yep, actually ON Christmas, at 10:45 PM) Damon and I went to see The Hobbit.  Now, to give you a little back story, and I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this all before, The Hobbit?  It’s more than a book, more than a movie, more than a script to me.  It’s a huge freakin’ part of my life and has been since my childhood.  After blogging for as many years as I have been, I’m certain I’ve mentioned this before, so I’m guessing if you search my blog for “hobbit” that more than a few entries will pop up.  It’s been a big deal in my life, and helped shape me in many ways.  However, I’m still feeling rather anti-tech-ish, so I don’t feel all that up to typing and sharing a peroration.  So just pretend that you are with me and as excited as I am/was.

So YAY!!!!  The Hobbit!!!

Well…  all I really feel prepared to say is skip the 3D.  Honestly.  If you have yet to catch The Hobbit at your local cinema, watch the 2D version of it.  The movie should have been incredibly immersive experience, but I found I was constantly pulled out of the story by the 3D.  It’s not that it’s a bad use of it, it’s just that stylistically it doesn’t work for much of the storytelling.  Sure, there are a few scenes that looked really impressive, but the majority of the time it just pulls you away from the story.  And that, my friends?  Is a sure fire way to ruin what could have been an amazing movie going experience.

So my YAY became a disappointing sigh as I was repeatedly pulled out of the story because of what?  Tech.  That’s right.  Which probably doesn’t help my current anti-tech phase.  Too much tech.  Boo.

With that, I’ll sign off for the night.

Wishing you all a wonderful tech-filled night without disappointment.  😉

CRTC – Usage Based Billing

The CRTC’s ruling in favor of usage based billing is nothing new, but suddenly there is a rallying cry against it.  Huzzah say I!  It’s about time the public came together against the greed based billing that is prevalent in so many industries, yet impacts the greatest number of consumers in this particular instance.

Folks, like myself, who are Shaw customers have seen the impact of this usage based billing as evident for a little while now.  If you exceed your usage allowance you are assessed a higher fee – which can be surprising (to say the least).  And these days it doesn’t take much to boost your usage beyond your allowance.  I upload and download scrapbooking kits, music, and movies – all which carry with them a high price in bandwidth since the CRTC passed this ruling.

Satellite internet users will find a rather interesting tactic employed to keep them below their allowed bandwidth.  If they download (or upload) too much too quickly, suddenly their speed drops to a snails pace.  While figurative, it’s as close to literal as one gets when describing the rate of media transfer.  Which is also something companies have not been warning their customers about prior to signing them up.

Hopefully the Canadian government – which has actually responded to the outcry over this “new” practice – will take strong and swift action.  This is yet another blow that is felt most by those of us on the low income spectrum.  The internet serves (for many of us) as a way to level the playing field…  but with usage based fees we suddenly find ourselves being marginalized yet again.  Free tv episodes, low cost movie rentals (via netflix and other providers), are suddenly set to be – yet again – out of our reach.

Thank you corporate greed.

Okay, rant over.  I’m putting away my virtual soap box, and returning to my regularly scheduled cuddle with the wee girlie.  😉  Night all.  Find something little to take joy in.  Rants are allowed, warranted, and can be rewarding…  but they are far from peaceful making.  LOL

But if you want a little more on the CRTC, their decision, and how it may affect you, check out this link:  http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/techsense/archive/2011/02/01/ottawa-promises-to-review-crtc-usage-based-billing-decision-as-consumer-backlash-grows.aspx

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