Nails: Space

Having watch the SpaceX launch of the Falcon Heavy the other day there could only be one theme in my head – space!

(Photo from Pinterest

I did look at rocket themed nails first, that wasn’t as successful as I hoped

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Just-Noticeable Difference – a mechanism to steal chocolate

I’m still trying to improve my brain and not just read disposable junk, however it’s not as simple as I hoped – apparently my brain is not a muscle I’ve been exercising as diligently as I should have for *cough* some time

For example I stumbled across the term Just-Noticeable Difference or JND. The context was that humans experience a diminished sensitivity to changes away from what is ‘normal’ – this is apparently the Weber-Fecher Law where the JND of a variable is “proportional to the magnitude of that variable” (Richard H. Thaler’s ‘Misbehaving’)

fat hamster

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So if my 56kg dog gains 100 grams I won’t notice, but if my tiny hamster gains 100 grams I will – and be seeking out an explanation and perhaps a vet

Wiki says ” is the amount something must be changed in order for a difference to be noticeable, detectable at least half the time”

Wiki also had some dodgy formula that put me off, however from a consumer perspective it’s important to know about JND as that’s what manufacture’s use to determine how much they can shrink a product by – whilst leaving the price the same, so that we won’t notice (or at least not complain). This seems to happen a lot with chocolate lately – everything seems to be shrinking a few grams on a regular basis

So what I learnt about Just-Noticeable Difference is that I should complain to the manufacturer about any time decrease in size, just to throw off their JND figures!

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Film – Army Of Darkness: The Medieval Dead – “are all men from the future loud-mouth braggarts?”

I hadn’t seen any of Sam Raimi’s ‘Evil Dead’ films in years so jumped at the chance to watch the 3rd one – which in the UK is known as ‘Army Of Darkness: The Medieval Dead’; although may have a different name depending what country you are in!

Because nothing helps a film like having an unclear and muddled marketing campaign!

The plot is Ash (Bruce Campbell) ends up trapped in the Middle Ages and eager to get home in the right timeline, however this is almost incidental as it does little more than enable lots of undead to be killed.

For a comedy horror film from the early 1990s it’s held up pretty well and due to the handy recapping introduction you don’t even need to rewatch that first two ‘Evil Dead’ films. The film itself is pretty good – silly but enjoyable, I did catch myself thinking that some scenes weren’t exactly as I remembered however I assumed that was due to the years elapsed since I last watched it.

However things got a bit weird when it got to the ending as it wasn’t the ending that I was expecting at all!

Apparently there are two endings depending on if you view the US version or the UK/ Director’s cut

The endings are: (SPOILERS)

The US ending has Ash return to the present and back working in the S-Mart where he confronts one last Deadite. This was the ending that I was expecting and didn’t get!

However apparently the other ending is preferred by Raimi and Campbell, where Ash walls himself into a cave – with his Oldsmobile, takes too many drops of magic sleeping potion and wakes up in a post-apocalyptic landscape

So all very confusing!

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Food: Marks and Spencer Florentines

A colleague randomly gives me a small gift at Christmas – it’s suspected they are unwanted gifts that she’s disposing of. However it’s a nice gesture, in particular as each year I totally forget to even remember this happens so never have anything for her!

This year’s gift was a packet of Marks and Spencer’s milk chocolate, pecan and salted caramel Florentines, they are very chewy and nasty: I can quite see why I will forget this gift!

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Nails: turkey!

Christmas has been and you may still be trying to finish off the turkey and other festive trimmings – if so apologies however this turkey was too fun too not share

(Picture from Pinterest)

he’s a very good turkey – I might totally have to try this

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Food: Waitrose Christmas Sausage Rolls

Something was clearly unusual about my childhood (ok maybe several things) and it’s resulted in both my sibling and I having a rather too excited reaction to reduced price food

This has resulted in the trying to many strange things over the years and the most recent one was Waitrose 1 branded Christmas sausage rolls

christmas sausage rolls

A full price of £2.99 gets you four smallish sausage rolls – two pork with smoked bacon & prune and two pork with turkey and stuffing.

The turkey ones are ok – although the falvour could basdically have been anything as far as the taste went

The prune ones were gross, really sweet and sticky – not nice at all

As only half of them were nice it’s just as well that I only paid half price

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Film: Hail, Caesar! – “The whole setup only works if I play along, right?”

My Sibling definitely told me that they had seen ‘Hail Caesar’, however I can’t remember if they loved it or were disappointed; it seems to be one of those films that divides people

The Coen Brothers have been involved in the writing and/or directing and/or production of a lot of weird films, some of which have been more amusing than others.

‘Hail, Caesar!’ is certainly weird, however it has a solid concept – as it follows 1950s Hollywood fixer Eddie Mannix clean up problems – non more pressing than when big star Baird Whitlock disappears.

Hail,_Caesar!

George Clooney and Josh Brolin work really well as opposite sides of the same coin – both are part of the system however see very different sides to it.

Personally I know very little about 1950s Hollywood – other than vague details of the types of film were popular and that there were a lot of blacklisted writers; so for me the film was funny and lighthearted, I wasn’t expecting a bigger message or a deeper plot.

Maybe if you have higher expectations it won’t be so fun, which would be a pity as it’s a cute little bit of nothing

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