Still from Valerian

On Valerian

This post contains spoilers. It also will come off as negative to the point of sounding harsh. Apologies. I generally don’t like to post negative reviews. What’s the point? So let me say right off that I did not hate Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. But the movie does not really work. As a writer, I want to understand why. Luc Besson’s science fiction I’ve been a fan of Luc Besson’s movies since the 1980s, when I first saw his first feature....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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Six notebooks compared: Leuchtturm1917, Rhodia, Midori, MUJI, Northbooks and Moleskine [updated]

A while ago, I got interested in bullet journaling. Eager to get going on it quickly and discover how I would use this freeform style of journaling and personal planning, I initially went with the popular bujo favorite, the Leuchtturm1917. But I was immediately frustrated when I saw how much ghosting I had on the reverse sides of my pages. I needed to find the best bujo notebook. Bullet journaling, at least in my mind, demands a higher standard....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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On ergonomic keyboards again

Following up on my review of three ergonomic keyboards last year, I pass along now Marco Arment’s review of the Matias Ergo Pro Keyboard, which he’s liking. From the features he describes, it sounds similar to the The Goldtouch Go!2 keyboard I’ve been using, but with some differences, including one that would drive me crazy. [T]he Ergo Pro’s two halves are physically separate and connected by a cable. This is a mixed bag: it provides flexibility, but it’s also frustrating to have no way to lock in your preferred setting, leaving you to figure it out again whenever it’s moved....

 · Laura Lis Scott
Desktop with laptop, keyboard, open notebook filled with printed pages, and an additional monitor

K is for Keyboard

Regular keyboards give me a pain — a pain in the wrist, specifically. It makes a huge difference when you’re typing a lot for emails, blog posts, proposals, articles … and novels. In the ’90s, I used an ergonomic Microsoft keyboard, but by today’s standards, it was a mushy experience. I couldn’t just adapt that old thing. I needed to find a modern solution. So I tried three different ergonomic keyboards....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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HP Velotechnik Street Machine Gte to complement the Rans Stratus XP

A crazy thing happened in Fort Collins, and I now own two recumbent bicycles: a HP Velotechnik Street Machine Gte, which is short, and a Rans Stratus XP, which is quite long indeed. HP Velotechnik Street Machine Gte short-wheelbase recumbent bicycle. I got the Street Machine last weekend, purchased at my “local” recumbent bicycle shop that’s 50 or so miles away in Fort Collins: Spring Creek Recumbents. While recumbent bicycles are not exactly unknown or unseen in the bicycling mecca of Boulder, there isn’t a single bike shop that sells recumbents....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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Battlestar Galactica returns with Cylons galore

Warning: Spoilers! If you’ve been like me, wondering where the hell Battlestar Galactica has been going, the return of the show this weekend has (will) probably answer(ed), and with some excitement and a few huge revelations. Yes, I’m going to talk about them here. That’s why the spoiler warning above. Revelation 1: The planet — presumably Earth, though we have seen no real objective proof, no half-buried Statue of Liberty…...

 · Laura Lis Scott

Getting the right things done Franklin style (almost) using OmniFocus

Task management can be a challenge](/blog/how-translate-new-years-resolutions-actions) if you have a lot of stuff going on. “Urgent” things are always distracting you: the phone rings, colleagues interrupt you, a client asks for help, emails, newsletters, snail mail, IMs, Tweets… You could be buzzing like a bee, getting a whole lot of things done, but not getting done the right things. I would love to be using a Franklin-Covey Planner program on my Mac, but they don’t make one for Mac....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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The Man Who Fell to Earth, starring David Bowie

The Man Who Fell to Earth movie poster. I never had the opportunity to see The Man Who Fell to Earth in a theatre, and the existing video versions were pretty murky when it came to the shadowy dark scenes. This movie is very unusual and requires some patience to settle into its pacing, but once you do, you’re in for a ride. No longer. This Blu-ray transfer is excellent....

 · Laura Lis Scott
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In Brother, Beat Takeshi shows LA hoods Yakuza style

Brother is very. Very interesting. Very dry. Very understated, for all the violence. Beat Takeshi Kitano directed this movie, his first outside of Japan. Photo of Takeshi Kitano, in black suit and dark sunglasses. Still from his film Brother. Takeshi Kitano aka “Beat” Takeshi in Brother. (If you don’t know Beat, you may still recognize his face.) Wikipedia currently remarks: Brother (2001), shot in Los Angeles, had Kitano as a deposed Tokyo yakuza setting up a drug empire in L....

 · Laura Lis Scott
closeup of Will Smith as Hancock, with several days beard growth, shiny sunglasses and a ratty knit cap

“Hancock” flies on Will Smith’s super talent

Hancock probably could not be considered anything more than a halfway decent scifi/fantasy movie if it weren’t for Will Smith. The concept is interesting enough, but the storyline ends up falling a bit short, even compared with your basic superhero movies. Yet with Will Smith’s performance, you almost don’t notice. Without spoilers, I feel safe noting the premise of the movie: Hancock (Will Smith) is a sloppy, careless guy with superhero powers....

 · Laura Lis Scott