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Get Out (2017)

Get Out has a charismatic lead, a terrific soundtrack, and damn good cinematography. While it’s described as horror/comedy, it’s more disturbing/cringe-y than scary, and I mean that in a good way. This is an entertaining movie that’s also pretty effective as social commentary.

The film stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, a photographer who’s about to spend the weekend at his girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) parent’s house. Naturally, it’s in a secluded spot in the woods. When they get there, the awkwardness that might be expected from a first-time meeting gives way to a series of bizarre behaviors and interactions. While Chris initially takes it all in stride, it eventually becomes clear that there’s something sinister going on behind the scenes.

The acting and dialogue are highlights of the film, as is the camera work. In particular, Kaluuya’s eyebrows and head tilts are so expressive that the audience knows what’s going on in his head even as he politely brushes off eccentricities. A…

I Won a Fitbit Flex 2!

Another day, another raffle prize! This time it's a Fitbit Flex 2.


What's in the box?

The packaging is fairly minimal. I got Apple vibes, mostly because of the little setup folder, which reminded me of the baby instruction manual that comes with an iPhone or MacBook.

Actual contents include the tracker, nestled in its charging dock, and two wrist bands: a Small and a Large. How thoughtful!


The manual contains a tiny card that instructs you to go to the Fitbit website, which in turn tells you to download the app. The app then asks you to register -- you confirm your email separately -- and asks your height, sex, weight, and birthday. Then it runs you through how to charge the tracker, how to attach it to the band, etc.

How Long Between Opening the Box and Using It?

Initial charging takes about two hours. Afterwards, I slapped it on immediately and synced it to my phone. All set and ready to go!

So How Is It?

Battery-wise, the Fitbit is great. I've been wearing it now for two …

An International Women's Day Miracle!

Truly, International Women's Day is a special day. No, not because multitudes are out there rallying for our rights and giving voice to the powerless. It is because I won a gift card from a company raffle!


Let me explain why this counts as a minor miracle. You see, I never win anything. I answer every damned survey sent my way, participate in all the raffles, buy lottery tickets -- to no avail. This particular raffle occurred monthly, and I had been faithfully entering my name every month for two years, with no results. Finally, last month, I declared: "No more!" and unsubscribed from the mailing list -- but not before entering one final time, because why not.

Hah!

There's also some déjà vu at play here. You see, four years ago, I won a gift card from a company raffle. The one fracking time I won anything! I was elated! Shortly thereafter, also on International Women's Day, I was laid off from my job.

Sooooo...since the day's almost over, I guess I'm not…