Aug 12 2017

Subliminal Programming

Adel Gabot

 

i”ve been noticing that the people behind the prgramming of RTC CBS Extrene have been doing something sneaky in their edit of thier current Ghost Adventures promo. In rhe final frames of the promo, they inserted one single frame of what looks like a shot of the spooky girl from the film “Ring”, you know, the ink-stained face of the girl from that well,

In the special director”s edit of the 1973 film The Exorcist, the director inserted a couple of frames of scary pictures in the film to create an unnerving sense of disquiet and increase the sense of tension and fright in the movie. You hardly notice it, a literal “blink and you’ll miss it” moment, one of those freeze-frame moments you tend keep track of in your DVD watching.

I don”t know what the RTC CBS Extreme people are trying to accomplish here, bur it seems really sneaky and underhanded and seems suspicious as hell, but i don’t notice them doing it for their othrer shows.

Just the musings of someone with too much time on their hands.


Aug 11 2017

I’m back

Adel Gabot

I reliaze I haven’t done much writing in any sort of form since I got my second stroke, and the thought’s been weighing on me all these months. I got a couple of nice comments missing my entries on this blog (it’s nice to know there are a couple of diligent readers out there); and to tell the truth I’ve missed it too.Well, the short form of it is I’m back, st least as far as this blog is concerned.

I also realize I’ve been neglecting a huge part of who I am. I”m a writer, whether I like it or not, and that’s what going ro flost my boat for the duration. Neglecting it is neglecting myself.

I feel like I’ve wasted all these weeks of not writing here. After having a long time of expressing myself and what happens in my life, losing this avenue is a lot like dying, I’m not quite sure if I’m expressing myself properly now  No matter what, rest assured I’ll be writing here some more in the coming months.


Jul 27 2017

My room is flooding!

Adel Gabot

Goddammit. My room sprung a leak on the left north corner and is healthily, steadily flooding. I already put containers to catch the drops there the other day, and now with the near-continuous drizzle caused by the ITCZ, or the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone, it’s become a steady drizxle inside the room as well, I have to get that roof fixed right quick, else i become permanently waterlogged. Somehow the drip misses the containers and spreads quickly through the entire floor area, drenching nearly everything. It doesn’t help that the Magic Mop is broken, meaning I have no convenient way to mop up the mess. Aárghhh!


Mar 12 2017

Again, a stroke

Adel Gabot

11:35AM

I had another stroke.

Well, according to the MRI, I’ve had several. Some small ones, and one major one.

Put me out of sorts for a while.

This is why I’ve been out of commission for a while now.

Don’t worry. I’m fine.

This is compounded by some technical disasters. One, my big TV wonked out. On the morning of the Oscars, all I could hear was Jimmy Kimmel talking, I couldn’t see anything. No picture. For another. my big iMac died on me. Bad hard drive. Same with the MacBook Pro.

I revived the notebook. At a loss. I had to give up one of my external drives. One I was using as Media Drive 3. But things are more or less fine now, I”m using it to write this entry.

I donr have the patience to write anymore. An Explore Philippines assignment came in during this period, and I barely finished ir, I barely made it rhrough. i don’t even like writing in this blog.


Dec 15 2016

Rogue One

Adel Gabot

4:23PM

I just came from the first early afternoon screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at the Gateway Atmos theater in Cubao. Thought I’d treat myself to a movie and a big bucket of popcorn, it being close to Christmas, after all.

I’d long given up on watching movies in a theater, it being cheaper and more convenient to just torrent them and watch them at the home theater setup in the house. Of course I’m weeks late to the party, as these new movies take a while to surface. I just save particular movies as treats to myself to watch in the classic old manner. The last one I saw (in the same theater) was Doctor Strange. It being a much-hyped Marvel superhero epic, I thought it deserved the Classic treatment.

So Rogue One. Finally, a Stars Wars movie made for adults! Now this is the movie made for the original classic generation that saw the first SW movie in the theater in 1977, and lived through the ballyhooed successive generations of the sequels in real time.

First off, departing from the norm, there are no rolling, up-slanted credits in the beginning. Also, there are no Jedis, no funny droids (save for K2SO), no wondrous aliens, no lightsabers (at least until Vader shows up), no invincible villains (save for Osric), and has plenty of callbacks to the original films, even involving actors who are dead or impossibly old, done up in CG. Director Gareth Edwards even found a way to make his movie dovetail perfectly into the opening sequence of the old first movie, but I don’t want to spoil that surprise for you.

Spoilers incoming! There’s lots of action scenes, and every single one of the team meet their demise in the course of the events in the film. All in all, it’s a nice adult set-up for the first trilogy, even settling that age-old saw about how the Death Star could have such a sensitive spot in its structure that a single proton torpedo exploded in that particular spot could end it.

I daresay I like it even much better than the last SW sequel, The Force Awakens, which was meant for a broader, younger audience. Let that be the last thing I say before I come out with a proper review of Rogue One.