Hey folks, I’m back from a lovely trip down South to see the family. We celebrated belated Christmas, had some seafood, learned about WOOD and WATER, and generally had a pleasant time, but we’ve done this sort of thing numerous times and that not what you’re wanting to hear about. The questions on your mind, I’m betting, are “Did you take the Mackboop?” and “If so, how did it perform?”
If you recall, the Mackboop was purchased for such trips, so this was its first test in the mobile environment. It passed really well, even though I need to get a decent carrying bag for it. It found local wireless networks, I had all my stuff at hand, the battery lasted a decent amount of time, and it wasn’t too much of a problem to tote it around. The weight wasn’t really an issue with the backpack I carried it in so much as the shape.
I forgot to bring headphones, so on the flight down I didn’t use it to watch anything. However, I snagged some cheapies while there, so on the way back I was able to use this feature. The wide screen means that unless the person sitting next to me is someone who also wants to watch, it’s not likely I’ll be able to watch stuff on the plane. Fortunately, for two of the three legs of my journey back I had no seatmate at all (Becky is returning later after visiting with a friend) so I was able to enjoy the cinematic masterpiece that is 1980’s Flash Gordon.
This is a movie I hadn’t seen in a while, and I was surprised at how much of it seemed brand new to me. For example, I had always been under the impression that Sam Jones, who plays the title character, was the worst actor in it, but that honor clearly goes to Melody (Dale Arden) Anderson!
I don’t know why this movie has such a bad rap, because it’s fantastic. It is probably the most ferociously honest movie ever made. It pulls out all the stops to give you everything you could possibly want from a movie called “Flash Gordon”. In fact, it should pause momentarily to do things like this:
BLACK GOO! IS THIS AWESOME (Y/N)?
It also introduced me to someone who is surely at the nexus of all things geeky, Deep Roy.
IS THIS AWESOME (Y/N)?
Deep Roy plays Princess Aura’s “pet”, Fellini. He’s a small guy, so unsurprisingly his filmography includes a whole lot of geek. Was he in Doctor Who? Guys, he was Mr. Sin! Was he in Star Wars? He was Droopy McCool! Him and Brian Blessed probably carpool together to their geek assignments!
So, Flash Gordon! Eight hundred stars out of five! Be advised if you plan to follow my lead, though, The flights from Memphis to Detroit and then Detroit to Hartford are about 20 minutes too short to watch all of Flash Gordon, so you’ll probably want a longer layover in Detroit than what I had to make up the difference.