🎞 Watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets from Warner Bros., 2002
Harry returns to Hogwarts, still famous and a hero, when strange thingsstart to happen... people are turning to stone and no-one knows what, orwho, is doing it. Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson Runtime: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Definitely one of the least interesting in the series, but nice to watch a fresh HD copy without any commercials.

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🎞 Watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone from Warner Bros., 2001
Based on the wildly popular J.K. Rowling's book about a young boy who on his eleventh birthday discovers, he is the orphaned boy of two powerful wizards and has unique magical powers. Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson Runtime: 2 hours, 32 minutes

I’ve been watching an HD DVR’d copy from ABC Family from 5 years ago. I traded up for a high def version from Amazon and was impressed that it’s even clearer. Who can resist a family favorite during the holidays?

Dear Santa (TV Movie 2011)

Dear Santa from Lifetime, TV Movie, 2011
Directed by Jason Priestley. With Amy Acker, David Haydn-Jones, Emma Duke, Patrick Creery. Beverly Hills 90210 alumni Jason Priestly takes the helm for this warmhearted romantic comedy about a die-hard party girl struggling to change her frivolous ways. Crystal (Amy Acker) comes from a wealthy family. She loves spending money. Her parent's money. When they decide it's time for her to make something of her life they give her until Christmas to clean up her act. Should Crystal fail to ...

The Christmas movie marathon continues. This one isn’t quite as sappy as one might hope, but a good up-the-middle heart warmer. The concept is actually much more interesting and subtle and not as lite-comedy fare as the cover image would belie.

It’s interesting to see some of Amy Acker’s early work. I’ve been a fan of hers from her many television series. It’s nice to see her playing the lead rather than playing 3rd or lower fiddle.

A Cinderella Christmas (TV Movie 2016)

A Cinderella Christmas from ION Television, TV Movie, 2016
Directed by Tosca Musk. With Emma Rigby, Peter Porte, Sarah Stouffer, Marc Barnes. Angie works hard to run her uncle's events business while her cousin Candace takes the credit. When Angie takes a night off to have fun at the Christmasquerade Ball, the mask and gown allow her to let loose, and she quickly catches the eye of Nicholas, a wealthy local bachelor. But then Angie has to go before revealing her identity, leaving Nicholas searching for his mystery woman in this modern take on the classic fairytale.

So, yeah, my sappy holiday movie marathon on the Lifetime/Ion networks continues. This one isn’t quite as sappy and dreadful as most and may be one of the better one’s I’ve seen in the genre. Despite a few small soft spots in the plot this one is relatively redeeming. Dare I admit I’ve seen it twice in almost as many days now??

As I look at the credits after the fact, it dawns on me that I tangentially knew the director back in the day through a friend at Hopkins.

Watched Barry on Netflix

Barry from Netflix Originals
A young Barack Obama forges his identity while dealing with race, divergent cultures and ordinary life as a New York City college student.

I wish I could say I liked this more, but there was no real drama or tension in the picture at all. The characters were all flat and seemingly one dimensional. I can’t even say it worked as an art-house film. Perhaps if I hadn’t known it was Barack Obama being portrayed and his signing the letter “Barack” at the end was the kicker, then perhaps it may have had some impact, but the whole affair was just flat.

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Best of Enemies | Documentary about Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr. Debates | Independent Lens | PBS

Best of Enemies | Documentary about Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr. Debates | Independent Lens | PBS from Independent Lens | PBS; originally aired October 3, 2016
Best of Enemies captures the legendary 1968 debates between two ideological opposites: leftist Gore Vidal and neoconservative William F. Buckley.

What a great view into where much of our current politics and media coverage of it have sprung. I highly recommend this to everyone.

The 45th President | 60 Minutes (CBS News)

The 45th President | 60 Minutes from cbsnews.com
President-elect Donald Trump speaks to a divided country on 60 Minutes; and, Bill Whitaker reads mail received about a story Dr. Jon LaPook reported on legalizing recreational pot. First aired 11/13/16

Interesting to see the drastic change in rhetoric with respect to that of the campiagn, though it hasn’t seemed to have held with respect to the media he’s either putting out (or not putting out).

📺 Crazy for Christmas (TV Movie 2005)

Crazy for Christmas (TV Movie 2005) from imdb.com
Directed by Eleanor Lindo. With Andrea Roth, Howard Hesseman, Jason Spevack, Yannick Bisson. On Christmas Eve, Shannon McManus (Andrea Roth) is stuck driving around a wealthy and eccentric client (Howard Hesseman) who is giving away large sums of money with the secret hope of reuniting with his long lost daughter.

What can I say, I’m a sucker for middling Christmas themed movies on the Lifetime channel at the holidays?

This is positively a dreadfully unexceptional movie. And vaguely entertaining for every minute of it.

The odd part is that I’m pretty sure I watched this either last year or the year before…

📺 Chris Aldrich watched “My Research Process!” on YouTube

My Research Process! from YouTube
From idea to finished manuscript - this is all the ins and outs of how I do my research - it goes quite well with this blog post, which I neglected to mentio...

From idea to finished manuscript – this is all the ins and outs of how I do my research – it goes quite well with this blog post, which I neglected to mention in the video… http://www.elliemackin.net/blog/tech-tools-and-research

My bookshelf! https://ellie.libib.com
Using the Gantt chart in my research planning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKD5hDGfVb8
Research planning in a Bullet Journal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHL9t9e-hjQ
Academic Bullet Journal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ3Aacpelic
Academic Otters: https://lizgloyn.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/the-proper-care-and-feeding-of-academic-otters/
CamScanner: https://www.camscanner.com

 

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In addition to camscanner, and because you use OneNote, you might find Office Lens to be a useful phone app for photographing individual pages and transferring them directly into your OneNote application. It usually does a great job of taking poorly positioned photographs or photos from odd angles and cleaning them up to look as if you’d spent far more time positioning the pages and taking the photos.

For those capturing photographs of primary sources, I’ve recently found Google’s PhotoScan mobile app to be incredibly good, particularly at re-positioning the corners of photos and reducing glare.

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📺 Chris Aldrich watched “Using the Gantt Chart in my research planning” on YouTube

Using the Gantt Chart in my research planning from YouTube
How I use my gantt chart in my research planning. You can download a printable of my gantt chart, the research pipeline, and the monthly spread here: http://...

Using the Gantt Chart in my research planning
How I use my gantt chart in my research planning.
You can download a printable of my gantt chart, the research pipeline, and the monthly spread here: http://www.elliemackin.net/research-planning.html

I’ve used Gantt Charts for other things, but never considered them for academic research.

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📺 Chris Aldrich watched “Research Planning in a Bullet Journal” on YouTube

Research Planning in a Bullet Journal from youtube.com
In this vlog I talk more specifically about how I use my Bullet Journal for research planning, including how I use my Gantt chart to block out time, and what happens from there.

I’m Ellie, an early career ancient historian working on Greek religion. I make videos about research, being an early career academic, and my work.
Printables!
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Chris Aldrich is watching “Trump May Have Just Thrown the U.S. Economy into the Toilet”

Trump May Have Just Thrown the U.S. Economy into the Toilet from GQ Videos
This reputed business genius appears to know nothing about business

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Chris Aldrich is watching “Now “Government-Backed Attackers” Are Coming for Me? “

Now “Government-Backed Attackers” Are Coming for Me? from GQ Videos
What I've realized about Trump, Putin, and the hackers apparently targeting my email

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