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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Rocketman (Delta In-Flight)

It's a shame this came out so close to the Queen movie. It's arguably a better movie and more honestly made.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Gemini Man (Delta In-Flight)

Perhaps it would have been a better film if made 10 years ago with a computer-aged Will Smith. Perhaps not.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Doom (Netflix)

All you need to know is it has the chainsaw, the shotgun, and the BFG. No plot, but who expected one?

Saturday, March 28, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Harriett (Amazon)

We get the watered-down version of Harriet in school. After this, I'm fine with her replacing Jackson on the twenty.

Friday, March 27, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Late Night (Amazon)

A good job of upending the expected conventions without smacking the audience over the head with the sledgehammer of good intentions.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Hellboy (Hotel HBO)

This was the 2019 reboot, not the superior del Toro version. It's not clear that this franchise really needed a reboot.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Knives Out (Amazon)

My 18 year old daughter was denied entrance to this movie, so we watched it at home and saved a ton.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Parasite (Amazon)

I can only imagine that this Best Movie is even Better if one has a deeper understanding of the Korean culture.

Monday, March 23, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Charlie's Angels (Delta In-Flight)

Honestly, this version with Bella was better than the other versions with Drew and company. The cameos were a nice touch.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Frozen 2 (Delta In-Flight)

Seemed an appropriate movie to watch while flying over the Aleutian Islands on a flight from Japan. Good for a sequel.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Jojo Rabbit (Delta In-Flight)

I like original films, and I like this one a lot. I just didn't see it as a Best Picture option.

Friday, March 20, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Terminator Dark Fate (Netflix In-Flight)

Can we please agree to stop making sequels to Terminator 2? There hasn't been one yet that was worth the time.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The 21-Word Review: The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Delta In-Flight)

One of those little movies that you watch to kill time and then can't recall exactly what it was about later.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Marriage Story (Netflix)

This generation's horror movie for married people, like Fatal Attraction was for the last generation but with fewer rabbits in pots.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Iron Sky: The Coming Race (Netflix)

You have to appreciate a franchise that understands its audience this well. Lizard people was a logical escalation from moon nazis.

Monday, March 16, 2020

The 21-Word Review: The Two Popes (Netflix)

A master class is acting and screenwriting. When I see the Pope now, I expect him to look like Jonathan Pryce.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Zombieland Double Tap (Delta In-Flight)

Maybe it's not quite as good as the first one, but it's worth it for the post credit scenes at least.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Suburban 5-4-and-a-Door Solar: The Cost to Charge an EV

Thanks to the highways gods accepting our sacrifice of the family minivan on I-75 over the Christmas holiday, we now own an electric vehicle. With our solar array in place, we moved to a "PEV" plan from Georgia Power a while back. Under the PEV plan, the cost of electricity overnight (when the solar panel is not generating) is a fraction of what it costs during the day (when our solar array is offsetting the energy that we use). The plan makes sense even without an electric vehicle.

Since our solar array gives us access to all of the data on how much electricity we use, generate, import, and export, we can figure out exactly how much it costs to charge our new car. We charge overnight, when the cost of electricity is the lowest.

In the graph below, a normal overnight is compared to an overnight when the car is being charged. These were two consecutive nights, so all other variables (weather, etc.) were equal. In this case, the car range started around 50 miles and was charged to 90%, which is just over 280 miles.

The power used overnight on a normal day was 14.7kWh. The power used overnight on a charging day was 45.1kWh. The current charge per kWh from 11pm to 7am is 1.39 cents/kWh.

The cost to charge our EV on the PEV plan is $0.43 (43 cents). That's less than 0.2 cents per mile.

For comparison, current gas prices near me are $2.15 per gallon and our other car gets 30 miles/gal on a very good day. That's 7.2 cents per mile (almost 40 times more expensive).

No lofty conclusions here, just some interesting numbers.

Friday, January 03, 2020

The 21-Word Review: Midsommar (Amazon)

A movie with morals - don't do drugs, don't trust Swedish foreign exchange students, and never ever cheat on the May Queen.

Thursday, January 02, 2020

The 21-Word Review: The Velocipastor (Amazon)

How this gem was overlooked by the Academy is beyond me - if for nothing else than the impressive dinosaur special effects.

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

The 21-Word Review: 6 Underground (Netflix)

It seems so obvious now that Michael Bay and Ryan Reynolds would make a movie together that is light on plot.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The 21-Word Review: Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker

Mr. Abrams hit all of the right notes and covered all of the bases left open in the last episode well.

Monday, December 30, 2019

The 21-Word Review: Green Lantern (Hotel HBO)

You've all heard the jokes about how bad this movie is. I don't think that I need to make another one.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

The 21-Word Review: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

The only rower I know didn't like the flowery language and expositions. How else could you make rowing exciting to nonrowers?

Friday, December 27, 2019

The 21-Word Review: Angel Has Fallen (Delta In-Flight)

I recommend falling asleep as your red eye flight takes off and watching only the last action scenes when turbulence strikes.