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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.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

The 21-Word Review: The King (Netflix)

I wonder how much of the Henry V story we know is from Shakespeare's plays. I could investigate, but probably won't.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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

I was set to write a snarky review then noticed it was based on a DC comic and changed my mind.

Monday, December 23, 2019

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

There was no reason the Shaft name needed to be attached to this movie. It might have even been bearable otherwise.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

The 21-Word Review: Ad Astra (Delta In-Flight)

The only movie that should have a voiceover is "A Christmas Story". Not the 2001 successor that it wanted to be.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

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

The best sequel to a stealth sequel to a relatively obscure comic book movie I've seen since there aren't any others.

Friday, December 20, 2019

The 21-Word Review: The Vigilante (Amazon)

Olivia is a cautionary tale a la Glenn Close for today's bad acting husbands. Watch it with someone you love tonight.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

The 21-Word Review: The Dead Don't Die (Delta In-Flight)

I saw ads all over Nice last year. A great cast, but a terrible movie that adds nothing to the cannon.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Suburban 5-4-and-a-Door Solar: The Impact of Net Metering

The Georgia PSC has passed a proposal that will force Georgia Power to use monthly netting rather than instantaneous netting. It is not entirely clear what that means yet - especially since rates can vary depending on the time of day and day of the week. However, there should definitely be savings for solar owners (like us) who have been buying electricity at a much higher rate than we have been selling it back to the utility.

Since I have a ton of data on our solar array, I decided to do a quick check with the following assumptions:

  1. All power exported back into the grid would be credited at the same rate that it would have been purchased. In other words, if power is exported during On Peak hours, that power will credit against power imported during On Peak hours.
  2. Assume we had been on the PEV plan from the start, just for simplicity. We haven't been (see lots of detail here), but it's easier for this quick calculation.
  3. Since this is a quick calculation, I did not include the mandatory fees, fuel charges, etc. This is just a comparison of the cost of electricity. The percentage savings will be slightly different, but should be in the same ballpark.
I went through all of our solar data from August, 2017 through November, 2019. 
  • The total cost of electricity on the PEV plan without net metering was $1786 with $173 returned from energy exported to the grid. This represents about a 40% savings by usingsolar.
  • The total cost of electricity on the PEC plan with net metering was $1368. This represents about a 49% savings by using solar.
So the bottom line is that net metering would save us about another 10% per month over the current plan. We'll take that any day and look forward to seeing the details of the plan in 2020.

The 21-Word Review: Joker

Slow, methodical, maniacal, engrossing, tedious, shocking, revelatory, disgusting, exciting, overwhelming, disturbing, masterful, dirty, boring, unnerving, explanatory, unexpected, violent, sad, chilling, worthwhile.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The 21-Word Review: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (Delta In-Flight)

I've got to watch this one again on a larger screen. I couldn't tell what Halle's dogs were doing at all.

Monday, December 16, 2019

The 21-Word Review: The Vanishing (Amazon)

Based on a true story it said. Starring The Phantom it said - and that guy from Ozark. Still not worth it.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

The 21-Word Review: The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough

This man could write about the origins of the phone book and make it engrossing. Fascinating characters and an enchanting city.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

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

Proof that a mediocre (at best) plot holed like Swiss cheese can be somewhat enjoyable with charismatic lead actors like these.

Friday, December 13, 2019

The 21-Word Review: Toy Story 4 (Delta In-Flight)

A very, very rare fourth movie that has not lost the charm of the first one, second one, or third one. 

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The 21-Word Review: Anna and the Apocalypse (Delta In-Flight)

One of my new favorite holiday movies because we need more musical Christmas zombie teen flicks starring a girl named Anna.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The 21-Word Review: Godzilla King of the Monsters (Delta In-Flight)

Due to a technical error, the sound did not work for the second half. I don’t think it made much difference.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The 21-Word Review: El Camino (Netflix)

It’s been too long since I watched the original series, but I fell back into the story seamlessly. A nice coda.

Monday, December 09, 2019

The 21-Word Review: Spiderman: Far From Home (Amazon)

We used a free credit and had family movie night. My daughter’s friends didn’t know families still did family movie night.