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Sonic The Hedgehog (2020)

Sonic The Hedgehog (2020)

I didn't have very high hopes going into this one, not least after the initial trailer fiasco, but it seemed like a fun thing, and Jim Carrey was in it too so... why not?

Turns out it really wasn't bad! The Doughnut Doctor and Blue Devil make a good duo, though Maddie's sister is maybe the highlight of the show. So many punchlines packed into every single one of her lines!

As for Jim Carrey? Well... he grows on you.

Feels like there's still some Carrey that takes over at times and makes him a lot not-so-much-Eggman, but by the end of it I wouldn't have wanted to see anyone else in his role after all, and when he's grown this far in this short a time period I'm starting to get pretty excited about the sequel.

Special effects sometimes felt a bit VG-ish, the acting's not perfect - sometimes it's more like they're looking at air than at Sonic, and the fur suit... I guess it works, but it takes a while for the style to grow on you too. He really is an alien. It's like he just wasn't made for the movies. Too much back fur, maybe? That doesn't come across as well in film?

The credits were dope though, and overall... I had a blast with this.

I imagine I'd have had twice as much fun if I saw this a couple decades ago too. The cuteness feels a bit over the top, and his speed's so fast it doesn't even make sense sometimes - he doesn't really have the power to stop time does he? They managed the final fight way better than the bar one.

But I can't complain. It blew past my expectations after all, so much so I'm giving it a straight up

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Art Should Comfort...

Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.

Musicalish #297

How about some Gorillaz again? With a dose in particular from their to me most memorable album of pre-millennium times. If they had any others.

I don't know about you but these guys always get me in a better mood. Somehow they make angst and melancholy all melodic and... somewhat soothing after all. And around this time I could use a round of this kind.

Ride through, the old and the new, the bold and the few, ride on...


In The Blink Of An Eye

Been posting a lot of depressing videos lately. Time for something hopeful!

Though I guess this is a glass half full/half empty kind of video.

Either you see how much you miss in each blink of an eye, or more so how much awesomeness is going on even in that most minuscule amount of time, that repeats itself so many a time throughout every single day!

And compared to that, how much awesomeness doesn't go on all the time your eyes are open?!

It's pretty awesome. Every blink. Pretty awesome.

YouTube Video Upload Premieres

Can't people stop using these already?

I understand that they're supposed to be used to build up hype, but when everyone's using them... they break the hype factor. It becomes similar to how 'epic' is now used in sometimes the least epic contexts. How 'awesome' is just a general appraisal these days. How Americans stereotypically ask how you're doing without caring for the answer.

These premieres are starting to bother me.

On the one hand I am hyped that something new from one of the few amazing artists I follow is on route, but on the other I'd rather not even know it until it's out.

How do they want me to spend the time leading up to the premiere?

To constantly be thinking about that premiere, forsaking work and hobby in a nerve-wracking time of hype and turmoil before the great release?

Do they expect me to just see the promised timestamp and think: Oh nice! I'll tune in then!

Don't they think people skim through their subscriptions anyway whenever they have time to?

Don't they think people will be just as happy, and probably even more so surprised - and thus hopefully even more happy - if their material arrives spontaneously, without prior announcement at all?

It's interesting too how this premiering trend seems to have come in parallel to the one of not announcing anything in advance. Like Eminem's Kamikaze album. Amazing surprise. I like that method.

Everything that's announced often either:

1. Is announced too late, and the hype before said release feels rushed and insufficient.

2. Is announced too early, and other hype-inducing factors come along during the wait and distract you, or you grow tired or waiting and not as appreciative of the release as you might have been, OR the result doesn't match the hype and thus your appreciation further dwindles.

This 'premiere' feature somehow seems to be going against the grain. Against the trend (alright so maybe it's not a trend after all, I know I'm contradicting myself now). Against the psychological benefits of surprise versus no surprise, and wait verses no wait.

Is there any benefit at all, really?

Unless it's a one-time event that you need to schedule time for in advance or miss the ability to partake in at all. Like a live stream. Which ironically often seem to appear entirely at random, with very little or no prior notice at all, like the streamer just drops by at whatever moment they have a little time to spare on said stream.

Maybe I'm just following a certain clique of somewhat unorganized artists, but I feel like the value of organizing one-time events in advance isn't pointed out enough, and the potential disadvantage of scheduling random drops hasn't been brought up at all.

All these hype-inducing notifications for random media, often set just a day or two before the video actually drops...

Totally useless. Features YouTube shits.

Despair. Upload Premieres.

These end rhymes? Not great either. These here times.

Anti Auto-Hyphenation Hacks

Noticed the maybe annoyingly frequent hyphenations on the site lately?

Lines that go li-
ke this even when they re-
ally don't need to?

I didn't until I switched to Chrome! Apparently it's a browser-based feature. Neither FireFox nor Opera had it - Chromium-based though the latter may be too it's apparently not all that similar to Chrome after all.

I don't want this stuff though.

Lines aren't supposed to hyphenate themselves. I do that manually.
I add in shy hyphens into the code so certain words hyphenate at certain resolutions, and have been planning to revise old posts eventually with this in mind, to get them looking as good as possible.

Hyphens at the end of every line just look weird.

So, the solution? I found this:

article .entry-content {
	-moz-hyphens: none;
	-ms-hyphens: none;
	-webkit-hyphens: none;
	hyphens: none;
	word-wrap: normal;

I tried adding it in... nothing happened. It didn't work. I kept looking. I found this too. Good alternative, though no MS compatibility here:

.hyphenate {
  word-wrap: break-word;
  overflow-wrap: break-word;

-webkit-hyphens: auto;
   -moz-hyphens: auto;
        hyphens: auto;

But that's not very different after all.

After digging around a little more I found this:

p {
     -webkit-hyphens: auto;
     -webkit-hyphenate-limit-before: 3;
     -webkit-hyphenate-limit-after: 3;
     -webkit-hyphenate-limit-chars: 6 3 3;
     -webkit-hyphenate-limit-lines: 2;
     -webkit-hyphenate-limit-last: always;
     -webkit-hyphenate-limit-zone: 8%;
     -moz-hyphens: auto;
     -moz-hyphenate-limit-chars: 6 3 3;
     -moz-hyphenate-limit-lines: 2;
     -moz-hyphenate-limit-last: always;
     -moz-hyphenate-limit-zone: 8%;
     -ms-hyphens: auto;
     -ms-hyphenate-limit-chars: 6 3 3;
     -ms-hyphenate-limit-lines: 2;
     -ms-hyphenate-limit-last: always;
     -ms-hyphenate-limit-zone: 8%;
     hyphens: auto;
     hyphenate-limit-chars: 6 3 3;
     hyphenate-limit-lines: 2;
     hyphenate-limit-last: always;
     hyphenate-limit-zone: 8%;

...and started questioning if my manual hyphenation approach was really necessary after all.

If you actually have total control over the character amount required for automatic hyphenation to occur, and on how many lines in a row this can occur, then this would pretty much be the same thing as doing it manually after all, except you don't actually have to. Potentially plenty of time saved at no extra cost! No downside.

I tried using this too though and that didn't work either! Did some digging through my stylesheet and noticed... I'd actually enabled auto hyphenation myself in the code further down, and just hadn't been using a browser earlier with which this code was compatible. -_-

So I removed that but... it's not going away anyway.

Some plugin-related stylesheet with this built-in? Some function I've forgotten about? Something built-in with WP itself? Something browser-based after all, that I just can't override?

For now I think I'll just give this a break, but it does seem like the manner of hyphenation changed slightly after I removed my own code.

It's not as frequent now. Doesn't happen with two letter cuts. The lowest I've seen so far is three.

So that's that. Override. Don't let browsers take control. Even if you want to go automatic: manual code's the way to go!

I'll look into this some more in the future; post a follow-up then.

When I can get these lines exactly where and how I wan-
t 'em.

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