Category Archives: Video

Short Science Fiction Film “Ostiary”

Short Films – I came across the short (9:16) animated science fiction film “Ostiary” recently. This film was posted to YouTube in September of 2018 by Ghaffar Studios. The synopsis:

Stranded and running low on food, a space traveler decides to venture out into a planet’s mysterious environment in search of nutrition. However, he soon finds himself in a situation that’s far more dire.

This is an interesting film, but not great. I checked IMDB, but it has no rating for this film yet.

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Star Wars Fan Film “The Temptation of Qui-Gon Jinn”

Star Wars – The short (8:46) Star Wars fan film “The Temptation of Qui-Gon Jinn” was published to YouTube in September of 2016 by Chris Niespodzianski. The original film was made for the 2016 Star Wars Fan Film Awards. This is an extended version.

This is not a bad fan film, but I have seen better ones.
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Trailer for “Nightflyers”

Trailers – The series “Nightflyers” from SyFy will be available this December. This is a TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s sci-fi horror novella of the same name. The synopsis per IMDB:

A crew of space explorers embarks on a mission to find a mysterious alien ship.

I think this one will be as much horror as it will science fiction. At least that is what I take from the trailers and other media reports on the program. It will be something that I want to at least try.

Trailer for “Maniac”

Trailers – I watched the trailer for the new Netflix series “Maniac” this morning. The synopsis per IMDB:

Two strangers are drawn to a mysterious pharmaceutical trial that will, they’re assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.

After watching the trailer I think I will start watching the series on Netflix. It looks interesting. It has earned an 8.2/10 rating on IMDB.

Final Trailer for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”

Trailers – The final trailer for the next film in the world of Harry Potter is out. The movie “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” will be opening in theaters November 16. The synopsis (per IMDB):

The second installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World featuring the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander.

The synopsis doesn’t say much about the film, but the trailers I have seen look very good. I look forward to seeing the film in November.

Short WWII Era Film “Remember the Fallen”

Short FilmsWWII – I came across the excellent short (16:08) World War II era film “Remember the Fallen” today. The film was uploaded to YouTube in September of 2016 by Julien G, though the film was made in 2014. The synopsis:

A French veteran of World War II remembers a particular day of his life…

This is a very well done film and tells a very good story. While it is a French film, there is no dialog. The film has won many awards and has a rating of 8.3/10 on IMDB. I think that most anyone would find this an enjoyable film.


If you are a student of the World War II era in history, you may find my pages “World War II Sources” (a collection of museums, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history) and “World War II Timeline” of interest.

What Do Those Terms of Storage Mean?

Tech Tip – We hear and read terms like megabyte and terabyte used to describe the size of digital storage all the time. But do you really know what they mean?

The most common and smallest term of measurement is the kilobyte. Kilo means 1000. So you would think that a kilobyte would be 1000 bytes. Actually, it means 1024 bytes. In the digital world kilo is 2 to the tenth power or 1024.

You may see sizes written as kB or KB. These are not the same. The lower case k denotes units of 1000 while an upper case K denotes units of 1024 [1].

Units of measure go from the kilobyte up:

1 kilobyte = 1000 bytes
1 megabyte = 1000 kilobytes
1 gigabyte = 1000 megabytes
1 terabyte = 1000 gigabytes
1 petabyte = 1000 terabytes
1 exabyte = 1000 petabytes
1 zettabyte = 1000 exabytes
1 yottabyte = 1000 zettabytes

The later few may not seem relevant right now. Certainly, in terms of computer memory or storage sizes, those are still measured in gigabytes or terabytes respectively. You do see dataset sizes expressed in the petabyte and exabyte ranges now.

For instance, in 2011 the size of the US Library of Congress was estimated to be about 10 terabytes [2] though that seems to have been a very conservative estimate. Looked at another way, it is estimated that 2.5 quintillion bytes (i.e. 2.5 exabytes) of new data is created each day [3]. And another 2017 report says the US alone generates 2.657 petabytes of data per day [4].

What this means is that when we see reports on the size of data, the units of measure will constantly be getting bigger. You need to be prepared to understand the magnitudes being discussed.

 

References

  1. Kilobyte
  2. Transferring “Libraries of Congress” of Data
  3. How Much Data Do We Create Every Day? The Mind-Blowing Stats Everyone Should Read
  4. How Much Data Does The World Generate Every Minute?