I make a start with fancy visual charts for flight performance, and Despicable Me 2 is a sequel that didn’t need to be made.

Thorp T-18 performance charts

After having re-engineered most of the aircraft performance code this morning, there is now a good delineation between the data for initial conditions, the calculated performance results, and how they’re displayed on the screen.

I can now make good use of google charts to help graph out some of the data, and can even hover over parts of the chart to break-out further details about the data.

Thorp T-18 performance metrics

My next step from here is to add different types of charts from the manual, and to add controls to the charts so that it can be customised and have the chart update automatically.

Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2 (2013) is a sequel to the much better Despicable Me (2010) and stars Steve Carell as the lead villain Gru, who is a super-villain who wanted to get out and settle down to lead a quieter life.

When another super-villain steals a secret base, Gru gets recruited by the Anti-Villain-League (AVL) to go undercover in a shopping mall to sniff out which of the proprietors is the culprit. The love interest between Gru and his partner from the AVL works well, and Gru’s yellow overalled minions are a delight, but some aspects of comedy end up taking things a beat or two too far. I think that this is something that may come from the actors having done live comedy. Stretching out a comedy piece can work when it’s done live, but with a movie you can’t afford the luxury of lingering for long before discomfort sets in.

I’m at odds with this sequel, for it’s one that didn’t need to be made. The original was a much smarter story that I look forward to revisiting at some later stage, but with this sequel, while it does a good job, it seems to have overstayed it’s welcome.

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