A speciality bread issue and scooter theft mystery are delved in to, Cracker and Now You See Me are enjoyed, and stilted news reports seem to be for automatic translations.

Pak n Sav speciality bread

This morning while getting ready, I realised that prices of the speciality bread in the bread warmer by the self-checkout were a bit lower in price than the same speciality bread behind glass doors in the bread area, and that because the glass-door speciality bread doesn’t have any barcodes on their bags, I was using the barcode from the bread warmer bags instead. Could it be that the bread warmer bread is older or in worse condition and is being warmed up to help it sell cheaper? I don’t know.

Scooter theft mystery

On the topic of things I don’t know, the boy racer from last week that I was wanting to blame for the theft of my scooter is quite innocent. Because I’ve been hurt by the theft, I emotionally want to strike out and hurt someone else in return. While understanding such an emotional response, I have also come to intellectually understand that I do not have any information that can help in such a regard, and have to accept that we don’t have the control over a situation that we may desire.

With intellectual and emotional side warring at odds with each other, I’ve found that it’s important to realise that the best thing to do is to organise a replacement instead and just move on.


Furious 6

We started to watch Furious 6 (2013), the latest in the Fast and the Furious franchise, but due to the other person being in some pain, we moved away from such candy to find something more cerebral instead, to help keep the brain ticking along.


We moved on to Season 3 of Cracker (1995), the Brotherly Love episodes. The main plot was about a catholic man who regularly visits prostitutes, who kills one when he can’t afford to pay her. When he’s in custody, more murders occur which we in time learn are due to his wife, who is not only providing an alibi but is also taking revenge against all the money that her husband had spent on them.

As enticing though is the other storyline plot threaded throughout, where Jimmy Beck is still under suspicion of raping Penhaligon from the previous season. It’s beautifully played, his denial, transference of guilt with how he feels about his screw up resulting in the death of Bilborough, bargaining with Fitz about a private confession, and a final acceptance when he uses his own confession of a dying man to help gain a confession from the original prostitute murderer.

It can be hard to watch at times due to the serious nature of the topics and themes that it covers, but it’s well worth the watch.

Now You See Me

Now You See Me (2013) is a puzzle heist movie with a magic twist. The core of the movie consists of four solo magicians. Atlas (Jessie Eisenberg) a cocky and gifted street performer, McKinney (Woody Harrelson) a mentalist grifter, Henley (Isla Fisher) who was Atlas’ assistant and now does Vegas-style stage illusions, and Wilder (James Franco) a gifted pickpocket.

They’re all brought together by a mysterious benefactor to perform three large performances that each result in the theft of millions of dollars. Mixed in with them are Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman) who creates videos debunking magic performances, and is approached by FBI agent Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) to take down the magicians.

This movie isn’t up to the crime drama level of The Usual Suspects (1994) but still does a good job of being entertaining with a good mystery of why the thefts are occurring that nicely ties in with the benefactor who is revealed near the end of the movie. Knowing the answer to that mystery on a second viewing results in a slightly more interesting viewing, but knowing doesn’t make it quite as enjoyable as when you know the identity from The Usual Suspects film.

Despite that though, it’s well put together with plenty of clues throughout the movie results in the ultimate reveal making a lot of sense.

Stilted news report speech

Which catching the news tonight I noticed that some of the reporters speak with a form of stilted speech. At first it was tempting to believe that this would allow the reporter to more lazily transcribe their report, but really it’s to allow others to more easily use voice recognition to translate the report for the purpose of language translation, and other forms of assistance.

It does result in a difficult-at-times to follow report, but being able to reach a wider audience seems to be a compromise that results in such things these days.