Marley Movie Trailer by Kevin MacDonald

I can’t wait to watch this!

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Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

From Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland) comes the story of a towering figure of musical history, whose music and message has transcended different cultures, languages and creeds to resonate around the world today as powerfully as when he was alive.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvNlAZ3xqwI&feature=player_embedded]

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Treasure Island 2012

A staple Myrhbusters shooting location too. :)

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Treasure Island, the man-made island that sits between San Francisco and Oakland, used to be a US Navy base and will be dramatically redeveloped over the next decade. Today, it’s a somewhat unreal place with boarded up and decaying buildings interspersed with a few athletic fields, homes, and businesses. I took a walk around there to capture what the place looked like before it gets flattened:

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Spot the [bandwidth] difference

Like most Canadians, we have a bandwidth cap with Videotron, our internet (and phone + TV) provider. We have one of the larger “packages”, which gives us 120GB per month. The chart above details our usage this month, and if you add it all up, it currently shows we used 188.7GB so far, with 3 days to go until our billing cycle is over.

The above usage exploded recently, and I was trying to find the culprit, since it’s costing us extra every month now. If you look at the usage in the last 3 days, compared to earlier in the month, you’ll see I’ve now found it. Was it Netflix? Nope. Roblox maybe (a known bandwidth hog)? Nuh-uh, still not it. It was in fact YouTube!

You see, they now have this option to switch to the highest possible resolution when entering full screen mode. One of my kids is really into watching Minecraft screencasts these days. Since most players play full screen, on large screens, their videos end up being uploaded in full HD, consuming between 1 to over 2GB per hour of video.

Just see the difference turning that option off on my kid’s laptop made:

  • Saturday February 18th: 18.78GB
  • Saturday February 25th: 4.12GB

Keep in mind he’s running a 14″ widescreen laptop at 1336×768, which means anything over 720p is basically useless as far as increased quality is concerned. So the switch did not even downgrade his experience (he watches most at 480p now, with no artifacts).

And there you have it. No more extra bandwidth fees for a while for the Daury household (we were at an extra $36 over our regular monthly bill already this month).