Randy Maddocks

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Tim Holloway wrote:I was really impressed with Nicholson as The Joker

Indeed. Next to Heath (and yes, his makeup was too "flat", not much imagination put into it), probably the darkest Joker of all the actors that played that role.

One of my favorite scenes with him as Joker:

3 days ago
Very interesting perspective Tim. Any chance you had a career as a book/movie critic in your past life?

Tim Holloway wrote:Some of the scenes in there were virtually straight plundering from films like House of Wax

- italics mine for emphasis

Now that was a good movie, in my opinion. My one critique would probably be something akin to how you described Stephen King's works, in that the movie had the rerun effect of that stereo-typical group of "youngsters" in a horror flick; too stupid to realize when danger was lurking and too full of themselves in their self-perceived sense of invincibility to get away from it. Anyone who has seen the movie will know what I mean.
3 days ago

Campbell Ritchie wrote:Even in the film version of Little Shop of Horrors...

Very true - even in Jack's early days he was a little "off the beaten path"...

Little Shop of Horrors (Dentist visit clip)
3 days ago
Actually, pretty well any role Jack played in one could say he came across as insane - or creepy, or ignorant, for that matter (think One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Anger Management, A Few Good Men...). So, point well taken Bear.

Trying to bring justice to Stephen King's books in the form of a movie must be difficult for moviemakers. When you read the book you have in your head an idea of what each character looks like. Being true to the book is a tough act to follow on the big screen.

However, given that that's the way Jack Nicholson comes across, I still believe he played the role of Jack Torrance well.
3 days ago
They couldn't have picked a better actor than Jack Nicholson to play Jack Torrance in The Shining...about as insane as they come!
4 days ago

Tim Cooke wrote:I do love me a good Stephen King book

You and me both!

Two of my many favourites from years past:

The Stand...literally could not put it down once I started reading it.
Needful Things...same with this one

Phenomenal writer, in my opinion.
1 week ago
Well, I am going back 32 years since I graduated college, but I will never forget my financial and statistical analysis course. I surprised myself by finding out I really liked working with formulas containing things like present value (PV), future value (FV), compounded interest, etc...or, figuring out median, mean, mode, range...Also having a really good instructor added to the enjoyment.

Have rarely used it since, but still, loved the course.
2 weeks ago
Hi Kenneth,

As I scrolled through the replies to your post I found there so many good ones that I personally believe collectively they should be added somewhere on this website like the FAQs...

My reply probably doesn't apply directly to your question about frameworks themselves, rather your concern (which I also read as frustration) over having to learn frameworks, that it seems like a daunting task. I have been there and felt the same anxiety as you (as undoubtedly many other developers have too), and [unfortunately] still do on occasion. But a few years ago, I was asked to take on a build developer's role (the build dev at the time was moving on to another job). In the span of one day I was introduced, briefly trained on, and had handed over to me a full InstallShield IDE tool and told I was now going to be doing all in-house builds that get deployed out to clients, accounts, etc...I was scared out of my wits, but I figured I either waste time worrying about falling flat on my face, or, I take it as an opportunity to experience what build development is about, do my best, and push the builds out the door. It worked out fine. I would be lying if I said I never made mistakes doing build dev, but I made it a point to learn from them, to try and not make the same mistake again, and to continually improve. Twelve years later I have absolutely no fears when it comes to build development - I go to meetings, ask questions that I know will help me achieve the build requirements, and so on. I am not saying I am completely fluent in build development (I am not going to go out and write a book on it any time soon), but my point to this is that, as hard as it can be to do, you have to jump in, try and have a good attitude, to gain valuable experience. In a way, being "thrown into the lion's den" in my case was a blessing because I really didn't have time to question my abilities.

Anyway, I hope this helps. All the best Kenneth.

Bear Bibeault wrote:My opinion: over my dead body

Make that 2 dead bodies. This, to me, hits at the core of invasion of privacy.
3 weeks ago

Campbell Ritchie wrote:I have too many cat‑lovers in the family

And I will end with an emphatic AMEN!  
4 weeks ago

Campbell Ritchie wrote:No, the evil bit refers to cats

My cat-loving niece would shoot me for saying this, but as a dog lover, I have to agree!  

4 weeks ago

rian bron wrote:Its ok that the clock has non private variable fields because i set it this way

Hi rian,

Campbell and Junilu have already pointed out your use of non-private variables.

Let's say you have a class that describes the characteristics of a cat. Something like this (note that I have left out some code, such as import statements, for brevity):

What is to stop a malicious programmer like me to come along and write this (again, some statements left out for brevity):

I have passed completely absurd cat data to your class, but because you have exposed instance variables and no logic to validate what I have passed, your class happily accepts the values. Obviously this is an extremely basic example, but take that same risk of exposure and consider the consequences if the same coding style was applied to a critical system, such as a machine in a hospital that monitors a patient's vital signs, and someone were to hack into the hospitals' systems and make changes.

As you probably know, or have heard or learned, this falls under Encapsulation, which, in essence,

describes the ability of an object to hide its data and methods from the rest of the world and is one of the fundamental principles of object-oriented programming

Source: Overview of Java

When applied to real-world situations it gives you an appreciation of the benefits of encapsulation.

One thing I have personally learned over the years with programming is, just because code "works" does not necessarily mean it is the right way to do it.

This does not resolve your problem, but I felt it was important to reply. Cheers.

4 weeks ago
I gotta remember that one Joe, made my day.

I can't get the "peow peow" sound out of my head.  

Trying not to laugh out loud here at work, co-workers will think I've gone off the deep end.
1 month ago
I gotta be careful, don't want to offend the very people I have depended on over the years that have helped me get over programming hurdles...  
1 month ago