Melina Gunnett

August 31, 2011

Photo of the Day – Cracked

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Cracked

Cracked

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August 19, 2011

Poof! I’m Gone.

Filed under: Odd Thoughts — Melina Gunnett @ 2:25 PM

I’ve vanished!

Actually, it only seems like I’ve vanished off the face of the earth. I’ve really only vanished off the face of the internet.  In our modern society it sometimes seems like the same thing.

The first few days of the trip I could really feel the effects of withdrawal from cyber space.  Granted, it hasn’t been complete withdrawal.  I do have my I phone with me and can check in through it as long as I am someplace with cell service.  You would be amazed at how much of the rural world doesn’t have cell service.

During my last trip I mostly stayed in hotels and hostels at night and they almost always had internet I could use to up date my journal, upload photos, or at least pop on facebook and catch up with everyone.  This trip that hasn’t been the case.  Most nights I am staying with friends and, while I’m sure they do have internet and would let me use it if I ask, I would rather spend the time catching up with them than getting online to update the rest of the world about my travels.

After two weeks of traveling this way I’m slowly recovering from what I have come to realize, was a severe internet addiction.  Perhaps a virtual person addiction would be a better way to put it.  I hadn’t realized how dependent I had become on being able to keep in touch with some many of my friends a the touch of a button.

So, now that I have taken a step back and seen what is happening, what do I intend to do?  I could sign off of here, leave social media and spend more time making in person contacts.  I won’t though.  I like being able to keep in touch with so many friends that are scattered all over the world.  The odds are pretty good I won’t get a chance to communicate with may of you any other way any time soon.

The lesson I’m going to take from this is balance.  I need to make the effort to see more people in person or at least talk to them more often.  As for online… Well, I’ll continue to check in when I can and I will resume my regular blog  on September 1st.   In the mean time I need to check out of this hotel so I can hit the road and go visit another friend.

August 5, 2011

Photo of the Day – Harvest Sun

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Harvest Sun

Harvest Sun

August 4, 2011

Photo of the Day – Portland

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Portland

Portland

August 3, 2011

Photo of the Day – Sail Away

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Sail Away

Sail Away (Scituate, MA)

August 2, 2011

Photo of the Day – Still Waters

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Still Waters

Still Waters (Boats in the Harbor at Hull, MA)

Review (movie) – The Devil’s Double

Filed under: Review — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Melina Gunnett @ 4:13 PM

This is the story of Latif Yahia during the period of his life when he was forced to play fiday (body double) for Uday Hussein. The extreme power, wealth and privilege of the Hussein family stands against the backdrop of a war they started (the Gulf War between Iraq and Kuwait). At it’s heart this film is about the fear generated by one powerful, violent and insane man and how people must adapt and learn to live with him

Dominic Cooper played both of the lead roles, Uday Hussein and Latif Yahia, and was amazing. His performance was so exceptional that it made me really, really want to like this movie. Unfortunately, Copper’s performance aside, the best I can say was not bad.

The film starts out with a montage of real life war clips from the Gulf War, interspersed with clips of Latif being taken to see Uday. Sadly, it then jumps straight into him being forced to work for Uday as his double. It didn’t give much of a build up or give me much of a reason to care about Latif beyond him being a fellow human in a bad situation.

Uday is excessive in every way. Drugs, sex and violence are the norm in his life and he leaves a tail of damaged people and bodies wherever he goes. Most of the sex and violence in the movie is to portray this extreme but the viewer should be warned that there is a lot of it.
 

All in all, this one gets a “wait for the video” from me.

August 1, 2011

Photo of the Day – What You Looking At?

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What You Looking At?

My Apple Bit the Dust

Filed under: Odd Thoughts — Tags: , , , , , — Melina Gunnett @ 6:25 PM

I am so frustrated right now. I need to be calling people, checking my mail and planning my trip down south, which theoretically starts tomorrow. The inspection for my house is today too. Actually, it was 5 hours ago and I would really like to know how it went. Instead my butt is sitting on a hard, uncomfortable stool at the apple store, waiting.

Today’s adventure actually started two days ago. Night before last Apple “updated” their software. Normally I like the way updates get handled. They download to i-tunes and then upload to my phone when I sync it. It, like most things Apple, is mostly done behind the scenes and takes care of itself. This is all good until it goes horribly wrong. Like the last update did.

Something happened, don’t ask me what. Behind the scenes technology stays behind the scenes, even when you want to know what is happening. The update never finished and now my phone won’t sync. In fact my phone won’t do anything. It just shows me a little icon telling me to plug it in to i-tunes to update. I’ve been trying to do that for two days now. I left it plugged in and “updating” all night last night. It isn’t working.

The things that make my smart phone wonderful are now my biggest problems. I can’t make phone calls, check my e-mail, use the map function, send or receive text messages or check my voice mail. So here I sit on the hard little stool waiting again. Again, because I didn’t get “checked in” the first time and they auto-canceled my appointment. I would have known I needed to check in if I could have checked my mail, but MY PHONE DOESN’T WORK!

 

Yeah, I could go outside and wait, but if I’m not sitting here 5 minutes before they will auto-cancel my appointment again. I’d set an alarm but my clock is on my phone and MY PHONE DOESN’T WORK.

Hopefully they will at least get it working after all this. I’ll know in a few minutes and you’ll know in the next paragraph because I can’t post this until I get some place with Internet.

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 Well the person helping me is friendly. That’s a good thing because he is now trying all the things I’ve been trying for the last few days. I think I may be here a while.

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Gee all it took was completely was erasing my sim card so that everything could be re-installed new. The have us do everything else through the itunes interface; is there a reason I couldn’t have done this too. Preferably at home, without the 40 minute drive and an hour spent wandering around a mall while I waited (I consider shopping malls my own personal hell.)

This is why I never owned a Mac. I am smart and fairly tech savvy. I want to be able to fix things when they break. Apple wants to do that for you. If I knew nothing about computers Apple would be a good choice. I suppose that once I recover from the annoyance of today I will be glad to have the phone I have. Right now I don’t have time to think about it. I need to get all the arrangements for my real adventure (A trip down the west coast to San Diego.) that I couldn’t make with my phone down done. At least I can now do it from someplace more comfortable than the hard wooden stools in the Apple store.

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