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  1. That's probably close.  I don't have it up at the moment.  In my case it was just a handful of different commands in a Linux Bash script to build it, and a Cron entry to make it run each day.  Pretty much a set it and forget it type of deal.  I think I took a weekend to figure it out and build what you see there and get it online for the others.  I haven't actually looked at it that deeply or thought about how it works since last November or so.  The same also goes for my "new feed" schedule which is current and up to date:
    That one did take a few minor tweaks over time as it evolved, but nothing that major.  The JSON protocol actually keeps things incredibly simple and uniform.  Sounds like you are on track.

  2. 7 hours ago, Curtis DeHaven said:

    Thanks for the reply, OH...  Good to hear from you.  A month?  Hmm...  I've been using the api.tcm.coi feed since the new web site layout change without issue - at least for the bits I use.  It's just that all of a sudden, this week it doesn't work at all.  Even if I google "tcm api" none of the how-to links work!  Decision from the top?  Who knows, but if it was technical fault, one would think it would be fixed by now...  : (

    So, what are you using?   I seem to recall another api they had - at one point I was comparing it to api,tcm.com.

    Hi, that is it.  No more.  Now it is just the reduced data for the new-fangled website (no more themes).  I didn't really use the themes myself, I just go movie by movie, but that is not the point - I know many others did.  So having themes included was kind of a nice addition to an already overextended public project for me. 

    Now the themes in the data is no more.  The new schedule's data is only missing the themes (though for some of the API files, the file dates appeared to have been there for at least 10 years).  That in itself I find very unusual, as we have been observing the fact that they continued to use themes on a regular basis on their end - ever since November or so last year.  Makes me wonder why somebody there wishes to bury their head in the sand and hide it, I have my own ideas but I won't vent about it here as it will inevitably feed someone else's narcissism.

  3. 2 hours ago, skimpole said:

    This should be updated.  I noticed the TCM premiere of Blade Runner when I just checked the schedule.

    Hmm  I just checked and it's in my linked schedule, though it updates a few times a day.  Maybe you saw it before it updated?

    P.S. nevermind.  I see it has been in my schedule for a while, so you must have been mentioning something else.

  4. Favorites?  Definitely Rhubarb and The Cat From Outer Space.  :)

    Some other selections for your consideration:

    Disney:  That Darn Cat (1965)
    After a kidnapped bank teller uses a neighbor's wandering cat to send an SOS, the FBI assigns a cat-allergic agent to the case.
    Hayley Mills • Dean Jones • Dorothy Provine • Roddy McDowall • Neville Brand • Elsa Lanchester • William Demarest

    Gay Purr-ee (1962)
    A starry-eyed cat grows weary of life on a French farm and heads for the excitement of 1890s Paris, followed by her tomcat suitor, Jaune-Tom (Robert Goulet), and his furry cohort, Robespierre (Red Buttons).

    The Uncanny (1977)
    Wilbur Gray, a horror writer, has stumbled upon a terrible secret, that cats are supernatural creatures who really call the shots. In a desperate attempt to get others to believe him, Wilbur spews three tales of feline horror.
    Peter Cushing • Ray Milland • Joan Greenwood

    The Incredible Journey (1963)


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  5. Also the US was taken off the gold standard in 1971, which eventually correlated to no more decent cars for $6000, among other things.

    Some people in Europe are already looking forward to something called Basel III, which would initially put Europe onto some sort of a gold standard or a gold-backed currency.  I personally don't trust anything that the powerbrokers say who have a vested interest in keeping everyone except themselves in debt.  I think it would be better if it came from a different source...  Stay tuned.

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  6. Cool thread.  I might come back to this later tonight, but for now here are a couple links.

    US Debt Clock.  In particular, try the "Time Machine" link in the upper right hand corner.

    Also for anyone interested in precious metals as a hedge against inflation, here is a link to someone else's project for best dealer prices on silver.


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  7. On 6/14/2021 at 1:18 PM, hamradio said:

    After seeing many of those 19th century family photos, think they took a vow for frowns.



    On 6/13/2021 at 4:33 PM, SansFin said:


    I've had dreams like this.  Maybe this artist has too.

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  8. 2 hours ago, LuckyDan said:

    I've never used post images but I think you had too much code in your url. I copied the second half info the "insert from url" box.



    I wonder if Umo is getting that from one of those "helpful" scripted dialog boxes.  As for you, just the url alone worked perfectly for me.

  9. For such a big operation they have been more inept across all the bases than I could have ever imagined.  But yes it has not been updated for about a month now.  Ixnay.  I saw this coming as there was a bit of redundancy to it.  Except they chopped off the wrong part!  Now we are down to whatever they pipe at us through the new prototype downstream feed for their website, rather than use the perfectly good mature feed.  Enjoy...

  10. On 6/11/2021 at 7:17 PM, hamradio said:

    If it's not broken, don't fix it.

    Geeze even Windows 7 still wasn't good enough? :wacko:

    My early 2000's Dell GX280 Zotac has been very reliable, no issues.  Have both  Chrome and Firefox browsers.

    It has a Super Speed USB, NVidea 3D VGA, Soundblaster and Firewire cards installed.   Rewritable DVD RAM . CD RW is used to store everything i.e. photos, video, documents and assoc files.  


    Here I forgot to include this.  Firefox ended its support for XP back at version 52.9 (June 26, 2018).  So that is probably the version you are running right now.  Any newly patched vulnerabilities (not including "Windows viruses"), web "technologies" or new ways of doing things on the internet, and it will be left behind.


    And M$ support for XP officially ended in 2014:
    "After 12 years, support for Windows XP ended April 8, 2014"

    So about a 4 year "grace period".

    Right now it looks like latest cutting edge FF version is 89 (that is if one were to install it outright from the Mozilla website), though the latest internal update through my OS is FF 85 (they are a bit more conservative on general software updates and wait for bugs and glitches to be worked out).

    Firefox end-of-support for Windows 7 seems to be up in the air as of now, but that will happen too. 

     M$ support for Windows 7 officially ended in 2020:
    "After 10 years, support for Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020."

    If we are to use FF's past 4 year grace period timeline as an indicator, that would presumably give Windows 7 users up to 2024 or so.

  11. 6 hours ago, hamradio said:

    One thing that generates RF noise are some of the switching power supplies and the older light dimmers.  I use a Tempo 200FP Filter Probe.


    That one in your picture looks like it has a capacitive sensor, just like a standard NCVT. 

    The PF5 mentioned above has two sensors for two modes - a 2" directional coil inside for measuring EMF, and also a capacitive sensor for voltage.  The focus on these is targeted at real-world safety levels.  Hence the color coded LEDs.  The safety levels were correlated with actual electronic noise levels based on much research over time.

    The other meter, the acousticom, is for measuring RF from cell phones, wifi, microwave ovens, radio towers, etc.  (you may know this, but somebody else may not)

    Anyway here are a couple links to the product pages on their website.





  12. My happy little mess, as described above, the result of becoming a covidiot...  Yes, at least for now this is the infamous MCOH work area.  Probably not what some of you might have expected.  https://moviecollectoroh.com/pics_to_hotlink_on_TCM/forum-twisted.gif

    It's probably compulsory to say it's not as grungy as it looks with the flash.  In the foreground is "the laptop", just an old Dell Latitude with the functional copy of my database that is also backed up in many different places (my main computer - running on Linux Mint).  In the background are my Windows 7 and Linux Mint internet video computer - mainly for some background noise while I work.  On the monitor is my Linux desktop.
    That little green thing to the right is an Acousticom 2 RF meter, and underneath that a PF5 Pocket EMF detector.  I don't leave home without these.  These are for my safety in the workplace, to suss out levels of electronic "noise" around me on a biologically relevant scale.  Probably TMI, but it is whatever it is...  :D


  13. 3 hours ago, hamradio said:

    My Color Computer  3 system is separate from the rest. RS DOS / CDOS  / Extended AdOS 3 are selected at power on (ROMs / EPROMs inside Disto Super Controller on the very right (white device plugged in between computer and disk drives. Not an operating system in the normal sense but can load in OS9 Level II which is a true HARD TO USE operating system.



    I remember the GX280 and similar form-factors from Dell.  Very nice models back in the day, I saw lots of them in use.  I take it yours didn't suffer from the notorious "capacitor plague"?  That was a thing back then.

    Also it looks like you like to keep older computers going.  I used to have a TI-994a.  Probably not in the same league, but that was my first home computer.  Was mostly a gaming console with built-in BASIC and word processing capability with added software cartridges.  Not a whole lot more.  My original is lost but I managed to get a replacement on Ebay years ago.  Only problem is it requires a "video modulator" and a CRT type TV (not a monitor).

    P.S. Those RS 5.25 disks look like Apple from that period, but they probably all did. 

  14. 2 hours ago, LsDoorMat said:

    No, there are at least two of us. Two years ago I needed an X-Ray to see if I had pneumonia. I asked the PA - How exactly am I supposed to bring this order to the radiologist without a paper order?  She looked confused. I had no phone that she could send the order to??? How can this be? How can I possibly live without a phone??? 

    Deep thoughts by Jack Handy.  😀

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  15. 4 hours ago, hamradio said:

    If it's not broken, don't fix it.

    Geeze even Windows 7 still wasn't good enough? :wacko:

    My early 2000's Dell GX280 Zotac has been very reliable, no issues.  Have both  Chrome and Firefox browsers.

    It has a Super Speed USB, NVidea 3D VGA, Soundblaster and Firewire cards installed.   Rewritable DVD RAM . CD RW is used to store everything i.e. photos, video, documents and assoc files.  


    Each to his own.  In my case it was a combination of simplifying and staying up to date.  As I understand, Windows 7 is now no longer supported.

    I actually have 4 different computers.  One laptop at my table (my principal computer which I do most things).   Two HP 8300 ultra-small desktops at my table (one running Windows 7 for VideoRedo - a processor-intensive video recoding program), the other a Linux Mint box for watching Internet videos and so forth off to the side while I work on my laptop doing something else.  That computer also runs my schedules that I generate and auto-upload, since it is a desktop and is always on.  Those two are on a shared KVM to reduce clutter.

    Then in my family room I have an HP 7900 USDT (the predecessor to the 8300) which has hardware that is just old enough to be capable of running Windows XP.  That one is always on too.  In fact the only one I ever completely shut down is my laptop.  The others just the monitors get shut down.

    So just for me - the computer layout is all about the application and work flow.  It is often the case these computers are busy simultaneously and cannot be interrupted.

    I also have some highly non-technical people who are running Linux Mint with me "administrating" it just because it is stupid-easy to get up and running, and I can leave them alone with it with some confidence.  The OS itself truly requires zero maintenance in-between manual updates - for which I make a house call and still have time for dinner out of the deal.  I must admit that after I install it,I run my own customization script with lots of little niceties and tweaks, but nothing critical to getting a fully functional system up and running.  I use it to install some additional programs to run, purge some programs that won't be running, set up the firewall, add my own user preference tweaks, and so forth.  It is so modular that every little aspect can be customized from a single script on a USB flash drive, with an adjacent directory included to hold some of the components.

    So just a harmless little plug from a satisfied user, I am not trying to "convert" anyone.  ;)

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  16. 22 minutes ago, txfilmfan said:

    Re: self-checkout - I'll only do it if I have one or two items.  Once at Target, they had one staffed checkout line open , and two (!) staff to help direct people to self-checkout lanes, plus a third to help with kiosk issues.  One of them motioned to me and my half-full cart to use the self-checkout lane.  I asked if they were going to give me a discount for doing so, as I was doing their job for them.  She had a perplexed look on her face, as if she didn't understand.  

    Cashier jobs used to be union jobs - my brother had to join the union as a supermarket bag boy when he was in high school.  He later got promoted to cashier.  This was back in the day of electro-mechanical cash registers like this:

    NCR Mechanical Cash Registers & Cash Register Mechanisms | Smithsonian  Institution

    I generally don't go to Wal-Mart any more, but I've read on my Nextdoor feed that they no longer have human cashiers at the store nearest me.

    This appears to be the trend, just like all-self-service gas stations started popping up in the 1970s.  Today, around the DFW area anyway, you have to look mighty hard to find a station that has full service (I know it's the law in a couple of states to have only full serve, though)

    Last time I went to a Wal-Mart was sometime near the start of the Scam-Demic last year.  I needed something unusual I knew they had.  They had 25 or so unused cash registers, and a little "room" on the way to the exit, boxed in with partitions.  Inside of that were about 6-8 self-checkout stations and an attendant.  Last time I ever went in there.  It is in an okay part of town, but that Wal-Mart is the main thing that makes news in our weekly police blotter, for people trying to steal stuff at night.  They usually make it out the door and then the cops catch them in the parking lot or on the street.

  17. On 6/10/2021 at 1:12 PM, hamradio said:

    Old school land line phone, refrigerator.  Computer uses Windows XP (who writes malware for that today?),   2 layers of firewall protection (router and XP).I 

    Break broadband connection when not on internet. 

    Use this...



    ...to switch power on/off to...




    I have one of those blue routers.  Sitting in the basement on top of a pile of old gear that still works.

    XP?  I had no issues with it.  Only thing is today you still (presumably) still need to interface with the outside world.  As long as someone continues to provide an updated web browser for it.  That is the bare minimum to get by as I see it.

    I still use an XP box (not used to surf web though) for my NextPVR/Hauppauge HD-PVR2 setup (a software "DVR").  That is fine and dandy as the software as I have it loaded is essentially "abandonware" because it just sits there on its own and presents no inherent risks.  I'm just too lazy to change anything because it is essentially an "appliance" and it has worked perfectly for about 5 or 6 years non-stop now.

    I got sick of Windows after that, actually during the Windows 7 phase when they were rolling out Windows 10 covertly.  Sick and tired of the years of BS from MS, I cut it off at the source and went back to Linux (I had looked into it back in the late 90s but it wasn't ready for prime time then).  Anything I was able to do in Windows before I can now do in Linux Mint.  Minus one or two bits of corporate software that I don't really need to have on my internet-connected machines.  For those wondering, you just need to use your head, just like you did when you learned Windows, and most of the basic Windows-like UI features are copied anyhow.

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  18. 1 hour ago, SansFin said:

    Market research consistently shows that customers prefer self-service kiosks over having to deal with a cashier. The most significant factor is speed and the second-most significant factor is accuracy. There is a strong undercurrent also in all studies of a feeling that they are being forced to deal with cashiers' personal, workplace or mental health issues.

    A study by Taco Bell showed that customers spend twenty percent more when using a self-service kiosk. This is low for the industry because many such fast food stores show up to thirty percent higher.

    Retail has reached a tipping point. Labor prices are rising and technology costs are falling. Worker productivity has been steadily declining since the mid-1990s. Costs of labor have been rising also so that even a low-benefit employer such as Wal-Mart is paying nearly twice what their workers receive. The direct expense of installing an AI terminal has gone down nearly seventy percent since 2014.

    Giving customers what they want is a no-brainer when it is cheaper than continuing an antiquated system.

    WRT supermarket checkout, I see both types of customers around me.  There are those with a half-full to full shopping cart, and then there are those with a smart phone in one hand and tonight's dinner in the other.  Guess which ones predominantly go to the human cashier and which ones don't.  That and in the end a real human inevitably comes over to assist a customer, swipe an override card or reset a machine.  I am not your average idiot.  If I check out my own groceries, I'd better be getting about a 10% discount on the final bill.  Then there are the produce that need to be tagged, weighed and keyed in.  The night manager at my local mega supermarket knows me, he is usually out near the front, and if they have all the human checkout lanes shut down already, he will usually drop whatever he is doing and open a real lane for me.

    The only time I avoid a cashier at checkout is when I see it is someone who has mental/social issues that I have checked out with before, and if there is another choice.  It is usually easy to spot from a mile away though- poor presentation, bad hygiene, working really hard at nothing, mumbles to self, etc, but sometimes they are your only choice.  Then there are the cashiers that I am overjoyed to see.  A quick how do you do, and wham, bam, thank you human, have a great day.  It is really that simple.

    As far as fast food goes, I have only seen a restaurant or two out of state with kiosk to place your order.  That was just along very busy freeway or turnpike exits.  That and about 15 years ago or so at Mickey D's I saw one of the first automated systems for measuring and dropping french fries into the fryers, then pulling them out on time.  I talked to the manager about it a bit and he said they only turn that on during the busiest times, because believe it or not, someone needs to keep a watchful eye on it.  But I get the consistency part.

    There are at least a couple warehouse types of operations around town that are robotic.  One is Amazon (along with a full staff), the other is a business-to-business industrial supplier.  The latter operates in near darkness to save energy (no OSHA issues) and basically only has maintenance crew on hand to turn on the lights and intervene if there is an issue.  Also across state, a giant UPS hub I've been in prior to automation, now handles much of the routing work, at least  for the envelopes and smalls.  Package scanning as items move on conveyor belt.  Computer-controlled pneumatic actuated fingers to flip envelopes/packages off conveyor belts and into chutes and onto other conveyor belts.

    None of this crap impresses me though, as I've seen it in different stages of development all my life.  I'll still be driving my vehicle by hand when everyone else is goofing off or sleeping in their auto-piloted cars.

  19. Confirmed.  Looking through my text-based source files, they indeed went from "Roma  (1972)" in 2014 and prior to "Fellini's Roma (1972) " in this most recent listing.  Hence it appears to them to be a "premiere".  And yes, now that I think about it, I did come across and address this case this month in the updates.  So I would expect more examples like this to be the case in these "false premieres".

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