Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Descrepancies that Piss Me Off - A Rant

My mind is like a black hole for information that I will likely never need. Not necessarily useless information, cause someone, at some point, found it useful, and shared it... But there's a lot of junk bouncing around in my skill that I'll never be able to employ.

I am Ok with this. If you only ever knew the things you needed to know, you'd be a boring person. I'd rather someone tell me something I didn't know than just stand there in silence.

The problem with this is though, that when you do know something that the general public doesn't, and you see something done wrong in a movie that would otherwise be great, it completely ruins it. And me, being me... I have to share this information with the other people who I'm watching said movie with.

I once had occasion in high school to heat a piece of metal rod to red hot, and beat on it with a hammer. It was Metal Working class, so it was allowed. Anyway, I'd asked the teacher, as I was smashing said rod flat, why it was that you'd see a blacksmith hit the piece of metal, and then hit the anvil. He was delighted that I asked, I guess the average person doesn't notice that. He said he was going to wait to tell me about it until the next day, after my arm was sore from the work, but since Id actually asked... The secret is that when you hit the anvil, the hammer bounces. So you hit the piece, and then a slight tap on the anvil assists in bringing the hammer back up, thus less strain on your arm.

Now, it's not often that you see blacksmithing, (Which evidently Google Chrome doesn't think is a word, cause I'm getting red-squigglied) even in movies, but when they don't do that, and just keep hitting the red hot metal, I always think "They're going to be sorry they didn't go to Brookline high with me." Worse, I've seen movies where they hit the thing they're working on once, and then tap it... Then hit it, then tap it. They ALMOST have it right, I say.

Another thing that people say all the time is 9 months of pregnancy. There's 4 weeks to a month right? 40 weeks to a "normal" pregnancy... how does that work out to 9 months?

Being a computer guy, I'm pretty good at typing. I hate watching people on movies pretend they're typing, it's so obvious that they're not, if the camera angle is right. They almost never use the space bar.

Something else that bugs me, lead has not been used for writing since ancient Rome. The stuff in your pencil is NOT lead, yet mechanical pencil refills SAY lead on them... They're not.

It's PER-RIFF-ERR-ALL. Not PER-RIFF-REE-AL!! Same with nuclear. It's not NOO KYOO LAR.

Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman was set in the year 1876. I was a fan as a kid... Anyway, several times, they played The Star Spangled Banner in the show. A song which wasn't the national anthem until 1931. Ruined the whole series for me.

Am I the only one who has trouble looking past things like this? I really get hung up on these things, and my disbelief gets harder to suspend. What stops your enjoyment dead in it's tracks?