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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22230 on: July 12, 2013, 07:10:03 PM »
My biggest pet-peeve in movie theaters is the cell-phone.  I've decided that if I were rich enough to do so, I'd build a movie theater where every part of the building except the lobby was surrounded by a faraday cage.  Any staff or emergency communication within the building could be through hard-wired devices.

That's one thing that made me very happy when I went to see The Lone Ranger last Saturday.  There was an announcement that any cell phone use during the movie would earn the user an escort out of the movie without a refund.  That's a new policy since the last time I was there, and it made me forgive them the endless commercials before the movie started.

I like those announcements too but then again you got the SS's who still keep them on for no good reason.  I give bonus SS points to those who leave them on at church, and do not either place them on silent, vibrate or off - trust me I gave some mentally recently to a few SS's that had phones going off during Mass.
Is mine the only phone that will still play preset alarms even when the sound is turned off? (I need meds at certain times.) I had to prove that to a very skeptical DH; instead I turn mine to vibrate-only if we will be in the theater at one of those times.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22231 on: July 12, 2013, 07:18:24 PM »
Mine gets put on vibrate when I'm in church and tucked into my purse.  And when I'm in stores I try to remember to turn it down or I get some funny looks when my phone cackles at me (notification for when bff texts)
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« Reply #22232 on: July 12, 2013, 08:37:34 PM »
Is mine the only phone that will still play preset alarms even when the sound is turned off? (I need meds at certain times.) I had to prove that to a very skeptical DH; instead I turn mine to vibrate-only if we will be in the theater at one of those times.

No, mine does, too.

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« Reply #22233 on: July 12, 2013, 09:44:52 PM »
I think that part of why we go to theatres is the shared experience of a movie. It can make a good movie great. Oohs, ahhs, squeals of delight or horror - it's part of the immersive environment, to know that other people are reacting emotionally to the content beside you.

What detracts from a movie is an audience (young or old) acting as if the movie is secondary to whatever else they are doing.

This, exactly.

I like to think I added to someone's experience of the movie Predator (the remake, with Adrian Brody).  I was watching intently, and at a particularly startling scene, let out a yelp and tossed my popcorn bag into the air, showering the people in front of me with (fortunately unbuttered) popcorn.  I was mortified and apologized in whispers; they thought it was hysterical, as did the rest of the group with me and a few other patrons who saw what happened.  I'd never done that before, and never since.
I had a friend talk me into going to see Aliens. Against my better judgment.
Afterwards, she said she would never go to a scary movie with me, because the way I kept jumping when things happened in the movie was far worse than the movie itself.  ::)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22234 on: July 12, 2013, 10:07:57 PM »
Is mine the only phone that will still play preset alarms even when the sound is turned off? (I need meds at certain times.) I had to prove that to a very skeptical DH; instead I turn mine to vibrate-only if we will be in the theater at one of those times.

No, mine does, too.

I think that is quite common. There is probably a way to make it just vibrate, but that may require a call to your cell phone provider. (But if you have an Android smartphone, PM me and I may be able to help.)
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« Reply #22235 on: July 12, 2013, 10:32:20 PM »
Is mine the only phone that will still play preset alarms even when the sound is turned off? (I need meds at certain times.) I had to prove that to a very skeptical DH; instead I turn mine to vibrate-only if we will be in the theater at one of those times.

No, mine does, too.

I think that is quite common. There is probably a way to make it just vibrate, but that may require a call to your cell phone provider. (But if you have an Android smartphone, PM me and I may be able to help.)

Yep, my Android phone has three volume settings all independent of each other: Alarm, Ringer, and Media

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22236 on: July 13, 2013, 12:01:20 AM »
Then the Alarm one is the one you want.
What part of v_e = \sqrt{\frac{2GM}{r}} don't you understand? It's only rocket science!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22237 on: July 13, 2013, 01:20:45 AM »
I was willing to help him rent a small space near where he lived to have space to build up a clientele (like half the rent for a year) but I wasn't going to fund insanity.

Is there a reason why you'd even do that? It's pretty above the call of duty to fund someone else's business for half a year.

My plan was to help a friend start a business with a micro-loan - it seemed like a good idea.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22238 on: July 13, 2013, 02:04:38 AM »
Is mine the only phone that will still play preset alarms even when the sound is turned off? (I need meds at certain times.) I had to prove that to a very skeptical DH; instead I turn mine to vibrate-only if we will be in the theater at one of those times.

No, mine does, too.

I think that is quite common. There is probably a way to make it just vibrate, but that may require a call to your cell phone provider. (But if you have an Android smartphone, PM me and I may be able to help.)
Vibrating is no problem.  If I lived in rattlesnake country, it would probably have been beaten to death with a shovel by now! :D
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22239 on: July 13, 2013, 10:15:51 AM »
I remember watching the original Carrie in the theatre shortly after it came out.

There is a scene at the end - you know the one I mean, if you've seen it. I remember the audience reaction. I swear, the entire building shot off the foundations about a foot.

It wouldn't be the same if half the audience had been looking at their cell phones at the time.

I know the scene. It startled me so bad I screamed and woke up my date, who had been passed out the whole movie! Yeah, we didn't last long.

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« Reply #22240 on: July 13, 2013, 12:48:26 PM »
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I remember watching the original Carrie in the theatre shortly after it came out.

There is a scene at the end - you know the one I mean, if you've seen it. I remember the audience reaction. I swear, the entire building shot off the foundations about a foot.

It wouldn't be the same if half the audience had been looking at their cell phones at the time.




I know the scene. It startled me so bad I screamed and woke up my date, who had been passed out the whole movie! Yeah, we didn't last long.


I watched that when I was 13.  At midnight alone in a strange house babysitting with all the lights off.  I jumped about two feet.
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« Reply #22241 on: July 13, 2013, 03:25:43 PM »
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Quote from: Twik on Yesterday at 01:12:25 PM

I remember watching the original Carrie in the theatre shortly after it came out.

There is a scene at the end - you know the one I mean, if you've seen it. I remember the audience reaction. I swear, the entire building shot off the foundations about a foot.

It wouldn't be the same if half the audience had been looking at their cell phones at the time.




I know the scene. It startled me so bad I screamed and woke up my date, who had been passed out the whole movie! Yeah, we didn't last long.


I watched that when I was 13.  At midnight alone in a strange house babysitting with all the lights off.  I jumped about two feet.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22242 on: July 13, 2013, 04:44:12 PM »
I remember watching the original Carrie in the theatre shortly after it came out.

There is a scene at the end - you know the one I mean, if you've seen it. I remember the audience reaction. I swear, the entire building shot off the foundations about a foot.

It wouldn't be the same if half the audience had been looking at their cell phones at the time.

I know the scene. It startled me so bad I screamed and woke up my date, who had been passed out the whole movie! Yeah, we didn't last long.


I remember  'Carrie'.  It scared the Deity out of me and I was studying film at the time. 

People were used to a 'releasing image' at the end of a disturbing film.  The car being dragged out of the swamp at the end of 'Psycho' is a good example.  'Carrie' gave the audience just the opposite. 


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22243 on: July 13, 2013, 05:32:47 PM »
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Quote from: Twik on Yesterday at 01:12:25 PM

I remember watching the original Carrie in the theatre shortly after it came out.

There is a scene at the end - you know the one I mean, if you've seen it. I remember the audience reaction. I swear, the entire building shot off the foundations about a foot.

It wouldn't be the same if half the audience had been looking at their cell phones at the time.




I know the scene. It startled me so bad I screamed and woke up my date, who had been passed out the whole movie! Yeah, we didn't last long.


I watched that when I was 13.  At midnight alone in a strange house babysitting with all the lights off.  I jumped about two feet.

I've always been puzzled that most people didn't see that "jump" coming WAAAAAY down the road.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22244 on: July 14, 2013, 06:07:19 AM »
I remember  'Carrie'.  It scared the Deity out of me and I was studying film at the time. 

People were used to a 'releasing image' at the end of a disturbing film.  The car being dragged out of the swamp at the end of 'Psycho' is a good example.  'Carrie' gave the audience just the opposite.

For me, a relaxing image at the end of a film automatically means a set-up for Jason to leap out of the water or something. Apparently I'm jaded.