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Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster

The megaproject of watching and blogging about all Godzilla movies continues! This time we are dealing with Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster from 1964.

The disappearance of a princess coincides with the arrival of a prophetess who warns of the return of Godzilla, Rodan and the arrival of a civilization destroying space monster.

This movie has a lot of things going for it.

A wacky UFO cult with a very trusty inspiring leader, venusians, a volcanic eruption, a princess turned doomsday prophetess with mystical powers, royal assassins, global warming, a strange magnetic egg fallen from the sky, pandemics, spycraft deluxe, two tiny ladies from Infant Island invited as guests on a TV-show, a very competent psychiatrist and of course our beloved monsters.


This movie has more urgent upbeat tempo not not quite so desperate in its tone but perhaps slightly darker, more serious. Maybe because our own world is going haywire at the moment so it's very easy to relate the movie to current events.

There's a journalistic media perspective. We have seen this before but I still think it works and makes things interesting.

I found it fascinating that the princess turned venusian/gretian is treated as though she was mentally ill and eventually she is "cured" by the psychiatrist and returns to her normal princess self. It's a minor thing in the movie but I find it interesting since the possession was de facto real and the venusians actually had am important environmental message to deliver to humanity but everything of course works out in the end but I find it funny in a dark way that that they choose to actively intervene in her mental faculties instead of listening to the message and just let it work itself out.

A new theme is creeping into the franchise. The question of environmentalism. King Ghidorah is not on earth wrecking havoc just for fun, or, erhm, not only for that reason. He is doing it because the venusians mistreated Venus in the same manner we humans are destroying earth. We should take this a warning or King Ghidorah will completely destroy all civilizations on earth like he did on Venus.

The special effects are very nice and Godzilla looks deliciously crusty! Mothra is back. Rodan is Rodan and The Great Space Monster King Ghidorah is intimidating but the sounds the creature makes may sound outer-worldly but are just mostly annoying.

The two tiny ladies from infant island just blows my mind every time. The movie turns into a low key acid trip every time they make an appearance. I can't get my head around why they give me such a weird surreal feeling. I found the scene where they are invited as guests on a TV-show really funny and the Mothra song is very good! The meeting with all the hotshot politicians, scientists, military people and the tiny ladies just cracks me up. In this meeting we are posed with the dilemma of using nuclear weapons against a great threat, given Japans history -a recurring theme throughout the Godzilla franchise.

We are after all here for the monster fights and they are excellent. The fight between Godzilla and Rodan stands out for me. It's interesting to see Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra join forces against King Ghidorah and Mothra doing the uniting. At one point there is a sweet discussion among the monsters on the topic of whether or not the should they should defend earth against Ghidorah.The comical pong-style back and forth stone throwing episode is also worth mentioning.

King Ghidorah spread lots of good mayhem and is a good and worthy adversary. It's nice to see the other monsters try to cooperate. When it all comes down to it, humans aren't all that important in the grand scheme of tings.

I think this is pretty OK-ish movie. It's true to the spirit of the franchise and I think it still holds up somewhat OK today I especially enjoyed the chaos of so much going on.

Bookmarks, Buku and Bukubrow Host

See update below!

Bookmarks and buku

When I reached over 1K web browser bookmarks, not counting external links in my old personal wiki and saved links littered all over my file system in various obscurely named text files I realized I had to find a better way to manage and organize my bookmarks. I did some research and found some alternatives and finally decided to settle on buku.

Buku is a quite powerful and easy to use command line program and I've grown to heavily depend upon it. After using it for a good while it's hard to imagine living without it. It, together with vimwiki, makes up my extended knowledge base. I haven't looked up the numbers but I believe it's one of my most frequently used commands.

Even though I enjoy living in the terminal I found it annoying when browsing the World Wide Web and every time I wanted to access a bookmark I had to go to a terminal. This gets old fast. I like the convenience of having your bookmarks right there at your disposal in the browser.

Luckily you can export your bookmarks from buku to a importable HTML file (buku -e bookmarks.html) but buku lacks functionality to integrate bookmarks automagically to your browser so I took up the habit of manually exporting all buku bookmarks, then deleting my Firefox bookmarks and finally re-importing the buku bookmarks every Sunday night.

Needless to say, this was a boring and tedious process so I started thinking of automating the process. I thought this would be simple since both buku and in my case Firefox both uses sqlite3.

My idea was to create a Python script and call it from a crontab entry or a systemd timer to once every, say, 24 hours open both the buku database and the Firefox default profile database. Then for every bookmark in the buku database, check; if URL not in Firefox database; add it with corresponding title, tags and comment. If URL in Firefox database; check that tags and other information agree with buku information, fix any discrepancies. Else: do nothing. Finally, close both databases.

It turned out that inserting a bookmark into Firefox using a SQL Query was a little over my head and I never got around to seriously attempting to do this even though I believe I could do it if I committed myself to it. 1

Bukubrow Host

Sam A. Horvath-Hunt beat me to it, or rather solved this in a different way.

Bukubrow is a WebExtension for Buku, a command-line bookmark manager. This is the corresponding host that facilitates interfacing with the Buku database via native messaging.

Bukubrow consists of two parts. A Firefox add-on and a local man-in the-middle application that lets buku talk to the browser. The local application is written in Rust and installation was easy, at one point it complained about some Windows OS detection thing, but I simply deleted that code block and it compiled just fine. Then I copied the binary target/release/bukubrow to /usr/local/bin/ and ran bukubrow --install-firefox. Beforehand I had installed the Firefox add-on Bukubrow. It works!

Bukubrow is pretty neat. It gives you an icon to the right of the address bar in the browser. By clicking the icon you can access your buku bookmarks. If I understand things correctly it also gives you suggestions based on the current website. I've only been using it for a couple of days but it works well.

bukubrow

Even though this setup is infinitely more of an improvement compared to my previous routine of importing bookmarks manually it's not quite what I want, I would prefer if I could override the Firefox database completely or replace it with the buku(brow) stuff. Or rather, the main point for me is to have my bookmarks searchable in the address bar, how this is accomplished doesn't really matter.

I also found it annoying to have to click on that icon to access bookmarks but there's a fix for this. You can create a keyboard shortcut by going to Add-ons -> Manage Extension Shortcuts. I wanted to override the default ctrl+b but but you get an error message saying "Can't override a Firefox shortcut". I did some googling but couldn't find a straightforward way to override default Firefox shortcuts so I settled for the second best combo ctrl+shift+b.

Another minor annoyance is that you have to navigate in bukubrow with the arrow keys and not j,k.

In conclusion, this setup is not ideal for me and I'm not sure that I'll stick with it in the long run. Maybe I'll give my ugly hack mentioned above a try. We'll see.

Update Mon 03 May 2021 04:52:07 PM CEST

As of version 5.0.3.0 Bukubrow now supports address bar suggestions! If you type 'buku' followed by a search term in the address bar you get suggestions from your Buku database.

This is wonderful and certainly a killer feature for me. No need to map Bukubrow searches to the slightly awkward ctrl+shift+b or delete and re-import over 3000 bookmarks into Firefox every now and then.

Yay! This makes my life a whole lot easier.

Thank you samhh!

assorted links [1]

I'm going through an old personal wiki in the process of migrating it to Vimwiki and found some older forgotten stuff so it's going to be a mixed bag of assorted links this time.

Note that if a link ends up here doesn't mean that I necessarily agree with its content, just that I found it interesting.

geometric interpretation of trigonometric functions

I found this gem on twitter from @LucasVB.

Here's all the trigonometric functions in a way things actually make sense all around the circle. All the main identities are obvious in this geometric interpretation.

trig circle

The gif got a little ugly and messed up after I downloaded it as mp4 and tried to convert it back to a gif using FFmpeg and ImageMagick.

But damn this is so nice and easy to understand and well worth memorizing.