I have recut Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy into a single 4-hour film | The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit

I started watching the first of The Hobbit trilogy last weekend. Given I was distracted by a couple other things; however, it didn’t hold my interest. Since it would take me over twelve hours to finish the films, I think that by itself is a big turn off at this stage in my life (we have three children five or under). On the other hand, this guy’s 4 hour edit of all three Hobbit films into one movie sounds very manageable, entertaining too.

The prelude with old Bilbo is gone. As with the novel, I find the film works better if the scope starts out small (in a cosy hobbit hole), and then grows organically as Bilbo ventures out into the big, scary world. It is far more elegant to first learn about Smaug from the dwarves’ haunting ballad (rather than a bombastic CGI sequence). The prelude also undermines the real-and-present stakes of the story by framing it as one big flashback. ~ I have recut Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy into a single 4-hour film | The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit

VPS Hosting and HIPAA Hosting by Atlantic.Net

Atlantic.net offers VPS hosting. They interest me because they offer a low-end VPS for $0.99/month. You read that right, ninety-nine cents per month. The specs on it (256MB Ram, 1 vCPU, 10GB disk) probably only make it useful for dev work, but their quick deployment (30s) and 24/7/365 live support have me interested in trying out their offering sometime.

Flakes • An Admin UI & Template Framework

Building a backend business app? The Flakes framework looks like a great starting place for your interface designs:

Flakes is an Open Source Design & Frontend Framework that serves as a foundation for internal business applications. Flakes is a combination of CSS Libraries, JavaScript Libraries and Design files that serve as a foundation. Flakes gives priority to function and usability over glitz, it takes a no-nonsense approach to user interface design. ~ Flakes • An Admin UI & Template Framework

Web application architecture – Medium

Stephen Young outlines a couple of common web application architectures in his series “How to become a web developer”.

Picking the web application architecture best suited to your unique needs is vital. In this post I am going to talk about a few of the most common web application architectures you are likely to come across. Every web application has it’s own unique set of requirements and constraints so the architectures I will be listing here are just general examples. ~ Web application architecture — On Coding — Medium

Cranked RSS Reader – Never miss the best stories

Cranked is a nice looking self hosted RSS Reader. Click through on the link below and check out their demo:

Cranked is a self hosted RSS reader that separates the wheat from the chaff and floats articles most worthy of your attention right to the top at your command…It grabs ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ data from Facebook & Twitter to determine the best stories. If 10,000 people recommend an article, it’s probably worth checking out. ~ Cranked RSS Reader – Never miss the best stories