Nothing to Hide

If you’re reading this blog regularly, you might have asked yourselves why all the thoughts about security, privacy, freedom, and so on lately? And you might be one of those who say “I have nothing to hide”. Well…

This one is a must see. It helps if you understand English, French, and German at least a bit, but even if you don’t, watch it to the end:

This comes from the PeerTube, and it promotes those free and decentralised services, and for good reason as you will hear. So please do yourself and us all a favour and stop using Facebook, Whatsapp, and all of that – and replace it with something like Signal or even better, XMPP. We will all profit from it.

Oh, and in case you have an old Android phone which isn’t supported with regular updates anymore, try DivestOS. And if you have a new one from Google, try GrapheneOS (or else, DivestOS again). Sure you can’t live without that intrusive Play Store? Have a look at F-Droid instead. Or are you using Apple instead? Maybe think again… and please start encrypting. You can at least do that even if you stay with a standard Google or Samsung or Apple device.

As always, thanks for reading, and for viewing.

Doc Martin? A 10 out of 10!

Mitchie recently discovered that we have Sky One in the list of programs we can receive, and so we can watch Doc Martin. We’re only into Season 2 by now, but wow, all I can say is that if you don’t immediately love these people, you have no heart! A bold statement, I know, but this show so deserves it! It’s funny, quirky, and simply wonderful. To see the previews on IMDB makes me smile without sound even:

A must see, if you can receive it. And as you can see, in case you have Prime Video, you’ll get at least seasons 1 and 2. Enjoy!

GR5 is indeed quite excellent television

Have to agree with deboraey’s review of the Belgian series GR5 (here also titled “Missing Lisa”) – the characters are really nice and believable, the photography is just stunning at times, and the thought of walking 2000+ kilometres is wonderful… 9/10 from me as well.

Currently available in ZDF and/or in MediathekViewWeb (and for Android phones, in the Zapp App), German trailer is here if you can receive that (I think ZDF heavily geoblocks, so apologies if this is empty or not working for you):

In my opinion, well worth watching… enjoy.

Pulang gets my 8/10

After watching lots of Korean movies and series lately, I wanted to get more into Malaysian ones – sadly, Netflix doesn’t seem to have that many. But last night I started with Pulang, which I just rated 8/10 on IMDB. Some other commenter there compared it to Titanic and wrote that this is even better, because it’s based upon a real story. Well I don’t know about that, but in case you have Netflix, it’s still worthwhile. Here’s the trailer:


And of course I watched it in Malay, with English subtitles. Recommended, on Netflix.

Slumberland gets my 9/10

I’ve started to vote for things I watch in IMDB, and while Slumberland’s critiques and reviews are just so-so (average rating is 6.7/10 by 12,000 people while I write this), I thought about it and wanted to give it a proper 8. Then, after reading thekarmicnomad’s critique and rating of 9 I thought that (s)he’s right – this does have a lot of heart, and it is very well written as well – so I gave it a 9 also.

What won me over right in the first minutes of the film was the music, when daughter and father sat on the piano and played ‘The parting glass‘ (love love love that song, and forever I will):

The Parting Glass (taken from the Slumberland theme)

So if you have the time, I think it’s well worth it – Slumberland gets my recommendation (everything 8 and above will). The music’s just great, the piglet is really cute, and Flip… well you’ll find out, no further spoilers here.

Like always, thanks for reading/watching/listening.