The Irishman

The Irishman (also titled onscreen as I Heard You Paint Houses) is a 2019 American epic crime film directed and produced by Martin Scorsese and written by Steven Zaillian, based on the 2004 book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt. It stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, with Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Jesse Plemons, and Harvey Keitel in supporting roles. The film follows Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a truck driver who becomes a hitman involved with mobster Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and his crime family, including his time working for the powerful Teamster Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).

In September 2014, after years of development hell, The Irishman was announced as Scorsese’s next film after Silence (2016). De Niro, who also served as producer, and Pacino were confirmed that month, as was Pesci, who came out of his unofficial retirement to star after being asked numerous times to take the role. Principal photography began in September 2017 in New York City and in the Mineola and Williston Park sections of Long Island, and wrapped in March 2018. Scenes were filmed with a custom three-camera rig to help facilitate the extensive de-aging digital effects that made De Niro, Pacino, and Pesci appear younger in many of the film’s flashbacks. With a production budget of $159 million and a runtime of 209 minutes, it is among the most expensive and longest films of Scorsese’s career.

The Irishman premiered at the 57th New York Film Festival, and had a limited theatrical release on November 1, 2019, followed by digital streaming on Netflix starting on November 27, 2019. The film received widespread critical acclaim, with particular praise for Scorsese’s direction and the performances of De Niro, Pacino, and Pesci. The film received numerous accolades and nominations; at the 77th Golden Globe Awards, it was nominated for five awards, including Best Motion Picture – Drama.

Jojo Rabbit

Unexpectedly phenomenal. An absurd amount of passion and heart put into a film that shouldn’t work at all but miraculously does. Something no filmmaker besdies Watiti could pull off in this way. I’d go from embarrassingly scream laughing at Hitler jumping out of a window to being on the verge of tears. A breath of fresh air for this subject matter. If there was a film that truly felt like it needed to happen in 2019, it was Jojo Rabbit.

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Mozilla rolls out new automated crypto-jacking filtering in Firefox

Popular browser solution Mozilla Firefox is finally rolling out its long-awaited system for stopping internet baddies from secretly mining cryptocurrencies with your computing resources.

As of today, users of Firefox‘ Nightly and Beta browsers are equipped with the option to automatically block crypto-jacking scripts (like the infamous CoinHive).

In addition to illicit cryptocurrency mining, the latest Firefox update includes a feature to block “fingerprinting” scripts, which harvest snapshots of computer configurations that can be used to track internet usage (even if cookies are cleared).

“In collaboration with Disconnect, we have compiled lists of domains that serve fingerprinting and crypto-mining scripts,” reads the announcement. “Now in the latest Firefox Nightly and Beta versions, we give users the option to block both kinds of scripts as part of our Content Blocking suite of protections.”

Today, there are just over 20 crypto-jacking scripts supported by Firefox’s new blocking system. Notable blocked mining scripts include CoinHive, JSE, and MineXMR.

Mozilla urged users keen on trying out the new crypto-jacking protections to enable them by default. It noted the functionality is included in Firefox Nightly build 68 and Firefox Beta build 67.

To turn on the new feature, Firefox users can follow these steps:

  • Click the Firefox main menu
  • Choose “Preferences”
  • Click the “Privacy and Security” tab
  • Under “Content Blocking,” click “Custom”
  • Finally, check “Cryptominers” and “Fingerprinters,” blocking both

“Once enabled, Firefox will block any scripts that have been identified by Disconnect to participate in crypto-mining or fingerprinting,” said Mozilla, adding the protections would be turned on by default in Nightly in the coming weeks.

Mozilla warns that some sites could be inadvertently blacklisted while its dev team continues to iron out the new blocking feature. In such cases, users are advised to report these problems directly in-browser by clicking on the “Tracking Protection” shield.

Mozilla says it will be looking to improve and expand the list of domains blocked by Firefox in the coming months. It also promised the crypto-jacking and fingerprinting protections will be enabled by default for all Firefox users in a future release.

It’s worth noting that rival browser Opera released crypto-jacking protections early in 2018. Instead of Disconnect, though, it uses the NoCoin ad-block list to stop dodgy cryptocurrency mining scripts from running.

Don’t get mad!

I know there might be a few people reading this (if anyone actually is) who are getting angry at the fact that I’ve essentially told them that they’re making money the wrong way. It’s not like that, let me explain.

Passive income is something that I personally think is the best way to make money. It allows you to be free of having to be in a location, or having to do one thing with your time.

That being said, if you ENJOY what you do for work, that’s fine too! It’s a choice. I think that’s the point I was trying to make here, is that it’s a choice. You can choose to work full time in a company, and if you enjoy it, that’s great!

Not all money is created equal

What the hell do I mean by this?

I mean that one persons £1000 can affect his life in a VERY different way than another person.

Let’s look at two people –

Person A – Makes over £500,000 per year and works 60 hours a week for a giant corporation. He’s ALWAYS in work mode and has a very annoying boss who he doesn’t get on with.

Person B – Makes £1500 per month from a small YouTube channel. The channel is him talking about something he loves, and the income is passive.

The two things are NOT always linked.

That being said, it’s easier to be happy when you’re rich because you can avoid some of the things that would contribute to your stress, and affect the quality of your life.

If you don’t HAVE to worry about paying bills, you’ll be that little bit less stressed and you’ll be that little bit more able to be happy and focus on what you want. But not all money is created equally.

HEADS UP – Going off on another random tangent, buckle up!

The Most Random Blog Post Of 2019 Ever

I know this is a personal development blog and it’s intended to always be that, but I want to write something a little different today. This is a post about literally anything and everything that comes into my mind this morning.

I fancied practicing my typing skills again and so as I transition into my new lifestyle of being self employed (more on this in a bit) I really need to get used to typing fast! So there’s a very good chance no one is going to read this as it’s not targeted around any keywords.