Netflix’s stalker thriller You returns for a second season, and it kills

Perhaps the most deliciously satisfying thing about You is that it began as a Lifetime show. It seemed to fit right in, too — based on the novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes, the show followed bookseller Joe Goldberg as he began to stalk a woman named Beck, gradually inserting himself more and more into her life as he attempted to woo her and isolate her from all her friends. You know. Lifetime stuff.

After a killer-but-little-watched first season, the show migrated to Netflix, where it will maybe find the audience it deserves — and yes, it does deserve it. Because You masquerades as trashy thriller in order to get you to underestimate it — dismiss it, even — while it goes to work subverting every assumption you had about it. It’s a trick that doesn’t seem repeatable, but in You’s second season, out December 26th, the show somehow pulls it off.BUT AS A CRIMINAL? HE’S HILARIOUSLY INCOMPETENT

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The second season of You is a bit of a reset. You’s first season was fairly conclusive (I’ll be vague to preserve the fun for those who haven’t seen it), so in its second season, Joe — trying to start over after the first season’s events in New York — moves to LA, a place he hates, but also a place no one knows him.

After briefly entertaining the notion of being a changed man who has left his stalking ways behind, Joe quickly falls into his old patterns. This time, his obsession is a woman named Love, his coworker at the hybrid wellness store / bookshop Anavrin. (Spell it backward and groan with me.)

At first, it seems like You is simply repeating itself, playing the same beats with a different woman in Joe’s sights. To a certain extent, that’s true — there’s even a running subplot about a troubled woman who lives next door with a plucky kid Joe becomes protective of, a mirror image of season 1 — but as the twists pile up, the reflection comes across as intentional and effective. And it’s not like there aren’t new things happening here. Love’s codependent relationship with her brother takes You into some unexpected places, and the show’s new setting gives it new arenas for exploring toxic masculinity. There’s also some leftover threads from last season that turn the pressure up. And finally, harkening back to a similar moment in season 1, when the show finally breaks free of Joe’s perspective to let the audience in on Love’s side of the story, things really take a turn.m


Boy meets world

I grew up watching Boy Meets World. It has always been my favorite show. They talked about everything from a child’s perspective to a teenager’s perspective to an adult’s perspective. The relationships and problems

that faced Cory and Topanga, Cory and Shawn, and the whole bunch face everyday teenagers today. It is completely understandable, and can always make you smile. I hope it continues to air on ABC and Disney Channel. It is an inspiration to children. Boy Meets World shows all of the hardships that children can have. From Shawn’s parents splitting up to his dad dying. They show the progression to a wonderful relationship between Cory and Topanga. Some episodes can make you laugh and some can make you cry. It is like a Friends episode for children. It is a wonderful story of friendships, relationships, and life.


It’s Time To Forgive the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Series Finale

Almost exactly eight months ago, the ninth and final season of CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother” came to its long-awaited conclusion. As the show had promised since the very beginning of the series, the series finale finally showed Ted (Josh Radnor) meeting Tracy (Cristin Milioti), the future mother of his children. It only took 208 episodes and about twelve dozen close calls, but “How I Met Your Mother” did it, finally letting Ted and Tracy meet-cute under a yellow umbrella in the rain.

The story didn’t end there, however. Tracy, a quick montage revealed, has been dead for six years in 2030, and the true point of 2030-era Ted rambling to his increasingly bored children was to test the waters regarding their thoughts on “Aunt Robin,” Ted’s longtime off-and-on love interest (Cobie Smulders) with whom Ted was apparently always meant to end up. 

Of course, that’s not unusual for a series finale — sticking the landing is one of the hardest things a show ever has to do. For one thing, the terms are sometimes impossible to dictate, thanks to an abbreviated season, unexpected cancelation or lack of renewal. And even when the show has some sense of control over its ending (or at the very least, a little bit of warning), it then has to measure up to fan expectations, which can be even more brutal than the critics. “Lost” had literally three years to work up its conclusion, and people still got pretty mad. 


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.





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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!

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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.