Dirty Harry, Chowchilla Kidnappings & The Parolee

Dirty Harry, Chowchilla Kidnappings & The Parolee

“Dirty Harry” with Clint Eastwood was a controversial movie when it came out in 1971. A homicide detective takes the law into his own hands to stop a serial killer who got off on a legal technicality.

A different scene from that movie inspired a real life kidnapping five years later. The serial killer hijacks a school bus with the driver and children on board to get away from Dirty Harry. The school bus crashes inside the entrance to a rock quarry.

The Chowchilla kidnapping was—and still is—the largest kidnapping in U.S. history.

Why is that kidnapping still relevant today? The third and final kidnapper got paroled from prison and came out $100 million US richer than he went in.

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Is the Freedom Tower READY For KAIJU MOVIE After 9/11?

Is the Freedom Tower READY For KAIJU MOVIE After 9/11?

The Empire State Building became the tallest building in New York City in 1931. King Kong climbed that building to make his last stand in 1933.

The twin towers of the World Trade Center became the tallest buildings in 1973. King Kong climbed those buildings to make his last stand in 1976.

On September 11, 2001, 21 years ago today, terrorists brought down the twin towers. One World Trade Center, a.k.a., the Freedom Tower, rose up from the ashes to become the tallest building in 2014.

Is the Freedom Tower ready for a kaiju movie?

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Watching Jaws (1975) On The Big Screen FOR FIRST TIME!

Watching Jaws (1975) On The Big Screen FOR FIRST TIME!

Between “Bullet Train” in August to “Wakanda Forever” in October, expect no new blockbusters. New movies that should be out now are going straight to streaming or coming out next year. Theaters are bringing in old blockbusters to fill out the calendar.

I recently saw “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” for the first time after it came out 40 years ago. This weekend I saw “Jaws” on the big screen for the first time. Out of those two Steven Spielberg movies, “Jaws” was a better movie than “E.T.” on IMAX.

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Watching E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) FOR FIRST TIME!

Watching E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) FOR FIRST TIME!

Forty years after Steven Spielberg’s “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” came out, I saw the movie for the first time. “E.T.” is back on the big screen in IMAX theaters for a limited time. Between “Bullet Train” a few weeks ago and “Wakanda Forever” in November, old blockbusters are the new blockbusters. I figured out why I didn’t watch “E.T.” as a 12-year-old boy when it first came out in the summer of 1982. “E.T.” was boring.

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Axiom Saves The International Space Station (Mockup)

Axiom Saves The International Space Station (Mockup)

Axiom Space saves the International Space Station (ISS). But not the one in low Earth orbit. The full-sized mockup at the Fry’s Electronics store in Webster, Texas. Axiom will lease the sprawling retail site for its engineering operations. Building out the workspace, offices, and lab space underneath the ISS mockup. If you’re not familiar with Axiom, they’re building the first commercial space station.

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Studying for CompTIA Linux+ Certification (XK0-005)

Studying for CompTIA Linux+ Certification (XK0-005)

I found out two weeks ago that I passed the CompTIA Linux+ certification beta exam that I took last February. The new exam, XK0-005, went live this week. The old exam, XK0-004, won’t retire until Monday, January 16, 2023. You can take either exam in the next five months. Here are the study materials I used to pass the beta exam, and the four new study guides that are coming out.

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Great America Is Shutting Down

California’s Great America amusement park is shutting down. The current owner, Cedar Fair, sold the 112-acre site for $310 million US to Prologis, a real estate developer. The park will continue to operate for the next six to 11 years. I’m sad that Great America will be shutting down since it was a part of my childhood and young adulthood. I’m also excited by what this prime piece of Silicon Valley real estate will become in the future.

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