On technical difficulties…and movie trivia

You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been a tad quiet this week.  I’ve not been taking a break from the blog…at least, not voluntarily.  My internet went on a temporary vacation, preventing me from doing anything here.

That shouldn’t happen.  I have uncapped internet.  It’s 3G, so at times there are signal problems, but this wasn’t the signal.  I know because Facebook worked fine.  And Twitter.  And all my programs’ automatic updates downloaded fine.  But nothing else.

I don’t have a problem with Facebook as such, but it’s a tad frustrating to not be able to access anything else for forty-eight-plus hours.  And Twitter is full of links.  I couldn’t click on any of them.  No Wikipedia.  No Google.  No news websites to read where I can be upset by the comments (actually that was a relief).  No blogs!  It was torture, I tell ya!

Thankfully, all’s back to normal now.  Updating my browser seemed to do the trick, though I have no idea why the previous version which had worked fine until two days ago suddenly didn’t.  I also don’t know why both Chrome and Internet Explorer (yeah, I was actually THAT desperate) developed the same problem at the same time.

Whatever the reason, I’m glad to be back.  Though when I consider that I spent the first two-thirds of my life without internet it’s a tiny bit disconcerting that two days without it now affects me so.  I might need to take an enforced internet vacation soon for the sake of my sanity.

But enough of that.  Here’s a bit of movie trivia:

This powerful wizard from a galaxy far, far away was also a vampire, a dentist and a pastor and in real life caught Nazi war criminals before becoming an actor.

Comment with the name of the actor and all the movies referenced if you can figure it out.  First person who gets it right wins a walk for two under the full moon on Saturday night (not with me, though, unless you’ll spring for my plane ticket).

10 thoughts on “On technical difficulties…and movie trivia

  1. When I’m on my phone and don’t feel like dealing with slow loading times, I’ll favorite links on Twitter to go back to later. Of course, that occasionally leads to awkward “thanks for favoriting my tweet” messages.

    1. And the link could turn out to be something really bad or something you don’t want to be associated with and now you’ve gone and liked it for the world to see…

      For the sake of sanity, if I can’t read it now I let it pass me by. The web gets new content often enough and I’d spend my life reading stuff I missed the first time around if I followed your strategy. As mentioned before, I’m a bit OCD, so let’s not feed the monster 😉

  2. Christopher Lee was, rumor has it, a stickler for accuracy in scenes involving violence. He had a reputation for correcting directors regarding how a particular move worked, or what kind of blow with a weapon would actually kill a man.

    1. What I hear is, he is as scary in real life as some of the characters he played. One doesn’t expect an actor to have that kind of knowledge, does one? Sadly there are few actors today with that kind of dedication to their craft and Lee is one of the last of his generation.

      1. Christopher Lee. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Count Dooku. Innumerable Hammer Dracula flicks. Saruman. Voice in Corpse’ Bride. My mum knew someone who worked with Lee in the UK on one of his horror films in the early 1970s. He’s a superb actor & singer…and also the world’s oldest heavy metaller. Album just out this year.

        The story I heard is that he advised Peter Jackson on the Saruman death scene over what actually happens when someone is knifed in the chest.

      2. One has to wonder where he learned so much about physical violence. Practical experience?

        I did not know about the metal. Not my favourite musical genre, but I’ll have to go see if Youtube has a video!

  3. Glad you’re back! Here’s my guess: Christopher Lee. Films: LOTR, Star Wars, Dracula, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride. Am I right? He’s one of my mother’s favourite actors, obviously some of it’s stuck along the way!

    1. Spot on! Although, I think I’m going to subtract marks for not specifically stating Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Other useless facts include that he underwent pilot training in South Africa before hunting Nazis and he also played the bad guy in a James Bond movie as well as Frankenstein’s monster.

      Enjoy that walk in the moonlight. Hope you have someone to join you 😉

      1. Yay! My mother will be so proud. I must confess I’ve only seen the 3 original Star Wars, but I knew he was in the later ones, I would never have got Attack of the Clones. Can I claw back some extra points by telling you that I once went to a talk where Christopher Lee turned out to be in the audience? He spoke off-the-cuff once people realised he was there & was so witty & charming (& about 7 feet tall). His voice is amazing, it filled the whole room. A worthy subject for your trivia quiz!

      2. Thanks. I’m thinking I might make this a regular feature.

        He is a magnificent actor. And he has had such an interesting life outside of acting as well. He does have a remarkable voice. I’m pretty sure that’s the only reason they cast him as Saruman – the white wizard’s magic lies in his ability to control men’s thoughts with his voice, after all. I would love to be able to hear him talk live.

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