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Timelapse Videos Are BAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!

For all of my loyal Timelapse fans, the season has begun where I do a timelapse for each thunderstorm forecasted day.  The chance can be as slim as can be and I will still to a video.  Each video is unique in its own way with cloud structure and development as well as speed and direction.  Thus far this year I have done around 3 total.  All of them turned out great.  There is still some things that I can do to get some of the visual problems taken care of like the view of my blinds and also the black sun.  As I am writing this I am getting ideas.  I also plan to go High definition.  That would be awesome.  There are also bigger goals like Mounting a camera outside up high to get a more in depth view of the sky.  All of these plans will eventually be carried out.

For now, You can expect a new video almost every week.  I am also doing some scenery and wildlife videos as well from Around Idaho.  So be on alert for those.

Here are the latest Videos………

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Thanks For watching.

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Possible Severe Weather, April 2, 2011

It looks like the storm prediction center has issued a See Text Outlook with 5% risk for severe winds here in Eastern Idaho.  If the forecast does indeed turn out to be true I will be out chasing.  I have yet to look at all the models to get an idea of what time it will occur as well as all the dynamics involved.  I am thinking it will be an afternoon/evening event.  I will be charging the camera’s and finishing homework tonight so that I will be free tommorow. 

I will give an update sometime tonight with more details. Stay Tuned. 

-Gerrit

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A Rant About Film Critics

I am a passionate movie watcher, I watch everything from Comedy to Romantic, action, thriller, suspense and even horror from time to time.  I use http://movies.yahoo.com/showtimes-tickets/?location=83401&r=sim for my movie time here in Idaho Falls and I even look at what the people are saying about the movie. As you know movie criticism comes in two forms, Film Critic form and then The Public form.  Each has a different perspective on the majority of films.  Sometimes you will see that the Critics gave a film a “B” and the Public gave the film an “A”. Sometimes it is even opposite and can have the critics feeling a movie more than the public.

My rant or complaint is due to the movie “Battle, Los Angeles.  This is a movie I have wanted to see since I first saw a preview when I was in the theater last.  I thought to myself, “Yes, finally another Alien sci fi flick”.  Now, I will admit there is a little bias because I personally have seen things in the sky that I couldn’t explain.  Before you assume that it was a Satellite I assure you that I keep an eye on things that fly in the sky thanks to   http://spaceweather.com/flybys/ . With that aside, I decided today was the day to go watch this movie.  I looked at the Yahoo website for the showtime and then decided to look at the film ratings.

Immediately I became skeptical.  The Critics rated the movie a “C” and the Public rated it a “B”.  A “C” movie is practically a flop, not many can bring in tons of money with a grade like that. Well, I thought I would see what the Critics were saying.  On the top is “Boston Globes, Ty Burr” he gave is a B-.  I was cool with that,  it still has that feeling of “Go and see the movie” with a grade like that. Well then I saw “Chicago Sun Times, Roger Ebert” with a “D-” and his words “”Battle: Los Angeles” is noisy, violent, ugly and stupid.”.  Wow,  I thought to myself.  I am probably gonna leave the theater wishing I saved $10.00.

Well, Guess what?  It is now 11pm and I am home and I watched the movie and all of a sudden I am thinking “why would the legendary “Roger Ebert” give such a bad grade?”.  Well first let me tell you how the movie was, WITHOUT Spoiling it for you.  The movie had a very good story to it.  There was plenty of action, great graphics and even some comedy and drama to add to the quality of experience.  There might have been a few “overdrama” parts but in the end the movie delivered. It was exciting and even scary at the same time, all the while with great alien design and believable ending.  There aren’t many movies that are Sci Fi that let you go home thinking “Yeah, that ending seemed realistic”.  I can definitely tell you that if you are into Alien Movies, this one won’t let you down, I promise.

Let’s go back to Roger Ebert.  I can honestly assume that this guy is probably bored to death with movies and maybe want’s to live the rest of his life without the job of having to write another film review.  I think that is what it has come down to when you look at the track record of Film Critics. This includes their age.  I wished that the Film Review Critics Committee (if there was one) would keep this job open to people that are passionate about movies and television.  I want Film Critics that would literally admit that they cried to an emotional movie.  I also want a Film Critic that would admit that he/she had stomach cramps all night because he/she laughed so hard at a great comedian flick.  We need to keep Film Critics that have an open mind to all genres of movies.  I think with a younger and more passionate Film Critic employees you will see ratings that you can relate with.

I know that Film Critics get paid for ratings like the one Roger Ebert did. I am also certain that their will be others that might agree with him.  I am simply stating that I think this film deserved a “B” and not a failing grade.  I am certain that I could easily fill his position and rate honestly and openly.  I don’t think he enjoys what he does anymore.  I think he is worn out and that someone needs to fill his position with a fresh passionate movie lover that will give every movie every second of attention and rate to his/her hearts content.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  I usually only do weather discussions on this blog but felt that I needed to express myself.  I feel I have done what I came to do.  Have a great day.

By: Gerrit Gulden

References:

Ty Burr’s Review

http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/articles/2011/03/11/no_offense_no_surrender_but_lots_of_clichs_and_aliens_in_battle_los_angeles/

Roger Eberts Review

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110309/REVIEWS/110309992

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8.9 Earthquake in Northern Japan

A major earthquake has struck in Northern Japan.  This is the most intense footage I have ever seen and it has yet to end.  From Tsunami’s coming ashore and damaging everything in its path to structure fires and even refinery fires, Japan is definitely seeing some major catastrophic damage.  The earthquake was registered at 8.9 Magnitude.  The entire Pacific coast is under a Tsunami Watch and Hawaii is under a warning.  This is a potentially dangerous situation for Hawaii.  Sirens are sounding and evacuations are taking place.  The Tsunami should occur around 5am Pacific in Hawaii.

Here are some links.

Fox News

http://www.foxnews.com/

Tsunami Warning Center

http://www.weather.gov/ptwc/

Live Video Sites

Hawaii  http://www.kitv.com/video/27157579/detail.html

Hawaii http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/Global/category.asp?C=176904&nav=menu55_1_1

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/03/2011311607470826.html

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/03/11/japan.quake/index.html

Please Stay Tuned……

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Welcome to 2011.

Well, Tornado Season 2011 is appoaching quickly.  March 1st (My Birthday) is the official beginning to Tornado Season.  I am pumped for this year and cant wait to get out there and capture some thunderstorms and hopefully some tornado’s and wind events and even hail events.   I got the new Camcorder and my trusty Nikon and just cant wait to get out.

I did some major re-design of the website.  I still need to work on the photo gallery to be finished.  I am very pleased with the new look.  I hope you all like it.

The weather here is cold and there is plenty of snow on the ground.  We are still getting snow and frigid temperatures.  I am hoping for a quick warm up.  I really cant wait for spring to start.  I look forward to gardening and going swimming again.  Doing yard work is fun as well.

Well, stay tuned to the blog. We will be getting into the storm season very shortly and I will be actively chasing to get footage.  I will also be signing with a broker very soon to hopefully get my video and photos to the world.

Have a great night.

-Gerrit

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Recent New setting Changes.

I have debated for quite a while whether or not User registrations were worth while for this blog.  One thing that stood out for me was the constant Spammer registering a new account and posting unrelated stuff to my weather blog.

After some brief debate I have decided to remove all previous Registered users and have New Registrations link disabled.

I think its a step forward for this blog.  If you would like to chat with me, please go to the main page of SevereIdaho.Com and click the Facebook link. You will find my profile and will be able to chat about weather and add replies to recent blog posts.

I hope you all understand.

Thanks….