This video, while incredibly stupid and cheesy (no pun), it is something I’ve been wanting for pretty much ever. Not necessarily at Pizza Hut, but at restaurants in general. I want to order everything at my table and then some food runner brings it out. This wouldn’t eliminate food servers/waiters, it would just make it so that I don’t have to deal with them anymore. It would also change the restaurant service dynamic so that servers would have to do less. They should also just be paid a fair wage and not have to rely on tips, but that’s a different matter.
What I think is so great about this idea is that you can see all the menu items in front of you. You can add/remove stuff from your food. Don’t like mayo? Tap to remove mayo from your burger. Have an allergy to peanuts? Look up the detailed ingredient list for your favorite dish.
The single thing that I think will drive the mass acceptance of this type of technology will be the numbers. People will order more stuff with this. If you don’t have to wait for your stupid waiter to come back to your table, all of a sudden you’re ankle deep in margaritas. There are many times when I would have ordered dessert, but the waiter didn’t ask and just brought the check like I’m some sort of cheapskate or something. Guess I don’t need your cheesecake after all, and you don’t need that fat tip, because you just insulted me, d-bag.
Like all things, I can imagine a few difficulties that may arise with this system.
People will say they didn’t order something when they did. “It was the technology’s fault, but we’ll keep the food anyway.” There will have to be a massive TOS Agreement you accept before you can place an order.
Dumb people won’t be able to figure out how to use it. Stay at home, dumb people.
The technology could fail at some point and then what do you do? The food runners will not be trained to take orders.
People will trigger the touch interface by accident and order 20 insane items after their hands and elbows work their magic on the table top. There would have to be some confirmation process where you enter a code or password. This could also cut down on problems in 1.
Seriously, though, why is Pizza Hut pioneering this?
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)
✓ Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
✓ Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
June Squibb (Nebraska)
Best Animated Feature
The Croods (Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco, Kristine Belson)
Despicable Me 2 (Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin, Chris Meledandri)
Ernest & Celestine (Benjamin Renner, Didier Brunner)
✓ Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho) The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki)
The Grandmaster (Philippe Le Sourd)
✓ Gravity (Emmanuel Lubezki)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Bruno Delbonnel)
Nebraska (Phedon Papamichael)
Prisoners (Roger A. Deakins)
Best Costume Design
American Hustle (Michael Wilkinson)
The Grandmaster (William Chang Suk Ping)
✓ The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin)
The Invisible Woman (Michael O’Connor)
12 Years a Slave (Patricia Norris)
American Hustle (David O. Russell)
✓ Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
Nebraska (Alexander Payne)
12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)
The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)
Best Documentary Feature
The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen)
Cutie and the Boxer (Zachary Heinzerling, Lydia Dean Pilcher)
Dirty Wars (Richard Rowley, Jeremy Scahill) The Square (Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer)
✓ 20 Feet from Stardom (Nominees to be determined)
Best Documentary Short
CaveDigger (Jeffrey Karoff)
Facing Fear (Jason Cohen) Karama Has No Walls (Sara Ishaq)
✓ The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (Malcolm Clarke, Nicholas Reed)
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall (Edgar Barens)
Best Film Editing
American Hustle (Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, Alan Baumgarten)
Captain Phillips (Christopher Rouse)
Dallas Buyers Club (John Mac McMurphy, Martin Pensa)
✓ Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger)
12 Years a Slave (Joe Walker)
Best Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
✓ The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
✓ Dallas Buyers Club (Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews)
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Stephen Prouty)
The Lone Ranger (Joel Harlow, Gloria Pasqua-Casny)
Best Original Score
The Book Thief (John Williams)
✓ Gravity (Steven Price)
Her (William Butler, Owen Pallett)
Philomena (Alexandre Desplat)
Saving Mr. Banks (Thomas Newman)
Best Original Song
Happy – Despicable Me 2
✓ Let It Go – Frozen The Moon Song – Her
Ordinary Love – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Best Production Design
American Hustle (Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler)
Gravity (Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woollard)
✓ The Great Gatsby (Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn)
Her (K.K. Barrett, Gene Serdena)
12 Years a Slave (Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker)
Best Animated Short Film
Feral (Daniel Sousa, Dan Golden)
Get a Horse! (Lauren MacMullan, Dorothy McKim)
✓ Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares) Possessions (Shuhei Morita)
Room on the Broom (Max Lang, Jan Lachauer)
Best Live Action Short Film
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me) (Esteban Crespo)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything) (Xavier Legrand, Alexandre Gavras)
✓ Helium (Anders Walter, Kim Magnusson)
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) (Selma Vilhunen, Kirsikka Saari)
The Voorman Problem (Mark Gill, Baldwin Li)
Best Sound Editing
All Is Lost (Steve Boeddeker, Richard Hymns)
Captain Phillips (Oliver Tarney)
✓ Gravity (Glenn Freemantle)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Brent Burge, Chris Ward)
Lone Survivor (Wylie Stateman)
Best Sound Mixing
Captain Phillips (Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro)
✓ Gravity (Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Tony Johnson)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, Peter F. Kurland)
Lone Survivor (Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, David Brownlow)
Best Visual Effects
✓ Gravity (Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds)
Iron Man 3 (Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash, Dan Sudick)
The Lone Ranger (Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, John Frazier)
Star Trek Into Darkness (Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke)
Captain Phillips (Billy Ray)
Philomena (Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope)
✓ 12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)
The Wolf of Wall Street (Terence Winter)
Best Original Screenplay
American Hustle (Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell)
Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
Dallas Buyers Club (Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack)
✓ Her (Spike Jonze)
Nebraska (Bob Nelson)
While the recent RoboCop remake was not a total piece of garbage, it really could have been a whole lot better. To remake something as iconic as this timeless movie, the new version needs to excel in every way possible. Here’s how I think it could have been better (potential spoilers ahead):
Cast Mark Wahlberg as RoboCop
Start the movie with Alex Murphy AS RoboCop already. Since we know the origin story, let’s not spend much time on that. There could be little flashbacks with changes to the details of how it happened, but we want to go on Alex Murphy’s journey after he has become the machine.
DO NOT attempt to upload the police database to Robo’s brain 5 minutes before the big PR unveiling of him.
Make Alex Murphy special in some way, like he has superhuman reflexes (not really, but he’s faster than most). It should be apparent that even though it’s a struggle for him to be RoboCop, something about him was meant to be in that cyborg getup and he, the corporation, and the audience would learn of this in natural ways.
Have scenes where Robo is testing out his abilities while he is working. Each time he is doing something, it should be meaningful to his character development.
There should be a true adversary for Robo to be up against. Something menacing (physically or not, doesn’t matter) to keep the tension going.
Don’t ever make Robo move like a cartoony Spider-man figure. This includes jumps and fast movements.
The music needed to be more thematic. It was entirely too basic (like a Michael Bay movie score) and even when it drew on the main theme from the original movie, it felt really awkward.
The corporation should not be able to shut down human elements of Robo willy nilly, effectively rendering him an emotionless Robotard. This ended up making him a pawn of the corporation, and while that is an interesting social commentary or whatever, I don’t give a shit. I want to watch a full-bodied character who is on a journey, not some lifeless drone.
Recently, I had the privilege of helping people turn their volume up. Yes, because when you can’t hear a streaming video, something dire must have happened. The natural thing is to call tech support and bypass touching the volume knob in front of you. This happened twice! Two different “people” on two different computers.
Then there is Dell. We got three new PCs to replace old Windows XP machines. These things are loaded with all the bells and whistles, including an SSD drive each. Except that the PCs were set up with the SSD as a secondary storage drive and the OS being installed on a standard HDD. Why would they do it this way? People don’t buy SSDs for secondary storage (generally). They buy them for performance and speed increases. At least it’s fast when I have to restart Windows a hundred times for all their stupid system updates. There is also the added bonus of getting rid of all the Dell bloatware.
We are now two days into the new era of The Tonight Show. I have to say it is pretty great. Fallon is so much better than Leno. I pretty much never watched the show because I couldn’t stand Jay. It wasn’t even the massive chin, so much as it was his terrible voice and flat personality. Plus his jokes were never funny.
Jimmy is funny and always inventive. He plays games with his guests. He has a good variety of guests. He’s hip with the younger crowd. He’s got The Roots as his band.