Patchwork – Movie Review

Patchwork, directed by Tyler MacIntyre is  a combination of black humor and horror crafted into 1h26m of entertainment. It is the perfect time killer for those that can appreciate a crude sense of humor, irony and a bit of gore.

Three women discover they’ve been murdered, dismembered and sewn back together. Once the initial shock wears off, the three women, respectively Jennifer (Tory Stolper),  Ellie (Tracey Fair) and Madeleine (Maria Blasucci) share the same body and must work together to figure out who did this to them and enact revenge.

The concept of the movie is interesting enough but Patchwork never aspires to be a stellar production or having an intricate plot and even the title is a dead giveaway. The story is rather fast-paced and straight forward, focusing not on the women’s personal agony of being stitched together but rather—their rage as they go on a bloody rampage. Each of these women is responsible for controlling a specific body part. Ellie can move a foot, Madeline a hand and Jennifer most of the body—and there’s a perfectly good reason for this strange arrangement. At first, we are led to believe the three are a byproduct of a psychopath’s fantasy— as the three women find themselves in some type of hospital like facility. The antagonist is not revealed to us until the very end and by then we have a very not so subtle hint of what has really happened.

Each of these women, like the body parts they controlled, played a very specific role. They were ‘chosen’ and were easy prey due to their own personal flaws.

The Cat Brings a Gift

I want to say it was a roach but it was legless, limp and with a vacant yet accusing glare.

A glare that screamed… How could you have let me die in this terrible agony?!

How indeed! But the truth remains that I was snuggled up in my blankets while the carnage was happening downstairs. 

I heard the click clack of rapidly moving feline toes but thought nothing of it. 

I’m sure the snake, lizard and cricket all feel the same way about their common enemy: The Cat : as they have all suffered such fate.

I’m partly to blame I’m sure. No scolding or shouts, but plenty of love to go around! 

If I were honest the guilt does trip me at times, some disgust in the mix but deep in my heart I know fluffy can do no wrong 🙂

©catloverr

Monster Behind Portrait

She speaks behind an old portrait, situated on a bathroom at the end of the hallway, murmuring about her death. 

Where the portrait resides, there is a rectangular door and her bare feet can sometimes be seen as she is always standing.

A war broke out along time ago and the residents of the house suffered cruelties. Their last days were spent behind portraits. 

The rectangular nook, crude and out of place served to feed them. When the invaders abandoned the abode, or perished under the curse of the terrible storm, the residents died, having no one to feed them.

The woman who suffered the most was of abnormal height, and the portrait was based at a particular inhumane location, the bathroom. 

This portrait was not like others, it had a plaque with the woman’s name engraved in it. She sounds the loudest of the four. 

The house, though beautiful at one point is cursed, and unless you make a deal with the residents, the same brutal incident repeats itself when a great storm falls.

The ghost? Monster of the woman is not easily appeased. In death, insane and blood thirsty, you may talk but do not put yourself where she can grab you. 

Her portrait hangs above an old sink, inevitable it is to see her. A frightening but pitiful monster, delirious for freedom and revenge. 

If you make the deal, she will save you  from intruders, robbers, and murderers… But then you will be at her mercy.

— Monster behind the portrait, Catloverr’s Journal of Nightmares and Monsters.


©catloverr

Box Dust

I cried for help but no one could hear my screams 

inside a tightly sealed box. 

My shouts reached no one and I suffocated while hoping I would be saved. 

©catloverr


Based on another nightmare.

Arachnophobia

Tender is the arachnid that crawls up your spine,

injects you with venom and leaves you

Gasping for life.

And sweet retribution once the gigantic vermin is scorched to a crisp.

Paralyzed no more,

you are free.
©catloverr

This was based on a nightmare that went pretty much the same way as the poem.

Lost Our World

By a mirthless declaration,

I was drawn to your ugly countenance and in it I saw repentance.

But there was no hesitation on my part to push you into the cold, and unforgiving depths.

©catloverr

Send to Kindle Not Working/Stopped Working Fix

Send to Kindle Not Working/Stopped Working Fix
Although you may be greeted by the ‘ Content will be uploaded to your kindle soon’, it may never arrive. If that’s the case, I suggest using Calibre (Free) to send out your kindle documents.

Will I still be able to Sync Progress, Highlights etc?

The short answer is yes. Calibre maintains the book format (.mobi, .azw., .prc) as well as keeping your embedded fonts and text align, etc. Note: The format must be .mobi or KF8, also known as hybrid files. AZW files are not supported to send via email but there’s a workaround. Convert your book to the .mobi format using Calibre and choose ‘both’ instead of old or new. This will output a .mobi file that acts as .azw, retaining format and publisher fonts, etc. when shared via email.

Your Kindle Account

First thing’s first. Let’s set up device synchronization as well as other settings to ensure smooth sailing. Login to your Amazon account and head to:

Account > Manage Your Content and Devices > Settings

Device Synchronization (Whispersync Settings)

Make sure this is enabled.

Send-to-Kindle E-Mail Settings

Here is a list of your personal kindle email addresses. You can use any of the ones listed there. I personally use the same one: mykindle@kindle.com

Approved Personal Document E-mail List

Here is where you can whitelist a particular email you own and plan to send from so it won’t be marked as spam. Personally, I use something along the lines of mykindle@gmail.com.

It is important to have this settings defined because we will be making use of them in Calibre later on.

Send to Kindle Service + Calibre

Launch Calibre. If it’s your first time, you will be taken to the Welcome wizard (which can be launched at any given time). If not, head over to preferences > sharing books by email.

Add email: Define your send to kindle email. In my case, mykindle@kidle.com and where it says: send email from: Type your personal whitelisted email address. In my case: mykindle@gmail.com. Typically, it’s not necessary to fill out the mail server information. You can test the service by clicking on ‘ Test email’. The output will be something like: Email successfully sent. You will receive an error from Amazon since you didn’t actually sent anything!

So there you have it. If Amazon is no longer letting you send out .mobi, .azw, etc. Try Calibre! There really is no reason not to use it. This is a free and robust software and while it can be a learning curve, it makes the reading experience much better. Calibre has other functionality not detailed here, such as plugins for hyphenation, multiple book format conversions, being able to extract highlights, etc.

VPS – Change your Password

When you first set up your account, you are given a temporary password for the root user. This password is often insecure and short. Most setups require that the user changes their password upon first login but this isn’t always the case. If this is the scenario you find yourself in, follow along this quick and easy tutorial. Continue Reading