Sunday, February 11, 2018

ConDFW 2/16-2/18/18

The final programming for ConDFW 2018 is up!

ConDFW



This year the convention is being held on February 16 to the 18th!

Author Guest of Honor
Charlaine Harris

Artist Guest of Honor
John Picacio

They've changed locations this year. The convention is being held at the:

Radisson Hotel Fort Worth Fossil Creek
2540 Meacham Blvd.
Ft Worth, TX 76106

I will be a guest panelist and also be sharing a Dealer's Room table with Chibi Chains.  Below is my panel schedule.

Gloria Oliver

Friday

PROGRAMMING 3
Friday, 4 pm: History in a Nutshell: How to Pick Change Points
Panelists: Melanie Fletcher (M), Bradley H. Sinor, Julie Barrett, Gloria Oliver
There are common times in history to pick where it changes – usually just before or during wars.
However, what other important events can be used to change history? How far back do you want to go? Our authors talk about times in history that are ripe for the picking.

PROGRAMMING 2
Friday, 5 pm: Interstellar Archaeology: Part One – Initial Findings
Panelists: Mel White (M), Dusty Rainbolt, Teresa Patterson, Gloria Oliver, Robert W. Pietzsch, K. B. Bogen
Welcome to the 173rd Annual Interstellar Archaeology Symposium! We have mysterious alien artifacts in need of identification and a team of highly-trained egos xenoarchaeologists standing by! Watch the academic fur fly as they compete to give us the correct (or perhaps just the funniest) explanation of each artifact. Stay tuned for Part 2 on Sunday, when our backup team overturns their findings!

Saturday

PROGRAMMING 2
Saturday, 10 am: Time to Hit the Blender! How to Blend Genres Together
Panelists: Tex Thompson (M), Carole Nelson Douglas, K. B. Bogen, Gloria Oliver, Patricia Burroughs
Some of the neatest stories are created when you take elements of two (or more) genres and use them together. After all, this is how Urban Fantasy was created! So, how does this work? Our authors compare and contrast ways to fit the puzzle pieces together to create something nature never intended.

Sunday

PROGRAMMING 2
Sunday, 2 pm: The Elemental Steampunk: Gadgets and Gizmos
Panelists: Larry Atchley Jr. (M), Julie Barrett, Charlayne Elizabeth Denney, Gloria Oliver
Steampunk is famous for its airships and for its steam-powered gadgets. We’ve looked at airships in the past, so it’s time to look at the gadgets. Our steampunk experts go over typical widgets used in steampunk so you can recognize them at a distance.

PROGRAMMING 2
Sunday, 3 pm: Fantasy Engineering: Building Mordor
Panelists: Tex Thompson (M), Larry Atchley Jr., Teresa Patterson, Gloria Oliver
Ever wonder how Mordor was made? Or Minas Tirith? Pick your epic fantasy of choice, and there will always be towns, castles, buildings with grandeur. Building those places takes engineering: planning rooms where events take place, escape tunnels and even secret hiding places for when the forces of darkness overwhelm you. But how detailed do you need to get? Our authors debate this and other topics.

Hope to see you all there! Should be a ton of fun!

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Virtual Tourist - Desu Ex Mankind Divided 2/4/18

Greetings!

I kind of fell off the face of the Earth for a while. Year End Close at work was rather brutal, and in the middle of it, hubby and I caught the Flu. My daughter and son-in-law didn't catch it, but they got sinus infections instead. Now Jan close is here and the auditors for YE will show any day now. Wheeeeee!

Maze Runner Death Cure

Mini Movie Review - Maze Runner: Death Cure - It was loads better than the second film. A quick recap would have done a lot for it. The continual assumption by Hollywood that people will have gone back and rewatched the previous movies before seeing the new one will keep audiences from enjoying them as much. Lots of action and craziness. Do not look at stuff closely or it falls apart. Things set up in film 2 are not followed up on, things that should have been obvious from stuff that happened in film 2 also were ignored. lol.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

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Jensen goes into an antiques store and someone had a lot of fun with it. Found a copy of "Hitman" in a corner.

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Then I found a copy of Deus Ex in a box! lol.

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A part of the map finally opened up in Prague. This is the red light district. Love the girl silhouette projected on the building. 

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Such a funky setup.

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An unexpected surprise! The original version of the AI program still exists! But this side story you have to stumble across. Hubby never knew of it. I only found it because I noticed one of the street electrical posters was malfunctioning and went to check it out. So glad she escaped!


The main street of the red light district. A lot of inventiveness went into this area. As you can see here and in the following pics. (Those leg lamps are too fab! lol)

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Looking for someone to get intel from here. It's funny how upstairs it says "live show" yet they use mannequins. (And yes, to the right, that is what it looks like - a tentacle!)

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Inside The Irish Stool - has a nice feel to it. :)


The "Temptacle" Club - the reason for the tentacles on buildings. lol. 

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This is the Church of the Machine God. The followers believe God is in the technology. They have a plan to elevate themselves to the next form of existence. Eek!


Stay warm and healthy out there!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Virtual Tourist - Wolfenstein The New Order 1/14/18

Morning!

No Mini Movie Review this week. Work's been killing me for Year End Close, so I was a total vegetable yesterday. Did 16 hours just on Friday. Ugh! The first couple of months of the new year are heinous work wise. :P (My messed up brain kept singing "It's the most wonderful time, of the year!" all week!) :P

Wolfenstein The New Order

Wolfenstein The New Order

We're taking the train to Berlin. Those two at the table will become central figures in BJ's future.

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Close up of one of the top of the line cyborg sentries.


I love all the lovely details!

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Our first look at Berlin.

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More of the Berlin skyline. The Nazi Secret Police Headquarters

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The Nazi's have made it to the moon! This is also, believe it or not, a piece of foreshadowing. Later on, we'll be going there too! Bwahahahahaha!

Wolfenstein The New Order - building

This is a rather impressive building, no?

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After much work and heartache, I've finally found what remains of the US resistance fighters in a super fortified prison. I'm about to cut those chains!

Wolfenstein The New Order - statues

You have to give it to the Nazi's - they know how to go big! (This is also an overhead view which will lead us down to where the resistance has their main HQ. Right in the middle of the enemy!
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Resistance Headquarters. What little there is of it. But tapped in good.

Hope you have a great week!

Sunday, January 07, 2018

Virtual Tourist - Deus Ex Mankind Divided 1/7/18

Morning!

Mini Movie Review

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour - 4 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again) - great performances, cool cinematography. See the England side of what was going on while soldiers were getting stranded at Dunkirk and the horrid pressure on Churchill. A fascinating slice of history.

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Beautiful view from the window!


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Someone has been keeping tabs on us!


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Hidden clues to a murder?


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This machine will send me into a virtual world. Trying to figure out if my boss is part of the conspiracy.


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The virtual room where we've glimpsed clandestine meetings by those trying to undermine society.


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Virtual data vault!


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This is the actual data in a virtual form.


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Another data node. This place is so cool looking! A pain in the keister to get at some of these data nodes though!


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I am spying on my bosses a virtual meeting. Hee hee!


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Red light district in Prague. Clues from the virtual data vault and eavesdropping have led me here.


Wish me luck! Currently going through Year End at work. So far it's proving rather ugly. Don't like it! Waaahhh!

Have a great week!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Virtual Tourist - Wolfenstein The New Order 12/31/17

With all the holidays the last two weeks and trying not to catch a cold, my sense of what day it is is a little on the fritz! Lol. Almost forgot today is Sunday and Virtual Tourist Day! DOH!

Mini Movie Reviews

Star Wars The Last Jedi

Star Wars The Last Jedi - 3 out of 5 - mostly a smash of Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi with unimaginative changes. For such a huge franchise, you'd think they'd try to do good scripts. Still better than Episode III (Movie 6) :P


Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

JUMANJI: Welcome to the Jungle - 4 out of 5 - I REALLY enjoyed this one! It had a lot more depth than you'd expect, lots of surprises, and the acting was fab! Jack Black outdid himself on this one. They all did. (We went home and immediately watched the original again. Found several nice tie backs!)


Downsizing

Downsizing - 3.25 out of 5 - Hubby was wanting to see this one badly, and ended up very disappointed. The first half or so was fascinating! Then the pace came to grinding halt and took a left turn. I think they tried to do too much with the film and inadvertently lost their way. A pity.

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After escaping the mental hospital, we hide at my girl's grandparents. I brought along a souvenir. Time to get answers. 


The little touches are always the best. Here is a poster that needs no translation. :)


A giant facility and checkpoint. We need to get through this to go to Berlin. 


Should have lightened this one. Dang. Anyway, you can see my girl's grandma and grandpa. Old but mean business. They are helping to sneak the two of us to Berlin.

 

Within the facility/checkpoint structure.


Another one I should have lightened. Boo! I'm sneaking my way further into the facility.



Some cool truck plans in the garage area. Some very subtle foreshadowing as you will soon see. :P


View of a smaller secondary gate. We're almost through.


Surprise! This is what the weird truck specs were for. Transporting mechanized warrior units. Eek! 


A full view of the beastie. Nasty sucker. They pop two of those for you to get rid off. Ugh!



Hope you and yours have a great New Years Eve!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Virtual Tourist - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 12/17/17


Morning!
Chaos continues! Hope you're having a great weekend!

Mini-Movie Review - The Shape of Water

The Shape Of Water

The opening scene is super awesome. This is a cute fairy tale, but IT IS NOT FOR KIDS! I can't emphasize this enough. This movie is for adults. There are lots of great performances. It's a sleepy little tale, but very poignant.

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One of the problems with what was supposed to be an aug paradise.


Heading to some of the restricted levels as I search for the man who created this place.



Sneaking around looking for ways up.


The man being blamed for a lot of the terrorist action in the world. He is an avid aug supporter. He doesn't look like he's doing so well. His dreams have been rotted from within and without, but others not so altruistic.


He's a broken man. He's not realized the depths of the betrayals visited upon him quite yet.


Well educated, driven, and yet even he has been played.

The skeleton of dreams never to be realized.


I so love the attention to detail!


Jensen has ferreted some of the truth. Time to bail from Hell.

There will be a reckoning.

Have a great week!
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