Monday, December 05, 2016

Mind Sieve 12/5/16

Fan Fun

The Mummy Teaser Trailer - this could be good!

Legion Trailer 2 - (a short one then a longer one in the same video) Should be trippy! Woot!

Simon's Cat in Bed Sheets - too cute! (dang the cat is aggressive! lol)

Social Media/Author Platform

8 Social WordPress Plugins to Improve Your Blog from the Social Media Examiner by Kristel Cuenta

3 Social Media Design Tools That Create Stunning Images from the Social Media Examiner by Peter Gartland


Christmas Gift Ideas For The Talented Writer In Your Life by Angela Ackerman. Some of these are just too cool! 

The Single Largest Secret to Success by Kristen Lamb. Some great insights! 

Woot! A full blog post! Woot!

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Virtual Tourist - Dishonored 2 12/4/16

Hubby was sick during the Thanksgiving holiday so I detoxed from all the overtime and stress at work with Deus Ex. :P Hubby though had already purchased Dishonored 2 for both of us, so I started it this weekend. (He's already finished both!)
Dishonored 2
Spiffy loading screen. Dishonored 2 is set 15 years after the first game. You also end up with the choice of playing Corvo again or his daughter Emily. 
Tutorial Section
Whales are still very much a strong motif in the game. :P The tutorial is from Emily's POV as she's being trained by Corvo. Emily is a bit of a whiner. lol.
Whales are still in all their decorating! lol. 
The art for the city is lovely. Great attention to detail.
That is one gruesome whale. Look at those teeth!
Game Beginning
Emily and Corvo are about to enter the main hall at Dunwall tower. It is the 15th Anniversary of Emily's mother's assassination. The prior empress. 
The people are still rather rough looking. lol. That's Corvo's profile on the left. He's Emily's Protector as he was for her mother.
The party pooper - Delilah. An unseen yet major player in the first game. Thought we were done with her, but somehow she's managed to come back. And so the troubles begin.
She has some major sorcery going on. Since I chose to play Emily, she's wrapping Corvo up in a stone skin.
A piece of artwork in the tower. Time for me to make my escape.
Have a lovely Sunday! 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mind Sieve 11/27/16

Morning, all!
Well, despite my success in having created one full Mind Sieve blog post a couple of weeks ago, work then threw me a curveball. As the saying goes - one step forward, two steps back. (Every time I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel - WHAM! It's getting very old...) :P

A Series of Unfortunate Events Official Trailer (2017) Netflix Series HD - YES! This looks awesome! The original film in 2004 was fabulous and the kids great. But it got ignored for Narnia (which had some of the worst acting ever!). So I am so glad to see someone else is going to give it a go. And with Neal Patrick Harris! Squee! 

Rogue One - A Star Wars Story Trailer #3 - hoping they come through with this one! Woot!

Mindgamers Official Trailer - should be trippy! 

Have a good one!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Virtual Tourist - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 11/27/16

I think I've finally gotten the upload issues resolved, even if it was like pulling teeth. :P Yay!
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Prague - Jensen's place
Jensen's bedroom in his apartment in Prague.
A good view of several of his augmentation. (We get a shower scene if you have him turn on the shower! hee!) There's a lot of appliances you can turn on and off in the game. (Sometimes it opens things!)
Full view of his bathroom and him in the shower. :P His is one of the nicer ones you'll come across.
The view outside from Jensen's sink. Love the old European flavor. (All the red symbols on my stuff is showing damage I took from the bombing. Jensen is not doing well at the moment.) (All the awesome augmentations you just got used to in the beginning mission are gone! Wah!)
View into the dining and living areas of Jensen's apartment. Loved the cool sunlight striation as it flows into the room. 
Jensen is sitting down to watch the news and enjoy some coffee.
The Picus Group still controls all broadcast information and likes to spin them any way they like. Eliza is back, but this one is NOT our Eliza. She's 2.0. (In the last game, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the AI started thinking on her own and tried to help me.) (One of the side missions this time around, gets them reacquainted. So, if you see one of the electronic posters glitching, make sure to check it out! :))
Jensen's TV can also be used for phone calls. Sarif is Jensen's old boss. He didn't make good choices last time, but this time seems to want to make it up to me. :)
Jensen's apartment building. Most of the tenants are augmented. They've not been having a lot of luck lately. 
Just put a drug dealer down with my tranquilizer rifle. (My favorite weapon aside from the "Q" takedown.) He landed in such a weird position I had to take a pic. Heh heh. Can't say his decor is overtly appealing. Hee! Here's where you start hearing things about a drug called neon.
Local thug and black marketeer. Go to guy for buying and selling stuff. There are other people you can buy and sell to in the different city areas. Not everyone has the same stock. But he lives in my building, making for convenience!
A high view of my street. :)
Hope you have a great Sunday!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Promoting Small Business Saturday 11/26/16

Greetings all!
11/26/16 is Small Business Saturday. A day to support and celebrate small business all over the US. You can get more info from the official site here.
As a small press author, all my publishers are small businesses. So I figured I'd go ahead and highlight them here as part of the celebration! (And so you know who to blame for what. Heh heh.)
Small Business Saturday - HardShell Word Factory
Hard Shell Word Factory (Now part of Mundania Press)
Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles by Gloria Oliver - Young Adult Fantasy novel

Small Business Saturday - Mundania Press
Inner Demons by Gloria Oliver - Urban Fantasy novel

Small Business Saturday - Uncial Press

Charity and Sacrifice

Small Business Saturday - Yard Dog Press

Houston: We've Got Bubbas AnthologyFour Bubbas of the Apocalypse Anthology

In the Service of Samurai by Gloria Oliver - Young Adult Fantasy novel
Vassal of El by Gloria Oliver - Fantasy Novel
Willing Sacrifice by Gloria Oliver - Young Adult Fantasy novel
Price of Mercy by Gloria Oliver - Fantasy novel
Jewel of the Gods by Gloria Oliver - Fantasy novel

Please help support small businesses wherever you find them! It's their fighting spirit that keeps us from only having cookie-cutter choices in what we read and enjoy! :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Movie Review - Moana


Starring: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison, Jemaine Clement, Nicole Scherzinger, Alan Tudyk, Oscar Kightley, Troy Polamalu, Puanani Cravalho, and Louise Bush.
Directed by: Ron Clements, Don Hall, John Musker, and Chris Williams Screenplay by: Jared Bush Story by: Ron Clements, John Musker, Chris Williams, Don Hall, Pamela Ribon, Aaron Kandell, and Jordan Kandell Music by: Opetaia Foa'i, Mark Mancina, and Lin-Manuel Miranda
Premise: Moana has always been fascinated by the ocean and what might lay beyond the protective reef around her home. As the chieftain's daughter and heir, however, she tries to put those desires aside and learn how to become a good leader. But when pestilence and lack of fish begin to plague her island home, Moana realizes she must go and find the demigod Maui and get him to make things right again. (Rated PG)
1) Voice Acting - Total Thumbs Up: Auli'i Cravalho as Moana was a treat. Her boundless energy comes across in every line. Dwayne Johnson is a hoot as Maui. The two worked well together, and you could feel the bonds growing between the characters. Alan Tudyk as Heihei was a surprise, but what fun! (Especially as it isn't a speaking part.) Rachel House and Jemaine Clement added some additional angles to the scope of the film as well. (Clement's final line after the credits is awesome! :P)
2) Artwork/Animation - Total Thumbs Up: Walt Disney Animation Studios outdid themselves with Moana. The film is gorgeous! Fantastic textures, colors, and they do awesome things with the water. The section where Moana is at the beach as a baby was sublime. It will make you feel like you're actually in Hawaii. 
A ton of attention to detail on all things. They use the 3D to full advantage, even making facial crinkles and wrinkles. Moana and Maui's hair would make anyone jealous! 
Heihei fits the "too stupid to die" type character category. They have so much fun with him! Maui's tattoos are awesome. His mini tattoo version of himself is great. Like a living conscience. When Maui shapeshifts, stay on the lookout for the fishhook and how it's incorporated into each of his forms. Nice little detail. :)
The island goddess and the lava monster were excellent. The cooling lava and resulting igneous rock turned out fantastic. The monster zone and the Kakamoji peoples and boats were fascinating.
3) Plot/Story - Thumbs Up: While the film has the look and feel of Hawaii, after doing some quick research, it doesn't appear that the tale told has anything to do with the legends of the chain of islands. Despite that, it does hold a lot of the trappings of stories dealing with humans and gods. It also definitely has a Hawaiian feel to it.
A lot of themes run through the film. Responsibility, dreams, finding who you are, and more.  
The film uses some anachronistic terms/dialogue. But though out of place, some of it is quite humorous. Several in-jokes are tucked away here and there. For example, Maui moving his mini tattoo from one side of his chest to another by muscle movement. A move we've seen Dwayne Johnson do in other films. :P (There's a big in-joke at the end of the credits, too! Relates back to the Little Mermaid. :))
Conclusion: Moana is a gorgeous film. Would recommend seeing it in 3D for the spanning views alone. Lots of fun moments and has plenty to keep the kids and adults well entertained. 
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Virtual Tourist - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 11/20/16

Work overflowed this week. I'm behind again. :( (And this one blew up and never did post. So I am posting it now. Wah!)
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Had hoped to merge pre-new graphics card photos with post-new graphics card photos when I posted them but I failed. So here's some pre ones for when Jensen first for to Prague. 
Overhead view of the trains in Prague.
First look at Prague at the station. Eliza is back. Or is she? :P (Eliza 2.0)
Is that Koro Sensei in the background? :P You can see how the entrance to the central station have been segregated for augs and natural. Yes, things have gotten pretty bad since the incident.
Mid explosion at the station. This is the starting point of a whole heap of trouble.
Took a similar pic the second time around, but this one is way better. Truly poignant scene.
First thing Jensen sees when he wakes up in his apartment in Prague.
Ack, now the uploader is giving me issues with the site. Guess this will be it for this week! :P
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