Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Picture Kaleidoscope 11/25/15 - Puerto Rico edition


Figured I'd start sharing my Puerto Rico pics. Will be setting up a gallery for them all, but it's not ready yet. These are all phone camera pics. The gillion others were with my camera. So expect all sorts of photography mayhem soon.

Heh heh heh

Puerto Rico - a property of the US. Only need a drivers license to go there. Currency is the US Dollar. Main language is Spanish.

View of a little island we spotted from the plane.

Amazing skies. Clouds are the main thing you miss when you move away from PR.

Panorama from my uncle's house in the mountains. 

More views from his porch.

He has a set of  Hibiscus bushes as a partial fence. 

I love the flowers from these bushes. Always make me think of home.

View from the balcony of the condo we got to stay in overnight.

Panorama from the top of the 1st viewing tower at El Yunque - PR's protected rain forest.

Pano of the other side on the tower.

Pano at El Morro. Spanish fort in San Juan. All the pink shirts are students on a field trip. 

Different pano view from the fort.

View from El Morro looking out. Huh, something happened as this bugger looks stitched! lol.

These are Quenepas. I'd not had some in 20 years! Last two times I'd made it home, they've not been in season. Ran across some when we went south. YAY! You bite the green to peel off the top. Then you use the bottom half as a cup. The fruit strands are stuck to a large seed. You put it in your mouth and suck off the strands. So good!

More torture to come later. :)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Mind Sieve 11/23/15

Still trying to catch up on everything now that I'm back from vacation, so this week's post will be short. (I am dreading going to work! What has imploded while I've been gone? Eek!)

Here's three quick videos from my vacation last week!

View of the wall of a large cistern in the River Camuy Caves.

A gurgling brook in El Yunque - protected rain forest in the middle of the island.

And my favorite! A panning shot of the beach at Luquillo. Look at that sky!

 Hopefully I will be back to normal schedule and items by next week!

heh heh!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Virtual Tourist - Final Fantasy XIV 11/22/15

Vacation is over...waaaahhhh!

Final Fantasy XIV
Main Storyline

Mr. Badass! :P

He's got him a dragon. Not a good thing.

One of his cronies - Nero tol Scaeva

Not a nice guy. :P

Limsa Lominsa - a neat towering city. That's the transport airship between major cities. City is by the sea.

Ticket Counter for the airship.

Leader of Limsa Lominsa

Ul'dah - the third city - dry arid lands. 

One of the main ares at Ul'dah

Delivering the letter from Gridania's leader

Raubahn - dang! him and his peeps are tall!

You can actually see his face on this one.

Out and about on Ul'dah - you can see some player characters and my new pet airship! :) And look at that carpet!!!!

Off to another place. 

It's turned cold around here! Hope you're keeping warm out there!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Picture Kaleidoscope 11/18/15


Running like super late, but hopefully it will be worth it. :)

Here's a preview of what I've been doing this week...

Mysterious caves!

Exotic vegetation!

Tower of views.

Awe inspiring vistas!

I'll be sharing more once I get back! Enjoy!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Mind Sieve 11/16/15

Hope you're having a great morning!

Fan Fun

Ice Age: Collision Course "Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe" - so cute! Scrat is baaaaacccck!

Warcraft Movie Trailer - they really are making an actual movie! Looks cool!

Finding Dori Official Trailer #1 - the fish are back!

Social Media/Author Platform

Facebook Retargeting Spend Increases: New Research by Suzanne Delzio at the Social Media Examiner. So that's why I see replicated ads of places I've been to! DOH!

Writing Advice

NaNoWriMo Triage Center: Helping You Get To 50K by Angela Ackerman. She shares some neat ways to get out of the NaNoWriMo Funk! :)

The Truly Dramatic Plot—Shakespeare, Instagram, & Why Macbeth is STILL Awesome by Alex Limberg at Kristen Lamb's Blog. Very catchy blog post title, no? :)

Last week was weird. Hoping this week is FUN! Here's hoping it's great for you as well. :)

Friday, November 13, 2015

Movie Review - The Peanuts Movie

The Peanuts Movie

Starring: Bill Melendez, Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller, Venus Schultheis, Trombone Shorty, Mariel Sheets, Rebecca Bloom, Anastasia Bredikhina, Alexander Garfin, A.J. Tecce, Noah Johnston, and more.

Directed by: Steve Martino Written by: Bryan Schulz, Craig Schulz, and Cornelius Uliano Based on the Comic Strip by: Charles M. Schulz Cinematography by: Renato Falcão Music by: Christophe Beck

Premise: Though bad luck and frustration have been his constant companion, Charlie Brown decides he wants to become a new, better boy when a cute red headed girl moves in across the street. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. And while most think he doesn't stand a chance, with his trusty dog, Snoopy, and a few close friends, maybe Charlie Brown can make things change and make a good impression. (Rated G)


1) Acting - Total Thumbs Up: If you look at the cast, most of them are young actors. The fabulous part about this is that the actors they chose sound very much like the voices in the old Peanut specials on TV. Everyone does a great job.

Loved Bill Melendez - he's been doing Snoopy's and Woodstock's voices since 1966! Noah Schnapp was darling as Charlie Brown. Anastasia Bredihina was a perfect Peppermint Patty. Trombone Shorty took on the task of the Wahwah adult voices. (The film site has a link to a Wahwah machine. You can even share the wahwah for the words you type in. Too cute!) Lovely work by all!

2) Artwork/Animation - Total Thumbs Up: Blue Sky Studios are the same people who brought us Ice Age and Scrat! That being said, we get a new Ice Age short called Ice Age: Collision Course - "Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe" - they went all out on this one. lol. (I have a link to the short on Monday's Mind Sieve 11/16 post  so come on back by - hint hint. :P)

The studio normally does great work, but I think they went all out for this one. Charles M. Schulz and all the TV specials have a certain style and feel. Not only did Blue Sky Studios take that on, but they also decided to do this film in 3D! And it was marvellous! Despite the textures and the 3D depth, they made sure to keep all the bits from the actual strips - thought bubbles, Woodstock's flight trails, the facial expressions and eyes made with a drawn pencil lines, and more.

I also loved how in several places, they moved to thought bubbles and did the contents in the straight black and white line drawings of the 2D comic strip style. They really got inventive with this one. Awesome work.

3) Plot/Story - Total Thumbs Up: Peanuts is a comic strip with years upon years of content, dozens of TV specials, and more. And Blue Sky Studios managed to pick all the nuggets which bring out all the best of Peanuts and presented them in a way that would not only tickle fans of the comic strip and TV specials, but also make it easy for those who've never seen The Peanut's world before to fall in love with it.

All the iconic stuff is there: the kite eating tree, the pitching mound, Lucy's psychiatry stand, the football, the typewriter, even the Great Pumpkin is mentioned. But best of all - lots of the Red Baron! We even end up with a story inside the story, as Snoopy plays out some of Charlie Brown's own troubles as the World War I Flying Ace and finds his own cute girl to fancy. Several elements were even shown as this being where they began. The way they threaded in the Red Baron was brilliant! They made him a force to fear in reality as well as in Snoopy's imagination. Lovely!

The story itself is interesting and full of all those pains we suffered through while growing up. As ever, Peanuts is entertaining, amusing, and even thought provoking. A really nice job overall.

4) Music - Total Thumbs Up: The Linus and Lucy theme of old is brought back to help give us waves of nostalgia (plus it's really a catchy theme!). They even brought in a clip from one of the specials - the caroling scene song - "Christmas Time is Here". Several of these bits were from the original scores by Vince Guaraldi Trio. Christophe Beck kept his part of the score light and airy and it blended quite well with the original scores - he even gives his own twist to the Linus and Lucy theme. All the music worked very well together.

Conclusion: The Peanuts Movie encapsulates everything you have ever loved about Charles M. Schulz classic comic strips and the ton of TV specials. It will make for a wonderful nostalgic trip. For those not acquainted with the comic strips, however, this film will be a marvellous introduction to all the awesome characters and lively imagination which endeared this strip to people the world over. Tons of fun for the whole family.

Rating: 4 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Picture Kaleidoscope 11/11/15

Torturing you today with some of my own pics. :P

We had a ton of clouds for several days. 

Found an App called Word Swag that lets you add words to your pics on your phone. It does add something, doesn't it?

Some really neat light filtering through the tree but capturing it on a photo proved elusive. :(

A lot of fascinating cloud formations and layers. So many I was not able to capture and share. Boo!

Killer orchids! 

See what I mean about cool skies?

Playing with Word Swag again. Really had meant to put I'm Bat Witch but... heh heh. When did I get that extra chin?!?! (This was my costume for Halloween at the office.) :)

More Word Swag - Orchids are scary. lol

The end of the day.

The rain finally left us...

Hah! Got the sun and a star! Hah! (I just noticed that! lol) Could be a plan or a UFO too! Sweet!

And the day is done.

Have a great one!
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