Monday, July 30, 2012

Mind Sieve 7/30/12

ArmadilloCon was this past weekend! Woot! (So this is being prepped early. Heh heh.)

Superman Official Trailer - love the repeated sonic booms!

From Nerdist News - Man of Steel poster

Batman vs Captain America In Real Life - Ultimate Fan Fights #1 from GakAttack. What's really fun is that at the end of the video, you pick who wins, which takes you to another short video with the victory for the side you like. Sweet!

One Direction - What Makes You Beautiful (5 Piano Guys, 1 Piano) from the Piano Guys. This is quite imaginative! 

The Runway Trailer - though already released last year in Ireland, looks like it might be coming our way? Looks rather fun!

From What If? Yoda - How Much Power Can Yoda Output? Science geekery at its finest! How fun!

Engineering Technology Revealing Secrets Of Roman Coins from Science Daily. Sounds like this technique could be super useful.

Halo 4: Forward Onto Dawn Trailer. Not bad! Not bad at all. :)

Pixar Insider Reveals The 22 Rules of Story Telling from Best Seller Labs. Good ones!

From Chuck (NSFW) Wendig - Ask A Wendigo: "Just What The F*** Do You Do, Anyway?" where Chuck speaks about his writing process.

Huh. This almost seemed like the Science Mind Sieve~! Heh.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Virtual Tourist - Secret World and Star Wars The Old Republic 7/29/12

I am not actually here...this is an optical illusion... Bwahahahahahaha!

From Secret World (Yes, the guilt trip worked! She got me more pics! Heh heh)

This place looks nasty! No?

Oooo! I'm a sucker for ruins!

The lava must flow!

He looks wickedly cool!

Star Wars The Old Republic

Republic Side on Belsavis

An AI's dream?

Felt bad for this guy. Born in a prison and therefore assumed to be a prisoner. The Republic has some definite corruption going on. 

Weird looking plant, no?

A soft red glow hidden in the back. Hubby's eagle eyes wee working well this day. Datacron baby! 

 Finally found the way in to get at this sucker. So sneaky, X -504 Y 767 Z 274 Wisdom +4! My Jedi Consular was definitely pleased. Heh heh.

Forcefield with Logo! How cool is that. Heh

This place is big. Sometimes the devastation catches you by surprise.

That should keep you busy for a few minutes. :P Hope you're having an awesome weekend!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Movie Review - Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

Starring: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Kara Hayward, Jared Gilman, Francis McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Bob Balaban, and more.

Directed by: Wes Anderson Written by: Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola Cinematography by: Robert D Yeoman Original Music by: Alexandre Desplat

Premise: In 1965, on an island off the coast of New England, two 12 year olds run away together to follow the migrations of the original Indian inhabitants. Their disappearance and the subsequent search stir up hidden, unspoken issues with the adults. Unbeknownst to all, a huge, deadly storm is brewing and coming their way. (Rated PG-13)


1) Acting - Total Thumbs Up: The kids in this film steal the show. Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman delivered their lines with total deadpan accuracy. It was very clear that Sam and Suzy weren't your typical children - they were more responsible and grown up than most of the adults in the film! With the added fun performances from Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Francis McDormand, Tilda Swinton, and others, it made the film that much more fun.

2) Special Effects - Thumbs Up: My impression was that they wanted the film to have a feel and nostalgia for times past. A lot of the more flashy moments were very reminiscent of old style, low budget special effects. Yet those effects used in the background and not as easily noticeable were produced with all the tools and finesse available in modern times.

3) Plot/Story - Total Thumbs Up: It's a simple tale with unexpected depth. What made it even more interesting was the fact the kids get found and brought back, only to then gain unexpected allies and escape again, causing even more chaos.

It had the feel of a domino effect - one action, causing another, which caused another and so on. It was also a lesson on matters taken for granted and the pitfalls of not communicating even when there's someone right next to you. Deeper still, it showed that those we choose to lead us aren't always the ones we should be listening to.

The use of maps on screen, the narrator, and the old fashioned telephone calls with split screen to show all parties even as they bumbled to connect with one another were used to great effect. For older audiences this movie will resonate and bring boughts of nostalgia.

4) Locations/Cinematography - Total Thumbs Up: The locations were great and very reminiscent of the period. There were lovely vistas of the ocean, the woods, the fields, and the building storm.

The introductory footage when the film begins was innovative and gripping in its oddness. Also spoke well of the vast distances between the children and the parents. You knew right away "Moonrise Kingdom" would be a different experience from other films.

Conclusion: A quirky, quietly funny, yet deep film. Enough odd ball goings on that even kids would enjoy it. It was also really amusing that all of Suzy's fantasy ya book covers were done by people in the production.

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

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Picture Kaleidoscope 7/25/12

Let's see what I got this time. :)

Green Vision by Marc Adamus 

The Splash by Jem Salmon

Yes, more Texas skies. Hee!

Really odd looking tree, but it had these gorgeous blooms!

Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mind Sieve 7/23/12

Here'sssss Monday!

If you're into the old black and white classic or like to know about some good ones - actor Jim Beaver has started a series of vlogs on them. This one is for the 1923 Buster Keaton film "Our Hospitality." After seeing his vlog I want to see the movie now. :)

Nerd Machine: Trailer Park Heroes pt 3 - Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk join the insanity! Hee!

Designing From Bones - Fantasy Realms of the Real World by Gene Lempp

Frankenweenie Comic-Con Homage Trailer Official 2012 - Gives a lot more on what the movie will be about and done like a 1930's movie commercial. Hee! This is going to be fun!

Alex Cross Ofifcial 2012 Trailer. Matthew Fox as a super nasty serial killer?!?!?!

Total Recall Trailer 2 - I am so there!

What's Happening With My Publisher Contract? from Rachelle Gardner. Nice and enlightening post on agents and contracts.

It's The Details, Writers! blog post from Alan Rinzler.

Have an awesome week!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Virtual Tourist - Star Wars The Old Republic 7/22/12

Hm, my daughter didn't leave me any Secret World pics. Shame!

First my Imperial Spy on Alderaan

What's fun on trying to take pictures while she's ridding the transport beast is that the trees take a few seconds to generate, so sometimes you can get clearer vista shots. Heh. 

Don't look down!

A defended power plant compound

This was a fun mission. You had to open up the power generator and then my guest companion gummed up the works with Killick flying baby bugs.

Finally got to see more of House Cortesse. Heh.

The wife is in Big Trouble.

A set of ruins with a statue that match some other aqueduct looking ruins. Never spotted this when I was here for the Republic.

Finally got off Alderaan and tried to finish the space mission which had been kicking my buns after upgrading my ship parts. Still took me five more times. This sucker is way under rated!!!! Made me work! lol.

On the Republic side with my Jedi Consular on Belsavis.

The strange mix of jungle and cold always gets me.

Caught a glimpse of one of the new bonus vehicles for getting peeps to try out the game. Looks like a Tatooine Pod Racer. 

Nasty looking creature.

Some have been tamed by the escape prisoners.

Entrance leading down to some of the old technology sections the Republic built over with the prison to hide.

This race, which we've encountered before, seem to be the keepers of the ancient race I am looking for. Slowly making progress. :)

Have an awesome Sunday!
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