Sunday, April 23, 2017

Virtual Tourist - Deus Ex: Mankind Divided 4/23/17

What a week! Still trying to recuperate. :P Quarter end closes for accounting types can be harsh! Ugh.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
These are the diabolical plans for a different kind of computer. Gasp! I won't realize what this pertains to for a while.
Old world flair!
I do sometimes take pics of the weirdest things! The stretched structure is the far end of one of the many data bank vaults owned by Palisades Bank. Truly impressive buildings.
Street entry into a seemingly harmless shipping company. It's a front/entry for the local Task Force 29 HQ. :)
This is the underground facility for Task Force 29. 
The people Jensen works for - the Global Anti-terrorism Division.
Computer expert and super twitchy paranoid bud. lol.
Info board. You can click on the images and get intel. The board changes over time as we discover more info.
Reporting to the boss. Corrupt? We're going to find out.
Sneaking around to get to other parts of the office. :P
Have a great one!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mind Sieve 4/17/17


Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Teaser - better story writing, better story writing, better story writing, please!!!!!

A Tribute to Carrie Fisher - Oh this was lovely. Get a hanky before watching!

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Trailer #2 - just looks better and better! Sweet!

Thor: Ragnarok Teaser Trailer - ROFL! Looks gorgeous, too! Nice!

Baby Driver Trailer 2 - looks manic! But the driving! Sweet!

Have an awesome week! Hopefully, I will survive mine. :P

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Virtual Tourist - Obduction 4/16/17

Was able to sneak in a little playing before work ground me to the floor! Doh!
Almost like a chunk of our world has been nestled into another. 
Definitely not on Earth anymore.
These warnings are plastered all over the place. It looks like all the rocks around the place! Eek!
Gorgeous! And scary! 
This is another the holograms. This one talks about the tree in the background. A vital tree for their survival, it seems.
The source of the red light aimed at the sky. 
Top of the waterfall. A source of water and also power.
A better view of the neighboring alien landscape.
Area down river. 
Bizarre temple?
Sinuses have been crazy, so the dizzy factor for games has been high. I really hate that! 
Hope you and yours have a great Easter!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Movie Review - The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious
Starring: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Kristofer Hivju, Scott Eastwood, Helen Mirren, and more.
Directed by: F. Gary Gray Written by: Chris Morgan Based on characters created by: Gary Scott Thompson Cinematography by: Stephen F. Windon Music by: Brian Tyler
Premise: During his honeymoon in Cuba, Dom gets trapped by a mysterious woman. She's picked him specifically. And she's made sure to get something which will force him to choose to do things her way. First on her to-do list, get Dom to betray his family - that which he holds most dear. As the group tries to figure out why Dom has gone rogue, they get rounded up by Nobody. They want them to help find Dom but to also aid in putting a stop to Cipher's plans. (Rated PG-13)
1) Acting - Total Thumbs Up: Charlize Theron as Cipher was multi-layered and fun (in an evil, despicable way that is :P). Very much enjoyed watching her taunt Dom and act like she has all the answers; even as we see her struggling to understand how he can feel the things he feels. And looking a little jealous. Like I said - fun! Jason Stratham and Dwayne Johnson as Deckard and Hobbs look to have the most fun in the film. The in-joke/subliminal advertising for Moana was rather cute. Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez speak volumes with glances. There's lots of witty banter and fun. Good job all!
2) Special Effects - Total Thumbs Up: As we've come to expect from the F&F series, there's a ton of special effects of all kinds. We've got engines catching on fire, crashes galore, subs, tanks, planes, explosions, and more! 
They did some cool stuff with the sub and the iced over lake. And the torpedoes? Sweet!
The "rain" in Manhattan was fabulous! The whole Manhattan section was divine. The fight on the plane was also super. Bullet holes galore. Add in Stratham and the "package," and you're in for a whole lot of fun! (So unexpected and yet so awesome! lol. My most favorite part of the film.)
3) Plot/Story - Thumbs Up: Science and physics always take a back seat in these movies. This time is no exception. EMP doesn't mean the same to these guys as it does to everyone else. lol. And though they cut away from the scene, there's still no way for that sub to get in the water! They do make it all look good, though! 
Even though it may hide their hands and faces, you do not go out onto the icefields in Russia without appropriate gear! Oh, you touched that bar with your bare hand outside in sub freezing temps? You just left a layer of skin stuck there. :P Sometimes I do wish they'd try a little harder to cover the easier things. 
Definite kudos on the little hints dropped here and there as to how Dom might not be quite as subdued as Cipher thinks he is. They do a replay to show the audience what they missed and a little more. So you won't miss anything, even if you do. :P I did like how they wove in a lot of people and history from the other films back into the plot. 
No real surprises in the plot, but still fun. Just watching all the insane destruction is half the entertainment. Add in some lovely fights, and voila! 
4) Stunts - Total Thumbs Up: There are a ton of gags! Between the fire, the ice, the bullets, the car and people chases, the hand-to-hand and the close weapons combat, the department was kept incredibly busy. Add in a little CGI, and the bar got raised a ton!
I have to mention that the fight at the prison was all levels of fun. A chase within a breakout, within a free for all. Nice! 
5) Locations/Cinematography - Total Thumbs Up: Lots of interesting sites in the film. Iceland, Cuba, Ohio, Georgia, New York, Germany, even a glacier! And the way they incorporate the names into the landscape is a nice trick. Some lovely spanning views of all the exotic places. 
Conclusion: The Fate of the Furious is fast and crazy and full of more cars and stunts than ever. It's enough to fill any action junkie's want list. :) Leave the laws of physics at the door, and strap in for a wild ride. 
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Virtual Tourist - Obduction 4/9/17

Well now. Between work, conventions, and issues with Jetpack for Wordpress not much has been happening at the blog. Sigh. 
Started a new game this weekend a friend gave me for my b-day. The game is called:
It's from the makers of Myst. Gorgeous game. Have not gotten far. One cute feature is the Space Bar takes a "photograph" as if the character has a camera. You can see them in the game, but not sure you can download them, so I did my usual F12 clicking.
The story starts in a park at night. 
A voice starts talking to you even as a nasty lightning storm begins to brew. Closest I got to catching a pic! lol. There's also some weird light trails.
This came from one of the mysterious light streams
Weird looking...
Uh oh.
Here we go!
We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto. DOH!
It's almost like a mix of worlds.
This is a hologram machine. You hit the button, and a short recorded message will play. Rather cool.
Haven't gotten far. But it does look interesting!
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