Saturday, October 30, 2010

Kokoda (Foreign Australian War Drama 2006)

I think I've watched 2 or 3 Australian films in my life and each time I came away unimpressed. With this latest film, I guess it wasn't worth trying to break the cycle.

Yup, this movie I guess tried to be a war flick but it failed miserably. The acting was stale, the special effects were a decade or so old, and yeah the story wasn't very interesting at all. It mildly reminded me of how HBO's The Pacific turned out to be a disappointed when compared to Band of Brothers. So yeah this one is definitely not worth watching.
Rating - D

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Toy Story 3 (Animated Comedy 2010)

I think this was the last one in the Toy Story series, but I got to say that this one had a great ending. Props to Pixar again. Yeah sad how I'll never be able to work for this great company...

Anyway, the movie was just like the other two in the series except that it was a lot darker. I can't think of any really dark antagonists from Pixar's other movies but yeah the purple bear was quite the bastard in this one. Everything was great in the film so it kept up with the status quo of the company's past history. Again, the ending was very solid and the rest of the movie did not disappoint in the least. I would've liked to have seen more character development with some of the other new toys but since it was the last one, I guess there wouldn't have been much of a point to do that.
Rating - A

Monday, October 18, 2010

Century Arms Polish Milled 1960 AK-47 Rifle

So after selling off the Saiga, I wanted to go back to the 7.62x39 round. Of course the catalyst for this change was the fact that I had a Tipton cleaning rod that only fit inside of .30 Cal bores and the 5.45x39 was a .22 cal one. Yes a dumb reason for switching out a rifle but that just annoyed the hell out of me. Another reason was because I really wanted the opportunity to refinish wood and to see how that process went.

So yeah I picked this rifle because it was milled and I've never gotten to experience a milled AK before. Honestly it wasn't all that. It did feel heavier and was more sturdy overall, but a stamped receiver would've been just fine for shooting. I didn't like the fact that it was a Century Arms rifle, but I took a chance. Unfortunately the front sight was canted 1-2 degrees as can be seen in the picture below. It didn't effect the shooting of the rifle as the sights more/less lined up, but I knew that it would be something that would keep on eating at me. Anyway those were my first impressions.


The wood refinish was pretty fun. After looking at how other people did it online, I tweaked with a few examples and created my own.
  • Field-stripped
  • Removed all metal parts from the wood
  • Sprayed 3 wood pieces down with paint stripper
  • Used water to wash off the stripper
  • Washed the wood with dish soap and hot water
  • Did a 2nd round with the stripper
  • Let it fully dry (1 day)
  • Rubbed on a light coat of Minwax Wood Finish Red Mahogany Colored Stain
  • Let it fully dry (1 day)
  • 5 coats of Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane Clear Gloss (Apply gloss, dry (8 hrs), 000 steel wool, wipe down with paper towel, repeat)
Yeah I was a little too excited when I started the wood refinishing so I didn't take any "before" pictures, but this is how everything turned out in the end.

Yeah so after I had completed making the rifle look all new and fancy, I took it out shooting. It preformed fine with fairly tight groups, no feeding issues, and it had a great mag hold with all of the new steel Bulgarian ones I got from AIM.

One annoying thing with the rifle was that the safely had 2 locations that it would lock down when in the fire mode. It could go below the notch it was supposed to be in and was only stopped by this odd metal cylinder part that stuck out. When I was not shooting and maintaining good trigger safety, my index finder would be right in the metal nub; very annoying and uncomfortable. The Saiga safety was much better in that regard.

Their wasn't really anything wrong with the rifle, but I just didn't feel like keeping it. Maybe my time with guns is winding down and I'll be off to another hobby. I ended up selling the rifle on a forum and got me an XD9 when Cabelas was having a $100 off $500 sale. Yeah I find it ironic how an XD9 was my first pistol and now it would be my last one...unless of course I suck at it or I find something very annoying about it where then I might switch to a Glock 17 or 19.

Either way though...if you're in the market for a good quality AK, this one would be it. Much better than a WASR but heavy and expensive.

Pros
Milled = sturdier feeling
Wood = refinishing project
Wood Hand Guards = Better ventilation
7.62x39 round again = Nice, big hole
Magazine Fit = Very little wobble

Cons
Heavy
Canted sight
More expensive

Saturday, October 16, 2010

71: Into the Fire 포화속으로 (Foreign Korean War Action 2010)

So this movie wasn't half bad for a Korean military war flick. It was about a group of 71 students who were asked to defend a school as the North Korean army was flooding in towards the South. They story was good, the characters' acting was a little blah, but the music was fantastic, especially at the end; very well done. Yeah I'll look for the OST someday.
Rating - B

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

30 Days of Night: Dark Days (Horror 2010)

As I recall the first film wasn't that bad but oh man this one blew ass. Total B movie with very low-funding. Everything was bad...story, acting, actors, stage props, everything. The main chick makes a lot of bad choices, but what's worse is that she is ugly so you just don't care about what happens to her. So yeah this movie was so not worth even glancing at.
Rating - F

Sunday, October 10, 2010

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant Update

OK so I tried to install the newest JI6 patch that was released for the Vibrant and it did NOT improve GPS functionality at all. And of course many people on the forums said that theirs have improved immensely. Well, I'm a big advocate for signs and this is one big sign that says to me that this phone can go eat a nut and it's getting sold. I'm thinking this is a Samsung issue but since other vids on Youtube seem OK it might just be that the CL bastard sold me a defective one. Bad thing is that there are no other Android phones that are good and will work on AT&T.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Resident Evil: Afterlife (Action 2010)

I don't even know which number this movie is in the Resident Evil series. I swear the first one was good and since then it has just plummeted downhill. This film caters to that pattern as well...

So yeah Milla is at it again, but this time there is no plot. There is no background, no real story, and just a bunch of slow-mo scenes with throwaway characters who are literally that...throwaway. They are there to exist and then to die.

Yeah it really wasn't good at all...I would even say that it isn't worth watching just to watch another movie in this series. They should really have a movie of peeps surviving day to day in the zombie-infested world as opposed to peeps just endlessly fighting the Umbrella Corporation without any explanation as to where the main characters found lunch that day. I'm sure only Twinkies survive that long.
Rating - D

Machete (Action 2010)

Oh man this movie was so awful. It was tacky in the beginning but then it just got way too silly and over the top. Bad thing was that it wasn't entertaining. Yeah there is some gore but that's not enough to make up for a shittacular story and pretty bad acting too. Not worth wasting your time for.
Rating - F

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant

So I recently jumped on the Smartphone bandwagon and got me an Android phone. From the comparative reviews I read the Samsung Galaxy S was the device to get and the T-Mobile branded Vibrant was a tad better than the AT&T Captivate.

The story of how I got it is actually quite humorous, but we'll save that for another time. Ebay market price was around $350 or so, so I went onto the local Craigslist and coaxed a guy down to $240. After a shady-like meeting in a Wal-Mart parking lot, cash and phone was exchanged and I had my Vibrant.

The previous owner barely used it so it was essentially like-new. He had installed some program called SGS Unlock which provided me with the necessary unlock code for it to work with AT&T. After putting in my SIM we were good to go.

I am still in the process of playing with the device but I'll share out a few tidbits of information pertaining to it when compared to my work iPhone 3G and wifey's iPhone 4.

The Vibrant is thinner and lighter than any of the iPhones. The screen is better than the 3G and 3Gs but I believe the iPhone 4's retina display is better than the Galaxy S. The OSs are exactly different in terms of performance, usability, and stability as an Apple is to a PC. The 3G was slow and laggy but the iPhone 4 had none of this. Performance has been top notch with the 4 and is in-line with the Vibrant...I'd even venture to say that the Android is a bit faster. But with the OS speed comes the stability factor.

Every now and then WiFi won't work correctly and I have to reboot the Vibrant. I don't believe the iPhone 4 has this problem. Also the Vibrant will blink on every now and then with no reason at all...it's annoying and makes it seem like a flaky, ghost phone. Also the GPS on all of the Galaxy S phones are fucked and Samsung is taking their sweet time coming out with a fix. The Apple's GPS is supposedly good but you usually have to purchase some app. Now it gets to the software part.

You can totally tell that the market for free Android apps is huge. You can find many of the same type of app for the Android and it is all free, again, just like the PC software market. This vastness doesn't exist with the Apple. The iPhones usually have more stable apps but you have to pay for them or use a free version that is quite neutered. Additionally, having to use iTunes to do anything is hella annoying vs. that of an Android phone where it becomes a mass storage device where you can just move movies or songs in and out.

Hardware wise, I don't like the bottom 4 buttons on the Vibrant or the side "main" button. It reminds me too much of a crappy design and a Blackberry. I guess I got too used to the solitary button for the iPhone.

Input-wise the Vibrant has this thing called a Swype keyboard...it's nutty fun to use as opposed to finger pecking with your index finger with an iPhone. If they find a way to port this KB over...

So yeah I have done a good bit of customization on the Vibrant and I like how it looks. If the GPS worked I would've been more pleased but I am still happy that I have it. Compared to the 4 though....the 4 might be better because of the stability and the Facetime feature. Time will tell. I'll be able to "upgrade" in March so I'll see if I still like having this Vibrant or if I'd be willing to just go get a 4.

When thinking of the phone and such you really just have to factor in:
  • List what apps are useful. Then see which phone has more of these.
  • Usability-wise, which one would you prefer to interface with?
And that is pretty much it. You gotta remember that is a phone...a phone that has small software packages that make it more useful but still a phone. So even though I love Google and everything they produce, the 4 does seem like a more slick device.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Iron Man 2 (Action 2010)

This one was certainly a fun ride. It had the same tact and humor as the first but it wasn't as good as the first. Oh well. As a summer action flick this had to be one of the better ones though.

The bad guy in this one was some Russian dude and it totally felt like his existance was misplaced. What does this mean? It means that he was not a good bad-guy. Him and his elecrtified whips was a very odd type of weaponry. The story said that he was some physicist but that did not explain how he also became some super strong killer-badass too. Most PhDs I've run into would not be considered 'athletic' if you know what I mean. Either way...

So yeah this film was worth a watch...the bickering between Gwyneth and Downey was very entertaining too.
Rating - B