Saturday, May 26, 2012

A New World: Chaos by John O'Brien (Book 2011)

I tried to like this book but I had way too many hangups concerning the whole story and various details scattered about. First of all, where was everyone? I know the zombies in this book were more like the baddies in I Am Legend, but the world seemed way too deserted and abandoned much like The Stand. I personally think that there would be a bunch more people, zombies, or as the book's title goes, 'chaos'. In this story people seemed to just disappear which doesn't make sense.

Secondly, I find the whole concept of an ex-air force pilot coming up with a plan to just wander to a base, commandeer an airplane, and start flying to the Middle-East is too unrealistic. There are just too many variables that would've very much put him up the creek, yet he proceeded on. Of course this is a story and things can tend to go more smoothly in fiction but yeah, flying to over an ocean and countless countries for a girlfriend seems way too shortsighted.

This book is the first in a series and I won't be reading the rest. I'm sure they are OK, as this one was written pretty well, but the actions of the main character are way too fanciful for my tastes. I don't know if there is anything like a realistic zombie book, but this one sure isn't one of them.
Rating - Mid

Star Wars: Riptide by Paul Kemp (Book 2011)

So Riptide was a pretty good book. It continued the story that left off after the end of Crosscurrent. I think I liked Crosscurrent a bit more as this one seemed a tad bland. The characters were all the same the familiarity was a positive thing but the plot didn't seems to have any "pick up" to it. The end was just as blah as well. The author could make another book since there was a hole at the end or another continuation, but I don't think he should.
Rating - Mid

John Carter (Fantasy Action Adventure 2012)

I suppose you could say that this movie had some potential but yeah it fell flat on its ass. The beginning was good as well as the ending but holy shit did the middle blow. The only positive part was this entertaining dog-like salamander creature. Besides that the main character was blah and something was wrong with the main chick, played by Lynn Collins. It was as if she had never acted a day in her life.

Because of the salamander creature I'll give it a tad higher rating but yeah this one was definitely not that good.
Rating - C

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Action Adventure 2011)

This movie was actually pretty good. Robert Downey Jr. always puts up a good act and Jude Law is one of my favorite actors.

This film had some crazy cool slow-mo scenes that were outta control cool. Do you remember bullet time stuff from The Matrix? Yeah picture that but much better. Of course those circular scenes were way too overdone but the slow-motion in this movie = badass. I kinda remember watching the first Sherlock Holmes movie and this one was better I thought. Costumes were great, music was progressive, and the change of scenery made the character interaction and jokes just go together. It was a fun film that was worth an evening watch.
Rating - B

Haywire (Action 2011)

Yeah so this movie sucked. The main chick, Gina Carano, is some MMA fighter? Well she should really stick with the ring because she has no place in acting or on the big screen.

The whole movie was quite boring and uneventful. The acting was sub-par, the story was predictable, and yeah it was an overall snoozer. It definitely goes into the forgettable category.
Rating - D

Monday, May 07, 2012

The Avengers (Action 2012)

So do you remember the first time you saw Iron Man? Well this movie didn't top it, but it did come in as a close second. This superhero movie was great. It had an excellent mix of plot, action, and comedy. The best part was that it built upon the stories from the individual character movies w/ the same actors, except for Banner.The writer and director put together a very enjoyable intro summer film. I'm glad I saw it in the theater...it's been a long time.
Rating - A

Friday, May 04, 2012

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note

So I'm not quite sure why I chose to use my 2-year upgrade to get this phone, but I did. I think I could guess and say that it was because the screen was so large and enticing but yeah boy did that get old fast. It's essentially what you would expect; a very big cell phone that is not quite at the tablet level.

I won't bore you with the details as there are thousands of reviews out there and Youtube videos you can watch but here it is in a nutshell.

Pros
  • The screen is actually quite nice. I think it's because the pixels per inch is lower meaning icons are bigger which equals everything being easier on the eyes. You can read faster and it's a better feel when you're looking at the screen.
  • Great for watching Youtube videos or movies during lunch.
  • Text apps like Engadget and CNN = a much better reading experience.

Cons
  • Laggy as all hell. I did manage to temporarily solve the lag by doing a recovery wipe but it still remained in some fashion with a few apps and when pinch/zooming.
  • Still on 2.3 Gingerbread and we all know how well AT&T and Samsung give a shit about upgrading their stuff.
  • The phone (minus the stylus) is still essentially a larger Samsung Captivate with a working GPS. I hate that search button on the bottom-right
  • Quadrant benchmarks came up around 1K-2K....nothing like the 4K on the International version. If the phone is meant to be fast, it sure wasn't with its lag and AT&T bloatware.
  • Even though it'll fit in your pocket, it does get annoying to pull out this monster after x number of times a day.
  • You can't do much with it with one hand unless you have huge thumbs.
  • Turning on the phone seemed to always engage one of the volume buttons with my palm. Annoying placement; why don't they put the power button on the top?

Conclusion
At the end of the day, I sold the phone because it was still worth a pretty penny on the open market. I did want to get a smaller Android phone with ICS like the HTC One X, but when Google dropped the price on the Galaxy Nexus to $399, I had to jump on that. So other than doodlers and artists, I can't think of anyone who would really think of the Galaxy Note "phablet" as being a useful tool.