Sunday, August 30, 2015

Internet Cap?!?!

Did you know that Cox Communications puts a friggin' cap on Internet bandwidth? Who does that? The last time I had Cox was back in 2007 and they didn't have any BS cap. Now it's just like a cell phone except at your primary home. Well I suppose it's good that I don't stream Netflix but still this is hella lame man...yet another reason why this city is kinda ass.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Moving

Too bad I didn't have a fast recording device like a smartwatch so that I could give myself reminders of things to write about. There were so many issues I had with the move and I know I'll miss a lot of important points but oh well. Here is a list of things that suck about moving that one should really keep in mind.
  1. Either rent an apartment or buy a house. It's totally not worth any sort of hassle to deal with a condo HOA and a property management company at the same time...it's double the trouble.
  2. Sell your shit before you move but don't go overboard. In our case we liquidated a ton of stuff, but when we got here, we lacked enough real desks to setup a workstation...that and this city has no Ikea so it'll be a while until we find cheap desks.
  3. Call to setup Internet much earlier so that you can have a connection when you arrive. Note that Cox Communications sucks ass and you have to manually call them to give them your MAC address. Their whole process is bonkers and doesn't work without proactively calling them up. It could've been 100% automated but they're just punks.
  4. Have a few buckets of cleaning supplies ready because you'll be cleaning like a mofo because you can never trust old tenants.
  5. Forward mail earlier so that you won't have any last minute pieces of mail that get lost in the shuffle.
  6. Try to make it so that you have a few days (weekends and weekdays) off before you start work so that you can make phone calls to utility companies if need be.
  7. Hire random movers to assist since it's so friggin' exhausting to load/unload a uhaul.
  8. For us an old school uhaul was cheaper than any other option...that and the whole upack thing only can be done from some areas to some areas...hopefully your source and destination are not on the blacklist.
  9. In the end, try not to move because holy shit...no bueno. I felt myself age a few years just from one moving session.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road (Action 2015)

Well this was a fun and crazy movie; partial reason being that Charlize is a straight-up badass. After years of watching her play many different roles, she seriously can take on any task and run with it convincingly.

So this movie had a very short intro and then a shit-ton of car driving and killing. It was very entertaining even though it was pretty much the same stuff over and over again. For some reason I had no problem watching this movie, but would lose my lunch if forced to watch the repetition seen in Michael Bay's recent creations.

The plot itself was a bit on the light side, but with the correct backing it could turn into a more substantial series. Not sure what the intention of the writer and director is, but at least it's an option.
Rating - B

Monday, August 03, 2015

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos (Book 2014)

So this book was pretty good, but it dragged on for way too long. It essentially was formatted in a manner that resembled a compilation of non-fiction short stories that the author either uncovered from research or from interviews. Interestingly enough I already knew of a bunch of these stories from my light reading through the interwebs.

The content of the book was very good and thorough, but I think there's an issue with the delivery. After the first few "stories", I started getting really bored and I just wanted to be finished with the whole thing. There wasn't a unifying plot to push the book along other than it was all about China. Stories jumped around from business, to environment, to economics, to journalism, etc. I don't even remember what happened in the beginning of the book because it pretty much had nothing to do with the stories at the end.

I know it must be difficult to actually write a book on the whole developing country of China and have it all link up somehow, but yeah it didn't keep my attention as one solid piece of work.
Rating - Mid

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (Action 2015)

Gosh it's been forever since I last watched a movie in the theaters it seems, but it is indeed summer and that means summer action films. I wasn't really tracking this movie at all since I'm waiting for 007, but when it showed up as being released this last weekend, it seemed like a good idea. Luckily the movie was fun, action-packed, and just what the summer Dr. ordered.

The whole plot moved along fairly quickly, it was easy to follow, and it didn't go too overboard with anything. It had a few good fighting scenes, car/moto chases, and a solid ending. I thought it was a very decent action movie...no real complaints anywhere.
Rating - B