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For those of you that don’t know, Jeff Somers is the author of The Avery Cates series, Chum, The Ruiner, and the forthcoming We Are Not Good People. The interview itself is up over on MOARGeek, just follow the link and check it out if you get a moment.

If you are interested in picking up something new to read then I highly recommend picking up We Are Not Good People which will be released on October 7th, 2014. It’s in the urban fantasy genre and the magic system used is innovative in that it makes sense and has a price for power. Use blood to cast spells. Your own blood or… that of another. Regardless there is a cost. Written in the first person of the character Lem, a down on his luck but scrappy Trickster, you’ll get to witness this world first hand.

After you pick that up, then jump over to the Avery Cates series which is more cyberpunk, hi-tech, lo-life, sci-fi. You will not be disappointed in any of these truly spectacular books.

Amazon eBook: http://goo.gl/oieRsv
Google Books eBook: http://goo.gl/qi96ra
Amazon Paperback: http://goo.gl/XKzZfZ

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 So this year I decided to get FIT. Well, actually I decided I want to get to a certain point (more on the later) and use that as a goal. A couple of things hit me like a meteorite this year. One of which was the dreaded words “pushing 40″ and the other was just feeling winded and such. Then a very important set of events happened. The first was thanks to Netflix and the second was thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger… cumming all of the time. 

 That should keep you tuned in I’d say… 

 Let’s start with Netflix. Netflix finally got the rights to play Pumping Iron starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. I just happened upon it one night and decided to play that while my wife and I were eating dinner. Damn those guys are RIPPED. Anyway, one of the moments in the documentary is where Arnold Schwarzenegger is talking about the feeling of the “pump” and how it makes him feel like he is cumming. He say’s he feels like he’s cumming all of the time, in the gym, whenever he is working out, as well as in his sex life. Below is the snippet:

 Well damn… I want to be cumming all of the time. I mean who doesn’t? Right?

 Of course getting as big as the Arnold is pretty much impossible at this point (pushing 40)… Besides, I’m not really interested in steroids or HGH injections of any kind. So the reality has to be somewhat tempered. So who is someone in their 40’s that is fit as anything and has an awesome physique? Wolverine.

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 That’s right Hugh Jackman. He’s got a super physique that is far away but attainable with a lot of work. A lot of work means getting fit. Getting fit means cumming all of the time!!! Now that is Motivation!!!

 So I started with some weights. Lifting until the muscles are sore and then resting them the next day with a cardio session by jogging/ walking. Also being careful to keep the cardio to a minimum versus the lifting. Cardio works against muscle growth and can actually, for lack of a better word… cannibalize it. So if the goal is physique and muscle mass then weight lifting takes precedence over cardio. That’s why cardio is used on the days when I’m resting the muscles from the previous days workout. But you have to do more than just the little bit of weights that I have. I’m in luck though, my wife’s dad has a ton of weights and a bench. So this weekend (exactly 2 weeks into training EVERY day) I’ll be picking up a full set of weights and a weight bench. 

 The crazy thing is that after every workout my wife will ask/joke “so do you feel like you’re cumming yet?” And of course in that first week I felt more like I was fucking dying. The second week though was interesting. After a particularly strenuous workout I actually felt the fabled “pump” in my biceps, and it felt good. Maybe not like I was cumming but definitely a very cool and natural feeling that touches some internal chemical release of endorphin’s to create a very euphoric feeling all the same. Whatever… I felt the “pump” and I liked it.

 The feeling after the workout is just great. You feel accomplishment and you feel good even if you feel some pain, it still feels damn good. So there… I have a goal and I have my motivation so now I just need to keep on keeping on. Always in the chase of that grand and euphoric “Pump”.

 

 

 

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 When it comes to innovation, Motorola is looking like a key innovator on the mobile front. With the unveiling of the NEW Moto X, Motorola seems to have outdone themselves. The gaps from last years Moto X have been closed up and this new device is really starting to look like the best in class of Android devices. The screen is now 1080P and OLED, it’s rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB’s RAM, comes in 16GB standard (why???) and 32GB (obviously 32GB should be standard by now) internal storage. The camera now sports a 13MP F2.25 on the rear and a 2MP (1080P) on the front. It has a new metal frame with several options for the body including many different leather and wood styles from the Moto Maker. This phone knows YOU and learns YOU. It will know when you are not taking calls, when you want speaker, and you can finally ditch the “OK Google” sound prompt that your phone is always listening for and change it to something unique and personal to you (“Hey, Jarvis” for all the Iron Man fans). For the 32GB unlocked version it will be $549 and I think that’s a pretty good price for all the perks and innovations you are getting here. 

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Maybe the only real question mark on the whole thing is the 2300 mAh battery which is currently the same as the Nexus 5 (the phone I currently rock). A 2300 mAh battery is acceptable but not holding any records for breaking the full day/evening mark. The OLED screen on the new Moto X will definitely help as that means those pixels not being used are turned off. Screen time is usually one of the biggest drains on the battery of devices today. That’s why I always try to use dark wall papers or ones that have black in them. Also, Motorola has been known to optimize it’s hardware to the OS very well so in the long run this may not be a really big issue. And even if it is, Motorola is releasing a $35 Turbo Charger for the Moto X which will give you an 8 hour charge in just 15 minutes. That’s Awesome!!! 

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 Also coming down the pike from Motorola is the Moto Hint. It’s a discreet wireless ear bud that makes full use of the Moto X’s voice control and you don’t even have to touch your phone to access maps, texting, or making a call among many other functions. The case the Moto Hint comes in is also a charger with an extra 10 hours of juice. And something really cool… it knows when it is in your ear and will only power on when inserted. Deep innovation from Motorola here.

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 The Moto 360 Smartwatch went on sale today and promptly SOLD OUT. It is now back ordered until late September. I’m still not convinced of the “wearables” market or if a “smart watch” can really break into the general public but if there is one that can do it, then it would be the Moto 360. The price at $250 is a bit high (even more for the coming metal banded version) but all in all, it does seem to be the best smart watch out there right now when it comes to function and style. 

 I’m normally a Nexus guy. I’ve had the Nexus 4 and now the Nexus 5. Both made by LG. The next Nexus (6/X) is more than likely being made by Motorola and I’ll probably hold off on my next phone purchase until I know exactly what the Nexus (6/X) will be spec’ed out at and what the price might be. Even then… Motorola has really pushed the innovation and I might just go Moto X this year because I like what they are doing and how they are doing it. The software perks that Moto have brought to the table really work with stock Android, and give the user a better overall experience, more so than just your normal plain Jane stock experience. Key here is that these improvements work with stock Android and do not cover them up in unneeded skins. So this year may just be the year of the Moto for me!!! 

 

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 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is supposed to be a prequel and sequel to the original Sin City movie. The problem is, the stories in A Dame to Kill For constantly get the order of events all messed up. For instance, Marv is helping Nancy take down Senator Roark. Nancy is kind of bonkers now in her mourning for Hartigan (killed in Sin City) so she cuts her hair and her own face. Can we say scars? Anyway… This doesn’t work with the original Sin City where Marv’s main story has Nancy in the background dancing and looking as beautiful as ever. In Marv’s main story in the original Sin City, he gets the electric chair. There was no way that the Nancy story in A Dame to Kill For could have happened. This break with events of the first movie continue to happen too. I know it is just a comic book movie and all but when you notice these things it takes you out of the move and gets you thinking about how the events are all messed up. 

 The stylized look from the original is still intact and the acting is what you would expect for a Sin City movie. A Dame to Kill For has less heart than the first one and also a flatter plot throughout the vignettes. For all the chronological faults it still feels like a Sin City movie and it is worth checking out if you liked the first one, and I did. Just remember, when it comes to a home release, you might want to wait because I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Directors Cut. 

 

 

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I’ve been getting this questions from other people who like to do reviews so I figured I would go ahead and answer it here. The reason why I no longer do scale reviews (1-5 out of 5 Stars) is two-fold:

1) We live in a 30 second soundbite world where people want info in 20 seconds or less. The Star Scale reviews are great for those attention deficit folks but really, what does it tell them? On top of that, why am I even bothering to write a review if it is more likely that the person looking will check out the Star Rating and then keep on moving?

2) My review is my own subjective perception. You may agree with it or you may think it is shit but at least if you read the review you can make a more informed opinion and decide to take the jump or not. If I give you that Star Scale, you are getting what amounts to an ambiguous result. We all know that one star sucks and 5 stars is awesome but what about all of those 2,3, and 4 stars? What do those really mean? A person’s subjective perception, in my opinion, needs and explanation and not a scale. And if you take the time to read the review then you don’t need that scale anyway because you can make your informed opinion from the information you just read.

In the original iteration of this blog, before I wiped out every post and started over, I used the Star Scale and then even had a legend at the bottom of each review to show what each Star stood for. Alas… I feel I would rather a person break with the 20 second attention span and actually read the words I write or not read them at all when it comes to giving my reviews. I just don’t feel that a person can make an informed decision based on however many stars are being thrown at them.

So that’s the reason I don’t write scale reviews and whether you agree with this or not, it’s just me being honest to my own writing.

 

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Oy Vey… Well… I didn’t not like the movie. However, it didn’t really do anything for me either. Full Disclosure: The TMNT that I identify with is the original black and white comic which dealt with adult themes and was violent. That will always be what TMNT should be in my mind. I did watch the cartoon as a kid and I know that kids are the target audience, especially since Nickelodeon bought out the Turtle rights from Eastman and Laird. Still, it feels like a big let down. The animated TMNT movie from 2007 was way better than this version. At least in that, the Turtles were given some depth and actually looked like the TMNT’s rather than Shrek. This new movie ditches character depth and an innovative plot for bad dialogue and a plot that was stolen straight out of The Amazing Spider-man. On top of that, there are two actions sequences that take an impossibly long time to complete… 1) the never ending mountain slide and 2) A fall at the end where Raphael is baring his heart and it just takes way too long to even be believable…

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As others have said, about the only stand out thing is that of Megan Fox’s April O’Neil. Fox actually rises up above the bad script and dialogue to make the movie watchable and not a complete disaster. I think the Fox critiquing from the critics should probably end now. The voice’s of the Turtles were fine though Michelangelo was probably the standout since he was the only Turtle given any real definable personality while the rest were just shallow images of the personalities we know them to have. Splinter was just weird. His voice didn’t fit and his anger and use of his tail just seemed out of character. The Shredder was joke. Swiss Army Shredder maybe, but a complete joke. His CG movement was really bad too. And then you have the unneeded alternate origin story that was really lame. As in everything from the April connection to learning ninjitsu from a book. I have no idea why they changed the origin to something that doesn’t enhance the dynamic in any way???

The Turtles size was hard to watch throughout the entire movie. These guys are giants and it doesn’t look right at all. Then there is the fact that they are somehow mysteriously bulletproof too??? What??? This version of the Turtles isn’t even the cartoon version.  It’s just off and stilted. No wonder Laird wanted nothing to do with this. Eastman has been a sellout for quite awhile so his involvement is not surprising. Laird probably is getting headaches from the bastardization the Turtles have had done to them over the years.

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Watch the TMNT animated movie for a better plot and character depth.

After saying all that, it is a kids action movie with humor that falls flat and not a lot for hardcore Turtle fans of the original comic to hold on too. Fans of the soft cartoon may like it but even then, fans of the TMNT animated movie will probably find is flat too. When the animated movie has more depth than the live action movie, you know something is really wrong. Catch it on Netflix or rent it from your choice of streaming site later unless you are “hardcore” when it comes too the cartoon.

 

 

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