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Summer Break 2018

Wow, with summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are definitely seeing a drop in people online.   Even I'm getting more sun.    I'm going to cut back on the number of blogs I'm doing for now and pick up again in the fall.  It'll give me more time to do these silly summer homeowner things I'm suddenly stuck with. lol.      

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Jurassic Park World

I enjoyed this movie.  I was a big fan of the first Jurassic Park.  It was a definite classic.  Of course, that was before Steven Speilberg nuked the fridge... Jurassic Park 2 kind of sucked as the only character they kept was Jeff "The Annoyance" Goldblum.  Jurassic Park III, well... it was better than 2.  The kid was less annoying too.  So yeah... this is better than 2 or 3. Have you seen it?  Where does it rate for you?

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Without Remorse by Tom Clancy

I have mentioned before that I enjoy Tom Clancy's epic length novels.  He had three intertwining series all set in the same world.  This is another thing I like.  Having a created world where you can do different series of books and the characters bump into each other.  Without Remorse is where we meet the major recurring character of John Clark.   This is a good solid book that is a pageturner.  It's been entirely too long since I've last read it, so it is back into the queue for the next time I'm devouring books.  If you like political and military stuff, or Tom Clancy's stuff in general, this is a good book to read.

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Chair in a Bag

This fits today's theme too...   One of the cooler things they have come up with in the last few years are these folding chairs that fit in a bag.  I have about a dozen of these in various configurations as they were sturdy, portable and fairly comfortable.  I have several different brands in different colors bought in different years.  lol.  I keep one in the truck all the time and have one in standby just inside the garage door for when I went to sit out in the shade to read or whatever.   Do any of you guys have these?  do you like them?

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2 Guns

This was a nice little action movie.  And I generally enjoy any movie Denzel Washington shows up in.  If you haven't you seen it, and you like action movies, this is worth checking out.

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Percy Jackson the Olympians

Rick Riordan has become a juggernaut through Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse Mythologies with his interlocking series of books.  They all started with Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.  (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief being the first book) I've read this 5 book series and I have the other 15 or so books in the interlocking series, but I haven't read them yet.  The man is just cranking these things out. They are aimed at teens, so they make a great light read for those that like modern fantasy, a la Harry Potter.  

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Router Table

One of the things I'm getting more into outside of the computer is woodworking.  I'm lightly researching routers and router tables now for a purchase later in the year.  This will allow me to do some more work on making some furniture items as well as simple things like frames from plexiglass that I'll need for other things.  (Like an enclosure for the 3d printer I'm looking at).   Is there anyone out there that enjoys woodworking?  what tools do you prefer?

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Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

As I mentioned in my book blog a couple weeks ago, I have been a fan of the Chronicles of Narnia for a long time.  I've always been a bit disappointed that they didn't do all the books as movies, but they also seem to run out of steam in the process.  (this series included).  That said, I think they did a good job with 3 movies they did in this series.  The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe was the best of the 3 though, I think.   If you haven't watched it and you like fantasy, this was well done.

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Ranger's Apprentice 1: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

This is an interesting fantasy world that doesn't really have magic.  There is a very large series of these books, including a couple of spin-off series.  It's a well-developed world and the books do have some good emotional impact.  There is one note of caution here.  For some strange reason, the books in this series are NOT stand alone.  They end abruptly without warning and start right back up in the next book.  So be aware, that if you pick up this book and like it, you're looking down the barrel of 9 books to get the full story with them getting a little more book-like towards the end.  Definitely an enjoyable series!  

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Doing a little clean up

I did a little clean up earlier on my blogs to get everything into one place.  This makes it a bit easier for me to manage.  Feel free to follow this blog if you want to get alerts on the various things I post from movies, books, games to odd gadgets and tools.   So much to do... off to set up tomorrow's anthology flashback...

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Play Station 4 Pro

If you are looking for a distraction... this does a good job of that.  It is not as powerful as the Xbox One X, but it's hard to tell unless you uber snobby on your 4k screens or have a 4k projector. Anyway, it's a good system with some great exclusive story based games.  For my comparison on gaming systems, I posted a little topic in the Video Game forum, if you haven't read it.  

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Eragon

I mentioned the Eragon books a few weeks ago.  They did make a movie out of the book.  I liked the movie enough, but it has some weaknesses.  The director's leather fetish for the young male actors was not one of them.   This is worth seeing if you enjoy fantasy, dragons etc.  The effects were done well and Jeremy Irons always adds some gravitas to what he shows up in. And the bad guy is played by John Malcovitch.  Check it out.

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The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

This is a 7 book series.  It is also a complete classic, though most people are only familiar with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.  (Book 1 in published order) There has been a long debate amongst fans of what order you are supposed to read the books.  This single volume version puts the story in chronological order, instead of published order.  It makes a lot more sense this way. The books Chronologically: The Magician's Nephew The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe The Horse and His Boy Prince Caspian Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Silver Chair The Last Battle They are a pretty quick read and if you've never taken the time, they are well worth it.

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God Of War for PS4

This is one of the reasons I bought a PS4.  The game is definitely outstanding.  Looks great, sounds great.  Play is interesting.  I'd be having more fun with it, but as an Xbox guy, I have to say the controller sucks for the Playstation and its horrible layout is a hindrance to people used to a good controller.  Walking around fine.  Doing battle just sucks because I have 12 years of muscle memory for the xbox controller layout.   Anyway, the game is great.  Check it out, if you haven't.

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I Am Number Four

So I mentioned I am Number Four series of books by Pittacus Lore last Friday in my book blog.  They did manage to make one movie of the series.  It was a decent adventure with some nice eyecandy.  Special effects were good and the movie was decent.

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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four is an interesting book.  Human looking aliens are amongst us and they are being hunted by some really bad aliens.  It's quite the romp and an enjoyable book.  It's the first in a whole series that has a follow up in the pipeline as well.  I enjoyed it and I really need to spend some time to finish reading the whole series.  Check it out!

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Tools

Because every set you have is missing something... good time to get a new set.   Eh, why not?

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Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker

So, I mentioned the book for this in the blog last Friday, so I thought I'd mention this movie.  The release kind of sucks as for some stupid reason, they haven't released a widescreen dvd or a Blu-Ray.  It is a cute little action movie with a lot of familiar British faces.  It's a quick romp with nice eyecandy.  There are worse things out there.

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Storm Breaker by Anthony Horowitz

So, there are times where I want to read a little lighter fare that is still good.  Alex Rider series definitely fits this niche for me.  His adventures are all over the top.  He's pretty much a teenage James Bond.   The author is good across multiple genres as well.  I've read a few different things.  He's also written a well-received James Bond novel and two Sherlock Holmes novels.   Anyway, if action-adventure is your thing, the Alex Rider series of books (11 and counting) is worth a read.

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Nintendo Switch

Sorry this is late.  It's been a heck of week trying to catch up from that annoying downtime with the internet. Anyway, I picked up a Nintendo Switch on a whim.  This is probably my midlife crisis.  I'll be picking up a Playstation 4 Pro in a few weeks. lol.   Anyway, for my 41st birthday, I picked up a Nintendo Switch so I can relive my youth playing Mario and Zelda.  And Donkey Kong.  And probably Kirby too.   It's definitely a cute little toy and I seriously doubt I'll ever mess with it much undocked.  Do you guys have one?  What games do you like?

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Justice League

With my internet down for 3 days except for phone, I've had some time to catch up on other things. (oddly enough).  I got around to watching this finally and I enjoyed it.  Ezra Miller in spandex.... mmm. There were a couple of spots that were a little slower and superman, as ever, is an overpowered hero.  I'd say about 8/10.  well worth watching and keeping in my collection.  

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Eragon by Christopher Paolini

I really enjoyed Eragon when I read it years ago.  I liked the sequel as well and then I was so tied up I never finished reading the series.  I have them in my giant pile... but I still haven't gotten back to them.  I really need to, since I did enjoy the book so much.   Has anyone else read this?  What do you think?

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I will have a Raspberry Pi

So, I have picked up a Raspberry Pi in order to have yet another toy to play with.  Though, in this case, it is so I can learn more about them.  I don't actually need one. Lol.  Anyone else playing with these cute little things for projects?

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Batman Begins

Of all the times Batman has been in movie form, the first two movies in Chris Nolan's reboot top them.  Batman Begins gives the gritty, more realistic and most important of all, less campy version of Batman.  This movie hit all the right notes and was only really topped by it immediate sequel, the Dark Knight.  (And then pissed away in that god-awful mess called the Dark Knight Rises.  I swear Nolan purposely trashed that movie so that no one would ask him to make another)   Anyway, Batman Begins set the stage.  Well worth it.  

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

If you have somehow stumbled through life and not read this, you really should.  I just loved that the history department head at my school, assigned this book.   Far too many of the current generation indoctrinated on BS need something to wake them up.  

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