Archive for August, 2010

Goodbye Windows Mobile, Hello Android

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

If you have read my prior posts, and my Windows Phone 7 page, you know I am very disappointed that Microsoft abandoned the poweruser with their new phone OS.  Today I abandoned Microsoft’s mobile OS.  I upgraded my Sprint Touch Pro to a new Sprint Epic 4G Android.  With Microsoft’s abandonment of the poweruser, Android is the logical choice since the iPhone is so restricted.  Boston does not have 4G yet, but is scheduled for the 4G upgrade next month.

One of the reasons I delayed switching from Windows Mobile to Android was the lack of a HanDBase database client for Android.  I update several databases daily, so HanDBase is a critical app for me.  Although not available yet, the HanDBase site indicates an Android client should be available in the near future.  That is all the info I needed to cement my platform switch to Android.  In the interim, I will use my current Windows Mobile devices to update the databases.

I am familiar with the Galaxy S devices since I have a Vibrant as well.  I am impressed with the hardware keyboard on the Epic, and as with the Vibrant, the Super AMOLED screen is exceptional.

More updates to follow.

“Takers” is just OK

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Saw “Takers” after dinner at the Longhorn.  The movie is OK, nothing to write home about.  The storyline is pretty good, the casting fine, but sometimes I wondered if I was watching a soap opera rather than a movie.  There were a few scenes the audience was laughing at even though the scenes were not humorous, hence the soap opera comment.

Did not expect to like “The Last Exorcism”, and I didn’t

Friday, August 27th, 2010

When I saw the preview for “The Last Exorcism”, I basically knew I would not like this movie since it is my least favorite genre. Today was a beautiful day so I wanted to sit out, and enjoy the beautiful weather since the weather will be getting cooler at night within a few weeks. When I had satisfied my sitting out urge, the next movie starting was, of course, “The Last Exorcism”. My original assumption was accurate, I did not enjoy this movie. Horror / supernatural genre movies just aren’t my cup of tea, I find them boring, not enjoyable.

If you like this genre, you probably would enjoy this movie. If not, you probably will be bored.

“Patrik Age 1,5” is very good

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Since I was at the Landmark Kendall for “Mao’s Last Dancer”, my second movie for the evening was “”Patrik, Age 1,5”, a Swedish movie with English subtitles. The movie is a story about a Swedish gay couple who thought they were adopting a year and a half old baby, but the child available for adoption was a 15 year old delinquent, not a 1.5 year old baby as indicated in the notification letter that had a typo. What followed were some good laughs, some very serious moments, and a nice ending. All the performances were excellent, at least as much as you can ascertain with a subtitled movie. Kudos to the actor who played the 15 year old Patrik.

If you like a good story with a few laughs, and don’t mind subtitles, check this out.

“Mao’s Last Dancer” is excellent

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

I am not a fan of ballet, but the storyline for “Mao’s Last Dancer” looked interesting. I was not disappointed, this movie is excellent. The story maintained my interest, the performances were top notch, little / no CGI, and the ballet scenes were minimal. Although I do not appreciate the artistry of ballet, I do highly respect the fantastic physical shape the dancers have to maintain in order to move the way they do with such grace, and poise. The teacher Chan scene at the end was a fantastic finale.

If you like a good story, and / or you are a fan of ballet, you will enjoy this movie.

“Nanny McPhee Returns” is enjoyable

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

After the Longhorn, the rain cancelled my sitting out plans like it was delaying the game up the street at Fenway. My movie choices were limited, I decided on “Nanny McPhee Returns” since I had enjoyed the original movie. Fortunately, “Nanny McPhee Returns” is a children’s movie an adult can enjoy; however, I did enjoy the original movie more.

The movie was funny, enjoyable, with fine performances by all the stars particularly Emma Thompson. See this movie with your kids, or see it with adults. Either way, you should enjoy this movie.

“Vampires Suck” was funny at times, but got stale at the end

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Felt like a second movie since I was downtown so I saw “Vampires Suck” while I was at the Boston Common.  I had seen the Twilight vampire movies so I could appreciate this parody comedy a bit more than someone who had not seen the Twilight series.  The movie was funny at times, and the audience seemed to enjoy it.  The performances were fine, or as fine as the performances can be in a parody.   Although there were some good laughs, I was glad the movie ended when it did since it was getting a bit stale.

If you enjoy parodies, and have seen the Twilight series, you probably would enjoy “Vampires Suck”.

“Animal Kingdom” is OK

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Saw “Animal Kingdom” at the Boston Common tonight. Overall, this movie is just OK. The story is about an Australian dysfunctional family whose family business is crime including murdering police officers. The story was relatively interesting although it was definitely getting stale at the end.

If you like Australian movies, and / or stories about mixed up families, you may enjoy this movie.

“The Switch” is very good

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Went to see “The Switch” because I wanted to be sure I left the  Fenway area before the Sox game got out, and traffic was a nightmare for the bus.  I am not a fan of Jennifer Aniston, or Jason Bateman;  however, I did enjoy them both in this movie.  The movie is a rather quirky romantic comedy with a different twist to the storyline, and lots of laughs.  Kudos to the young actor who played Sebastian.

I do recommend this movie, and did enjoy it more than I expected.  Guys, it is not really a chick flick so don’t worry about seeing this with your significant other.

Hit the magical 90 pounds lost mark, I’m ecstatic

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Hit the 90 pounds weight loss target. Needless to say, I am ecstatic about the loss, but again, can not loose focus since I must loose another 60 pounds or so. I will have a dessert as a reward within the next week.

My usual caveat applies – due to normal weight / fluid fluctuations, I may be under 90 pounds lost for a few days, but will soon be exceeding 90 lost permanently.