Archive for May, 2013

Now You See Me – 4 stars

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Now You See Me is very good.  Unexpected ending, quality effects, maintains interest, fine performances, top casting.

Weigh 74 pounds more than I did the end of 2011 – a major weight refocus is in order

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

On New Year’s Eve 2011 / New Year’s Day 2012, I weighed 165 pounds less than I did on November 29, 2009, the date I regrettably weighed the highest in my life.  My goal was to loose 150 pounds, I thought I had a 15 pound cushion since I lost 165 pounds.  During 2012, I gained 62 pounds, quite a bit more than my “cushion”.  Why I allowed myself to go so far astray I will never fully understand although I certainly know how I did it – too many desserts, munchies, evening snacks, popcorn at movies etc.  If it was a treat, I loved it, and the more the merrier.  If one treat was good, multiple treats were even better.

In 2013, I lost a few pounds, then gained a few pounds I was like a yo-yo with my weight.   On May 28, 2013, I weighed 12 pounds more that I did the end of 2012, a total gain of 74 pounds since then end of 2011.  Enough is enough as they say; I have to regain control of my weight, and immediately return to my proven (for me) weight loss strategies of no desserts, no popcorn etc. at movies, no in-between meal snacks, and limit my evening sustenance to an apple, or similar caloric content munchie. I will still maintain my practice of ordering whatever I want from the restaurant menu for my main meal minus the dessert of course. I eat just about all my main meals out except breakfast. I did manage to loose 165 pounds over a 2 year period while following this strategy.

My goal is to loose 75 pounds by the end of 2013 (the 74 I gained since the end of 2011 + 1).  I realize this is a lofty goal, some would say unrealistic.  I  will focus again on my weight like I did in 2010 / 2011.  I am determined to come as close as I can to obtaining this goal.  If I miss the goal by a few pounds, I will be disappointed, but also ecstatic that I did loose most of the weight I gained back.  However, I am still setting, and striving to attain the goal of loosing all the “gained backed” weight + 1 by the end of 2013.

I am at a major crossroads on my weight.  I will either loose the desired 75 pounds, or continue out-of-control ultimately gaining back all 165 pounds I lost plus probably a 20 to 25 pound additional bonus based on prior weight gains.  I am trying my best to ensure it is the former scenario, not the latter.

Epic 3D – 4 stars

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Epic 3D is very good, a kid’s story an adult can enjoy.  Top quality animation, nice 3D enhancement, fine voice casting, entertaining story.

Fast & Furious 6 – 3 1/2 stars

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Fast & Furious 6 is good.  Requisite fast street driving, OK story, plethora of action, very good effects, fine performances for genre.

Hangover III – 4 stars

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Hangover III is very good.  Not as gross as previous, but funny throughout with interesting story / fine performances.

The Iceman – 5 stars

Friday, May 17th, 2013

The Iceman is excellent. Very dark, gory, violent, but fascinating story with excellent performances. Michael Shannon exceptional.

Star Trek Into Darkness – 3 1/2 stars

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness is good. Interesting story, top effects, fine performances; however, thought it dragged quite a bit.

No One Lives – 3 stars

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

No One Lives is very dark, and gory; a bit too much for my tastes.  Interesting story, very good effects.  Fans of genre will enjoy.

The Great Gatsby 3D – 3 stars

Friday, May 10th, 2013

The Great Gatsby 3D is good.  Fine performances from a top cast, excellent effects, but dragged too much bordering on boring.

Welcome a Windows 8 Tablet in 8″ form factor

Monday, May 6th, 2013

I welcome a Windows 8 tablet in a 8″ form factor.  Since iOS never supported Flash, and Android will not support future versions of Flash, Windows 8 will soon be the only way to view the full web on a tablet.  I realize it is fashionable to hate Flash, but without Flash support, you only view a large subset of the web, not the full web.  On my tablets, I want the full web experience, not just a large subset.  As for HTML 5 / native apps relegating Flash to dodo bird status, do you really believe there is, or will be an app, or alternate video format for every Flash based page, or Flash video on the web?  If you do, maybe you are interested in purchasing a well known bridge for a good price.

I hope the 8″ tablet is x86 based (fortunately it is), I’ll take the battery hit.  As for small controls on classic desktop apps, every version of Windows I can remember included settings to change the size of the close box, menu items, etc. to a size comfortable for your finger girth, not the one size fits all we are all familiar with.  Been using finger navigation with Microsoft Windows since adjusting the control settings on an XP convertible many years ago.

Being the gadget addict I am, I did purchase the Windows 8 Acer W3 x86 based 8 inch tablet.  I am quite pleased with the W3, it has met, or exceeded all expectations.  After my usual 4 adjustments using Windows built in settings, the classic desktop is very finger friendly as well on this 8 inch tablet.