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Just Pre-Ordered!!! :
Apple iPhone 6 Plus

by toddkelley on September 15, 2014

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So Kitchen Rebel and myself have been carrying around an iPhone 4s since it launched back in October of 2011. Since then, I’ve been waiting for Apple to do one thing with their phone upgrade.. make a phone with a bigger screen. Year after year, I watched the announcements, holding my breath. I even got a nice fake out with the iPhone 5’s taller screen.

There was more than a few times I was ready to pull the trigger and jump to Android. I had serious screen-envy for the Samsung Galaxy Notes and the (Apple-isc) HTC One. But my digital lifestyle revolves around the apple platform. I’d have to be a patient loyalist and wait the inevitable release of the Apple phablet.

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This past Friday we were rewarded with the iPhone 6 Plus! A redesigned (well.. more like streamlined) iPhone with a 5.5″ screen, an upgraded 8 megapixel camera and all the cool bells and whistles that comes with iOS 8.

Pre-orders would start at midnight on September 12th. I chose to order our phones through AT&T’s website instead of Apple. I thought it would make the process a little more easy and convenient.

I was wrong. After 50 minutes of refreshing and error messages trying to go through the phone ‘upgrade’ process, I finally got Kitchen Rebel’s gold iPhone 6 Plus ordered. It took another 25 minutes to go through the process and order mine, but in the end, we were all set up by 1am.

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The emailed receipts said we have 14-21 days for shipment, so we won’t be getting our phones until late October (which has been the normal schedule). We’re both ready for phone upgrades. Kitchen Rebel has dropped her phone a few times and has a cracked screen. My battery seems to be on it’s last legs. 3 years with these iPhone 4s’ has been pretty nice. It’s been the most durable phones we’ve ever had. Now it’s time to enter the incredible world of LTE data speeds, retina screens and phones that won’t fit in your back pocket. Bring it on, Apple. BRING IT ON!!!

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I Can’t Wait For
Supernatural: Season 10

by toddkelley on September 15, 2014

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I Can’t Wait For
Agents of SHIELD Season 2

by toddkelley on September 14, 2014

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#GuiltyPleasure: MasterChef

by toddkelley on September 9, 2014

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Can’t Wait To Play: Destiny

by toddkelley on September 8, 2014

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Can’t Wait To Play:
State of Decay: Year One
Survival Edition for Xbox One

by toddkelley on September 6, 2014

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#NowPlaying Madden 15

by toddkelley on August 31, 2014

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Every year I get the latest iteration of the same Madden game. Madden 15 is the second released for next generation systems. But it’s the really the first true next-gen version. Last year’s Madden 25 was nice, but it was more of a old version with a shiny new coat of paint. M-15 feels like a new game built from the ground up. And even though I still get my ass handed to me by pre-teen professional players online, it’s still enjoyable to command the Oakland Raiders to the Superbowl. Yes, I still have that dream..

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Can’t Wait To Read:
Avengers & X-Men: AXIS

by toddkelley on August 31, 2014

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The Red Skull has taken over Genosha and stands poised to plunge the planet into World War Hate! The Avengers and X-Men must team-up with each other and some of their greatest foes, but along the way, Inversion changes everything! Anything can happen in this nine-issue event written by Rick Remender with the art of Jim Cheung, Terry Dodson, Adam Kubert and Leinil Yu!

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The Leftovers: A Deceptively Excellent TV Show

by toddkelley on August 28, 2014

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I remember when I first started reading The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta. I expected this ‘end-time’ story of people being raptured to heaven. That was far from the truth. It was a slow-burning dramatization of the monotonicity of life as it goes on with no answers. I didn’t get past the third chapter. It was a well-written piece of fiction, but it wasn’t the story I was looking for. Still, that gnawing curiosity stayed with me. I still wanted answers, or at least and explanation of the event.

So when the HBO series based on the book debuted, I thought maybe this would give me what I wanted. Typically, television adaptations need to be ‘dumbed down’. You can’t string the audience as long as a book because the attention-span of a watcher has reduced dramatically. Maybe they’d alter the plot/premise. Maybe I’d get scenes of God’s might hand reaching down and pulling up souls to heaven.

Uh.. that was not the case.  Unfortunately, I was given that same feeling of disappointment. The fact that the series was being developed by Damon Lindelof (Lost), I should’ve known that there wouldn’t be any answers.. at least for the next few years. In the end, it was apparent that the rapture questions I had were never going to get answered.

2% of the world’s population simply vanished. Men, women and children, good people, bad people,religious zealots, atheists, murderers, Saints… There is no pattern to who was taken.

Two episodes in, and I was ready to write this show off. You could tell that Lindelof was going for the ‘slow burn’, similar to what he did on Lost. We were entering the story AFTER the summer blockbuster and peering into this world during that space before the next blockbuster sequel.

I didn’t notice that my episode 5, I was hooked. I was all in on these random story threads that seem to be traveling their own way, unrelated in anyway. But it didn’t matter. I was invested in the characters and their journeys. Police Chief Kevin Garvey trying to keep his family and his town together, but losing on both fronts. Reverend Matt Jamison and his quest to save the souls of the members of the fringe cult, The Guilty Remnant. The Prophet Wayne Gilchrest, who seems to have a supernatural ability to take away a person’s pain. Remnant leader Patti Levin deploying her followers throughout town like chest pieces.. she and her people ready to put some sinister plan in motion.

I’M ALL IN!!! I Don’t care about The Event anymore. I just want these stories.. these people to keep going so I can see them live their lives. I know tragedy is coming by the season finale. And now I hear that HBO has ordered a second season, this has become on of my favorite shows on television right now. I am now officially a Leftover.

 

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#Watching Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Atlanta Falcons

by toddkelley on August 23, 2014

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I’ve been watching Hard Knocks for the past eight years. This is the show that signals the beginning of football season.

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I Can’t Wait To See
Mad Max: Fury Road

by toddkelley on August 17, 2014

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Binge-watching Supernatural,
Now Streaming on Netflix

by toddkelley on August 13, 2014

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Re-watching one of my favorite shows of the last decade. I can’t believe their about to go into season 10 and the show is still firing on all cylinders.

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#Watching Black Jesus

by toddkelley on August 7, 2014

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#Watching The Hooligan Factory

by toddkelley on August 2, 2014

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Season 4 of The Killing
Now Streaming On Netflix

by toddkelley on August 2, 2014

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After Season 3’s shocking season finale, I was heartbroken that AMC wasn’t bring The Killing back for a fourth season. There was too much fall out for the actions of Detectives Linden and Holder that needed to be addressed.

But this is one of those ‘little tv shows that could’. The originally got cancelled after the second season, but got a third season renewal at the last moment.

Luckily, the greatness of Netflix shines down on the Danish series remake (originally titled Forbrydelsen, translated as The Crime). We get a 6 episode season 4 that chronicles our detectives dealing with the realization of their actions, while investigating a family murder and its ties to a military academy. Everyone seems to be back and on top of their game. Thank you Netflix for giving this incredible show a short time to give these characters a proper finale.

 

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Can’t Wait To See:
The Walking Dead, Season 5

by toddkelley on July 25, 2014

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You Should Watch:
Vampire Warriors

by toddkelley on July 19, 2014

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#Watching
All Cheerleaders Die

by toddkelley on July 19, 2014

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#Watching Utopia

by toddkelley on July 18, 2014

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I’ve had the first season of Utopia for over a year now. With season 2 starting now, I decided to sit down and try to watch it. For some reason, there was always something that got in a way.  So I’ve finally finished up season one and… WOW!!

A group of misfits fighting to stop an evil shadow organization from committing genocide?

Yes please.

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#Replaying Fallout: Las Vegas

by toddkelley on July 13, 2014

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Loved this game the first time around. The innovative targeting system was a blast. Hope it’s just as fun the second time around.

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Cool Movies To Watch:
Dog Soldiers (2002)

by toddkelley on July 9, 2014

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A routine military operation in the Scottish Highlands goes horribly wrong when a British Special Ops team is being hunted by a pack of werewolves. Typical plot, but done very well. Basically your survive the night scenario. If you enjoy fun action horror, you need to get this in your life.

Luckily, the  entire film is available on YouTube:
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I Can’t Wait To See
Transformers: Age of Extinction

by toddkelley on July 8, 2014

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#Watching Filth

by toddkelley on July 7, 2014

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What starts off as a raunchy, wacky British comedy, turns into a dark, tragic story of a Scottish detective that slowly unravels. James McAvoy puts in an incredible performance and keeps this movie from going off the rails. With all the great movies I’ve seen this year, Filth is the biggest surprise, and may be my favorite movie of the year.

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iWant Esky Mini i8 2.4GHz Wireless Keyboard

by toddkelley on July 7, 2014

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Recently, my Logitech Harmony One universal remote AND my Apple Remote both died. They were my primary remotes to control my Media Center PC (MacMini running XBMC). I can still control it with my laptop using screen share, but a real remote is needed. I wanted to get something with a QWERTY keyboard. XBMC allows you to search your local content, but the using directional buttons to type on screen is like pulling teeth.

The  Esky Mini i8 has the form-factor of a game controller with a nice keyboard within thumb’s reach. There’s also a trackpad for using web browser, but I never do that. All I need is the keyboard and good control. I’ll be getting it in few days. Let’s hope the Mini i8 solves all my needs.

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# Watching The Last Ship

by toddkelley on July 6, 2014

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I first got a soft spot for Rhona Mitra when I saw her for the first time wearing the shorts, tank top and twin pistols of Laura Croft. I thought she’d be the perfect actress to play the role in the upcoming Tomb Raider movie. Unfortunately, what we got wa s Anelina Jolie with a horrible accent. LOL. Since then she’d shown in a few of my favorite TV shows like Strike BackStargate Universe and Nip/Tuck. And now she’s back as the only person who can  save the world in The Last Ship.

A killer virus has spread across the world, wiping out most of the population. The only person who can find a cure is a scientist and the crew of a Naval destroyer to protect her. Where 3 episodes in and i’m enjoying it so far. Time will tell, though. It’ll be interesting to see how they string the plot along. With the rest of the world on a mad hunt to find them and acquire the cure, there should be more than enough action to last the season.