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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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fiy4A3sbd4

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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.

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#Watching Murder In The First

by toddkelley on July 6, 2014

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#iCan’tWaitToSee: The Strain

by toddkelley on July 5, 2014

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#Watching Noah

by toddkelley on July 5, 2014

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Why I Love Doctor Who

by toddkelley on July 5, 2014

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Doctor Who is the perfect example of what a television show can accomplish if it’s given enough time to breathe. Unlike American tv shows that can get cancelled in less than half a season, a show like Doctor Who (on BBC) is an institution. It’s granted the time to TELL A COMPLEX STORY. The brilliance in having the Doctor regenerate (and recast the main role) is a great way to book-end multi-seasoned story lines.

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Both David Tenant and Matt Smith had great supporting casts that weren’t just on the show, but were integral pieces to the overall story. With Matt Smith’s 4 season run done, it was great to go back and see how Steven Moffat weaved incredible plot lines about time travel and universe-spanning doom. Russel T. Davies did the same with Tenant’s run (he as my favorite). But Smith and Moffat did an incredible job of retcon-ing the Amy/Rory/River plot line as a major event with INCREDIBLE twists and reveals.

doctor_who_50th_anniversary_wallpaper_by_mrpacinohead-d6r6owh2014 brings us our 12th Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It, In The LoopTorchwood: Children of Earth). With each new actor playing he role, The Doctor’s personality slightly changes— as if the actor is given some leeway.. to make the character his own. I’m really excited to see what Capaldi brings to the role. It he can find a way to infuse just a ‘smidgen’ of Malcolm Tucker from The Thick of It, with his profane insults to bravado.. I’ll be a happy camper. Who am I kidding? I’m gonna be happy with anything Steven Moffat does.

Adventure has a new face

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#Watching
Torchwood: Children of Earth

by toddkelley on July 4, 2014

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#Watching V: The Miniseries

by toddkelley on July 2, 2014

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I Can’t Wait To Play
Civilization Revolution 2

by toddkelley on July 1, 2014

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I have a long, storied relationship with Sid Meyer’s epic strategy series: Civilization. When I got my second mac back in ’92, the first game I obsessed with was Civilization I. It was a low resolution black and white game about building an empire and defending it by researching technology and building better weapons. Later,  when Civilization II was released for the Mac,  buddy Sean would come over and we’d network our Macs and spend weekends playing multiplayer Civ (only breaking for pizza runs and bathroom breaks).

CivMac_ss_002Every version of Civilization (even the spin-offs Colonization and Alpha Centari) was a ‘must have’. Then came the Xbox 360, and Mid Meyer released Civilization Revolution in 2008. Once again, Sean and myself were multiplying and world building; this time over the Xbox Live network. To this day, six years later, Civ Rev is still the game I play the most. I gravitate to a lot of games in different genres, but I always come back to trying to take the French civilization to world domination.

As Civilization reach version IV and V, becoming more and more complex, Civilization Revolution remains more simple for quick and fast-paced gameplay. And this was the perfect version for mobile. It was only a mater of time before Civ Rev was ported to iOS. This was THE THING I was praying for. It was my favorite game of all time, now available for me to play on my iPhone and iPad. Even though I enjoy this first attempt at a Civilization mobile experience, it kinda lacked the beauty of the console version. Revolution on the Xbox 360 was perfect marriage of simplistic gameplay and beautiful 3D graphics. The mobile version kept the primary gameplay of the console, but went for a more sprite-based graphical look; similar to the first incarnation of the main game.

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 For years I’ve wondered if Sid Meyer would release an updated Revolution  on the console. I still enjoyed the Xbox 360 game, but a nice new coat of paint and updated units would be nice. Little did I know, the console version wasn’t the next to be update.. the mobile version was. My prayers have in answered as the look and feel of my favorite console version has been rebuilt from the ground up for iOS! I’m getting the fresh new coat of paint AND it’s going to be mobile first, showing up on iPhones and iPads tomorrow, July 2nd! I’m counting the hours!!

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I’m Really Enjoying Salem

by toddkelley on June 30, 2014

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Surprise tv show of the year? Salem! I really didn’t think my stay on this show for long. But they’ve done a good job of pacing out the a story. Slow burn, but it’s leading to a great finish.

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#iWant Mac OS X Yosemite

by toddkelley on June 29, 2014

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I Can’t Wait To Play
Dead Island 2

by toddkelley on June 27, 2014

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I Can’t Wait To See
The Last Ship

by toddkelley on June 22, 2014

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#iWant Minix X8-H Mini-PC

by toddkelley on June 19, 2014

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I’ve been holding off upgrading my Media PC as long as possible. My current MacMini suddenly stopped recognizing remote controls so i’m forced to control it with a screen-sharing function (which kinda sucks when Kitchen Rebel is home alone). The plan was to get a newest Apple MacMini, but the $600 price tag is a little steep.  Along comes the Minix X8-H mini-pc at a fraction of the cost. The specs are very nice.

  • Quad-Core Cortex A9r4 Processor
  • 2GB DDR3 memory
  • 802.11 n Dual-Band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz / 5.8GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI™ 1.4b, up to 4K @ 30fps
  • USB 2.0 port x 3, Micro-USB OTG port x 1
  • Headphone Jack, Microphone Jack
  • IR receiver (remote included)

It runs on the latest version of Android (which I’m not familiar with), but it has a great version of XBMC, so the learning curve will be little to none. My only concern right now is if the Android-based PC will recognize the 2 G-RAID 4TB Mac-formatted media drives that i’m currently storing all my movies and tv shows. If that’s a non-issue for the X8, then I’m jumping on this ASAP.

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A Perfect Piece of Televsion
Fargo (The TV Series)

by toddkelley on June 17, 2014

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Just finished off season 1 of Fargo. Possibly one of the coolest and satisfying seasons of television I’ve seen in a long time. If you get the chance, binge-watch these 10 episodes. You won’t be disappointed.

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#Watching Orphan Black

by toddkelley on June 14, 2014

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One of my favorite shows from 2013, I got lost during the first part of the second season. So I started watching from the beginning with my wife. Big S/O to Tatiana Maslany for playing the role to the fullest. I should be caught up just in time for the season 2 finale.

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I Can’t Wait To Play
Dying Light

by toddkelley on June 13, 2014

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Take the free-running aspects of Mirror’s Edge and mix them with the first-person melee combat of Dead Island and you got Dyling Light. That’s kind of a loose explanation of the game. There’s a lot more to it. Like during the day, you fight lumbering ‘Romero’ zombies. But at night, they turn into crazy 28 Days Later ghouls. I can’t wait. Watch the video and how f’n crazy it is!!