Greetings! I haven't done one of these in ages! Not that I haven't been taking pictures, but with the madness that has been the day job for the last couple of years, I've not been able to keep up and repost them. If you want to make sure not to miss any ...

Picture Kaleidoscope - A-kon 2017 and more...


Picture Kaleidoscope - A-kon 2017

Greetings!

I haven't done one of these in ages! Not that I haven't been taking pictures, but with the madness that has been the day job for the last couple of years, I've not been able to keep up and repost them.

If you want to make sure not to miss any of my con pics, be sure to follow my Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+ accounts as I do post them there as I take them. :)

A-kon 2017


The obligatory booth pic! A-kon moved to the Fort Worth Convention Center for 2017. So we were trying some new stuff to make the best use of the space as possible. :)


From Black Butler! Lord Phantomhive and Sebastian. 


From Zelda Breath of the Wild. The bow looked awesome!


Had to take a pic of this. One of the dealers we see a lot came up with this creation! A Castiel Corset combo! Fab! (Can't believe I don't remember the shop name. *cry*)


Star from Star vs. The Force of Evil. Nice! 


Black Cat and Lady Bug! 




Koro Sensei! The costume was awesome! (His eyes lit up too! 


One of the bad guys from My Hero Academia. Great job! 


Gorgeous costume! So detailed!


He looked fantastic! Loved the bad attitude! lol.


Vulture Girl? She looked fab! 


From the game Bloodborne! So many awesome costumes this year!


Could not get a pic of him from the front, but isn't this fabulous?!?!


View from the back. Rocket propulsion and everything! Sweet! 


And a blast from the past! Sho'nuff - Shogun of Harlem! So freaking awesome!

Can't wait for next year! :)


    


Virtual Tourist - Obduction 6/18/17

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!

Obduction

Sadly, I am going to have to quit playing this gorgeous game. :( I don't know the exact reason, but every time I play it I get ill. No baud rate settings, so can't tweak that. The visual range didn't seem to make a difference. This is not the type of game you can play in 10 minutes bursts either. Waaaaahhhh!!!!


Finally made it up to a higher area ledge I could not reach before. :P


Such a cool and eerie landscape.


High above all others! Bwahahaha!


I found an odd device. What it does, I was not expecting!


Middle of doing what it does. Freaky!


It's a transporter, but not as you'd expect. Same spot, just different reality? I just went from desert scape to lush jungle.


I still see the signs I do in the other dimension/location/possibility?


Plants, moss, flowers, and more.


The path leads to this gate. Can see tantalizing things beyond but can't get in!


The transport device glows a different color from this end. So neat!

May all the Dad's out there have a fabulous Father's Day!
    


Movie Review - The Mummy

The Mummy

The Mummy

Starring: Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, Simon Atherton, and more.

Directed by: Alex Kurtzman Screenplay by: David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman Screen Story by: Jon Spaihts, Alex Kurtzman, and Jenny Lumet Cinematography by: Ben Seresin Music by: Brian Tyler

Premise: A relic hunter stumbles onto a hidden chamber in Iraq. Rushed for time, he inadvertently loosens an imprisoned force. A woman with a mission she's been trying to complete for five thousand years. Nick is the one she's decided will replace the receptacle for Set stolen from her so many years ago. No one better stand in her way. (Rated PG-13)

Review:

1) Acting - Total Thumbs Up: While we have some great acting powerhouses in this film, there is so much action,  little time is left for actual acting. Still, Tom Cruise does a nice job as Nick - relic hunter, thief, adventurer. Annabelle Wallis as Jenny got the biggest range to play with as she dealt with her feelings, her attractions, and her job. She did it well. Sofia Boutella made a nice sultry mummy. Jake Johnson was a ton of fun as Nick's sidekick Chris Vail. Russell Crowe's character was a rather big surprise once the two men meet and introductions are made. (He could still take some lessons from James Nesbitt's superb performance of the same character though. :) )

2) Special Effects - Total Thumbs Up: There was a ton to love about the special effects in this film. Watching the credits, they used a ton of different companies. They come up with some superb images.

Ahmanet's prison and the other chambers attached to it were very cool! The Crusaders' tomb when they first find it with the tunnel maker and other sections of the place were well done!

Several special effect parts used weird spiders, tons of rats, black birds and other crawling things. They looked great.

When Ahmanet first shows herself, and the transformation after her first feedings, were enthralling. The change on those she fed on also were fantastic. When she has them rise, and the bones and joints pop and snap - creepy!

Cool sand storms, walking and swimming dead, and all the cool bits using mercury. The look and feel of the base beneath London's Natural  History Museum were great. The all important dagger was a wicked looking thing!

Lots and lots of lovely effects!

3) Plot/Story - Neutral: I go up and down on how I feel about the story. A big part of my issue with it is the presentation. While they didn't give everything away in the previews, they gave away a lot. So there was little there to give a feeling of discovery or mystery in what was going on.

They also didn't do themselves any favors by having Henry tell us all about Ahmanet at the very beginning - especially when the information got repeated all over again later as Nick has visions of the past. They could have easily found the Crusaders' tomb and the wall carvings and left it at that. Thus tantalizing the viewers to discover how the Crusaders and Ahmanet might be related. But no. We got spoonfed the information instead.

A couple of scenes, while cool, didn't make a lot of sense. Ahmanet wants her new Chosen to willingly submit to the ritual. So, how was giving him nightmares of rats and monsters was supposed to do that? Other images made sense for that, but some others did not.

Also, Nick's choice in the final room I saw coming ten minutes before he made it. DUH!

There's tons of action, and they move at breakneck speeds. There's even a quick wink/homage to Brendan Fraser's "The Mummy" in the form of the Book of Life showing up at one point. But character development is pushed way back to the background.

4) Stunts - Total Thumbs Up: The whole 'gag' in the airplane was fantastic! I felt sorry for them all. lol. The fun chase scene in the Iraqi city with bullets and grenades being used all over the place kept the stunt people quite busy and looked great. Lots of good work from the team.

5) Locations/Cinematography - Total Thumbs Up: Tons of great and real places! Waverley Abbey in the UK, London, the Natural History Museum, the Namib Desert in the country of Namibia in Africa. These great locations added lots of visual flavor to the scenes.

6) Costuming/Makeup - Total Thumbs Up: CGI mixed with real makeup gave some great looks to Ahmanet, Henry, and Vail. The writing on Ahmanet's skin alone was dazzling. When we see her close to filled out but still with gaps in various places on her face and body, it added so much! Some great contrast too between Nick and Vale in the restroom scene.

Conclusion: The Mummy is a wild ride. Great special effects and stunts. A surprise here and there. Yet a little less telling up front would have made the film more mysterious and thus more enticing to the viewers.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 (Hubby's Rating: Worth Full Price to See Again.)
    


Mind Sieve 5/29/17


Let's remember and give thanks to all those serving in the armed forces who've died to keep us safe and our way of life intact. 

Fan Fun

 

Fun music video Hubby shared with me! Fergie - A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)


 

It's Gonna Be Okay - The Piano Guys w/Sir Cliff Richard. Very upbeat song. They do look like they're having fun! lol. 


 

Marvel's The Defenders Trailer - misfit team of awesome! Sweet! 


 

Marvel's Cloak and Dagger Official Trailer - yes! Loved that comic!


Social Media/Author Platform

3 Simple Mistakes to Avoid if You Want to Make Your Book a Best Seller by Matthew Turner - some popups but not bad. Another post that infers I need a clone. With a full-time job and writing, there's no time for all this stuff. :(

Writing

Be Specific! How to Get to the Point in Everything You Write by Grammarly - some basic but super important items. :)
Forget About Being a Good Writer (And Do This Instead) by Jeff Goins. Some helpful insights. :)



    

Virtual Tourist - Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter 5/28/17

Good morning!
Hope you're having a fabulous weekend!
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter
View of the grounds and clubhouse of the archeological society. 
Some giant carved rocks appropriated for the club grounds. :P
Scotland Yard - didn't change from the last game, which made the new Sherlock and Watson stand out in my mind. :P
Inside the archeological society's clubhouse. It's a neat place!
Some of the items donated by the members.
Long cross view of the clubhouse.
London's sky in the morning.
Steelworks factory for fences and statues. Also a giant puzzle on how to get into the owner's office! 
An unusual bedroom belonging to one of the suspects. 
Loved this thing!!!!!  A world map made of metal. Once the final piece is placed, it opens a hidden chamber inside. So cool! (Pic caught it in mid opening. :))
Have a great day!
    

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