Monthly Archives: January 2013

My Initial Reaction to “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (Contains Spoilers)

A collection of my thoughts as I watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for the first time:

  • Somebody give Martin Freeman an award for Best Actor. And Sylvester McCoy needs something for Best Supporting Actor.
  • Erebor looked incredible.
  • The scene where Gandalf first talks to Bilbo–AWESOME.
  • They did the kitchen song!
  • Dwarves are good singers.
  • Sylvester McCoy as Radagast–AWESOME.
  • Radagast exploring Dol Guldur–AWESOM-ER.
  • Gandalf’s expression of wanting to punch Saruman was priceless.
  • Come the zombie apocalypse, I want Thorin Oakenshield and Company on my team.
  • I totally wanted Bilbo to go all ninja on Azog.


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A Review of My New MP3 Player, the Sansa Fuze+

I’ve been wanting to write this article for a few weeks but have kept forgetting to do so. Well, I’m remembering now. I wanted to give my impressions on using the SanDisk Sansa Fuze+, a portable media player, since it has received so many negative reviews out there in Internetland–rather unfairly, in my opinion.

I purchased the Fuze+ after several weeks of research spurred by the slow death of my old MP3 player, the Sansa Clip. It was a dogged little media player, but it only had 1 GB of memory, and it was almost out. Now I had been considering buying a new one since it was almost out of memory but hadn’t done much about it. That all changed the morning I turned it on and discovered it had deleted a couple of songs without being instructed to do so.

So I conducted research–boy, did I conduct research! I did so much research my brain almost turned to mush. The Fuze+ was one of the first possible replacements I found, and I was attracted to it because it had the same manufacturer as my Clip, and I knew SanDisk made quality MP3 players (really, I’d dropped the Clip numerous times only to have it still play afterwards. It was practically unkillable). However, I noticed that the Fuze+ had received a lot of negative reviews, so I was hesitant about purchasing it. After scads and scads of research, though, I finally decided to give it a try–and I love it. The sound quality is even better than on my Clip; battery life is nice and long, and the screen is incredibly crisp and detailed. I thought videos would be too small and blurry to see properly, but the display is amazing. Also, navigation is not as complicated as a lot of reviewers would have you believe. It’s actually pretty straightforward. It has the extra bonus of being able to play all sorts of audio files, even audiobooks, and the media converter, which you can download from the SanDisk site, makes video and picture conversions extremely easy. And did I mention it’s got a built-in FM radio?

So, to summarize, I firmly believe my Sansa Fuze+ is every bit as good as any of Apple’s iPod products, and it comes at a fraction of what Apple charges for its media players. If you’re ever in the market for a new media player, I definitely recommend you give a serious look at SanDisk’s products.

The Sansa Fuze+

The Sansa Fuze+ (courtesy of the Best Buy website)

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Some Thoughts on “Doctor Who and the Silurians”

After becoming acquainted with Homo Reptilia in Series 5’s two part episode “The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood”, I was interested to see this serial from 1970 that first introduced the Silurians into the Whoniverse. Starring Jon Pertwee as the Doctor, Caroline John as Liz Shaw, and Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, this story was probably quite an astounding one when it first aired. What grabbed my attention the most in this episode was the marked difference between these Silurians and the ones from the modern show. These looked a bit like the Creature from the Black Lagoon (due to a limited costume/makeup budget) but featured a third eye in the middle of their foreheads. This third eye had a reddish hue and seemed used not so much for seeing as for channeling their mental powers–again, something we have not seen with the modern Silurians. The modern Silurians seem pretty straightforward, but the ones from 1970 often used a form of telekinesis for a variety of purposes, from attacking humans to operating machinery. It would certainly be interesting to see this introduced into the modern show–although I believe the Doctor mentioned that the Silurians he encountered in “The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood” were from a different tribe than the ones from “The Silurians”, which would explain the more noticeable differences.

All in all, I really enjoyed this episode despite its budget limitations. Had it had access to the budget and special effects of the modern show, it probably would have been quite spectacular. As it stands, though, “The Silurians” remains one of the most memorable stories of the early days of Doctor Who.

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Happy New Year!

Hi, guys! Did you think I’d pass on posting for the first day of 2013? You’d be so lucky. For today’s post I thought I’d feature three of the things I am most looking forward to this year–yes, there are more (and more important) things I’m looking forward to this year, but these are fun and light-hearted and perfect for ringing in the New Year.

  • Star Trek: Into Darkness: The second of the rebooted, alternate-timeline Star Trek movies is being released in May, and some pretty intense speculation has been circulating about the exact nature of the villain (portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch). His name has been revealed as John Harrison, but J. J. Abrams hinted earlier that he would be putting a villain from the original show into this year’s movie…and none of the villains was named John Harrison. What’s going on? What’s Abrams planning? He’s been pretty tight-lipped about everything…so this should be a movie to remember.
  • Sherlock: Series 3: Okay, there’s no real guarantee we’ll get this in 2013 (I’ve heard it may not come to America until early 2014), but I’m still looking forward to this. All of our burning questions will finally be answered, questions people have no doubt been asking since “The Reichenbach Fall”–how did Sherlock survive that plunge he took from the top of St. Bart’s? How has John been coping without his best friend? Has Mrs. Hudson finally cleaned the apartment? Will Sherlock and Irene named their baby Hamish? (Made you look twice at that one, didn’t I? ;))
  • Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary: How many shows can boast they are still on the air 50 years after they first premiere? And they’ve revamped the opening credits to reflect the show’s history:

This is going to be awesome. Happy New Year!


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