Picture Kaleidoscope 8/27/14

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Morning!

Another World by Joshua Zhang at Earthshots.org So Surreal!

Close Quarters by Rudi Van Den Heever at Earthshots.org Cool composition, no? He’s got some really nice landscape and animal pics at his site as well. 

3X2 Kirkjufell by Erez Maron at Earthshots.org – all those lovely blues!

Erez Maron even does photo workshops

Guess I will stop here. Have an awesome Wednesday!

 

Mind Sieve 8/25/14

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Greetings!

 

I missed last week as Animefest was four days and so things have once more slid to the pit. (Connectivity issues didn’t help either.) But that’s last week! This week, it’s all back on! Booyah!

 

Fan Fun

Automata Official Trailer 1 – sweet!

 

Mortdecai Official Teaser Trailer 1 – this will be weird!

 

Houdini - History channel 2 day event. Looks great!

 

Young Ones Official Trailer – could be interesting. 
 
 

 

Author Platform/Social Media

How to Combine Text and Visual Content for Better Social Media Engagement from the Social Media Examiner article by Keith Quesenberry.

 

12 Twitter Marketing Tips From the Pros at the SocialMedia Examiner – article by Cindy King. 

 

 
 

Writing Advice

Let’s Talk About Margin by Craig Mod. One of my publishers shared this with the authors. Really brings to perspective a side of the book business authors sometimes don’t think about. Quite fascinating and eye opening, too. :)

 

Three Tips For Self-Publishing Success – Guest Julie Musil at Jami Gold’s Blog -and the advice is good for more than just self-pubbers. :)

 

Have an awesome Monday!

 
 

Mind Sieve 8/25/14

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Greetings!

 

I missed last week as Animefest was four days and so things have once more slid to the pit. (Connectivity issues didn’t help either.) But that’s last week! This week, it’s all back on! Booyah!

 

Fan Fun

Automata Official Trailer 1 – sweet!

 

Mortdecai Official Teaser Trailer 1 – this will be weird!

 

Houdini - History channel 2 day event. Looks great!

 

Young Ones Official Trailer – could be interesting. 
 
 

 

Author Platform/Social Media

How to Combine Text and Visual Content for Better Social Media Engagement from the Social Media Examiner article by Keith Quesenberry.

 

12 Twitter Marketing Tips From the Pros at the SocialMedia Examiner – article by Cindy King. 

 

 
 

Writing Advice

Let’s Talk About Margin by Craig Mod. One of my publishers shared this with the authors. Really brings to perspective a side of the book business authors sometimes don’t think about. Quite fascinating and eye opening, too. :)

 

Three Tips For Self-Publishing Success – Guest Julie Musil at Jami Gold’s Blog -and the advice is good for more than just self-pubbers. :)

 

Have an awesome Monday!

 
 

Virtual Tourist – TERA 8/24/14

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Morning!

Life has once more been conspiring against me. Hubby had to do a cutover Friday so no movie. Saw two yesterday, but no time to do the reviews~! Wheee!

 

Anyway…

 

TERA

Arcadia

 

I keep finding areas I’ve not taken pics of in the big city. Heh heh

 

 

Love this town!

 

Val Aureum

 

 

Some of the weird flora here. 

 

 

Ruins all over the place.

 

 

Colorful and super weird fauna.

 

 

Giant super scary fauna! Can only get so close to take pics though.

 

 

Here’s one of all three. Heh heh.

 

 

Crazy rock formations and plants

 

 

 

View as we leave the zone.

 

Ostgarath

 

 

So green!

 

 

This place was super cool.

 

 

 

 

You can never go wrong with roses!

 

 

Amazing beach, no?

 

 

You can climb up into the tree stations!

 

 

That is one nasty looking fish.

 

Have a ton of fun today!

Picture Kaleidoscope 8/20/14 – Animefest 2014

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Greetings, all!

This past weekend was Animefest! A couple of weeks earlier than normal, but they still went for a four day convention. Lots of amazing costumes abounded all over. 

A couple of panoramic views from our corner of the Dealers Room. 

 

Tried to put a little more of us into this one. Heh

 

That is one large umbrella. 

 

Elf!

 

Great place to watch from, but if I blinked I missed stuff. Doh!

 

Threatened by a horse head on a stick. Heh heh.

 

Too cute!

 

She’d bought her corset from our neighbor but hours before. She did amazing things with it! Looked fabulous!

 

Sailor Moon and three Tuxedo Kamens! Woot!

 

Isn’t she adorable?

 

Teddy too. Hee!

 

My pic does not do his outfit justice. He has led lights, tubes, and more.

 

Even Death must wait for the elevator like the rest of us. 

 

Great Dragonball Z Costume. Even has his tail.

 

Such nice costumes!

 

The Foot Clan! See how their evil ninja skills blurred my pic? Heh heh

 

Could never get a good angle on this one. He had eyes on the wings. Looked super cool.

 

The Tick’s sidekicks for the win!

 

See, I tried again. lol.

 

A gaggle of Deadpools. He was super popular. Still have no idea why some of them had on bikinis.

 

Doesn’t he look ominous?!

 

She was so cute! Paws, ears, and a tail! 

 

And a friend to hug as well. 

 

Heroines a plenty

 

 

Look at that giant weapon. Impressive.

 

Ruby Rod and Lilu Multipass! Woot!

 

Look at the super detail in this costume. Wow!

 

Demons in leather and chain – Oh my!

Have fun!

Virtual Tourist – TERA 8/17/14

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Let’s see if my plans work out…

 

 

TERA

Arcadia’s Floating Temple

 

 

Truly beautiful temple

 

 

The goddess tells me things are not as they seem

 

 

Urges me to be careful

 

 

Hm, last shot going back to the Cliffs? We’ve forgotten something somewhere. Heh

 

Val Aureum 

 

 

Some great views as we fly in

 

 

Chebika

 

 

Really neat little place

 

 

Loved their water maker

 

 

Looking down into the mine area not far from Chebika

 

 

Some strange and cool stuff here.

 

 

Neat, no?

 

 

And some definitely creepy areas. 

 

 

Very creepy

 

 

Teleporter Door deep in the mines

 

 

Closer look at the teleporter

 

 

Mystery man

 

 

Horns all over the place!

 

 

 

Day 3 at Animefest! Heh heh

Picture Kaleidoscope 8/13/14 – Dallas ComicCon Fan Appreciation Day and More

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Morning all!

Lots of awesome sunrises lately. 

Flying Saucer Sunrise.

 

Or giant eye with lashes. She just winked! :)

 

Used the panorama function as the sky looked too good. This came out quite nice!

 

Lots of subdued colors.

 

Did I get carried away? Naw.

 

The dragon rises.

 

Molten honey or a sunny side up egg?

 

Lots of colors!

 

Wake up!

 

This past weekend was Dallas ComicCon’s Fan Appreciation Day at the Irving Convention Center. Since it was just 1 day, I didn’t expect much on the costume department. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I curse the fact I forgot to charge up my phone!

Doesn’t he look awesome? And on stilts too!

 

Tried to catch the rising rainbow led lights inside the helmet, but failed.

 

A lady brought her pig to the show! He was adorable. Not a pot belly, but I can’t remember the breed she told me. Argh. But he was cute and super well behaved.

 

 

One of the local Halloween outfits is going to do a Japanese themed haunted house this year. Here’s some of their group all dressed up. They look AWESOME!

 

The oni and tengu look fantastic!

 

Animal!!!!  (The little kids loved her! lol)

 

More molten sky goodness.

 

Melting butter….mmmmm

 

Super puffy stuff.

Have an awesome day!

Mind Sieve 8/11/14

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Gooooooood Morning!

Fan Fun

Penguins of Madagascar Official Trailer 2 – I love these guys!!!! I am so totally there. :)   

Left Behind Trailer 1 – weird premise, might be fun. 

The Theory of Everything Official Trailer – Multiple hanky movie, but it looks so good. He’s stated on record that without the disease he would have never focused enough to make the breakthroughs he has.

Star Wars Rebels A Look Ahead - looks fun. As long as the writing doesn’t degrade like the last season of the previous TV series. :(

Camp X-Ray Official Trailer 1 – more hankies!

Author Platform/Social Media

From Pinterest – Start a Conversation About a Pin – new messaging feature.

Twitter Tactics To Increase Engagement from the Social Media Examiner – article by Neil Patel.

 

Writing Advice

Making Writing a Priority and When Helping Is Hurting by Kristen Lamb. 

And believe it or not – writing advice from Weird Al! Bwahahahahaha. Word Crimes.

 

 

I am losing energy…must shut down….  

Virtual Tourist- TERA 8/10/14

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Morning!

TERA

Cliffs of Insanity

Really a cool looking coffin.

Weird things glowing in the eternal night.

And some of the weirdest vampires ever!

Ruins surrounding the entrance to a dungeon.

Giant spider things of doom! Things are nasty!

We ventured into the dungeon just to see if two people could do it.

Male version of the vamps

So far so good!

Le Creepy!

New armor. Just before we were totally squashed into oblivion. Too hard for two. :(

She’s just so adorable!!!!!

Ooooo!

Cool flaming phoenix mount! 

Main City – Arcadia

Speaking to the Goddess. She speaks of hidden evil

Temple floating way above the city. Lovely!

Super cool floor of the open temple.

View of the city from the temple. Breathtaking!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Movie Review – Lucy

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Lucy 

 

 

 

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi, Amr Waked, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Pilou Asbæk, Analeigh Tipton, and more.

 

Directed by: Luc Besson Written by: Luc Besson Cinematography by: Thierry Arbogast Music by: Eric Serra

 

Premise: Studying and partying overseas, Lucy gets forced by her new boyfriend to deliver undisclosed goods in a briefcase to a client. Then her boyfriend is killed before her eyes and Mr. Jang, Richard’s client, abducts her. A new product is about to hit the market and Mr. Jang is making sure nothing goes wrong. So Lucy, with three others, is forced to have surgery so they can act as mules for delivering the new drug  into four other countries. When she slaps one of her captors for taking advantage, he stupidly beats her and ruptures the bag inside her. Rather than die of an overdose, Lucy’s mind opens, using more of its potential. But the very drug that has opened her world is killing her, so the race to reach 100% brain use before she dies is on. Mr. Jang, however, is not to be thwarted so easily. (Rated R)

 

Review:

 

1) Acting – Total Thumbs Up: Scarlett Johansson should get an Oscar for her work on the first fifteen minutes or so of the film. There is never any doubt that she is a woman utterly terrified by the predicament she finds herself in. She literally shook with her character’s fear. A truly amazing piece of acting on her part. 

 

Later in the film, her awesome work in the beginning creates a masterful contrast to the calm, almost detached manner as her character changes. Min-Sik Choi gave me goose bumps. And in a fun turn, he’s super calm and cold at the beginning, but by the end of the film he’s a frothing madman. Amr Waked was fun as the French police captain caught in the whirlwind that is Lucy 2.0. Morgan Freeman was Morgan Freeman – need I say more? 

 

2) Special Effects – Total Thumbs Up: The special effects teams did a great job on this film. From the cool cell subdivision sequences to the bubbling organic computer, there were lots of great visuals going on. They also did a great job playing with time and locations as the audience follows Lucy during different sections of her expanding mind. The disassembly of the buildings as time flowed backwards was a very nice sequence. Lucy losing cohesion in the plane was another great bit of CGI.

 

3) Plot/Story – Total Thumbs Up: Mr. Besson plays a lot with contrasts and contradictions in the film. As I touched on earlier, there’s a swapping dichotomy between the character of Lucy and Mr. Jang. You can even see some the same play between Mr. Jang and Captain Pierre, as one can’t accept and rebels against the current reality, while the other adapts. There’s even a nice loop effect is woven in with regards to Lucy’s name.

 

Some interesting themes get explored – life, death, how to measure worth, what helps keep us human. Yet all the deep talk and themes are wrapped in so much action there’s never time to breathe, let alone get bored.

 

One gimmick employed in the film, especially at the beginning, was the shift of topics without them actually being a real shift. As Lucy argues with her boyfriend about not wanting to do him a favor, then Morgan Freeman lectures about theories with regards to the brain’s potential, moving shots or nature, and back again to shifting between each other again – at first the action seems random, but it all slowly coalesces into a tightly related whole. And while this has been tried before and not always to good effect, the use of it in this film was pulled off well and to good effect. 

 

4) Stunts – Total Thumbs Up: “Lucy” is filled with stunts. Murder, shoot outs, car chases, airport chases, full out gun battles in hospital hallways and places of learning. They even fire off a bazooka indoors! 

 

Then we have Lucy – with stabbings, beatings, pinning people to ceilings, throwing them across the room, crashing cars, and more stunt inducing fun. Oh, yeah. 

 

5) Locations/Cinematography – Total Thumbs Up: From the streets of Taipei to the streets of Paris, the film had a great variety of locations and flavors. Some good panoramic shots really enhanced the experiences shared with us as Lucy continued on her mental voyage. 

 

Conclusion: “Lucy” is a non-stop thrill ride. Some nice thought provoking science mixed with ugly reality wrapped around a ton of action. The R rating should be taken seriously where kids are concerned. There were enough stunts and flying lead to fill any action film buff’s cravings and more.

 

Rating: 4 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

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