Migration! Migration!

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Bwahahahaha!

Okay, I found how to try to migrate all you lovely people over to the wordpress.org site. It should take about a day. And with any luck, none of you will notice something has changed if you originally subscribed via email. You’ll just continue to receive email notifications as before.

For other subscribers the Jetpack documentation had this to say:

“Keep in mind that while your email subscribers will continue to receive email notifications of new posts as before, WordPress.com followers will only see new posts in the Reader. They will not receive email updates unless they subscribe to receive those on your new site. You might want to post a notice on your old site about your upcoming move to keep your readers informed.”

So FYI!

If you need to get to the new blog site – www.gloriaoliver.com/Wordpress

Thanks all!

Virtual Tourist – Final Fantasy XIV 12/6/15

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Have done a lot of work on the new WordPress.org site. I am just about finished, just tweaking bits. Hoping to find a way to transfer your subscriptions so you don’t have to! (Though I was finally able to get the subscribe widget up if you prefer to do it while you’re there. :P)

Anyway, you can see the virtual photos at their new home here.

Thank you for your patience!

 

Gloria

Movie Review – Victor Frankenstein

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Victor Frankenstein

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott, Charles Dance, Freddie Fox , Spencer Wilding, Bronson Webb, Callum Turner, Alistair Petrie, Guillaume Delaunay, and more.

Directed by: Paul McGuigan Screenplay by: Max Landis Based on the Novel by: Mary Shelley Cinematography by: Fabian Wagner Music by: Craig Armstrong

Premise: Years before the final creation of his masterpiece, Frankenstein studied medicine in London, madly researching how to bring his dreams to fruition. It is here that he run across a mistreated clown at a circus, one who despite his misshapen body, might have the spark of genius he’s been looking for. But Inspector Turpin has put some facts together and is now on Frankenstein’s trail – and the more he finds the more determined he is to stop him. (Rated PG-13)

Review:

1) Acting – Total Thumbs Up: Daniel Radcliffe proves he’s got what it takes with his great portrayal of Igor. His physical handling of Igor’s infirmities and emotional tug of wars were nicely done! James McAvoy is manic and delicious as the mercurial Victor Frankenstein. Andrew Scott as Inspector Turpin was also a lot of fun. That lovely intensity he’s used when playing bad guys are aimed at his being a good guy, yet he still ends up as an antagonist all the same. :P

2) Special Effects – Total Thumbs Up: The awesome special effects works starts almost instantly on this film. An innocent enough sight, watching a trapeze artist ply her craft, becomes so much more when suddenly we see an underlayer showing her bones and working muscles as she works through her routine. This was delicious fun especially especially during the scene where Igor and Victor meet – because they’re both doing it at the same time! And Victor’s treatment for Igor’s hump? Ewwwww!

All the effects for the cool experiments and science equipment were marvelous. The eyes Victor shows Igor when speaking of what he’s working on were especially neat, specifically because they looked like nothing much but then they change! Add in the pulsating body parts, the first successful composite animal, and later a humanoid creature and there’s lots to love.

Throw in the gorgeous skies and storm clouds, exploding equipment, lighting, electricity gone wild – and you get a ton of super cool special effects all over the place. And wait till you see the lovely spanning views of CGI London and then the isolated castle in Scotland!

3) Plot/Story – Thumbs Up: “Victor Frankenstein” is a prequel of sorts. It basically fills in a lot about Igor and Victor before they get together in later years to create the monster we’ve seen in the book and the films. The entire thing is from Igor’s point of view – which made this a refreshing take on the old tale.

A few bits will jar a little – like the fact Igor is treated like trash yet he also becomes the circus’s medicine man, which should have garnered him some respect or respite from his peers, since you might someday end up needing him to treat you for an injury. Also, how Lorelei comes to find herself a patron while recuperating at the hospital is not quite clear. They are little things though and easily ignored.

Though the creature does not take the stage in this prequel, worry not, as there are two other patchwork monsters they get to play with. And it’s fun watching Igor evolve while Victor seems to devolve. Two halves of a whole – the two men compliment each other, making them together more than each would be alone.

While some details don’t jive as they should to fit with the later tale, you can see bits and pieces of other renditions and characters flashing by in this one. A nice ying and yang effect occurs between Victor and Inspector Turpin – both obsessive and shaped by death but pushed in totally different directions. And both somewhat mirror the very chase Victor will later have with his final creation in the novel.

As in Mary Shelley’s original, the themes of religion vs. science, life vs. death, how we are perceived and acted on vs. who we truly are, are intertwined throughout the film.

4) Stunts – Total Thumbs Up: Amazingly, the film has lots of opportunities for the stuntmen. The madcap chase in the circus, another at the medical college, and even more stunts at the castle in Scotland – the stuntmen are kept quite busy.

5) Location/Cinematography – Total Thumbs Up: Lots of real and touched up locations in the film taking us to London, to Scotland, and more. Igor’s first true view of the city of London was spectacular – showing both the good and the bad at once and also showing the thriving, human filled city. The old castle overlooking the sea in Scotland made for some great shots and doubly so when the storm is coming. The cinematography made good use of everything. Lovely!

Conclusion: “Victor Frankenstein” is a refreshing take on little covered areas of the old tale. Between the costumes, the cool special effects, the lovely vistas, and the great acting, seeing it is definitely worth it.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

Picture Kaleidoscope 12/2/15 – Puerto Rico Edition #2

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Greetings!

I was able to upload all my pics of Puerto Rico from the trip in November.

While still a work in progress with regards to moving them into sub folders, I figured I’d share now anyway. :)

The album software is Piwigo. Still trying to set up all the options. The Panoramic pics won’t show, so I still need to see if I can fix that.

Main Album is Puerto Rico. This one contains pics with no specific locations but also has unsorted pics from other locations I’ve yet to move to their sub folders.

Sub folders:

Caguas – where my uncle lives.

El Morro (Most of the pics for El Morro are still in the main folder. Doh!) – Spanish Fort in San Juan

El Yunque – National Rain Forest

Guajataca – city in the northeast – we stopped by the beach there.

Hope you enjoy them!

Virtual Tourist – Final Fantasy XIV 11/29/15

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Getting closer to having the wordpress site at my provider finalized. The current theme won’t allow for side boxes only footers. If I can’t find a way around that, I’ll need to change it. :( Still working at changing the css. If you’d like to see this week’s Virtual Tourist there – you can find it here.

 

Otherwise, the post is also on my mirror site.

 

Hope you and yours had a great Thanksgiving!

Movie Review – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Elden Henson, Wes Chatham, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Willow Shields, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Mahershala Ali, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Paula Malcomson, Stanley Tucci, and more.

Directed by: Francis Lawrence Screenplay by: Peter Craig and Danny Strong Based on the Novel by: Suzanne Collins Cinematography by: Jo Willems Music by: James Newton Howard

Premise: With the 13 districts united, the rebels turn their focus to the capitol. Katniss struggles with what’s been done to Peeta and also what to do about Gale. Worse, President Snow decides to turn a large chunk of the capitol into a new Hunger Games. And Katniss learns President Coin might soon no longer have a use for her. (Rated PG-13)

Review:

1) Acting – Total Thumbs Up: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth give great performances as the odd love triangle spins, gets even more complex. and eventually comes to a resolution. Donald Sutherland and Julianne Moore were a lot of fun as the opposing presidents. Elden Henson and Wes Chatham added some nice depth to the story as Pollux and Castor.

2) Special Effects – Total Thumbs Up: The special effects team does a superb job in the film. The scene where everyone is cut off and the black water comes, and then when we see the black water in action and chasing after them, was awesome. Loads of explosions and heavy gun fire. The close range explosions from the arrows looked great underground. The 50+ caliber guns and the devastation on the columns from the bullets looked very real. And wait till you see the special surprise the group is given by Snow’s team in the sewers. My only problem was that the marketing department gave away all the good traps in the previews! Boo! (Hubby was displeased!)

3) Plot/Story – Thumbs Up: It really would be nice if films that have multiple parts or have sequels with years in between, the movie makers would deign to remember not everyone will have rewatched the previous films before seeing the new release and give a recap. Especially for side characters! While remembering the principal people was easy, there were several side characters who’ve been in several of the films who weren’t as memorable for whatever reason and therefore it was hard to realize who they were and what their backgrounds were to get the audience to care when bad things happen to them. Jena Malone’s character Johanna Mason was one of these. I adored her performance in Part 2, but I was hard pressed to remember anything about the character at all. And not remembering anything, makes it very hard to care. (This was a major suffering point for the film “Insurgent” earlier this year.)

Aside from not knowing who some of the people were, however, I very much enjoyed the direction they took with the film. Talking with my daughter, who read all the books, I know they changed a few points for the ending, but these were improvements to the plot rather than issues. They also continued to show that actions have consequences and will affect people emotionally as they had in the previous films.

The major theme this time played with duality and perceptions. Katniss comparing Peeta and Gale. Peeta comparing remembered and altered memories. Gale and the way he viewed enemies as things rather than people and how this comes back on him. It even applied to President Snow and Coin.

Another theme they had fun bandying about pertained to hubris and pride. Also how your enemy can be your friend and vice versa. And both themes tie in to the ending at the capitol, which was well played if a little transparent.

Only thing I wished we’d gotten a little more on was Snow’s reactions when he thought Katniss was dead and then found out she was alive. Totally unexpected reaction, but it spoke back to that duality theme I mentioned before. Heh heh.

4) Stunts – Total Thumbs Up: The cast and the stunt team did some great work in Part 2. The fight in the sewers was especially well done – lots of hand-to-hand combat goodness. Between the traps and several explosions during the film, people get thrown all over the place.

5) Costuming/Makeup – Thumbs Up: While the departments did a great job as usual, there was one thing missing. A section of this film happens at the capitol. Several meetings even occurred in Snow’s mansion. But for the most part all the outrageous clothes and makeup were nowhere to be seen there. In a scene with actual citizens running to and fro, there were still no true funky clothes and hairstyles. Tigris definitely had both, but she’s just one person, and an extreme case at that. Even Effie was toned down. Seeing these people in their wild getups and makeup was half the fun in the previous films! :P

Conclusion: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was worth the wait though they would have benefited from a recap or releasing this one close to Part 1. Gritty and emotional and a fun ride.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

Picture Kaleidoscope 11/25/15 – Puerto Rico Edition

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Check out my mirror site for phone pics of my vacation in Puerto Rico. (No more hard drive space here. *cry*) Sorry for the inconvenience!

If all goes well, I’m hoping to have a gallery up at the main website by the end of this weekend. Wish me luck!!!!

Anyway, enjoy!

Mind Sieve 11/23/15

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Still trying to catch up on everything now that I’m back from vacation, so this week’s post will be short. (I am dreading going to work! What has imploded while I’ve been gone? Eek!)

Here’s three quick videos from my vacation last week!

View of the wall of a large cistern in the River Camuy Caves.

A gurgling brook in El Yunque – protected rain forest in the middle of the island.

And my favorite! A panning shot of the beach at Luquillo. Look at that sky!

Hopefully I will be back to normal schedule and items by next week!

heh heh!

 

Virtual Tourist – Final Fantasy XIV 11/22/15

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This week I have pics from the Main Storyline as well as the cities of Limsa Limosa and Ul’dah!

Totally blocked on pics so here’s a link to the mirror site – Virtual Tourist: Final Fantasy XIV 11/22/15

Now that I am back from vacation, I will hopefully be able to get the wordpress.org site up soon!

Stay warm out there! (Going from 90’s and muggy to 50’s is hard!)

Mind Sieve 11/16/15

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Hope you’re having a great morning!

Fan Fun

Ice Age: Collision Course “Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe” – so cute! Scrat is baaaaacccck!

Warcraft Movie Trailer – they really are making an actual movie! Looks cool!

Finding Dori Official Trailer #1 – the fish are back!

Author Platform/Social Media

Facebook Retargeting Spend Increases: New Research by Suzanne Delzio at the Social Media Examiner. So that’s why I see replicated ads of places I’ve been to! DOH!

Writing Advice

NaNoWriMo Triage Center: Helping You Get To 50K by Angela Ackerman. She shares some neat ways to get out of the NaNoWriMo Funk! :)

The Truly Dramatic Plot—Shakespeare, Instagram, & Why Macbeth is STILL Awesome by Alex Limberg at Kristen Lamb’s Blog. Very catchy blog post title, no? :)

Last week was weird. Hoping this week is FUN! Here’s hoping it’s great for you as well. :)

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