Merry Marvel Movie Marathon

This is it, True Believers!

     The moment that none of you even knew about much less cared for! So, for more than 6-8 months, I’ve been wanting to catch up on all of the Marvel movies in time for the soon to be coming and highly anticipated Avengers movies this year. It was my intention to do this when I had a good stretch of time off from work (ie one of my 7 day stretches) so that I can just veg out, enjoy, and soak in all of the goodness. Well folks, since this is one of those times and any/everyone else who couldn’t care anyway has lives, now seems as good a time as any! Seven days! (at the very least) Seven movies!  That’s SEVEN TIMES the comic book inspired goodness that will ensue! For those who are remotely curious as to what will be partaken, here’s the lineup in the possible order of watch:

Daredevil (2003)

Fantastic Four (2004)

Hulk (2003)

Iron Man 2

X-Men: First Class (2010)

Thor (2011)

Captain America: The First Avenger(2011)

Other notable possible watches include:
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Elektra
Spiderman 3
Blade: Trinity
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
and if I can stoma…find it, Ghost Rider

There’s also going to be some episodes watched of:
Spiderman and His Amazing Friends
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
X-men animated series
Black Panther animated series

Notice that while both G. I. Joe and Transformers had marvel published comic books, they are not in the running for what i hope to be obvious reasons. Also, the Xmen anime is not in the running because I haven’t a way to catch those legally. There you have it, folks! Even the Beyonder or Molecule Man couldn’t craft such an extraordinary action packed event of this caliber! If you care to keep score, check out my Getglue page as I will most likely post when I start watching. May even use the hashtag #merrymarvelmoviemarathon for the home version (aka Twitter) for some measure….well, we’ll see about that anyway. Incidently, if it is wondered why I didn’t go with the term Make Mine Marvel Movie mayhem, well, not for lack of wanting to but….Been done already, in a way.

And with that, there is nothing else to say.

P.S.

Excelsior!

(via Android and Me and CNET)

So real quick, sometime last week I retweeted a link from CNET and about video they did about how to disable 4g on the HTC Thunderbolt. You can check that video below:

How to disable 4G on the HTC Thunderbolt for battery savings

I wondered why this wasn’t in the settings of the phone by default (I suspect Verizon shenanigans, but who knows) or at least an HTC made widget of some sort. There was one in the couple I’ve seen, but I will check again. It doesn’t really matter now because from the department of “there’s an app for that”, some enterprising developer came up with a simple, free toggle app to do just this. Apparently, there are paid apps to do this, but that’s not necessary. That’s also another post. If you have an HTC ThunderBolt (or Motorola Droid Bionic, Samsung Charge, or LG Revolution according to ), get to the Market and download Cunning Logic’s simply named LTEonOff TeamAndIRC. Rolls of the tongue, doesn’t it? Anyway, all it does is takes you to the settings to disable/enable the 4g radio just like you see in the video above. I would advise checking the video out just to see what’s what.

Disabling the 4g radio is a good way to prolong battery life, especially if you’re not in an area that has it. I’m looking at YOU state where I stay! So check it out if you have the phones above. Links to the Market or scan the barcode below to install.

LTEOnOff TeamAndIRC:


Above the clouds: Amazon Cloud Drive

A little after midnight last night, Amazon rolled out it’s new cloud services, Amazon Cloud Drive & Player to much fanfare. The service gives Amazon users (most notably their digital goods buyers) an allotment of virtual storage to store your mp3 files (or other digital documents as the front page says). This is not to be confused too much with Amazon’s Web Services, which realistically can do the same thing. As a avid Amazon user, I found this service intriguing and decided to jump in take a look at it.

First things first, if you have Amazon account, this service will already be going for you. Supposedly, you can house/backup your music collection to it and have it available for you to reach from any pc and Amazon’s mp3 store app. More about that in a bit. You will be given a free 5 gigabytes (GBs) of storage off the top, with the ability to pay for extra allotment of space as you see fit to do so (which comes out to an dollar per gigabyte. Not a bad deal). What I’ve also seen is that you can get an upgrade to 20 GBs of storage for one year free with the purchase of an mp3 album from Amazon from now until the end of the year. Now when I first saw that, there didn’t seem to be any mention of the free for one year part of the 20gig upgrade. Either that has been changed now, or there was a part that I missed when I read through the page last night. That is something to be aware of, though. I went ahead an bought an album last night for the upgrade. I was going to anyway, so I figured why not. I will be curious to see what happens at the end of the year should I have more have than 5 gigs used of the service. I will say right now that 20 gigs, while a lot, is not a whole lot if you are the type to have say….an few hundred gigs of mp3s. I am will not confirm nor deny that I may be one of those people. And the 5 gigs you get for free is even less, but it is free and could be potentially useful in the long run.

 

There are many more in depth looks at the service, but I wanted give my thoughts on it from what I’ve seen so far. And the first thing I’ve noticed, which may or may not be an oversight, is that purchases that you’ve already made from Amazon’s mp3 store are not automatically put into your virtual space. You start off empty and will have to upload any songs or albums you wish to store there from your pc/mac. I should point out that this can include anything you’ve bought from Apple’s itunes, as well. Probably the un-DRMed music, though. However, if you buy any mp3s from Amazon, you have the option to have the go directly to your space and you can download them from there. In fact, I would make the suggestion that the first thing you do is go to the settings page after logging in to your Amazon account (the settings will be in ‘Your Amazon mp3 settings’ under ‘your digital items’ or ‘your account’ links at the top of the page) and set your purchases to go straight to the Cloud Drive. I believe you can choose to download your purchase and have it go the storage at the time of purchase. It’s just as easy to have it automatically go to the cloud and/or play from there. Backing up, it might not be that big of a hassle to upload your already purchased Amazon mp3s back to the drive but it would just make more sense to just have pushed what you’ve already bought over there. That’s just me, I guess. Oh, one very important thing to note is that any purchases made through Amazon’s mp3 store will NOT count against your storage space. A quick recheck of my storage used confirms that is the case. That is awesome, though still doesn’t exactly negate what I’ve just said previously.

Okay so, once you get your music uploaded or have made purchases from Amazon, you will want to play them. You can still download them and put them on your player of choice, or you can also play them from the web or from Amazon’s mp3 store app, which seems to be only the case on Android devices at the moment. I’ve seen reports that it doesn’t work on IOS devices(iphones, ipods, ipad, etc) yet. The Cloud Player interface is pretty simple as you can see below. You have your player controls at the bottom of the page and your list of songs/albums in the middle of the page. If in song view, just click on the little play icon of a highlighted track and go for it. If in album view, click the thumbnail to go to the listing and on from there. There are also buttons to play, add to a playlist, download track(s), and delete track(s) across the top of track listing. If you’ve spent any amount of time in the mp3 store, this will be familiar. At the top left of the page, there is the link to start uploading new tracks to the cloud. You cannot upload tracks from the mp3 downloader app at this time. You probably never will be able to. Would be nice, though.

 

So, you may not be near a pc, but have your Android device handy. Chances are, you already have the Amazon mp3 store app on your phone and updated. At the top right, is the link to the Cloud Player side. From there you can play either on device music, or download/ stream your music from the Cloud Drive. Streaming from 3g worked pretty well when I tried it. It’s not gapless playback, but what do you expect from streaming this way? Streaming from wifi also works quite well and naturally faster. That is also within norms, which is why a lot of apps ask you to stream/download from wifi if you can. You can, of course, hit the store and buy new tracks/albums from the app as always which is handy, but also can be the devil if you’re an impulse buyer…like some people might be *ahem*. What it has done is put the fire under the likes of Apple and Google who have been trying to pull off such a cloud storage/streaming music service for a little which coming. It’s not such a big surprise that Amazon beat them too it. They’ve had the infrastructure and relationships to do it already. Whether they can maintain the step ahead will remain to be seen.

All in all, its a pretty good package deal whether it will be ultimately whelming for anyone. I will kick it around some more, for sure. Not sure how often I will end up using it. It has also reminded me of another app/website that I’ve been meaning to talk about that serves a similar purpose. While I am the type who still buys physical albums from time to time, I buy a good bit from Amazon’s mp3 store, so for me this service will likely end being the storage space for what I get from them. That’s only logical and those purchases I’ve bought before this happened don’t equal up to 5 gigs yet that I can recall. What I would be curious to see if Amazon plans to make a value add for it’s Amazon Prime user base like it did with it’s video side. That could make things a little more interesting, though I’m not sure what they could do. Maybe 20 gigs of storage for Prime members? Only time will tell and I’m not wondering that because I use Prime (would be nice though). At any rate, this is a pretty cool deal if you’re already invested in Amazon’s ecosystem. If anything, it’s good for backing up your purchases through them for free.

EDIT:

I did say there were more in depth looks into this service. Check out the links below for a couple.

Tested.com: Amazon Debuts Cloud Player, Cloud Drive with Free 5GB

CNET First Look: Amazon Cloud Drive & Player

The Lolled Garden

So, right before I went on hiatus months ago, I was sitting here one morning lurking Twitter. For whatever reason, there was a meme or something floating around that had me giggling. I was two seconds from unleashing what would be the contents of this post on the early rising twitter community when I opted not to. Had I released the hounds, it would have been strictly for my own yuks and guffaws, which means there would be some annoyed campers out there, probably. I was thinking, how many words, phrases, movie/book/song titles could be replaced with some form of ‘lol’. The results below are a small sampling of what I came up with[insert Law & Order sound effect]. So now, you lucky people get the benefit of seeing the full on flop in one fail swoop*. Who says I don’t love you all?

Lollywood

Lol of the wild

Lol-E

Raiders of the lols ark

Lolmark cards

Buzz out lol

Lol lol lollol lol lol  – smurf song

Lol in the family

Lols barkley

Lol of lolcraft

Lolrats

Lol – Data’s other brother

Great lols o fire

Lol and hardy

Lol and Order

Lolmak, when the walls fell

Lol with the wind

Just lols 2

Lucy loless

Lol and lollessness

Paul blart – lol cop

The lollerboy

If you get more than a couple of these, I commend and pity you. If you have any more to add, you know where the comments section. Go for it.

* – I didn’t say they were all gems, by the way.

Alright, so there was fail

So, here it is October 1st and I didn’t come close to meeting the mark for NaBloPoMo. Full on, fail! I offer no excuses(at least any that would matter), but it did spark a little something in me at least. I just have to grab hold of that and ride it out. The brain dump that was planned met with an unstoppable force. Sadly, it’s been the same force that’s been stopping a lot of things with me lately. While I figure that out, I can at least work on and bring out the ones that are remotely done. Why am I telling you all this? I don’t know. But I am, so deal with it. 🙂

Your iPad as a Netbook? Magical!!

 

We interrupt what could have been a post on weighing out the options of buying a Kindle/Nook versus a Tablet PC/Netbook or iPad. Instead, we bring you what will possibly tempt me even more to get an ipad.

 The cool folks at Dvice have a post on this iPad case that has a built in Bluetooth keyboard in it….Brilliant! It’s called the Keyfolio from Kensington. Yes, the makers of fine laptop accessories Kensington. It’s another item in the chain of Foleo (R.I.P) type devices that extends the functionality of the much vaunted oversized ipod touch (not that it’s a bad thing, mind you). Now, looking at the picture I’m wondering how this thing is staying upright considering the keys are reported to be soft and the iPad is heavy. Gravity, people. I assume that has been taken into account, though. Also, it has it’s own power supply, it would be nice to charge the iPad with it. According to the article, it does not. Bummer, but still sounds cool enough to have when it ships in October. It seems a bit pricey at the reported $99-$100 mark, but considering the price of what you’re using it with, you probably won’t care (how about buying me one and a pad to go with it). 

This is actually kind of cool given that the iPad had been billed more as a consumption device than a productivity one. It’ll be no wonder why the Best Buy CEO said that it’s been eating up Netbook sales now. Anyway, check out the link below for the post and a pic. I will be lurking Amazon in a couple of weeks myself. You know, for research.

Ingenious gadget turns any iPad into an Apple netbook

 

NaBloPoMo: Better late than never?

In my quest to get back into things and shake the dust off the blog, I needed a way to stir the creative juices (aka focus my lazy bottom). It just so happens that this is National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). Similar to NaNoWriMo (which I still plan to do), you make a post on your blog every day in the month. Sounds simple, right? At the time of this post it’s 13 days in. I thought about and kind of started doing it around 8 days in. For those keeping score, I’m a little behind. What’s funny, there’s enough in my head to catch up and then some. The problem is, the brain faucet’s stuck between drip and deluge with deluge being a Niagara Falls type non-coherent white noise of which I could not write to if I tried. Don’t cry for me ardently, Tina. I’m just saying that 1) if you see a few dozen posts in the next couple of days, you’ll know why. 2) I’m really not really apologizing for the content of said posts, and 3) you know I had to let you about the month even if we are almost half way in. It’s what I do.

If you’re signed up for the site, feel from to add me there. Oh, and if you have any ideas about what you care to see me write about, let me know. We might be able to make it happen. No, really.

Android, HTC, and me

So this is something I didn’t get to talk about during my hiatus. Up until November 2009, I was rocking a considerably old XV6800 (aka the Mogul). It was a pretty good Windows Mobile running phone made by HTC (whom I love*). Decent screen, physical keyboard, built like a tank (HTC phones are usually built quite well). It had its issues, mind you, but served me faithfully. Pretty easy to hack too, thanks to the help of the fine folks over at XDA developers. At end of use, I had Wm6.5 running on it, albeit it a little slow. Anyway, I was due for a new phone thanks to my contract upgrade and there were a few phones out or coming that made the gadget lust tingle within me. Some of that lust came from the promising nearly year old Android operating system from the Google folks. I’ve already accepted my Google overlords at this point, so this should not be a big surprise. Don’t get me wrong, windows mobile is a pretty good operating system, but its windows so it sadly had windows type issues. Windows phone 7 is said to address some of those issues, by the way. And while there is still to this day much over-hype about a little phone made by a fruit company, I never drank the kool aid ( though there is this pad that I have my eye on for some reason). This is in addition to not so much caring about AT&T’s service. Yes folks, I choose my phones carrier first as it was to be intended.

Like I’ve said, Android phones had been around for a minute, but there was nothing that fit my criteria. Yes, there was Android’s flagship phone the G1, but it was G1 hardware. That’s a no no. Plus, that lip it had bothered the hell out of me. What I really wanted was hardware comparable (read: sexier) than my beloved XV6800. Preferably, the HTC Touch Pro 2(or the even sexier HD2) running Android. That STILL hasn’t happened yet. And while the Motorola Droid had a physical keyboard and decent specs for the time, I dislike Motorola phones and that keyboard was not a very good experience for the little time I played with it. Plus, I don’t like Motorola phones….Oh, did I say that twice? Yep.

So what did I end up getting? Surprisingly enough (and against my better judgment at the time), I ended up with the then brand new HTC Eris. I say surprisingly enough because it had pretty much all of the criteria I was looking for. It was built well (by HTC, of course), it ran Android (though it came with version 1.5 and 2.0 was shipping with the also brand new Moto Droid), and it was sexy for its time. It had everything except for a physical keyboard, which to me was and sort of still is, kind of key in my decision. I hated to have to rely on virtual keyboard because I felt I needed physical keys and virtual keyboards on the whole don’t give you that. Well, after using as long as I have, I still miss the physical keyboard, but I seem to be doing alright without it. It’s not like I’m the world’s fastest typist anyway.

I say against my better judgment because I knew then when I bought the phone there was hotter, better phones coming down the pipeline. The Nexus One was the soup Du jour, I believe. What I didn’t know about was the HTC Incredible or the Evo 4G that came out this past summer. Every 6-8 months, it never fails. And I definitely didn’t know that apparently my phone was at end of life around time the Incredible came along and rumored to be replacing the Eris. I went with it despite that what I did know and do not really regret the decision. It’s been giving me exposure to a great operating system, and just as cool, apps! No Oses or phones are without flaws, and that is true for Android and the Eris. That said, I love the experience and while I am looking into a new phone, I know I’m sticking with Android and HTC. I am seriously considering porting over the Evo (I’m on Verizon, it’s on Sprint). I’m even thinking of trying my hand at making app for the OS. It would be nice if the big G would let me play with their app inventor, but I have checked out the alternative as well.

So basically what you should gleam from all of this is that, if you have a chance to try an Android phone, do so. If you already have one, be on the lookout for upcoming posts from me as I will be (as I have been) diving into the app market and trying to pull out some gems. Oh, and that I dislike….

*- the makings of an HTC fanboy, I know

Amazon-xbox one two punch

So this little tip might be old to most of you, but here goes.

Now, I’m pretty certain you were aware that you can buy video games at Amazon, but did you know that you buy online codes for games on the Playstation Network(PSN) and PC game downloads(I’m a little more partial to Steam at this point, but hey)? Well, I just found out about the Playstation part myself. What I originally brought this up for was the fact that you could also buy online codes for Xbox Live points and service. Apparently, they got must have got rid of Xbox live game codes because I’m having a hard time finding any. However, this is still relevant for the fact that you can still buy points and service codes here. And sometimes you can catch them at a reduced rate that you’d find in retail stores. This goes true for the physical cards as well, so keep that in mind. Oh, and Xbox Live is increasing in price in November. Stock up now if you can.

The thing is, inputting the code(s) into your Xbox once you get them can be annoying. You have to fire it up, navigate the dashboard, and my personally peeve, having to use the controller to put in the code. You have the same issue on PSN, as well. Call me lazy, but I wish there was an easier way like using the 360’s Vision camera or the upcoming Kinect(or PS3’s PSeye) to scan the card. Somebody get on that, it’s 2010 for goodness sake! Well, anyway, there is a little better way to go about it.  Don’t know how much you use it, but if you are signed up with Xbox.com, you can do some of the stuff you can from the dashboard there. Check and answer messages, see who’s online, and most important to this post, hit the marketplace to queue up demos, buy games, and input game/points/xbox live card codes right there in browser(login required for link). Damn you, that’s pretty convenient if you didn’t feel like starting up the box. And yea, you still have to fire it up if you want the game/demo to actually download and play but chances are, you were going there for that anyway. And no, Playstation hadn’t gotten to this point yet, but I hold out hope for them. At least you can buy game codes being that you were probably on Amazon in the first place…right?

Like I’ve said, if you knew about this, you probably wouldn’t have gotten this far into the post, so I don’t feel too bad about the old info. It’s just been on my mind.

So umm, yea. I’m back to the blogging thing again. This time in my own space. If you’ve read my post on the old site you know that already, but I thought I’d mention it here just the same. Now that I’m kinda back on the scene, I realize a couple of things: 1) I have a lot to catch up on and 2) I’ve been blogging (off and on) for FIVE YEARS(next month, in fact)! I honestly didn’t think I have much to say let alone for that long, but as I’ve said here, I can’t leave it alone apparently. It’s been more that I’ve been lazy than anything else. There’s always some gadget, movie, music, etc. for me to be hopped up about. And so here I am. I would get into why I disappeared for so long, but at the moment, it’s not important. if things were meant to come together that much to talk about them, then I’ll let you all know. until then…

I have to say that i’m pretty sure that the next few dozen or so posts are probably going to be old news. In trying to get back into things, I kinda want to bring up stuff that I hadn’t taken the chance to talk about. Coincidently, in a kind of a masochistic move on my part, I’m thinking of participating in National Blog Posting Month (Nablopomo) which is going on as we speak. Yes, i know it’s 7 days in. Masochistic, remember? We will see. At any rate, I hope you enjoy what I am bringing and let me know about stuff you want my opinion on. Oh, and don’t mind the mess on the site. I’m still trying to get it like I want it. Not even sure if i’m married to the theme or not.. We will see.

Oh, and if you’ve stuck with me for how long from the past five years, thank you. I still hope I am what you expected.