This is a blog post I’ve been meaning to write for the last month or two.  My nephews gave me an Amazon Echo for Christmas!

It’s an amazing device!  I love this thing!  Here’s  a recent video I did shortly after setting it up for the first time.

Alexa plays music, reads you the news, delivers the weather, plays radio shows and podcasts from around the world, does math equations and conversions, plays games, controls lighting and heating in your home…you can even order Dominoes Pizza and Uber rides!  The list goes on and on!  And it’s getting better everyday!

Tablets and iPhones are nice.  Chromebooks are cool, too.  But, if I was limited to recommending only one device, it would be the Amazon Echo hands down!  You’ll love having it in your home.  If you have Amazon Prime, all the better!  The Amazon Echo makes full use of the Prime music library and your own songs that you can upload into your online library.

So, check out the Amazon Echo!    Better yet, GET an Amazon Echo!

 

 

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This past Christmas, I received the book Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever.


The previous Christmas, I was given Killing Patton The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General.

Both books are amazing!  They read like movies, no kidding!

The weather is getting warmer, TV will start reruns, and streaming services will go stale knowing that folks will be outside. So, pick up either of these books and enjoy a terrific read!  To write a review and detail the books will only include spoilers.  Read it for yourself.  you will not be disappointed!

Let me just say, if you thought you knew Lincoln and Patton’s story, well, you were wrong!

 


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I own two tablets.  well, I USED to own two tablets.  Recently, I was in the basement and accidentally dropped my 10-inch Asus Prime Tablet.  It did a perfect pancake, screen down,  on the cement floor and this was the result.

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Go ahead and click the pciture to enlarge.  As you can see, the screen has been destroyed and it is totally unusable.

Luckily, I had a Nexus 7 (2nd Generation 2013) in the wings.

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The Google Nexus 7 is a fabulous tablet!  Check out the specs:

  • 7-inch tablet screen, 1200×1920 (323 ppi), LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Powerful 3950 mAh battery, 10 hours, 15Wh Li-polymer Battery
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 Quad-Core, 1.5 GHz
  • Memory: 2GB, 1.2 MP Front Camera, 5 MP Rear Camera, Auto focus (rear), Large f2.4 aperture. (rear camera)
  • Output:5.2V 1.35A/7W for other USB device, Input:100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal, Support Wireless Charging

The problem is, it’s not made anymore.  You can only buy these as refurbished.  But, believe me, it’s worth it!  You get a factory refurbished item that is like-new, and  you’re not paying a top shelf price.  Plus, Google has been incredibly reliable in sending this  device all the latest Android updates,.  Whereas, other Android devices by other manufacturers may not get those updates as soon or as often.  Google has made sure My Nexus 7 is always running the latest and greatest!  My Nexus 7 is current;y running  Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

I’m very glad I bought this as a backup tablet.  I’m considering buying a second one to have just in case I get clumsy with my current Nexus 7!   If you do buy one, make sure it’s the second generation Nexus 7 (2013).  It has the higher resolution screen.  Also, I recommend going with the 32 GB model.  More storage is better.

I’m also considering the Amazon Fire, 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black


As a backup tablet, for 50 bucks, you can’t go wrong!  The screen resolution isn’t as high as the Nexus 7.  As a comparison, the second Generation Nexus 7 (2013) has a screen resolution of 1920 x 1200.  The first generation of Nexus 7 (2012)  ASUS Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet (16gb) has a screen resolution of  1280 x 800. (Again, this first generation is’t quite as nice as the 2nd generation tablet.  but, it is cheaper!)    The Amazon Kindle Fire, 7″ Display has a resolution of 1024 x 600.

And The 7-inch Kindle Fire isn’t as Google friendly as I’d like. But the folks at Amazon are addressing those isues as well as making sure that my bank’s mobile banking app is added to their library.

So, for 50 bucks, 100 bucks, or a little more than 150 bucks, you can get a really good tablet which will meet all your personal and business needs.  And, if you drop it (like some people I know), you won’t be out a lot of cash.


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I took a break form the drawing board and decided to sit back and catch a flick.  My brother Tom has been telling me about “Ant-Man” for some time now. He said it was a really terrific and entertaining movie  He was right!  “Ant-Man” is one fun movie ride!

Now, if you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend you do.  Because, there are spoilers ahead.  So, if you haven’t seen the movie, STOP READING RIGHT NOW!  Rent or buy the movie, watch it, then come back here to this blog post.  I’ve come across something in the movie that I think was placed there on purpose.  I thought it was pretty amazing.

I watched the movie on Amazon.  They have a terrific streaming service and their X-Ray feature is really cool.  X-Ray allows you to drill down into the film’s production notes.  It gives you the film’s cast and all kinds of background information on movie scenes, trivia, movie goofs, etc.  You can watch the movie on Amazon by clicking the link below.

Ant-Man (Theatrical)

Okay, so if you’re still reading this, it means you’ve seen the movie.  (And I know you enjoyed the heck out it, too!)

SPOILER ALERT (Just in case).

During the movie, there is a discussion of the sub-atomic world.    Dr. Hank Pym warns Scott Lang not to mess with the regulator on the Ant-Man suit.  Once you go smaller than an ant, you’ll enter the sub-atomic world.  If you go sub-atomic, there’s no coming back.  You end up in the sub-atomic world for eternity.  Dr.  Pym goes on to explain how his wife, known as The Wasp, went sub-atomic during a mission to save the world from a nuclear missile. He spent ten years after that trying ot get here back.

So, during the climax of the movie, Ant-Man goes sub-atomic in order to defeat the bad guy. Our hero makes it back, though and explains to Dr. Pym that he saw no traceof The Wasp.

Or did he simply miss seeing her?

While he’s floating through the sub-atomic world, lots of particles, flashes of lights, etc. go flying by.  I swore I saw The Wasp during this sequenc.  so, I went back and went through the flick pausing and playing until I got to the frames in question.  I then snapped them with my tablte straight from the HDTV screen (the fastest way of getting the info up here).  And make sure to click the photos to see a larger, higher definition image.

 

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Okay, at left is the first screen grab. Clearly, you can see the silhouette image of The Wasp.  The head, torso and wings are pretty clear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Then, several seconds later,  it cuts to Ant-Man’s helmet.  There are a couple of reflections here. Either one, or both (it’s a sub-atomic world reflected on a helmet, after all), lend another clue.  You can start to see the image of the same sort of silhouette emerge.  It may not be clear in this photo, but you can see the head form just left of the helmet’s white reflection.  Also, you notice above Ant-Man’s right eye what appears to be, perhaps, a pair of legs?

 

 

 

 

 

 

antman03Then, almost instantly, it dissolves into the same similar figure from that first screen grab.  A full figure with wings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, I think The Wasp is there in the sub-atomic world.  Michael Douglas has even said he’d like his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones to play The Wasp in an upcoming sequel (I got that little bit of info from the Amazon X-Ray feature along with comments regarding his digital face-lift.)

I think the folks at Marvel have left the breadcrumbs and hints pointing exactly in this direction.

(Okay, now that I’ve gotten this posted, time to get some new comic strips posted this week, as well.)


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Some more post Thanksgiving fun!

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Want to play the game and get the answers?  Simply click the image to enlarge, print out, and flip!


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