Ender's Game - The Movie 
I fished the book and watched the movie. I really enjoyed the book and have started Ender's Shadow. I'm enjoying that as well so far.

That said, I really didn't think too highly of the movie but not because it was particularly bad or anything. I feel like they did a good job with what they had but that there just wasn't enough time to get into the details they needed. It's obviously difficult to condense the contents of a novel into a feature length film and some are more successful than others. In this case, they just weren't able to get enough content in to really give the feeling of the pressure put on Ender to push him right to the edge of his abilities.

They basically touched on each of the scenarios he went through to get to the end but without the serious conflicts faced in each. Without that, it all just seemed too straight forward.

I don't know whether it should have been split into multiple films or whether it just can't be filmed at all. I guess it just is what it is.

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Back to the Classics 
I finally finished reading the latest Game of Thrones novel so I'm back to the classics for my reading enjoyment.

I'm not sure how much of a "classic" this really is, as it came out in the 70's, but I'm now reading Ender's Game in anticipation of watching the movie when I'm done.

So far so good!

I'm only a few days into it, but it's gripping and surprisingly current. Knowing that it was written around the days of Pong, I'm impressed at the visions of technology that are so relevant today.

I mean, their desks seem to be 3D iPads and the interactivity of the video games fits right into the modern day.



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Thor: The Dark World 
I just finished watching Thor: The Dark World. I'm very confused and have no idea what the hell just happened.

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Lawyers at Work on the Internet 
This is somewhat amusing. I was browsing a site and came across a link that brought me to a site called HowLifeWorks.com

It didn't take long to realize that the whole thing seemed kinda fishy, so I clicked around a little to get a sense of the place and then did a search to get an idea of whether the whole thing is just a big scam.

Well, by all accounts it is. It's basically set up to look like a news site of sorts, but it's all a ruse to get you to buy stuff from their advertisers. If you pay close attention, they actually suggest you go and do your own actual research elsewhere. :)

None of this is the funny part though. What's amusing is that one of the sites I found describing how the whole thing works appears to be under a subpoena to disclose information about people on the Internet that posted their opinions about the site. And further to that, the actual lawyer posted in the comments, appearing by all accounts to be trying to frighten people off from posting reviews.

Here's the review:
http://www.reviewopedia.com/howlifeworks-com-reviews

Note the legal notice posted there.

And here's the subpoena:

http://www.kbg-law.com/Subpoena.pdf

I mean... I know that companies value their reputations and all, but are people actually paying lawyers to prevent people from exposing what's essentially a giant scam?

So there you have it. The world has disappointed me.

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Super Bowl XLVIII 
When they say that everything went wrong from the first snap, it's usually not so literal as what happened to the Denver Broncos yesterday.

Congratulations to Seattle for their first championship in franchise history! Living in a city that hasn't seen a championship worth celebrating in many years, I have a pretty good idea of what that might be like. I expect it's a good time in Seattle right now.

More interesting than the game though was the bit of drama among automakers when it came to the commercials. It would appear that competition is fierce for the dollars of the rich folk out there. After talking up the fact that they were buying their first Super Bowl ad ever, Jaguar got trumped by Maserati with a surprise commercial in the first quarter.

They responded with some snarky comments on Twitter, which only made the whole thing even more amusing.

And good fun was had by all. :)

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