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Chris Liphart (Xtopher Robin)
Laid-back, fun-loving photographer.
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TMNT: Out of the Shadows

So let's talk Turtles. I enjoyed the first movie for what it was. Megan Fox was hard to swallow as April, as her acting is almost as bad as Sophie Turner's, in my opinion. Looks only get you so far. Anyway, aside from the focus on her in the first movie and some shoddy writing, I enjoyed it as a TMNT film. It was fun.

So I was pretty excited for the second movie when it was announced that Krang, Bebop, and Rocksteady were being introduced. Bebop and Rocksteady were supposed to be the two mutants (Toka and Razar) in the orignal 2nd Turtles movie, but they couldn't figure out how to pull it off right back then. And I quite enjoyed that movie, Vanilla Ice and all. This time around, they nailed them. They looked like they came right out of the old cartoon into our world. I loved it. Krang was pretty spot-on too. The Turtles were done well, again, and really felt like the characters I knew and loved as a kid. I laughed and smiled a lot.

Except when I was cringing. Everything else about this movie was god-awful. The plot was incredibly thin, the writing was terrible, the dialog was cringe-worthy, and the CG was a hell of a mixed bag. The Turtles, Splinter, Bebop, Rocksteady, and Krang looked great and seamless in the real world. But holy hell did it all fall apart when the Technodrome was coming through the portal and assembling. That was probably some of the worst CG that I've seen in 20 years. It looked like a high schooler's 3D animation project.

Now, all that being said, if you go back and watch the old cartoon series, it's really bad too. So I guess from that perspective, the film was true to it's roots? No, I'm not going to give it a pass. It's a bad movie with some shining parts. I enjoyed it once, and I did so on a free ticket (Kimberly's ticket was only $5), so I don't feel like I was sold a false bill of goods, but man, it was bad. The boys will probably enjoy it, and I'll probably watch it with them, but it's not something I'll be revisiting on my own.

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+Nexus Taken from the top of the Empire State Building, where I proposed to my wife. :) #MyLiveCaseContest

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For those interested in such things, and with a supported Nexus device, the Android Beta Program is now open. OTA access to Android N beta builds (instead of flashing factory images). Looks like I have something new to play with tonight on my Nexus 6P! #bleedingedge


Quick thoughts:

-I like the little changes a lot, especially in the realm of the quick settings. No more double-pulling down to get to them. You can set 5 toggles to be shown with notifications and then pull down again to get to the rest. Very handy!

-Split screen will be really cool, especially on larger screen devices and tablets. Anyone who's used Samsung in the past couple of years has already experienced this though, so it's really nothing new.

-Night Mode is awesome. You don't realize how much easier it is on the eyes to have a yellow/red tint on the screen at night, and Android goes a step further by enabling a darker UI with it.

-It's buggy. No big surprises there, as this is the first developer beta, but I'm rolling back to 6.0.1 tonight since this phone has to be my daily driver. Too many little bugs that I can't risk right now. Later releases might be stable enough for me; I'll certainly test each release as it comes out.

Oh, and Android Wear and Android Auto both work fine with it, though it seemed to have some trouble pairing with my head unit in my car. That said, I've been having Android Auto issues lately anyway, so it's hard to tell if it's related to those or if it's being caused by the beta. Aside from that, Android Pay doesn't work with it, but most other things I tested worked fine. Lots of slowdowns and some janky performance, but again, it's a beta.

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Happy Maul Monday!

Kimberly and I have been on an adult comedy animation kick lately. We just burned through the first two seasons of Rick and Morty, and started Bojack Horseman last night. Any other recommendations along those lines?

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I'm just going to leave this here. XD

Had a great evening with +Chris Ozgolith and +Marisa Ninsun last night! Thanks for making the long trek out to the boonies to see the house and have dinner! Hope to see you both soon and more often! :D

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Had a box of goodies waiting for me when I got home! #projectfi
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