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#Cinenikki   #StarTrekBeyond  

Most of the time when I get around to seeing a movie; it's been out for a while. Tonight I was fortunate enough to see the +Paramount Pictures new #StarTrek  on opening night. The 3D version no less; so quite a treat for me.

I harbor no particular doubts in saying that Star Trek Beyond is the best of the reboot movies; up to a point. In terms of direction and cinematography; it is certainly as visually impressive as it's immediate predecessors. However there is a downside to the visuals; significant amounts of film use darker tones that don't really function all that well in polarization based 3D formats. Shutter based or split screen base formats will probably be far more enjoyable for the entirety of the presentation.

The scripting for large amounts of the film certainly show the handiwork of #SimonPegg ; which hits high points of capturing the feel of the good Star Trek movies across the 80's and 90's. It unfortunately also slams straight into some of the political issues Mr. Pegg is known to tangle with. Notably; the character of Sulu is now openly homosexual; something one of the co-creators of Sulu who just happens to be openly homosexual; considers to be a derailment of the character. When somebody who is as much of a same-sex activist as George Takei has a problem with the way the treatment of Gene Roddenberry's character went; there's really something wrong.

I get the feeling that Paramount saw some of the backlash that could be in their future; looked at the swaying political winds; and promptly edited some scenes and dialog out of the final film. I also suspect strongly that the plot point will be entirely gone in the next film; with the relationship written off as brother or favorite uncle.

The other characters who were not derailed from Gene Roddenberry's vision get their chances to shine. Person for person; large amounts of this movie could have swapped out any of the TOS actors for their new counterparts. In some ways it's almost surreal seeing the personalities defined on small screen televisions in the 1960's carry on in new actors.

I'd also note that where-as Into Darkness required an Idiot Ball plot combined with plot canyons large enough to hold Terok Nor in dry dock conditions; I never got the sense that Beyond required all of the characters to become absolute bleeding idiots to push the story forward. Rather; I'd make a special note that the ending sequences almost seem to rely on the Federation to act competently outside of the camera's focus. Which; well; bravo Simon Pegg for not writing the Federation as a bunch of morons that require Captain Kirk to make good decisions.

For all the flack Justin Lin received; I'd like to see him take the helm for the next film. If Simon Pegg can leave the political issues in the wastebin where those issues belong; the next Star Trek movie could be something special.
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Had it not been for Senator Cruz imploding; this would have been the headline generating speech from last night. The #DisenfranchisedDemocrat  would be well advised to hear what #GovMikePence  had to say.
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I do not know enough about the #Trump2016   #VP  pick; #GovMikePence ; off the top of my head to have an immediate reaction to his selection.

I do know that Gov. Pence has caucused with the #TeaPartyCaucus  while in Congress. I also know that Gov. Pence was the chairman of the #RepublicanStudyCommittee .

A quick look through his legislative history and there is a significant amount there for small-government proponents to be fond of. There is a significant amount of background that would appeal to the Libertarian.

There is also a proven historical stance on the subject of Homosexuality and Government Recognition of Homosexuality. Now, personally, I tend to be in favor of the "Civil Union" since the usage of a Civil Union has substantially different religious and social implications of marriage; and Gov. Pence has advocated against Civil Unions.

That being said; Gov. Pence does appear to share the same fiscal viewpoints that would divorce the recognition of a marriage or civil union status from the tax system; thus gutting much of the fiscal based Homosexual Agenda.

Is Gov. Pence the right person to appeal to the #TedCruz  base? To the #NeverTrump  crowd? To the crowd that, for whatever reason, thinks Hillary should be taking an oath of office rather than an oath to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth before a jury of her peers?

I think the average person who would have supported +Ted Cruz on ideology would certainly warm to Gov. Pence. I also think Gov. Pence is an excellent outreach to the +GOP base that were adamant they would never vote for trump.

I think Trump himself will do more to attract the #DisenfranchisedDemocrat  than a VP pick. Much of the Democrat party generally does believe in the #RuleOfLaw . There is a generalized belief in #Ethics .

Much of the LBGT outreach from the left side, much of the african-american outreach, and much of the minority outreach, is predicated on the idea that the Democrats believe in social equality and social justice; much more so than a Republican or Libertarian. A quick glance through Hollywood actors and there is this pretense that the Left is somehow morally superior to the Right.

The past months have shaken this perception. The Department of Justice, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Obama Administration have all demonstrated what should be a shocking amount of corruption. It seems that each day uncovers a new scandal, unearths evidence of an old scandal, or features blatant actions covering malfeasance in office. A vote for Hillary is a vote for somebody who doesn't believe in ethics, morals, or even a rule of law.

Some of the most vitriolic responses I saw over the collective decision of the Obama Elite to not press charges against Hillary Clinton in the case of the email server alone came from DNC affiliates. It would have been one thing for Hillary to go into court and win in front of jury. It was quite another thing to hand whoever the GOP candidate would be the equivalent of a political howitzer.

Donald Trump has slowly been positioning himself as a the candidate who represents the rule of law. That alone may be enough to gain the vote of somebody who looked at Hillary; and realized that 4 more years of her was 4 more years of an already openly corrupt administration.
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In the list of #CalledIt  comes a #CineNikki  post on the #BBC  revamped #TopGear  

Following the lowest ratings in the history of the show, lower even than the estimated ratings for the Clarkson and Hammond fronted 2002 reboot, host #ChrisEvans  has stepped down. Or rather, he claims he stepped down. Various reports suggest Mr. Evans and a substantial number of executives responsible for the 2016 season have been summarily dismissed.

Good Riddance to Awful Rubbish.
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#MurkyPolitics   #Brexit  

Britain did the right thing by choosing to leave the EU. Happy #independenceday   #England .
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#Cinenikki  

So, the +Power Rangers twitter account is offering a bit of a contest. Those sharing the hashtag #TogetherWeAreMore  are entered into a contest for a signed version of the rebooted #PowerRangersMovie  promotional poster.

Which, em, I like, actually. It's just, minimal, understated, and in that blankness almost perfectly echos the lonely isolation Teenagers With Attitude could feel.

At the same time as communicating a vast isolation, the massive amount of space dedicated to the stars in the sky draw focus to alien aspects of Power Rangers. To me it evokes a memory of extra-terrestrial establishing shots; something I'd expect from Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, or even the George Lucas of the 1980's.

Then there's that dawning light; which admittedly is a bit heavy on the symbolism. Still the type of dawning light shot that would be expected from a movie about aliens.

The released poster is a far cry from the theatrical posters of the movies released in the 1990's. While the Mighty Morphin poster wasn't that bad in hindsight; the less I say about the Turbo poster the happier I will be. I'm almost happy that the promotional poster stepped away from focusing on the Ranger suits; in favoring of picturing the people who would be inside those suits.

An effective poster wasn't the only announcement that bumped my interest from Morbid Curiosity to Interested.

#BryanCranston will be playing the part of #Zordon . I think it's fairly safe to say that after #BreakingBad  and #Godzilla  that Mr. Cranston is in the list of actors who can afford to pick and choose what productions they take part in. Right now I just can't see Mr. Cranston following in the footsteps of Bob Hoskins and Dennis Hopper by signing into a career killing movie just for a paycheck.

So for somebody like Mr. Cranston to be involved; there's got to be something in the script that he really liked. There has got to be some kind of passion on the part of the producers.

So right now then... Saban and +Lionsgate Movies seem to be taking some good steps to make a movie that fans of Power Rangers will not be disappointed with.
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#MurkyPolitics   #CruzFailure   #KeepingThePromise  

This morning as I browsed through other political bits on the speech given by +Ted Cruz to the +GOP at the #RNC2016  convention; the angrier I found myself becoming. Throughout the #USPresidentialNomineeProcess  I had openly supported Senator Cruz based on the facts of his political record and the substance of his outlined policies.

Throughout the campaign Senator Cruz leaned heavily on his record of carrying out his campaign promises. Senator Cruz leaned heavily on how those who knew him best; knew him from his actions. The repeated point that Senator Cruz's chosen running mate, #CarlyFiorina , made is that the question of the election was one of character. The character of the nation itself; and the character of the selected leader.

It is in the light of a campaign that focused so heavily on the questions of ethics and morals that the RNC Speech given by Senator Cruz was so grating. For months Senator Cruz had made a point of not getting involved with the mud slinging that his competitors were engaged in. Throughout the campaign Senator Cruz had managed to be the "Bigger Man."

A reputation that in the space of only a few minutes Senator Cruz managed to fling under a bus.

In August 2015 Senator Cruz took to the stage in a GOP Cleveland Debate and unequivocally promised that he would support, aka #endorse , the Republican Nominee. Regardless of who that nominee was.

Eleven Months later; on that very same stage; Senator Cruz took to that same platform... and #BrokeThePromise .

All those months of work; all the reputation building; all the positive emotions; all the motivation; gone. Just. Gone.

In the aftermath of Senator Cruz failing to honor the promise that he made to the American Voter; Donald Trump went on record calling it #NoBigDeal . As former supporters of Senator Cruz were tweeting their various versions of #WTHIWWY ; Donald Trump managed to appear as gracious and magnanimous.

#GovMikePence  may have opened the door for the Liberterian / Small-Government voter to support the #TrumpPence  ticket; but Donald Trump himself may have closed that deal just by being the "Bigger Man."

A startling role reversal that may have effectively ended Senator Cruz's higher political ambitions. I, for one, would keep the refusal to honor the promise of endorsement in mind were I ever to think of Senator Cruz again.
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So I listened to +Ted Cruz's speech at the +GOP's #GOP2016   #RepublicanConvention . I... cannot say I was as impressed with the speech as I was with previous speeches.

I understand there are some severely burned bridges between Senator Cruz and #PresidentialElect (okay, not yet)   #DonaldTrump . I understand there is likely an extreme amount of tension there...

Still; I found myself wishing that Senator Cruz would have taken a moment, just a moment, and made it clear that he was honoring the promise he made on that very stage so many months ago to support the #RepublicanNominee ; regardless of who that nominee was.
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I still believe that he said all that he could or should. I get that others were on that stage and have been endorsing Trump for a long time, people like Ben Carson who he horribly offended (at least to me). But I am still emotional I guess about +Ted Cruz​. I will not list his policies here. We both know them and have both been publicly in favor of most or all of them.

Every issue I had with every other canadate Cruz aced the test. Every time, except for H1Bs, at least at first.

I have eluded to this already but Trumps issues with Cruz are not much more than the fact that Ted is not Trump. What ever Trumps issue with Ted are they are not in policy or in Ted's ability to make a case. He's ok with me and if a Constutional issue arises with Trump (A literal certainty of proportion) I know Ted will be RIGHT THERE.
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#GNiE   #BadConsumerPractices  

So, +GearBest get's shown two videos of a +Chuwi Vacuum cleaner that is not generating any suction nor applying any rotation to the vacuum spindle.

Gearbest's response? The vacuum looks to be in quote/unquote Good Condition

Gearbest's options for dealing with a #DeadOnArrival  product?

Option 1: Pay out of pocket to ship the broken dead on arrival product back to their warehouse in Japan; and then get a refund to an internal product wallet; or alternatively get a replacement product shipped.

Option 2: take a partial credit for a fraction of the product cost on the aforementioned Internal Wallet.

Option 3: pay out 2/3 the cost of a new product and get a second vacuum shipped in; with no guarantee that the second vacuum wouldn't also be dead on arrival.

I've come across #TerribleCustomerService  before; but this time; this just takes the cake. I don't know if it's Gearbest or a Chuwi rep responsible for failing to honor a product warranty; and I'm at the point where I'm pretty sure I no longer care.

I do know that I won't be looking to purchase any more products through Gearbest; and to avoid Chuwi like a plague.
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In the list of #BloodyHell comes this news from +Nintendo. They are currently looking to hire developers experienced in... and I'm not joking... +Epic Games +Unreal Engine.

That's right. Nintendo... of all companies... is actively recruiting developers experienced in the #UnrealEngine .

I just have to say it one more time because I cannot wrap my head around this. #Nintendo ; a company known for still leveraging massively under IPC'd, outdated, thermally hot, and electrically unsuited hardware across their recent mobile and home console products; is actively recruiting developers experienced in an engine that requires paying attention to specifications.

... #MaybeTheNXWillNotSuck .
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I really should have a #MurkyPolitics  post on how members of the #DNC  and the #ObamaAdministration  have tried to turn the #OrlandoTragedy  into something OTHER than an #IslamicTerrorist  attack. I should have something to say on the attempt to parley a #Terrorist  attack into more restrictions on #WeaponOwnership  by private citizens in the United States.

I should have a rather verbose counter to the efforts by Liberal Democrats to narrate a story that turned an #IslamicSoldier  into somebody that could be linked with Christian's or #2ndAmendment  supporters. I should be furious over the quote-unquote #SitIn / #OccupyCongress  protest. I should be furious over #Obama 's #DepartmentOfJustice  electing to try and redact the evidence in the wake of the Orlando Tragedy; and have a torrent of words ready to fight back.

Only; I'm not.

Far from a case of apathy; it's that I'm seeing a tidal wave of backlash among social media as the DNC's sit-in came to an end. The farce of the Obama administration's transparency is, perhaps, effectively over.
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So. The NX. The console that Nintendo will not talk about. It's launching next year; but multiple third parties still do not have software or hardware development kits. The development kits that are known to be available raise more questions than those kits should answer; with entities like ...
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