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For +Darrell Lee That Lag Teleport is some OP stuff. 
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Lololololol still better than we were all forever lost in the dark corners of time. And forever alone. #Gohomedestinyyouredrunk
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A little slow on this but thanx to +Ognjen Mlinar I took a look at it this morn. One of the things i loved about MMOs is the open world concept. If you can see it you can go to it. While everyone was out doing raids or PvP I was wandering around exploring. I tried to do that in Destiny but you can only look at the same rock so many times. 
Plus it runs on Linux which is my main rig and the system I built for my God Daughter.  Granted for her I would have to install a new video card, have a few sitting around that would work. 
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How is your loading time? The game is comically unoptimized and takes 7 minutes on my super rig.
And just some newbie advice: you want to spawn on the south side of the island (if you can see the green altar pillar, you're there).

You're a lot less likely to get eaten by something there. Don't wander too far inland when you start. You're sure to get lost or eaten. Or both.
Stay close to water until you can craft containers to take it with you. Make a slingshot as quickly as possible and tame yourself one of those turtles. They are slower than you and you can knock them out with 20 or so shots.
Then tame one of those manbearpigs and you got yourself your first mount. Just punch them couple of times. They are faster than they look and will run when attacked. Make sure they get cornered.
And beware the water. It looks safe but it's probably full of mega piranhas. Or worse.
And everyone is busy surviving. Not raiding. :)
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Just told Henry it may be time to throw away that Jolly Ball. 
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Grrrrrrrrrrrr.  I dare you to take it.
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Poor guy he spent the whole day doing nothing, he has to be tired. 
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Aww... He's adorable. 
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But I don't want to come inside. 
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I love that face.
Henry rules 😆
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If this kid is 18 I'm a supermodel. The vaping community has a up hill battle fighting the goberment who want to supplement their falling tobacco revenue by taxing the crap out of vaping. Every day there is another BS article using distorted facts or out right lies to kill the Vape Industry. One of them is vape products is being marketed to kids, kinda like cotton candy vodka is marketed to kids. But the community has stepped in and juice companies are removing cartoony labels and such.
We don't need a little kid on youtube auditioning to be the poster child for the FDA. Pull your head out of your ass stop vaping and stop posting videos like this. And I would like everyone who sees this to report this video to Youtube and get this kid's channel banned.
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+GOLDBOY360​ I didn't specify say the money was for e-liquid, which you can't purchase. It should have, however, been understood that it was for your mod which you stated you had someone purchase for you and if anyone found out who that they would get in trouble. Was this not a "review" for a mod? Was it for e-liquid instead?
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I miss seeing Henry so I went looking for him. Hope y'all are doing ok. 🐾😀+Mith Besler
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A lot of spoilers, but really the most spot on review out there. 
 
Hello  there tiny people of the internet. Welcome to this week's Movie Review Extravaganza Show. This week we will be taking a look at Odd Thomas (2013) by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) and starring Anton "Nuclear Wessels" Yelchin.

With this review I am fulfilling a long overdue request by +Mith Besler who requested this at the very first Movie Review Extravaganza Show, way back in the late 14th century. 
The request came with a side note of "only if you've read the book" but I'm just a rebel and I want to review the movie on its own merits. Being two very different mediums the novel and the movie must succeed independently from each other.

Sometimes the movie fails to stand on its own like Cloud Atlas (2012) and sometimes the movie far surpasses the source and reading the book becomes an afterthought like Edge of Tomorrow (2014). 
But enough talk. Let's see where this movie ends up.

Odd Thomas begins with an establishing shot of the town of Pico Mundo somewhere in a desert-y looking place and Odd Thomas (Yelchin) introduces himself to the audience via narration. He tells us he's not a celebrity, not a child of a celebrity and he has never provided a kidney to a celebrity, but has lead an unusual life.

Our hero apparently has a good sense of humour and isn't beyond making fun of himself. He further elaborates that his name is really Odd and that it's all a big mix up on the birth certificate involving his uncle or uncles who are either Lithuanian or Bulgarian.
His parents apparently disagree which is the real version and he casually mentions that his mother (Leonor Varela) is insane (supported by a short flashback) and that they locked her up and threw away the key when he was 12.
Apparently he and his mother share "certain abilities" and he has kept his hidden since he had no desire to get locked up like she did.

This is quite a bit of exposition in just over 2 minutes and while a little lazy, Yelchin's dry, deadpan narration makes it interesting. The entire narration time as he walks down the street he is followed by a silent, blonde girl he calls Penny. But he barely acknowledges her.

He meets a guy called Harlo Landerson (Matthew Page) who's bit of a cock and tells him "her blood is your pocket" and then the movie makes a hard turn into the fantastical and explains Odd's "abilities".

The blonde girl is dead and Harlo killed her and Odd feels compelled to hunt him down as he makes a run for it. Movie luckily avoids threading into "Ghost Whisperer" territory that I feared immediately after the reveal of Odd's powers.
After a short chase the two fight it out and Odd wins because, as he says himself -  "I like my face just the way it is so I learned to handle myself".  As Harlo is taken away by the police Odd tells us "I see dead people, but then, by God, I do something about it.".

Odd meets with the local police chief Wyatt Porter (Willem Dafoe) who scolds him for not coming to him first and apparently knows of his "abilities". Odd tells him that Harlo would have done it again if he wasn't stopped right now. The chief gives Odd an alibi in case someone starts asking how and why he knew about Harlo.

Next we see Odd walking down a dark street at night when he is jumped by a bunch of faceless (literally) men in bowling shirts who beg him to save them and carry him away as someone is shooting at them picking them off one by one.
The last remaining faceless person carries Odd to his bed just before being shot and Odd appears to be shot as well. But it was just a dream. Unfortunately for Odd, dream is never just a dream. Evil is coming and he has to figure out who is holding the gun.

In order to deal with his abilities (and not going seven kinds of crazy) Odd has simplified things. He works at a short order cook at the local diner and keeps his head down and nobody knows he is "a detective for dead people".
He has a girlfriend Stormy Llewellyn (Addison Timlin) and he will be with her forever because a fortune telling machine told them so. Stormy is the "cool girlfriend" you only ever see in movies.

Besides the dead, Odd can also see "bodachs", evil creatures that feed on death and carnage. He can't let on he can see them because they would kill him as they did a friend of his who saw them too and flipped them off once.
One bodach comes to the diner and Odd tries his best not to let on he sees it. When it appears that bodach is after Stormy he almost blows it but the creature is after someone else. An odd guy with a weird hairdo.
The more bodachs appear the bigger the carnage will be they come to feed on. They don't cause it, just feed on it and signal its coming. And dozens of bodachs just appeared at the diner.

Just to make it worse Viola Peabody (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), waitress at the diner, tells Odd she had a dream where she saw herself being "all shot up and busted" next to a guy wearing a bowling shirt.
She believes that Odd is clairvoyant, can see death or something and asks him if he sees death in her.
Odd lies of course and goes to look for the creepy guy that was surrounded by bodachs at the diner. He tracks him down (one of his other abilities) to the ice cream salon Stormy works when bodachs suddenly disappear as the guy leaves the mall. They simply lost interest.
But not Odd. He follows the man to a rickety house just outside of town and is hit by what I will describe as a "ghostly wave of frost".

Instead of running as he himself suggests, Odd enters a room full of frozen birds in cages. But the room isn't really a room. It's a"thing" and there are bodachs. Loads of them. And they are upset with Odd and try to find him.
As they lose interest in him Stormy calls him on his mobile startling both him and me (made me jump up, seriously) and he casually informs her he found a gate to hell and he's going back there.But now the gate is gone of course.
He finds newspaper clippings about serial killers who like to "make belts out of women's nipples". Hilarity ensues as Stormy is serving ice cream to kids while asking Odd if he found any severed heads in the refrigerator.
Barely escaping the cabin of hell he goes straight to chief Porter to tell him that "Fungus" Bob is planning a mass murder. Refreshingly enough chief isn't the typical movie police chief and believes Odd right away. Odd has never been wrong in the past so why doubt him now? But Fungus Bob is clean.

During the romantic dinner with Stormy Fungus Bob appears and starts chasing the two. They hide in the church and somehow manage to evade Fungus Bob and inform chief Porter.
The day of planned massacre is less than three hours away and they go to the bowling alley who just happened to change their uniforms into the same colour as those in Odd's dream.

When nothing turns up Odd and Stormy go to Viola to talk more about her dream. Odd does a Vulcan Mind Meld (I don't know how else to describe it) with her and she tells him the particulars of his dream.

But bodachs appear around Viola and her daughters. As they plan what to do they hear Lysette (Melissa Ordway), a local  girl, screaming while being chased and killed by rottweilers Odd earlier escaped from at Bob's cabin.
Odd goes home (instead of having crazy naked sex with Stormy) finds Fungus Bob dead in his bathtub with a gun next to him and suspects set-up. But after connecting the obvious figures out just what exactly is up with Bob. He disposes of the body and on his way back is surrounded and chased by hundreds of bodachs and decides to go to chief Porter but is too late.
The chief is shot by an unknown person as he answers the door. Chief survives thanks to a vision Odd had and Odd giving him a metal heart he had on him which blocked the bullet. But now it's on! Odd will find the shooter or die trying.
At Bob's cabin Odd finds "the fridge with severed heads" and fingers, and teeth. And then Bob's back who humorously tries to hit Odd who educates him that the dead can't hurt the living. So Bob collapses and then blows up  the cabin. Odd figures out the true meaning of his "bullet vision" and after checking on Bob's corpse figures out who the real would-be mass murderer killer is and where it will take place (guess!). Armed with a baseball bat he goes looking for him. But there is more to it of course. The bodachs never appeared around the would-be killer(s). Only around Bob. They knew Odd can see them and have played him. And then all hell breaks loose. Literally. Thousands of bodachs converge on the people at the mall and someone in a balaclava starts shooting wildly at everyone. Odd tries shooting him but the bodachs swoop down on him trying to stop him but he manages to shoot him somehow. However the mass murder is not over yet. He runs after one killed person and finds out that the shooter was just a distraction from the real deal - a bomb set to explode. He rides the bomb out of town and jumps out of the truck just moments before it goes off, saving everyone seemingly getting killed in the blast.

He wakes up in the hospital eventually with Stormy, Viola and chief's wife tending to him and filling him in on the events at the mall. He retreats to his apartment with Stormy and after a short while Viola, chief Porter and his wife come to see Odd and tell him it's time and he has to let go making him acknowledge what he already knew. Stormy was killed in the shooting and he was spending time with her lingering spirit. As they say goodbye to each other, Stormy slowly dissolves into butterflies. It's okay if you shed man-tears here. I won't judge. Odd moves to Vegas and narrates how he has about 60 years before he sees Stormy again and that he is a patient man and he has much to do.

Odd Thomas managed to surprise me. I liked it. It twists and turns many times and none of the the twists are expected even though there might be one or two too many in there. However the heavy reliance on narration just seems lazy.
If I wanted narration I would have read the book. I want you to show me, not tell me. And at times it feels like there are large chunks of the material missing. Either to improve the pacing or just because it would have been too long. Again, this could have been salvaged by less narration while we see Odd doing nothing important but walking down a street and more actual scenes of things Odd is telling us.

The characters are neither here nor there. Sommers tries to balance the ordinary and the macabre and just doesn't go anywhere with any characters. Odd is fairly rounded (largely thanks to narration) but everyone else is sort of a beginning of an archetype. Especially Stormy. She's the "cool girlfriend" and all of the professing of love between her and Odd feels forced because she's so one-dimensional. Addison Timlin does a fine job with what she's given but it just isn't there. You might want to check out Timlin in Californication (2007-2014) sometimes. You're welcome.
Same goes for Anton Yelchin. He carries the movie admirably but is given too little to do except narrate for most of the movie. Other characters are little more than glorified extras.

Script for all its faults is amusing and has a bit of a "it's all for laughs" undertone, which is fine. It manages to hold your attention with a classic "whodunnit" narrative structure and will demand your attention to the very end and you will leave the movie satisfied but will soon forget all about it. Sommers' direction of his own script based on Koontz's novel is competent and movie never bores you.

While it never quite succeeds in anything it sets out to do, the movie did make me want to check out the novels.

See you next week.
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+Brian Dupre​ I like it too but found it lacking in the character department. It's all very plot driven and the movie crams as much as possible into it so that characters seem like puppets that stuff happens to. Movie never quite makes me care for them.
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Almost done remodeling another 45 year old apartment. Henry seems to approve of the kitchen. 
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This was such a golden opportunity for Fox, sounds a lot like what happened to Firefly. But it could be for the best, if you read the books and watched the show you would know what I'm talking about. The first book was such a great thriller/mystery/mindfook but they didn't even come close to it in the show. They really treated it like it was a mini series and combined all 3 books into 10 episodes but gave up on the third book half way in. If they would have stayed true to the books the first book easily had 30 episodes in it. 
Now on it's own the show was good, above average, till the  finale. The last 10 minutes were lame and pieced together by someone who already collected their last paycheck. While the author Blake Crouch wrote the final episode, it did not feel like his work. Actually to be honest I started to get worried about 4 episodes in, they were moving the story way too fast. 
Could the show have gotten a second season if they stayed true to the books? I like to think so but once again it's Fox, they most likely needed the money for another reality tv show. Oh wait this show was actually a hit. 
The series is currently FOX’s second-best performer of the summer, beating out shows like So You Think You Can Dance, Bullseye, Boom!, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

If it shows up on Netflix, watch it. But be warned about the last episode. MOON that spells DUMB. 
Wayward Pines is saying bye-bye to the Fox program. This thursday, the season one finale will air and there will be no succeeding second season for the famous TV Series.
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It may look small, but trust me when you get beaned in the nose with one it hurts like a dickens. It was trying to rain all morning when out of nowhere a hail storm hit us. . 
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Been pruning inactive people out of my circles. Over 600 people that I had circled and maybe a 100 of them have posted in the last year. But If I removed you by accident, just smack me upside the head. 
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How would one go about knowing you removed them? Google doesn't tell you. Or am I dumb? (don't answer that)
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The stupidest, most self-centered, appallingest excuse for an anthropomorphic personification on this or any other plane. 

 I have ferrets, a English Bulldog, and way to many shiny things. Occasionally I will post about my furry roommate or pictures of them staring at shinny things.. From time to time I will also write reviews on Horror and Sci-Fi books and movies. At last count I have over 40 Zombie audio books, and I am always looking for new ones. 

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Worst restaurant experience in my life. When we first sat down the table was dirty and the hostess just wiped the crumbs and straw wrappers on the floor. After taking our order it only took a few minutes to get our drinks, mine was a ice tea that was nothing more than colored water with a lemon in it. The milkshake was awesome, I should have just stopped there. There was 4 of us my brothers wife and his two kids 10 and 8. My Goddaughter just got a bowl of chili which we had to ask for to get them to bring it out after the rest of us got our food. Which by the way took 36 minutes after we ordered. My nephew got the classic foot long, the bun was hard and the entire thing was just flooded with mustard. I had the spicy burger, the bun was stale and hard, the burger was soggy and mushy with no flavor. My sister in law had a simple bacon burger that was the same. All of our fries were cold and tasted like cardboard. We tried to get someones attention to get refills but everyone but the guy making the shakes were huddled in the kitchen ignoring everyone. When I was paying I noticed the grills and felt sick. They were covered in grease and burnt meat, a lady in a blue shirt was scrapping them but she seemed to be making it worse not better. Also on the edge of grill they had easily a bag of hamburger buns that looked like someone had just dumped there with a few that were on the floor. The only thing that was worth it was the milk shake. We were seated right by the window watching him and he never stopped moving. While the rest of the staff were hanging out ignoring everyone. Even some of the tables that had no one at them but hadn't been cleared when we came in, were still like that when we left. I doubt I could ever eat at another Steak 'n Shake again because of this experience.
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