Sunday, April 30, 2017

Stick 'em up

This month I got a got a new phone.  The plan on my current phone was expiring, so it was time to renew it and I might as well get a new phone while I'm at it.  When I say "new" I don't mean the latest model, I just mean it's new and fresh from the box.  I got another Samsung, a Galaxy S5 Neo, and just last week the Galaxy S8 came out.  You see how even though I got a "new" phone, I'm still three years and phone models behind.  Classic me!  At least it doesn't have a crack right across the screen like my old phone.

I got it through PC Mobile because I get 25% off my plan because I work at Superstore.  Also, the phone was free, it was free with a 2 year plan.  As a total bonus I got 200,000 PC Points with that phone.  If you don't collect PC Points that $200 in free groceries, or whatever I want at Superstore, its too bad we don't sell video games anymore.  There are other phones that offer PC Points, but usually like 50,000 and for whatever reason that particular model got 200,000, so I'll take it.  I got $200 and a new phone?  

As I said my old phone has a crack right across the screen.  I didn't use a case on it and then it fell out of my work locker and landed face down.  I'd like to try and avoid that with my new phone, but finding cases for older model phones in stores is actually pretty hard.  I did find a case for my Galaxy S4 at the Dollar Tree in Cranbrook.  I figured I'd give a try and went to a Dollar Tree here in Calgary.  I managed to find a case, although its not the coolest case.

They had this case in two colours, the blue I bought and a purple one.  Even though the packaging says Galaxy S5 and not S5 Neo I thought I'd give it a try.  It does fit, but the case doesn't fit tightly over the edges on the bottom, it's a bit loose. I also found a black case with a kickstand on it, but I could tell it wasn't going to fit, the camera hole was too small.  

I thought the bright blue case was pretty plain and thought I needed to spruce it up a bit.  Since I was already at the dollar store, I just hit up the sticker section and went nuts.  I should've just completely covered the case in the kitten stickers, so no blue was visible at all.

Since the case doesn't fit perfectly it's just a temporary fix until I find a better fitting case.  Looks like I'll have to go eBay to find something.  I doubt it will cost $1.25, although the stickers cost a lot more than the case.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

More movies!

If you've seen my "to watch" pile of movies, it hasn't gotten any smaller, in fact is just got larger.  I've been watching Iron Fist and then Lucha Underground on Netflix, then went through a 46 episodes of a TV show(more on that later).  Despite that I still went to "Cash Converters" yesterday to have a look around.  I was hoping to find a 3D blu-ray I didn't have yet, but they didn't have anything good.  I had a look and found a $3 DVD I wanted, then another, and then I had to keep looking because its buy 5 get one free.  Overall, I got seven movies for just over $18.00.

I'm pretty sure I've seen this, but like a long time ago and I remember nothing about it.  It has guns on the cover and stars Captain Picard.  

Steve Guttenberg is a member of a covert special ops named Mach One,  hahahaha.  Guttenberg plays against type in this one as a serious guff voiced commando with perma-stubble.  Cody and I watched this one last night and I was expecting it to be a TV movie.  It has a TV movie budget, but the f-bomb gets dropped a times and there are some surprisingly juicy bloody squib hits.  There is also an impressive scene where a guy gets frozen by liquid nitrogen and his legs break off at the shins which actually surprised me.  Overall, it's very cheesy and filmed in Toronto.  As soon as Kim Coates showed up you knew it was Canadian made.

What a badass, Lassard really trained him well at the Police Academy. 

No Van Damme in this one, but I'm sure people will still get roundhouse kicked.  I mean, they better!

A Korean monster movie that I've wanted to see for a while.  It was released as a 3D blu-ray as well, but we'll see if it's even worth an upgrade first.  Pretty sure it is or was on Netflix.

I found a basket hidden under a table that was full of Chinese movies, some of them were actually decent ones too and I even found three I hadn't even seen before.  I picked out one extra one, so in total I got seven movies for my trip to Cash Converters.

Kung fu and vampires...that's all I need to know.

Dragon Inn is supposed to a classic Hong Kong film.  I've never gotten around around to watching it because it's a period sword play movie or wuxia.  I prefer the kicking boxing type modern era setting Hong Kong movies.

Moon Warriors is directed by Sammo Hung (more on him in a later post) and I already watched this one yesterday afternoon.  It has the wuxia flying around and and lots of wirework.  The main hero has a pet killer whale who lays the the smackdown, literally, on the bad guy at the end.  Although, the ending doesn't really wrap anything up.  What happened???

Picking my movies from Cash Converters now is just looking for weird/old/obscure/cheesy movies you won't ever find anywhere else.  Sometimes this is a good or bad thing depending on the movie.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Who you gonna call?

FYI in case you didn't already know but...

The Real Ghostbusters, the entire series all 116 episodes of it is now on Netflix!

I learned of this quite a while ago via some Instagram posts and figured it was probably in the US only because they get a lot of movies and TV shows we don't up here in Canada.  I think it was a couple weeks after that, but The Real Ghostbusters did show up on Canadian Netflix.  Nice!

As far as Netflix goes I'm currently watching Lucha Underground, so I can't start anything new until I finish that.  I'm getting close to finishing Season One and then on to Season Two.  Lucha Underground is "wrestling" program that airs on the El Rey Network, the Latino channel started by Robert Rodriquez.  It uses wrestlers from different countries, but mostly focuses on Mexican Luchadors and their style which is why its so awesome.  There are the typical big muscle dudes, but I like the matches with the smaller "technicos" who do all the crazy moves and high flying.   My favorite luchadors would have to be Fenix, Pentagon Jr and Drago.  They also have a wrestler named Mascarita Sagrada, a "mini" and Pimpinela Escarlata who if I used the word  "flamboyant" to describe would be an understatement.  They are both pretty fun and the crowd loves them, but usually they end up getting beat down.  Oh well, you guys should check it out!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Kootenay Lake news

I talked to my mom tonight and she went over to Kootenay Lake over to Easter weekend.  She told me the large ferry had a break down and leaked oil in the lake.  I looked up some articles online about it.


Looks like most of the leak happened on the Balfour side and was 400 L of gear oil which sounds like a hell of a lot.  That side of lake has a lot of homes on the water and sees a lot of visitors pass through.  Hopefully, it can get cleaned up properly and there won't be any lasting environmental damage.  It will also take a month to repair the main ferry leaving the little ferry to do all the work.    

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Still Star Wars

I was at Wal-Mart last week and walked down the toy aisle to see if there was anything cool.  I ended getting another Star Wars Hot Wheels vehicle for my desk.  I picked up an AT-ST as part of the Rogue One collection.

It looks nice, but like my AT-AT it is not 100% die cast.  The body is metal while the legs and blaster cannons are plastic.  At least my Snow Speeder is all metal.  The AT-ST does come with a clear display base with the Imperial Logo on it, something that didn't come with the AT-AT.  There is also the AT-AT Cargo Walker from Rogue One which does come with a display base.  Looks like Hot Wheels changed all the display stands for this wave of vehicles from previous vehicles.  I'll admit the new stands with the Imperial or Alliance logos look a lot nicer than the old ones.  That being said I bet you they re-release all the old vehicles with these new stands just get some more money.

In other and way more important news last week was Star Wars Celebration in Orlando where the first trailer dropped for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  I'm pretty sure you've all seen it, that is unless your name is Cara.  But here it is anyway!

At Star Wars Celebration they also announced Star Wars: Battlefront II for this November.  While the first Battlefront focused on the original trilogy, Battlefront II will feature characters and most likely planets from all the Star Wars films.  The first game was multiplayer only, but lots of babies complained about it, so Battlefront II will have a single player campaign mode.  In the campaign you player as an Imperial female special forces trooper and it bridges the gap between ROTJ and The Force Awakens.  I'll give it try and hopefully won't get my ass handed to me.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Fun Fact

One of the complaints about Star Wars is why do Stormtroopers wear the armour as it does absolutely nothing to protect them from laser blasts.  That is true, but I noticed something while watching Rogue One the other night, is that the armour is an environmental suit?

The bottom right of the picture a Stormtrooper can be seen patrolling the outside of the Scarif planetary shield gate in the vacuum of space.  Why would a Stormtrooper would be patrolling out there makes no sense, it's not like anyone can just walk up and sneak in.  They are in space after all.  I'm also guessing he has magnetic boots to keep him from floating away in zero gravity.  That is cool the armour is actually useful in some situations, but they really should work on the laser proof aspect, they'd lose a lot less troopers.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Can you "handle" it?

I'm thinking about when I'll be going to Cranbrook because my mom keeps asking me.  A couple years ago I was home just before Sam Steele Days and was bummed because I saw a big ad for a free pancake breakfast at the Tamarack Mall.  For whatever reason, I just remembered that and decided to look up the dates for Sam Steele Days this year and turns out they've really gotten into promoting it with a fancy website.  

I've never really been one to celebrate Sam Steele Days in the past, at least not since I was a kid.  My grandparents lived just off downtown, so we'd just walk down by the courthouse to watch the parade.  I remember they would throw out candy and that's about it.  After that I never really went to any Sam Steele Days events since.  Does that mean I'm too cool or not cool enough?

Looks like they got a lot going this year as there is full calendar of events on the website, all the best ones involve food.  On Friday June 16th there are two pancake breakfasts and three BBQs!  Saturday and Sunday is the Taste of Cranbrook in Balment Park and I'm very intrigued by some place called Tacos del Oso Muerto.  Meurto means "dead", so take that for what it is.  There will also be TWO crepe places!

Other than food there is Smashmouth and I bet Willie got front row tickets.  There is also this...


They gave old Sam Steele a hip new logo to appeal to the kids.  It's actually not bad, I kind of like it.  They worked a maple leaf and a moustache in there, I'd wear a t-shirt with that on it.  While I browsing around the website I found this picture.

Where is that sign located, I want to know!  Also, as a marketing gimmick they should be handing out free stick-on handlebar moustaches to everyone.  That is a missed opportunity right there.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Colouring for grown-ups

Rogue One was released on DVD and Blu-ray today and you know I got it.  I had to buy it at Best Buy because they had it on 3D Blu-ray while for some reason Wal-Mart didn't.  I also had to get it along with the steelbook because that was the only way to get it on 3D.  I don't normally go for steelbooks because they are a different size than all my other blu-ray cases, so it's a bit annoying.  If it's the only way to get 3D, then I don't even had a choice.

Like all Disney releases it came with a code to enter at Disney Movie Rewards.  At the website you enter codes from DVDs, blu-ray, CDs and movie tickets to earn points.  You can use your points on lots of different things like more movies, collectibles and goodies.

I had been eying a Star Wars adult colouring book for quite a while now.  I entered the code from Rogue One blu-ray and went to check out the Star Wars rewards and the Star Wars colouring book was gone!  

Looks like it's been replaced with this Rogue One colouring book.  It's still pretty nice looking with 100 pictures to colour, but I wanted the Star Wars one with pictures from the original trilogy.  I keep waiting and maybe it will come back or something different will come up.

I've also been eyeing this The Force Awakens movie poster.  I really like the poster, but if I get it then I'll have to get a frame for it and then hang said frame on the wall.  I know Ikea or Michael's would have the frame, but hanging the frame on wall is the major turn off.  I suppose I could just set in the floor and lean it against the wall.

Unfortunately, the Marvel rewards on the website have been pretty underwhelming, so hopefully that improves soon.  I have cashed in some points before on a couple movies and a Star Wars t-shirt.  They ship pretty fast too and you can opt to pay for shipping or use points to pay.  Now they need some Indiana Jones stuff!