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22nd June 2011

4:50pm: Reno Worldcon mentioned on my favorite las Vegas website.
As they replace the page everyday with a new QotD, and want access to this data closer to the convention I am going to save a copy of the test here.


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8th June 2011

10:38am: Super 8 Review
So I went into this movie, hoping for a great movie. I wasn't disappointed.

I'll try not and spoil anything which hasn't already been in the commercials and trailers.

The movie is bested described as a cross between E.T. and Cloverfield, and the lens flares from the last Star Trek thrown in.

Normally I worry when the movie main characters are kids, but for the most part the kid actors were great. Of the core 6 kids, 4 of the were fully developed characters, 2 of them were basically set decorations and could have been left out and no one would have missed them.

The movie takes place in 1979, and focuses on a bunch of 12-14 year olds as they film a zombie movie on a super 8 file. As I would have been 13 in 1979, this movie really hit home. They did a very good job of making me feel it was actually 1979.

The train accident near the beginning of the movie was great, it blew me away. Not sure how the kids survived, but you wouldn't have had a movie if they died.

You don't get to see the "monster" until probably 2/3 of the way through the film, the way they handled it until then was very much the same way they handled the "smoke monster" in the early seasons of Lost. You see the damage it is causing, but you never quite see what it causing it. The special effects on the "monster" were very good, especially in the scenes were it is not zooming around and you actually get to look at it.

The really only bad thing I can say about the movie it they used way to many Lens Flares. Not sure what the point in all of them was, but it has become a "signature" of JJ Abrams films.

I would not take small children to this, as there are points in the movie which will scare them. My guess is 8+ should be ok, but it will scare them at points.

One nice tough is during the credits, you actually get to see the super-8 movie the kids were filming during the movie.

I would give this 4 out of 4 stars, it is a movie I plan on seeing again.

3rd June 2011

9:08am: X-men: First Class review
So I got to see a sneak preview of the new X-men movie last night. To be fair in this review, I went into this movie expecting to hate it. I have been reading x-men comics for almost 35 years. I have basically every issues since 1980, and a number of them before then. I get upset with Superhero movies when they dramatically change the "established history" of the characters I have grown to love.

So now that you know my biases, lets talk about the movie.

Overall I actually enjoyed it. Not a great movie, but a fun popcorn type movie. Yes they did things with the continuity I did not like, but for the most part it was done in a way which worked.

The movie is mostly set in the early 60s during the Cuban Missile Crises, and they did a good job with the time period. As the original X-Men came out in the 60s, this actually made the movie more enjoyable for me. The end credits remind me of the 60s bond flick, which I thought was a nice touch.

The plot basically deals with the early history of Prof X and Magneto, the rest of the X-Cast are basically there to allow that story line to develop.

The characters were for the most part was reasonable, only a few of the mutants were 2 dimensional. They tried to at least give the rest of them some back story. Some were better than other.

Most of the mutants sort of matched their comic-book version. The big exceptions to me were Moria MacTaggert, who was turned into a CIA agent. And Alex Summers, not quit sure how Cyclop's younger brother would now be old enough to be his father.

The one character change I did like was Azazel, is now a mutant instead of the devil. In the comics his only real claim to fame is he is the father of a certain X-Men, which make that certain X-man a hell spawn instead of a mutant.

Acting was spotty in places, I enjoyed the performances by the actors which played Charles, Erik and Raven.

Some of the bigger name mutants in the movie: Prof X, Magneto, Mystique, Havok, Beast, Banshee, White Queen (Emma), Black King (Shaw).

They included a number of minor characters from the X-Universe as well: Riptide, Darwin, Angel (female version), Azazel.

There are 2 special non-credited cameo from the earlier X-men movies, but I won't spoil them.

No reason to stay through the credits, there was NOTHING after them which was disappointing.

I think I would give this movie 3 stars, UNLESS you are a hug x-men fan than I would drop it to 2 1/2 stars as the changes to continuity will drive you nuts.

14th May 2011

3:09am: From Twitter 05-13-2011

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13th May 2011

3:15am: From Twitter 05-12-2011

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11th May 2011

3:16am: From Twitter 05-10-2011

  • 18:54:06: RT @Official_PAX: Wow, badges are moving at record speed. We have less than 1,000 Saturday passes remaining!

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7th May 2011

3:06am: From Twitter 05-06-2011

  • 08:19:07: RT @Official_PAX: We are nearly out of 3 day passes for PAX Prime 2011, less than 1k remain. You have been warned!
  • 12:09:40: RT @Official_PAX: That's all folks, we are entirely out of 3 day passes for PAX Prime 2011.

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4th May 2011

9:02am: THOR - no major spoilers.
So has sneak preview tickets to Thor last night. Got to watch it in 3D on a digital IMAX screen.

This movie was MUCH better than what I was expecting or hoping for. I would pay to go see it again.

For non comic book fans I would give it 3 out 4 stars, for all you Marvel Zombies this is a 4 star movie so get in line now.

This movie is really more based on "Ultimate Thor" instead of the main marvel world Thor, but that should be no surprise since most of the Marvel movies have been closer to their Ultimate line of comics.

The 3D effects were actually quite good, none of the "in your face" 3D effects which to me ruins the experience, just makes the movie look much more life like.

If you have read any of the pre-release press on the movie you know that they have changed Asgardians from "gods" to "aliens". This was done to make sure that it played in middle America. I was extremely worried about this when I first heard about it. It was not that bad, you can actually walk away thinking they were "god like" beings or if your religious views don't allow that they are "aliens with fantastic powers". For you DC fans, think of them along the lines of the "New Gods".

So the number of people involved with this movie which have won major Awards in the past is staggering at least 3 actors, the director and one of the writers. Mentioning writers, the story (but not the script) is credited to J. Michael Straczynski.

Stan "the Man" Lee has a brief, but funny Cameo. Look for it around the "Crater".

Lots of minor references to : SHIELD, Stark, Gamma Ray Scientists , etc

One other Marvel hero is in it, but he is not referenced by his hero name. Does the name "Clint Barton" mean anything to you?

They were able to slip in a reference to "Donald Blake" which made me happy.

Make sure you stay all the way through the credits. About a 2 minute clip which is being used to setup the Avengers movie (and MAYBE the Captain America movie), it has every ones favorite S.H.I.E.L.D director. A major Marvel "artifact" is shown in this clip.

Also when in the Adgardian War room, look very carefully at the glimpses of the artifacts, many famous Marvel artifacts are shown. From interviews I know the infinite gauntlet is there, but I missed it.

2nd May 2011

3:06am: From Twitter 05-01-2011

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25th April 2011

3:06am: From Twitter 04-24-2011

  • 20:07:29: #nwc34 As chairman of norwescon I want to thank our guests, members and staff, for one of the best conventions ever.
  • 20:09:53: #nwc34 if you have any comments on the convention please email me at chair@norwescon.org we love hearing from our members.
  • 20:11:05: RT @norwescon: You can also send us your #NWC34 Onions and Roses via Twitter by using the #nwconion and #nwcrose hashtags.

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21st April 2011

3:06am: From Twitter 04-20-2011

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14th April 2011

3:05am: From Twitter 04-13-2011

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27th March 2011

3:07am: From Twitter 03-26-2011

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24th March 2011

3:06am: From Twitter 03-23-2011

  • 10:42:29: @rainnwilson As Chair of Norwescon I want to thank you for mentioning us on TV. If you ever want to attend again, let me know.
  • 11:24:49: RT @fineanddanny: groupon’s president stepped down today. his decision came after he was presented a groupon that would have discounted ...
  • 12:26:34: RT @elfsternberg: Gods don't kill people. People with gods kill people.
  • 18:11:38: Just watched one of the WORST shows I have ever seen on #SyFy Marcel's Quantum Kitchen. What is this doing on this channel.

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18th March 2011

2:05am: From Twitter 03-17-2011

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16th March 2011

2:06am: From Twitter 03-15-2011

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12th March 2011

2:06am: From Twitter 03-11-2011

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11th March 2011

2:06am: From Twitter 03-10-2011

  • 09:13:20: Testing. Fb xposts had stopped working.
  • 13:30:01: RT @TheChristianLft: Pregnancy drug that once cost $20 a dose has now been raised to $1500 after drug company intervenes. This is why... ...
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  • 19:53:46: RT @alydenisof I cannot believe it was 14 years ago today that BUFFY aired for the first time! And I cannot be… (cont) http://deck.ly/~XElEt

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10th March 2011

2:06am: From Twitter 03-09-2011

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8th March 2011

2:06am: From Twitter 03-07-2011

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7th March 2011

2:06am: From Twitter 03-06-2011

  • 14:09:04: RT @TheRealNimoy: Plans developing for a William Bell return to Fringe. Stay tuned. LLAP
  • 19:48:06: RT @emeraldcitycon: Thanks to everyone who made #ECCC 2011 a huge success! We hope to see you again March 30-31 & April 1st for our 10th ...
  • 19:50:26: In 2012 #norwescon and #eccc are a week apart. Ack!!!
  • 20:31:30: @InvaderSil norwescon will be on easter weekend. Not sure about 2012 sakura.
  • 20:33:44: @Pegatha65 true. Any word on sakuracon in 2012?

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6th March 2011

2:07am: From Twitter 03-05-2011

  • 08:56:55: Getting ready to head out to #eccc, going to drive today.
  • 10:58:45: In line for john noble #eccc
  • 12:04:17: http://yfrog.com/h72wjxwj
  • 12:04:47: http://yfrog.com/h8bv9uj
  • 13:33:21: RT @wilw: "Bruce is not hot. Dick is hot." -@feliciaday.
  • 14:09:11: Fringe panel about to start. This is the one panel today I was most looking forward to. #eccc
  • 14:10:37: The Guild panel was good. I still need to watch season three and four. #eccc
  • 14:44:56: RT @Syfy: And if you missed the announcement, #Sanctuary was also renewed for season 4, while season 3.5 returns April 15 :)
  • 16:05:57: Did not stay for the star trek panel. Not sure if I will make it in for buffy panel. Huge line to get in. #eccc
  • 16:24:14: Surprised I made it in to the buffy panel. #eccc
  • 16:25:07: It is running 20 minutes late. #eccc
  • 17:00:08: Much better seat for Shatner. Buffy panel got screwed they had to end after 30 minuetes for him. #eccc
  • 18:03:36: Anyone up for a quick diner at #eccc. Need to be back for the masquerade.
  • 20:07:58: Waiting for the masquerade to start at #eccc. Backstage looks like it is being run by norwescon volunteers. Because it is.
  • 20:23:17: Phone close to dead. Not sure if I will be able to tweet any masquerade photos.
  • 23:07:18: Made in home safe from #eccc not sure if I will go back tomorrow, I'm very burned out.
  • 23:09:20: Will post video of #eccc masquerade tomorrow. Weird angle and @therobfather is in all the footage.

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5th March 2011

2:11am: From Twitter 03-04-2011

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2nd March 2011

2:06am: From Twitter 03-01-2011

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28th February 2011

2:15am: From Twitter 02-27-2011

  • 16:44:04: RT @Motorola: We gave movie star nominees limited gold edition Motorola XOOM tablets. RT for chance to win! http://moto.ly/xrules #motoxoom

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