LG Nexus 4

This is going to be my next phone if I ever get it in the mail. Once a song said… “It’s all about the he said she said bulls**t” the runaround between Google and shipper UPS is mind numbing.

It was suppose to be shipped last Friday, but no tracking info updated from UPS. And on the Android Forums, likewise, with everyone frustrated and few people actually with Nexus phones. Hopefully it comes tonight, we shall see.

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Nexus 4 specs:
– weighs 138 grams
– 133.9 x 7 x 9.1 mm
– Android 4.2
– 16 flash storage
– 1.5 Ghz snapdragon quad core processor
– 4.7 inch IPS screen
– 8 megapixel camera
– NFC

Bob Ross and The Joy of Painting

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I remember watching this show “The Joy of Painting” as a kid. I wouldn’t know how much of an impact it would have on me until now, looking back. PBS was a huge factor in my life as a kid. Shows like this, Reading Rainbow, and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood help me grow up in the 90s. It’s nice to see Mr. Ross getting his due. Although I don’t paint right now, I have been thinking about it. “I believe, I believe, Every day’s a good day when you paint, I believe, I believe, It’ll bring a lot of good thoughts to your heart.” He would have been 70 yesterday.

Happy Little Clouds is a great remix on Youtube that will bring a lot of good thoughts to your heart. Enjoy.

Star Trek: The Next Generation, Episode4, Code of Honor

Rating: 1 out of 5

Preview:

Lt. Yar is abducted by the leader of a people who abide by a strict code of honor, which requires her participation in a fight to the death.

Review: Well, if you were a huge fan of The Original Series, this was right in line with that. Some regard this episode as being one of the worst (besides the clip episode at end of season two). It’s slow episode that really does nothing to advance the characters. The plot is not well written. Very disappointing. The 1 out of 5 might be generous, but I am reserving the 0 out of 5 for the clip show. Even the acting in the action screens with both Yar and Yareena were not good. At least Picard got his vaccine he needed. Yay!

Quote of the Episode: “Includling the kiddlies! Now, see that’s funny!” – Geordie La Forge to Data

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Star Trek: The Next Generation, Episode 3, The Naked Now

Rating: 3 out of 5

Preview:

A mysterious, communicable contaminant causes the crew to experience symptoms similar to alcohol intoxication.

Review: Ah being drunk without having to spend money. Kids will love this, especially Wesley Crusher. He takes over the ship. After that, the crew gets frisky and they must figure out how to out run a star that is beginning to collapse. It’s a fun episode.

Quote of the episode: “Data, I’m only going to tell you this just once: it never happened.” – Tasha Yar

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Star Trek: The Next Generation, Episode 1 & 2, Encounter at Farpoint

Rating: 3 out of 5

Preview:

The new starship Enterprise begins her maiden voyage by uncovering the mysteries of an advanced space station. The crew’s mission is threatened by an omnipotent being named Q, who puts them (and specifically, Captain Jean-Luc Picard) on trial for the crimes of all humanity.

I’ve watched this series through about four times. I’ve decided that I would put my website to good use and add my thoughts about each episode as I go through the seasons and movies related to The Next Generation

Review: Encounter at Farpoint was the pilot episode to, in my opinion, the best Star Trek series. The first season just came out on Bluray and looks amazing, it’s too bad this season wasn’t too stellar. This episode wasn’t that great, but I gave it a 3/5 because it established “Q”. He will be the key to many great episodes in the seasons to come. Yes, it wasn’t a great episode, but it did enough to establish the characters of the series. Well done in that regard. The plot itself was not that great. It was kinda blah, for lack of other words. But that comes from someone who has seen this series many times.

Quote of the episode: “If we’re going to be damned, let’s be damned for what we really are.” – Captain Picard

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Lovin’ the Nexus 7

Looking back last year, when I bought the HP Touchpad, I thought it could be really good as long as HP kept making it better. They didn’t and it as turned into a nice kindle reader.

Now I’ve given the Nexus 7 a chance. Its awesome so far. 1000 times better than the touchpad. Almost as good as the iPad.

More to come… maybe. :-)

Mission Impossible, Robot Style

Ah, the original Mission Impossible. Great movie, in fact, one of Tom Cruise’s best movies. Well I was on the web and came across a video that could be be the Mission Impossible in Robot worlds. Take a look:

Swarmanoid won the video award from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence for its Mission Impossible style demonstration of taking a book from a shelf.

Great video. The video follows a group of flying eye-bos, wheeled foot-bots, and gripping hand-bots. They all work together to “steal” the book.

Brett Favre: ‘I don’t have that feeling’ to return

Well, we get our weekly Brett Favre Update. He’s not going to Miami and this is what he said yesterday:

QB Brett Favre told WGR-AM in Buffalo that he lacks the motivation to return for a 21st NFL season. Favre admitted it probably would have been a better choice to retire after his excellent first season with Minnesota in 2009, but felt he owed it to the team to return for one more season.

“I don’t have that feeling, that chip on my shoulder,” said Favre of the disappointing 2010 season. “I mean, I could easily talk myself into that chip on my shoulder like, ‘Hey everybody hates you,’ … I could motivate myself.”

Well since he has no motivation doesn’t mean he won’t be back for the 2011 season with some team. Only when the season starts with the Saints at Packers will we know he’s truly retired.

HP Touchpad

I just purchased a HP Touchpad. Some people may ask why I didn’t just didn’t get an iPad. Well I already have an iPhone and iPod Touch. I felt that the iPad really wouldn’t bring me anything new. So here are a few features that I think got me to get a Touchpad over the iPad.

1. Facebook Photos
It’s nice to not have to upload photos from my external hard drive to my new Touchpad. Touchpad integrates with Facebook account and I have all the pictures I uploaded right on my Touchpad.

2. Just Type
The “Just Type” feature of webOS is similar to the iPad’s universal search bar. It lets you search by text in apps, contracts, web and the Touchpad goes further by letting you search for emails and Facebook status updates without having to go into that app. Awesome.

3. webOS
I’m very happy with webos so far. Being able to use flash within my browser, something that you can’t do within the iPad (unless you have an app). So games are possible within the webOS browser, but a little slow sometimes, but there are ways to overclock your HP Touchpad, which I plan to test out sometime over the next week or so.

4. Notifications
webOS (3.0) enables the subtle notifications pane into the tablet?s user interface. New emails, instant messages, calendar reminders and social networking updates pop up in a narrow bar located in the screen?s upper right hand corner ensuring no interruption in between. Very handy way to keep informed without having to be in that app 24/7.

This was created on the HP Touchpad.