Official photography on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has started, and I couldn’t be more stoked.
My favorite movie as a small child was The Strongest Man in the World, so I’m glad to announce that, yes, Kurt Russell has joined our cast and, yes, he is more awesome a dude than I ever could have imagined.
The last few days around here with him and our other new cast members, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, and Chris Sullivan, have been some of the best of my life. I never thought anyone was missing from our island of misfit toys, but now that these folks are here there feels like there was.
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, and Glenn Close are all returning.
We’ll have more surprises for you in the coming months. But, for now, this will have to do.
I have to get back to set!
Have a great day, everybody.
James Gunn: There is no J’son in the MCU.
James Gunn: Well unless he’s Moon Knight’s stoner neighbor.
James Gunn: Not in this movie, just because it didn’t work out in the story I’m telling
Amlys López: I’ll get over my heartbreak. Thanks for replying!
James Gunn: But I live Benicio and the Collector and they (he?) could be important in the future of the MCU.
James Gunn: We will be done filming by then otherwise I would!
James Gunn: J’Son is not Peter’s father in the MCU.
Dylan Forrest MacKinnon: Or is that just what you want us to believe. A little misdirection
James Gunn: That wouldn’t be misdirection! That would be a lie!
Sam Bloomberg: Mantis and another one are confirmed if I recall
James Gunn: Pom (Klementieff) is playing Mantis. There is no other one confirmed.
Chris Clevenger: Who is Kurt Russell playing?
James Gunn: You’ll have to wait to see who Kurt is playing.
James Gunn: Nope.
For Christmas, The Child™ got a new laptop. I’ll be getting the old one, which I thought I wanted to use as a second monitor, but at the same time, I didn’t. After all, it’s a computer, too. And that fact kept me from going all-in on dedicating it to being nothing but a display.
So, I did a search for controlling two computers with one mouse. Most of the results said I would need something called a Keyboard, Video, and Mouse Switch (KVM Switch), a piece of hardware that I can use to toggle between them.
However, a few results returned some software solutions. The first article that I looked at had added a link to a later article they did pointing to a new (at the time) piece of software that would do the trick. I wasn’t sure if it would work, or if it even still existed, since the original article was from 2011, and the update article was from 2012, but it turns out that not only does the software still exist, it was recently updated in October of 2015.
The software is called Mouse Without Borders, and it’s from the Microsoft Garage.
It’s pretty easy to set up and use. All I had to do was install it on my desktop, and tell it I didn’t have it on the other computer yet. It generated a code, and told me to install it on the other computer, then use the code to finish. I installed it on the laptop, used the code to pair them, and I was good to go.
I can now use both my desktop’s keyboard and mouse on the laptop. All I have to do is move my mouse past the right side of my desktop’s screen, or the left side of the laptop’s screen to move back and forth.
It also has an option to set a keystroke combination to switch. Which I think I’ll end up doing, because I’m pretty sure I won’t like it when I’m playing a game, and suddenly, my mouse is no longer in the game…
You can get it from this link.
About a month ago, the charging port on my Kindle Fire died. So, I replaced it with a Google Nexus 7 (2013).
One thing I like about iOS, and don’t like about Android, is that the Google Calendar icon is static. Having the icon match the current date is one thing I really like about iOS.
So, I wanted to do something like that for my Nexus 7, and I finally figured out how to do it!
You will need the following free apps:
You will also need this clear .PNG file that I’ve attached to this post:
[ ] (Right-click between, and just above those brackets, and you can save the image. Or, I think a long press on that area will do it on a mobile device. Or this link should do it…)
Once you’ve installed those three, here’s how you get Google Calendar to have a dynamic icon:
- Go into Nova Settings, tap on Desktop, scroll to the bottom, tap on Advanced, and check Widget Overlap and Overlap When Placing.
- Long press on the Google Calendar icon. Thanks to Nova Launcher, you can change the icon for any app. Tap Edit on the menu that pops up, then tap on the icon. By default, it will show Built In Icons. Tap the word Gallery in the upper left corner, tap on Gallery to launch your Gallery app, navigate to your saved clear icon, tap it to select it, then tap OK in the upper right corner of the Crop Image interface that comes up.
- Tap the checkmark in the upper left corner to save your icon change.
- Long press on a blank area of your screen, and choose Wigets. Scroll down to UCCW, and choose the first entry, UCCW 1×1.
- Select Calendar Pad from the list of wigets.
- Long press the widget, then drag it on top of your Google Calendar app.
And there you go! The Google Calendar app has a blank icon, the Calendar Pad widget is on top of it, and tapping it will open Google Calendar.
Saw someone today that I haven’t seen in awhile. He asked if I’d seen Man Of Steel, and I told him yes, and that I loved it.
He didn’t care for it, and threw out the whole, “They killed people” link, which I rebutted with, “Comic Book Law: If you don’t see someone die, they’re not dead. If you do see someone die, there’s a good chance that they’re not dead anyway.”.
But more than that, he gave a very good, valid reason for not liking the new movie:
It wasn’t the Superman (character) that he grew up with.
For me, that’s the reason why I loved Man Of Steel. We all know the boring-ass story of Superman. This movie used that story as the skeleton, and then made a new, awesome version of it.
People hate this movie for being different. That’s fucking stupid. Why should every damned movie be 100% the same?
If you want cookie cutter movies, go watch Saw or Scream or any fucking Nicholas Sparks shit. If you want a fresh take on something, go watch Man Of Steel.
It’s the end of the year again, and that means it’s time to get serious about Christmas shopping.
This year, tablets seem to be a big thing. That, of course, leaves the question:
Which Tablet Should I Buy?
I am the owner of a Kindle Fire. The Wife™ purchased one for herself as a Christmas gift last year, and after bringing it home and playing with it a little, I wanted one too.
Up until that point, the high tech-iest gadgets I owned were my desktop PC, my Nintendo Wii, and my semi-smart phone (It runs on Java, so it’s a step up from the dumb phone I had before, but not much…).
It worked fine as an entry into the world of tablets for me, but I quickly found that it was pretty underwhelming. It runs an old version of Android (v2.3) that was heavily customized, and very locked down. You can’t even use the Google Play Store. You HAVE to get your apps from Amazon’s market, and it’s months behind.
I ended up rooting mine, and installing a custom Jelly Bean ROM on it (made by twa_priv of the XDA Forums), and I’ve been VERY happy since.
So if you’re looking to get a tablet, let me just say this: Do not get a Kindle Fire.
The new model, while it uses a more recent version of Android (version 4.0), is even MORE locked down, and attempts to root it have so far bricked it. That is, it killed the device, and made it about as useful as a brick.
Ultimately, the Kindle Fire isn’t a real tablet. It’s an e-reader, with some tablet features. A pseudo-tablet, if you will. If you only intend to read e-books, your best bet is to get a Kindle Paperwhite.
So, where does that leave you for tablets? Well, it really depends. First, do you want an Android table, or an iOS tablet? Actually, the first question is how big is your budget? Apple’s products are all ridiculously overpriced, but if you’re space-rich, and have so much money that it’s a burden, by all means, get an Apple iPad.
My personal suggestion is to get a Google Nexus tablet. They have a 7″ and a 10″ version. They come with the very latest version of Android, and the 7″ costs $199 (USD). It’s the same size and price as a Kindle Fire HD, but it’s not locked down. Apple’s 7″ tablet, the iPad Mini, is $329 dollars.
I know I sound like a Google/Android fanboy, but I own a modded Kindle Fire, and an iPod, and I enjoy my Android device a lot more. I have a lot more freedom. For one thing, Google doesn’t care if people modify the Android OS. They encourage it by releasing the source code. Apple, on the other hand, will gladly sue you for even thinking about the idea of maybe wondering what the source looks like. I find a lot more fun (and free) apps in the Google Play store. Free apps (that are good) in the Apple App Store are few and far between. On the other hand, Apple’s iOS does seem to get a lot of apps and games before Android does.
In the end, the choice of what tablet you buy comes down to one thing: How much money you can/are willing to spend on one.
Just do yourself a favor: Don’t buy a Kindle Fire/Kindle Fire HD.