Bold Prediction: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

If you read my movie prediction on “Doctor Strange” then you know It was a bust.  But that’s not going to stop me from making my prediction on the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.  My inspiration came from the most recent trailer.  If you haven’t seen it yet (what’s wrong with you??), here it is:


In this trailer, we see Jyn’s father, played by Mads Mikkelsen, apparently being taken away by the Empire, and forced to work on the design of the Death Star.  He makes the statement that “Whatever I do, I do it to protect you.”  So he’s going away peacefully in order to protect her, but that gives me the impression that he doesn’t support the empire.  Which leads me to my big prediction:

What could be happening?

What could be happening?

Since he is being forced to work on a superweapon that he does not support, I think the whole exhaust port leading directly to the outside of the Death Star….will be an intentional design flaw.  Although he is helping to design it, he’s going to build in a weakness, hoping it can be found and exploited.

So there it is.  Instead of a “critical design flaw,” it’s intentionally left there for the Rebels.  This immediately popped into my head when I saw that trailer, and I’m sticking with it.

Maybe this was intentional?

Maybe this was intentional?

So what do you think we will see in “Rogue One”?  Am I crazy with my theory?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Movie Review: Dr. Strange

Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” came out today, and I was able to catch an opening show last night.  This is your standard warning that this does include spoilers, so if you want to avoid that, stop reading now!

Doctor Strange

 

Let’s start with the special effects.  The visuals are stunning.  If you’ve seen the previews, that should be no surprise.  The best way I heard it was “Inception” on LSD.  The nice thing is that no matter how much is going on, it’s done in a way that you can still follow what is going on.

As for the story, although it’s a bit slow to get going (it is an origin story, after all), I really enjoyed it once things got going.  I found the good Doctor to be pretty obnoxious at the beginning, but I get that they had to build the character as an egotistical genius before his accident.  There were some pretty big jumps in time that you just had to accept, but overall I think this was handled well.

The biggest part I’ve been struggling with was toward the end.  In order to defeat his enemies, Strange goes to the Dark Dimension to bargain with Dormammu.  He essentially blackmails Dormammu into taking his enemies away.  After giving it some thought, I really enjoyed this.  Dr. Strange battles lots of enemies far more powerful than any human, and he has to use his intellect to find a way to beat them.  I think a lot of viewers who are used to the other Marvel Cinematic Universe films will be expecting a giant fight.  But Dr. Strange is no Thor, Iron Man or Captain America.  Which is a good thing.

I’m super glad that Marvel has brought Dr. Strange into the movie realm.  He will play a key role in the Avengers’ battle with Thanos, and I can’t wait.

Overall, I enjoyed this movie, and look forward to seeing more of him!

What did you think of “Doctor Strange”?  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Movie Prediction: Doctor Strange

This is a new thing I want to try out for a while.  In my “Bold Prediction” posts, I’m going post a prediction about something.  Maybe it’s a movie thing, a sports thing, who knows.  I’m not going to force it into anything, just stuff that comes to mind.  And I’ll try to do a follow up post to talk about whether or not I’m right.

So here’s my first one.  With Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” coming out next week, my prediction is that we’ll get an introduction to Captain Marvel.  I don’t think she’ll actually play a role in the movie, but I think she will show up during the credits scene.

Captain Marvel

(Warning, this next paragraph may contain spoilers. I’m going to talk about the “Infinity Gauntlet” comic that I suspect will be a large influence on the “Avengers: Infinity War” movie)
So why do I think this?  There are a couple things.  First, I read somewhere that she was intended to be introduced at the end of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” but since the actress wasn’t cast yet, that had to be put on hold (sorry, I can’t remember where I read this so you’ll have to trust me).  Second, the way I’m picturing this is that at the end of everything, Strange will be experimenting with the limits of his powers.  During the “Infinity Gauntlet” struggle, he was the one who transported the avengers across the galaxy to battle Thanos, so we know he has this much power at some point, and likely will need to get there before the Avengers battle Thanos.  I think he’ll be experimenting, and meet her this way.

Doctor Strange

So what do you think?  Am I crazy, or does this make sense?  Leave your thoughts in the comments, and we’ll all find out in about a week!

Why we (will) need a new Batman backstory

As I was watching “Batman V Superman,” I noticed the date on Martha Wayne’s tombstone.  In this movie, she died in 1981 (of course I can’t find a screenshot online and I don’t have the movie myself).  This makes sense since the movie is in a more or less modern day, and she would have needed to die in an appropriate year to put Bruce Wayne at his current age.  This issue is that going forward, this is going to need to change.

I don’t really know when the paparazzi in the US kind of spread all over, but at some point I would find it hard to believe that the billionaire philanthropists of Gotham wouldn’t have at least one dedicated paparazzo following them around.  If they went out for the evening, I would call bullshit that there wouldn’t be someone with a camera waiting for them.  There’s no way some random thug just randomly mugs them on the street.

I’m not saying that the Wayne’s unfortunate death can’t still happen, but it’s got to be something other than a random mugging while walking out of the theater.

Running list of Amazon Prime Day Deals 2016

This is not an all inclusive list by any means, but I’m going to try to bring some of the better Prime Day deals I see to this page.  *There is a referral link embedded in each of these*

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Amazon’s Prime Day is Tuesday, July 12, 2016.  They claim there will be thousands of deals across all categories this year.

First of all, you do need to have Amazon Prime to participate in these deals.  If you aren’t already a member, start your 30-day free trial now.

Now on to the deals!

If you aren’t interested in following my list, just bookmark Amazon’s main page through these links and keep checking throughout the day:
https://smile.amazon.com/?tag=jaimwrit-20

https://www.amazon.com/?tag=jaimwrit-20

Updated 7/12/16 6:31PM
Trying to clean this post up.  Removed some expired deals.  Adding in some stuff that is still active.  All of the Amazon device deals below are still good.  Also the Dash button for $0.99 which is an awesome deal since you get a $4.99 credit with your first order.

Take 20% off any book!  Pick something on your list (you know you have one) and use code “20PRIME” at checkout to get an extra 20% off: http://amzn.to/29NPCdg

Take 30% off lots of clothes.  Shirts, pants, accessories.  Search and enjoy! http://amzn.to/29D3gxj

Lots of TVs and other home entertainment deals still remain: http://amzn.to/29D3p3I

Quite a few deals on Amazon Video movies and TV (some rental, some to buy): http://amzn.to/2a7zmjf

First off the Amazon Dash button.  Normally $4.99, it is currently $0.99.  But you get a $4.99 credit with your first order.  Use it to keep all of your essentials in stock.  http://amzn.to/29x3DGz

Updated 7/11/16 at 7:55PM Pacific
Here are a few of the deals Amazon is already promoting on their twitter page:

2016 Model Samsung UN55KU6300 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV for $549.99

The Amazon Fire tablet starting at $33.33: http://amzn.to/2a4cPE7

$50 off the Amazon Echo

$30 off Amazon Fire TV: http://amzn.to/29szz3N

$30 off Kindle Paperwhite: http://amzn.to/29AjNlx

Plus up to 50% off toys like Nerf, Barbie and Fisher Price, and 30% off clothing, shoes, jewelry, watches and more

Updated 7/11/16 10:02PM Pacific
I’m not sure if these are truly “Prime Day” deals but there are some “Prime Exclusive Deals” on gift cards in the Gold Box listings.  Starting at 5:50AM, 6:50AM and 7:50AM Pacific time, there are gift cards to Cheesecake Factory, Build-A-Bear, Lane Bryant, Fandango and PetCo to name a few.  In regular daily deals I’ve seen these at 20% off.  Here’s the link: http://amzn.to/29AnU1h
One note on this: I just saw a couple more pop up since I started writing this.  Looks like new gift card deals at the 50 minute mark each hour, and they might be posting them up 12 hours ahead of time.
Just checked in again, and a few more cards showed up at 9:50 (Payless Shoes, Hotels.com, Buca Di Beppo).  Keep checking the page for more cards.
More gift cards, including Red Robin and and Famous Footwear. http://amzn.to/29AnU1h

Updated 7/12/16 6:17AM Pacific
Looks like there is a pretty good deal on an XBox One Bundle (40% off):

Some pretty nice deals on memory (flash drives, SD cards, etc – I see 50% and more on some of these): http://amzn.to/29yowRH

A personal favorite, the Exploding Kittens card game:

Lenovo Thinkpad at around 50% off as well:

Updated

Buy Deadpool for only $6.99: http://amzn.to/29Ci27H

Not exactly a Prime Day deal, but the first expansion for Exploding Kittens is available for preorder: https://smile.amazon.com/Imploding-Kittens-First-Expansion-Exploding/dp/B01HSIIFQ2/?tag=jaimwrit-20

Hike to Dewey Point, Crocker Point and Stanford Point (Plus McGurk Meadow)!

Here are some photos from today’s hike.  Enjoy!

The sign at the trailhead. 5.3 miles here I come!

The sign at the trailhead. 5.3 miles here I come!

Approaching Dewey Point

Approaching Dewey Point

the view from Dewey Point

the view from Dewey Point

Up at Crocker Point

Up at Crocker Point

The view from Crocker Point

The view from Crocker Point

Looking down on Bridalveil Falls

Looking down on Bridalveil Falls

The view from Stanford Point. Pretty similar to the Tunnel View, just a few hundred people less

The view from Stanford Point. Pretty similar to the Tunnel View, just a few hundred people less

Pretty Flowers

Pretty Flowers

Peaceful meadow

Peaceful meadow

Raising a kid in this crazy world

These last couple days/weeks have had some crazy things happen.  A guy just got barely a slap on the wrist after being convicted of sexual assault.  Last night 50 people were killed in a nightclub.  Things like this are part of why I was hesitant to bring a child into this world.

Fortunately my wife helped me change my mind.  I couldn’t be happier than I am now.

These last couple events, especially that shooting, got me thinking again.  I realized all I can do is raise my son to do the right thing.  I just have to lay the foundation to make him know that these sorts of things aren’t right.  And at the same time I have to teach him to see the positive in the world.  Watching the news can make you think all that happens is bad, but there is lots of beauty.

There are lots of nice people doing nice things.  I need to teach him to do nice things.  I am teaching him to appreciate nature.  I am trying to keep him happy.

There may be terrible things going on, but I don’t regret having my son.  I just need to do what I can to leave this world a little better for him.

Adventures in 24/7 Air Conditioning Service

About a week ago we came home from an overnight trip to find that our air conditioning was not blowing cold air.  Outdoor temperatures were a crispy 104F.  Even though our house is fairly new and has great insulation, it was still a balmy 89F in the house.

A quick Google search found that several Fresno heating and air conditioning companies offered 24/7 or after hours service.  Unfortunately, we found that isn’t really true.  While they do all have an after hours answering service, the actual 24/7 air conditioning service is only offered under certain circumstances, including having purchased your air through them and being under warranty.  Not exactly convenient when you’ve got a 1-year old and trying to find someone to help.

Our answering service is

Our answering service is

But not really

But not really

So after calling around, and getting one promise for a return call in the morning (they did), and appointment for four days out, and leaving a message but getting no return call, we did finally get in touch with someone at Extreme Air Conditioning.  The guys were super polite, and were able to get out to our house in just a little over an hour.  Fortunately it was a simple fix and they had us back up in short order.

So if you are in the Fresno area and looking for 24/7 Air Conditioning Service, try the guys at Extreme Air Conditioning.  We plan to continue using them for regular service going forward.  Check out their site: http://www.extremeairca.com/