18 April 2015

FitBit Charge

I lost my FitBit Flex back in September 2014.  I've been a little, well, a lot lax with my activity levels without it.  . Enter the Charge.  I started March 26th 2015 and synced it with Facebook to see about a little boost from comparing my stats with those of my friends. 
The Charge tracks my sleep far better than the Flex ever did.  I find that I don't have to go in and log naps, the Charge has me covered.  I work nights irregularly and the Charge even manages to figure out when I've fallen asleep on the couch watching a movie vs me actively watching a movie.
It also tracks flights of stairs really well.  Laundry day means an easy 6 flights alone.

One thing that happened though, and I find it to be a big thing to me, the time syncing.  It was behind by an hour and 34 minutes.  The app on the phone showed the correct time, but the Charge was off.  I noticed because I forgot my analog work watch and was using the Charge's stopwatch to do vitals, I went to check the time for meds and found the discrepancy.  Very not okay.
Looking on the FitBit site offered no solutions to my particular issue.  Resetting isn't an option because I was at work.  There were vague workarounds and none worked for me.  What I did do, though, was to reset my time zone to GMT, sync, and then set my time zone back to EST and synced again.  Voila.  It worked.
I don't leave my bluetooth on all the time, so the Charge only syncs when I let it and maybe that is the glitch.  But really, can't they just right the code so it sets its time to the phone or computer instead of making that ridiculously long drop down list? 
When I do leave the bluetooth on, it is for the convenience of using the caller ID feature.  It vibrates once and displays the callers name, which is great for when the phone is in my pocket or my bag...also on vibrate.
I liked the Charge+HR model and really want the heart rate feature, but the footprint of that on my wrist was a little too large, especially when I do remember to wear my analogue watch.

My FitBit Profile, friend me if you like. 

13 March 2015

Better Living Through Chemistry

Unhappiness unravels as a series of fortunate events takes a straight edge pharmacist out of his head.




Sam Rockwell in the burbs.

Better Call Saul

You can't escape your past.



Based on the supporting characters from Breaking Bad,  Saul Goodman and Mike Ehrmantraut, the viewer is taken into the back stories of these characters, how they met and ended up being partners.  It is black comedy and drama and the dialogue is better than in Breaking Bad.
Well worth watching.

16 May 2014

Old template

Had to revert to the classic template as it seems there is a virus in the new ones.

13 May 2014

Elysium

Good Will Hunting lifts weights in District 9 before making Contact with Jodi Foster channeling Jack Nicholson in a Few Good Men..











25 March 2014

Vikings Season 1

No one expects the Viking Invasions.




Swords, pillaging, beheadings, dirt, muck, rape, meat, slaves, ships, starvation.

24 March 2014

Game of Thrones Season 1 & 2

How many puns can be made out of snow?




I watched part of season one when it first aired, but lost track of the characters and couldn't keep up with the intrigues.  I started watching it again last month and I'm hooked on Peter Dinklage.

Queen of the Night

Cirque du Soleil meets Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Medieval Times Restaurant meets a Roman Feast.





What happens when you make the audience participate?


Twelfth Night

Men playing women playing men.




Stephen Fry playing Malvolio.  Done with strict attention paid to authenticity, the costumes were glorious, stiff collars and boned waists, lace and linens.  Hilarious live theater.

sleep no more

Adult haunted house as a teaser for a fabulous restaurant.








Sleep No More is an interactive play going on in NYC.  They've converted a few warehouses into a giant 6 story set with a flapper era/speakeasy theme, two bars and a restaurant.  The set decoration and costumes are fabulous, the music is disturbing and haunting, and it is loosely based on Macbeth.

I was caught up in exploring the sets.  I should have followed the actors for I missed the ending of the show.  The sets were amazingly well-appointed and each room was creepier than the next.  There was a "safe" room, the Speakeasy itself, where one could sit and listen to a fantastic band and singer while drinking cocktails and taking off the mask they made you wear in the stage area.
After the play, the hostess managed to squeeze me into a table at the restaurant.  The food is amazing and worth it.  I suggest reservations be made as they are packed when the play ends.


08 February 2014

Orange is the new black - season one

Let's stick a prissy upper middle class chick with an ivy league degree into a federal pen for something she did ten years ago and see what happens.


Breaking Bad - the entire series

Moral grey zone. Explore how your exposure changes your way of thinking about things.  Adapt or die.













28 August 2013

Oblivion

Moon + Coma + The Matrix + The Borg + Terminator and the Hal 9000 thrown in for good measure.








Tom Cruise being every action hero he's been, except not Minority Report.  This movie builds over the first hour and 12 minutes, desolate scenery, character building, world building, and you think, "Wow, this is gonna be amazing", and then it's not.   I'm a big fan of sci-fi and action and I am more than willing to forgive giant holes and nods to other movies and actors phoning it in, but this was such a direct rip off of Moon with Time Machine and The Matrix jumbled in that it actually pissed me off.  The last 45 minutes of the movie was a big rush to blow things up and then they pulled one of those M. Night "surprise!" deux ex machina dick moves and I ended up  screaming at the screen and cursing the director, who as it happens, was also the writer, go figure.  Seriously, this could have been a great sci-fi movie even with the ripping off of the other movies, but Hollywood needs to stop giving these guys carte blanche and they need to start putting money into training editors who edit scripts and the film itself.  They need to stop letting these guys operate in either the vacuum or the echo chamber.  It's like the author's of successful series who decide that they don't need an editor any more for publishing and every precious word or idea is a perfect flower.  It's not.  It's ego.  And they need to check it at the gate and give us good writing again.

21 August 2013

Blood Clan (Rabies or "Kalevet")

Their makeup artists aren't afraid of bone fragments.





Fear.net offering.
Israeli horror flick.  Subtitles.  Some krav maga. All the women have blue eyes...