Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Tablet with a DVD/cd drive

It would be great to have a tablet with a DVD/cd drive

I have my iPad which in almost everything makes me very happy, but something that makes me miss the laptop is the DVD drive. It would be great if one of the big brands made that, the DVD/cd drive built in, sure there is the digital store but wouldn't it be amazing if you didn't need a computer to watch your DVDs alone and one bothering you with the volume and things like that. That's the only way I'd leave apple. I only used my laptop for surfing the net, chat and watching DVDs, so my iPad covers almost everything except the DVD thing. Sure I can download a film from iTunes or watch it in Netflix but still the DVD is necessary.

I guess the closer to having a DVD on your tablet is getting the surface by Microsoft which has USB port because all the others don't. I've been thinkig  about getting the surface for a laptop replacement but I've read many reviews that say the volume is too low when it comes to watch your movies.

As fop the HP tablets I guess the only ones which exist are the convertible laptops, it's really a Shame that the tablets don't come with it integrated because it would make cooler than they already are. My iPad is very practical, the Internet runs fast , it doesn't take ours to turn it on and the battery last almost the whole day, I feel to buy a laptop just for that small detail because I know I wouldn't use that much.

CDs not but DVDs yes. In Mexico the digital catalogs are not that great so we still like to buy some DVDs.

Kindle Paperwhite, Paperwhite Display, High Resolution, High Contrast, Built-in Light, Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free 3G

Kindle Paperwhite, Paperwhite Display, High Resolution, High Contrast, Built-in Light, Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free 3G

What your looking for is an actual tablet, and they're not even close to being new. Unfortunately most of what we have to deal with now are these slates being sold as tablets. I used to have a tablet, about 10 years ago. It was rugged as hell, had a dvd/cd drive, speakers, wi-fi, bluetooth, an upgradable harddrive, card readers, a touch screen, and ran windows (not windows mobile). I think Hewlett Packard might make some good ones.

I was so excited leading up the first iPad, thinking it was going to be a refinement of those, but then it was just what it is. At the moment, your best bet is to get one with a USB port and plug in an external DVD drive. Or, plan ahead, and rip DVDs to mkv (or iso disc image, or just a VIDEO_TS folder) and save them on a thumb drive or USB hard drive or uSD card. (MakeMKV (currently completely free), DVDFab (demo mode will copy the whole disc or main movie, but won't convert or shrink))

Tablets could stand to be made thicker and heavier if that meant we could enjoy features like user-replaceable batteries and SSDs, and maybe a multi-purpose bay that could hold a DVD/Blu-ray drive, second battery or a regular SATA laptop drive.

Sure. I'm still waiting for an online company to offer a full catalog of LPCM music titles. In the meantime, buying and ripping CD to FLAC is still the best way to get top quality music. And since I still have a hundred or so blank DVD-R discs sitting around, that's still the easiest way to make boot media. I also still have plenty of (too many actually) customers who want to get a DVD of the video that I shoot. I'd rather just burn a DVD than have to deal with that dumb, blank stare that I get when I suggest that they take the high definition material that I shot. When it comes to tablets though, there's really no need for physical discs. My ASUS tablet will recognize my portable DVD drive, but it's more trouble than it's worth to set up that old dinosaur. Much easier to copy the file(s) to a SD card or thumb drive. Or just play it direct from one of my DLNA servers if I'm at home.

People still use DVDs and CDs? I do! Screw that digital crap. I once bought something on my Xbox and then I tried to watch it later, and it told me my 'digital rights' were expired and I could no longer watch it. SCREW. THAT.

People still use DVDs and CDs? DVDS? Somewhat. there's Blu-ray these days. CDs? YES. forget Digital. iTunes charges as much as the actual CD and the m4a files they use and mp3 files other digital retailers use are incapable of being the same quality as an actual CD

Incapable of being the same quality as a cd? Not true at all. A music cd is basically computer data. You can have "cd quality" in a digital format. It just depends on the quality of the conversion.

Rachel Weisz, last Mummy movie?

Rachel Weisz, The Final Mummy Movie....Why didn't she do it? I was quite disappointed that she wasn't in the last Mummy movie, I can understand being tired of it but doing one final one for the fans would of been nice....even Brendan did it. Maybe there were too many projects at the time?

Rachel Weisz, Oz The Great and Powerful

Rachel Weisz, Oz The Great and Powerful

It said..  Rachel Weisz wanted way more money than the producers were offering...Wow I just lost some respect for her. I can understand wanting a raise after doing two movies, but not budging at all for the fans and not meeting somewhere in the middle is ridiculous to me. I can't stand when people become so selfish like that where they won't meet half way.

Finally, I totally understood why Rachel Weisz didn't do it at the time. But years later, with the franchise done, it kind of pisses me off. If it really was a negotiation issue, shame on the producers.

Rachel Weisz' Film and television
1992 plays inAdvocates II role as Sarah Thompson in TV movie
1993 plays inInspector Morse role as Arabella Baydon in TV series (Episode: "Twilight of the Gods")
1993 plays inTropical Heat role as Joey in a.k.a. Sweating Bullets; TV series (Episode: "His Pal Joey")
1993 plays inThe Scarlet and the Black role as Mathilde in TV mini-series
1994 plays inWhite Goods role as Elaine
1994 plays inSeventeen in TV short
1994 plays inScreen Two role as Becca in TV series (Episode: "Dirtysomething")
1995 plays inDeath Machine role as Junior Executive
1996 plays inChain Reaction role as Dr. Lily Sinclair
1996 plays inStealing Beauty role as Miranda Fox
1997 plays inBent role as Prostitute
1997 plays inGoing All the Way role as Marty Pilcher
1997 plays inSwept from the Sea role as Amy Foster
1997 plays inI Want You role as Helen
1998 plays inMy Summer with Des role as Rosie
1998 plays inThe Land Girls role as Ag (Agapanthus)
1999 plays inThe Mummy role as Evelyn "Evie" Carnahan
1999 plays inSunshine role as Greta
1999 plays inTube Tales role as Angela
2000 plays inBeautiful Creatures role as Petula
2000 plays inThis Is Not an Exit role as Lauren Hynde
2001 plays inEnemy at the Gates role as Tania Chernova
2001 plays inThe Mummy Returns role as Evelyn Carnahan-O'Connell/Princess Nefertiri
2002 plays inAbout a Boy role as Rachel
2003 plays inConfidence role as Lily
2003 plays inThe Shape of Things role as Evelyn Ann Thompson
2003 plays inRunaway Jury role as Marlee/Gabrielle Brant
2004 plays inEnvy role as Debbie Dingman
2005 plays inConstantine role as Angela and Isabel Dodson
2005 plays inThe Constant Gardener role as Tessa Quayle
2006 plays inThe Fountain role as Izzi/Isabella I of Castile
2006 plays inEragon role as Saphira (voice)
2007 plays inFred Claus role as Wanda
2007 plays inMy Blueberry Nights role as Sue Lynne
2008 plays inDefinitely, Maybe role as Summer Hartley
2008 plays inThe Brothers Bloom role as Penelope
2009 plays inThe Lovely Bones role as Abigail Salmon
2009 plays inAgora role as Hypatia
2010 plays inThe Whistleblower role as Kathryn Bolkovac
2010 plays inThe Simpsons role as Dr. Thurmond, TV series (Episode: "How Munched Is That Birdie in the Window?")
2011 plays in360 role as Rose
2011 plays inPage Eight role as Nancy Pierpan TV movie
2011 plays inDream House role as Libby Atenton
2011 plays inThe Deep Blue Sea role as Hester Collyer New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
2012 plays inThe Bourne Legacy role as Dr. Marta Shearing
2013 plays inOz the Great and Powerful role as Evanora
2015 plays inThe Lobster role as Shortsighted Woman
2015 plays inThe Early Years role as Leda Ballinger
2015 plays inThe Light Between Oceans role as Hannah Roennfeldt
2016 plays inUntitled Joshua Marston Project role as Alice

Monday, 30 March 2015

Felicity Jones, Felicity Jones, The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Felicity Jones, She is in Felicity Jones, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but Why would she agree to such a minor role or why was she even cast? Is it because before Theory of Everything became a fact, that she was considered only a B-actor and that she only did it for the money?

Remember Felicity Jones from Northanger Abbey and thought she had both talent and appearance. I's amazed, it took so long before she got her big break, mean 7 years..

Felicity Jones, The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Felicity Jones, The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Maybe, In the ASM3 Felicity Jones was going to be playing a bigger part, but now that the ASM trilogy is done she didnt get to go on with that role.. She could have eventually become Black Cat, as she was Felicia Hardy in TASM2.

It says that Felicity Jones to Star 'Star Wars' Stand-alone Movie. This is such a great news!. I'm even more curious now! Huge SW fan and I really like her acting (not to say she's gorgeous). Good for her, she seems to have been looking for a more commercial role for a while so now she finally has it.

I wonder if Felicity Jones will be a Mandalorian? Maybe a Fett or Wren? Time will tell, a very good actress regardless. An exciting time for WARS fans.

But, I would curse them for turning the SW franchise into a giant toy commercial but then Lucas did that before them. They're only making more.

Felicity Jones' Films:
1996 plays in The Treasure Seekers role as Alice Bastable
2007 plays in Northanger Abbey role as Catherine Morland
2008 plays in Flashbacks of a Fool role as Young Ruth
2008 plays in Brideshead Revisited role as Lady Cordelia Flyte
2009 plays in Chéri role as Edmée
2010 plays in Cemetery Junction role as Julie Kendrick
2010 plays in Soulboy role as Mandy Hodgson
2011 plays in The Tempest role as Miranda
2011 plays in Chalet Girl role as Kim Matthews
2011 plays in Like Crazy role as Anna Maria Gardner
2011 plays in Albatross role as Beth Fischer
2011 plays in Hysteria role as Emily Dalrymple
2011 plays in Page Eight role as Julianne Worricker
2012 plays in Cheerful Weather for the Wedding role as Dolly Thatchem
2013 plays in Breathe In role as Sophie
2013 plays in The Invisible Woman role as Nelly Ternan
2014 plays in Salting the Battlefield role as Julianne Worricker
2014 plays in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 role as Felicia Hardy
2014 plays in The Theory of Everything role as Jane Wilde Hawking
2015 plays in True Story role as Jill
2015 plays in Autobahn
2016 plays in A Monster Calls

Felicity Jones' Television:
1998–1999 plays in The Worst Witch role as Ethel Hallow in 11 episodes
2001 plays in Weirdsister College role as Ethel Hallow in 13 episodes
2003 plays in Servants role as Grace May in 6 episodes
2007 plays in Cape Wrath role as Zoe Brogan in 8 episodes
2008 plays in Doctor Who role as Robina Redmond in Episode: "The Unicorn and the Wasp"
2009 plays in The Diary of Anne Frank role as Margot Frank in 5 episodes
2014 plays in Girls role as Dot in Episode: "Role-Play"

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Hayley Atwell, she is attractive..

In the movie(s), Hayley Atwell's almond-shaped eyes (as opposed to round or more shapeless), her well-shaped, well-proportioned lips, curvaceous bone structure, and nicely arched brows caught my attention. She was pretty, but nothing more than that. Every good feature that I pointed out could still be a lot better, so she's certainly not beautiful or stunning, but she is attractive or was in the movie.

Hayley Atwell, The Pillars of the Earth

Hayley Atwell, The Pillars of the Earth...

Hayley Atwell, She has wonderful curves also  has beautiful eyes, and an ethereal face. She is intelligent, and carries herself with class and grace. And I love her voice. I'm a sucker for a gal with a British accent, too, so I could listen to her talk all day. All those things make her incredibly sexy.

Hayley Atwell's Films:
2007 plays in Cassandra's Dream role as Angela Stark
2007 plays in How About You role as Ellie
2008 plays in Brideshead Revisited role as Julia Flyte
2008 plays in The Duchess role as Elizabeth "Bess" Foster
2011 plays in Captain America: The First Avenger role as Peggy Carter
2012 plays in I, Anna role as Emmy
2012 plays in The Sweeney role as Nancy
2013 plays in Jimi: All Is by My Side role as Kathy Etchingham
2013 plays in Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter role as Peggy Carter
2014 plays in Captain America: The Winter Soldier role as Peggy Carter
2014 plays in Testament of Youth role as Hope
2015 plays in Cinderella role as Cinderella's Mother
2015 plays in Avengers: Age of Ultron role as Peggy Carter

Hayley Atwell's Televisions:
2005 plays in Whatever Love Means role as Sabrina Guinness in Television film
2006 plays in Fear of Fanny role as Jane in Nominated – Golden Nymph Award for Best Performance by an Actress – Television films
2006 plays in The Ruby in the Smoke role as Rosa in Television film
2006 plays in The Line of Beauty role as Catherine Fedden in 3 episodes
2007 plays in Mansfield Park role as Mary Crawford in Television film
2007 plays in The Shadow in the North role as Rosa in Television film
2009 plays in The Prisoner role as Lucy/415 in 5 episodes
2010 plays in The Pillars of the Earth role as Aliena in 8 episodes, Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
2010 plays in Any Human Heart role as Freya in 4 episodes
2012 plays in Falcón role as Consuelo Jiménez in 4 episodes
2012 plays in Playhouse Presents role as The Banker in Episode: "The Man"
2012 plays in Restless role as Eva Delectorskaya in 2 episodes
2013 plays in Black Mirror role as Martha in Episode: "Be Right Back"
2013 plays in Life of Crime role as Denise Woods in 3 episodes
2014 plays in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. role as Peggy Carter in 2 episodes
2015–present plays in Agent Carter role as Peggy Carter in Lead role; 8 episodes, Pending – Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television

Hayley Atwell's Stage:
2005 plays in Prometheus Bound role as Io/Force in Sound Theatre
2006 plays in Women Beware Women role as Bianca in Royal Shakespeare Company
2007 plays in The Man of Mode role as Belinda in Royal National Theatre
2008 plays in Major Barbara role as Barbara Undershaft in Royal National Theatre
2009 plays in A View from the Bridge role as Catherine in Duke of York's Theatre
2011 plays in The Faith Machine role as Sophie in Royal Court Theatre
2013 plays in The Pride role as Sylvia in Trafalgar Studios

Hayley Atwell' Radio
2006 plays in Doctor Who: Blood of the Daleks role as Asha in BBC Radio 7
2007 plays in Felix Holt, the Radical role as Esther in BBC Radio 4
2008 plays in The Leopard role as Angelica in BBC Radio 3
2013 plays in Words and Music, Fairy Tale role as Reader in BBC Radio 3

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman..

Gal Gadot, I think she's a great choice for WW, Wonder Woman, Beautiful and toned. I was a comic book reader for many years and WW wasn't the muscle head they show her to be these days. Very very good choice.

Gal Gadot, How Beyonce Helped Gal Gadot Through Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot, How Beyonce Helped Gal Gadot Through Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot, She looks very toned there but even during her shooting she was even a little thicker than that. I can tell she slimmed down for the meantime bc she finished shooting the movie over 6 months ago. Rumor is that WW starts shooting this fall so she'll have to go back in training soon

Gal Gadot's Films:
2009 plays in Fast & Furious role as Gisele Yashar
2010 plays in Date Night role as Natanya
2010 plays in Knight and Day role as Naomi
2011 plays in Fast Five role as Gisele Yashar
2013 plays in Fast & Furious 6 role as Gisele Yashar
2014 plays in Kicking Out Shoshana role as Mirit , Israeli Film
2015 plays in Furious 7 role as Gisele Yashar , Photograph/Archive Footage
2015 plays in Criminal
2015 plays in Triple Nine
2016 plays in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice role as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot's Televisions:
2007 plays in Bubot role as Miriam "Merry" Elkayam
2009 plays in Entourage role as Lisa , Episode: "Amongst Friends"
2009 plays in The Beautiful Life role as Olivia , Episodes: "The Beautiful Aftermath", "The Beautiful Lie", "The Beautiful Triangle"
2011 plays in Asfur role as Kika , 7 episodes
2012 plays in Eretz Nehederet role as Herself , Episode: "Season 9, Episode 7"

Dan Stevens, rave reviews for 'The Guest'

Dan Stevens has been receiving absolute rave reviews for his performance in "The Guest", which just premiered at Sundance on January 17th. Variety, Vanity Fair, every film blogger at Sundance has been heaping praise. Calling it a star-making turn, brilliant, mesmerizing, charismatic. Thrilled for him!

Dan Stevens, The Guest

Dan Stevens, The Guest

Dan is getting even more stellar reviews and now, when we're hosting The Guest at TIFF, I'm very happy to be able to see the movie at the Midnight Madness. The critics' response after the Canadian prescreenings is absolutely glorious.

He is fantastic in it! I wholeheartedly agree with his decision to leave Downton after seeing this. Plus, he looks amazing! Cool film too, I'd go see it again. I hope this is the start of major roles for him!

I wondered why this very generic bland guy left this Iconic series and after seeing The guest, i can understand exactly what he was doing. And I saw The Guest because he was so damn funny and adorable on Jimmy Fallon I think.

Dan Stevens, He is mesmerizing on many levels. He is remenicient of actors from past generations and yet completely contemporary. I just kept thinking as I was watching, damn, what a smart move he made and what a great choice in this almost but not cheesy movie. It's really a great ride and so well made.

Dan Stevens, He's incredible in The Guest. To see the transformation from DA and his other roles here in the UK, it's hard to believe it's the same person. He got in really good shape and his accent was spot on, and gave him a completely different character. He's very versatile and it's going to be odd seeing him do both British and American roles. He was also good in A Walk Among the Tombstones, but had less screen time, but yes, it seems The Guest will be his breakthrough in the US.

Dan Stevens' Films:
2006 plays in Dracula role as Lord Arthur Holmwood
2007 plays in Maxwell role as Basil Brookes
2009 plays in Hilde role as David Cameron
2009 plays in The Turn of the Screw role as Dr. Fisher
2011 plays in The North London Book of the Dead role as Speaker
2011 plays in Babysitting role as Spencer
2012 plays in Vamps role as Joey
2012 plays in Shallow role as Richard Dove
2013 plays in Summer in February role as Gilbert Evans
2013 plays in The Fifth Estate role as Ian Katz
2014 plays in The Guest role as David Collins
2014 plays in A Walk Among the Tombstones role as Kenny Kristo
2014 plays in The Cobbler role as Dance-club DJ
2014 plays in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb role as Sir Lancelot
2015 plays in Criminal Activities role as Noah
2015 plays in The Ticket role as James
2015 plays in Oppenheimer Strategies

Dan Stevens' Television
2004 plays in Frankenstein role as Henry Clerval Miniseries
2006 plays in The Line of Beauty role as Nick Guest Miniseries; 3 episodes
2007 plays in Agatha Christie's Marple role as Michael Faber Episode: "Nemesis"
2008 plays in Sense and Sensibility role as Edward Ferrars Miniseries; 3 episodes
2010–12 plays in Downton Abbey role as Matthew Crawley Main cast (series 1–3); 25 episodes, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2013 plays in The Tomorrow People role as TIM (voice) Uncredited; 3 episodes
2014 plays in Once Upon a Time: Wicked Is Coming role as Narrator TV special

Dan Stevens' Web
2014 plays in High Maintenance role as Colin Episode: "Rachel"

Dan Stevens' Stages
2004 plays in As You Like It role as Orlando The Rose Theatre, Kingston, Nominated – Ian Charleson Award
2005 plays in You Can Never Tell Theatre Royal, Bath
2005 plays in Waiting for Godot Theatre Royal, Bath
2005 plays in Private Lives Theatre Royal, Bath
2005 plays in Much Ado About Nothing Claudio Theatre Royal, Bath
2006 plays in The Romans in BritainMarban / Maitland Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
2006 plays in Hay FeverSimon Bliss Theatre Royal, Haymarket
2008 plays in The VortexNicky Lancaster Apollo Theatre, London
2009 plays in Every Good Boy Deserves FavourThe Doctor National Theatre, London
2009 plays in ArcadiaSeptimus Hodge Duke of York's Theatre, London
2010 plays in Late at Night role as David The Old Vic, London
2012 plays in The HeiressMorris Townsend Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway

Dan Stevens' Audiobooks
2007 plays in The Dragon's Eye role as Narrator
2007 plays in Die with Me role as Narrator
2007 plays in Strike Back role as Narrator
2008 plays in Day role as Narrator
2008 plays in The Outcast role as Narrator
2009 plays in The Dragon Diary: Dragonology Chronicles, Vol. 2 role as Narrator
2009 plays in The Angel's Game role as Narrator
2009 plays in A Week in December role as Narrator
2009 plays in Wolf Hall role as Narrator
2010 plays in War Horse role as Narrator
2010 plays in Blueeyedboy role as Narrator
2010 plays in The Prince of Mist role as Narrator
2010 plays in Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud role as Narrator
2010 plays in Fall of Giants role as Narrator
2010 plays in Young Sherlock Holmes: Red Leech role as Narrator
2011 plays in My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You role as Narrator
2011 plays in The Midnight Palace role as Narrator
2011 plays in The History of a Pleasure Seeker role as Narrator
2011 plays in The Invisible Ones role as Narrator
2012 plays in The Time Keeper role as Narrator
2013 plays in Letters from Everest: A First-Hand Account of the Epic First Ascent role as Narrator
2013 plays in Going Solo role as Narrator
2013 plays in Boy role as Narrator
2013 plays in Frankenstein role as NarratorNominated for two 2013 Audie Awards, Classic & Solo Narration – Male
2014 plays in Letters to a Young Poet role as Narrator
2014 plays in Murder on the Orient Express role as Narrator
2014 plays in And Then There Were None role as Narrator
2014 plays in The Heroes' Welcome role as Narrator
2014 plays in Scorpia Rising role as Narrator
2014 plays in Snakehead role as Narrator
2014 plays in Crocodile Tears role as Narrator
2014 plays in Casino Royale role as Narrator
2014 plays in The Iliad role as Narrator
2014 plays in The Odyssey role as Narrator

Dan Stevens' Radio
2006 plays in A Question of Attribution role as Phillips in BBC Radio 4
2008 plays in The Tennis Court role as Sam Greenwood in BBC Radio 4
2008 plays in Dickens Confidential (series 2) role as Charles Dickens in BBC Radio 4
2008 plays in Anthem for Doomed Youth role as Narrator in BBC Armistice exhibition
2008 plays in The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour (episode 1) role as BBC Radio 4 in
2008–09 plays in Orley Farm role as Peregrine Orm in BBC Radio 4
2009 plays in The Lady of the Camellias role as Duval in BBC Radio 4
2009 plays in Guilty Until Proven Innocent role as Jake in BBC Radio 4
2009 plays in The Music Room role as Narrator in BBC Radio 4
2010 plays in The Custom of the Country role as Ralph Marvell in BBC Radio 4
2010 plays in The Secret Pilgrim (episode 1) role as Ben Cavendish in BBC Radio 4
2010 plays in The Coral Thief role as Narrator in BBC Radio 4
2010 plays in The Story of the Siren – E.M. Forster Short Stories role as Narrator in BBC Radio 4
2011 plays in A Thousand Kisses role as Catullus in BBC Radio 3
2011 plays in Widowers' Houses role as Harry Trench in BBC Radio 3
2011 plays in Portrait of Winston role as Graham Sutherland in BBC Radio 4
2011 plays in King James Bible role as Narrator in BBC Radio 4
2011 plays in A Short History of Vampires – Dracula's Guest role as Bram Stoker in BBC Radio 7
2011 plays in Words & Music – Money role as Narrator in BBC Radio 3
2011 plays in Together – Face It role as Narrator in BBC Radio 4
2011 plays in The Spying Game Series – The Living Daylights role as Narrator in BBC Radio 4
2011 plays in Something Understood role as Reader in BBC Radio 4
2012 plays in The Old Ways role as Reader in BBC Radio 4

Friday, 27 March 2015

Britt Robertson, Talented but has terrible luck..

I think Britt Robertson's a fairly good actress. I enjoyed her performances in most things I've seen her in, but she is so unlucky with her shows. I mean one was cancelled after the second season, one after the first, and another that she was killed off after the first season. I don't get why people blame her for some of the cancellations because the problems with the shows were pretty clear to me.

Britt Robertson, The Secret Circle: The Complete Collection: The Initiation and The Captive Part I, The Captive Part II and The Power, The Divide, The Hunt, The Temptation

Britt Robertson, The Secret Circle: The Complete Collection: The Initiation and The Captive Part I, The Captive Part II and The Power, The Divide, The Hunt, The Temptation

First I think it was stupid to have Life Unexpected, a family show on a network filled with rich teenagers, vampires, witches, assassins, superheros etc. Had this show been on a different network like ABC Family or The WB it would have survived a lot longer. I thought it was a really good show and Britt pulled off the role of the annoying but lovable Lux really well.

Next, I thought The Secret Circle was actually a pretty decent show. It started off slow but got amazing near the end. I read the books when I was younger and hated that the writers were flip flopping between following the books and deviating from them. However I didn't think Britt Robertson's performance in this show was that great mostly because of how she was written. I think I heard that the main problem with this show was the budget and how it was too expensive too keep the show running. Bummer, since it ended on a cliffhanger.

Lastly, I particularly liked Britt Robertson in Under the Dome. She's the main reason a lot of people I know watched the show. She played Angie really well, especially her relationship with Joe and with Junior in the fallout shelter. I thought out of all the four hands it made the most sense to kill her because if they killed Joe, Norrie would have no attachment to the rest of them, Junior was essential to the plot of season 2, and Norrie's mom already died because of the dome and most people have only known her for a little while so not many people would really care. Even though the death lead the plot for the rest of the season the loss of one of the best characters was devastating. A large majority of people stopped watching UtD after the 1st season because of the countless plot holes and the loss of Angie and Linda. I don't know if this is true but I also heard that she asked to be killed off of the show because of her burgeoning movie career.

I mean Tomorrowland, Cake, and The Longest Ride, this girl is probably gonna be one of the biggest breakout stars of 2015. It makes sense that Britt Robertson would want to do more movies. I haven't watched too many of her movies other than

The First Time and Delivery Man but I thought she was pretty great in both. I can't wait to see more of the talented Britt Robertson next year and wish her all the best with her career.

Britt Robertson's Films:
2003 plays in The Ghost Club role as Carrie
2003 plays in One of Them role as Young Elizabeth
2004 plays in The Last Summer role as Beth
2006 plays in Keeping Up with the Steins role as Ashley Grunwald
2007 plays in Frank role as Anna York
2007 plays in Dan in Real Life role as Cara
2008 plays in From Within role as Claire
2009 plays in The Alyson Stoner Project role as DJ B-Rob
2009 plays in Mother and Child role as Violet
2010 plays in Cherry role as Beth
2010 plays in Triple Dog role as Chapin Wright
2011 plays in Scream 4 role as Marnie Cooper
2011 plays in The Family Tree role as Kelly Burnett
2012 plays in The First Time role as Aubrey Miller
2013 plays in White Rabbit role as Julie
2013 plays in Delivery Man role as Kristen
2013 plays in Ask Me Anything role as Katie Kampenfelt
2014 plays in Cake role as Becky
2015 plays in Tomorrowland role as Casey Newton
2015 plays in The Longest Ride role as Sophia Danko
TBA plays in Cook role as Charlotte

Britt Robertson's Televisions:
2000 plays in Sheena role as Little Sheena In Episode: "Buried Secrets"
2001 plays in Power Rangers Time Force role as Tammy In Episode: "Uniquely Trip"
2004 plays in Tangled Up in Blue role as Tula In Movie
2004 plays in Growing Pains: Return of the Seavers role as Michelle Seaver In Movie
2005–06 plays in Freddie role as Mandy In Episodes: "Halloween" & "Freddie and the Hot Mom"
2006 plays in Women of a Certain Age role as Doria In Movie
2006 plays in Jesse Stone: Night Passage role as Michelle Genest In Movie
2007 plays in The Winner role as Vivica In Pilot episode
2007 plays in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation role as Amy Macalino In Episode: "Go to Hell"
2008 plays in The Tenth Circle role as Trixie Stone In Movie
2008 plays in Swingtown role as Samantha Saxton In Recurring role, 13 episodes
2008 plays in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit role as Christina 'Tina' Divola Bernardi In Episode: "Babes"
2009 plays in Law & Order: Criminal Intent role as Kathy Devildis In Episode: "Family Values"
2009 plays in Three Rivers role as Brenda Stark In Episode: "Good Intentions"
2010–11 plays in Life Unexpected role as Lux Cassidy In Lead role (26 episodes)
2010 plays in Avalon High role as Allie Pennington In Movie
2011–12 plays in The Secret Circle role as Cassie Blake In Lead role (22 episodes)
2013–14 plays in Under the Dome role as Angie McAlister In Seasons 1 & 2 (series regular; 14 episodes, guest; 1 episode)

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Shailene Woodley, divergent and the fault in our stars?

Shailene Woodley, Why is she the lead in divergent and the fault in our stars?

Negative think:

She is not that pretty. Her acting is tasteless as water and I don't find her spectacularly talented either. She does her job but you could just switch her with a supporting actress (for ex if Christina's actress act as Beatrice and she becomes Christina instead) and it won't affect my view of the film overall.

I have seen Shailene in The Secret Life of an American Teenager and she was terrible, and from what I've seen of the Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars trailers, she hasn't gained any charisma since then.

I've only seen Shailene Woodley in Divergent and I too seem to miss whatever it is that makes her a hot property. Further, I found her bad nose job extremely distracting and was more focused on that than the film.

Woodley isn't quite Lawrence in Divergent, but after Fault in Our Stars I'm expecting more - what's the word I want here - from her in Insurgent.

Since when was the lead in The Fault in Our Stars supposed to be a great beauty? Shailene Woodley's dying of an incurable disease!
Shailene Woodley, The Fault In Our Stars

Shailene Woodley, The Fault In Our Stars

Positive thinks:

Those are not Shailene Woodley's best movies. Maybe you should watch Spectacular Now and then make up your mind. She's really pretty and a good actress and talent etc.

I had no idea who Shailene Woodley was before seeing Divergent. I was so impressed by her in it that I watched The Descendants and The Spectacular Now to see more of her work. I'm also really looking forward to seeing her in Stars and White Bird in a Blizzard.

And I like her acting, I mean with her role in American Teen Life or whatever it's called yeah Shailene Woodley got pegged with the ABC gene, but she's trying to get out of that like Disney stars that do the same thing. She has the talent to pull them off I think she's just a little more subtle hah. Watched Divergent and she did a fine job. Kind of like in that movie, she's underestimated.

1.) Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. Some may find a particular person gorgeous while another thinks that they are nothing. Shailene as Tris makes sense even though she is not as small. Actors and actresses are not all supposed to conform to the ideal beauty. Sometimes it has to do with their part. But Shailene fits the part of Tris through and through.

2.) Actors and actresses do what they are told to do. They act how they are directed. They have no say really in what makes the final cut. They just act.

3.) Shailene is actually a great actress. I first saw her in True Life of An American Teenager. She was beautiful, but her acting was stale. BUT... all of the others were stale too. I notice that with the same writers. The actors talk hurriedly and without emotion.

4.) If you read the Divergent series and TFIOS then you would see how Shai truy brings those characters to life. I don't normally cry... but she brought tears to my eyes with both parts.

Shailene Woodley is very pretty, and she's a talented actress, is a wonderfully talented actress and she brings both books to life. She has amazing character and is gorgeousI like that, she's not ultra thin; she's a realistic role model for girls, as far as appearances go. She's not ugly AT ALL, maybe a bit plain. But there's nothing wrong with that. Maybe Shailene Woodley is banging for parts like Kristen Stewart. She doesn't seem to have any connected parents or Jew connections. So it seems like she just got lucky.

I don't think Shailene Woodley's hit her stride yet, but I definitely think she has the chops. Divergent was ok for the type of movie it was and she did ok. She did fine in Fault in a more dramatic role though and made it feel real. I definitely disagree on her being unattractive though - I think she's fine as hell.

You don't get the lead in a coveted movie because you have rich parents (there are Oscar winning A listers that have been turned down for roles) and being the child of a famous person often works against an actor (it would be hard to get the studio/director/media to know if they like you or your connection).

It's not like she suddenly hit it big. She's been in the business for most of her life. In the early 2000s she played young Kaitlin in season one of The OC and young Jordan on Crossing Jordan.

Hazel in The Fault in our Stars isn't supposed to be a knockout. She's supposed to be average looking, maybe even slightly below average since the character is battling a deadly disease and despite how many tv shows/movies portray that, it doesn't make you look like a supermodel.

Caught "The Fault if Our Stars" on DVD. Before the film, there were all those previews DVDs have, and one was for "If I Stay," which starred Chloë Grace Moretz, who I like well enough. Shailene Woodley was great in Fault in our stars

While watching the film, I found Woodley's performance quite moving and, probably because I'd just seen her in the previews, thought of Moretz in the role, and I just couldn't see it. Woodley really owned the role for me. I thought she did a fantastic job and can't really think of anyone who could have done it better. (Btw, I'm not bashing Moretz here. I'm thinking that we haven't seen the best of her yet, and it's not like she's bad now, but when competing for roles against Woodley and Lawrence, she needs to step it up a little.)

Shailene Woodley can open her eyes widely. That is the only thing I see her doing. When I watched Divergence all I could do was think about how great Jennifer Lawrence would have been in that part. I was hoping they would change her for "Insurgence". They didn't.

If you haven't seen her in The Descendants then don't say anything, she is beautiful and should have been nominated for an oscar for that peformance. Go watch Transformers 3 if you want to see models act.

Shailene Woodley's Films:
2011 plays in The Descendants role as Alexandra "Alex" King
2013 plays in The Spectacular Now role as Aimee Finecky
2014 plays in White Bird in a Blizzard role as Katrina "Kat" Connor
2014 plays in Divergent role as Beatrice "Tris" Prior
2014 plays in The Fault in Our Stars role as Hazel Grace Lancaster
2015 plays in The Divergent Series: Insurgent role as Beatrice "Tris" Prior
2015 plays in Snowden role as Lindsay Mills

Shailene Woodley's Televisions:
1999 plays in Replacing Dad role as Little Girl in TV Movie
2001–03 plays in The District role as Kristin Debreno in 3 episodes
2001–04 plays in Crossing Jordan role as Young Jordan Cavanaugh in 4 episodes
2003 plays in Without a Trace role as Young Clare Metcalf in Episode: "Clare de Lune"
2003–04 plays in The O.C. role as Young Kaitlin Cooper in 6 episodes
2004 plays in Everybody Loves Raymond role as Snotty Girl #2 in Episode: "Party Dress"
2004 plays in A Place Called Home role as California "Cali" Ford in TV Movie
2004–05 plays in Jack & Bobby role as Chloe Benedict in 2 episodes
2005 plays in Felicity: An American Girl Adventure role as Felicity Merriman in TV Movie
2005 plays in Once Upon a Mattress role as Molly in TV Movie
2006 plays in My Name Is Earl role as Young Gwen in Episode: "BB"
2007 plays in CSI: NY role as Evie Pierpont in Episode: "A Daze of Wine and Roaches"
2007 plays in Close to Home role as Gaby Tursi in Episode: "Getting In"
2007 plays in Cold Case role as Sarah Gunden in Episode: "Running Around"
2007 plays in Final Approach role as Maya Bender in TV Movie
2008–13 plays in The Secret Life of the American Teenager role as Amy Juergens in 121 episodes
2014 plays in Top Chef: Duels role as Herself in 1 Episode

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Lily James, Fast Girls..

I think Lily James, her best look was in the movie Fast Girls. She was blonde,buff,and badass.

that and Wrath of the Titans. If she's seeing Matt Smith maybe we'll see her in Dr Who sometime?

I've only seen stills from that Fast Girls movie, but she looks amazing in them.

Lily James, Fast Girls

Lily James, Fast Girls
Lily James, gorgeous at the Cinderella Premiere. Yes gorgeous. Agreed
Lily James' Film:
2012 plays in Chemistry role as Ines
2012 plays in Wrath of the Titans role as Korrina
2012 plays in Broken role as Older Skunk
2012 plays in Fast Girls role as Lisa Temple
2015 plays in Cinderella role as Cinderella
2015 plays in Untitled John Wells project
2015 plays in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies role as Elizabeth Bennet

Lily James' Television:
2010 plays in Just William role as Ethel Brown in 4 episodes
2011 plays in Secret Diary of a Call Girl role as Poppy in 8 episodes
2012–2014 plays in Downton Abbey role as Lady Rose MacClare in 20 episodes, got
2015 plays in War and Peace role as Natasha Rostova in Upcoming series, filming

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Jamie Dornan, American accent hot coming from actors who are not native to America????  I've always been fond of Jamie's native Irish tongue, but his American accent is just so damn hot! I thought his native British accent was kind of bland and monotone, but his American accent was animated and kind of sexy. And now I'm noticing it with Jamie.

Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan, RACING HEARTS.. love story about a New York businessman who must choose between the deal of his career and the love of his life.

I loved it too. He slips quite a few times-but I really liked it :).. British Actors do American Accents with charm and flair, because American characters from the movies or TV are likely to have that personality.

Jamie Dornan's Films:
2006 plays in Marie Antoinette role as Axel von Fersen
2008 plays in Beyond the Rave role as Ed
2009 plays in Nice to Meet You role as The Young Man , it'sShort film
2009 plays in Shadows in the Sun role as Joe
2009 plays in X Returns role as X , it's Short film
2010 plays in The Black Widow role as , its'sShort film
2014 plays in Flying Home role as Colin
2015 plays in Fifty Shades of Grey role as Christian Grey
2015 plays in Untitled John Wells project role as
2015 plays in The 9th Life of Louis Drax role as Dr. Allan Pascal

Jamie Dornan's Television:
2011–2013 plays in Once Upon a Time role as The Huntsman/Sheriff Graham Humbert on 9 episodes
2013–present plays in The Fall role as Paul Spector on 11 episodes
2014 plays in New Worlds role as Abe Goffe on 4 episodes

Jamie Dornan's Single
2005 Fairytale
2006 My Burning Sun

Monday, 23 March 2015

Dakota Johnson, really attractive - personality wise

.. and Dakota Johnson's personality is quite cute. Despite her "moment" with her mom at the Oscars interview, I dont think thats a big deal considering she IS the daughter and daughters always do that to their parents, it shows that she's really genuine and doesnt act hypocritically on tv.

But overall, her face and voice looks so innocent to me. Her performance in FSOG is okay I guess, but the movie is just not that phenomenal. Its just okay, her other performances especially in "In a relationship", thats just.. SHE IS SOOO CUTE IN IT I CANT STAND IT.

Dakota Johnson, She is cute. I wasn't really bothered by her eye rolling and snapping at her mom thing either, I thought it was hilarious tbh. It was sort of rude I guess, especially because she basically acted like a bratty teenager on national television on the red carpet of the most important award show in the world -their world that is- and embarrassed her mom. I'm pretty sure if it were me saying that to my mom, I would have gotten slapped, if not right then - definitely in the car ride home.

Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey

Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey

Remember when Dakota Johnson said she didn't want her parents to see it? It was well-documented when she was promoting the movie that she specifically said she didn't want her parents to see the movie. Now cut to the red carpet with millions watching and she throws a mini-tantrum because her mom doesn't want to watch her simulate sex on film.

Dakota Johnson's Films:
1999 plays in Crazy in Alabama role as Sondra
2010 plays in The Social Network role as Amelia Ritter
2011 plays in Beastly role as Sloan Hagen
2012 plays in For Ellen role as Cindy Taylor
2012 plays in Goats role as Minnie
2012 plays in 21 Jump Street role as Fugazy
2012 plays in The Five-Year Engagement role as Audrey
2013 plays in Theo role as Chloe
2014 plays in Date and Switch role as Em
2014 plays in Need for Speed role as Anita Coleman
2015 plays in Fifty Shades of Grey role as Anastasia "Ana" Steele
2015 plays in Cymbeline role as Imogen
2015 plays in Black Mass role as Lindsey Cyr

Dakota Johnson's Televisions:
2012–2013 plays in Ben and Kate role as Kate Fox on Main cast; 16 episodes
2013 plays in The Office role as Dakota on Episode: "Finale"
2015 plays in Saturday Night Live role as Host on Episode: "Dakota Johnson/Alabama Shakes"

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Margot Robbie, The curse of being beautiful!

Margot Robbie is one of those people who are blessed with extreme good looks. But this blessing can be a curse. For people like Margot, life is effortless. She breezes through life getting everything she wants. This halts character development in real life and causes beautiful people to create shallow, depth less on screen characters. The character developed by being ugly, poor, or otherwise aflicted, is critical to creating deep, edgy, powerful characters. This is why, to me, people like Margot are dis interesting on screen - beautiful, but ultimately boring! I would prefer to hire a slightly less attractive actor who has been through personal hardship, has at times been poor, desperate and out of work, but during this time has developed the character which is critical to squeeze the most out of roles.

Margot Robbie, supporting actress, Wolf Of Wall Street

Margot Robbie, supporting actress, Wolf Of Wall Street

It's not a snap judgement, it's a generalization, but some generalizations have merit, just like the one I offered about beautiful/richer people finding life easier than uglier/poorer people. Studies have found that beautiful people generally are more popular and more successful than ugly people. Of course to every rule there's the exception, but "generally" beautiful people make *beep* actors because they haven't developed the depth required to play interesting characters. Beautiful people tend to be more self-aware. They notice how much people notice them and they find it extremely difficult to distance themselves from themselves - I have spoken to some beautiful people I know about this and they seem to confirm that this is the case. Uglier people seem to find it easier to detach their mental selves from their physical selves. They have tougher lives because they don't get the level of acceptance or success that beautiful people naturally get and so they tend to make far better actors, playing far more interesting characters with far more depth and emotion. Some beautiful people might be good actors, but they are the exception to the rule. How often have you seen a *beep* actor on screen i, say, daytime tv soap opera. Sure they're nice to look at but horrible at acting. They seem to get into acting just so they can show the world how good looking they are without having the tools to make a good job of it. I attach this to Margot because she seems to be equally attractive but dis interesting and I bet she's a lovely popular lady in real-life, lacking the tools to play deep interesting characters herself.


Rich people have an obvious advantage in life but again it doesn't shield them from pain, their problems may be different and in some cases have the means to combat them, but it doesn't mean they don't experience difficulty. You think being popular and successful means people are happy, that is a very simplistic view.

Beauty is subjective. Acting is a talent, not a product of beauty and popularity (although fame can have those attributes) but then acting is judged subjectively too. The Other can says.. Beauty is obviously not completely subjective. Very few people would find her ugly (if any). There's science to beauty.

Something about Margot Robbie - I get the feeling she wouldn't give most guys the time of day. one day she'll be on the wrong side of 35 and her sexual market value will plummet. beautiful women pretty much run the world from 18 - 38 then they're forced to rely on their personalities. but usually then they are trapped in a marriage w/ children, their bodies fall apart and so on.

Margot Robbie's Films:
2008 plays in Vigilante role as Cassandra
2009 plays in I.C.U. role as Tristan Waters
2013 plays in About Time role as Charlotte
2013 plays in The Wolf of Wall Street role as Naomi Lapaglia
2015 plays in Z for Zachariah role as Ann Burden
2015 plays in Focus role as Jess Barrett
2015 plays in Suite française role as Celine
2016 plays in Tarzan role as Jane Porter
2016 plays in The Taliban Shuffle role as Tanya

Margot Robbie's Television:
2008 plays in Review with Myles Barlow role as Kelly on Episode #1.1
2008 plays in The Elephant Princess role as Butterfly (uncredited) on Episodes: "The Butterfly Effect" and "Butterfly Kiss"
2008 plays in City Homicide role as Caitlin Brentford on Episode: "Somersaulting Dogs"
2008–2011 plays in Neighbours role as Donna Freedman on 311 episodes
2011–2012 plays in Pan Am role as Laura Cameron on 14 episodes
2015 plays in Top Gear role as Herself on Episode #22.4
2015 plays in Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite role as Herself on Documentary

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Annabelle Stephenson, very beautiful

Annabelle Stephenson, Smoking hot body.. I tried to focus on her acting on "Revenge" but her smoking hot body got in the way. She is Beautiful..she is very beautiful

Annabelle Stephenson, Point of Honor

Annabelle Stephenson, Point of Honor, .. about the civil war..

Her first professional job was in 2006, when she landed the role of 'Miriam Kent' in the hit children's TV show "H20: Just Add Water"

Her alternate names: Annabelle Stevenson

Annabelle Stephenson's films:
2006 Plays in Meine peinlichen Eltern (Mortified, Fernsehserie, Episode 1x12)
2006 Plays in H2O – Plötzlich Meerjungfrau (H2O: Just Add Water, Fernsehserie, 12 Episoden)
2010 Plays in Violet
2011 Plays in Rescue Special Ops (Fernsehserie, 3 Episoden)
2013 Plays in Reef Doctors (Fernsehserie, Episode 1x02)
seit 2013 Plays in Revenge (Fernsehserie)

Friday, 20 March 2015

Jackie Chan VS Bruce Lee

Who would win in a fight between Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee? Their skills seem about equal so the determining factor would be Bruce Lee's greater willingness to be vicious. So...Bruce.

Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee (Actor, Director, Writer), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Actor), Fred Weintraub (Director

Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee (Actor, Director, Writer), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Actor), Fred Weintraub (Director)..

Bruce Lee..Bruce Lee is dead, so I'd have to give the win to Chan. Not much of a fight, though...

Jackie Chan..Chan would beat Lee's corpse to dust. Or kick his ashes (if that's applicable). But I'm a Bruce Lee fan. He was a bad em-effer!

Chuck Norris..Chuck Norris could beat them both at once. Chuck Norris is the king of the martial artists. He is the most lethal man on the planet. If Bruce Lee was alive he would cower at the sight of the mighty Chuck Norris and run away. Norris could take Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan at once. Norris IS the man!

Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore Are Divorcing

It's over for Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams... Nearly six years after the duo tied the knot, Adams, 40, filed for divorce from Moore, 30.. Well, six years is a pretty long time, especially for a Hollywood couple.

As for Mandy Moore, I don't know her personally, but if he didn't wanna stick it out then I guess its his loss. I say she should turn this to her advantage and use that divorce rage as new energy to help revive her career. She does limited voice over work and that pays the bills, but she also has a beautiful voice. Ok Mandy, now is the time to kick some ASS! :)

A Walk to Remember,Starring: Shane West, Mandy Moore

A Walk to Remember,Starring: Shane West, Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore, good actress... terrible music artist, I don't like the music that Mandy makes. But I wont disrespect her music because of that. I just choose to ignore her music and focus on her movie career instead. Mandy in movies is a good thing. I can't get enough of her movies. I am going to start to hunt down more of them.

The following Mandy Moore 's Films
2000 plays in Magic Al and the Mind Factory role as Brittany Foster
2001 plays in Dr. Dolittle 2 role as Girl Bear Cub
2001 plays in The Princess Diaries role as Lana Thomas
2002 plays in A Walk to Remember role as Jamie Sullivan
2002 plays in All I Want role as Lisa
2003 plays in How to Deal role as Halley Martin
2004 plays in Chasing Liberty role as Anna Foster
2004 plays in Saved! role as Hilary Faye
2005 plays in Racing Stripes role as Sandy
2005 plays in Romance & Cigarettes role as Baby Murder
2006 plays in American Dreamz role as Sally Kendoo
2006 plays in Brother Bear 2 role as Nita
2007 plays in Because I Said So role as Milly Wilder
2007 plays in Dedication role as Lucy Riley
2007 plays in License to Wed role as Sadie Jones
2007 plays in Southland Tales role as Madeline Frost Santaros
2009 plays in Swinging with the Finkels role as Ellie Finkel
2010 plays in Tangled role as Rapunzel
2011 plays in Love, Wedding, Marriage role as Ava
2012 plays in Hotel Noir role as Evangeline Lundy
2012 plays in Tangled Ever After role as Rapunzel
2013 plays in Christmas in Conway role as Natalie Springer
2013 plays in The Advocates role as Shannon Carter

The following Mandy Moore 's Televisions
2000 plays in 2GE+HER: The Series role as Herself
2000 plays in All That role as Herself/Musical Guest
2003 plays in Clone High role as Herself
2003 plays in Punk'd role as Herself
2005 plays in Criss Angel Mindfreak role as Herself
2005 plays in Entourage role as Herself/Aquagirl
2006 plays in Scrubs role as Julie Quinn
2006 plays in The Simpsons role as Tabitha Vixx
2007 plays in How I Met Your Mother role as Amy
2010 plays in Grey's Anatomy role as Mary Portman
2012 plays in Winx Club role as Additional Voices
2012–2013 plays in Tron: Uprising role as Mara
2013 plays in High School USA! role as Cassandra Barren
2014 plays in Sofia the First role as Rapunzel
2014–present plays in Sheriff Callie's Wild West role as Sheriff Callie
2014–present plays in Red Band Society role as Dr. Erin Grace

The following Mandy Moore 's Video games
2002 plays in Kingdom Hearts role as Aerith Gainsborough
2013 plays in Disney Infinity role as Rapunzel
2013 plays in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix role as Aerith Gainsborough

Thursday, 19 March 2015

MP3 vs. AAC (Audio), MPEG-4 vs. AVC (Video)

+for BluRay: MP3 vs. AAC (Audio) and MPEG-4 vs. AVC (Video).. So I noticed a difference in my digital audio/visual setup

Film Sample
Fast Five (Fast and Furious 5 aka Rio Heist)

Audio Findings - MP3 vs. AAC (Audio)
AAC Audio is more true to the audio representation! My setup is 5.1 surround with the Audio theater setup


MP3 muxes the soundtrack to the front speakers with little to no resonance in the rear speakers.

AAC pushes the sound effects to the rear speakers respectivley.

Video Findings - MPEG 4 vs. AVC (Video)

MPEG-4 is dominant with a 1280x544 resolution.
AVC is only at 640x272

For awhile I believed MP4 to be the standard for conversion. This is true for video only. But this recent comparison has me favoring the audio format (AAC) over video. It was a better experience with the sound effects resonating. The MP3 audio seems inferior to the AAC audio in this case for the overall movie experience. MP4 is superior to AVC visual quality, however.

In fact I am referencing Blu-ray rips. Also comparing the formats that come from Netflix and Crackle. From what I am finding, everyone is staying away from the 5.1 because of it's size (and bandwith required to stream). The other part of this may go in the Home Theater Boards, but do 5.1, 7.1 setups really matter anymore when people are just watching them on devices with headphones, etc.?

WD TV Live Media Player Wi-fi 1080p, by Western Digital

WD TV Live Media Player Wi-fi 1080p, by Western Digital

If you're using Blu-ray rips which have been transcoded down to 720p or lower. Not really a fair comparison. 720p rips with the 1.5 Mbps DTS core are pretty good.

MP3 muxes the soundtrack to the front speakers with little to no resonance in the rear speakers. Sounds like you were using joint stereo or dual mono. Joint can (and does) do really weird things to the audio. Also, MP3 only supports mono or 2-track stereo, not 6-track surround*, so what you were probably hearing was an analogue matrix derived from the stereo audio track.

* Some MP3 encoders actually do support it, but this is a very nonstandard hack. Most decoders will either ignore the extra four channels or just play the whole thing back as garbage (noise).

This recent comparison has me favouring the audio format (AAC) over video. It was a better experience with the sound effects resonating. MP3 audio seems inferior to AAC in this case for the overall movie experience.

That's because MP3 is an inferior codec. The future is AAC. Actually the real future is FLAC, but AAC is a better compromise of size versus fidelity, than even LAME MP3 at its highest setting (44100/320/stereo CBR).

MP3 is a reasonable codec for encoding speech or clippy, over compressed pop music to be played through crappy earbuds on an Apple device, but little else.

Lighten Up...

Jessica Szohr, One Word, Hot

Jessica Szohr, One Word, Hot.. she is definitely very unique! stunning :)

She is Black and Hungarian. Her eyes stand out because of her tanned complexion and extremely dark hair. That's what make it unique. They are also shaped very differently. It's not just that her eyes are stunning, but the contrast that her eyes has with the rest of her features makes them absolutely beautiful to behold

Jessica Szohr, Love Wedding Marriage

Jessica Szohr, Love Wedding Marriage

Jessica Szohr is really stunning! great 'aura' + beautiful looks! hope she wont get a nose job or other things done because she is a natural + unique beauty!, hope she will have a great career! she seems so nice she deserves it ;)

The following Jessica Szohr's Films:
2003 plays in Uncle Nino role as The MC
2005 plays in The Reading Room role as Dayva
2007 plays in Somebody Help Me role as Nicole
2009 plays in Fired Up! role as Kara
2010 plays in Piranha 3D role as Kelly Driscoll
2011 plays in Love, Wedding, Marriage role as Shelby
2011 plays in I Don't Know How She Does It role as Paula
2011 plays in Tower Heist role as Sasha Gibbs
2012 plays in Hirokin role as Orange
2012 plays in Art Machine role as Cassandra Moon
2012 plays in Love Bite role as Juliana
2013 plays in Pawn role as Bonnie
2013 plays in The Internship role as Marielena
2013 plays in Brightest Star role as Lita Markovic
2014 plays in House at the End of the Drive role as Krista
2014 plays in Lucky in Love role as Mira Simon
2014 plays in 10 Cent Pistol role as Chelsea
2014 plays in Two Night Stand role as Faiza
2014 plays in The Life role as

The following Jessica Szohr's Television
2003 plays in My Wife & Kids role as Dee-Jay
2004 plays in What I Like About You role as Liz
2004 plays in Drake & Josh role as N/A
2004 plays in Joan of Arcadia role as Nikki
2005 plays in That's So Raven role as Jordache Hilltopper
2007 plays in What About Brian role as Laura
2007 plays in CSI: Miami role as Samantha Barrish
2007–12 plays in Gossip Girl role as Vanessa Abrams
2010 plays in The City role as Herself
2012 plays in Punk'd role as Herself
2013 plays in Men at Work role as Jenny

The following Jessica Szohr's Music video
2007 plays in Best Days role as Matt White
2007 plays in Over You role as Daughtry
2013 plays in 22 role as Taylor Swift
2014 plays in Already Home role as A Great Big World

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Laptop pointer lagging?

Laptop pointer lagging / going slow. I really need help because this is annoying the hell out of me right now! When I start my laptop the pointer is moving just fine, but after 20-30 mins it starts to go slow and lags really badly. Making it difficult to use. I've updated my computer, I've made the mouse options speed faster and neither of those work. I don't know if its the hardware or software that's causing this, I just need help because it's driving me insane. My laptop is an acer with windows 8 if that helps.

Oem Presenter with Laser Pointer and Powerpoint Presentation Remote Control Clicker by favi

Oem Presenter with Laser Pointer and Powerpoint Presentation Remote Control Clicker by favi

I'm guessing that your laptop has a built-in trackpad or similar device. Try borrowing a regular USB mouse and see if the same thing happens with it. .

Or.. (Fist off, have you checked Acer's website if there are any trackpad driver updates for your particular laptop?) I assume that your "20-30 mins before it acts up" is after the 1st [cold] boot up of the day, right? If you reboot Win8 after it starts acting up, does it take another "20-30 mins" to act up again or does it immediately start to act up after the reboot? If it's the latter, then it may be a heat-related issue, and the trackpad's hardware is faulty.

One sure-fire way to confirm would be to install a "liveUSB" Linux distro (like Linux Mint) onto a USB flash drive and boot your laptop from that USB. If it does the same thing under Linux then you can be 100% certain it's a hardware issue.

Michelle Trachtenberg, outrageously hot

Michelle Trachtenberg, She is outrageously hot, watched 17 again kind of from the middle and first scene, have seen many many girls and she's like one of those girls blow the 10 margin like she's 12/10. She's cuter than I could have imagined a person could look before I saw her. Her body is excellent

And saw her in Sexy Evil Genius and she is stunning, she looks much prettier now then when saw her in Buffy the vampire slayer, also love her voice, also better then in Buffy.

Michelle Trachtenberg, 17 Again

Michelle Trachtenberg, 17 Again

Look at Michelle Trachtenberg on Gossip Girl or Eurotrip, she's definitely HOT! [[love1]] Harriet the Spy is all grown up. She grew up nicely. She turned out to be very pretty in an atypical way.

She is the hottest woman in Hollywood and one of the most beautiful women in the world, hands down.

The Following Michelle Trachtenberg's Film: 

1995 plays in Melissa role as Lena
1996 plays in Harriet the Spy role as Harriet M. Welsch
1998 plays in Richie Rich's Christmas Wish role as Gloria
1999 plays in Inspector Gadget role as Penny
2000 plays in Can't Be Heaven role as Julie
2004 plays in EuroTrip role as Jenny
2004 plays in Mysterious Skin role as Wendy
2005 plays in Ice Princess role as Casey Carlyle
2005 plays in The Dive From Clausen's Pier role as Carrie
2006 plays in Beautiful Ohio role as Sandra
2006 plays in Black Christmas role as Melissa Kitt
2008 plays in Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight role as Tika (voice)
2009 plays in Against the Current role as Suzanne
2009 plays in 17 Again role as Margaret "Maggie" Sarah O'Donnell
2010 plays in Cop Out role as Ava Monroe
2010 plays in DC Showcase: Jonah Hex role as Bar girl (voice)
2011 plays in Take Me Home Tonight role as Ashley
2013 plays in Sexy Evil Genius role as Miranda Prague
2014 plays in The Scribbler role as Alice

The following Michelle Trachtenberg's Television:
1991 plays in Law & Order role as Dinah Driscoll
1993 plays in Clarissa Explains It All role as Elsie Soaperstein
1993–96 plays in All My Children role as Lily Benton Montgomery #1
1994–96 plays in The Adventures of Pete & Pete role as Nona F. Mecklenberg
1996 plays in A Holiday for Love role as Noelle Murphy
1996 plays in Dave's World role as Angela
1996 plays in Space Cases role as Prankster #1
1996 plays in Christmas in My Hometown role as Noelle Murphy
1997 plays in Meego role as Maggie Parker
1998 plays in Blue's Clues role as Herself
1998 plays in Reading Rainbow role as Herself (voice)
1998 plays in Guys Like Us role as Katie
1998–99 plays in Figure It Out role as Herself/Panelist
2000 plays in A Father's Choice role as Kelly McClain
2000–03 plays in Buffy the Vampire Slayer role as Dawn Summers
2001–03 plays in Truth or Scare role as Host/narrator
2004 plays in Six Feet Under role as Celeste
2005 plays in The Dive from Clausen's Pier role as Carrie Beal
2006 plays in House role as Melinda Bardach
2006–12 plays in Robot Chicken role as Various voices
2006 plays in Law & Order: Criminal Intent role as Lisa Willow Tyler
2007 plays in The Hill role as Maggie Rogers
2008 plays in The Circuit role as Kylie Shines
2008–12 plays in Gossip Girl role as Georgina Sparks
2009–10 plays in Mercy role as Chloe Payne
2009 plays in The Super Hero Squad Show role as Valkyrie (voice)
2011 plays in Untitled Peter Knight Pilot role as Gracie
2011 plays in Love Bites role as Jodie
2011 plays in Weeds role as Emma Karlin
2013 plays in Killing Kennedy role as Marina Oswald
2013 plays in Criminal Minds role as Diane Turner
2013 plays in NCIS: Los Angeles role as Lily Lockhart
2015 plays in Sleepy Hollow role as Abigail Adams

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Video 8 format

Did anyone get into the Video 8 format? This is probably one of thr home video formats I know least about. I found a sealed movie on this format at a local thrift store & couldn't pass it up for a $1. Just curious if anyone was an adopter of the format, their experiences with it, if they still own anything to do with the format etc.

Pinnacle Studio 8.0 Video Editing with CD/DVD Authoring

Pinnacle Studio 8.0 Video Editing with CD/DVD Authoring

Its yet another one of Sony's stupid inventions, from back when they did not work together with others to widely spread the technology they came up with. Not widely spread as a homevideo format, since Sony made sure, that they where the only ones who had equipment who could play and record on these tapes.

In the beginning, there was not even a machine who could play these tapes. People where stuck by using a Video8 homevideo camera to play and record on the tapes.

It was not until the late 90s machines actually turned up, who was able to play both the Video8 and Hi8 tapes from Sony, but that was ALL they could play, no standard tapes supported what so ever. They where by the majority mostly considered as machines you only purchased if you where working with video editing, like at a tv-station or university, since these machines also was pretty expensive. Two such models where the EV-S2000E and EV-S9000E.

So for home entertainment purposes like the VHS tape, it was VERY unsuccessful.

Video8 is an evolution of the Sony color-under recording technology that began with U-matic in 1971. A decade later Sony took advantage of the latest doped tape formulations to cut tape width in 2/3rds to ~1/2" (12mm) from ~3/4" (19mm). Less than a decade after that, in response to VHS-C camcorders, Sony took advantage of the latest metal particle tape formulations to cut tape width in 2/3rds, from 12mm to 8mm.

Video8 wasn't a very popular format. Hi8 was more popular, but was soon eclipsed by the DV digital video recording format. Digital8 was the last hurrah for the Video8-style cassette, and used the same DV recording format as the original DV cassettes.

Sony's 8mm analog videotape products were originally intended for home use, as with Betamax and U-matic before. Because Sony used the same modulation frequencies over the years, this allowed direct dubbing of modulated off-the-tape signals between decks, resulting in improved quality. Because of this handy feature, industrial Hi8 decks with with dub jacks and RS-422 control interfaces replaced U-matic in shops with overflowing tape libraries. A new Hi8 deck can cost over $6,000US even today.

IIRC a couple of enterprising companies used 8mm video tape for digital audio recorders to compete with the embattled DAT format. Using 8mm tape vs the 4mm DAT tape reduced dropouts.

As far as USING it? Nah, I was into using S-(Super)-VHS as a home-movie acquisition format. But I remember READING ABOUT Video 8 and this is what I remember reading about it: Video 8 provided 240-260-line VHS quality in a smaller-than-VHS cassette for convenience and a small, palm-sized camcorder.

I grabbed a almost-new Sony EV-C100 hifi/HI8 deck, no remote, at Goodwill a few years ago for $10 (that's what they do with expensive stuff that they have no idea what it is) with a tape of "Footloose" in it. It works great, but just sits there collecting dust. But I got such a good deal on an almost $1200-$1500 machine that I don't dare get rid of it, since somebody may need a 8mm tape transferred to disk, or something.

Basically, I pretty much missed 8 in its heyday. VHS was just about everywhere (still is, sort of), and that was what I used.

I haven't a lot with DVD-Video either, though the combination of DVD Shrink and Imgburn has extended its usefulness greatly.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, What's next for SMG?

What's next for SMG / Sarah Michelle Gellar? what can you see Sarah doing next/what do you think she should do, i.e. what type of roles should she be playing now (she's kinda tried her hand at a few, but obviously now she's older.)

It's a realist. Sarah Michelle Gellar said over 3 years ago that working is no longer important to her. Her family is her priority, which is fine. If she wanted to get to Buffy status again, she could but she doesn't have the drive to do it. She has everything she wants.

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dusted: The Unauthorized Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Dusted: The Unauthorized Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Sarah Michelle Gellar, she didn't lose the acting bug just because she started a family. She still works but not as much as she used to. Let her kid reach his early teens and then she will probably come back full throttle.

Sarah Michelle Gellar's films
1984 plays in Over the Brooklyn Bridge as Phil's daughter
1988 plays in Funny Farm as Elizabeth's student
1989 plays in High Stakes as Karen Rose
1997 plays in I Know What You Did Last Summer as Helen Shivers
1997 plays in Scream 2 as Casey "Cici" Cooper
1998 plays in Small Soldiers as Gwendy Doll
1999 plays in She's All That as Girl in cafetería
1999 plays in Simply Irresistible as Amanda Shelton
1999 plays in Cruel Intentions as Kathryn Merteuil
2001 plays in Harvard Man as Cindy Bandolini
2002 plays in Scooby-Doo as Daphne Blake
2004 plays in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed as Daphne Blake
2004 plays in The Grudge as Karen Davis
2006 plays in The Grudge 2 as Karen Davis
2006 plays in The Return as Joanna Mills
2007 plays in Happily N'Ever After as Ella
2007 plays in TMNT as April O'Neil
2007 plays in Southland Tales as Krysta Now
2008 plays in Suburban Girl as Brett Eisenberg
2008 plays in The Air I Breathe as Sorrow
2009 plays in Possession as Jessica
2009 plays in Veronika Decides to Die as Veronika
2013 plays in Freedom Force as Nicole

Sarah Michelle Gellar's Televisions:
1983 plays in An Invasion of Privacy as Jennifer Bianchi
1988 plays in Spenser: For Hire as Emily
1988 plays in Crossbow as Sara Guidotti
1991 plays in A Woman Named Jackie as Teenage Jacqueline Bouvier
1992 plays in Swans Crossing as Sydney Orion Rutledge
1993–1995, 2011 plays in All My Children as Kendall Hart
1997 plays in Beverly Hills Family Robinson as Jane Robinson
1997–2003 plays in Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Buffy Summers / Various
1998, 1999, 2002 plays in Saturday Night Live as Host
1998 plays in King of the Hill as Marie
1999–2000 plays in Angel as Buffy Summers
2000 plays in Sex and the City as Debbie
2001 plays in God, the Devil and Bob as That Actress on That Show
2001 plays in Grosse Pointe as Herself
2004, 2012 plays in The Simpsons as Gina Vendetti
2005–2014 plays in Robot Chicken as Various voices
2011–2012 plays in American Dad! as Phyllis, Jenny
2011–2012 plays in Ringer as Bridget Kelly/Siobhan Martin
2013–2014 plays in The Crazy Ones as Sydney Roberts
2015 plays in Star Wars Rebels as TBA

Sarah Michelle Gellar's Video games
2010 plays in Call of Duty: Black Ops as Herself

Monday, 16 March 2015

The problem with Apple

This is one of two threads based on the feud between Samsung fans as well as Apple fans. Note that I am going to give the positives as well as the negatives of both companies. I used to own an iPod as well as an iPhone 3G and went to the Samsung Galaxy line so be advised I do know the difference. I am currently typing this on a MacBook Pro and I will be mainly targeting the mobile division of both companies and not the computer division. Please comment with your opinions and feedback. Lets not make this a fanboy battle please.

Apple MacBook Air MJVG2LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (256 GB) NEWEST VERSION

Apple MacBook Air MJVG2LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop


-In 2007 Apple released a phone that changed the mobile marketplace forever. It created the iPhone. A phone capable of playing music, playing movies, texting, browsing the web, taking photos, recording videos, and having a shared music/movie database via itunes all in one device. Tech companies saw this as a calling for a new brand of phone labeled the smartphone.

-Apple was the leading brand for the next years to come. Then in 2010 Apple changed the game again by releasing a 10" (9.7") tablet known as the iPad. Apple once again opened a whole new market in the mobile world. 2010 was also the birth of the iPhone 4 a great durable evolution over it's previous 3G and 3GS models.

-Despite these amazing devices, Apple began to show it's true colors. Within a few months of each initial release it began to release a slightly different model with one or two additional features labeled the 'S' line. It did it with it's 3GS and as well as a 4S model. Apple began to release products quicker with no form of innovation. The iPhone 5 was basically a slightly longer device with a smaller screen and 6 rows of icons.

-Apple then began to sue major companies claiming they were stealing it's designs (Rounded Corners, a Home button, rubber banding feature.....etc.) Samsung became it's main target.

My opinion on Apple vs Samsung.

The original Samsung Galaxy S (Vibrant, Fascinate, Epic 4G, Captivate) were exact replicas of the iPhone 3G. I owned an iPhone 3G and a Galaxy S (Vibrant) and they looked identical. I agree with Apple suing Samsung for that particular device. Apple became greedy and wanted to ban the Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Nexus, and so on...

Apple claimed they invented everything and wanted to ban the competition. This is where Apple is wrong. THEY DID NOT INVENT EVERYTHING


-The first idea of a Tablet was first introduced in the 1968 film: 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was called the NewsPad. There were concepts after of artists were drew and thought out the full functionality of a Tablet PC. Apple in 1993 took this idea and ran with it to try and develop a full commercial tablet which went mainstream in 2010 with the iPad. Intel created a tablet in 1999 called the 'Intel Web Tablet'.

Portable Music Players

-The first digital music player to be mass produced was the “MPMan” player by South Korean company Saehan Information Systems. It became available in April 1998, but it could only hold about six songs. Several other companies subsequently introduced digital music devices, including Diamond, Compaq, Creative, and more. Apple’s first-generation iPod didn’t come along until 2001.


-Did you know that the Motorola ROKR and SLVR were the first two phones to ever incorporate iTunes into a cellphone? Apple saw the success of this and thus began to create their own mobile devices capable of making calls and playing MP3s dubbed the iPhone.

So to sum this all up. Apple took a bunch of ideas and blended it together to make great stylish products. Big deal. Bartenders and Chefs have been mixing ingredients together for decades to make great products. So this thread is to explain the real side of Apple and to not let them sway you from the truth. Apple copies just like every other company. If you don't think Apple copies why don't you as Xerox? Say tuned because I will be posting my Samsung thread as well.


To preface, I will admit that I'm probably well within the bounds of an "Apple fanboy". I have several Apple products: an iPhone 4, an iPad 2 with a cracked screen that I keep around because its not worth much with a cracked screen (still works perfectly otherwise), an iPad Mini to serve as my good iPad, an old Macbook that I use to write with, and an iMac that I use as my workhorse computer.

I love Apple's design, simplicity and workflow/cohesion of device and ecosystem. I think their products are the nicest looking and feeling products to hold, touch, look at and use. They just feel the most high quality. Sure, this may be a rather superficial reason for preferring Apple above all others, but I think it's important. How you feel about a product, especially a piece of technology, counts in how much it pleases you. The function of Apple products is nothing to sneeze at either, so the whole package of form and function is what, to me, keeps me coming back to Apple products.

I've looked at Samsung's line many times. My brother just got a Galaxy S4, and it's a nice phone. I do like the bigger screen (I wish Apple would hurry up with bigger screen options... Reportedly, it will be coming next year with the iPhone 6). And sure, it has more features... I've never been convinced by this argument for Android, though. More features isn't automatically better, if those features aren't necessary. Take the touchless gestures, for example. My brother doesn't even use that. It's sold as such a handy feature and I've seen Samsung fans tout it as being something that Samsung is better than Apple for, because iPhone don't have that! It's an annoying, pointless feature. Oh, you can hover your hand a couple inches above the screen instead of taking that exruciating extra effort it takes to just... Y'know, touch the screen. It just raises the liklihood of accidentally doing something on the device that you didn't mean to. Touch screens already have a high risk of that. Please don't add touchless controls to make it worse. I'm good without that.

And that's really the difference I see between Android and iOS. Whereas the hoard of Android devices are desperately throwing feature after feature out there to see what sticks in the hopes of drawing people away from Apple... Apple is content to just stick with what they are sure will work and be sufficient. And more often than not, they're right. There's nothing all that important that you can do with an Android device that an iOS device can't do, one way or another.

Samsung products are great and all. Not saying nobody should be happy with them (which is all that anti-Apple people do to Apple users). They're well-reviewed and customer satsifaction is apparently even surpassing Apple now. Good for them.

I still like Apple better. Again, it's the simpicity and quality of the design. iOS 7 has worked perfectly for me since day one, and it's a massive improvement over the old design. Very beautiful, smooth and some much needed features like Control Center were a relief. And it'll only get better.
Apple Maps works perfectly fine for me. Even when it first came out, I never had any real problems with it. I know alot of people did and that's unfortunate. But I knew it would get better. It has. iOS 7 made it look and feel even more smooth and beautiful. Flyover is amazing. Absolutely love it. I've barely touched Google Maps in the last year. So while I understand SOME of the hysteria at the beginning, I believe that's completely irrelevent now. It's just as good as, if not better than, Google Maps now. I don't take transit very often, so I'm not affected by the lack of transit function in it, but that is reportedly coming soon. Like I said, you have to know that it will get better. Building a system as complicated as an interactive, featured world map is a process. Google took about ten years to get to where they are now. Give Apple at least a couple.

As for the "Apple didn't invent that!" argument...

So to sum this all up. Apple took a bunch of ideas and blended it together to make great stylish products. Big deal.

1) This is a strange argument for you to make in an Apple vs Samsung comparison. Did Samsung do anything more impressive in basically capitalizing on the smartphone revolution by copying Apple and then adding and improving from there? No. What Apple has done in this arena is way more than what Samsung has done, so Apple wins in this fight hands-down. No debate whatsoever. Anybody who thinks ot tries to argue otherwise is stretching pathetically. So the topic of invention/innovation has no place in this argument unless it's to give Apple the edge.

2) Yes, it IS a "big deal" to make the first most successful version of a product. An invention is worthless if it doesn't ever go anywhere. If the light bulb had been invented and then just spread to a few people and never saw any huge success, then it wouldn't be very noteworthy, would it? Success matters in determining what is an impressive invention. How well it work matters. If the light bulb just shone for a few seconds and never became functional enough to actually be useful to everybody, then again, it wouldn't have been the revolutionary invention it was.

There's a reason the iPhone was the phone that changed everything and nothing that came before it did the same. It was because it was a revolutionary product. A single product that combined the best of everything at the time, added some new things, polished it all up and made it marketable, and successful. That act, in and of itself, is more important than the sum of its parts. If Apple hadn't done that, then the "smartphone" most likely would have remained a niche business item. At least, until somebody else did something similar. And it's true that if Apple hadn't done it, then someone else might have. But Apple's the one who did do it, and that's all that matters.

You can't argue with results. Apple got results.

3) Sadly, I can't argue against the notion that Apple's time may be passing, if it hasn't already passed. Steve Jobs WAS Apple. Without him, they've been a ship without a rudder. Aside from the fact that I love the iPad Mini, and apparently Steve Jobs would never have had it... I miss Steve Jobs' Apple.

To me, this is exemplified perfectly with the growing smartwatch market. Apple is trailing miserably here. The iWatch is reportedly coming... But it's gonna be too late. All the other companies are already releasing them. The Pebble, the new Samsung watch, etc... I believe that if Steve Jobs were still alive, the iWatch would have already been released. And here's why:

The 3 year rule.

During Steve Jobs reign after he returned to Apple in the 90s, he seemed to realize that a revolutionary product had to come out every three years to keep people's attention. That was the pattern:

1998: iMac
2001: iPod
2004: iPod Mini (not just an update, it was a completely re-packaged, re-directed product that opened the iPod up to the young crowd)
2007: iPhone
2010: iPad

So if we follow this pattern, what would the optimum year have been for the iWatch? 2013.
They would have beaten Samsung to the punch and come out right at the time when the smartwatch market is opening up, but still under the radar. Now that Samsung's releasing one, it's on the radar. The Pebble wasn't very widely known. If the iWatch had been released this year, and had the Steve Jobs touch of combining everything, adding some new things and polishing it all up into a highly usable, stylish product... It would have blown people away once again. Unfortunately, I think that window is quickly passing Apple by. Now when they finally release it, it'll ACTUALLY be what anti-Apple critics SAY past Apple products were: just a polished imitation. Sure, it'll still be massively successful, no doubt. But it won't have the "didn't even know you wanted it until it arrived" impact that the iPod, iPhone and iPad had. It'll be a "Oh, they finally released a smartwatch" deal. Can't help but feel this wouldn't have happened under Steve Jobs.

Apple certainly has its downsides. It's a stubbornly independent system. Whereas Samsung and Android in general is more open and democratic, Apple is a bit of a top-down system where you have to either take it or leave it. There's a lot of little things that are frustrating about it. The simplicity can sometimes be hindering.
But all in all, it's worth it for me. They're beautiful products that really do work well. I've considered switching to a Galaxy phone before, but I just can't bring myself to do it. I like the Apple ecosystem too much. I love the design. I love how it's still number 1 for apps. It just works for me.

Maybe one day I'll make the switch and discover what all the fuss is about. But right now, I'm not convinced that Apple isn't all its cracked up to be, because it is. If Samsung is better, then okay. That doesn't make Apple bad. It doesn't mean anybody who chooses Apple is wrong, or missing out, or brainwashed or whatever the Apple haters want to make us out to be. It just means we're happy where we are.

About the patent war issue:

If it were me running Apple, I wouldn't care about fighting for patent rights. Apple is still doing just fine, even with the competition. They still have the devoted fanbase, they still make abundant profits... I wouldn't care to get involved in ugly lawsuits.

That being said... Come on. Apple did file the patents. Steve Jobs did say they would protect them. And Samsung and other companies still blatantly stole the ideas and even the designs. It's one of the most blatant infringements in history, that I know of. Apple did invent the smartphone as we know it today. They did gets the patents for it. They are winning the cases because they deserve to.

I personally wish patents weren't a thing. I believe if you create something and put it out into the world, it's only natural that it'll be duplicated if it's a worthy product. You should take it as a compliment to your ingenuity for having made such an impact on the world.

But the reality is that patents do exist, Apple is the one who patented these designs and technologies, and they're pursuing what is legally promised to them with those patents. How is it that you can fault them for protecting the patents that they got for being the first ones to design the technologies in question and then file for the patents specifically to be able to protect those designs and then doing exactly what patents for supposed to be user for... But you don't fault Samsung for stealing the designs? Why? Because you like that Samsung has those stolen designs for you to use and otherwise you'd have to use Apple products to get them? Would you feel the same way if the tables were turned and Samsung were suing Apple for stolen designs? Something tells me that that's when you'd be criticizing stolen designs instead. It's always seemed to me that people will find any reason to criticize Apple. People love to criticize the one that's on top. Even when they're not entirely on top anymore...

It's especially rich for you to criticize Apple for having to protect their designs from being stolen, but then in the same breath say that Apple doesn't really innovate or invent. Yet you're happy to use Samsung products which have ideas stolen from Apple... On a device that was completely an offshoot of the iPhone... You're over-flowing with hypocrisy here.

And I used to be such a nice guy.

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