Angry Mockingjays

I finished The Hunger Games audiobook this week!  Just in time for the theatrical release of the movie next week.  It should be interesting to compare them.  Suzanne Collins apparently did the screenplay and produced, so hopefully it’ll be as true to the book as possible.  I really enjoyed the book, though I was a little disappointed at the ending, which seemed to leave a lot of things unanswered.  But, on the brighter side, I jumped right into starting book 2, “Catching Fire”, and the beginning of that book has already answered a lot of the questions I had.  So I’m really looking forward to this book now, too, and then to the third, and final book in the series, “Mockingjay”, after that one.

So next week is looking to be pretty neat, beginning Tuesday, when The Hunger Games soundtrack is released, followed by the movie in theaters on Friday.  There’s also another event happening on Thursday I’m looking forward too–the release of Angry Birds Space!

Should be a fun week.  After that… who knows… maybe a big road trip in April!?!

Should I do standup?

What’s with all the naming screw-ups the big tech companies have been having lately?  First there was Netflix spinning off their DVD service and calling it “Quikster?” Sounded like a pirated Nestle product!  Anyway, I think they eventually took that one back after realizing just how much it costed them.  Then recently Google decides to rename everything “Google Play”.  Now, instead of “Google Music, Google Books, Google Market, and Google Movies”, it’s “Play Music”,  “Play Books”, “Play Store”, and “Play Movies”.  Sounds like a really sound business move… for business??? “Play?”  Sounds like they’re trying to move away from business with this naming, and just go with only the consumer market…for the younger “players”.

And lastly, one that really stumps me, the “iPad”.  As I understand it, it’s not the iPad 3.  It’s the iPad.  First there was the iPad, then the iPad 2.  Now, in it’s third generation, it’s called the “iPad” again.  I guess Apple must have had a few million pre-branded shipping boxes they still needed to move, so this is their solution…?  Just make sure when you’re buying an iPad, you really get the one you want.  It’s the one with the state-of-yesterday’s -art 5MP camera on it.  Sheesh, my Android PHONE, which is two major OS versions from the latest Android version, even has an 8MP camera…  But, as they always say Apple’s slogan should be “Apple: Yesterday’s technology at tomorrow’s prices!”  Seriously though, take another drink of the kool-aid, you’ll love it.  <insert rim-shot here>

Movies & Books

As an update to my last post, now that the Oscars have come and gone, as far as the nominees go, I’ve seen Hugo, The Help, and Moneyball.  I thought all three were very good.  Kevin was a little disappointed in Hugo, saying it was kind of boring in parts, and I can see that for a little kid I guess, growing up with blockbuster robot movies like Terminator and Transformers.  A simple automaton didn’t cut it for him.  For me, however, I thought it was fascinating, especially the artful way the entire movie looked overall.  It was fascinating to watch, especially in Blu-Ray.  I also saw Tower Heist.  I don’t think it was nominated, but I liked it.

In other media, I finished Stephen King’s “Duma Key” audiobook recently, and I just started The Hunger Games, at Kevin’s request.  Kevin has the real book (yup, the old tree-killing paper type) and asked me to get the audiobook so he can read along with it.  He’s reading it in school too, for one of his classes.  They’re going to compare the movie to the book, once the movie comes out, which should be very interesting–and enlightening for Kevin.  It’s amazing how so much gets dropped and rearranged when books become movies.  I hope he goes to see the movie with his class though–I’d hate to have to take him to see it myself before finishing the audiobook.  It takes me awhile to read a complete audiobook, and seeing the movie tends to deflate my interest in completing the same titled audiobook, since it kinda spoils the story and totally changes the self-imagined images you create in your head when you read a book, once you see the movie.  I’d rather completely finish the audiobook, then see the movie….even if that means missing the theatrical release and waiting for the Blu-Ray release.