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Movie 411: Star Wars, Rogue One

Directed by:  Gareth Edwards Screenplay by:  Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy Rated:  PG-13 Release Date:  December 2016 Genre:  Sci-Fi, Action The Hook:  Um, because it’s Star Wars Summary Members of the Rebel Alliance decide to steal the building plans of the Death Star after finding out there may be a design flaw that could destroy the weapon. Intel is questioned when the source is known to be an Empire scientist who helped build the weapon. The Review All right. I’m just going to come out and say it. This one wasn’t on the top of my list of movies to watch in the theater. Don’t get me wrong. I respect the Star Wars franchise. I may not love it as much as others who are die-hards in this fandom (like, from the beginning beginning and not just in this past decade), but I do enjoy the movies. It just isn’t…

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Living in Hawaii: Vog

Living in Hawaii has its perks, most people would agree. There’s the sand, the surf, the sun (which I don’t hate, but I’m not in love with it either. Don’t be hating!). There are also the rainy moments which creates lovely rainbows, the waterfalls, the lush greenery (now this is more my speed 😉). As I said. Perks.  But there are some things that aren’t so pleasant as well. One of those things is the vog. If you don’t know already, Hawaii has an active volcano. This active volcano is around 296 miles from where I live, but our trade winds tend to carry this vog up the island chain. Vog is sulfur dioxide, emitted by an active volcano, that mixes with other gases and lingers in the air. It makes for gorgeous sunsets. And I mean gorgeous sunsets. Because of all the colors the sulfur makes. The down side…

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Movie 411: First movie of 2017

Kicking off 2017’s movie going with this guy: Can’t wait. So curious to see what this one will bring to the Star Wars universe.

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411 Toolbox: Logging Your Reads!

As you may well have guessed, I’m an information junkie. The problem with being an information junkie is the annoying need to know. For example: I read a total of 62 books which totals to 12,892 pages and that the longest book I read had 669 (Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare) and out of those 62 books, 19 contributed to the 26 reading challenges. I read mostly works of female authors and mostly mysteries in electronic format (mainly Kindle) purchased from Amazon. It also seems, on average, I take about two days to complete a book. And all this because I thought Book Riot reading log was brilliant and immediately downloaded it so I could keep track of my reads. Like their post mentions, GoodReads is an immensely useful tool (which I talk about here) and I still use it but sometimes you just need to know more. Which brings me to a…

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Nonfic Feature – January: Mastermind by Maria Konnikova

From the jacket: No fictional character is more renowned for is powers of thought and observation than Sherlock Holmes. But is his extraordinary intellect merely a gift of fiction or can we learn to cultivate these abilities ourselves to improve our lives at work and home? We can, says psychologist and journalist Maria Konnikova, and in Mastermind she shows us how. Beginning with the “brain attic”–Holmes’s metaphor for how we store information and organize knowledge–Konnikova unpacks the mental strategies that lead to clearer thinking and deeper insights. Drawing on twenty-first-century neuroscience and psychology, Mastermind explores Holmes’s unique methods of ever-present mindfulness, astute observation, and logical deduction. In doing so, it shows how each of us, with some self-awareness and a little practice, can employ these same methods to sharpen our perceptions, solve difficult problems, and enhance our creative powers. For Holmes aficionados and casual readers alike, Konnikova reveals how the world’s most…

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Now Featuring: Non-fictional Reads

Looking back on past posts and thinking about all of my good intentions for 2017, I realized that I haven’t reviewed non-fictional reads as much as I read them. Or skim them. Because I’ve skimmed through a lot. I think it’s partly because non-fictional reads are denser than fictional reads so it either takes me much longer to read (sometimes over a year or two and this is from cover to cover, not jumping around). It’s a challenge to read a non-fictional read for fun while reading textbooks for my classes. But there have been a few good reads and I want to give them a shout out, especially when the author has done a great job in keeping my interest and teaching me something new or opening my mind to a different perspective. So . . . in efforts to both keep me on top of my non-fiction TBR pile as…