Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Movie Review: The Martian

The Martian film poster.jpg 
Stars: 5 out of 5
This weekend my husband and I went to see The Martian staring Matt Damon and I can't tell you how much I loved this film. 
The Martian is a screen adaption of the book with the same title by Andy Weir.  When the Ares III manned mission to mars is hit by an intense storm everyone is sent back to the ship. However Mark Watney goes missing and is presumed dead. When Mark wakes up to find himself alone he realize he has two choices to give up and die or survive until a rescue mission can be sent.
Matt Damon give an amazing performance where he is able to keep the audience laughing while he is trying to figure out way to survive on a plant that nothing grows on. I found myself laughing and finding a deeper meaning to this movie then I realized.
 I hope this film helps revitalize the American space program and that space travel will once again become important. 
Please so see this film it is worth ever penny.
Since watching this film I plan to read The Martian the book. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Book Review: In Search Of Scandal by Susanne Lord‏

 In Search of Scandal (London Explorers, #1)
Title: In Search Of Scandal 

Author: Susanne Lord

Stars: 4 out of 5

A well written work which was easy to read and with a good plot. The characters were well developed and gave the impression they could have been real people. I read the book over two days enjoyed the experience very much.  The descriptions of events, for the time period, seemed spot on. I found nothing over the top which would have distracted from an excellent book.
I rated this book at four stars and would read other offerings by this author.
I received an ARC from Netgalley for my unbiased review.
Thanks Frank for this review

All of London is abuzz with the tale of Will Repton. The lone survivor of a massacre in Tibet has returned to England a hero, but the traumatized explorer has no time for glory. Another dangerous expedition awaits. Nothing will deter him from his quest, and no one will unearth his secret—until Will meets Charlotte Baker.

About the Author:
Susanne Lord
Susanne Lord is a writer of Victorian-era romance and author of the London Explorer series published by Sourcebooks.
Originally from Okinawa, off-base and on, she now makes her home in Chicago where she is an active member of Chicago North RWA. When not writing, attending theater or reading, she enjoys hiking the English countryside and visiting historic homes and gardens.
IN SEARCH OF SCANDAL is Susanne’s debut novel.
Nelson Literary Agency (Kristen Nelson)


Friday, October 2, 2015

Review Natural History Museum Mesa AZ

photo of Mammoth skeleton5 fun Stars
Being on a two week fall break I am trying to find time to be filled with adeventures and one such adventure we go to all the time but find something new. Its Arizona Museum of Natural Hisorty and my kids love going here.
When you first arrive your are greeted to the Creation of earth 4.5 billion years ago to the present. With different interactive stations kids and adutls get to see the cycle of earth as well as touch meteorites and exlore the different minreals found all over Arizona.
Next stop is Dinosaur hall where the kids get to discover the biggest dinos as well as Dino Mountian where you can watch waterfall of rushing water.
As you go towards the basement you find cretaceruos Sea creatures all the while putting together puzzels, and the exploration room.
The Exploration room is the best room for parents because we get to sit down while the kids learn about magnets, rocks, art, history and cuddle with stuff animals as they read about Dinosaurs.

That is just the beginning you can tour an old jail, go panning for old, dig for dino bones and enjoy the history of movies in Arizona. Parents can enjoy a Visit to a Hohokam village with pithouses and above ground strucatures as well as real artifacts.

There is even a section on the Lost Dutchmen lost Gold as well as the infamous map.

If you have several hours or just need to get away from the AZ heat this museum is worth a ticket.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Book Review Down the Rabiit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny
Title: Down The Rabbit Hole

Author: Holly Madison

Stars: 4 out of 5

I can't really tell you why I picked this book up at the library but once I started reading I couldn't put the book down. Holly Madison write as she talks so it feels extremely personal as she tells her story of life as a Playboy Property. Nothing in this book surprised me and in fact I almost felt sorry for the girls who choose and chose this lifestyle and how destructive it is not only to their physical but their emotional well being.
Holly threw open the doors of a not so secretive lifestyle and how a man pitted women against each other to make himself feel better. This book has the reader seeing Hugh Hefner as the dirty old man everyone avoids but because he has millions women instead flock to him

Even though I think Holly made a lot of terrible choice in life she choose that life style so it hard to feel sorry for her. However I do find she has a strong backbone in the fact she gave up easy life
No one is going to read this book for its heart warming tales lets face it everyone is reading this out of morbid curiosity. Holly Madison talks about very personal details, cat fights and the crazy things that happened at the mansion as well as life after the mansion

Overall this book is a inside look of one persons life in the playboy world. If nothing else this book has we wanting to lock my daughters up and never allow them to leave the house.  Playboy people deserve each other, they are all cut from the same cloth. Appearances means everything!

A former girlfriend of Hugh Hefner describes how her years inside the Playboy Mansion went from a fairytale of A-list celebrity parties to an oppressive regime of strict rules, scheduled sex, and a total loss of identity, so much so that she even contemplated suicide.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by Dey Street Books 
About The Author:
Holly Madison
 Holly Madison spent five seasons on the #1 rated E! hit reality show The Girls Next Door before landing the leading role in the Las Vegas Strip's smash hit, Peepshow. She also starred in two seasons of her own hit E! series Holly's World.

Madison divides her time between Las Vegas and Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Product Review: Primed4U In Ear Stereo Sport Earphones with Built-in Mic

We received this product at a discounted price in exchange for an honest review.

Packaging: The box came ready for hanging on a retail store peg in a small black and green box. It was tastefully designed, however the only logo on the box was that of Bluetooth. I turned the box over and over and found no indication of the company who manufactured the product nor any real sales copy on the box. Neither of these affect the quality of the headphones themselves, but do seem a bit odd, since most every product, expensive or not, has the name of the company prominently displayed on the box and at least a little boastful blurb about the product. Not so in this package. Now that I have used the headphones, it's not as big of a deal, but my first reaction was to think to myself, "Hmm, so I have to review a set of no-name cheapie earphones... awesome." That's not a desirable reaction if as a company, you are trying to build your brand in a competitive market so I thought it was worth mentioning. Inside the box, the spartan nature of the outside continues. A simple plastic receptacle holds the earphones and charging cable with a very basic instruction sheet and replacement earphone covers and tension springs. The instructions are clear, but again, there is no positive-leaning "You're gonna love our product" sales copy to be found anywhere. (Some may find this nice, but there is something to be said psychologically for the after-purchase sell-through.)

Feature set:
For the price, this set of headphones comes well equipped. Easy Bluetooth connectability and easy to use controls mean you don't need to pull your device out of your pocket to adjust for volume, to skip back and forth between songs, or start or stop the music. The tension spring built into the earphones really do a good job of securing them in the ear canal, and as mentioned before, they come with a replacement set just in case. I used them while working around the house and the garage and they stayed put through all types of activity. They do come with a short (around 6 inches) micro USB charging cable which will power the phones for a good 5-6 hours on an hour or so charge, which is more than adequate for most applications. The also feature very effective noise cancelling technology, so if you're looking for a headset that will allow you to be aware of anything going on around you, then this one isn't for you. It filtered out all of the sounds in my home, from voices, television sets, and many other kinds of background noise.

Real world usage: The audio fidelity is top notch. No it does not have the bass response of a pair of Beats or Sennheiser would, but they do send out a very broad range of highs and lows that seem to reproduce the breadth of sounds within my personal collection without a hitch. Never did I feel like they were tinny or cheap-sounding. Due to the design of the set, they do poke out from the sides of the ear about a quarter of an inch, so they would not be good for side-sleepers (such as myself) who like to have music on while they doze. Call quality was good, and I did not have a problem with anyone hearing my voice whenever I had to make a call.

Verdict: For a $39.99 set, it'd be hard to go wrong with this set. The sound quality is above par, the battery life and technical aspects of the product are great, and they seem well built. However, while the feature set is rich and there is much to like about it, the packaging and presentation don't do anything to instill confidence in the consumer. Get past that, and you have a great little set of headphones.

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