Green Lantern – The Comic Legend Geoff Johns

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I have been a huge fan of comics since the early 90s, but getting comics in the Middle East is nearly impossible. I have always been a huge fan of Green Lantern, a hero with his only real limit is his imagination, I would always want to be the Green Lantern over any other superhero. And thanks to the introduction of the iPad it has become a relief to all comic lovers across the world, quick access to every comic made and that is being made. And one thing made easier I can keep track of the storylines at this stage. As for the Green Lantern, they have had a very active 3 years building up the Green Lantern Universe and leading this was Geoff Johns. So many colorful characters and now they have reached 4 Green Lanterns for Sector 2814 (Earth for the Non-GL Fans). Below is a short list of story arcs that you have to read from the Rebirth and ended with the Wrath of the First Lantern. I don’t want to ruin for anyone reading, but if you are even slightly into comics, these are a must read for the Green Lantern. With the end of the Epic build up of the Series, Geoff Johns has ended his career on a high after 10 years at the helm of the GL universe. Still I’m going to keep reading the Green Lantern because there is still so much to tell, I just hope its as good as it was for the past three years, with so many new characters they still have a lot of stories to tell.

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Green Lantern Universe:

  • Rebirth
  • Sinestro Wars
  • Secret Origins
  • Rage Of The Red Lanterns
  • Agent Orange
  • Blackest Night
  • Brightest Day
  • War Of The Green Lanterns
  • Sinestro
  • Revenge Of The Black Hand
  • Rise Of The Third Army
  • Wrath Of The First Lantern

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The Real Husbands Of Hollywood – Must Watch

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The Real Husbands Of Hollywood, a show that makes fun of reality shows in Hollywood, they just take it to another level. Made by Kevin Hart, the genius comedian, and this show is hilarious. Kevin Hart, Duane Martin, J.B. Smoove, Boris Kodjoe, Nick Cannon, and Robin Thicke all play themselves, the stars of their fields in Hollywood. These guys are a funny, seriously hilarious, the antics they pull, and they are in competition with each other, and most of them are comedians going at each other, they literally leave nothing untouched, every topic between them is open game which makes the show even funnier. And I have become a huge fan of Robin Thicke after this show, other then being a talented musician, turns out he is funny too, especially with this combination of guys. If you haven’t seen it then you are missing out, download the show and watch it if you want a laugh. This first season had 10 episodes, I just hope it was renewed by BET since this was a huge hit.

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My Experience With Windows Phone 8 – The Last Mobile Platform From Microsoft

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My experience with Microsoft dates back to the original CE phones back in 2003, I wanted something different and that phone was different and to configure it you needed a doctorates degree in physics. But I like the bubbles game on it, then i tried Windows 3.0 for work and that had decent integration with Microsoft exchange. But nobody did integration like Apple & Google did, so I switch to Android the moment it came out and before that I was on the SonyEricsson platform.

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With the introduction of the Windows Phone 8 they are finally trying to make a decent competitor to the Apple & Android platform and right now its a few steps behind but still impressive. With Windows Phone 8 has some decent integration with Windows 8 such as auto photo updates, and the Microsoft Office Suite integrates nicely with the Windows Phone 8, especially OneNote which is probably the best note taking tool I have ever used, even better then Evernote. As well as SkyDrive integration which can sync your photos as well as your documents, trying to be a better DropBox for Windows which isn’t too bad.

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The operating system itself gets a little getting used to, its like visiting somewhere for the first time, you know enough to get around but need some time to get really familiar with it. There is smooth feeling to the operating system that I like, and after 6 months of abuse the phone has not hung on me once which is great for a smart phone of this caliber.

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What I Like:

  • Easy to sync Google Contacts and emails with the WP8 interface, even after Google extended
  • The App store is pretty decent, has some junk in it but they all started off that way, they have about 80% of the Apps that iOS & Android have.
  • Music integration has been fantastic, you can load up all your iTunes playlist as well spotify which is exactly what I’m doing.
  • Has some fun XBox integration so the games you play are displayed.
  • It sort of between the strict Apple platform and the loose Android platform, its formed but flexible and I really like the tiles and options of the live tiles.

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What I Don’t Like:

  • The email display feels wrong, it just doesn’t do a good job of displaying emails no matter what email I use. I think they can do a better job with that.
  • They don’t have instagram, I won’t kid myself I’m addicted to it.
  • Slow to get the necessary Apps into the App Store, App Store needs some more Apps, not everyone is developing for it yet
  • Better integration with Windows 8, I want it seemless, just as Android is integrated with everything Android.

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Hardware:

I’m using the HTC 8X and I’m honestly loving it, its a light phone with an excellent camera. And the battery lasts over a 30 hours with a lot of abuse. Even when I was riding over 5 hours in San Diego while listening to Spotify the whole time it only lost 25% of the battery which is insane, if i did it with the Nexus 4 it would have lost 50% and with the iPhone 5 only 20% battery would be left.

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My Top Apps

  • TVShow – Best TV Show App I have seen, better then anything on iOS or Android
  • Weather Flow – Great Weather App
  • SkyDrive
  • Spotify
  • WhatsApp
  • NextGen Reader – Fantastic RSS Reader – Displays Images and information perfectly without having to visit the site
  • Flixster – For the movie fanatic
  • Battery Status – Updated information on your battery
  • MyTrips – For the TripIt Addicts, I use it all the time when I travel

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Conclusion

Overall I’m honestly loving the windows platform. This phone got a high rating for stability and the long lasting battery and a great selection of Apps. Microsoft have a good thing, they just need to clean up their App store and integarte it with Windows 8. They really are in need of Youtube and Google Maps, there are replacements but they don’t beat out the originals. They built an excellent product I just hope they keep on improving it, and I love that when other phones run out of battery this one is still going. The success of this platform depends on the Apps available and Microsoft knows this, Blackberry failed because of this, thats why they are throwing everything they can at it and hopefully it will keep growing. They have substitute Apps for most of the major ones, but hopefully the major App developers will develop for Windows.

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Review: Some From Nothing The Art Of Rap

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A documentary on rap music and its rise to global prominence.

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If you have any inclination to hip hop then you will love this movie, its about the art of hip hop & rap over the past 40 years with an inside view from Ice T. Going from the East Coast to the West Coast, you get a taste of all the talent and what they did to get where they are, and what they believe in and what is there process for their art form. Honestly it was amazing watching some of them freestyle like that, watching Q-Tip, Run DMC, Eminem, Dr Dre, Red Man, and so many other talented people in this documentary doing their thing is inspiring and a must watch for anyone who loves music.

Link: IMDB
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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn

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UNSC Cadet Thomas Lasky must conquer his inner fears and join forces with super-soldier John-117 to take down a massive faction of the Covenant.

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For any Halo fan this movie is a must, its about the cadets and how they train to be UNSC soldiers. You get the feel for the UNSC military and what these cadets go through, then all hell breaks loose and you finally see the Covenant, and the Master Chief. This movie did not disappoint, the Master Chief still remained as tough and big as he is, and the story line was perfect, and they brought in the big guys from the Covenant. An extremely well made SciFi movie with some excellent young acting, I do hope this isn’t the last one, I’m hoping for one more where the Master Chief plays a bigger role. Hell of a movie, not I’m going back to finishing Halo 4 which I have not done!

Link: IMDB
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Review: Here Comes The Boom

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A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.

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I’m a fan of Kevin James, he is one of those guys that resembles one of your friends and is very funny. In this movie a lazy teacher inspires his kids by training himself to death in mix martial arts and keeping the music school program going. Seeing some of the legitimate guys training him you could tell he was exhausted and beaten up in the movie, and his main trainer is pretty damn funny. Seeing Kevin James fight is pretty funny and its worth a laugh, overall a decent comedy with a decent amount of action.

Link: IMDB
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GulfRun Karting

The Karting Event in December was a lot o fun, personally these guys put a huge amount of effort into and there is a lot planning to compete with other teams. They really try to put the best strategy they can to compete against other teams, and usually they screw up over night. This is the video by TJC, this guy does some awesome stuff. Feels more like a Lemans video then a Go-Karting Race. Some of the drivers were up over the 24 hour mark which is insane.

Review: DREDD

In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

It’s rare that the remake is better then the original, and the original starred Sylvester Stallone, but this one did, it outdid the original Judge Dredd and left it to be forgotten. In this movie Karl Urban was a man of few words, it was pure action on his part, and what little you can see of his face, said it all about Judge Dredd, he played the part perfectly. The story is clear Judge Dredd entered the most crime ridden location in Mega City, Peach Trees, and when he goes in all hell breaks loose and Judge Dredd does what he does best, Judge, Jury, and Executionar. The perfect type of movie, a solid story line, great bad guys, and action that just wouldn’t stop. One hell of a movie and this one did Judge Dredd Justice, I’m hoping for another one because this one ended on an high note.

Link: IMDB
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Starting 2013 With Some Movies

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Start of the year with a lot of good movies to watch this weekend, Dredd is at the top of list, an action movie I have been looking forward to watch, the remake is better then the original from what I heard. A few good action movies to enjoy like Looper, Alex Cross, Premium Rush, & Resident Evil Retribution. Where The Trail Ends is a cool adventure documentary following this extreme off-road bicycles across the globe, and Halo 4 Forward Dawn is based on the Halo franchise, any movie with Master Chief couldn’t be cooler.

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  • Hit & Run
  • Dredd
  • Touble With The Curve
  • House At The End Of The Street
  • Pitch Perfect
  • Upside Down
  • Looper
  • Alex Cross
  • Where The Trail Ends
  • Rurouni Kenshin
  • John Dies At The End
  • Resident Evil Retribution
  • Halo 4 Forward Unto Dawn
  • Premium Rush

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Review: The Google Nexus 4 In Action

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Its been about a month since I got the Nexus 4 and I have put it through it’s paces, I took a week to put all my Apps on it and configure to the way I want. So I have been using it for about three weeks as my main phone and abusing it in every possible way. First off it is a much better phone then the Galaxy Nexus, I am honestly happy with this experiment that Google did with LG, if it was Motorolla I would have been really worried. Google gives an opportunity to each manufacturer to show their coolest features and LG won them over this time, Samsung has been known for the SII & SII, as well as the large Note line, not for the Nexus line even though it was a solid phone. Samsung would always save the best for it’s S line like the SII & SIII, but I didn’t like layer they install over the basic or vanilla Android OS, so the Nexus line was always second class to the Samsung S line, the case was the same with the Nexus S & Galaxy Nexus. For the first time a Nexus phone feels like it is the best that Google has to offer on a hardware point of view, and their OS always feels clean and light.

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Specifications:

  • Screen 4.7″ diagonal – WXGA IPS
  • 1280 x 768 pixel resolution (320 ppi)
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2
  • Dimensions 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
  • 139g
  • Camera 8 MP (main)
  • Camera 1.3 MP (front)
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Wireless charging
  • 16GB Memory
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)

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What I Like:

  • The New 8 MP Camera is fantastic, especially with HDR feature and extra tools while in use with the camera
  • The Processor is powerful, you never feel that this phone is sluggish
  • Its smooth and light, doesn’t feel bulky for a nice screen
  • The Screen is Beautiful, crisp and very clean
  • The Wifi signal is strong, it grabs on to the weakest signal without an issue
  • The rear speaker is decently loud to my surprise
  • LED flash on the camera is great a flashlight too
  • Gorilla Glass on the front, it shows smudges but doesn’t scratch easily
  • You can really tell they put a lot of effort into the design of it
  • Jellybean 4.2.1 is perfect on this Machine, it is what makes it great
  • I haven’t had a chance to try Wireless charging yet but I’m looking forward to it
  • My 3G connection on this phone is better then my Galaxy Nexus, streaming isn’t an issue and almost never looses a signal
  • This one almost never drop’s calls, even in locations that are known to drop calls it seems to hang on for its life which is a nice surprise, and the call quality is excellent
  • The Battery life is pretty decent under normal use, lasts me from day until night, but defining normal is difficult

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What I don’t Like:

  • This is Gorilla glass and glossy on the other side, I love that it is but its insanely slippery so it may fall at anytime and you won’t even realize that it’s moving depending on the surface your place it on
  • No LTE, honestly doesn’t make too much of a difference to me but it would have been nice to have it and working, but for now the normal 3G speeds is more then enough for me
  • Under high abuse use the battery takes a pounding and barely lasts 10 hours, and that is extreme use such as steaming audio, while surfing and nonstop use of WhatsApp
  • No removal battery, sometimes I want to remove or change the battery but it seems they went for a cleaner design rather then a functional one
  • No SD card, sometimes we want to expand the memory, 16GB is not enough but I’m making due with it

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I honestly love this phone and that it has such a well done operating system, smooth and powerful, and has never hung on me. The screen is beautiful, love scrolling through Instagram on it, and reading my Google Reader feeds, very clear, and easy to look at. Google gambled with LG and it’s paying off, they built an amazing machine with this phone and I hope that they make an even better one. I honestly don’t think I want any other feature on the phone then what I already have, its really good, you always want better but this was really worth the wait.

Check out The Verge Review for an extremely detailed breakdown