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Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

I ranted a while ago on my personal Facebook page about Fifty Shades of Grey. I noted that it wasn't the sex scenes, rape undertones, or flawed nuances of a BDSM relationship that bothered me after becoming aware and attempting (read: struggling and failing) to read the first book in the series. I know that I am probably in the minority on that front, since many have been up-in-arms over those things since the book debuted a few years ago and the discussion has only rekindled with the launch of the ... Continue Reading

Review: Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

As always, I will try my best to speak in general terms about the movies that I am reviewing, but there might be some accidental spoilers, so please read with caution. It goes without saying that there was some steep competition for the top accolade of Best Picture at this year's Oscars. Among the nominees were Birdman, American Sniper, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash. While Birdman took the top honors, I think everyone ... Continue Reading

Tablet Testing: Amazon’s Kindle Fire

After going back and forth for quite some time between wanting a laptop and a tablet, my mom treated herself to a Kindle Fire for Mother's Day and her birthday, complete with a matching stylus and case. The Kindle Fire directly competes with the Nook Tablet at a $199 price point with many of the same features. The 7" screen has bright, crisp colors, even with the backlight turned down, at a resolution of 1024 x 600 (169 ppi). The device feels well-built, not thin or cheap looking like I think ... Continue Reading

Tablets, tablets everywhere!

Has anybody been in the market to buy a tablet recently? If you are, it's no surprise; tablets have become one of the most popular gadgets to give as gifts for holidays and other special occasions in the past few years. According to Gartner research, there will be over 118 million tablets sold this year, a 98% increase from 60 million units last year, with Apple's proprietary iPad leading the pack. I've talked about how much I love my Nook Color before. Quite honestly, you can't beat the price ... Continue Reading

Review: Double Cross by James Patterson

Double Cross is James Patterson's 13th novel in the Alex Cross series. I can't remember if I read any of the others- I probably have, but it's been a while. Needless to say, I saw this for $1.00 when I went to a used book store last weekend and had to pick it up, along with Red Dragon, which is the only Thomas Harris book of the "Hannibal" series that I have not read. In Double Cross, Alex Cross, who retired from law enforcement and opened up a private psychiatry practice, finds himself up against ... Continue Reading