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Update: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

posted Jan 22, 2014, 8:12 AM by Vu Nguyen
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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The Hunger Games
Normally the show is about music, but I had this batch of movie-related items that I thought was timely and good enough to appear as its own show. The Hunger Games: Book vs movie. Jennifer Lawrence is a perfect Katniss …

It's Martin Luther King's day (January 20th) as I write this. I switched Internet Service Providers earlier this month, and spent about a few days offline due to miscommunications with Century Link/Qwest, who provides Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) to my home. Apparently, they never 'switch on' the service, despite the fact that they billed me for it. Even worst, talking to different people got me different answers. I'm glad the whole is behind me, everything is working now.

Speedtest: Century Link
This is the first time I've ever been a DSL subscriber, and from what I've experience since I got the service, that is actually not that bad. It's faster than what I previously believe, with their speed capping out at 10 Mbps. I know Comcast (which I previously was a subscriber) goes up to 40 Mbps, but from my personal experience, it is only half that speed (and they've often slowed my connection).

Anyway, I'm pretty happy with the price ($30 a month for a year), speed, and reliability of Century Link at this moment.

Note: although download speed is great, upload speed is very bad - about dial-up speed !

With "unlimited" internet, I've been watching a lot of YouTube via the PS3 app. I subscribed to a bunch of news channels, like Nerdist, and CBS. You might think YouTube is 'crappy' quality, but the more recent video uploads are usually in HD and they look great on my HD television. Example below on the great quality from today's CBS YouTube Channel: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings on Saturday Sessions.

The Last of Us
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Gaming update: I beat The Last Of Us last month, and went back to replay it on "Survival". That was so hard, that I gave up midway, simply because of the lack of supplies you get on that mode.

Film update: I just saw The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at the dollar theater. We saw this at the New Hope Cinema Grill, for about $12, you can get meal and a film, which isn't bad. I've spent that much for a new film and that didn't even include any food...

As for the movie, it's not bad. It's certainly better than the first film, but fair warning: it starts off really slow. Again, like the first film, it suffers from the many different characters fighting in the various districts. You are introduced to a character, only to see them die in the next scene. Obviously, the director is trying to just focus on our heroes and I get that... it's just kind of hard to absorb everything in a two hour film. And that's the other problem, the second movie didn't feel like a complete film - it sort of just ends in the middle, setting itself up for the next film.

Which I suppose is fine, but it didn't feel satisfying as an ending.


Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings on Saturday Sessions (01/20/2014)
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