Breeds, a book review

In a near deserted coastal village, odd things are happening.  Strangers are asking questions about the town’s recluse. A local hunter discovers naked footprints in the snow. The stray dog population has ceased to exist. And with winter’s most powerful weapon bearing down, things are about to become much, much worse.

A werewolf book. Not a romance. Not at all.”

Above is the pitch for the book and I love it. Additionally, in the first page, the author, Keith C. Blackmore, warns you that if you don’t like bad things happening to dogs, go away.

Breeds is a werewolf story that takes place on an isolated island, in an isolated town populated by tough, simple country folk. It starts out innocent enough, as we are introduced to a few characters, but as the story develops along, we are given a fun werewolf tale of survival and secret organizations.

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Pokemon Go Tips

Niantic’s Pokemon GO has taken the world by storm. Who knew that the fun of Pokemon extended throughout the generations to the point that young and old would be found enjoying the game. From young kids chasing their digital dreams, to parents and their kids running around town together, to even 80-year-old ladies shuffling through town chasing Poke stops. (Yes, I have seen that.)

But at some point the fun becomes a chore and suddenly you’re backing off and not playing as much, or as some reports suggest, over 15 million users have dropped off the face of the Pokemon GO planet. What’s up with that? I can take a guess, that’s for sure.

Oh, but where to start?

For one, it is fun chasing the little beasties around up until you’re about 15th to 20th level. Then it gets very tiresome if all you’re looking for is a bit of escape from the real world. By around 20th+ level, you’re looking at 100,000, 125,000 points per level.  F! that!

Battery Usage

Wow, in the time it takes most apps to burn through 10% of your battery, Pokemon GO can rip through 30-50% of your battery. You can turn the phone upside-down to save the battery but it turns itself off after being upside down for about five minutes, so that doesn’t work.

The game won’t work when you turn off the screen. It won’t run when it’s shuffled back as a background process. My guess is all the data its collecting on the user just preempts the opportunity to turn off features to save battery.

The popular theory skinny is that the battery usage is from using the GPS function as much as it does, since it doesn’t use hardly any data over your bandwidth. Which sounds fine on the surface, but if that were true, then my running app would have burned out my battery long ago, and it never has.

No, I think battery usage is coming from lighting up the screen as much as users do and the app. Looking at my battery usage, my SCREEN accounts for 46%, Pokemon Go – 27%. Yep, I’m still banking on Pokemon Go, considering its right behind Facebook for data usage.

Stupid F*ing Egg Hatching

Despite being around 23rd level, I see mostly 2km eggs, very few 5km eggs and so far, only 1 10km egg after all this time.  WTF?

How can I get rid of the 2km eggs? Is there some way to just dump them? I only ask because I’ve hatched 8 this weekend, just tying to get rid of them, and then, to hit up a Poke stop and guess what? More 2km eggs. Thanks Niantic!

Catching Pokemon

My Razz Berries don’t seem to have any affect any more. And yes, that’s when I throw balls when the target circle is at its smallest point.

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How To Stop WhatsApp From Sharing Your Data With Facebook

August 26, 2016

WhatsApp And Facebook are now sharing data, ticking off their users, after WhatsApp has announced they’ll be sharing your data with Facebook. This is a little rundown on what they’re doing and how to opt out if you want to.

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August 25, 2016

The following will contain spoilers from the movie, Captain America: Civil War. More than likely if you have not seen the movie yet, you may already know what you are in store for. But in the event you are still avoiding spoilers for your own entertainment value, then, BEWARE, Civil War Story Spoilers are lying […]

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Pokemon Go Evolution List, Alphabetically Listed

August 23, 2016

Since playing Pokemon Go, I started wondering about what Pokemon critters spawn or evolve in what ways. There are lists out there that show the evolution, but the lists show/sort them by critter number. Which for me, makes it a real pain in the ass to find specific critters. With that said, when I wanted […]

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NEMESIS GAMES (The Expanse) Book Review

August 15, 2016

A quick disclaimer: I NEVER pay full paperback book prices for Kindle versions. Except for this book series, The Expanse. – I just had the fun opportunity to read one of the latest chapters in the James S. A. Corey series, The Expanse, titled Nemesis Games. In this latest chapter, we’ve seen how in the […]

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Need To Replace Windows Media Player?

August 2, 2016

Of late, my Windows Media Player is acting like a P.o.S., where it makes me wait around 30 seconds between playing videos, or that it constantly accesses my Cd drive when I start a video. How annoying. Add that to my woes with my MS operating system and the known update snags it seems to […]

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POKEMON GO And Saving Battery Juice

July 31, 2016

IF you are one of the millions who have downloaded and started playing Pokemon Go, then you have discovered how battery-sapping the game can be. The cell phone industry, specifically, the battery makers must be loving this latest trend, as folks are trying to figure out how to stay out in the field longer while […]

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Who Is 424-239-5373 Or “VR INTERVIEW?”

July 21, 2016

So who is this entity behind the telemarketer whose phone number comes up as (424) 239-5373? Who claim to be with “VR Interview?” I’ll tell you what they are. They’re rude, annoying and conducting illegal telemarketer practices. – How we came to know this phone number is that they started calling my wife. Over the […]

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POKEMON GO Tips, For Players And Non-Players Alike

July 20, 2016

Pokemon Go, has captured the imagination of millions and millions want to know what can give them the edge of gaining the experience points.

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FLASH CRASH by Denison Hatch, A Book Review

July 16, 2016

Flash Crash: A Jake Rivett Heist Thriller, is the debut novel for author Denison Hatch and to be honest, what a debut! Check out what I had to say

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The Danger of Blind FACEBOOK Friend Requests

July 5, 2016

Lately I’ve seen several friends put up Facebook posts that say not to accept friend requests from them because their profiles have been hacked. And more and more we’re seeing warnings about this very issue. It’s not a new practice to FB, but every now and then the warnings make the rounds and you or […]

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Could Anton Yelchin’s Tragedy Have Been Avoided?

June 28, 2016

It’s obvious we may all know about it, but in case you missed it, but up and coming actor Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the new Star Trek movies, has died via a tragic accident at his home involving his Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. He has up to five movies that he’s been working […]

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VIGILANCE By Ray Kelly, A Book Review

June 7, 2016

If you want to see how a top-tier law enforcement boss tackled with, and defeated 13 different terrorist threats to the city of New York, and learn about the man behind it all, Ray Kelly, this is the book for you. – – – Ray Kelly was the commissioner of the NYPD for two different […]

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The 2016-17 Fall Season TV Schedule

May 31, 2016

As things stand today, this is what the upcoming 2016-17 Fall TV season is stacking up to look like: ABC: MONDAY:                8:00 p.m.          Dancing with the Stars 10:00 p.m.        Conviction TUESDAY:                8:00 p.m.         The Middle (new day/time) 8:30 p.m.         American Housewife 9:00 p.m.         Fresh Off the Boat (new time) 9:30 p.m.         The Real O’Neals (new […]

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CAPTAIN AMERICAN: CIVIL WAR, A Spoiler-Filled Retrospect

May 24, 2016

Just in case you missed the title, this is a mostly spoiler-filled conversation about Captain America: Civil War. I will leave some things out just to tease or whet your appetite. The opening paragraphs are safe. – So we’ve had time to digest the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe offering, Captain America: Civil War. Unlike the […]

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I Can’t Turn On My Samsung S6, Help!

May 10, 2016

The other day my Samsung S6 froze up on me and I could not turn it on or off. Find out how I rescued myself and how I fixed by Samsung S6. – – – The other day I was watching a video that I had downloaded from Amazon (because Netflix does not have that […]

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EXTINCTION END by Nicholas Sansbury, A Book Review

April 28, 2016

Extinction End is the fifth and final title in the Extinction Cycle series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. – You’ve seen my take on the first four books in the series, as Sansbury doled out a tale of scientific horror stemming from the military’s desire to get the upper hand on our enemy by trying to […]

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