Entertainment

Welcome to Brusimm’s TV and movie news and opinion section. It’s here that we chat about some select entertainment venues and I toss out some movie reviews, TV reviews, and the like.

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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CAPTAIN AMERICA No More?

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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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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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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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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Is WB Giving Up On DC Comic Book Movies After BvS?

April 12, 2016

WB IS Thinking About Releasing Fewer Comic Book Movies, or at least that’s the rumor right now. So while Batman v Superman is still clawing its way up the box office ladder, people have raised an eyebrow about Snyder’s visual treatment of the film but it is not failing at the box office. In fact, […]

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THE LAST SURVIVORS, A Book Review

March 7, 2016

The Last Survivors, written by T.W. Piperbrook and Bobby Adair is yet another post-apocalyptic tale told in the time after a great infection takes humanity and converts people to hungry, stinking, rotting human eaters. But it’s been such a long time (300 years) since, that humanity has devolved beyond all technology as we live off […]

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Book Review, AFTER THE CURE, by Deirdre Gould

February 17, 2016

After The Cure is a post-apocalyptic story written by Deirdre Gould. In this particular story I finally found a new twist of sorts in how humanity failed while being told this tale in a seemingly different style than most writers practice. – Imagine if you will a deadly virus that removes your predatory filters, making […]

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Facebook Doesn’t Care What You Want…

February 9, 2016

It’s Official, Facebook Could Give A Shit About What We Want or to be pragmatic, it just seems that we keep getting the short end of the stick while Facebook works at continually transforming their social media platform into a powerhouse of profit for them. – I say it’s official, but seriously, there are a […]

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Super Bowl Activities This Week in SF

February 1, 2016

It is crazy to see the number of events going on in association with the 2016 edition of the Super Bowl here in San Francisco, but here it is…  check out everything that’s going in in the Bay Area, associated with the big game There’s a little bit of something for everyone, everywhere!: SAN FRANCISCO EVENTS […]

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Book Review, EXTINCTION CYCLE Series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

January 18, 2016

The Extinction Cycle series, written by Nicholas Sansbury Smith chronicles the tale of when man tinkers a little too much with the nature of the beast and pays an ugly price for it. That price being a predatory plague set upon the world that threatens all of humanity. – The story starts in book one, […]

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THE FORCE AWAKENS Far From Most Tickets Sold

January 7, 2016

Disney is doing exactly what it wanted. It took the most beloved film franchise, shoved it in the most theaters ever and the film has gone on to destroy box office records and crawled past Avatar to take the number one spot in domestic movie ticket sales. All that, despite barely selling 90% of the […]

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‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker; A Book Review

January 5, 2016

This is one of the least timely reviews I’ve ever written, but I have been reading some classic books on and off, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of them. After seeing so many movies about a subject, I get curious about the source or original material.  And face it, Dracula has spawned one of […]

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