DF-12584 - The residents of MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN ready themselves for an epic battle against powerful and dark forces. Left to right: Enoch (Finlay Macmillan), Emma (Ella Purnell), Jake (Asa Butterfield), Hugh (Milo Parker), Bronwyn (Pixie Davies), the twins (Thomas and Joseph Odwell), Claire (Raffiella Chapman), Fiona (Georgia Pemberton), Horace (Hayden Keeler-Stone), Olive (Lauren McCrostie), and Millard (Cameron King). Photo Credit: Jay Maidment.

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” First Look Photos and Trailer Release

A whole new world and new set of unconventional new heroes with incredible powers will rise in the upcoming movie fantasy adventure “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” based on the bestselling adventurous novel of the same title by author Ransom Riggs.

Directed by Tim Burton and written by Jane Goldman, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” stars Eva Green in the titular role who heads the special home and protects the children living in it who possess extraordinary abilities.  The movie also stars Asa Butterfield, Judi Dench, Rupert Everett, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Kim Dickens and Samuel L. Jackson.

The movie introduces us to Jake (Buttefield) and his newfound world and friends when he discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is and the amazing power that he possesses.

Check out the film’s trailer reveal here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDklzmEyvMQ

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” will open in the Philippines this September in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros.

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Jake (Asa Butterfield) makes sure Emma (Ella Purnell) stays relatively down to earth. Photo Credit: Jay Maidment.

 

 

 

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Nate kicks Connor’s ass, Sherdog Explodes

As predicted, Nate Diaz demolished Connor McGregor and turned him into a pancake.

In a performance that was not unlike his brother Nick’s demolition of Takanori Gomi years earlier, Nate stands and trades with Connor and eventually rocks him with a left hook in Round 2, stunning the Irishman and giving Nate the opportunity to do his trademark taunt.

He then proceeds to continue pummeling McGregor into Oblivion, clinching, pushing him up against the fence, smashing him with a knee, and Connor finally tries for a takedown in desperation.

Nate stuffs it easily and flattens connor like a pancake, and gets to work. In a few seconds Connor is mounted, being pounded within an inch of his life, and as he squirms to escape he is choked out with a tight choke.

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Ah, that made my week, was a great way to end Yakisoba Week.  Connor will now realize that he can bully the little guys at Featherweight, but he can’t hang with the big boys.

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In other news, Sherdog.com just exploded because of this earth-shattering win, and I can’t even log on to gloat over all the butt-heart Connor fanboys. I’ll have to wait until later.

Nick ends the night telling Rogan, “I’m not surprised, mother fuckers.” Hahaha!   Awesome Nate, awesome.  Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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You Can Now Send Geeky Pick-Up Lines as Anonymous SMS via Veems

They say that geek is the new sexy. Pop culture is filled with geeks. The Geek shall inherit the earth, and this has been proven time and again, look at Bill Gates, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Steve Wosniak, the list goes on and on.  That nerdy kid that got bullied in school? He’s now the boss of a million dollar corporation employeeing the jocks to do the grunt work.

And if you’re on this site, chances are, you are a geek, too. Or you have many geek friends. Or both. Ideally.

Although most of the time geeks are serious thinkers, they will never say no to smart jokes. With Veems’ new feature, Secret SMS, users can now send nerdy pick-up lines as free anonymous SMS. Why would you want to send one? Because it’s fun! And because you can!

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You can send them to your geek friends as a prank, orsend them to your geek crush.

Besides the Geek category, there are more categories such as Miss, Love, Cute, and Crush.

Veems is an Israel-based, Pinoy-dominated social app. Currently, it has almost half a million users in the Philippines. Secret SMS is just only one of the many features that allow users to freely express their feelings. Users can also share public status as private message and join anonymous public chats.

Download Veems on Google Play and start sending Secret SMS!

 

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Whopping 200GB MicroSD Card now Available from Sandisk

I know. I couldn’t believe it myself. But it’s true. I saw this listing for a 200GB MicroSD card on Amazon. As of this writing it’ll cost you a cool $80, but that’s a whole 200GB!200GB Sandisk MicroSD

I am a little confused at the strange denomination. Thanks to the bit system which ramps things up in multiples of two, we are used to seeing byte capacity go up in base-2 denominations going up from 2-bits, doubling up to 4-bit, 8-bit, 16-bit, and so on…. 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, ad infinitum.

So why is the next capacity SD card 200GB, and not 256GB?

Well… according to Sandisk, the circuitry can’t accomodate more than 200GB at this time. What we are seeing probably is a 128GB chip paired with a 64GB chip for 192GB.

Well, that’s still a lot of bytes. In practice you will see about 185GB usable in your OS explorer browser. But that should be good enough for anyone.

If you like what you see, please consider supporting this site by ordering one from this link, and I’ll thank you for your support in keeping this site up.

Thanks!

 

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MOST-AWAITED YOUNG-ADULT FILM EVENT “THE DIVERGENT: ALLEGIANT” IN PHILS. MARCH 9 – AHEAD OF U.S.

 

The first of the last part of the bestselling trilogy “The Divergent Series” book-to-movie blockbuster franchise, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” is about to explode with epic action scenes, spectacular vistas and unexpected twists in cinemas on March 9, one week advance of its US release.

“The Divergent Series: Allegiant follows Tris, Four and their comrades as they escape the walled city of Chicago and embark on their most astonishing adventure yet.  With Chicago on the verge of an all-out civil war, Tris (Shailene Woodley) leads Four (Theo James), Christina (Zoë Kravitz), Peter (Miles Teller), Tori (Maggie Q) and Caleb (Ansel Elgort) on a harrowing escape from the walled city, chased by armed guards loyal to self-appointed leader EVELYN (Naomi Watts). Outside Chicago for the first time in their lives, the five find themselves being pursued by EDGAR (Jonny Weston) through a toxic wasteland known as the Fringe before being rescued and escorted to the ultra-high-tech compound of the Bureau of Genetic Welfare.

Once there, Bureau mastermind David (Jeff Daniels) singles out Tris for being genetically “pure” and enlists her to champion his mysterious cause. While Tris receives special treatment, including access to “memory tabs” that enable her to relive her own family history, Four joins Bureau soldiers on a supposedly humanitarian mission to remove children from a ragtag Fringe encampment.

Discovering that David plans to use the Bureau’s astonishing technologies for inhumane ends, Tris hijacks his private aircraft and returns with her team to Chicago. Faced with a shocking betrayal, they must try to stop Evelyn before she unleashes a memory-erasing gas on the city’s entire population, including the Allegiant rebel force led by Johanna (Octavia Spencer).

At the heels of the previously released hit movies from the books by author Veronica Roth, “The Divergent” and “Insurgent,”  the latest instalment “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” goes on a different world for the heroic team to finally discover what being a Divergent truly means.

Woodley, too, relished the challenge of pushing her character toward new horizons. “When we first met Tris in Divergent, she empowered herself,” says the actress. “In Insurgent, she’s guilt-ridden and winds up being betrayed by her brother Caleb. In Allegiant, Tris goes outside of Chicago because she feels like it’s part of her destiny.”

Director Robert Schwentke wanted to immerse audiences in the world beyond Chicago by filling the screen with bigger visual effects, more monumental vistas and more exciting action sequences than anything featured in the previous films.  Between set-ups, cast members were literally left hanging. “You’d just be there for hours,” Woodley laughs. “It’s not very comfortable.”

Woodley, James, Kravitz, Teller, Elgort and Q, spent three days at the quarry, plus five more days shooting on a smaller, less steeply angled wall built to make it easier for the actors to say their lines while climbing. Elgort, an experienced rock climber in real life, had to forget everything he knew to portray his character properly. “Running up a real wall vertically was pretty sick,” he recalls. “My challenge was making it look like I didn’t know what I was doing because Caleb can’t run and climb. I had to slam my body against the wall. I wore all these pads so it didn’t cut me up, but those scenes completely chewed up my costume.”

“The Divergent Series: Allegiant” opens March 9 in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films.

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Card Sleeves for Coup (The Dystopian Universe) Cards

When I posted an image from game night of a session of Coup: The Dystopian Universe, I got a quick inquiry about what sleeves I was using on my Coup cards.

As it turns out, Coup has some rather large-sized cards; much larger than the regular CCG size that Magic: The Gathering made popular. I should know, none of my old Ultra Pros fit. So I had to buy a special large-sized Ultra Pro sleeve, as shown here:

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Coup is one of my favorite games. It’s fast, it’s furious, and you don’t feel so bad even if you get killed early on. But the secret is that you need to have the cards protected so that they don’t become marked; the game is all about bluffing what card you have and if the cards are marked, it becomes harder to play it correctly without any cheating as someone tries to figure out what card you have in your hand.

Some kind of card sleeve is necessary. I would have liked to use a Top Loader for the best protection, but I can’t find any Top Loader that is big enough. Regular sleeves though were availabe. Ultra Pro recognized the growing market for board games, and created a special 65x100mm size of card sleeve just for board gamers.

As you can see, the Coup cards are 10cm long, too large for an 89mm Top Loader.
As you can see, the Coup cards are 10cm long, too large for an 89mm Top Loader.

That’s what you want — there are several other brands that offer 65x100mm sleeves, but Ultra Pro is one of the more recognizable and well-stocked brands. So get this size of sleeve if you want to protect your Coup cards.

If you can’t find it in stock at your local hobby store, consider ordering from my affiliate link to help support this site. Thanks!

Amazon Ultra Pro Board Game Sleeves Affiliate Link

Amazon Mayday Board Game Sleeve Affiliate Link   (this is an alternative brand I found on Amazon. I have not tested this but specs say it’s same size so should be ok)

And hey if you need the Coup game itself or want to gift to a friend…

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Asus Zen Pad 8 and Nexus Covers

I love 8-inch tablets. The Asus Zen Pad 8 is an 8-inch tablet, just the right size.

This cover on the other hand will go great with my Nexus 7.

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Asus Zen Pad 8 Link

Nexus 7 Cover link

Invicta 18421 link

Invicta 18413 link

Swiss Legend Men’s link

Xperia Z Case Link

Moko Slim Case Link

TooGoo LEDs Link

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Bloodbound

Blood Bound — a Social Boardgame with Hidden Identities

Blood Bound is one of the better social-type boardgames. It has a very interesting hidden identity system similar to the Resistance and Avalon series of boardgames, where a hidden identity card determines your allegiance.  Unlike Resistance, you don’t get to to know who your teammates are at all after you start, you can only see a quick look at your seatmate’s alleged allegiance at the start (though this isn’t always true — it may look like he’s part of that team but this isn’t always the case).

The result is everyone stabbing each other from the start of the match as people are trying to figure out who’s who and who’s the leader of each team. Only once the leader has been captured and revealed does the game end.

Very very nice mechanics. It’s available on Amazon here:

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Robert Pattinson Returns to the Big Screen in “Queen of the Desert” at Ayala Malls Cinemas

 

Robert Pattinson, best known for his role in the highly-successful young adult blockbuster “Twilight” films essays a more mature role starring with Nicole Kidman and James Franco in the true-to-life story of trailblazing woman  in “Queen of the Desert” directed by award-winning Werner Herzog.

Nicole Kidman plays Gertrude Bell aptly referenced as the “Queen of the Desert,”  bring to the big screen the true-life story of Bell, who was a British political officer and archaeologist but ultimately a trailblazer on her terms. The story details the extraordinary adventures of Bell wrestling with the conflicts of love and tragedy, enemy and friend, and foreign and familiar as she sought to understand and unify people from different cultures.

Gertrude Bell, a real-life British woman who was alternately a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century. While only a commoner herself, Bell was nonetheless a kingmaker, helping found the modern states of Iraq and Jordan and installing their first rulers, King Abdullah and King Faisal.

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Another legendary character that appears in this film is T.E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, played by Robert Pattinson.  His role as T.E. Lawrence is a British Army officer whose writing earned him international fame as Lawrence of Arabia, on whom David Lean’s 1962 classic blockbuster movie epic is based. Lawrence was a good friend to Bell over the years, as the duo helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in Jordan and Iraq. “I needed an Englishman, who still has the air of a schoolboy, but who is very intelligent. He plays Lawrence of Arabia, but at age 22, on an archaeological site. Pattinson is very good in this role. He is an intelligent man and the choice was quite natural”, says Herzog of casting Pattinson.

Pattinson says landing the role was “just crazy”.  “I’ve been a fan of Herzog since I was 16. I met him for that job three years ago; I thought it was never going to happen and when it finally did, it was amazing. Riding around Morocco on a camel, it was pretty great,” says Pattinson in his previous interviews.

Of working with the director, Pattinson says, “It’s insane because he wrote the script as well and it’s one of the most difficult scripts I’ve ever read. Werner’s great. He’s exactly what you’d expect. He’s got so many amazing stories. He’s got insane confidence as well. I think that’s where all his creativity comes from. He’s got 100% belief in himself.”

From Axinite Digicinema, “Queen of the Desert” opens March 2 exclusive at Ayala Malls Cinemas.

 

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Heightened Pulse-Pounding Escape and Survival in “The Divergent Series: Allegiant”

Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Maggie Q and Ansel Elgort return in the most awaited book-to-film franchise in “Allegiant” where  Chicago is on the verge of an all-out civil war. The young warriors and heroes with Tris (Woodley) leading the troop -Four (James), Christina (Kravitz), Peter (Teller), Tori (Q) and Caleb (Elgort) sees them on a harrowing escape from the walled city, chased by armed guards loyal to self-appointed leader Evelyn (Naomi Watts).

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Outside Chicago for the first time in their lives, the five find themselves being pursued by Edgar (Jonny Weston) through a toxic wasteland known as the Fringe before being rescued and escorted to the ultra-high-tech compound of the Bureau of Genetic Welfare.   Once there, Bureau mastermind David (Jeff Daniels) singles out Tris for being genetically “pure” and enlists her to champion his mysterious cause. While Tris receives special treatment, including access to “memory tabs” that enable her to relive her own family history, Four joins Bureau soldiers on a supposedly humanitarian mission to remove children from a ragtag Fringe encampment.

Discovering that David plans to use the Bureau’s astonishing technologies for inhumane ends, Tris hijacks his private aircraft and returns with her team to Chicago. Faced with a shocking betrayal, they must try to stop Evelyn before she unleashes a memory-erasing gas on the city’s entire population, including the Allegiant rebel force led by Johanna (Octavia Spencer).

The Divergent Series: Allegiant” is directed by Robert Schwentke (“The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” “The Time Traveler’s Wife”) and based on the bestselling young adult novel “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth.

The filmmakers set out to bring Victoria Roth’s original vision to life once again even as they add fresh surprises to her dystopian saga. Brimming with new characters, landscapes and mysteries, “Allegiant” extends a Divergent universe that has already captivated millions of moviegoers. “One reason these stories resonate for young people particularly is that they wonder what their futures hold for them,” James muses. “Whether it’s conscious or not, young people think about, ‘What kind of world will I live in?’ I think that’s why so many people gravitate toward the Divergent stories.”

Although Allegiant remains consistent to the core values of the Divergent series, its heroes encounter new worlds and shocking revelations and the film raises the level of excitement to new heights. “Allegiant gives you a scale and a scope that you don’t get in previous films,” says producer Lucy Fisher. “There are so many things about this movie that excite us, including the action and the visuals. But my favorite part about this entire series is the characters and their relationship to each other. With Allegiant, I love that you’re on the edge of your seat, because there’s something going on every second.”

“Allegiant” opens March 9 in theatres nationwide from Pioneer Films.