Friday, June 26, 2015

Mr. Robot

**EDIT July 9 - Mr. Robot is trying to be something it isn't - good television. The story isn't going anywhere. The main character is completely unsympathetic. And the show has way too many adult scenes for USA network; maybe HBO, but not a channel that is included for free on every cable/satellite provider. And definitely not in prime time when kids are still up.

It's gone from my list of programs to follow.**

LaRue and I are fans of Brian Stokes Mitchell. He has a fantastic singing voice and his Christmas concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is one of our favorites.

A few weeks back we read online that he had been cast in a recurring role in the new USA Network show - Mr. Robot. 

So we watched the first episode on the 24th. Brian Stokes Mitchell was not a part of the premiere episode but I believe he will be in the next one as some sort of corporate mogul.

Now let's talk about the show itself. First, there is language. USA is a cable network and I think they are trying to be more competitive by making more edgy programs. A few of the words I can tolerate. But be warned the first episode contains 3 or 4 F-bombs. I think that's a little too edgy for a more regular network. You expect that from an HBO or Showtime production, but since you don't pay extra for USA as you do those other channels I don't believe they should have the same degree of leniency.

That said, I'm still not sure what I think of the program. I will credit it with having some of the most accurate "computer speak" than I have seen in past shows or movies.

The main character is not Mr. Robot; that's Christian Slater, and we're not exactly sure what his motives are. He used the main character, Elliot, to bring down the CEO of a corporation and then disappeared.
As for the character of Elliot.....he has issues. He is a non-social person who makes it his personal mission to expose bad people by hacking into their lives and exposing what they do.

Bottom line - I might check out the second episode before I make a decision as to whether or not I will follow this show.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Cool Air

We made a nice improvement to the house over the last two days - we got the air conditioners put in the windows!

That's pretty much the excitement here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jurassic World

We had been looking forward to seeing the new Jurassic movie ever since we saw the first trailer.
But we decided that opening weekend would be a bit nuts; especially with kids out of school.

We opted for the 2D version but might go see it again in 3D. And we will definitely be buying the blu-ray/dvd combo when it comes out.

I must say that it is much better than the second or third Jurassic movies. But I still think the first Jurassic Park is the best.

Still, it's great fun highly recommended.

Here's the trailer:

Friday, June 12, 2015

Man of Steel in Color

LaRue and I love the Superman movies. I also love the old 1940's Superman movie serials and the Adventures of Superman tv show. I even have all of the Superman radio serial - about 1500 episodes.

We really enjoyed the latest Man of Steel. But here's something interesting I stumbled upon - what if Man of Steel was in color?

Until I saw this video I hadn't really noticed the washed out color of Man of Steel.
I would love to get a color restored version.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Robin and Family Visit

Robin had another 3 day weekend so they hitched up the trailer and came out to visit.

In addition to a nice visit, Robin and I got a couple of projects taken care of.

First we shut off the water and replaced the faucets for the bathtub. We had to got a couple of these metal fittings and a couple of new faucet stems:

Then we pulled out the clothes dryer and tore it apart. After a thorough cleaning and testing the motor we replaced the dryer vent hose with a periscope metal vent. We suspect that some of the trouble was due to the flexible hose being severely crimped because of the tight space.
Now it works just fine.

Okay, on to some pictures:

Brighton, Chris and Josh playing the "Fun Machine" organ.

Quinley with a bowl of cherries.

Here's Josh. And it looks like someone found a few Christmas Bears.

Robin and K.D.

Chris is playing a game on my computer. He tried to explain it to me, but Grandpas don't always quite comprehend. 

One exhausted little girl.

Josh and Chris playing a game of Blokus.

Brighton in the trailer playing on his Kindle.

It's the girls' turn to play the organ.

Finally, Robin playing his bagpipes in his Sunday attire.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

New Bailey Acres

Welcome to the new Bailey Acres blog. 

It's pretty much the same as the old one since I moved the contents of the previous host to this one.

Why? Well, I started having some issues with the previous host. For some odd reason the header image I had there disappeared. I was also not real keen on the commenting system.

There are some features that I have not yet implemented. These are mainly some of the old photo albums. I have all the images on my computer and am trying to decide what I want to put here. I know there is a better way to organize the photo albums, but I don't want to just do them haphazardly (as they were before).

You will also notice that I have added a couple of new entries to bring events up to date.

I anticipate doing more posting on Bailey Acres since I find this site easier to maintain and update.

Tulip Festival - April

In April we went with Robin and his family to the annual Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point.

Here are just a few of the tons of pictures we took there.

This is a cool sculpture of a merry-go-round with flowers.

There is a Secret Garden area. You enter through this tunnel.

There is also a large grass hill with an amphitheater at the bottom where people perform.
Brighton is showing me something on the map.

Chris had fun rolling down the hill and hiking back up.

Playing under Grandma's umbrella.

This is me with one of the cowboy singers. 

Here is Robin wearing his birthday kilt.

This Is the Place - April

In April we went with Robin and his family to This Is the Place Heritage Park.

Here's Robin and family heading over to the animal petting area.

Checking out the baby chicks.

Brighton was always consulting the map to keep us on track. He is quite the cartographer.

Quinley tries to milk a plastic cow.

Quinley, KD, Chris and Josh got to ride a pony.

Emily with KD and Josh at one of the statues.

Robin's heads over to the main This is the Place monument.

The text on this plaque is from Isaiah 2:2 and 35:1