Thursday, November 19, 2015

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS:
This camera is the embodiment of compromise. I've learned by this point, that I'd rather have a crappy camera that's actually small enough to take everywhere than a slightly nicer one that's too cumbersome and gets left at home. After eventually breaking all of the other cameras in the house by dropping them (I don't use the Wiimote strap either), I picked up this $215 model mostly for hikes and 12 of 12s. Auto settings and anything with a flash results in a decent and sometimes good picture. However, image stabilization is not good enough to do anything without a flash unless you're using a tripod. You can see from the non-flash pictures in my 12 of 12s that the results aren't the greatest. Still, I do take it everywhere, so I end up with more pictures overall.

Final Grade: C-

Quick Fix Blackout Pleated Paper Shade by Redi Shade:
Our TV has more glare than an angry goth and it's often hard to watch TV in the middle of the day, forcing us to do something that's actually productive instead. These thick paper curtains are the perfect augmentation to our curtains that don't quite block all of the sunlight. You simply cut them to the width of the window and stick them in the frame. The adhesive is quite sticky, and there are plastic clips to keep it neat when not covering the window. They're an innocuous, inexpensive solution and perfect if you don't want to consider something more long-term.

Final Grade: B+

You're the Worst, Season One:
This is a raunchy comedy (in the same vein as Scrotal Recall and Catastrophe) that has more laughs but not quite as much heart as those other shows. With one exception (Edgar), the main characters are awful people. Although they show signs of self-improvement, not much progress is made in the first season. With only 10 episodes, the show is funny enough to burn through, but doesn't change the landscape of modern television in any way.

Final Grade: B-

The 100, Season Two:
The second season of this teen LOST clone is hit or miss, with a few great storylines and surprises pulled down by poor show logistics. The biggest problem is that the CW teen drama angle adds nothing and starts to impede on what could be a great sci-fi concept after a while. It takes a while to get the story moving, as the show writers make the mistake of splitting many characters up into isolated stories. This leads to lots of scenes where people are just running around so they can show up in the next scene, as well as boring storylines that you'll want to fast forward through (The chancellor running through the desert on a faith pilgrimage). It's hard to tell that the cast is beautiful, because they spend most of the time muddy and getting beaten up. In spite of these flaws, the show kept me intrigued through the whole 16 episode run and I enjoyed it as much as the first season. President Dante Wallace was a particularly good new character.

Final Grade: B

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