Review from 1995

A 170 million dollar flop, or the film of the year ?

In the future, the polar ice-caps have melted, drowning the planet
in seawater. The legend is that dry land exists somewhere.

Kevin Costner is the Marriner, sailing a triple hulled yacht around
the world that looks suspiously like Dennis O’Conners boat that won
the Americas Cup. During the film, it sprouts enough gadgets & gizmos that you would think that M (from the Bond movies) made it.

Dennis Hopper (Speed) plays the bad guy and gets all the good lines.
Jean Tripplehorn is the love interest and looks like a lost puppy
throughout the film.

So the film is about his search for dry land, and holding on to a
ten year old girl, who has a map tattoed on her back of where to find
it. The film looks like “Mad Max” on water, with massive sets of rusting iron.

The good parts are some completely improbable stunts. The bad part is the gooey ending.

The story has the potential for a good SciFi film, but it is just an
excuse for another hollywood good-guy-saves-the-world flick.

I read a review that described it as a B Grade movie.
I would agree, so 5/10.

Another 1/10 for everyone wondering what all the fuss is about.


The Sidekicks Initiative
(Sidekicks Initiative, #1)
by Barry J. Hutchison (2018)

When sworn protectors of Earth, the Justice Platoon, are all horribly killed, their former arch-enemies come crawling out of the woodwork. Outnumbered, outgunned, and out of options, the US Government has no choice but to activate the Sidekicks Initiative, dragging the Platoon’s middle-aged ex-sidekicks out of retirement.

Now these three reluctant, out of shape former child-wonders must work together to stop the rising tide of supervillainy, avenge their former mentors’ deaths, and bring the world back from the brink of destruction.

Assuming they don’t kill each other first.

From the author of ‘Space Team’ comes a strange story of superheroes. It’s not funny enough to make it as good as his other SciFi comedies. It’s not bad either, just kinda …. blah. Ordinary.


Jay Sun

Jay Tausig released his epic series ‘A Trip Around the Sun’ in 2012.
I came across it at the time and was impressed with the samples online.

Subscription was $40, and over the course of a year he released 12 albums. Each one based on a sign on the Zodiac. The music was all downloads and with high resolution cover art.

All very impressive. The music ranges from Space Rock to Jazz. Some if it very mellow, to straight out Metal.

Guests include Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa) , Bridget Wishart (Hawkwind, Spirits Burning) Anne Leighton, and Thom Worldpoet (Gong).


Aldiko Moon

I have been using the Aldiko Android eBook reader for years.

Even purchased the Pre Version.
Now it’s a problem…
For the second time it has got stuck on minimum brightness. The last time I managed to fix it be removing and re-installing the software.

This time, I can’t be bothered, there must be a better eBook reader……

Yep, Moon+ (weird name) eBook reader is better.

Firstly, it has a slider that can adjust brightness, so no getting stuck on the minimum setting. It also looks to have a lot more features, including a ‘Blue Light Filter’ which gives the background a light brown paper look.

Even better, it’s 50% off for this month ($4.29) !!


(Jet #4)
by Russell Blake (2012)

Reckoning pits Jet against the deadliest threat yet – an enemy with endless resources who will stop at nothing to destroy her. From the mountains of Indonesia to the streets of Washington, Jet discovers in a breakneck-paced roller-coaster of action that danger lurks in the unlikeliest of places and nothing is as it seems.

In this episode, Jet seems a bit too indestructible. Despite all the violence and deaths around her, she ends up unscathed. Still, a decent read but a bit too formula. She does lose an associate, but it all seems just part of moving the plot along.


B. Marsalis

Branford Marsalis (born August 26, 1960) is an American saxophonist, composer and bandleader. He has been cited as “arguably the most respected living U.S. jazz instrumentalist”.

While primarily known for his work in jazz as the leader of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he also performs frequently as a soloist with classical ensembles and has led the group Buckshot LeFonque




John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018) was an American politician and naval officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his death.

He previously served two terms in the United States House of Representatives and was the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the 2008 election, which he lost to Barack Obama.


Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough, CBE
(29 August 1923 – 24 August 2014)
was an English actor, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and politician.

He was the President of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Attenborough joined the Royal Air Force during World War II and served in the film unit. He went on several bombing raids over Europe and filmed action from the rear gunner’s position.

He was the older brother of Sir David Attenborough, a naturalist, documentaror, and broadcaster, and John Attenborough, an executive at Alfa Romeo. He was married to actress Sheila Sim from 1945 until his death.

Break Bad S4

The fourth season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad premiered on July 17, 2011 and concluded on October 9, 2011.

In this season, Walter really goes to the dark side. People get shot, stabbed and (ultimately) blown up.

Things seem to end with the death of a main character, so it will be interesting to see what happens in the next season.


Meghan’s Dragon

Meghan’s Dragon
by E.M. Foner (2016)

Seventeen-year old Meghan doesn’t remember her childhood and practices magic in secret. Her sole ambition is to bring a warrior’s soul from Dark Earth to become her dragon and protect her while she develops into a mage. When her interpretation of a Dark Earth death vision goes awry, Meghan gets both more and less than she bargained for.

This was suggested as a humorous standalone story, different from the author’s main series; ‘EarthCent Ambassasor’.

It’t well written and very young adult; not much violence and staying well away from any ‘adult’ content. Slightly amusing but not what I would call humour.

Pleasant, but light in tone. and forgettable.