MCU :: Phase 1 :: Movie 4 :: Thor

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Year of release: 2011

When I watched it first: 2014

Number of times watched: 2

I never liked Thor. I was super into Greek mythology when I was young – I checked out all the books and encyclopedias (how fucking old am I???) from various local libraries and reread them multiple times. I knew the origin stories of the entire Greek pantheon, their powers, their major (and minor) adventures, as well as those of their children (soooooo many children born as a result of “mischief”) and the human heroes who had to contend with these crazy gods.

Once I had exhausted the Greeks, I started reading Norse mythology. I did not find it as interesting as the Greek, I’m not sure why. Maybe it was the names, who knows. My point is, I only knew the basics, and those basics made me not bother watching Thor when it came out.

When it became evident that the MCU was not going anywhere, I made an effort to watch it. I was disengaged throughout, and all I could remember about it was that it was dark, as in literally dark – all the sets seemed dim, like they couldn’t afford the electricity bill. Now that I’ve rewatched it (and paid attention), I enjoyed it more (seems obvious). I generally like anything that Kat Dennings is in, and Chris Hemsworth is actually a pretty funny guy. Also, I can see how badly Tom Hiddleston’s Loki wig has degraded over the course of the sequels. Just, no.

My totally arbitrary score: 5/10

Next up: Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).


MCU :: Phase 1 :: Movie 3 :: Iron Man 2

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Year of release: 2010

When I watched it first: 2010

Number of times watched: ~3.5

I always felt like this movie was just nonsensical (the 0.5 viewing was where I fell asleep halfway). Sam Rockwell is very underrated, even when he is hamming it up like in this movie, Mickey Rourke is, something, and the gratuitous stuff surrounding Black Widow’s introduction is just, ugh. Gwyneth Paltrow irritates me even more in this sequel, and Tony becomes Tonier. I do love Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard though.

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There may be….something…wrong with Terrence Howard.

Next up: Thor (2011).


MCU :: Phase 1 :: Movie 2 :: The Incredible Hulk

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To be honest, I had completely forgotten about this movie. The Hulk never appealed to me as a character (still doesn’t, even though I’ve had a soft spot for Mark Ruffalo since this ridiculous Reese Witherspoon movie). I was aware that this movie is what caused Edward Norton to be replaced by Ruffalo (and I’m sure he’s not bitter or anything).

Year of release: 2008

When I watched it first: 2018

Number of times watched: 1

I found this movie annoying. I know it’s only meant to bring The Hulk into the MCU – mission achieved. Beyond that, it sucks. That is all.


Next up: Iron Man 2 (2010).


MCU :: Phase 1 :: Movie 1 :: Iron Man

I’ve decided to do the whole “watch one MCU movie per week so that I’ll be caught up by the time Infinity War comes out” thing. I thought about it watching it in chronological order, but decided to watch it in Phase order instead. I’ve seen all moves in the MCU so far at least once (with the exception of The Incredible Hulk), but I am not my husband – I have no problem with watching a movie multiple times. In fact, I should probably keep a list of movies which are good for repeat viewings forever. Hmm…

Saturday nights are the designated time slot for this experiment (we rarely go anywhere. Introversion FTW!). I started on the first Saturday of the year with the movie which kicked this whole shebang off, Iron Man.

Year of release: 2008

When I watched it first: 2008

Number of times watched: ~6

I really enjoyed this first one, mostly by ignoring Gwyneth Paltrow. It was fun, had good action and RDJ really brought the character to life. Not that I know anything about comic books really beyond what I’ve absorbed through popular culture and various animated versions when I was small – I have tried, many times, to try to read comic books, I just think it’s just not for me. One could also argue that these characters have long outgrown their comic book roots now.

I feel that the movie still holds up 10 years later.


Man of iron indeed.

Next up: The Incredible Hulk (2008).


This is the one: Smartphone edition #2 (review)

After 6 weeks with my Mate S, it’s time for a quick review. I’m using it as my company phone, which means my company sim is in it, not my personal sim. This means that I don’t have Whatsapp on it. Otherwise, I have moved all the functions I used my old phone for to this one.

Basic specs:

  • 5.5″ AMOLED 1080p screen
  • Gorilla Glass 4
  • Quad-core @ 2.2 GHz & Quad-core @ 1.5GHz
  • Mali-T628 GPU
  • 32GB + micro sd
  • 3GB RAM
  • 13MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, 8MP front camera
  • Android Lollipop
  • 2700 mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Extras: Fingerprint sensor, flip cover included in box

The phone is very thin, compared to what I am used to, and very nice to hold. I would have preferred the dual sim variant, so I don’t have to carry my personal phone around as well, but unfortunately my network does not offer it. That’s also the variant with 128GB onboard and Force Touch 😥

I have the Mystic Champagne variant, which is a welcome change from the black Lumia. The included flip cover was a nice touch, but I’ve always hated those, so I only used it until my perspex clear cover arrived from Amazon. The box the phone arrived in had a premium look and feel – even the earphones came in a matching colour in its own little perspex box.

The phone is fast, lagging occasionally when I open the dialer (for some reason). Battery life is generally good – I can get through a full 24 hours without having to charge. The fingerprint sensor is very accurate, and I love being able to unlock the phone using this method. It’s also useful for taking photos.

On that note, coming from a 41MP behemoth which couldn’t function correctly because of the stupid, stupid OS, I had high hopes for the camera. These hopes were almost immediately crushed. Yes, the camera takes some nice shots in perfect sunlight. That’s about all I can say for it.

The Emotion UI over Lollipop has yielded a better Android experience than my previous go-around with TouchWiz over Jellybean. However, it did not take long before I relented and installed a WP launcher to get my Live Tiles back (miss you!).

Now on to the real story: apps. I have ranted about apps many, many times on this blog, and why I really don’t need them blah blah blah. That of course was my Stockholm Syndrome talking, because I love apps now, seeing as they actually work.

I didn’t know it would be such a relief to have fully functional apps for Feedly, LinkedIn, HERE maps, 22seven and all my fave online shops. Don’t get me started on the excellent quality of the Microsoft apps on Android when compared to the piles of garbage on their native platform. I’ll write up a separate post on how I am using apps now to GTD daily.

Overall, I’m glad I chose this phone. I dropped it for the first time yesterday and I nearly lost my mind because one of the few things I miss about my Lumia is the sturdiness. If I drop this phone on its face, I’m pretty sure it will be tickets.

Like I said earlier, I am still carrying the Lumia because it has my personal sim in it. It makes me sad everyday to have to work on it after using the Huawei.


What’s happened to MyBroadband?

I started writing this post in October last year, but the point I am making is even more pertinent today. I took this screenshot back then:


This is a screenshot from today:

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The focus has shifted from serving the computer nerds who made the site big, to a more mainstream vibe, sort of like for those family members who don’t know how to turn it off and on again.

Obligatory IT Crowd meme

I wouldn’t mind it that much if it weren’t for the clickbaity article titles. Lately I’ve just been scrolling down the main page to get to the forum posts.