May 19, 2015

The Flash

 There will be some spoilers in this post, so if you have not watched the finale to the first season of The Flash, do not read any farther -- and if you have not been watching The Flash, you need to.

I have been a fan of this show since it premiered. I have not watched its sister show Arrow, but I may now that The Flash's first season is done. What the CW has done with The Flash is amazing. It has turned this DC property into something special and I hope that DC does not ruin The Flash -- as they may with the Flash movie which does not have Grant Gustin cast as Barry Allen.

What makes the Flash special is that the show is not the dark brooding DC world that seems to be featured in the DC films -- the Christopher Nolan Batman films, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel film, and the upcoming Superman v. Batman film. The Flash is a bright hopeful world featuring a super-hero that has a good heart. It has a some sharp writing that makes good use of humor. Sure, his life kicked off with the tragedy of his mother being murdered, but Barry Allen is a hero that cares about people and has a positive attitude.

The finale was great because it did not go for the big boss battle between The Flash and The Reverse-Flash. Rather it was quite an emotional ride, which I enjoyed very much. The relationship that I enjoyed watching throughout this season is the one that Barry shares with Joe. The father-son relationship is powerful and during this finale, it was the one that had the most impact for me.

Seeing Barry choose his current life and having to say good-bye to his mother was also quite affecting.

And Eddie saving the day caught me totally by surprise. He is truly a hero for doing what he did.

I look forward to season two of The Flash. I noticed Caitlin being Killer Frost, maybe that's something that will be a big thing in the next season?

Marvel maybe winning in the movie theaters (Guardians of the Galaxy, Winter Soldier) and on non-traditional broadcast TV (Daredevil on Netflix) -- but on broadcast TV, there is only one superhero that matters and it is DC's Flash.

March 20, 2015

Playstation Remote Play

I always knew that I could Remote Play games on my PS Vita which run on my PS4 -- lets say I am laying in bed, I can use my PS Vita as a remote screen and controller to stream game-play from my PS4 out in the livingroom. It works fantastic over the same network over WiFi.

What I did not realize was that I can do that over the internet! I was listening to the Official Playstation Blogcast and Justin mentions streaming over the internet in this episode (skip to 1:20:10 to hear him speak about it). I just tested it by tethering my PS Vita to my iPhone 6 Plus (thanks T-Mobile for giving me 3GB of free tethering) and playing Drive Club running on my PS4 at home on my home network.

T-Mobile has some serious bandwidth to use (I sometimes clock it in at 30-50MBps), tonight I was  getting around 8MBps and I was playing Drive Club with no noticeable lag over an LTE connection. It was fantastic and as Justin says... Magical.

If you have a PS4 and a PS Vita, give it a shot. If you have a PS4 and don't have a PS Vita, you should seriously think about getting a PS Vita. Follow these handy instructions to get things setup. Then leave your PS4 in Rest Mode so that it can be woken up remotely. You can play PS4 games wherever you may be (all you need is a WiFi connection). This adds even more value to my PS Vita.

March 19, 2015

Big Yellow

Photograph Big Yellow by mookie kong on 500px

It's been a while since I have gotten a yellow G-Shock. My first G-Shock was yellow (a DW-003) and I also have one of the first solar G-Shocks a yellow Raysman (DW-9350). I figure it was time to get a new big yellow. This is my new G-6900A-9, it's so bright and... yellow.