Nextbook Ares 8

Well, my best friend bought a cheap little tablet for her ten year old nephew. It is a Nextbook Ares 8. It is absolutely cute and versatile. The wifi works amazingly well for a tablet that costs so little. The graphics are amazing and it plays games like no tomorrow. He has downloaded dozens of games so the storage is really good as well. He plays with it constantly and is happy as a clam with it. For a child, I would say that this is a fairly good investment as it costs very little, especially if you catch it on sale.

There are however a couple of problems with it that I assume Nextbook will or has fixed in their next models. Firstly, and most important, you cannot allow it to “sleep.” If you do, it triggers something inside and you have to remove the back and disconnect the battery. You then have to wait ten to twenty seconds and reconnect.  Then you can turn it back on and it will work. It get a bit warm when you use it a lot and really it shouldn’t get that warm but as it isn’t a high end tablet, getting upset over it would be ludicrous.

A Local Urban Legend

Most Urban Legends are nothing more than flights of fancy. Stories told to young children to get them to behave or to go to sleep. Or those of people who thought they saw something out of the corner of their eye and low and behold,a haunted road or highway. There is one legend that can be substantiated with first hand accounts, manuscripts and legal affidavits. It is the Bell Witch Story out of Adams Tennessee.

The story begins with a family who moves from North Carolina to what is now Adams Tennessee. They bought a farm and spent years clearing and planting crops. Odd occurrences, such as strange looking animals and loud noises began outside the home. However, it didn’t take long for the strangeness to move inside as the entity began to truly harass the family, even hurting members.

A nearby neighbor came with his wife and spent the night to see if they also could hear and see what was happening. They left the next morning shook up and vowing not to return to the house. Many other people experienced the whispers, singing, noises, violent slaps etc…The Bell Witch was never “exorcised”, she left of her own free will and came back twice to “visit” that we know of. If you visit the cave where she purportedly lived on the Red River, perhaps you too can experience her and hear her sing… or worse.

Intensity – An Amazing Book!

I just finished reading a really amazing book. It had me riveted the entire way through. It was called Intensity and is written by Dean Koontz. It is about this girl who goes home with a friend to visit her friends family and a homicidal maniac kills her friends family and kidnaps her friend. Our heroin “Chyna” is a girl already struggling with serious issues from her own life and just trying to survive, goes all out to help save her friend from the man who has her.

Hiding out in the man’s RV when he wasn’t looking, she waits for an opportune moment to rescue her friend and get away. As it turns out, it is not as easy as she thinks it will be. The man is truly deranged as he believes that doing whatever he wants without fear or regret helps him live his life to the fullest. He has perfected his modus operandi and is absolutely deadly.

Chyna’s own personal demons try to hamper her throughout the story, but she overcomes her own fear and insecurity in amazing feats of bravery and daring. I was happy to learn there is also a movie taken from the book, that I will now have to watch. If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it.

Gaming with Alice in Wonderland

So a friend sent me a gift they thought was hilarious. It is the Xbox game, “Alice in Wonderland.” Turns out. I love it ! This Alice is so far different from the soft spoken girl in the books and movies it is not even funny. Your first job is to escape from an insane asylum and turns out  you’re crazy as a bed bug. Traversing the psychedelic world of this game is a lot of fun and kind of hard, at first, as well.

You are able to upgrade throughout the game and use other characters to help advance through the various stages, as well as to kill the red knights who are mad difficult to kill. The higher and further you get through the game, the more difficult these knights are to kill.

The effects of the game are ingenious, and you will love watching it unfold, even if it is difficult.  I spent a tremendous amount of time in battle though, so be prepared for that. My fingers began to get a bit tired from hitting the buttons to much. I still have not reached the end  – and I am not sure I ever will. However, I will persevere and continue trying whenever I have the chance to play.

Girls Night Out

So last night was girls night out. My friends and I along with my roommate decided that we were long overdue for some serious clubbing.  We chose The Green Iguana downtown as it has Tiki feel to it and is partially outdoors. It was extremely busy when we arrived as we were fashionably late of course.  We met up with another group of people and played a little pool in the back before we decided to conquer the dance floor.

After a few drinks we were ready to shake and jive as the old timers say and the music was hopping. One reason I really like this place is that they play a wide range of music for everyone, and not just one genre. So whether you like hip hop, country or rock, they have a little bit of everything for everyone. After about an hour though we had to take a break as it was so hot on the dance floor from the lighting and the press of bodies.

The patio felt amazing with a breeze blowing and it really rejuvenated us so we could continue with our partying. I like the fact that they have a kitchen as well, because we had a little snack of appetizers while we were out there. Snacking while you drink is always smart so you don’t get too intoxicated. I still have a mild hangover and was very happy that we took a cab there as safety is always best. Time take a little nap and recuperate now.

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