The first movie that we’ve been able to see in theaters in a very long time was We Bought A Zoo. I think it was a decent choice.
We saw this, partially, for Caleb’s benefit. He loves animals and we thought that might help keep him focused on that instead of up running around. This is also the first movie we’ve seen in theaters since Caleb’s diagnosis in December 2010, so it was a bit of a test to see how he would handle it. He did pretty well and he seemed to really enjoy the movie.
Mine and Ashley’s main complaint was the amount of swearing. It’s a PG movie and it was a lot heavier on the language than either of us thought it would be. There was even a part where the little girl called an adult a <insert euphemism for male body part here>, which in and of itself is not so bad, but in a PG movie that my 3-year-old was watching it rubbed me wrong.
Also, I think the creators miscategorized the film. They said it’s supposed to be a comedy with the inspirational drama thrown in, but it’s not. It’s the other way around. Granted, this has no bearing on my rating of the movie, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
Overall it’s a pretty good movie, though. I really like Matt Damon as an actor and this was a good role for him.
A few weeks ago, I finally got a chance to read Ted Dekker’s newest non-fantasy novel, The Priest’s Graveyard. I have always enjoyed his books, but with the exception of Thr3e, I haven’t really loved his non-fantasy novels as much as I have The Books of History Chronicles. Don’t get me wrong: they are still excellent books, but because I started with one of his fantasy books, I think my expectations for his writing have always been for fantasy stories.
The Priest’s Graveyard is a book about two people, one a priest who kills the unrepentant, the other a drug-addicted and unloved girl. They end up together, hunting for the same person for similar reasons. As is true in almost every one of Dekker’s stories, there is a love story there as well. Of course, there are also a lot of twists and turns as they search.
The final twist, unfortunately, is something I saw coming. It’s something I’ve seen in too many TV shows and read in too many books: when the story seems to be steering you toward a specific conclusion about someone, that conclusion is usually false. I won’t spoil the twist, for those who haven’t read it, but it was something I figured out in the second part of the book.
Either way, it was still wonderfully written and a lot of fun to see the characters figure things out. My favorite part was when he got caught in her hotel room and the two of them were trying to outsmart each other. It was a comical scene in the middle of a serious situation and those kinds of moments stick with me.
I also appreciated the ending. A lot of stories, whether on TV, movie or in a book, if the good guy commits crimes throughout the story, he ends up getting away with them in the end. I really like how this story didn’t follow that pattern; it showed them doing what was right.
All in all, it is an excellent book and fun to read. If you haven’t read it yet, find it and do so soon. You will not be disappointed.
“It’s lucky you like pain. Because this is going to hurt.” – Kaye Galfridian
I’ve been waiting for this series since I heard about it a while back. I loved the New Jedi Order’s Yuuzahn Vong invasion and what they did with it in the books (except killing two of my favorite characters in Star Wars *sniff* Chewie, Anakin… *sniff*) and now we get to see it visually in comic book form. Frakkin’ awesome if you ask me.
Here’s the breakdown.
Apart from the family of the Big Three (Luke, Han and Leia), this series seems to follow a former rebel now king, Caled Galfridian, and his family. They are on Artorias, one of the first planets targetted by the Vong invasion. The king himself is a war veteran as I already mentioned. The queen I’m not sure of yet as she hasn’t done much as of the end of this collection of comics. Their son, Finn, is recognized by Luke as a potential Jedi and their daughter is deadly enough without the Force, killing a Vong warrior in battle and later leading a prisoner revolt and taking over the prisoner ship. Finn seems to be the one at the forefront of the stories and I’m loving his character. Not too many people in the Star Wars universe would say what he said to Han when they first meet him – not after the man has saved the galaxy so many times.
The main arc is obviously the Yuuzahn Vong invasion, but these comics follow the Galfridian family as they try to survive and find each other throughout the bloodiest war in the Star Wars universe. So far, they have survived, but they are each in their own kind of danger. The King is leading a resistance in their planet while the queen and princess have stolen a prisoner ship and are trying to save their people. Finn is off with the Solo family which always means adventure and danger of some sort, even if they are just trying to look into the past of the Falcon.
It’s a great beginning to the series and I can’t wait for the rest. It’s nice to finally see the Vong drawn to life.
I wasn’t sure exactly how this could be both the beginning and the end of the Circle. White seemed to end things pretty well for the original trilogy and the Paradise Novels made it seem that everything was just moving on. Green picks up right where Sinner left off.
Here’s the breakdown.
The story starts with Billy, the one who put Thomas Hunter in the Black forest by writing in the Lost Books and who can now read minds, meeting with Monique and Kara, the two women most involved in Thomas Hunter’s life. Shortly after that meeting, we are introduced to Janae, Monique’s daughter. That’s all the characters for this reality.
In the other reality, there is Thomas, leader of the Circle, and Chelise, his wife. His son Samuel, who has been chafing under his father’s non-lethal treatment of the Horde, is becoming a catalyst. On the Horde side of the conflict, there’s Quorong, Chelise’s mother, and Ba’al, who from what I can gather is actually Billos from the Lost Books series (that I have yet to read).
I have to say that the character of Billy was not what I expected. I knew he was troubled because of the monastery in Paradise and the books, but I never thought he would be what he turned out to be. I also have to say that I was a bit saddened at how easily certain people in the Circle fell away at the end, but I do know that it will probably happen like that. It was interesting how at least one of them knew they were being seduced by evil, and went along with it anyway.
So it starts with Billy looking for Thomas’ blood, one last vial of it that he believes Kara and Monique hid after the Raison Strain incident. They deny it and keep Billy from reading their minds by wearing dark glasses (he has to see their eyes directly to read their minds). They assign Janae to keep an eye on him, but that turns on them when Janae and Billy dose themselves with an alternate strain of the Raison virus, which forces Monique, desperate to save her daughter, to use the vial that she had denied existed. As in the past books, Thomas’ blood transports Billy and Janae to the other reality.
In the other reality, Thomas is dealing with the Circle starting to fracture. And his son is leading the way. In response, Thomas offers a challenge to the Horde not unlike Elijah and the priests of Ba’al in the Bible. Quorong’s priest, aptly name Ba’al, mixes a little of Abraham’s test into it and calls the Shataiki, evil bats working for Teelah, the evil one, to kill Samuel.
There is quite a bit I love about this book. It’s another that I could not put down once I got into it, and it didn’t take long for that either. It was interesting to read through this and then go right into reading the Circle Trilogy graphic novels. I basically got to read Green as both the end of the series and the beginning all at once. I must say that is does a very good job of being both, but you’ll get the most out of it if you read the rest of the related books as well.
Be sure to pick this one up when you get a chance.
Ben: “Jedi Skywalkers. Practicing a fine family tradition of rescuing people from the dark side.”
Luke: “Hey, there are worse family traditions.”
Ben: “Like Aunt Leia’s spiceloaf.”
Luke: “You think the dark side is scary, you say that to her.”
Ben: “I won’t. I like my body intact, thank you very much.”
So in this book we have more psychotic Jedi, more great Luke & Ben banter, and a marriage proposal 14 years (in the Star Wars universe) in the making. I remember my roommate in college saying that Jaina and Jag would (or was it should?) get married. But like Luke and Mara, they danced around their relationship for many years before finally accepting, as Vader would say it, that it was their destiny.
Anyway, here’s the breakdown.
Luke and Ben are off in search of the super-elusive Aing-Tii, who view the Force as more of a rainbow, than Light and Dark. They also have some very interesting abilities; Force Teleport Object could be very useful. Meanwhile, Han & Leia are dealing with trying to raise Allana differently than their own kids were raised. Also, they have formally introduced the Lost Tribe of the Sith in this book, including an apprentice name Vestara Khai, whom I am guessing will be a big part of the series, based on the importance they’ve given her in just this book.
This book actually contains two stories: one is what is happening now, and the other is what has happened over the past two years to the Lost Tribe of the Sith on their unknown planet. The Sith have been gaining power under the guidance of the Sith Meditation Sphere that Ben found on Ziost while working under Jacen. Now they have a small fleet and are hellbent on restoring the Sith to power. Meanwhile, Luke and Ben continue their search for the reasons behind Jacen’s fall and the Jedi are dealing with two more of their own falling to the mysterious psychosis.
It’s a good book, even though there is no real final battle as there is in most Star Wars books. It’s a set-up book, meaning that it is there to tell a necessary part of the story, even though there may not be much excitement. It sets up the next book, which I will be reviewing in June. Until then, be sure to read this if you get the chance.
“What you are about to see is top secret. Do NOT tell my mother!” -Agent Simmons.
I kept hearing that this movie had no plot until about half way through. I went in expecting that. I was happy to find these statements to be wrong. There wasn’t much action until about halfway through, but I saw a good plot all the way through.
Here’s the breakdown.
In addition to the characters from the last movie, there are a some new Autobots and Decepticons. The twins have to be the funniest of the newbies. Anyway, additionally Sam has some new friends from college: one girl that seems to be throwing herself at him, despite Bumblebee’s attempts to thwart her and one guy who is obsessed with finding all he can out about the alien machines that have supposedly been sighted in the recent past.
Basically, there’s a really old Decepticon that Megatron has been working for named The Fallen. He wants to destroy the sun to create energon to help him build an army of Decepticons to rule the galaxy. He can only be killed by a Prime, like Optimus. Unfortunately, Optimus dies halfway through the movie protecting Sam from nearly all the Decepticons on Earth by himself. Of course, Sam, who accidentally touched one of the two remaining shards of the Allspark, has this knowledge floating around his brain that tells him there’s a way to save Optimus, and thus the planet and solar system.
The theme was all based on Linkin Park’s song, New Divide. Apparently, after using What I’ve Done in the last one, they were approached for a new song for the new movie and created New Divide. It’s a good song and makes for a decent soundtrack for giant alien robots blowing each other up.
So it wasn’t a bad movie. It didn’t have the awe factor that the first one did, but sequels rarely do. It was better than people told me it was, in my opinion. Be sure to check it out if you get the chance.
“Well, if it means anything, I regret leaving you on that planet. Don’t get me wrong: I think you deserved it, but I regret that I lost control, that I became a man that I couldn’t respect any more.” -Colonel Everett Young
Finally, the last remaining Stargate show starts up again. I really hate all these three month breaks in the middle of the season that shows have started doing. Anyway, Now that it’s back we can find out what happens next on the Destiny. Last time we saw them, Colonel Young had just left Dr. Rush on an alien planet with no resources. And everyone else suspects that he killed Rush.
Here’s the breakdown.
Tensions are mounting between the military and civilian populations. Camille all but openly accuses Young of murdering Rush. Other people are whispering, wondering if they will just get left behind if they are inconvenient to Young.
Young is on his way to report back to Earth with the communication stones. When he connects, he finds himself on an alien ship. Soon after he returns, they discover an alien ship following them. They attack and take Chloe. Young goes back and discovers Rush is being held on the ship.
I won’t spoil the rest of the story, but it’s a decent episode with a bit of an expected twist at the very end. One that gives away what will happen in the next episode.
“You’ve lived here a while, but you’re still living out of boxes. Maybe you moved around a lot as a kid. A tumultuous childhood. A hard time forming relationships. I may not be the gumshoe you are, but I’ve got some skills.” -Sam Weiss
The return of the Yoda-Bowling man! He is the reason for the way the title is worded, sort of, because at one point, he brings Clue over to Olivia’s apartment to play.
Here’s the breakdown.
Olivia is not sleeping because she is keeping Walter’s secret. She is also acting weird around Peter for the same reason. Peter notices and thinks it’s because she and him almost kissed. Walter keeps worrying that Olivia will tell Peter, thus ruining the good relationship the two of them currently have.
A man is meeting with the people who, like Olivia, were subjects for the Cortexiphan tests that William Bell and Walter did. He touches them, and within minutes, they die of cancerous growths on their skin. Like two previous cases of people with abilities (Nick Lane and Nancy Lewis), this seems to have been a failed “activation” attempt.
There are more hints about Broyles and Nina having some former connection. And I have to say that I’m liking Walter’s decision to tell Peter the truth. It will really hurt the relationship, but I think it will work out better in the end.
“Chief, this is Detective Eames. I won’t be taking that Captain’s Exam.” -Alex Eames
The final episode with Goren and Eames; the team that started Criminal Intent. It starts where the last one left off. Obviously, Goren and Eames had no intention of letting the FBI take their witness, and in trying to arrest him on new charges, Goren gets in his face and gets suspended.
Here’s the breakdown.
Goren gets suspended right as Nichols’ new partner arrives. Eames greets her with a saracastic “It’s fun here.” Eames spends the episode dealing with the suspicion on Goren and the Chief of Detectives wanting to promote her to Captain of Major Case, at the cost of Goren’s job.
After Goren gets suspended, he starts his own investigation even as the police investigate him for the murder of the guy he hassled earlier. Eames obviously does not like that. Of course, what Goren stumbles onto in his investigation, totally derails the police investigation and ends up setting the killer free, but not without Nichols getting in a few parting shots.
As an episode, it was pretty good. It was a decent way for Goren and Eames to leave, too. I just hate that they are gone from the show. Here’s hoping that Nichols and the new detective can carry the show.
“I’m gonna go splash some water on my face and… throw up a little.” -Castle
In this episode, a man has found the Mayan equivalent of king Tut. Maya-Tut comes with a curse, just like the Egyptian king. The curse is applied to anyone who looks at the mummy, which Castle does before hearing about it.
Here’s the breakdown.
Ryan and Esposito have a hay day knowing that Castle is cursed, even though he doesn’t believe in curses. Castle really starts getting freaked out when weird things start happening to him. After Kate reveals that she’s behind them, he continues having weird thing happen to him.
Basically, after finding the mummy, everyone on the team that found him begins dying mysteriously. First a girl in the jungle, then someone else in a way I cannot remember, then the assistant curator by falling gargoyle (this is the first victim shown). When they discover that the mummy is less than 500 years old, instead of the millennia he was supposed to be, they realize something entirely different than what they thought is going on.
It’s a frakking hilarious episode, especially the part in the elevator. And the Indiana Castle scene at the beginning.
“Most people would be thrilled to be dumped in Miami. Sadly, I am not most people. Spend a few years as a covert operative and a sunny beach just looks like a vulnerable tactical position with no decent cover. I’ve never found a good way to hide a gun in a bathing suit.” -Michael Westen
Having watched all the way through the series from the first to the current season. The only episode I missed, was the pilot. I always wondered how Weston ended up in Miami with a burn notice. I did not realize he was in the middle of a mission when it happened. Of course, he walks out of the room with his usual combination of quick misdirection and expert hand-to-hand combat.
Now the quality of the episode, like many pilots, is a bit less than the rest of the show. He wasn’t quite as witty in his voice-overs, Fiona’s accent was quit a bit thicker and Mike’s mom was a lot more annoying than in later episodes. It was still an enjoyable episode though.
I love watching how Mike deals with issues in different ways. The best part is that most of the time, what he does is something that makes you smack your forehead in a “I should have thought about that” way. For example, when his drug dealer neighbor threatens Fiona, he decides to get him to leave. He does so by getting him to the door, which is obviously bullet-proof. However, the wall around it, is not. So he shoots the drug dealer in the leg through the wall, sneaks in through the back (and by sneak, I mean that he literally goes in through a wall) and takes him from behind. A quick chat and the druggie decides he’d be better off living somewhere else.
That is one of my favorite things about this show: he does everything he can to solve his problem without killing anyone. Well played manipulations are his weapon of choice with the occasional butt-kicking to make his point. Nine times out of ten, though, the bad guy walks away from the situation relatively unscathed, if not scared for their life.
Alex Eames: “When he clears federal arraignment we can rearrest on a different charge.”
Zach Nichols: “If he’s alive. Broidy’s dead, Loftin’s dead, Van Dekker’s next. Who’s running this show?”
Robert Goren: “Yeah, we’re a long way from knowing that.”
This is an interesting episode for me and Ashley. We keep reading that this and the next episode will be the final two episodes with Eames and Goren, so we keep saying that these will be the last two episodes for us. I want to give the new detective (who appears next episode) a chance, partially because I like Jeff Goldblum.
Aside from Goren and Eames, Nichols comes in toward the end. Makes sense, since Captain Daniel Ross, who is murdered in this episode while undercover, used to be his partner. Unfortunately for all of them, the case is the FBI’s since he was undercover for them.
The story is that someone is trying to set up a police force near Africa to take on pirates. This same person is using his boat to give rich “pirate-hunter” wannabes the chance to kill some pirates. On the most recent outing, they took out a peaceful, non-pirate ship of a shiek whose son is vengeful and living in New York.
I don’t know the rest of the story, as I haven’t watched the second half yet. I am doing that tonight. Here’s hoping that the new detective is good enough to keep the series going with Goldblum.
Gideon: “Hmm…You look comfortable up there. Why don’t you come back to the BAU for a guest lecture?”
Ryan: “I’m retired, remember?”
Gideon: “Hell of a way to relax, 323 pages on the one that got away.”
Ryan: “He hasn’t gotten away – and you didn’t count that eight page prologue.”
This episode starts with Gideon at a lecture by former agent Max Ryan, who just wrote a book about a killer that was never caught and he has been hunting for years. His loner methods rub the team the wrong way, until Gideon talks him into sharing with them.
Here’s the breakdown.
The guest character, Max Ryan, is the one that the episode focuses on. He has made it his mission to find the Keystone killer, who had killed seven women 18 years prior. He is a bit of a loner and has to learn to work with the team.
The weird thing about this killer is that he stopped for 18 years. At first everyone thought prison or death, but Ryan never believed that. In the end, they all realized that the killer hadn’t stopped because he wanted to, but because, on his way to kill his eighth victim, he got in a bad car accident that left one side of him severely weakened.
One comment I read somewhere compared Ryan to Rossi, the guy that replaces Gideon in Season 3. Both are former BAU Agents, both are loners, a bit blunt with the team initially and very stubborn. Both do come around and work with the team in the end. Eerily similar, huh?
“Fett, you can teach me to bring down Jedi. You’ve done it often enough.” -Jaina
Jaina goes off to find Boba and ask him to train her to fight Jedi with non-Jedi tactics, believing it to be the only way to have a chance against Jacen in her impending duel with him. He reluctantly agrees, but enjoys humiliating her with a few tricks while training her. Here he is an non-Force sensitive old man, and he is able to beat her in a few fights.
Ben, on the other side of the galaxy from Mandalore, decides to launch a true investigation into his mother’s death, using the training he received earlier in the series as a GAG soldier. He starts at the scene of the crime remembering a fact that he had unconsciously filed away when he found Mara’s body. He calls in some favors, including one from his old GAG mentor, who is now Jacen’s right hand man.
On the war side of the story, we see the return of the Imperial remnant as both the exiled GA and Jacen’s GA try to woo Palleon, former understudy to the late Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Here’s the breakdown.
Revelation sees the return of Palleon and the Empire, and Tahiri Veila, who has been missing from the series until now. I don’t like her new role, though. It seems a bit of a stretch for her to turn so far from the light side for a few more moments with Anakin. Palleon, on the other hand, acted in character and was just as intelligent as you would expect of someone who served under Thrawn.
With the last book, you can see them trying to drag out the story a bit. With this one, you see the dragging end and the story begin to pick up again. It’s not great, but it is a necessary step in the overall arc. A good set up to the finale that is Invincible.
In the end, it is incomplete. What I mean is that, while it is a complete story in itself, it is still a preparatory step for a finale. It leaves you with the knowledge that there is a final showdown soon, just not in this book. Don’t get me wrong, though, it’s a good book.
If you know me, you know that I like the MegaMan series, especially the Battle Network series. Well, Battle Network ended a few years ago with the sixth game in the series. With the DS coming out around the end of Battle Network, Capcom decided to start a new MegaMan series on it based on Battle Network. Thus was created MegaMan Star Force.
It was release in three versions: Leo, Pegasus and Dragon. Each one gives you a slightly different game, but they are all essentially the same. Being a fan of the color green (if you couldn’t tell by my blog layout and website colors), I chose Dragon.
Since I was already a big fan of BN, Star Force was not too hard for me to get into. It’s a bit more sci-fi than BN, being that you don’t jack-in to everyday object, but instead fuse with an Alien being who exists as EM waves, and become MegaMan that way, but it works. Combat is a little different as it is now 3D and from a behind MegaMan perspective, instead of from the side.
One of the bigger improvements is the BrotherBand system which allows you to become “brothers” with up to 6 people (3 NPCs and 3 real people). By becoming brothers, you lend your strength to each other in the form of HP, a randomizer battle card that allows you to use one of your brother’s six favorite battle cards and access to their version of the game’s Star Force. If I have Dragon and become brothers with a Leo and a Pegasus owner, I will be able to use all three Star Forces (transformations similar to style changes from BN2 and 3, soul unisons from BN4 and 5 and crosses from BN6). It is also the only way to get the Giga Cards from the other versions.
As for the story, I found it to be done pretty well. It was a good mix of personal conflict for the main characters and saving the world. You actually can see the Geo (main character) and Omega-Xis (alien that fuses with Geo to become MegaMan) grow and learn. That was something that was rarely done in the BN games.
Overall, I really enjoy this game and look forward to the next two in the series. If you’re a fan of MegaMan, Battle Network or both (or neither), be sure to check this out.
After the Sword trilogy, this is the next series in the Shannara saga. And it’s a good one, too. It’s so good that Brooks couldn’t keep it in just three books! Okay, so maybe that’s exaggerating a bit, but it is a good quadrilogy.
Scions sets the stage for the rest of the story. The Federation has taken over a lot of the Four Lands from the south and they’ve prohibited the use of magic. A descendant of Jair Ohmsford has the wishsong and uses it to tell stories, which attracts the attentions of the Federation’s secret police, the Seekers. Along the way, they are visited by an old mad claiming to be the very man, Cogline, that helped Brin so long ago. He tells them that Allanon’s shade wants them to be at the Hadeshorn soon.
If you’re a fan of fantasy or Shannara or both, this is a great book and an excellent start to the series.
This episode was not quite as exciting as the last four. It was more of a plot development episode than a “Jack’s kicking butt” episode.
Jack and Tony succeed in capturing Motobo and Agent Walker as she arrives on the scene. The FBI office is seeing the first repercussions of Walker’s torture of the witness and the President’s husband finds out that his Secret Service Agent isn’t such a good guy.
Not much really happened in this episode other than that. Oh, and Walker was being buried alive by Tony and Jack. Sucks to be her right now.
So I finally got this back from my friend when he came up a few weeks ago. W00T! I can finally play something besides Brain Age on my DS!
Anyway, this is the newest of the MegaMan series’ and one of the best, in my opinion. I love the mission based gameplay that merges the wandering around aspect of RPGs with the sidescrolling shoot-em-up that has always been MegaMan’s shtick. I have always like MegaMan Zero’s art style and this game just takes it to the next level.
So the story is that you play one of two characters who unintentionally get caught in a fight between the governing company, Slither Inc. and the Guardians, a group who defend the people from Maverick attacks. You become the chosen one of the Model X Biometal, which is obviously MegaMan X from earlier games. Later on, you merge with Model Z (Zero), becoming Model ZX. As you defeat the enemies, you gather more biometals, which resemble the Guardians from the MegaMan Zero games (Fafnir, Phantom, Harupia, Leviathan). Using your newfound power you decide to join the Guardians and stop Slither from awakening Model W (Wily? Weil (who I always associated with Wily)?)
The storytelling is the best I’ve seen in a MegaMan game, including most of the Battle Network Series. It’s a great game. And those who decry it for being too hard, you just don’t appreciate a good challenge. This game is not too hard. I’d say it’s just right.
Han and Leia are hunted. By their own son, no less. The Skywalkers are strained as Luke and Mara suspect Lumiya is behind Jacen’s new path and neither like that he wants Ben to follow him. All the while they are still working behind the scenes with Han and Leia.
This is the first book we really get to see Ben on his own. It’s a good side story that grows Ben’s character a lot. From this book on, Ben really begins to think for himself and not just lean on what Jacen or Luke and Mara tell him. It’s a hard path that starts in a dark place on Ziost, but it’s a necessary one.
Han, Leia, Luke and Mara gather with Wedge, Iella, Corran and Mirax on Booster Terrik’s red star destroyer and discuss what’s going on in the galaxy. They come to the conclusion that someone is manipulating the war for their own ends and instead of focusing on the war, they should focus on finding the manipulator.
There’s a lot more going on, but it’s been a while now since I read it. It’s a good book and fits well as part of the story of the Legacy of the Force series.
Another Dekker novel. This one is a bit different. It follows an assassin that is in the most secretive assassin group in the world training to be used in the field. He’s a sniper who makes shots that most people can’t even dream of.
And he finds that he can alter the path of the bullets after they’ve left the barrel of his rifle. Like some sort of Jedi.
Unfortunately he knows nothing of his past or who he is.
This is one twisted story, but those are the best kind. Definitely a good read for Dekker fans.