Sports · Television

Finally, The NHL’s Winter Classic will come to NYC at Mets’ Citi Field

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The Winter Classic will likely make its New York debut on New Year’s Day 2018, with an outdoor game at Citi Field between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres close to being finalized, two sources confirmed to Newsday on Wednesday. Continue reading “Finally, The NHL’s Winter Classic will come to NYC at Mets’ Citi Field”

Lists · Music · Omnibus

Nine (more) songs that were ahead of their time

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Pop music has been going through a long, continuous drought of protest songs. This dearth of message music goes back the 1980’s. This, not coincidentally, coincides with the advent of hip-hop to the top of the charts. While this is no surprise to millennials, this is counter-intuitive to Gen Xers who grew up on old-school hip-hop and rap, whose roots and early history was almost exclusively built on critical commentary of modern urban life.  Continue reading “Nine (more) songs that were ahead of their time”

Anime · Movies

Jennifer Connelly will be the villain for Alita: Battle Angel

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Jennifer Connelly will play a villain in Alita: Battle Angel, the James Cameron-produced film based on manga “Battle Angel Alita”, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Connelly, known for her roles in films like Labyrinth, Reqiuem for a Dream, and House of Sand and Fog won an Academy Award for her performance in A Beautiful Mind in 2001. Continue reading “Jennifer Connelly will be the villain for Alita: Battle Angel”

Music · Omnibus

The I, Omnibus 2016 music year in review

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Sorry about being two months late. It took me that long to get over the worst year in modern pop music history. There are so many ways and so many times to say, “this year sucked,” so instead I will say, “in 2016, we got what we deserved.” And what we deserved was bland, slow, boring, auto-tuned mumble core, third-rate derivative blues-esque noise, packaged to us as pop music. The worst part is that I just described the alternative-rock scene. Don’t even get me started on the Top 40 crap.  Continue reading “The I, Omnibus 2016 music year in review”

Disney · Omnibus · Trivia

WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 20 (Animal Kingdom, p.s.)

 

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[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 20

DAK: Touring, Plans, Tips, and Strategies and stuff

  1. As always, get to the park an hour early.
  2. The CMs at DAK are the least “magical.” So don’t expect anyone to be nice unless they are the animal experts throughout the trails or at Conservation Station.
  3. There are fewer attractions at DAK, so expect more crowding. People tend to leave here at 2 – 3 PM, so once they do, try the crowded attractions. Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 20 (Animal Kingdom, p.s.)”
Disney · Omnibus · Trivia

WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 19 (Animal Kingdom, pt ii)

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[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) or { } are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, e.g.: prices, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 19

Animal Kingdom, pt II

ASIA

You can get here by: A) Crossing the bridge from Discovery Island; B) Taking the path from Africa; or C) Hiking around Dinoland USA.The architecture is themed as the ruins of India, Thailand, Indonesia, and Nepal as the fictional village of Anandapur. The village is very well themed, and has lots of slight nods to the Asian nations not represented in Epcot’s World Showcase. You will find yourself checking out the not-so-common nations. With lush vegetation and broken down pathways you can follow the Chakranadi River and check out the giant Mount Everest, which holds the now most-popular ride in DAK. But first… Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 19 (Animal Kingdom, pt ii)”

Lists · Omnibus · Power Rankings

The I, Omnibus Chicken Wings Power Rankings – November, 2016 edition

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“You used to say, ‘Live and let live.’”
Paul McCartney and Wings – “Live and Let Die”

Up until recently, I was a big aficionado of chicken wings. It was my favorite finger food. But technically, I preferred drumsticks over the wings. I found it easier to chew the meat from one bone rather than the two wing bones. And anyone that has ever seen me eat chicken wings are simultaneously impressed and repulsed by the fact that I leave no meat behind on the bones.

My appetite for this appetizer has been curbed by the advent of the boneless variety of chicken. Not only do you receive larger portions, but it is usually cheaper than their bone-in brethren. Not to mention that I now do care that the handi-wipes do not entirely remove the smell of buffalo/barbecue/teriyaki sauce from my fingers.

I suppose I am not alone in my exodus: there are many restaurants that do not serve chicken wings on their menus, but do provide boneless chicken, some under the guide of nuggets, or popcorn chicken. (Chicken tenders are a completely different item ; they are closer in size to a patty than a wing. The most surprising is that the majority of these examples are the fast-food franchises that specialize in chicken (e.g.: Chick-Fil-A, Popeye’s).  Continue reading “The I, Omnibus Chicken Wings Power Rankings – November, 2016 edition”

Disney · Omnibus · Trivia

WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 18 (Animal Kingdom, pt i)

Disney's Animal Kingdom

[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) or { } are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, e.g.: prices, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 18

Animal Kingdom, pt I

So WDW went through a lot of changes in 1998-1999. Many [be]loved attractions had closed as well as a whole bunch of new amazing attractions (such as Tower of Terror& Rock n Roller Coaster) opened. But the biggest change was the addition of Disney’s newest park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom (DAK). About FIVE TIMES the size of Magic Kingdom, DAK combines zoological exhibits with rides, shows, and of course, live entertainment. Broken up into 7 different areas, the park was marketed as the “environmentally friendly park” — with this theme in mind, DAK opened April 22nd, 1998 – Earth Day. Animal Kingdom is so incredibly different from the other parks in Florida with its exotic settings and stunningly beautiful scenery. It is populated with over 1,000 animals, replicas of Africa’s and Asia’s most intriguing architecture, and a diverse array of original attractions. Even though its size is enormous, it does have a minimal number of attractions, being it is the newest park. — By the way, many were angry that they built this new park [because they argued that] MGM needed much more work and more attractions.    Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 18 (Animal Kingdom, pt i)”