Thursday, July 20, 2017
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The bottom line is this, friends: If Linkin Park just played Hybrid Theory-like songs this whole time, they'd be bored with them. And so would you as a listener. If you love the record so much,
For the rest of you: keeping rocking, rapping, and ballad-ing on with these dudes - or whatever groups you enjoy. Let's all have a good time and crap open a cold one!
Friday, June 30, 2017
Today I have a new thing to share with you: Amazon Strike - a sweet channel for awesome people (like you!) who like anime. And now for some stuff I couldn't write better myself - because I didn't:
Amazon Strike is the first curated on-demand subscription from Amazon Channels. Available to Prime members in the U.S. for $4.99 per month after a 7-day free trial, Anime Strike includes a deep library of classic and newly released episodes carefully selected and curated by Amazon.
It is on-demand, ad-free, and available to Prime members in the U.S. for $4.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial). It includes a deep library of classic (woo!) and newly released episodes and movies, and you can watch all the stuff on your fancy gadgets!
(Okay, some of that was ad-libbed by me, but now here's more from a smart person):
Anime Strike subscribers will receive a free manga download of volume 1 from the summer's most anticipated anime: Welcome to the Ballroom, courtesy of Kodansha and Comixology.
Also, Anime Strike and Pony Canyon have joined forces to air the first episode the day before it premieres around the world, exclusively on Twitch. The broadcast will kick off July 6 at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET with a special pre-show hosted by Twitch Partner, Dodger (twitch.tv/dexbonus), and the first episode will stream live at 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET on twitch.tv/TwitchPresents. An encore presentation will follow.
Follow Anime Strike on twitter.com/animestrike to stay up-to-date on additional summer title announcements as they happen. And now, another fancy graph so I don't have to type more words (followed by some legal stuff)!
New in July - Available for Streaming & Download on Anime Strike
TV Series Title
Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu
Love & Lies
Altair: A Record of Battles
Vatican Miracle Examiner
Made in Abyss
Welcome to the Ballroom
Hitorijime My Hero
Lights of the Clione
Hell Girl 4
New episodes released Wednesdays
Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul
New episodes released Fridays
New episodes released Saturdays
I'm just in time to almost be late with this, but here is what you can stream on Netflix starting TOMORROW. Woooo!
Albion: The Enchanted Stallion
Are We There Yet?
Are We Done Yet?
Best in Show
Capo “El amo del tunel”: Season 1
Code Name: The Cleaner
Deep Water: Season 1
Disney's The Mighty Ducks (finally!)
El Barco: Season 1
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Will I finally watch this whole movie?)
Hostages (Israel): Season 2
Jackass: Number Two
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Offspring: Season 6 (the band documentary?)
Out of Thin Air
Police Academy (nice!)
Proof of Life
Spawn: The Movie (the security guard from Mondo Burger doin things!)
Spice Up: Season 1
The Truth Is in the Stars
Yours Fatefully: Season 1
The Ultimatum: Season 1
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Longest Yard
The Land Before Time (YES!)
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure (YES! YES!)
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving (YES! YES! YES!)
The Astronaut Farmer
The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo)
The Originals: Season 4
Witnesses: Season 2
World at Your Feet: Season 1
Yes We Can!: Season 1
Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang
El Chema: Season 1
Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story
The Standups: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/thestandups
iZombie: Season 3
Speech & Debate
1 Mile to You (Life At These Speeds)
Castlevania: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL (YYYEEEESSSS!)
Dawn of the Croods: Season 4--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 4--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Luna Petunia: Season 2--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Bad Santa 2 (lol nice)
Gabriel Iglesias Presents The Gentleman Jerry Rocha
Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Chasing Coral--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Friends From College: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/friendsfromcollege
To the Bone--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Rake: Season 4
West Coast Customs: Season 4
A Cowgirl's Story
Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness
Aditi Mittal: Things They Wouldn't Let Me Say--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ari Shaffir: Double Negative: Collection--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 3
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Yeah buddy!)
Pretty Little Liars: New episodes
Last Chance U: Season 2--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/lastchanceu
Ozark: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/ozark
The Worst Witch: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Daughters of Destiny: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Incredible Jessica James--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/theincrediblejessicajames
The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 5--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
After The Reality
Being Mary Jane: The Series: Season 4 -- Date TBD
So much stuff! Do the thing! Woooo!
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
There, I said it.
There has been a lot of talk recently about how to speed up baseball games. Some new rules have helped - a timer between innings, keeping guys in the box during at-bats - but they just don't seem to be enough.
Look, I love baseball. Longtime fans of mine certainly know that. I will defend it against casual fans who complain about it being "boring." Even if those people thought the 2017 NBA Playoffs were "exciting" - you can think what you want, but I don't think we watched the same games. But even I can admit that, sometimes, baseball takes longer than it should. And THE MAN (the union too, I guess) needs to make some moves on it.
Quick aside: I love that they no longer have to throw pitches for an intentional walk (though I think it should only be allowed at the beginning of the AB). Does it save a lot of time? No, but I always hated it. Okay, back to me.
Two "rituals" in baseball that greatly hinder this pace of play deal for me are: guys calling time in the box and pitchers stepping off the rubber. I'm not suggesting the moves be outlawed, as the acts themselves aren't my concern. But their overuse is part of what can make games really drag. And, as a bonus gripe, can we limit pickoff throws? The DH you just pitched around isn't going anywhere with a 5-run lead in the 8th. Calm yourself.
All of these issues can, I think, be solved by adding *dramatic music* a pitch clock. Some may argue that speeding up a player's routine will affect his play. I see the point, but do you know what he'll do up there? He'll do exactly what players have been doing for decades: adjust!
They've adjusted to the mound. They've adjusted with the shift. They've adjusted to caring - and now no longer caring - about winning the All-Star Game. Baseball is as much about routines as it is making adjustments to them. It might take a while, but I'm sure that professional players can get used to finishing their moves in a few minutes (hey now!).
And besides, it's not like players get paid by the hour. If this goes as anticipated and really does shorten games, they'll essentially make more money for less work. And that means more time to crap open cold ones. Everyone wins!
So come on, big wigs, let's do the thing!