Monthly Archives: September 2014

Fall TV Shows

Now that the Fall TV season is fully underway, I’ve made a list of the shows I watch, so you can know what spoiler alerts may or may not appear in my Tweets/Posts/Reviews/Thoughts.

Sunday

FOX – Family Guy

FOX – Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Monday

CBS – 2 Broke Girls

CBS – Big Bang Theory (moving to Thursdays in November)

FOX – Gotham

Tuesday

ABC – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

CBS – Person of Interest

FOX – New Girl

FOX – Mindy Project

Wednesday

ABC – The Middle

FOX – Hell’s Kitchen

FOX – Red Band Society

Thursday

NBC – Parks & Rec (January)

NBC – A to Z

Friday

CBS – The Amazing Race

Saturday

NBC – Saturday Night Live

 

If I’m not mistaken, this may be one of my lightest watch loads in years…thank God for that 🙂

Thank You Derek Jeter – #Re2pect #FarewellCaptain

Yesterday Derek Jeter stepped off the field one last time. Some people are calling him the greatest Yankee ever, while others are arguing that some of the older players (Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle) would rank ahead of him.

But one thing is certain. For anyone younger than around 40 years old, Derek Jeter is the man who helped bring Championships to the New York Yankees.

With his career now over, let’s take a look at what he brought to this team, and to the league:

  • 5-Time World Series Winner (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009)
  • 2000 World Series MVP
  • 1996 Rookie Of The Year
  • 5 Gold Gloves
  • 5 Silver Sluggers
  • 14 Time All-Star
  • 6th All-time in Hits
  • 9th All-time in Runs
    And most importantly:
  • The Captain

Yes, he was never the strongest Yankee in any specific year…someone almost always hit more (or better) than him (except when he lead the league of course), but he was consistent.

And his consistency is why we came to love him, and why the league gave him the farewell it did. When the game was on the line, there is no other player you’d rather have at the plate, then Derek Jeter.

And Thursday night, in his final game at The House That Jeter Built, in his final game as the Shortstop for The Yanks, Derek came up in the bottom of the 9th, and knocked in the winning run, with his signature hit to right field. Add that to a great list of moments in his career, moments including (in no particular order):

  • The Flip
  • The Dive
  • Jeffrey Maier
  • Hitting a Homerun for Hit #3000
  • Being named The Captain
  • Earning the title Mr. November
  • Becoming the All-Time Hits leader for the Yankees

So thank you Derek Jeter for allowing me to see my baseball team win 5 championships. Others may hate all they want, but no other baseball team has had that success in my lifetime, and I am proud to be a Yankees fan.

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Happy New Year 5775

Happy Jewish New Year to all my Jewish readers, and to those of you who aren’t but want to be included!

Let’s hope that this upcoming year is full of good things, and everything that you wish for!

 

Gotham – Reviewed

In a show that lasted for what felt like more than an hour, Gotham started off with a great big bang. Loaded with fresh characters and new info in the ever elusive story revolving around the killings of the great Wayne’s and inevitable rise of Batman.

Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) is as slimy as her name. Cat women is just like a cat…always lurking and always watching. And Penguin, well his story on his rise to evilness is just beginning, and no one will stand in his way (limping joke), as Season 1 is said to focus on his story in particular. And the Riddler’s little appearance just begs for questions about when we will see more of him.

And Det. Gordon, as your main character in this series, is a great focal point, as we start to uncover truths about his girlfriend Barbara Kean (who we seem to know more about then he does).

Oh, and was that girl “Ivy” a glimpse at a young Poison Ivy?

So many characters…so many characters to explore…and so many potential seasons just waiting to be written.

Solid show, 8 out of 10, and I will be back for more next week! (BTW, that is a LOT of blood for an 8PM show…)

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How Mayor de Blasio Will Slowly Bankrupt This City – Free Stuff Edition

So New York City is going to be giving out “Municipal ID cards”, which is supposed to help New Yorkers’ “regardless of immigration status, to get a government-issued photo identification card from the City” (LINK).

Now while this seems like a great idea…is it really? If you are undocumented, should you be getting the same status that I have?

And does this mean you are now going to be paying taxes, just like everyone else?

But now the icing on the cake: The ID cards will get you “Free membership packages at many of the city’s attractions”.

Let’s take a look at the benefits that these ‘undocumented’s will be getting:

Memberships to:

  • Lincoln Center
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Bronx Zoo
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center

And yes, you can argue that I can sign up for the card as well, and even so, my argument remains the same, while it is super-nice to give free things to New Yorkers while tourists’ still have to pay, the city suddenly taking on these extra costs is completely unnecessary at this point in time.

Let’s just hope that our next mayor will be able to pull us back out of this mess.

New Phone Thoughts – Yours!

For the first time just about ever, I will be eligible for an upgrade. This is possible because in the past I have bought phones at full price when an old phone broke, or someone else used my upgrade on a family plan.

Now that I am on my own plan, after migrating off that family plan 10 months ago, I am finally eligible for an upgrade! So while I am very much in love with Motorola Androids, I am open to suggestions, and reasons why other phones may be better for me.

We can start off by saying that I will NOT by buying an iPhone or any iOS product, even though I already own all the apps for it.

Android is my operating system of choice, but any thoughts on Windows Mobile would be appreciated.

As for the phone…here are the options as far as I can tell:

  • Moto X (2nd Gen.) (Android) – I have the 1st Gen. and it is one of the best phones I’ve owned. Battery life is incredible, and the phone runs just as fast as Day 1, regardless how many apps I have on it (or am running at the same time), or upgrades the phone has gone through.
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 (Android) – Based on things that Samsung pushes as “Features” – Dust and Water Resistant, Finger Scanner, Adapt Display
  • LG G3 (Android)
  • HTC One (M8) for Windows
  • Nokia Lumia Icon (Windows) – 4 Microphones, 20MP Camera,

Now while I am interested in owning a Windows phone at some point…and that Lumia looks really good…I did just get an Android smartwatch that I am attached to at the moment, so I am not inclined to switch away from.

I am leaning towards the Moto X, but if someone can make a solid argument for another Android phone, please do!

EA Access Review – @EAAccess

EA Access is the new subscription-based service being offered by Electronic Arts.

While originally going to be offered on all next-gen gaming systems, Sony turned down the offer, leaving it as a Microsoft exclusive service for now.

For only $5 a month, or $30 for the year, this service is a no-brainer for any gamer.

Access gives players a chance to try out new games up to 5-days early, and then gives off 10% when you actually buy the game (if you choose to). Which in reality, offsets the price of the service for the year.

Even better, Access has a library of games for you to download from. These games are the FULL VERSIONS of the game, and once a game has entered the library, it’ll be there forever. So with only a few games there now (more on that in a second), it will be an ever expanding service.

The games offered in the library aren’t the newest games, but to most gamers that really shouldn’t matter.

  • Sports – Madden 25, FIFA 14 are among the starting games in the library. Sure, they are last years versions of sporting games, but for some users (Read: Me) who don’t care about soccer rosters, but enjoy playing the game once in a while, it’s great to have access to
  • Battlefield 4 – What’s that? It came out in 2013? Did you play it yet? I know I didn’t. So when my First-Person shooter yearly fix comes around (usually about 2 weeks before a new Call Of Duty comes out) I’ll get to play through this game.
  • Need For Speed: Rivals – Similar to Battlefield, there are times I just want to sit back and race. But I’ll go out and buy a racing game, play it for a week or two, and then be done with. Cars to me just get boring after a while…I don’t care about unlocking the most expensive McLaren out there. And any N4S is the newest N4S as far as I care.

This really is a great deal, for an extraordinary price. Rating for this service is a solid 10 out of 10.

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