Monthly Archives: October 2014

Postagram

A few weeks (months?) ago I wanted to send someone a custom postcard, with my own picture and writing on it.

I looked into my options, as a postcard must be specific sizing, and wanted to go with Walgreens.

Walgreens was going to charge me .39 a piece to print…but I couldn’t pick it up from a store. I would have to have it shipped to me…in other words, they would put my postcard in an envelope, and I’d pay shipping on that, and then pay shipping again to send the postcard. And if I sent the package directly, they’d get an envelope with a postcard, instead of a postcard….

So I went looking around, and found a decent app called Postagram. I say decent, because it crashes all the time, but it gets the job done!

For .99 they print and ship my postcard, with my own picture and 140 characters of text, and it’s there just a couple of days later.

So the Walgreens would’ve costed me .39 for printing + XX for shipping + .34 to mail it…so you gotta figure that is around the same .99 total (if not more with Walgreens shipping charges…), and I’d have to deal with it twice.

Now thanks to Postagram, I see something, take the picture, and seconds later I don’t have to think about it anymore.

And just like that I am slowly funding USPS’s deficit.

In Which I speak at an Al Tanger Memorial @BCHillel

A few months ago I wrote about the death of broadcasting great Al Tanger.

And last week Thursday, the Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College (of which I’m on the Board of Directors for) honored the man who put his name on the building.

In what turned out to be a great little event, attended by many students, a few people spoke about their experiences with the late Mr. Tanger. I was also asked to speak at this event, just about my experiences at the Hillel, and I threw in a few connections that I had with him.

Of course being the third (fourth?) speaker at an event like this, means that everyone before you has already said a lot of what you will…but that’s what improvising is for! And lucky I was able to think quickly and keep it semi-coherent.

This is the script of what I wrote for the speech…of course it changed from what I actually said, but the main points toward the end all stayed. <SPEECH LINK>

It was also really nice that two of Al’s children and one grandchild came to our event (most of them live in the Boston area), the latter of which spoke briefly to the group of us there.

Al Tanger Speech Pic

X-Men: Days of Future Past – Review

Finally saw this movie over the weekend, and there is only one word to describe it correctly: INTENSE.

While X-Men: First Class ranked up there in X-Men movies, this one topped it, and in my opinion is one of the best X-Men movies that have been made to date.

With all the favorite X-Men, the list is just great in one’s that appear in this movie…but I’ll still name some of them 🙂 (and I’m biased towards Raven/Mystique (blame that on Jennifer Lawrence)) Wolverine, Xavier, Raven, Storm, Beast, Rogue, Iceman, Quicksilver, Blink, among others of course!

Peter Dinklage in the role of Dr. Trask is great, and J-Law’s Raven took her to a superb whole new level in this trilogy.

For those that have watched past instances of this series, but have yet to see this one…don’t wait! And those that have yet to start the series…well, watch them in the order that they came out, and when you get up to this one, you certainly won’t regret it.

As the movie says:

The future is never truly set.

With that being said…I can’t wait for the 2016 release of X-Men: Apocalypse.

Overall rating: 9.5 out of 10.

xmen-days-of-future-past

NBA Live 15 – Review

EA Sports, puts out their newest NBA Game today, and thanks to EA Access, I had some time with the game over the weekend.

As is the theme in this years games from EA, Presentation is Top Notch.

Teaming up with the NBA on ESPN, the graphics package is superb, with half-time and end-game reports that will remind you of Sports Center, and gives users the best experience you can get.

Gameplay is like one would expect from an NBA game, with no significant issues that I noticed.

I never rate NBA games high, as I feel that they get stale really fast (even the NBA agrees (considering they want to shorten game times)), and this EA launch gets a 7 out of 10.

nba live 15 cover

NHL 15 Review Update and NBA 15

I made a major update to my NHL 15 review from EA (after playing it for a significant time), including a huge jump in its rating (6.5 to 8.5).

Check out the full review here.

Also, stay tuned tomorrow morning for a release day review of EA’s NBA Live 15!

1989 #Review

The much hyped about Taylor Swift album, 1989, is now out, and so is the ever numerous reviews.

As usual Taylor reaches in and pulls out songs and lyrics from the heart, and it comes across wonderfully.

I’m a nightmare dressed like a dream.

As a New Yorker, I am impartial to songs like “Welcome to New York”, where she is prone to tell us that New York…

It’s been waiting for you

She wishes for a hit album,  calling it “Pop”, but with the simple definition of “Popular”, some would say that her music has been Pop for a while already. And with a successful pre-order/launch, sales numbers are already high.

In a year where the Frozen soundtrack is the best selling album so far, and nothing has eclipsed the 1-million sales mark, Swifts’ new album can make a huge dent on the market.

I wish we could go back
And remember what we were fighting for
I wish you knew that I miss you too much to be mad anymore.

Overall: 8.5 out of 10.

1989 cover

Terrorist Attack in NYC? #Overshadowed

With all the Ebola news coming out of New York City yesterday, as the first case here took center stage.

But the real story to come out of NYC, the one that got pushed off the front page, is the possible terrorist attack in Queens.

Zale Thompson, as identified by police sources, went up to a group of 4 rookie NYPD officers, and slashed at them with an ax, hitting one cop in the arm, and another in the head. Cops then shot and killed the suspect, ending his hack attack.

Watching video from post-attack, I can say there was significant blood on the scene, as the police officer was taken away.

Thompson is an ex-Navy, who had been discharged for misconduct.

While they have yet to conclude that his attack was terror related, as opposed to a man acting on his own accord, it isn’t good when even the cops are getting randomly attacked.

Let’s hope that we can slowly reign in all the crazies and extremist that wander this country.