Monthly Archives: April 2015

Article I Wrote

Here is an article I wrote in last weeks “Kingsman”, a Brooklyn College newspaper.

http://thekingsmanpaper.com/the-rangers-remarkable-playoff-run/

Should be another link coming shortly!

UPDATE:

And here it is: http://thekingsmanpaper.com/a-tale-of-two-teams/

Jet Li Makes An Appearance @Jet #Jetbot

Last week the company Jet ran a Facebook campaign, to help name their “Jet Bot”, the “mascot” of the company. I of course went with Jet Li, and won one of their bots.

For those that aren’t aware of Jet, they are a “shopping club” who is slowly rolling open this Spring. Details can be found on their site.

Jet Box

I received the box earlier this week and found a nice personalized hand-written note inside the box.

Jet Note

Dear Avi,

Today you are receiving a new addition to your family. We fully expect that your new found relationship with Jet Li will bring you a level of happiness beyond anything you’ve ever experienced before.

It’s extremely important to follow these directions:
1. Remove from box
2. Assemble into shape
3. Introduce yourself
4. Feed 3X daily (favorite meal is fuel)
5. Take for walks (preferably during sunset)
6. Tuck into bed by 10PM (favorite bedtime story is “Goodnight Moon”)

We trust Jet Li is in good hands and we’re going to miss him dearly. Please feel free to post some of his special moments on Instagram using #Jetbot so we can repost his travels.

With love,

Jet

Within the big box was a smaller box, or a cube, which contained my yet to be configured bot.

Jet Cube

I unpacked and unfurled, twisted and turned, and I present to you Mr. Jet Li:

Jet Box - Jet Li

And no Jet is complete without a Reacher book.

Video Games & The Downfall of First Person Shooters

When I first started playing video games many years ago the discussions was always “Medal of Honor” or “Call of Duty”.

I was always favoring Call of Duty (CoD) because of the screen layouts, as well as the game play.

But with every series starting with WWII and the invading of Normandy on D-Day all games started to get repetitive. CoD finally branched out and after a few games of WWII went along to modern day moving to Afghanistan and other modern wars.

These games also branched into Vietnam and the Viet Cong as well as the Cold Wars.

And then they went futuristic. Drones, remote-controlled units, and all sorts of other “imagination” weapons being brought to life.

Now this is all well and good. But it turns these “Historical Warfare” games into “Science Fiction”. And science fiction games are ones that I avoid. I don’t do zombies, I don’t do “Terminators”, I don’t do “Halo”, I just don’t do those games. I don’t enjoy them.
One of those that people will fight for is “Halo”. But let’s be honest, if I shoot a guy in the head from two feet away, he should go down, at least injured. In Halo those shots will have zero effect, but snipe him in the leg from across the map and they are dead.

I want the old fashioned rifles back. I want WWI and WWII back. Or I may just have to go with Star Wars. (Yes, I know that that’s Sci-Fi, but it’s a legend!)

Reviewing My Reviews

A lot of my posts have been about reviews. Whether it has been about TV Shows, Movies, or Books most of them seem to have positive reviews, rating in the 9’s.

Now this may seem odd, or like I over value everything, but really it’s the exact opposite.

If I don’t like something, I’m not going to finish it. Whether it’s a book or a TV show, if it isn’t worth my time and effort, then it won’t be put into it. And if I haven’t put the full effort into something then I am not going to rate it.

This blog as a whole gets an 8 out of 10, because let’s be honest, I have really lame posts sometimes.

Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser

My cousin is hosting a fundraiser this Thursday, April 30th in honor of her younger sister.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. (http://www.cff.org/AboutCF/)

All proceeds from the event will be going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and if you’d like to give money without going you can DONATE HERE.

 

EVENT DETAILS

When: Thursday, April 30 – 8:30PM – 11:30PM
Where: Butterfield 8 NYC (5 East 38th St B/W 5th & Madison, New York, New York 10016)
Admission: $40 – Unlimited drinks wristband

The Facebook event can be found HERE.

 EVENT DETAILS FROM THE FACEBOOK EVENT:

COME JOIN the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in “ADDING TOMORROWS” to all those battling Cystic Fibrosis, in honor of my sister, Hudi.

I will be hosting a fundraiser event at Butterfield 8 NYC on Thursday, April 30th to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. There will be a live DJ, raffles, and $40 unlimited drinks wristbands. 100% OF ALL PROCEEDS go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.

Always Be Yourself

Some people hide behind computers and say things they don’t mean. Other people will write things out that they wouldn’t have the guts to say in person. While even more people censor what some people see, and show others their true side.

With social media you have to choose which person people see. Your Tweets or Facebook posts are instantly out there for people to see and judge.

The simplest solution of course is: Always be yourself. Don’t say things you don’t mean or won’t stand behind. If you honestly stand behind everything you say and do, you’ll never have to apologize for anything, but rather will stand up for things you believe in.

Another mistake that people make is “Deleting a post” after it comes under fire.
The way I see it, all that does is make you look guilty and weak. If you posted it in a sane and sober mindset, then what’s the issue? Other people don’t like it? Well too bad for them. This is America and the first rule that our government made was:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

My main point is this: Don’t say things to someone in private that you wouldn’t stand up behind in public.

Oh and let’s just be clear: You have these freedoms on PUBLIC property. Go into a private space or someone else’s property, and they have a right to censor you as they see fit.
Yes, that includes this blog and comments on it, or anything else I write and choose to censor.

Paper Towns by John Green – Review

I recently read Paper Towns by John Green which is set to come out in theaters this July.
I chose this book after watching and reading The Fault In Our Stars and enjoying them both.

The story is about a missing girl (Margo Roth Spiegelman) and her friends following clues to try and figure out where she went.

She felt empty. She felt the unscaleable wall surrounding her.

While her life had seemed perfect, she shows the flaws in those around her as she pranks them on her last night in town with her childhood friend, and neighbor, Q (Quentin Jacobsen).

It is so hard to leave— until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.

From posters hanging on window shades to strange pin marks in the walls the clues are strange, and sometimes as deep as Walt Whitman poems, but Q won’t give up on finding love and a girlfriend.

““Forever is composed of nows,” she says. I have nothing to say to that; I am just chewing through it when Margo says, “Emily Dickinson. Like I said, I’m doing a lot of reading.”

paper towns

And quite possibly the best quote from the book is:

I’m not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is.

This book is a 9 out of 10.