Monthly Archives: October 2015

Corning Museum of Glass – #AvisTravels

The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY was the next stop in my recent travels.

Corning Glass Bus

The museum is open 361 days a year, and features lots of great pieces of glass.

Glass BirdGlass Birdcage

I actually thought it would be a boring place, and that it would be a quick stop (although they recommend three-hours)…I was there just about all three.

They have a wide variety of glass throughout the ages, and from all over the world.

You can also watch demonstrations of all sorts, including Flameworking and Glassbreaking Demos. This is a monkey I watched made using Flameworking:
Flameworking Corning Monkey

One can also make their own glass, or design on already made materials, using methods such as sandblasting (available same day) or other glass products like frames, nightlights, and sculptures, which can be picked up next day or shipped to your house.

I also made a stop in the gift shop…which was very dangerous, and I had multiple trips to the cashier. Whoops!

NYCFC vs. New England Revolution – #AvisTravels

My recent trip started off at Yankee Stadium for the season finale of NYCFC. Unfortunately the playoffs were already out of reach, and the team showed exactly why they didn’t belong there, as they looked sloppy all over the place.

Yankee Stadium Classy

Before the game started there were some parachuters who flew into the stadium…or slightly missed it in the case of one of them.Ā Parachuter Landing

They gave up a goal in the first few minutes and it was all downhill from there. There were a few close plays, such as Frank Lampard ringing one off the crossbar, or a nice offensive run.

I also managed to get on the big screen before the game šŸ˜‰Yankee Stadium Me On Screen

Overall it was another fun experience, and I am gladly signed on for another year as a season ticket holder. On that note, if anyone wants tickets next year, you know how to get in touch with me!

On The Road

#AvisTravels will be on the road for the next few days, and won’t have any fresh posts…

But stay tuned for when I get back, with fresh material and hopefully some good road trip stories!

Storyteller by @Carrieunderwood – Review

Carrie Underwood released her fifth album today, andĀ Storyteller Ā is exactly what you’d expect it to be…Vintage Carrie pushing out another album that will hit the top of the charts.

Carrie Underwood Storyteller

Ranging from songs about college students and moms needing a smoke, Carrie reaches out properly to her target audience: Everyone.

While not grabbing the crowd with catchy Pop songs, like T-Swift might, her powerful vocals come across on almost every song, just like they did when she won the 4th season of American Idol 10-years ago.

All the Ajax in the world ain’t gonna clean your dirty laundry.

Carrie will please her usual audience, but is unlikely to grab new listeners with this album.
Overall it’s anĀ 8 out of 10.

The End Of Traffic Accidents?

As driverless cars start to take over the streets in the next few years, are we going to approach the end of traffic accidents?

If every car is making calculated moves, and communicating to the cars around them (such as for lane changes and the likes), there is no reason two cars should ever touch each other.

It’ll come down to human error if they take over the wheel, and of course bugs in the system to be worked out, but even if accidents were to happen, having the cars be computerized will let the police know right away which car was at fault, and it’ll also clear up congestion, as rubber necking wouldn’t happen (cars themselves won’t stop to look) and merging would be more seamless as the cars would alternate on their own.

I know many people are scared of a robotic future, but I await it with open arms, let Skynet and USR do their thing, as the future holds some awesome stuff.

Supergirl Preview

Supermans’ cousin is flying onto your screens on Monday, and it’s going to be out of this world.

The story of Kara Danvers, aka Kara Zor-El, begins similarly to Clark Kent’s Kal-El, on a spaceship sent from their home planet of Krypton shortly before it exploded, but with him out and about, she’s never had to use her powers.

That all changes when her adoptive sisters plane starts to go down and she swoops in to save the day, slowly revealing herself to coworkers and friends while working at the (shockingly) local paper.

I embraced who I am and I don’t want to stop.

Melissa Benoist plays Kara, and does an outstanding job in a coming-of-age style show, with Supergirl rediscovering her powers, her way, and the dangers in the world of a superhero.

Melissa Benoist Supergirl

In a time where TV is overloaded with super hero shows (Flash, Arrow, etc.) including lots of really amazing ones (Gotham, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) this show will do really well at standing out.

RatingĀ 9.5 out of 10Ā – THIS RATING IS JUST FOR THE PILOT EPISODE.

Twitter Highlights and Insights

Facebook in their ever growing attempts to tell us what we like, continues to push on our Newsfeeds the “Most Popular” posts, as determined by their algorithms and deep crawling spiders.
Yet while doing this they continue to bury new/fresh posts that people are putting out there.

On the flip side, Twitter is doing it right.
When I log in to the Mobile App on my phone, I experience Twitter how it is meant to be: A flowing timeline of what is being posted, in chronological order, most recent right at the top.

And when I haven’t logged in in more than a few hours, they throw a “Things You May Have Missed” at me, with four or five short tweets (as all Tweets currently, thankfully, are) of more popular posts, based on insights on the Tweets.

Speaking of insights, you are able to easily see activity on any Tweet you’ve put out there. From info such as “Impressions” (times people saw the tweet) and “Engagements” (interactions with the Tweet), which include profile clicks.