Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Path – Hulu #Review

The Path premiered on Hulu yesterday, as Aaron Paul’s new 10-episode season got underway in a Hulu Original.

The premise is simple enough: People are brought into Meyerism after they’ve experienced life changing events, and are lead on a journey down the path and up a metaphorical ladder to gain personal fulfillment.

But the journey through The Path is really slow, and a confusing start to what the Eye may lead to.
As strange and slow as it was, the cliffhanger at the end of Episode 1 was almost the same cliffhanger again at the end of Episode 2…leaving you wanting more while feeling frustrated at the same time.

Based on the first two episodes this show is a 6.5 out of 10.

The Path Poster

Participatory Budgeting NYC

This week is voting in NYC in the participatory budgeting. This allows districts to vote on how best to allocate the funds given to them.

The choices include improvements to public safety, transit, parks, schools and libraries.

You can visit the website HERE to see if your district is participating in the voting and where you can get your ballot.
I went to my local library yesterday to vote, and know that other branches will have it throughout the week, as well as community board location and of course Borough Hall.

Each district, with the money given to it, has different things on their ballots, but I was able to choose five items from a list of 13 that I favored giving money to.
Options included new vehicles for sanitation, auxiliary police, ambulance services; new playgrounds for schools; upgrades to libraries and greenhouses; street repaving and bus countdown clocks.

NYC Participatory Budgeting

 

Supergirl/Flash Crossover Review

Last night was what a lot of nerds would call the long awaited crossover between Supergirl and The Flash.

As a fan of Supergirl, and pretty much anti- the CW superhero shows, I dreaded the episode.
I thought it would be a wasted episode, with no advancement in Kara’s storyline, and I even considered not watching the episode.

But boy am I glad I didn’t follow that instinct.

“World’s Finest” turned into a well done show from Supergirl, with an added element of Barry Allen introducing himself to us after crossing into an alternate Earth that knew nothing of The Blur.

The newly formed duo face off against Livewire and Silver Banshee in a great showdown. This episode is a 9 out of 10.

Melissa Benoist get into character while filming new scenes for her hit show "Supergirl" with special guest Grant Gustin as Flash for the special episode. Calista Flockhart was also seen on set in Los Angeles and was being saved by the 2 heroes as she gets hassled by 2 villains. Featuring: Melissa Benoist, Grant Gustin Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 23 Feb 2016 Credit: Cousart/JFXimages/WENN.com **Not avialable for publication in New Zealand and Australia**

Credit: Cousart/JFXimages/WENN.com

Happy Valley – Season 2 Review

Happy Valley’s Season 2, a Netflix Original from the BBC, came online this weekend.

When last we saw Sergeant Cawood (Sarah Lancashire) she had finally caught Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton) and thought her life was getting back on track.

Season 2 fast forwards about six months, and there is suddenly a murderer/rapist on the loose, and one of his victims was Royce’s mother, making Cawood the main non-suspect.

Meanwhile. Nevison Gallagher has to fire a drunk irresponsible worker, played by Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter’s Neville Longbottom), and his daughter Ann (whose role in Season 1 was that of “victim”) has now joined the police force.

Shirley Henderson joins the cast as Frances Drummond, a fiance of Royce’s, who is silently getting into Cawood’s head, and is a quiet star of the season.

This show retains its rating of an 8 out of 10.

Happy Valley Poster

Season 1’s review can be found HERE.
Link to watch Happy Valley.

Photography Tools Free For All

I try not to do similar themes/posts on back to back days, but this one is too good to pass up.

The Nik Collection is a group of tools from Google to help photographers with nice effects. The collection consists of seven programs which include the abilities to explore how your pictures would look through different lenses, color correction, image sharpening, and HD upgrades.

Nik Logo

Until now this cost $150, but yesterday Google changed it’s price to a big old FREE.

You can download the entire suite HERE.

Chrome App Launcher Retirement – Explained

Google announced this week that they would be retiring their “Chrome App Launcher” on Windows, Mac and Linux, and naturally people who had no idea what this meant, proceeded to freak out that Chrome is leaving their lives.
Relax peoples, Google Chrome isn’t going anywhere.

Chrome Web Store Logo

Chances are these people have never used the Chrome App Launcher. Let’s focus on what that is first:
Google Chrome allows you to put “Add-Ons” into Chrome.
This includes things like games (2048) and productivity apps (Keep, Drive).
When these add-ons are used in Chrome, they simply opened up in a new browser tab.
But with the Chrome App Launcher it would place links to these apps on your desktop, and when opened, they’d launch as standalone programs, kind of like regular Windows/Mac/Linux programs.

So all Google is doing with this move is removing the program quick launches from your computer, and limiting that sort of thing on any operating system other than Chromebooks.
But it doesn’t change the typical Google Chrome workflow in any way, and those who do use these add-ons can still use them within Chrome.

So worry not Google Chrome users, keep using the best browser out there (for now) and maybe start looking into the add-ons?

Some Songs I’ve Got Playing #SOTD

It’s been awhile since a Song of the Day post, so here are some I’m currently listening to:

Stone Cold – Demi Lovato

Stone cold, baby
God knows I tried to feel
Happy for you
Know that I am, even if I
Can’t understand, I’ll take the pain
Give me the truth, me and my heart
We’ll make it through
If happy is her, I’m happy for you


Over My Head – The Fray

I never knew
I never knew that everything was falling through
That everyone I knew was waiting on a cue
To turn and run when all I needed was the truth
But that’s how it’s got to be
It’s coming down to nothing more than apathy
I’d rather run the other way than stay and see
The smoke, and who’s still standing when it clears


Human – Christina Perri

I can fake a smile
I can force a laugh
I can dance and play the part
If that’s what you ask
Give you all I am

I can do it

But I’m only human
And I bleed when I fall down
I’m only human
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
‘Cause I’m only human, yeah
I can turn it on
Be a good machine
I can hold the weight of worlds
If that’s what you need
Be your everything
I can do it
I’ll get through it

Had to repeat this from my last Song Of The Day post:

Love Myself – Hailee Steinfeld

No, I don’t need anybody else