Monthly Archives: July 2016

Tallulah #Netflix #Review

Tallulah is a Netflix Original Movie starring Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard and Uzo Aduba.

Tallulah (Page) is a girl living out of her van who starts sneaking around a hotel in New York City to get free food and stumbles upon a drunk mother (Blanchard) with her one-year-old child.

She gets offered a job watching the kid, and with the newfound responsibilities she tries to do right with the kid and takes it as her own (unbeknownst to the mother).

Tallulah tries to have her (ex)boyfriends mother, Margo (Janney), take her in for the night, making her believe she’s the grandmother.
Margo meanwhile is going through her own life crisis’ of divorce and possible eviction from her apartment.

This movie is a nice mix of funny, a girl learning about motherhood, and the drama of living life as a drifter.

Overall it gets an 8 out of 10.

Tallulah Poster

Zoo – James Patterson

I recently read Zoo by James Patterson, randomly picking it up off the shelf at the library, not realizing that it is now a TV show.

The premise is quite simple: The animals of the world are rising up against humans and starting to kill us off.

In the book, it starts out with a lion attack at the Los Angeles Zoo that sends Jackson Oz on a worldwide mission to prove that his long-time theory is correct, of an increase in mammal attacks on humans.
The TV show, airing in the summers on CBS, starts off with Jackson (James Wolk) as a safari guide in Botswana.

His partners in his search include Abe Kenyatta (Nonso Anozie), newspaper reporter Jamie Campbell (Kristen Connolly, House of Cards), scientist Mitch Morgan (Billy Burke, Twilight) and French Intelligence Analyst Chloe Tousignant (Nora Arnezeder, Mozart in the Jungle).

Zoo Cover

The book was really good, and even though the show changed the plot a bit it too is really good.

They both get a 8 out of 10.

Getting More Parking Spaces #FixNYC

There is a former Fine Fare Supermarket near my house, that had allocated to it 4 parking spots just for “No Standing, Trucks Unloading 7AM-7PM”.

But with the store closing 2+ years ago, these spaces, in a semi-commercial neighborhood, were going to waste.
Other stores in the neighborhood were using it for their deliveries, even though their stores had their own “No Standing” spaces…which they then just were using for their own store trucks.

So I wrote an email back in May to Keith Bray, Brooklyn’s Department of Transportation Borough Commissioner, asking them to reassess the situation, and try and get some of our parking spots back.

After a few months I got a response back on Monday:

The Brooklyn Borough Engineering Office completed a field investigation at the above location.  As a result, the signs were removed on July 11, 2016 at this location.

I went past the area yesterday and sure enough the spots have been turned into metered parking!

I’m sure the stores themselves are probably a little upset, but their trucks will just go back to doing what all trucks in New York City seem to do…double park; and the people trying to park in the area just gained four legal parking spots.

The way I see it, it’s a win for the drivers of Brooklyn, already struggling with parking spots.

Why You Need An Unlocked Phone

When you buy a phone through your plans these days, you rarely get a deal anymore. They spread your costs out over 24 months, and in the end you end up with a carrier specific phone until you convince them to unlock it for you.

So why not just buy that unlocked phone to begin with? For starters the phone can be taken to any carrier whenever you want, while not tying you to a specific carrier for 24-months.

Did you know that 87% of smartphone owners will get a new one within the next two years, and 47% of owners will switch carriers.
But 68% of people claim to know what an unlocked phone is…and most of those are wrong in what they know, leading them to shy away from unlocked phones, or think it isn’t for them.

  • 23% think an unlocked phone means it doesn’t need a password to open — FALSE
  • 20% think unlocked phones are more expensive than carrier phones — FALSE
  • 11% think that unlocked phones need to be hacked (or jailbroken) after purchase — FALSE

All those facts, are FALSE.

What’s the Truth?

  • 27% don’t know that unlocked phones can be used on any carrier
  • 76% don’t know that you don’t need a 2-year contract for an unlocked phone
  • 89% don’t know that an unlocked phone can be used overseas

Go buy an unlocked phone the next time you get a new one. And if you don’t know where to start, or don’t want to spend $700+ on a phone, try the brand new Moto G4 line.

<Data in this blog post gotten from Motorola blogs>

Inside Man #Review

I rewatched the now 10-year-old movie Inside Man this weekend, and it holds up to the time test.

Inside Man was directed by Spike Lee and starred Clive Owen and Denzel Washington.

NYPD negotiator Keith Frazier (Washington) is called in for a bank robbery/hostage situation which is being masterminded by Dalton Russell (Owen). Everything has been meticulously thought out, and the ominous threat of hostage killings and the fact that Russell says he will just stroll out the door when it’s all over.
The movie also stars Jodie Foster (as a power broker) and Christopher Plummer (the bank owner).

Funny enough, the music from this movie is so unlike most movies (and when you listen to it makes you expect a Middle Eastern movie), and I instantly associate it with this film.
Chaiyya Chaiyya

If you somehow have shunned this movie until now, it’s gotta be the next one you watch.
A mix of laughs and criminal genius, this movie is a 9 out of 10.

Inside Man Poster

July Songs of the Day #SOTD

Here is the latest installment of Song of the Day.

Lush Life – Zara Larsson

I live my day as if it was the last
Live my day as if there was no past
Doin’ it all night, all summer
Doin’ it the way I wanna

Hell No – Ingrid Michaelson

Am I gonna miss you?
Hell no!
Baby watch me up and go
Mama said that the boys like you
Never work out anyway
My girlfriends say are you gonna be sad
If he calls you up, you gonna take him back?
I said Hell no, oh Hell no!

Final Song – MØ

But when you’re gone the music goes
I lose my rhythm, lose my soul
So hear me out before you say the night is over
I want you to know that we gotta, gotta carry on
So don’t let this be our final song

Hymn For The Weekend – Coldplay feat. Beyonce

Oh, angel sent from up above
You know you make my world light up
When I was down, when I was hurt
You came to lift me up
Life is a drink, and love’s a drug
Oh, now I think I must be miles up
When I was a river, dried up
You came to rain a flood

The Future of MTA Subways

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week the next steps for NYCs MTA Subways, and the future is full of technological advances that were a long time coming.

The problem with how fast technology is advancing, by the time that one thing is implemented, in multi-million-dollar-fashion, it’s time to start working on the new upgrades.
We see this on a smaller level with the cars we buy. You buy the newest model, and the next years suddenly has WiFi enabled, or a backup camera, or self-parking.

Looking at the stations and entryways, they are adding in cleaner/more modern looks, with both the lighting and floors. Neighborhood maps added so that people can find their way around once they get off the trains, more countdown clocks for upcoming trains, both at ground level (before you enter the station) and on the platforms, as well as USB Charging ports dotting the station walls.

MTA Future 1

On the trains themselves, they added new lighting inside and out, wider doors to allow faster entry/exits, and more flip seats, allowing space for tighter packed cars, as well as wheelchair spaces.

But there are two bigger changes.
The first are open gangways between cars. No longer will there be doors and creaky walkways where walking was illegal. The problems I see: While the homeless (and their smell and liquid spills) now will spill over from car to car, instead of being contained.
The other change is the modernization. Most specifically, new digital signage with upcoming stops (current subways have fixed signs, with lights that turn on and off, leaving maps on trains running on the incorrect line than they were built for, completely useless) USB Ports for phone charging, and WiFi. Yup, now the obnoxious people who listen to music out loud without headphones, can access their latest TV shows, all from the comfort of WiFi.

MTA Future 2 MTA Future 3

For all the pictures from the release you can view them here, and for all the info on the announcement, and more new features you can read that HERE.