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Because, aviously…

Every wedding has “that table”. The randoms that don’t fit into the other tables. They aren’t cousins, you don’t want to put them with the other eligible singles, or you just don’t have room for them…so you stick them off in the back corner, on Table 19.

Table 19, starring Craig Robinson, Lisa Kudrow, and Anna Kendrick is full of all sorts of characters. Awkward singles, oldest friends, ex-nannies, diner owners, and Walter.
They don’t belong together, but they don’t exactly belong anywhere else either…except likely should’ve stayed away from this wedding.

My sense of smell is my best feature.

The movie is not good, despite the names, and it misses its mark in so many ways. The humor is mostly flat, the storyline a little blah, and it seems like a strange movie to be made.

But at the end of the day, I’ll always love Anna Kendrick (and her whole life), and this movie is the one thing that I enjoyed being disappointed by this weekend.
It gets a 5 out of 10.

Disjointed is a Chuck Lorre creation (Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, etc.) and stars Kathy Bates. The positives end about there with this half-baked idea.

It feels like it was made for regular TV, not Netflix, and with a cheesy laugh track and the typical Marijuana puns, you’d need to drag me back to Netflix to watch more of it.
Oh, and there’s more of it, as Netflix has only released 10 episodes of an ordered 20.

I’m only half Jewish. It’s not as easy as Drake makes it look.

The funnier characters are Jenny and Dank & Debbie. Jenny is an Asian trying to convince her mother she’s better than the boy they’d hoped for while in med school. She’s not in med school. She’s a weed receptionist.
Dank and Debbie may be two of the crazier, atypical high characters, but they are the comedic relief this show desperately needs.

You can’t compare marijuana to meth and crack. That’s like comparing apples to meth and crack.

And lastly, the one bright side comes in the form of Richard Kind but is a classic case of too little too late.

Disjointed is stuck in the weeds, and shouldn’t be watched by anyone, as it barely gets a 3 out of 10.

I am the wild blue yonder.

Former Tick Patrick Warburton produces Amazon’s newest show: The Tick.

Peter Serafinowicz is the new Tick, and while the tick can’t remember a thing of his past, he is going to try his hardest to make sure the future is safe.

You don’t kill people because they call you names. You kill people because it’s fun.

Together with his unwilling sidekick Arthur (played by Griffin Newman) they are facing off against Overkill and the possible return of The Terror, in a city previously filled with superheroes and villans.

It’s an Amazon show, with Amazon connections, such as characters using their Alexa devices, but the coolness of the show ends there.

It took me seven days to watch six 22-minute episodes, and it left you wanting more…more things to make it good. The show crept by like molasses and that isn’t what you want from a binge show.

Other reviews have it higher, but I’m giving it a 4.5 out of 10.

NYC is trying to embrace carsharing, and the way they are approaching it is to make it more easily accessible to people.

Currently, you need to go to a local parking garage or some random location where they have the cars stored, and since you have to walk medium distances to get to them, people are less likely to use them.

The new idea is a 2-year pilot program that will take away parking spaces from the already limited spots on the city streets.
Where Zipcar and Enterprise need you to go round-trip and return the vehicle to the same location, this may open the door more for the “as you need it” companies like Car2Go and ReachNow, that let you park it where you want, within their zones.

The city is giving two spots on the corners of some streets in regular residential/alternate-side parking areas, as well as 10% of parking spots in municipal lots, to be designated as “No Standing” zones, unless you belong to a carshare.

After the two year test run the city will reevaluate if they want to keep the program going or even expand to more areas.

This program is set to launch sometime this Fall.

End of the summer, and while I didn’t have a song of the summer that I threw on repeat, here are some good earworms for your playlists.

What Ifs – Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina

What if I was made for you and you were made for me?
What if this is it, what if it’s meant to be?
What if I ain’t one of them fools just playin’ some game?


Human – Rag’n’Bone Man

Some people got the real problems
Some people out of luck
Some people think I can solve them
Lord heavens above
I’m only human after all
Don’t put the blame on me


Every Little Thing – Carly Pearce

Every little thing
I remember every little thing
The high, the hurt, the shine, the sting
Of every little thing

Guess you forgot what you told me
Because you left my heart on the floor
Baby, your ghost still haunts me


Bad Things – Machine Gun Kelly feat. Camila Cabello

Am I out of my head?
Am I out of my mind?
If you only knew the bad things I like
Don’t think that I can explain it
What can I say, it’s complicated

A few weeks ago, for my birthday, some friends got me the Echo Dot, and while I will hopefully review that at some point, today’s focus is the Alexa’s Flash Briefing feature.

Alexa allows you to put together a list of “Briefings” and when you ask for the flash briefing or a news update it will run through them.

Some of the companies have put together nice little programs, others have taken a seemingly lazy way out, and still others haven’t even attempted to make an Alexa Skill.

Here are what I look for in my briefing, and who I turn to (or don’t) to get it done:

  • Local News:
    • 1010WINS – 1010WINS, the oldest news station in America, brings about updates throughout the day and is the first stop on my Briefing
    • WABC7 – I tried 7Online once…but it was Alexa reading headlines and stories off of the website. I’d rather have an anchor give a one minute update than have her drone through stories.
  • National News:
    • Fox News – Fox updates their briefings just about every hour, bringing the latest in national news
    • Reuters – This came as a standard with the app, and it’s a decent update, but the lowest on my briefing (Aka: I never get to it)
  • Sports:
    • ESPN – Concise and to the point, ESPN gives the top sports stories, complete with Sports Center music
  • Weather: I use the Alexa Weather Skill here, which gives me the days weather
  • Comedy:
    • The Tonight Show – Fallon’s monologue from the night before tops off my Briefing, if I reach that point
  • History:
    • The History Channel – This Day In History – A little tidbit about what’s happened on this day in some random year that no one remembers

 

A year ago I brought you Citymapper the multimodal transit app, which will help you to get around in every way except for in your own car.

But the biggest challenge of any of these apps is “traffic” (when looking at car directions) or delays when dealing with mass transit.

Yet with the number of changes that happen with the MTA on a daily basis, how can any map app hope to keep up with it?

Well Citymapper is going to go the same route that most riders use: Twitter.

They have developed an algorithm to read the @NYCTSubway tweets and route you accordingly.

According to an article by CityLab they have figured out how to weed out what it is the people at MTA are trying to say (regardless how convoluted it sounds), and relay it within the app.

Take a read of the full CityLab article for more information on all this!

Madden 18 came out this morning, and after playing it for a week now with EA Access, I’m going to give it an 8.5 out of 10, same as last year’s edition, since the improvements outweigh the failings.

PRESENTATION

The graphics have been moved to the Frostbite engine this year, and after FIFA’s successful launch last year, it’s no surprise that this game is absolutely beautiful. Every year we talk about how it “couldn’t possibly look more like real life”, and every year they do just enough to make it look even better.

There are still a few glitches and annoyances with the game. For example, I started calling a play and then the booth issued a review. My “Playcall” screen remained overlayed on top of the replay videos and the ref making the call.
They also will pop up “Timeout: Injury” without telling (or showing) you who is injured at times, which leads to heading to the injury report for the necessary information.


GAMEPLAY

The play has picked up from previous years.

  • The running game, which last year was basically stuffed, is more open, and if you read the defense correctly can lead to 7-9 yard rushes when you have the defense playing deep zones.
  • Meanwhile, the passing game has gotten tougher (read: more realistic), where if you start forcing those passes, they will get picked off every single time.
  • The juke/spin moves finally work again. Hitting it at the right moment will free you up and open the field up for good RAC.
  • One struggle on defense has always been when you take a player who is supposed to be in man/zone coverage and you just don’t know how to mark your player. Now they have added in arrows to help you mid-play to keep your coverage as tight as possible.

LONGSHOT

I am a big fan of “Story mode” in games, and sports has always been the one game that has just handed you a season, and said “have fun”.

But last year FIFA unveiled The Journey (which will be continued this year from where you left off in last years’ game) and Madden has thrown its hat into the ring with Longshot.

A Texas kid, former star Quarterback, taking his shot at the combine, after stopping to play football at the start of college.

Every decision you make can take him to new levels or breaks his career and unlike a “Choose Your Own Adventure” you can’t just go back a step when you choose to post that video on Instagram.

You’ll make friends and have foes, play through high school rookie flashbacks, and just joke around with the people around you.

But from Act I, which is all that was allowed to play during the Early Access, it didn’t give me a lot to work with, in terms of wanting more…but it gave me enough to want to buy the game and play through the story.


THE DOWNSIDE

Load times are fairly long, from when you hit “Play Game” until it starts showing the opening sequences. Now this may be due to Frostbite loading up the intense opening package, of the players running on the field and fireworks going off…but FIFA showed shorter times unless that’s just an illusion since FIFA lets you practice while the game loads.

Meanwhile, those pesky booth reviews are just plain awful. I had a play where every single angle showed both feet landing out of bounds, yet somehow they managed to overturn it and rule him inbounds.

Nestled in the lower corner of New York’s Central Park is the Central Park Zoo, the famous setting of the Madagascar movies. It is another WCS zoo with no parking lot (See: Prospect Park Zoo) and accessible mainly by mass transit.

The zoo is split into a few parts, the main typical Zoo and the Tisch Children’s Zoo, both included in admission and a 4D theater.

The zoo features the following areas:

  • Sea Lion Pool
  • Tropic Zone – A nice rainforest transports you out of the NYC landscape into the wilds, as birds walk alongside you as you view Lemurs and Boa’s
  • Temperate Territory – Snow Monkeys in a nice pool area, Red Pandas and Snow Leopards
  • Polar Circle – Four types of Penguins and a Puffin exhibit in this ice house
  • Tisch Children’s Zoo – Goats, llamas, and cows, all within hands reach
  • Grizzly Bears – This pair of bears originally from the Bronx Zoo have a nice enclosure leading up to the Harbor Seals

Brad Paisley and comedy? It seemed like an odd combination, but after watching it I now know that Brad is one funny guy!

Brad covers topics like marriage, relationships, and selfies, and intros the other acts for the night…who while all being professional comedians, weren’t as funny as him.

Brad on Beauty and the Beast: Here’s this girl having relations with this…I don’t know, a buffalo, and just because you put a jacket on it doesn’t make it ok…They should have called it Beauty and the Beastiality. I mean, where I come from, that’s…well, actually, it’s ok. I’m from West Virginia.

  • Nate Bargatze – When I last saw him on The Standups I thought he was an absolute bore, and he did nothing here to change that opinion. Still dry, albeit slightly funnier.
  • John Heffron – Fast paced comedy, talking about his wife and texting.
  • Sara Tiana – Marriage, babies, and cake, she is a little cooky, but better than most of the others.
  • Mike E. Winfield – Funniest of the group, this up-and-comer discusses Lifetime movies and fishing.
  • Jon Reep – Good old country humor about binary code getting it on and whistling.

This comedy special gets just a 6.5 out of 10 because Brad and his guitar can’t carry it on his own.

 

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