Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening today, May 31st, 2019 at the Disneyland Resort. I’ve been fortunate to already experience the immersive land. It’s really a unique experience that has so much to offer. While the Rise of the Resistance attraction is opening later this year, Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run opens today.

For a kid who grew up with Star Wars films and action figures, it’s really a childhood dream come true. Even these many years later there is still something to enjoy about a galaxy far far away.

The design, food, drink, characters, and story all come together in an interesting and though provoking way.

It does feel like the next step forward in theme park experiences.

Check it out when you can. You have to experience it for yourselves.

And May the Force the with you.

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AFV

Take a simple concept and run with it. America’s Funniest Home Videos has been on the air since 1989 and is still going. This simple concept, of showing funny videos still makes us chuckle. In fact, with so much going on in the world it almost feels therapeutic.

Now just sit back, relax, and laugh.

The Gap – Ira Glass

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This is one of the clearest expressions I have seen regarding what it is like to create something.

From Ira Glass:

Nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish somebody had told this to me — is that all of us who do creative work … we get into it because we have good taste. But it’s like there’s a gap, that for the first couple years that you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t so good, OK? It’s not that great. It’s really not that great. It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but it’s not quite that good. But your taste — the thing that got you into the game — your taste is still killer, and your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you, you know what I mean?

A lot of people never get past that phase. A lot of people at that point, they quit. And the thing I would just like say to you with all my heart is that most everybody I know who does interesting creative work, they went through a phase of yearswhere they had really good taste and they could tell what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be — they knew it fell short, it didn’t have the special thing that we wanted it to have.

And the thing I would say to you is everybody goes through that. And for you to go through it, if you’re going through it right now, if you’re just getting out of that phase — you gotta know it’s totally normal.

And the most important possible thing you can do is do a lot of work — do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week, or every month, you know you’re going to finish one story. Because it’s only by actually going through a volume of work that you are actually going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions. It takes a while, it’s gonna take you a while — it’s normal to take a while. And you just have to fight your way through that, okay?

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iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

 

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Just recently was given both the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. And wow. Love them both.

The iPad Pro is slim and so easy to travel with. I’ve got the keyboard that doubles as the case and pencil holder.

The Apple Pencil is totally addictive. Easy to use, take notes, draw, or just scroll. It all feels so user friendly. They are probably the best on the go tech items I’ve ever had.

Just at the very beginning of discovering what they are both capable of, but it’s been so awesome.

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Glow

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Glow is a new Netflix Series about Female Wrestling. It’s hard for me to put my finger on why I enjoy this series. Maybe it’s the 80’s throwback costumes, music, and culture. Maybe it’s the ragtag group of actresses who come together in the story to create this new world of women’s wrestling. Surely, it is the underdog story, the misfits finding their place, with tongues in cheeks.

I find it entertaining and pretty fully realized. I’m surprised at my own reactions, similar to the character’s reactions to the concept of females staging fighting with each other. Check it out. Form your own opinion.

I’ll see you in the ring.

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Pac-Man Connect and Play

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Clearly nostalgia has hit. At least it has hit me.

Pac-Man Connect and Play is the newest way to play the oldest classic video games. This device allows you connect to your TV. So simple.

It has a total of 12 games you can play: Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Pac & Pal, Pac-Man Plus, Pac-Man 256, Mappy, Rally-X, Bosconian, Xevious, DigDug, Galaga, Galaxian.

It’s also only about $20.

Perfect for that last minute holiday gift.

Now, where is Ms. Pac-Man?

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Roulette

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On my most recent trip to Las Vegas I discovered Roulette for the first time.

And I won! (Just a little, but I did double my money!)

Of course it is clearly a game of luck and chance. The odds of a single number win are 35:1. And that’s what I did. Perhaps to never win like that again.

What I liked about it was the ability to randomly choose different betting scenarios. You get your own colored set of chips and can place them anywhere as long as your minimum is reached either insdie the grid or outside.

Here is the basic premise from Roulette30.com: The rules state that players are supposed to place their bets before the ball starts dropping, but it is possible to wager when the wheel is in motion. The dealer is the one who calls the end of the betting phase, and once the ball stops in its final resting place, the winners are paid and a new round begins

Source: http://www.roulette30.com/2014/04/how-to-play-roulette-beginners-guide.html

For someone who doesn’t enjoy all the pressure that comes with BlackJack or Poker, this provides a random, less pressure, fun option.

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