Category Archives: General Discussion

Being thrown for a wonderful loop, by “Loop”…

The short film “Loop” is a charming, wonderful 10 minutes. It’s part of the Pixar “SparkShorts” series, on Disney Plus.

I just wanted to take a minute, and recommend that everyone watch the Pixar “SparkShorts” series. If the first film I watched, “Loop,” is any indication, this is going to be a wonderful series.

“Loop” tells an 10 minute story about two kids sharing a canoe, together. One of those kids is non-verbal autistic, only able to communicate through sounds, and the sound played via her phone.

The film is a touching story of emphathy, and understanding the world through someone else’s lens. There’s a power in empathy, and being able to see just how beautiful the world can be, when you really stop and take a look.

I would highly recommend this to anyone, who has Disney Plus. It’s well worth the time.

By the way, stay after the credits. The scene that follows is very touching.

I need a big 2020 out of the Movies Anywhere service!

First off, did you know that DIsney owns Movies Anywhere? Yeap, it was originally called DIsney Movies Anywhere and the purpose of the service was to allow you to have your Disney films anywhere that you could watch films. It connected to various movie retailers (iTunes and Microsoft, for example).

Today, that service is expanded to include movies from various studios. It’s now called Movies Anywhere, and I really enjoy what it brings to the table.

But, damn, if it doesn’t have some things that grind my gears…

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The Friday 5: Marques’ Guilty Pleasures

The Wind-Up:

When I was an MVP for Zune (remember Zune?), I was an advocate for telling people that they shouldn’t ever be ashamed of the music that they listen to. No one should have to lower their head for listening to Nickelback or Taylor Swift or Lady Gaga. Those artists make some good music, and there should be no ridicule for those who get some comfort and enjoyment from their music.

Which leads me to today.

I’m still of the belief that guilty pleasures shouldn’t be guilty. We all have things that get us through our day to day. Whether that’s music, a video game, a YouTube channel, a particular streamer, if it helps you unwind, relax and get through life, more power to you.

So here’s this list. I’m going to freely admit to 5 things that get me through the days and weeks:

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Should it really be hard work to escape working?

Sometimes we are terrible at escaping from our day-to-day.

I’m always amazed when I read articles that talk about how Americans are so hesitant to take days off from work. We’re somehow swallowed up by the idea that escaping from work simply means more work when we return. So we would rather just rely on quick breaks, and lunch hours at Starbucks (or your beverage location of choice) to keep our sanity.

But then we break, we realize that our body needs time to recharge… so we try to use the weekends for that. But then we treat our 48 hours worth of weekend as a 7 day vacation, and return to work on Monday just as tired as when we left.

And I get it. We want to always be current. We never want to feel behind. For some there’s just too much riding on the need for constant relevancy. Yet, we pursue these avenues at the expense of our mental and physical health.

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