Archive for September, 2014

→ Gail Simone Brings Back Secret Six

I am so pumped to have a Gail Simone Secret Six book back. Of course, I still have fears that DC’s editorial department is going to make it impossible for her to write the book she would want to write.

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→ FastPass+ Replacements Should Yours Be Canceled

Josh from EasyWDW was some good information as to what the “fall back” Fastpass+ reservations are for certain attractions. This is good information to keep in mind when you’re 60 days out and looking to book.

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→ LEGOLAND Florida gets into the character meet and greet business

This should surprise absolutely no one.

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→ Dan Wetzel on the Horrific new Ray Rice Video

We’re a few weeks from the NFL throwing pink on all its uniforms in an effort to tell women how much it cares about them – and, of course, making money off the deal while kicking a few bucks to cancer research.

I would not be surprised if this costs Ray Rice his career and Roger Goodell his job. How could the NFL give out a 2 game suspension for this kind of conduct?

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→ Antonio Brown kicks the punter…in the Face!

Now, we wait and see if we can top this for “Highlight of the 2014 NFL Season.”

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→ Packing It All In: How to Fit a Week of Disney Fun into Two Suitcases (With a Family of Four!)

This TouringPlans article from Trista VanderVoord is amazing. As a chronic “over packer”, I cannot believe how much she fits into her bags.

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→ Disney’s Night of Joy to be Webcast

I will probably tune in, just to see a livestream from Walt Disney World.

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What I Have Been Up To

My blogging on this site has always been somewhat erratic, but it has been even more so lately. Unlike the previous life events that kept me from writing here as frequently, these new developments have been very positive.

First, and most importantly, Elyssa and I got married in May and then went on an epic, 11 day honeymoon at Walt Disney World.1 As you may have guessed, it was a fantastic month.

Speaking of Walt Disney World, I am happy to announce that I am now a blogger on TouringPlans.com. Unlike the Disney-related posts on this site, where I normally link to a news item and provide some kind of brief commentary, my TouringPlans posts are in-depth, analytical pieces about things at Walt Disney World that I am interested in. One of my main goals is have an on going series about staying off-site while visiting the World. I have already posted one article in that series and have also done three other posts that deal with value-based analysis of Walt Disney World vacations. To no one’s surprise, Elyssa has been editing my articles, and she is greatly helping their quality.

The other recent drain on my time has been the launch of Kivus & Camera, a photography business that Elyssa and I are starting together. Both of us have a love for photography, and we both really enjoy capturing the moments in peoples’ lives where they are at their happiest and their best. It serves as a nice counterbalance to our work as attorneys, where we do not always see the best side of people. As part of the launch, Elyssa posted a video and a photo album of a wedding that we shot last month.2 (Of course, if you are interested in our photography services for weddings, family, or even portraits for social media, please feel free to contact us through the new site.)

Speaking of Elyssa, you might notice that both of these new activities are things that her and I do together. That is by design. Our skills really do complement each other in a lot of areas, and it makes working on projects with her super fun. For example, though I have put a good deal of time and effort into launching Kivus & Camera, my efforts pale in comparison to the work Elyssa has done to get everything off the ground. I leveraged some of my technical experience to get the website functioning, but Elyssa has spent nearly all of her free time making sure all the details on the website, the recently shot wedding, the logo, etc… are in order. That is the type of work that I am not a fan of, and she does it very, very well. I am looking forward to working with her on all of these things going forward.

Finally, I do still intend to update this site. I am not sure the exact schedule yet, and my upcoming court calendar might impact things, but I think I’ll always come back to this place. This site just always feels like my true home on the internet.


  1. The honeymoon itself could and should be the subject of post. It included Star Wars Weekends, 24-Hour Days, and a sampling of Disney Dining beyond anything we have ever experienced. Of course, some of the items that stood in the way of me writing on this site also kept me away from finishing up a trip report and associated photo editing for that trip. 

  2. I also relaunched my photography website, which was formerly available at Johnkivus.com as a sub-site of Kivus & Camera. It is now available at photography.kivusandcamera.com. I have been wanting to redo my old site for some time, and the launch of the new business finally gave me the motivation to get it done. I am still not 100% sure on the divide between this site and that one, but I anticipate that most of my photography news will be posted over there

→ Tom Corless says Villains’ Sinister Soiree is “Well Worth $99.”

This one perplexes me. I understand why Tom sees value in the $100 per person event, however, I simply feel that $100 for the experiences in his review is really, really high. It will be interesting to see if a consensus forms around this “soiree” as time goes on.

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→ Tom Brady has the Perfect Answer to the Question of When He Will Retire

“When I suck, I’ll retire, but I don’t plan on sucking for a long time.”

So great.

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→ Disney announces upcoming “Frozen Fever” Short for 2015

Of course Disney is going to make more Frozen related things. I would have been surprised if they were not going to do this.

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→ The Rock confirms he’s going to be Black Adam in an Upcoming Shazam Movie

IF YOU SMELL!!!!!1


  1. Honestly, I do like this casting. 

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→ Why the Red Sox Should Keep Mookie Betts

A good breakdown from Alex Skillin on why the Red Sox should keep Mookie Betts:

Most importantly, Betts has shown an ability to command the strike zone in ways fellow rookies Bradley and Xander Bogaerts have not during their first full seasons in the majors. The Tennessee native has struck out just 13 times and walked on 10 occasions since arriving in the Show.

Betts’ minor league track record also indicates a consistent ability to get on base; he walked 61 times and struck out in just 50 plate appearances over 99 games at Double- and Triple-A earlier in 2014. During that stretch, he got on base at a .431 clip. Even as they impressed at the plate in the minors, Bradley and Bogaerts never showed Betts’ knack for controlling the zone. Bradley struck out 75 times and walked on 41 occasions, while posting a .374 OBP in 374 plate appearances at Pawtucket in 2013. Bogaerts compiled 95 strikeouts to 63 walks along with a .388 OBP over 515 plate appearances between stops in Portland and Pawtucket last year.

I agree with Skillin. I really like Betts' potential, and I would be sad to see him go.

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