Archive for September, 2013

→ New Minnie Mouse Meet & Greet at Studios Offers Fun References for Disney Fans

This looks like a really impressive meet and greet. I hope it is as cool in real life as it looks in the pictures.

→ New Details About the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

The concept art of these new Ariel and Merida floats looks awesome. I hope they can execute on these designs.

→ Updated Standard Walt Disney World Beer Menu

I am glad to Samuel Adams Double Agent India Pale Lager added to the list. It has recently become one of my favorites.

→ Fox announces GOTHAM TV drama to focus on young Jim Gordon and villains

After all the times FOX wrecked Joss Whedon shows, I find it fitting FOX is going to try and do a comic-based show so soon after Whendon’s S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered so high.

→ The 20 Most Romantic Disney Movie Moments

Carl and Ellie forever.1

  1. Rejected post: EVE and Wall-E forever. 

→ ‘SafeOut!’ Confused umpire John Hirschbeck calls it both ways on Yoenis Cespedes

Speaking of horrible calls by umpires.

→ Study: Internet sales tax software will be costly to implement

From the “water is wet” and “the sky is blue” area of the newspaper.1

  1. How about we figure out how much of a disaster Obamacare is before we try to crush Internet commerce with ridiculous regulations and taxes? 

→ Another Example of Quality Umpiring

The poor quality of baseball umpires continues to be a major problem for MLB.

→ Step in Time: The First ‘Character Parades’ at Magic Kingdom Park

Look how young Mickey looks.1

  1. I kid. But, seriously, Mickey does look different. 

→ Remember that Blown call from Angel Hernandez in the A’s-Indians game in May?

It is fitting that a horrible call, from a horrible umpire, has such an effect on this season.

→ It’s on: Game 163 between the Rangers and Rays set for tomorrow

This is so cool. Baseball playoffs are great.

→ Athletics lose, clinching home field advantage for the Red Sox

Best record in the AL. Not too shabby.

→ Aaron Murray’s signature drive leads Georgia to a 44-41 win over LSU

This was a great game. It was well officiated, well played and a blast to watch.1

  1. Also, as a Clemson fan, I enjoyed seeing Georgia win. 

→ Hoping for a Three-Way Tie

If the three Clubs are tied after Sunday's games, then the tie will be broken using the following system. Since the three Clubs each won one season series and lost one season series against each other in head-to-head competition in the regular season, MLB will use a system of designations – as Club A, Club B or Club C – based on their combined winning percentages in head-to-head competition against one another in the regular season.

Club A would host Club B on Monday, with the winner earning a Wild Card. The loser of Monday's game would then play at Club C on Tuesday, with Tuesday's winner earning the other Wild Card. Home-field advantage in Wednesday's A.L. Wild Card Game would be determined by the head-to-head record between the two Clubs that earned the Wild Card berths.

This would be awesome.

→ Brian MacPherson on how a Language barrier can’t contain the personality of Koji Uehara

But Uehara has let his personality show since the moment he joined the Red Sox for spring training in February. He's gained notice of late for his dominance in the ninth inning – he went into play Friday with a 1.12 ERA and an 11-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio – but he made himself an integral part of the fabric of the bullpen long before that. That's in spite of the language barrier that has proved such an impediment for so many others trying to make the transition into American baseball.

Koji is the best.

→ Epcot Food & Wine Festival Snack Reviews

Speaking of Food and Wine, here is Tom Bricker’s review of some of the snacks that have been available in the various kiosks.

→ Photo tour around today’s International Food and Wine Festival preview at Epcot

In case you needed more reasons to go to this year’s Food and Wine Festival.

→ Grantland’s Andy Greenwald on the Start of Homeland Season 3

Sunday’s premiere, titled “Tin Man Is Down,” is a strident and occasionally clumsy hour of exposition intended to help viewers adjust to the new normal. Much of that exposition is offloaded, in great gulping bits of speechifying, to new cast member Tracy Letts — an actor better known as a brilliant playwright — as a scheming senator aiming to railroad Carrie and, perhaps, shut down the CIA entirely. Saul is now the acting head of the Agency, with Abraham’s slippery Dar Adal by his side. This change has the benefit of putting Patinkin in a more important role, but it also places Saul’s love of country ahead of his more fatherly devotion to Carrie. There’s a wonderful echo of John le Carré in the shared history of Saul and the season’s new adversary, an Iranian nicknamed “The Magician”; Rupert Friend’s Peter Quinn remains a compelling, complicated spook. And though the racial politics of her entrance is botched, I quite liked the introduction of a Persian American CIA officer named Fara, played by Nazanin Boniadi.

Greenwald’s article completely nails what is great and what is wrong with Homeland. His description of the first few episodes of Season 3 make me think we will never get back the show we had at the start of Season 1, but that the ride Season 3 takes us on will still be worth watching.

→ Ed Brubaker approves of the Captain America – Winter Solider Script

“I read the script [for Captain America: Winter Soldier] and I was really blown away by it,” Brubaker told USA Today. “The tone of it and the Bucky stuff is so perfect and the way I’d want it to be, I was so thrilled to see that. But to me the biggest thing, too, is it’s the first time Marvel has put out a movie where there’s a specific book the title of the movie relates to.”

This just increases my expectations for this film. I really, really hope Marvel knocks this out of the park.

→ Disney’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train starts coasting

It looks like we are getting closer and closer to this ride actually being open. I am hoping it’s ready to go by February of next year.