Ready Player One. . .For A Really Dumb Dystopia

Apr 9th, 2015 Books, Movies, and Games

Ready Player One is a fun book. Really, I liked it. I even said so on Goodreads, giving it 4 out of 5 on my review. But as I mentioned there, I had one major problem: the dystopian world Ernest Cline proposes is absolutely idiotic. As I wrote in my review, it was like his economic research was done in a Reddit Occupy Wall Street…

The Cheap, Attention Grabbing End to Legend of Korra

Mar 9th, 2015 Movies

Kella (my 3 year old daughter) and I finished The Legend of Korra this weekend. Both Kella and Finley resisted watching the cartoon every time I wanted to turn it on, demanding Stampy or some other nonsense, but would sit enraptured for hours, requesting episode after episode once the show began. Finley missed out on the last few episodes, preferring to sleep in (oh the…

What Disney Teaches My Kids – Bolt

Jan 9th, 2015 Movies

Remember when Disney Animation was in the Lost Age of “Home on the Range” and “Chicken Little”? That was a dark time, when finding good entertainment to shut the kids up was harder to find. Then came John Lasseter, ushering in “Meet the Robinsons” and “Bolt,” giving Disney Animation a Most Improved award to add to their wall. It’s been a while since I saw…

Disney Infinity With Toddlers – A Mini Review

Dec 29th, 2014 Games, Kid Stuff

Image a world where Thor met Rapunzel. What would they do together? If you guessed that Thor would lift Rapunzel up over his head with beefy Chris Hemsworth arms and fly her around while she threw an infinite supply of frying pans at Frost Giants, you’d be right. And likely smoking some pretty strong stuff. That, in a nutshell, is my experience with Disney Infinity,…

What Disney Teaches My Kids – The Jungle Book

Dec 1st, 2014 Movies

(If you’re looking for the 2016 Live Action version, click here) I remember reading a post from a well renown author talking about how difficult it was to get back into the habit of writing after even a short break. Well, Thanksgiving is over, the family has (mostly) gone home, and I’m in that writing rut. What better way to pull myself out than writing…

What Disney Teaches My Kids – The Book of Life

Nov 20th, 2014 Movies

I know, not Disney. But “What Executive Producer Guillermo Del Toro Teaches My Kids” just didn’t have the same ring to it. The Book of Life came out about a month ago to reviews leaning towards the positive side. Overall, I thought it was great. Maybe not ‘instant classic’ great, and maybe not even ‘buy and put on the Plex Server‘ great, but it was…

What Disney Teaches My Kids

Nov 13th, 2014 Books, Movies, and Games

Like all good modern parents, I hand over a significant amount of my parenting to my great uncle’s popular invention, the digital babysitter. And like all good modern parents, one of the babysitters I trust most is Walt Disney. I mean his company’s movies and shows, in case you were confused by that last sentence. Not the cryogenically frozen part of him. That’d be gross.

What Disney Teaches My Kids – Big Hero 6

Nov 13th, 2014 Movies

We saw Big Hero 6 last Saturday at the now world famous Century 16.  I like going there from time to time, both because it’s cheap, and because I see it as a bit of a middle finger to the d-bag who made the place famous. They have cops working the place full time now, which makes me feel a bit more secure. As for the…

The Catlateral Damage Caused By Video Games

Oct 6th, 2014 Games, Kid Stuff

No, the title is not a spelling error. Just keep reading. Ever since my dad came home with an original Nintendo (despite him actually wanting an Atari), I’ve been a big fan of video games. Now that I have kids of my own, my playing time has been reduced to almost zero, but I still like to keep up with the latest news (or, in…

Who’s Buying Sleeping Beauty on Amazon, Anyway?

Sep 30th, 2014 Books, Movies, and Games

(Note: this was originally on my tax blog, but I moved it over here, since it is not tax related) I saw last week that Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was soon going to be re-released. Since I have kids and am therefore required to buy everything Disney, I decided to look up the release date and price on Amazon. While I was scrolling through the product…