Monthly Archives: January 2018

The GOAT Vs. Time – By Facebook Watch


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With all this talk about game (The Guy’s weed game and Nintendo’s Labo game idea), I completely forgot to mention the most important game happening soon – the Super Bowl!  It will be just FOUR days until the New England Patriots face off against the Philadelphia Eagles.  All of the 2017-2018 football season comes down to this final showdown.

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Every Patriot team member is preparing themselves, both physically and mentally, for the 52nd Super Bowl.  Each team member is building up their strength for the big game; Tom Brady on the other hand has been revving up the audiences with his special six-part documentary.

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Facebook released a six-part documentary series called Tom Vs. Time on January 25th.  Dubbed in social media as ‘Patriot Porn’, Tom Vs. Time chronicles the life of Tom Brady.  The six episodes takes viewers into the life of one of the greatest New England Patriots quarterbacks of all time.  Hailed as the greatest of all time (#TheGOAT), Tom Brady continues his winning streak five rings later.

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Each part chronicles a different aspect of his game plan.  Other than his football strategy, Tom Vs. Time focuses on his personal life as well.  It’s definitely the kind of ‘Patriot Porn’ that Patriot fans can enjoy.

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Tom Brady’s brand has been flourishing since his winning streak with the New England Patriots.  He endorses many various brands (Aston Martin, Uggs, Movado), launched his own brand of vegan snacks, voiced in shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy, made a guest appearance in Entourage (both the show and movie!), and was even a cameo on Ted 2.  Brady’s legacy continues to flourish in the social media universe even when he’s off the field.  Even though the New England Patriots is one of the most hated brands of the sports business, fans all across the country still can’t get enough of Tom Brady.

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Audiences only get to see Tom Brady when he plays for the Patriots, but this documentary shed a humanistic side of the Brady brand.  You get to see the Tom Brady off of the Gillette Stadium field and into his home/office.  It’s the kind of sports documentary where Brady looks back at his winning seasons and reflects upon his football career.  He’s come so far since starting with the New England Patriots and he isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

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So far I have been enjoying this documentary series.  I love Tom Brady as a Patriots player and it was great to see another side of him.  This is one mini-series I will follow while waiting for the Super Bowl.

If you can’t wait for the Super Bowl this Sunday, check out Brady’s new documentary series Tom Vs. Time.  You will get a glimpse inside Brady’s personal world.

And with that… FOUR days left until the 52nd Super Bowl!

DIY Gaming with Nintendo Labo!


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Nintendo has really been on top of their game lately.  The Nintendo Switch has been selling like hot cakes since releasing last March.  The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold millions of copies since being released with the Nintendo Switch and Super Mario Odyssey helped boost more sales than ever.

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When it comes to video game popularity, Nintendo always seem to triumph over its competitors.  The company combines old-school nostalgic characters (Mario, Donkey Kong) with new home console systems.  It’s this strategy that captures all audiences into the Nintendo community.  Their games were made so that anyone can pick up the controller and play through the game.  These games are catered more towards casual-fun gamers in the world.

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In fact, this strategy of utilizing nostalgia into the mix is rubbing off of other ideas.  Nintendo will be launching a special gaming accessory this Spring that includes a material that many children played with for years.  That material happens to be…cardboard.

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You heard me right people – Nintendo’s next idea coming to America involves cardboard!  Nintendo is releasing the Nintendo Labo, a combination of the Nintendo Switch with DIY cardboard creations.  The Nintendo Labo will release on April 20th, 2018 (4/20 Day!).

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This new system provides cardboard cutouts that you assemble together.  Two sets of kits will be released in the Spring — the variety kit and the robot kit.  The variety kit includes items that you can assemble together to create two RC cars, a house, a motorbike, a fishing rod, and even a piano.  You can also get the robot kit that you accumulate together to create a cool robot suit!

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Here’s how the product works – you start with the pieces of cardboard you put together.  Once your creation is complete, you add the Nintendo Switch console to power it up.  While you are playing, you can even discover new ways to play each time.  You can even customize your creations with color, stickers, paint, or other original ideas.  The sky is the limits as to how you design your cardboard cutouts!

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The idea is absolutely brilliant!  I used to play with cardboard boxes as a kid, so this definitely gets me nostalgic about my childhood days.  Kids all around are definitely going to enjoy this new concept from Nintendo.

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In a marketing sense, Nintendo really took their strategy to a different level.  Nintendo has always provided a sense of nostalgia in their products and this idea really works.  Before the digital age, kids would have fun with cardboard boxes.  Using their own imagination, kids would create various scenarios with the products around them.

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Back when I was a kid, we never had iPads or smart phones to plays.  We only had our imagination to amuse ourselves.  Kids took cardboard and imagined they were in a pirate ship or driving a bus.

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That’s the selling point that makes the Nintendo Labo so intriguing – it captures the child’s imagination and molds it with the newer toys they are playing.  By mixing a nostalgic idea (imagination with cardboard) with a new product (the Nintendo Switch), Nintendo created something that every kid would enjoy.  Nintendo fans all across the nation will be excited for the hype that is the Nintendo Labo.

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It’ll be a little while until Nintendo Labo is released, but it’s definitely something excited to look forward to this year.  Hopefully Nintendo will design more cardboard cutouts so that players can play other games as well.

Look out for the Nintendo Labo releasing on April 20th!

HIGH-Quality Storyline of High Maintenance


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Weed-related shows are some of my absolute favorite series to watch.  I always like when cannabis becomes the main subject matter in the story.  Bong Appetite, Weeds, Weediquette, and even Disjointed are some of many shows where the plot revolves around cannabis.  In a literature sense, cannabis was known as either a cameo or extra as part of the story in the earlier TV series (mainly because cannabis’s reputation was still heavily damaged in the 20th/early 21st century).  Now that the cannabis community continues to flourish, cannabis plays many aspects of the storyline.  Cannabis can play as part of the main setting, the theme, become tied in with the plot, and even become a major hand prop as well.

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It’s truly a blessing now that cannabis use has become increasingly favorable in the United States each year.  The liberal shift in public policy towards legal recreational use is reflected upon in the latest trending series.  Viceland and Netflix have their share of 4/20-friendly series, but there’s one hidden gem tucked within HBO.  That gem is known as High Maintenance.

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High Maintenance follows unknown cannabis delivery man called ‘The Guy’ (Ben Sinclair) as he delivers cannabis all around New York City.  Each episode showcases a small storyline featuring the clients who purchased the cannabis from The Guy.

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Here is what’s really interesting about this show – this is a series where cannabis takes a BACKSEAT in the plot.  Cannabis becomes a major hand prop for each of the characters, yet it doesn’t overpower the overall story-line.  It’s the character plots within each episode that really caught my attention.

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Each episode centers around various colorful characters– women finding a mouse in their apartment, a couple regretting their decision of moving into the suburbs, a cross-dresser dealing with writer’s block, and many other plots.  The desire for cannabis remains the same amongst each character, but their stories are vastly different.  They’re all visited by The Guy at some point of the episode.

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There’s something else I noticed – The Guy acts less as the main character and seems more like a minor character.  The Guy is the main character, yet his story remains unknown.  We don’t know much about his backstory, yet we learn about another new character in the next episode.  He drifts (both literally and metaphorically) around the storyline and pops up in the plot every now and then.

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I could even say that its almost as if there is NO major character of the story.  What I can say for sure is that cannabis is the major hand prop amongst the characters…and yet, it doesn’t make up the whole plot.  This kind of creativity makes for a very unique way of storytelling.

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This is NOT a show about cannabis; rather, this is more about cannabis consumers and viewing into the worlds they live in.  We know that the average cannabis consuming audience has dramatically changed over the past decades and High Maintenance showcases those new audiences.

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Our public stances towards a 4/20-friendly nation is being reflected upon shows like High Maintenance.  Many TV series and movies overdo it with the cannabis-themed plots, yet High Maintenance is one of few series that did things right.  Cannabis stars as the major hand prop amongst the characters and still came out to be an amazing series.

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In the end, High Maintenance is an amazing weed-themed series on HBO.  With its bold characters and their need for a weed delivery figure called The Guy, the show is definitely worth watching.  High Maintenance surely sets HIGHER standards as a weed-themed show.

 

1/27 Saturday Quote!


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The reason ESP, for example, is not considered a viable topic in contemporary psychology is simply that its investigation has not proven fruitful…After more than 70 years of study, there still does not exist one example of an ESP phenomenon that is replicable under controlled conditions. This simple but basic scientific criterion has not been met despite dozens of studies conducted over many decades…It is for this reason alone that the topic is now of little interest to psychology…In short, there is no demonstrated phenomenon that needs explanation.

~ Keith E. Stanovich, How to Think Straight About Psychology