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19 Feb 19
EDIT2000 Genius Hour

Picture this: it’s the middle of one of those weeks where you have tests galore. At 7PM, your stomach is roaring, but your fridge only has one bag of carrots and half a carton of coffee creamer. Don’t get trapped in this situation. One surefire way I’ve found to prevent this from happening is by […]

19 Feb 19

A POEM, A REFLECTION, & A PRAYER

Luke 6:17-26 — The Message Coming down off the mountain with them, he stood on a plain surrounded by disciples, and was soon joined by a huge congregation from all over Judea and Jerusalem, even from the seaside towns of Tyre and Sidon. They had come both to hear him and to be cured of […]

19 Feb 19
Mookie's Cookies

Bruce Bochy – Retirement Annoucement “Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced today that he will retire at the end of the 2019 season (Twitter link). Baseball’s longest-tenured skipper, Bochy is entering his 13th season as the Giants’ manager. In that time, he’s overseen three World Series championships (2010, 2012 and 2014) and helped guide the Giants […]

19 Feb 19
Monica's Pen

I just realized I took my book with me into the bathroom this morning. That’s a good sign. It bodes well for the book. You see, I just started this book, written by an author I’ve never read, and I haven’t been sure I was going to like it enough to stay with it through […]

19 Feb 19
Love Marriage Specialist

love problem solution specialist guru ji Pandit Ankit Sharma of India.

19 Feb 19
Small Talk

By: Kim Small In a decision that was heard throughout the five boroughs, Amazon’s final choice of not setting up their proposed second headquarters or HQ2 in Long Island City left many rejoicing and others disgruntled. The proposal would have brought an estimated 25,000 jobs to the city, a move that was supported by the […]

19 Feb 19
Thomas & Thomas Radio Show

By Justin M. Brown When I was a child, my knowledge of the wrestling world, was limited to three areas: WWF, WCW, and ECW. My brother and I, mainly watched WWF and WCW, and our infatuation with it, never waned. Sure, my best friend would often tell me of the wonders he’d seen in ECW, […]

19 Feb 19
Like For Real Dough

Box Office Week: On four day weekend Alita: Battle Angel takes #1 with solid $34.3M, but does better overseas with $94.3M. Isn’t It Romantic opens at #3 with okay $16.6M. Happy Death Day 2U underperforms at #5 with $11M. Overall, it was the worst President’s Day at box office in 15 years. Rank Title Domestic […]

19 Feb 19
Commercial Observer

Boutique hotels have a Goldilocks problem. Hotel financiers must decide whether a lending opportunity is too big, too small or just right. For many, boutique and independent hotels in the $30 million and under range are firmly on the “too small” side and are viewed as riskier investments. For others, this creates a unique lending […]

19 Feb 19
Firearm Rack

You can’t shoot what you can’t see. Before Weapon Mounted Lights (WML) hit the market, handheld flashlights were pushed into service to provide light, so that we could see our potential targets. There were many flashlight techniques for use with handguns, but most were clunky. WMLs have taken hold as being a very useful accessory […]

19 Feb 19
SCNG
If “Black Panther” wins the Academy Award for best picture this weekend, I wish the producers behind the Marvel super hero movie would celebrate their Oscar by shouting “I’m going to Disneyland!” Because there’s no film location out there right now that I’d rather see re-created as a theme park land than Wakanda. Sure, Disneyland is getting a new Star Wars land this summer. Then a Stark Industries-themed super hero land is coming to Disney California Adventure the year after that. No one would blame Disney for taking a breather after opening two major new projects in back-to-back years. But that does not stop me from wishing that Disney could find a way to make it three in row. Not since Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies has a film location seemed more like a surefire hit as a theme park land to me as Wakanda did when I first saw “Black Panther” a year ago. The fictional African kingdom ticks all the boxes. A great themed land seems real enough to feel accessible but appears fantastic enough to make you crave visiting it. Yes, evil lurks there. A hero’s journey demands a conflict to overcome, after all. But no one wants to spend their day off or vacation visiting a dystopia. We want to come to a beautiful place where the wonder of magic awaits us. I don’t know that a Stark Industries warehouse evokes the same feeling. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, like the books and films that inspired it, resonated with so many fans because they inspired us to see the magic within ourselves. Wakanda does the same. It offers the promise that, somewhere within the world of our imagination, lies a physical place where we can discover the power to overcome all that stands in the way of a good and just and peaceful future. Yeah, sure, there’s going to be a heck of a fight in between. But the land will give us the power to win it. The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will teach us how to do magic. And Wakanda’s vibranium will protect and empower us. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Harry Potter never would have worked without Muggle-born wizards. That allowed readers to see themselves as having the power to cast spells and do magic one day. “Black Panther” inspires because — save a little magic cast upon T’Challa — the people of Wakanda also are human beings with no more inherent power than the rest of us. And “Black Panther” especially inspires so many because its people are African — representing a population that has not yet seen its fair share of moments as intellectual heroes on screen. For black moviegoers, Wakanda is their Hogwarts. But Wakanda can be everyone’s next Hogwarts, too. More than a billion dollars in worldwide gross demonstrates that “Black Panther” is no more a niche ethnic franchise than Harry Potter was. Fans of all backgrounds would flock to a well-designed and fully-imagined Wakanda land at the Disneyland Resort, spending heaven only knows how much money to buy “vibranium” souvenirs. Who knows when, or if, Disney might build that. But if Disney ever does bring Wakanda to Anaheim, you will find me in line there, waiting my turn to visit. [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] More from Robert Niles Will Disneyland charge more to ride Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions? How will Disneyland manage crowds for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Disneyland offers a clue into a secret society of theme park characters Disneyland turns to Mickey Mouse to attract visitors before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens Blame the fans for Disneyland’s latest price increase [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”]
19 Feb 19
Whittier Daily News
If “Black Panther” wins the Academy Award for best picture this weekend, I wish the producers behind the Marvel super hero movie would celebrate their Oscar by shouting “I’m going to Disneyland!” Because there’s no film location out there right now that I’d rather see re-created as a theme park land than Wakanda. Sure, Disneyland is getting a new Star Wars land this summer. Then a Stark Industries-themed super hero land is coming to Disney California Adventure the year after that. No one would blame Disney for taking a breather after opening two major new projects in back-to-back years. But that does not stop me from wishing that Disney could find a way to make it three in row. Not since Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies has a film location seemed more like a surefire hit as a theme park land to me as Wakanda did when I first saw “Black Panther” a year ago. The fictional African kingdom ticks all the boxes. A great themed land seems real enough to feel accessible but appears fantastic enough to make you crave visiting it. Yes, evil lurks there. A hero’s journey demands a conflict to overcome, after all. But no one wants to spend their day off or vacation visiting a dystopia. We want to come to a beautiful place where the wonder of magic awaits us. I don’t know that a Stark Industries warehouse evokes the same feeling. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, like the books and films that inspired it, resonated with so many fans because they inspired us to see the magic within ourselves. Wakanda does the same. It offers the promise that, somewhere within the world of our imagination, lies a physical place where we can discover the power to overcome all that stands in the way of a good and just and peaceful future. Yeah, sure, there’s going to be a heck of a fight in between. But the land will give us the power to win it. The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will teach us how to do magic. And Wakanda’s vibranium will protect and empower us. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Harry Potter never would have worked without Muggle-born wizards. That allowed readers to see themselves as having the power to cast spells and do magic one day. “Black Panther” inspires because — save a little magic cast upon T’Challa — the people of Wakanda also are human beings with no more inherent power than the rest of us. And “Black Panther” especially inspires so many because its people are African — representing a population that has not yet seen its fair share of moments as intellectual heroes on screen. For black moviegoers, Wakanda is their Hogwarts. But Wakanda can be everyone’s next Hogwarts, too. More than a billion dollars in worldwide gross demonstrates that “Black Panther” is no more a niche ethnic franchise than Harry Potter was. Fans of all backgrounds would flock to a well-designed and fully-imagined Wakanda land at the Disneyland Resort, spending heaven only knows how much money to buy “vibranium” souvenirs. Who knows when, or if, Disney might build that. But if Disney ever does bring Wakanda to Anaheim, you will find me in line there, waiting my turn to visit. [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] More from Robert Niles Will Disneyland charge more to ride Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions? How will Disneyland manage crowds for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Disneyland offers a clue into a secret society of theme park characters Disneyland turns to Mickey Mouse to attract visitors before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens Blame the fans for Disneyland’s latest price increase [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”]
19 Feb 19
Pasadena Star News
If “Black Panther” wins the Academy Award for best picture this weekend, I wish the producers behind the Marvel super hero movie would celebrate their Oscar by shouting “I’m going to Disneyland!” Because there’s no film location out there right now that I’d rather see re-created as a theme park land than Wakanda. Sure, Disneyland is getting a new Star Wars land this summer. Then a Stark Industries-themed super hero land is coming to Disney California Adventure the year after that. No one would blame Disney for taking a breather after opening two major new projects in back-to-back years. But that does not stop me from wishing that Disney could find a way to make it three in row. Not since Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies has a film location seemed more like a surefire hit as a theme park land to me as Wakanda did when I first saw “Black Panther” a year ago. The fictional African kingdom ticks all the boxes. A great themed land seems real enough to feel accessible but appears fantastic enough to make you crave visiting it. Yes, evil lurks there. A hero’s journey demands a conflict to overcome, after all. But no one wants to spend their day off or vacation visiting a dystopia. We want to come to a beautiful place where the wonder of magic awaits us. I don’t know that a Stark Industries warehouse evokes the same feeling. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, like the books and films that inspired it, resonated with so many fans because they inspired us to see the magic within ourselves. Wakanda does the same. It offers the promise that, somewhere within the world of our imagination, lies a physical place where we can discover the power to overcome all that stands in the way of a good and just and peaceful future. Yeah, sure, there’s going to be a heck of a fight in between. But the land will give us the power to win it. The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will teach us how to do magic. And Wakanda’s vibranium will protect and empower us. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Harry Potter never would have worked without Muggle-born wizards. That allowed readers to see themselves as having the power to cast spells and do magic one day. “Black Panther” inspires because — save a little magic cast upon T’Challa — the people of Wakanda also are human beings with no more inherent power than the rest of us. And “Black Panther” especially inspires so many because its people are African — representing a population that has not yet seen its fair share of moments as intellectual heroes on screen. For black moviegoers, Wakanda is their Hogwarts. But Wakanda can be everyone’s next Hogwarts, too. More than a billion dollars in worldwide gross demonstrates that “Black Panther” is no more a niche ethnic franchise than Harry Potter was. Fans of all backgrounds would flock to a well-designed and fully-imagined Wakanda land at the Disneyland Resort, spending heaven only knows how much money to buy “vibranium” souvenirs. Who knows when, or if, Disney might build that. But if Disney ever does bring Wakanda to Anaheim, you will find me in line there, waiting my turn to visit. [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] More from Robert Niles Will Disneyland charge more to ride Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions? How will Disneyland manage crowds for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Disneyland offers a clue into a secret society of theme park characters Disneyland turns to Mickey Mouse to attract visitors before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens Blame the fans for Disneyland’s latest price increase [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”]
19 Feb 19
Press Telegram
If “Black Panther” wins the Academy Award for best picture this weekend, I wish the producers behind the Marvel super hero movie would celebrate their Oscar by shouting “I’m going to Disneyland!” Because there’s no film location out there right now that I’d rather see re-created as a theme park land than Wakanda. Sure, Disneyland is getting a new Star Wars land this summer. Then a Stark Industries-themed super hero land is coming to Disney California Adventure the year after that. No one would blame Disney for taking a breather after opening two major new projects in back-to-back years. But that does not stop me from wishing that Disney could find a way to make it three in row. Not since Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies has a film location seemed more like a surefire hit as a theme park land to me as Wakanda did when I first saw “Black Panther” a year ago. The fictional African kingdom ticks all the boxes. A great themed land seems real enough to feel accessible but appears fantastic enough to make you crave visiting it. Yes, evil lurks there. A hero’s journey demands a conflict to overcome, after all. But no one wants to spend their day off or vacation visiting a dystopia. We want to come to a beautiful place where the wonder of magic awaits us. I don’t know that a Stark Industries warehouse evokes the same feeling. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, like the books and films that inspired it, resonated with so many fans because they inspired us to see the magic within ourselves. Wakanda does the same. It offers the promise that, somewhere within the world of our imagination, lies a physical place where we can discover the power to overcome all that stands in the way of a good and just and peaceful future. Yeah, sure, there’s going to be a heck of a fight in between. But the land will give us the power to win it. The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will teach us how to do magic. And Wakanda’s vibranium will protect and empower us. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Harry Potter never would have worked without Muggle-born wizards. That allowed readers to see themselves as having the power to cast spells and do magic one day. “Black Panther” inspires because — save a little magic cast upon T’Challa — the people of Wakanda also are human beings with no more inherent power than the rest of us. And “Black Panther” especially inspires so many because its people are African — representing a population that has not yet seen its fair share of moments as intellectual heroes on screen. For black moviegoers, Wakanda is their Hogwarts. But Wakanda can be everyone’s next Hogwarts, too. More than a billion dollars in worldwide gross demonstrates that “Black Panther” is no more a niche ethnic franchise than Harry Potter was. Fans of all backgrounds would flock to a well-designed and fully-imagined Wakanda land at the Disneyland Resort, spending heaven only knows how much money to buy “vibranium” souvenirs. Who knows when, or if, Disney might build that. But if Disney ever does bring Wakanda to Anaheim, you will find me in line there, waiting my turn to visit. [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] More from Robert Niles Will Disneyland charge more to ride Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions? How will Disneyland manage crowds for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? Disneyland offers a clue into a secret society of theme park characters Disneyland turns to Mickey Mouse to attract visitors before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens Blame the fans for Disneyland’s latest price increase [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”]