Monday, July 16, 2018

Company Man explains Amazon's growth on Prime Day, a tale of the Retail Apocalypse

When I posted the following comment on When Collapse Goes Kinetic in response to Kunstler, I should have expected the responses.
"A freeze up of short-term lending would quickly lead to empty WalMart shelves" — Debt problems are already leading to thousands of stores closing including Toys R Us and Kmart.  The latter was WalMart's chief competitor.  Now, it and its sibling Sears are likely to finally go bankrupt in the next recession.  Welcome to the Retail Apocalypse!
FallenHero replied that "They closed because of amazon. When amazon starts closing maybe something will ‘happen’."  I told him that I didn't think that was the entire picture.
Amazon and the rise of online shopping are probably a necessary but not sufficient for the current travails of brick-and-mortor retail.  The chains that are failing are also victims of poor management and predatory financing.
FallenHero was not convinced.  In addition, two other readers at Kunstler's blog mentioned Amazon with one calling it a predator and another comparing it to the Soviet department store GOOM.  Oh, my, some people really don't like the tech retail giant.

They're not alone in blaming Amazon for contributing to the demise of the victims of the Retail Apocalypse.  I brought up Amazon in a reply to Kevin Robbins' comment Part 2 of Toys R Us in the Retail Apocalypse - Company Man in which he wrote "I suppose I can't blame Trump just because they ran the business like he would've."
As for not blaming Trump, that's true, as much as we'd like to. On the other hand, we can blame two of his rivals, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Mitt Romney of Bain Capital. Bain was one of the companies that bought Toys R Us in a leveraged buyout and left it saddled with debt.
All of this makes for an elaborate lead-up to noting that Amazon Prime Day begins today.  Company Man just happens to have the perfect video to answer the question How Did Amazon Get So Big?

Amazon famously started in someone's garage, yet today they're massive. This video details the strategy they've been using to make it happen.
Company Man mentions that Amazon has played a part in his videos about the decline of other retailers, including the one I embedded in Part 2 of Toys R Us in the Retail Apocalypse — Company Man, but otherwise doesn't allude to the disruption it has caused to brick-and-motor retailers or how it plans to take advantage of it.  Even Retail Archeology explained how Amazon was planning on takig over vacant Toys R Us locations.

I'm not done with the Retail Apocalypse.  Stay tuned for the installment about Payless Shoes that I promised in Radio Shack, a tale of the retail apocalypse from Company Man and Retail Archeology after another late celebration of World Population Day.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Drink to France in the World Cup on National Ice Cream Day 2018

While I'm done with drum corps and booze for the holiday, I'm not done with celebrating things French, as France plays Croatia in the World Cup.  More soccer!  Also, vive la France!
So I concluded Drink to a drum corps Bastille Day 2018 with the Santa Clara Vanguard and so I begin today's entry.

In a continuation of Vox explains the state of U.S. men's soccer plus how TV created the modern soccer ball, I present Why France produces the most World Cup players by Vox.

France has had the most native players and coaches in the last 4 World Cups… and their dominance has been on the rise. Players like Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba are the children of immigrants and the product of the French soccer academy system. French- born players have played for Togo, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Argentina, Portugal, and many more.
I'm lucky Vox produced this video.  Not only does it work for today's championship match, it nearly makes up for my not posting the "more humorous, if equally informative, compilation of John Oliver videos on FIFA and the World Cup" I promised two weeks ago.  I'll make up for not doing so by writing about the nine Emmy nominations "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" just earned.  Stay tuned for that after following me over the jump for an observance of National Ice Cream Day.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Drink to a drum corps Bastille Day 2018 with the Santa Clara Vanguard

Happy Bastille Day!  For the third year in a row, I am celebrating today as another drum corps holiday.  Two years ago, I featured Phantom Regiment's "City of Light" show.  Last year, I shared Cadets and Cadets 2 playing "Les Miserables."  This year, I return to the well to retrieve 2013 Santa Clara Vanguard - Les Misérables.

For a complete show, watch Santa Clara Vanguard Rehearsal of Les Misérables.

Performed at Hawk Stadium on the PG High School Campus in Texarkana, TX on Wednesday, July 24th.
That's a video that's been up nearly five years and is not likely to be taken down.

I mentioned drinking to the day.  That's because today is also National Grand Marnier Day.  Follow over the jump for the explanation of the day from National Day Calendar along with two Tipsy Bartender recipes that use Grand Marnier.

Friday, July 13, 2018

A supermoon solar eclipse on Friday the 13th

BewareIt's Friday the 13th!  Since I can't resist spectacular astonomical phenomena that coincide with the day, I am sharing There’s a Supermoon Solar Eclipse this Friday the 13th from USA Today with my readers.  Here's hoping the video embeds.

It worked!  Awesome!

Superstitions aside, this won't affect any of us in the Northern Hemisphere.  As Tech Times wrote, "Indeed, the supermoon event over the weekend is an extraordinary one. Unfortunately, though, it is not going to be witnessed across the world and that's why it's a bad luck for most people."  Darn.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Vox explains why seeking asylum in the U.S. is so difficult

I have been exploring the issues the U.S. has with Latin America with a light touch the past two days, first using National Pina Colada Day to revisit Puerto Rican Statehood, then examining the history of U.S.-Cuba relations on National Mojito Day.  Today, I take a more serious tack on how the U.S. deals with people from south of the border with help from Vox.  Watch Why seeking asylum in America is so difficult.

Asylum [seekers] have pushed the system to a tipping point.
Asylum is one way that refugees come to America. If you’ve already fled your home country for fear of persecution, and come to the United States, but don’t have refugee status, applying for asylum is the next step you take. It’s a small subset of the American immigration system, but it’s the mechanism behind so much of the news about border.

Families recently separated from their children at the border came seeking asylum. People fleeing from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador — an area known as the Northern Triangle — come to the United States seeking asylum. To even get a hearing before an immigration judge, potential asylum-seekers have to prove that they have what’s called “credible fear” of returning home. And this is where that backlog really begins.
While I'm not opposed to making asylum seekers jump through hoops to prove that they deserve to stay in this country, I am opposed to separating them from their children.  I also don't think that placing them in custody on military bases while their claims are being processed is a good idea, either.  Vox examines the rationale for doing so and finds it wanting in A new study blows up Trump’s “catch-and-release” myth.
President Donald Trump and other top administration officials have spent months railing against the release of immigrant families as a recipe for widespread lawlessness. They claim that once a family is released from immigration, they’ll simply abscond into the US, skipping their appointed court dates, to live as unauthorized immigrants. The administration makes it seem like this is a deliberate strategy — a known end-run around existing immigration law that takes advantages of extra protections afforded to children, families, and asylum-seekers.

But a new study, compiled by a pair of legal advocacy groups, shows that isn’t the case, and that the administration doesn’t have to choose between separating immigrant families (or detaining them indefinitely) and making sure they show up to court. The administration has identified a real problem, but misunderstands, or misrepresents, the cause.

The study confirms that families who cross into the US without papers often miss their court dates, but offers suggestive qualitative evidence — collected from families who were contacted by attorneys and notified that they’d missed their court dates — that many families aren’t deliberately absconding at all.

They’re trying to stay in the system. It’s just that the system makes it too hard for them, then punishes them with an order of deportation when they fail. The people whom the Trump administration is painting as lawless “absconders” are often just lost, confused, and overwhelmed families in a strange land, working as hard as they can to be allowed to stay here but faced with legal and bureaucratic obstacles that make missing a court date an understandable outcome.
That's a description of the problem, which includes asylum seekers having to update their addresses with multiple agencies, which they usually don't know to do and which results in them missing their court dates.  Vox offers a solution, but notes that the administration is unlikely to take it.
The administration could do a better job of coordinating between agencies so that migrants only needed to update their addresses once. It could adopt a case-management approach that assumed that people are trying to get through the system the right way and simply need a little help navigating it.

The Trump administration has not done that so far. It has instead adopted a blanket approach that assumes that any given family will evade the law if given the chance. It’s fighting in court to keep families under physical control in detention for as long as their cases take, while pressuring judges to speed up those cases so they can be deported more quickly, rather than ever getting released. And, when it fails, the administration is claiming that lawlessness is inevitable.

That’s the choice the administration has made. It’s the most punitive option available to them. It’s not necessarily the one best suited to the problem.
I am disappointed but not surprised that this administration has taken the most punitive approach possible.  It seems like punishment is the end, not just the means.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The history of U.S.-Cuba relations drives one to drink on National Mojito Day 2018

Happy National Mojito Day!  Just as the pina colada is a Puerto Rican drink, the mojito is a Cuban drink.  To celebrate, not only am I passing along drink recipes from Tipsy Bartender, I'm sharing A brief history of America and Cuba from Vox to educate my readers as well as entertain them.

150 years of tension may be coming to an end.
The key word is "may."  Vox posted that video in 2016 and relations have chilled since then.  I'll save that for part 2, which I'll post on National Daiquiri Day 2017.  Stay tuned, but first please follow over the jump for mojito recipes from Tipsy Bartender.

I begin with an updated version of the recipe I used in last year's Tipsy Bartender recipes for National Mojito Day, the Classic Mojito.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Drink to Puerto Rican Statehood on National Pina Colada Day 2018

Happy National Pina Colada Day, a celebration of the national drink of Puerto RicoLast year's observance was inspired by the success of A 51st star for Puerto Rico on Flag Day, so I will continue the tradition by examining the progress and prospects of statehood for Puerto Rico.

Fortunately, I have good news on that front, as Newsy reported Bipartisan bill would make Puerto Rico a state on June 27, 2018.

At least 20 Republicans and 14 Democrats have co-sponsored the bill.
Newsy mentioned Representative Stephanie Murphy.  Watch as she helps introduce the bipartisan Puerto Rico Statehood Bill.

Mr. Speaker:

I rise to express my support for bipartisan legislation to begin Puerto Rico’s transition to statehood.

There are over three million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico, and over five million individuals of Puerto Rican heritage in the states. My central Florida district is home to more Puerto Ricans than nearly any other district in the country.

I care deeply about Puerto Rico because my constituents care deeply about Puerto Rico. But every Member of Congress should care because Puerto Ricans are our fellow citizens. We’re part of the same American family.

Puerto Rico has been a territory for 120 years. Its residents are treated unequally under key federal laws. This impairs economic progress and quality of life, spurring migration to the mainland.

In addition, even though Puerto Ricans serve in the military with distinction, they cannot vote for their President and commander-in-chief, have no senators, and have one non-voting delegate in the House.

The hard truth is that Puerto Rico’s lack of political power too often makes it an afterthought in Washington, as the federal government’s poor response to Hurricane Maria made painfully clear.

I support statehood because I support equality. The people of Puerto Rico deserve the same rights and responsibilities as their fellow citizens in Florida and every other state. Puerto Rico has earned its star on the American flag.

Thank you.
Murphy isn't alone among Florida politicians in thinking this.  On June 30, WPLG reported After Hurricane Maria, Sen. Nelson says Puerto Rico should move toward statehood.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Record heat scorches southern California and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere

It's time to get back to reality today with the climate and weather news I promised in 'Black Panther' rules movie and TV winners plus humanitarian honorees at the BET Awards.  I begin with PBS NewsHour reporting Global temperatures reach extreme highs, breaking records.

Heat waves broke records around the world this week. While Burbank airport in California touched 114 degrees, Montreal in Canada recorded a high of 97.9 degrees. In Glasgow, Scotland, the temperature was a record-breaking 89.4 degrees on June 28 and a new world record was set off the coast of Oman, where the temperature never dropped below 108.7 degrees for 24 hours. Hari Sreenivasan reports.
According to Guinness World Records, the town of Quriyat in Oman set the record for record high low temperature on June 26, 2018 with the 108.7 degrees Fahrenheit.  The high temperature that day reached 121.6 degrees Fahrenheit, which Guinness noted was the temperature at which road surfaces start to melt.  The record high temperature still belongs to Death Valley, California, with 134 degrees Fahrenheit, set more than a century ago in 1913.

Speaking of California, it was the record heat in the town where I grew up that attracted my attention to this story.  Follow over the jump for video from CBS Los Angeles about the record high temperatures and accompanying fires in southern California.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

'Black Panther' rules movie and TV winners plus humanitarian honorees at the BET Awards

For today's Sunday entertainment feature, I'm following through on my idea to write about the BET Awards that I proposed in Radio Shack, a tale of the retail apocalypse from Company Man and Retail Archeology.  Hey, I can't be all DOOM all the time!

Before I announce the winners of the movie, TV, and humanitarian awards with help from Deadline Hollywood, I'm sharing Jamie Foxx Praises Black Panther & Michael B Jordan from BET Networks.

That set up a great night for "Black Panther."  The only negative thing I will say is about something that hasn't happened yet, but will.  In Drink to 'Avengers: Infinity War' having the best opening weekend box office of 2018 so far, I forecast that it would not hold onto at least two of its box office crowns.
At this rate, both films will reach $700 million at the North American box office with "Infity War" supassing both that level and "Black Panther" by tens of millions of dollars. $750 million is not out of the question.
That should happen by the end of July.  It could happen even earlier, as I predicted "Jurassic World 2" would pass "Deadpool 2" at the box office by the end of July.  It managed to do that Friday.

Still, that hasn't happened yet.  Deadline reported on what did.
Breakout Tiffany Haddish and Chadwick Boseman won for Best Actress and Best Actor respectively while Black Panther was crowned with the Best Movie Award.

“The film is about our experience being African American and also being from Africa,” said director Ryan Coogler in his acceptance speech. “It was about tapping into that voice we always hear that tells us to be proud of who we are.”
Don't just read the words; watch and listen for yourself in #WAKANDAFOREVER - 'Black Panther' Takes the Crown for Best Movie.

Ryan Coogler speaks on the importance of connecting the present with the past as we move toward the future. Powerful words for an iconic film.
In addition to Chadwick Boseman, six other performers from "Black Panther" earned nominations for acting awards for a total of seven nominees from one film.  Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, and Letitia Wright lost to Tiffany Haddish for Best Actress and Daniel Kaluuya, Michael B. Jordan, and Sterling K. Brown joined Boseman as nominees for Best Actor.

While "A Wrinkle in Time" lost to "Black Panther" for Best Movie, Ava Duvernay managed to win another statuette for Video Director of the Year Award, making her the third speculative fiction winner.  Congratulations!

Other speculative fiction nominees included Daniel Glover from "Solo: A Star Wars Story" for Best Actor and Caleb McLaughlin from "Stranger Things" for the Young Stars Award.  Yara Shahidi of "Black-ish" and "Grown-ish" won that last honor.

Deadline also mentioned the winners in real life.
The Humanitarian Heroes include[:] James Shaw Jr. the man who disarmed Waffle House shooter; Naomi Wadler, the memorable 11-year-old March For Our Lives speaker; Mamoudou Gassama, the man who saved a child from falling from a building; Justin Blackman, the only student to walk out of his high school on National Student Walk-Out Day; Shaun King, journalist who has told untold stories in the Black community; and Parkland survivor Anthony Borges.
I need to write about all these people on days other than Sunday, when this blog is supposed to be about reality instead of fantasy.  At least I've blogged about  March For Our Lives, so that takes care of three of them.

That's it for this week's Sunday entertainment feature.  The next time I write about awards shows should be for the Teen Choice Awards, then the Emmy Awards.  Before then, I have some climate news.  Stay tuned.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Vox explains the state of U.S. men's soccer plus how TV created the modern soccer ball

Yesterday, I told my readers to stay tuned"= because I would write about the World Cup.  Today is the first of at least two planned entries on the world's most watched sporting event, an informative post using videos from Vox.*

I begin with Why Americans suck at soccer (well, the men).

We’ve got a theory, and it involves the soccer wars.
In this episode of Vox Almanac, Vox’s Phil Edwards puts forth a theory about terrible American men’s soccer.

There are a lot of reasons Americans suck at soccer - but if you look at the history, you’ll find a surprisingly compelling explanation for why American soccer never took off. In the 1920s, soccer was a surprisingly successful sport in the US, with massive matches and a robust league. What went wrong?

American soccer and English football first diverged in the 1800s, when American colleges like Harvard and Yale started playing a more rugby-like game. But America quickly caught up with soccer in the 1920s, attracting large crowds and even stealing away European players.

Then the soccer wars happened. Constant battles in the 1920s between the ASL - American Soccer League - and USFA — United States Football Association — carved up American soccer’s cash, fans, and talent. By the time the depression hit, American soccer was so weakened that it couldn’t rebound as well as European and South American soccer culture did. The subsequent half-century of sports build up gave Americans a permanent handicap when it came to building a robust soccer culture.

It’s a theory — but the success of the US Women’s National Team bears out the idea that something is specifically wrong for the men. And it just might be the case that 1920s soccer wars are the reason.
Vox is right.  For the third most populous and wealthiest country on Earth, the United States has a really weak men's soccer team.  We should be doing better.

Next, How TV gave us the classic soccer ball.

The 2018 World Cup football is a nod back to an iconic design.
When you think of a soccer ball, you probably imagine a classic black-and-white paneled ball. It’s known as the Telstar ball, and it was created thanks to TV.

The 1966 World Cup in England was broadcast live across the globe and it was at this point that television became a huge part of the sport. Thanks to the BBC, it was seen by four hundred million people. But spotting the ball was a bit challenging.

Back then, soccer balls looked more like reddish-brown volleyballs. And on black-and-white TVs, it didn’t really stand out from the green field.

By the 1970 World Cup, the soccer ball had changed to that classic Telstar. The contrasting panels made it stand out on TV. Plus, the players loved it because the 32 panels brought the ball closer to an actual sphere.

This year’s World Cup ball is called the Telstar 18, a nod to the original design. While the panels have changed to just six propeller-shaped pieces to make the ball even more spherical, the black-and-white checkered design is back.
I had no idea that television had such a strong influence on the coloration of soccer balls.

Speaking of which, my old junior high school, which was named after an astronomer, had the Telstar (the first communications satellite) as its mascot.  When it became a middle school, it changed its mascot to the lion.  When I found out, I had a brief pang of nostalgia and moved on.  In the 1960s and 1970s, the Telstar had meaning.  Now, not so much.  At least the name lives on in the design of the soccer ball.

*The next one will be a more humorous, if equally informative, compilation of John Oliver videos on FIFA and the World Cup.  I might get to that Monday.  Stay tuned.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Radio Shack, a tale of the retail apocalypse from Company Man and Retail Archeology

I told my readers yesterday to "Stay tuned for another post about the Retail Apocalypse" today.  The subject of today's tale of business failure is Radio Shack, which I first mentioned as a subject of this series in Part 2 of Sears, a tale of the retail apocalypse a month ago.  Now that I'm done with Toys R Us, I can move on to this nearly extinct electronics chain.

I begin with Company Man, who also covered Toys R Us.  A year ago, he asked The Decline of RadioShack...What Happened?

RadioShack has been on a tremendous decline over many years. It's been much longer and more severe than I realized. But what exactly happened? What happened that turned the successful company RadioShack into what it is today?
It looks like another story of mismanagement, predatory financing, and lack of keeping up with the times.

Company Man provided a very good aerial view.  Follow over the jump to see what the decline of Radio Shack looked like on the ground from Retail Archeology.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Vox debates 'The Star Spangled Banner'

July 4th was yesterday, but I'm not done with patriotic music; as I wrote yesterday, I would write about the national anthem today.  To that end, here is Vox explaining Why the US national anthem is terrible — and perfect.

Vox's Estelle Caswell and Joss Fong debate "The Star Spangled Banner"...

When Francis Scott Key attached his poem about the War of 1812 to a popular British song called "To Anacreon in Heaven," he kicked off over 200 years of painfully bad singing by patriotic Americans. The Star Spangled Banner became the official national anthem of the United States in 1931, but it had been used by the Army and Navy for decades before that and was popular from the start. One big problem? The melody wasn't exactly written for the masses, but for trained soloists.

Commentators pointed out early on that it was exceedingly difficult for most people to sing, suggesting that "America the Beautiful" might be a better alternative. Critics have noted that the music requires a uniquely wide vocal range, it's full of tricky intervals, and the lyrics are confusing and uninspiring.

But if you look at the national anthem as a sport, where we get to watch performers at the top of their game tackle the gauntlet that is the Star Spangled Banner, you may come to appreciate it. In this video, we debate whether the difficulty of the Star Spangled Banner is a feature or a bug for a national anthem.
I'm not a big fan of "The Star Spangled Banner" for the reasons mentioned in the video, but I'm not so worked up over it that I am going to agitate for "America the Beautiful" to replace it.  Besides, it can be sung beautifully.  Listen to this rendition by the vocalists of The Cadets.

Happy Fourth of July from The Cadets!

In case that looks familiar, it's because I added it to last year's Drink to a drum corps 4th of July from The Cadets.  I couldn't avoid drum corps entirely on this holiday!

I also can't escape Tipsy Bartender.  Here is the drink I wrote that I had picked out yesterday, Jello Shot American Flag.

Now I'm done with the holiday!  Stay tuned for another post about the Retail Apocalypse tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Drink to America Sings for July 4th

Happy 4th of July!  This year, instead of a drum corps 4th of July with drinks, I'm featuring a gone but not forgotten patriotic attraction from The Happiest Place on Earth to celebrate America's Independence Day.  Here is Defunctland: The History of Disneyland's America Sings.*

Happy 4th of July! To celebrate, I discuss a patriotic addition to Defunctland, America Sings.
I couldn't get completely away from marching music, as "The Stars and Stripes Forever" played in the background.  Also, as I mentioned, this attraction is not forgotten.  Last year, Disney sold the following T-shirt to remember the ride (and take advantage of the current political mood).

Regardless of the inspiration, I agree with this sentiment.

Follow over the jump for the drinks to toast the holiday.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

'Twin Peaks' ties 'Better Call Saul' at the Saturn Awards

I told my readers to "Stay tuned" as "I'll be back with the television and home entertainment winners tomorrow" at the end of 'Black Panther' leads 'The Last Jedi' at the Saturn Awards.  As The Gorillaz sing "tomorrow comes today," so it's time for me to follow through.

As I did yesterday, I'll let Variety tell the tale.
In the TV categories, Vince Gilligan’s “Better Call Saul” won Saturns for best action/adventure/thriller series, best supporting actress (Rhea Seehorn), and best supporting actor (Michael McKean). “Twin Peaks” nabbed best presentation on TV, best guest star (David Lynch), and best TV actor (Kyle MacLachlan). “Star Trek: Discovery” was honored with best new media series and best TV actress for Sonequa Martin-Green, and “The Walking Dead” won for best horror TV and best younger actor for Chandler Riggs.
While I foresaw a big night for "Twin Peaks," I didn't foresee it happening exactly this way.  I also didn't expect "Better Call Saul" to do well at all.  I should have.

Both shows were examples of the Saturn Awards electorate voting like entertainment professionals.  Of the Best Actor on a Television Series nominees, I noted that "the highest rated of them was MacLachlan, who was nominated by four awards shows, so that would make him the establishment candidate among all the actual nominees."  For the Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series nominees, I observed that "McKean had the highest score with nominations from the Critics' Choice Awards, Gold Derby Awards, and Satellite Awards.  If I were definitely vot[ing] the establishment choice, it would be for him."  While I didn't pick Lynch as the professional favorite (that was Bryan Cranston), I did list him among the likely professional choices for Best Guest-Starring Performance on Television, so his win fit the pattern as well.

As for the rest of the multi-award-winning television programs, I correctly forecast that "The Walking Dead" would win both Best Horror Television Series and Best Younger Actor on a Television Series and that "Star Trek: Discovery" would win Best New Media Television Series, but not Sonequa Martin-Green winning Best Actress on a Television Series.  Three out of four isn't bad.

Out of all the multi-award-winning television programs, I found representatives of only one in an interview by Red Carpet Report on Mingle Media TV: Kenneth Mitchell & Mary Chieffo #StarTrek interviewed at the 44th #SaturnAwards Red Carpet

In case my readers don't recognize the actors, it's because they play Klingons.  It's difficult to see the person beneath the prosthetic make-up.

Now for the shows that won didn't win any acting awards.
Best science fiction series went to “The Orville,” best fantasy series to “Outlander,” best superhero adaptation series to “The Flash,” best animated TV series to “Star Wars Rebels,” and best new media superhero series to “Marvel’s The Punisher.”
I expected most of these and should not have considered "The Flash" winning to be a surprise.  After all, my entry on the superhero TV nominees read 'Supergirl' vs. 'The Flash' (again) and 'The Punisher' vs. 'The Defenders' at the Saturn Awards.

Red Carpet Report on Mingle Media TV caught representatives of two of the winning shows, "Outlander" and "Star Wars Rebels."  I begin with Diana Gabaldon #Outlander interviewed at the 44th Annual Saturn Awards Red Carpet #SaturnAwards.

I'm glad the author of the books was there to accept the third consecutive award for the television adaption of her series on her first visit to the Saturn Awards.

The final interview of a winner is a repeat appearance from last year's ceremony, Vanessa Marshall #StarWarsRebels interviewed at 44th Annual Saturn Awards Red Carpet #SaturnAwards.

Congratulations to all the winners!  Speaking of which Variety actually reported all of the television winners.  Considering that they did not mention the winners of seven movie awards in the article, that's an accomplishment.

On the other hand, they did not discuss the winners of the home entertainment categories, but they did list them.
Best DVD/BD Release: Dave Made a Maze

Best DVD/BD Classic Film Release: Lifeboat

Best DVD/BD Collection Release: Dracula Complete Legacy Collection

Best DVD/BD Television Series Release: American Gods (Season 1)

Best DVD/BD Special Edition: Night of the Living Dead (Criterion Collection)
Follow over the jump to see how my predictions fared against reality.  Let's see if I can improve on my 14 out of 22 record for the movie winners.

Monday, July 2, 2018

'Black Panther' leads 'The Last Jedi' at the Saturn Awards

I concluded My Saturn Award votes and predictions for 2018 by telling my readers "That's it for the Saturn Awards from me until July 2nd when I plan on covering the winners.  Stay tuned."  Today is July 2nd, so it's time for me to follow through with the winners from Variety.
Disney-Marvel’s blockbuster “Black Panther” reigned at the Saturn Awards with five wins, followed by “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” with three.
“Black Panther” was named best comic-to-film, along with best director (Ryan Coogler), best supporting actress (Danai Gurira), best production design (Hannah Beachler), and best makeup (Ken Diaz and Joel Harlow)...“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” won for best writer (Rian Johnson), best editor (Bob Ducsay), and best actor (Mark Hamill).
I thought it might be a big night for "Black Panther" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," and it was, although not as big as I expected nor with the awards I expected.  For example, I thought "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" would win Best Science Fiction Film.  Instead, that went to "Blade Runner 2049," which was more of an entertainment professional's choice than a fan favorite.  I also forecast that Carrie Fisher would win Best Supporting Actress, but I found myself pleasantly surprised that Danai Gurira won it instead.  On the other hand, I was expecting Mark Hamill to win Best Actor in a Film and "Black Panter" to win Best Comic to Motion Picture Release.  Both did.

Speaking of Hamill, the Associated Press caught him on the red carpet explaining his performance: Hamill: Playing jaded Skywalker was 'tough'.

Speaking at the Saturn Awards in California, actor Mark Hamill says playing a jaded, world-weary Luke Skywalker in "The Last Jedi" was tough as he had always been "the most idealistic character."
"Coco" ended up being the third most awarded movie, earning both Best Animated Film and Best Film Music.  The first I expected, the second I didn't, even though I was thinking seriously about voting for it, although that was based on its songs, not its film score.  Red Carpet Report on Mingle Media TV interviewed its star in Anthony Gonzalez #Coco interviewed at the 44th Annual Saturn Awards Red Carpet #SaturnAwards.

The rest of the winners only won one award each, including most of the genre movie winners.  Best Fantasy Film went to The Shape of WaterGet Out earned Best Horror Film.  "The Greatest Showman" won Best Action/Adventure Film.  Best Thriller Film went to "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."  The Best Independent Film was awarded to "Wonder."

"Baahubali 2: The Conclusion" winning Best International Film made the biggest splash of any of the single award winners, as the news spawned several videos for the Indian audience.  Most of them were in Telegu or Tamil, but one of them was in English: ‘Baahubali: The Conclusion’ won the best International Film of the year award.

Variety listed the remaining acting winners as "Gal Gadot for best actress in 'Wonder Woman,' Patrick Stewart for best supporting actor in 'Logan,' and Tom Holland for best younger performer in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'"  The remaining technical film awards went to "Beauty and the Beast" for Best Film Costumes and "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" for Best Special Effects.

Follow over the jump for how the movie winners compared to my votes and predictions.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

A happy drum corps Canada Day 2018 on the second Souther

Happy Canada Day, the first of three patriotic holidays in July.  Today is also Souther, a holiday John Michael Greer and I co-founded that falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Summer Solstice, the mascot for which is a wombat, an Australian animal.   Now, how do I celebrate both at once?  Is there a Canadian corps that wears Aussie hats and plays "Waltzing Matilda?"  Yes, there is!

I begin today's festivities by reaching back into the archives for the 1959 Preston Scout House.

The first year of this series, I shared videos of the Oakland Crusaders and Seneca Optimists.  The next year, I featured their predecessors, the Toronto Optimists and De La Salle Oaklands.  It was only a matter of time before I kicked things off with the other famous pre-DCI Canadian corps, the Preston Scout House.

Follow over the jump for Canadian corps from the 1970s to the 2010s, along with some ice cream for Souther.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

For Asteroid Day 2018, Seeker explains NASA's plan to protect Earth

Happy International Asteroid Day!  To celebrate the event, which I see as the established version of Apophis Day, I'm sharing Seeker's video This Massive Asteroid Is Headed for Earth…. What Now?

This is how NASA intends to stop an asteroid before it slams into our planet, potentially ending civilization as we know it.
In case this plan looks familiar, it's basically the same as Vox explains NASA's plan to save Earth from asteroids but reported by people who have a better grasp of science.

That's it for June.  Stay tuned for the first post of July, which will be about Canada Day.

Friday, June 29, 2018

The back catalog for the seventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News

It's the final Flashback Friday of June 2018, so it's time to post the final retrospective of the seventh year of this blog.  As I wrote in Pins, comments, shares, and likes for the seventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News, it's about the back catalog.

As I wrote in Update to 'Suit against John Oliver and HBO dismissed,' top post for the seventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News, only two entries from the all-time top ten as of March 20, 2017 remained in the top ten as of March 20, 2018.  They were also the most read posts of the past two years.
The displacement of a previous year's popular post is emblematic of the kind of year it's been, as only two posts remain from last year's top ten.  They are Last Week Tonight examines Clinton and Trump foundations after winning three Emmy Awards from September 27, 2016, the top post for the sixth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News, which shows how popular John Oliver with this blog's readers, and Trump thinks Sanders is the right enemy, the top post of the fifth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News.*  All eight of the other posts in the all-time top ten are new.
Last Week Tonight examines Clinton and Trump foundations after winning three Emmy Awards from September 27, 2016, began the seventh year of the blog as the most read of all time.  It ended the seventh year of this blogging year as the sixth most read of all time.  It is currently the eighth most read entry with 7947 default page views.

Trump thinks Sanders is the right enemy from October 16, 2015 was the second most read entry of all time as of March 20, 2017.  It ended the seventh year of this blog in ninth place of all time with 7072 default page views.  Seeker explains how television entertainment can shape our political opinions from May 31, 2018 passed "Trump thinks Sanders is the right enemy" with 7072 page views to enter the all-time top ten about 7:00 P.M. on June 3, 2018.  Sic transit gloria mundi.

Follow over the jump for five entries from the back catalog that became top post during the seventh year of this blog and which I've already examined.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Pins, comments, shares, and likes for the seventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News

Once again, it's a Throwback Thursday, which means all my readers who I told to "Stay tuned for the last two retrospectives of the seventh year of this blog" to conclude Beyond The Trailer on 'Incredibles 2' and 'Jurassic World 2' at the box office will be rewarded.  Today's entry covers comments, shares, saves, and likes.  I begin with the most popular on Pinterest based on pins saved by other users. 

Infidel 753 and I talk fossils from September 7, 2016 repeated as the most saved post during the seventh year of this blog, as it was the most pinned post during the most months, April 2017, June 2017, August 2017, and September 2017, being saved 27 times during those months.

'Star Wars' alignment charts from August 2015 came in second with 23 saves during the blogging year ending in March 2018.  It was the most saved pin during January and February 2018, tied for first during November 2017, and came in second during March 2018.

Kunstler said Americans would elect maniacs was the most saved pin during October and tied for most saved pin during November 2017 with 12 saves total during those months, landing it in third place.  There were also 4 comments on my pin during October 2017.

The fourth most saved pin was for Star Wars drinks for Star Wars Day from May 4, 2015.  Other Pinterest users saved it 11 times during July 2017, when it was the most saved pin, and November 2017 when it tied for most saved.

Two posts tied for the fifth position with eight saves each. It was funnier when Chico Marx said it from February 2017 was the most saved on Pinterest during March 2018, while Happy Winter Solstice 2015! from December 21, 2015 was the most pinned overall during December 2017.

'Pirates of the Caribbean' alignment chart from Aug 2, 2015 was both the most pinned for May 2017 with 6 saves and earned more than 100 page views that month from Pinterest.

Great Lakes cities and their roles in the regional economy from June 26, 2014 tied for most saved during August 2017 with five saves, placing it seventh overall.

The most saved entry on Pinterest actually posted during the seventh year of the blog was 'Stranger Things' alignment charts from May 2017.  It tied for most saved during November 2017 with three saves.

Finally, E. Layton shared Goodbye, Cassini! from September 16, 2017 on Pinterest, which resulted in nearly all of the 827 unique visits from the image-sharing sites this month as well as almost all the page views for this post.

Follow over the jump for the most commented on, retweeted, and liked on Google+, all of which have already been mentioned earlier in this series and all of which are about awards shows.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Beyond The Trailer on 'Incredibles 2' and 'Jurassic World 2' at the box office

It's been a full month since I posted 'Solo' earns Pyrrhic victory over 'Deadpool 2' at the box office, which was the last time two major speculative fiction blockbusters were released back-to-back.  That happened again the past two weeks, when "The Incredibles 2" and "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" premiered on successive Fridays.  Both were big hits, with 'Incredibles 2' setting a record for opening weekend box office for an animated film and "Jurassic World 2" beating expectations with the fourth biggest opening weekend of the year so far.

I'll let Grace Randolph describe both films success at the box office, beginning with Box Office for The Incredibles 2, Ant-Man & The Wasp, Hereditary.

In this box office recap find out how The Incredibles 2 had the biggest opening weekend in animation EVER June 15th 2018! What this win means for Disney Pixar but also Ant-Man and The Wasp! Also an update on Hereditary, Ocean's 8 and more! Plus industry projections for Jurassic World 2 Fallen Kingdom! Beyond The Trailer host Grace Randolph gives you an inside look at the weekend box office with an industry perspective!
As of right now, "Incredibles 2" is my pick for best animated movie of 2018.  I don't see any serious competition until "Wreck-It Ralph 2" is released and I highly doubt that will be a superior film.

"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" debuted the next week and Grace covered that as well in Box Office for Jurassic World 2 Fallen Kingdom Opening Weekend.

In this box office recap find out how Jurassic World 2 Fallen Kindom over-performed its opening weekend, June 22nd 2018! Universal hits Disney's The Incredibles 2 as Jurassic World 2 races towards the Billion Dollar Club thanks to China! Also Hereditary and Won't You Be My Neighbor! Plus industry projections for Sicario 2 and Uncle Drew!
Right now, the top four movies at the box office are all superhero flicks, "Black Panther,"
"Avengers: Infinity War," "Incredibles 2," and "Deadpool 2."  That won't last.  With this opening, "Jurassic World 2" should pass "Deadpool 2" by the end of July.  That will be despite the sequel not doing as well as "Jurassic World," which set a then-record of $208.8 million at the domestic box office.  The global box office is another matter, as the sequel beat the original by nearly $200 million, $717 million to $524.1 million.  Wow!

Normally, I'd post a celebratory drink, but I couldn't find any for "The Incredibles" and I didn't like any videos other than the Tipsy Bartender one I posted three years ago, so I'll pass.  Darn.

Stay tuned for the last two retrospectives of the seventh year of this blog followed by Asteroid Day and National Meteor Watch Day to round out the month.  Oh, and I have the first four days of July planned as well.  I have my blogging cut out for me.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Part 3 of Toys R Us in the Retail Apocalypse — Retail Archeology

"I have one more installment in this sad story to post, which will come from Retail Archeology tomorrow.  Stay tuned."  That's how I concluded Part 2 of Toys R Us in the Retail Apocalypse — Company Man. Since it's now tomorrow, it's time for me to follow through with four videos showing the stages of bankruptcy and liquidation from a customers-eye view.

Unlike yesterday's entry in which I posted the videos in chronological order, I'm starting with the most recent video, One Last Visit To Toys R Us.

In this episode I make one last trip to my childhood Toys R Us store shortly before they all close forever. If you haven't made that last trip to Toys R Us yet you're running out of time!
This wasn't the first time Retail Archeology visited a Toys R Us store.  Follow over the jump for three videos recorded over the past nine months.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Part 2 of Toys R Us in the Retail Apocalypse — Company Man

As I most recently promised yesterday, I am posting the first of two follow-ups to Part 1B of Toys R Us, a tale of the Retail Apocalypse — Bright Sun Films.  Today, Mike the Company Man brings the bad news.

When Toys R Us declared bankruptcy nine months ago (just before my birthday!), Company Man asked The Decline of Toys R Us...What Happened?

This week Toys R Us has filed for bankruptcy. It was shocking news and left everyone wondering what happened. This video takes a look at Toys R Us and explores the causes of the bankruptcy as well as makes predictions about the future of the company.
Unfortunately, all of Mike's hopes for the company were for naught, as he reported last week in Toys R Us - The Final Chapter.

We are in the final days of Toys R Us. A company that's been part of our lives for the past 70 years is nearing its end. Exactly 9 months ago I made a video about their decline that talked about their core issues. It essentially told the story of Toys R Us, with the exception of the final chapter. This video completes the story and talks about what's been happening over the past 9 months and why they weren't able to recover.
I have one more installment in this sad story to post, which will come from Retail Archeology tomorrow.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

'Get Out' wins Bradbury Award plus my take on the Retro Hugo nominees

For this week's Sunday entertainment feature, I'm being a good environmentalist and recycling 'Get Out' wins Ray Bradbury Award at the Nebula Awards at my Dreamwidth journal.
On Crazy Eddie's Motie News in February, I posted 'Get Out,' 'Logan,' and 'The Shape of Water' among nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation and made a prediction.
Based on which the screenwriters have nominated for the WGA Awards as well as the Oscars, the real contenders are "Get Out," which won Best Original Screenplay at the WGA Awards and is nominated for an Oscar, "The Shape of Water," which was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at both the WGA Awards and the Academy Awards, and "Logan," which was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at both the WGA Awards and the Academy Awards.  If the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America follow the lead of the WGA and the Writers Branch of the Motion Picture Academy, "Get Out" would be the favorite, followed by "Logan" and "The Shape of Water."
Earlier today, The Verge reported on the Nebula Award winners, writing "Jordan Peele’s film Get Out won the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation...."  My prediction came true!
This news is two months old, but I'm posting it here because the 2018 Saturn Awards will be presented this coming Wednesday, June 27, and "Get Out" is nominated for Best Film Writing, but also because I stumbled across some news about the other prestigious science fiction awards, the Hugo Awards.  Follow over the jump for an update involving the Retro-Hugo Awards.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Part 1B of Toys R Us, a tale of the Retail Apocalypse — Bright Sun Films

Four videos appeared in my feed yesterday about Toys R Us closing down, so it's time for me to post another tale of the Retail Apocalypse about the demise of America's, if not the world's, largest toy store chain.  In fact, I'm making a three-part series updating my readers.

In today's first part, I'm sharing the most comprehensive single video on the topic, Bright Sun Films' Abandoned - Toys R Us.

After much request, today I wanted to take a deeper look into the worlds most famous and iconic children's toy store that became a staple of millions childhoods, only to crumble in 2018. Lets take a look at Toys R Us.
This is a much more complete and unbiased account than CNBC gave in April's entry about Toys R Us closing down, which I'm retroactively calling Part 1A of Toys R Us, a tale of the Retail Apocalypse, making this episode Part 1B.  Stay tuned for Part 2 featuring Company Man on Monday and Part 3 starring Retail Archeology on Tuesday.  What about Sunday?  That will be another entertainment update, of course.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Mythology, horror and fantasy among show themes for the 2018 drum corps season

DCI held the first contest of the 2018 competitive drum corps season last night in Detroit, which is why I told my readers yesterday to "stay tuned for an entry about drum corps shows with speculative fiction themes" today.*  On with the post!

At first glance this year's junior drum corps programs did not seem to include as many shows with speculative fiction themes or elements as last year, when I identified nine shows with science fiction, fantasy, or horror motifs at the time and then added a tenth.  In particular, I didn't see any shows with strong science fiction themes, although there are a few programs with science fiction elements.  Closer examination of the show themes and repertoires showed that there are at least ten shows with speculative fiction elements — in particular, mythology, fantasy, and horror all have strong representatives — and there may be as many as thirteen.

I begin with Blue Knights, who are exploring Egyptian mythology with "Fall and Rise."  FloMarching describes the show.
Blue Knights' 2018 program "Fall And Rise" takes inspiration from the sun god Ra "as a springboard to go deeper and explore the invincible human spirit." From the description on the corps' website, the show will be another high-brow concept, but with some easily understandable imagery to set the stage.

With the corps' 2017 uniforms being so directly related to their show concept "i," expect that the 2018 look will reflect the concept of "Fall And Rise" very explicitly.
This year's uniforms definitely do reflect the ancient Egyptian theme.  Look at that scarab!

The music is less fantastic, although three pieces would work just as well for a science fiction show.
Blue Knights will play the following repertoire: "Sun King" by The Beatles, "The Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky, "Exit Music for a Film" by Radiohead, "Welcome to the Machine" by Pink Floyd, and "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper/Robert Hyman.
"Exit Music for a Film" was used in "Westworld," "Welcome to the Machine" would fit in a robot show, and "Time After Time" works for a time-travel show.

Crossmen became the first corps to play "Exit Music for a Film" last year, making them the tenth corps from 2017 to have a science fiction element or theme to their show, although the rest of their program did not qualify.  This year, the corps' entire show theme falls under speculative fiction, "The Inbetween."  Here is the text of the announcement on Twitter.
Exploring the space between the no longer and the not yet.

Musical selection[s] include:
Funeral For a Friend - Elton John
Upside Down - Andrew Markworth
Symphony No. 6 - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Sweetness Follows - R.E.M.
No, the "Upside Down" piece is not from "Stranger Things," although I'm sure the composition was inspired by the Netflix horror series.  Because of that connection, I'm provisionally filing this show under horror, even if it isn't scary.

Follow over the jump for the rest of this year's drum corps shows with speculative fiction themes.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happy World Giraffe Day 2018 and a song for the Summer Solstice

Happy World Giraffe Day!  For this year's celebration, I'm sharing three videos from Jacksonville University's The Science of... series about giraffe conservation.  First, What do Giraffes at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Eat?

What do giraffes eat - Watch a giraffe eat a whole banana, skin and all, and get a behind the scenes peek at preparing mixed herbs and alfalfa for the giraffe herd, as well as learn about some of the plants that the giraffes browse and graze on as they roam about their “African” Savanna at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
I can tell keepers Aree and LeShea really enjoy their work and love their charges.  That's good for both them and the giraffes.

Next, Giraffes... Duke and His Family Tree.

Forrest and Fiji are the youngest giraffes at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and their dad, Duke, has sired 14 additional offspring. See these giraffes and learn a little bit about their family tree by mammal keeper LeShea Upchurch.
That was both cool and informative, but I wished they told the viewers what they did with the giraffes they didn't keep.  I assume the Jacksonville Zoo sends them to other zoos as part of the Reticulated Giraffe conservation plan.

Speaking of which, the final video about the giraffes at the Jacksonville Zoo is a science video, Endangered Giraffes... 4 species or 1?

Giraffe genetics, ossicones, coat spots and patterns, where endangered giraffes live, how many giraffe species there are, Giraffe Conservation Foundation, and Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens! Join Faraja the giraffe, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Conservation Program Officer, Lucas Meers, and Dr. Julian Fennessy, Co-director of the Giraffe Conservation Foundation to learn about giraffes, their plight, and what you can do to help!
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation is the organization behind World Giraffe Day, so I think it's only appropriate that one of their directors appears in a video today.

Enough science.  How about some music for the Summer Solstice?  Here are Camille and Kennerly, better known as the Harp Twins, with Beneath the Midnight Sun (SUMMER SOLSTICE Original Song).

Happy Solstice!  Stay tuned for an entry about drum corps shows with speculative fiction themes.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Happy American Eagle Day and an early National Seashell Day 2018

Happy American Eagle Day and an early National Seashell Day!  Here is the description of today's wildlife holiday from National Day Calendar.
Observed each year on June 20th is National American Eagle Day.  This day is set aside to honor our national symbol, raise awareness for protecting the Bald Eagle, assist in the recovery of their natural environments and take part in educational outreach.

The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States of America and appears on its Seal.

In the latter 20th century, the Bald Eagle was on the brink of extinction in the continental United States.  Eventually, populations recovered and on July 12, 1995, the species was removed from the U.S. Federal Government’s List of Endangered Species and transferred to the List of Threatened Species. On June 2007, it was withdrawn from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States.

The Bald Eagle’s range includes most of Canada, Alaska, all of the contiguous United States and northern Mexico.  They can be found near large bodies of open water where there is an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting.

Opportunistic feeders, Bald Eagles survive mainly on fish, swooping down and snatching them from the water.  Their nests are the largest nests of any North American bird and the largest tree nests ever recorded for any animal species. The largest recorded eagle’s nest was found in St. Petersburg, Florida.  It measured 9.5 feet in diameter and 20 feet deep.  It weighed in at nearly 3 tons.

The name “Bald Eagle” derives from an older meaning of “white headed” as the bird is actually not bald.  The adult eagle is mainly brown with a white head and tail.
Since I like videos, here is Dollywood Celebrates American Eagle Day from the American Eagle Foundation.

American Eagle Day is celebrated across our nation on June 20 every year. This year, it was celebrated at Dollywood on Saturday, June 16, during Chatter Reunion. In this video by WVLT, Channel 8, Laura Sterbens and Spencer Williams, along with Bald Eagle Mr. Lincoln preview the day's events.
I'm glad to see Dollywood, which I visited in 1981 when it was still Silver Dollar City, get into animal shows and conservation.  The park wasn't into such things when I visited, which was before Dolly Parton bought it.

Follow over the jump for my celebration of National Seashell Day, which I observe on the 20th regardless of the day the Summer Solstice falls because the day fell on the 20th when I first noticed it and because World Giraffe Day is always on the 21st.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Toast 'Black Panther' and 'Stranger Things' at the MTV Movie & TV Awards on National Martini Day 2018

I promised I would report on the winners of the MTV Movie and TV Awards.  MTV gave out the awards last night and "Black Panther" and "Stranger Things" were the big winners.  According to Entertainment Weekly, "Black Panther" and "Stranger Things" won four awards each.

I begin with ‘Black Panther’ Wins Best Movie.

Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan and Winston Duke of ‘Black Panther’ accept the award for Best Movie at 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards.
In addition to Best Movie, "Black Panther" won the following awards: Chadwick Boseman won Best Performance in a Movie and Best Hero while Michael B. Jordan won Best Villain.  Congratulations and Happy Juneteenth to the cast and crew of "Black Panther."

Next, The ‘Stranger Things 2’ Cast Accepts the Award for Best Show.

Finn Wolfhard, Sadie Sink, Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp and Dacre Montgomery of ‘Stranger Things 2’ accept the award for Best Show for the second year in a row at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards.
In addition to Best Show, Millie Bobby Brown won Best Performance in a Show, Noah Schnapp won Most Frightened Performance, and "Stranger Things" won Best Musical Moment for Mike and Eleven dancing to "Every Breath You Take."  Congratulations!

While both Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan were able to take the stage to accept the award for "Black Panther," Millie Bobby Brown was not able to attend.  However, she was able to accept her award and gave a video acceptance in Millie Bobby Brown’s Anti-Bullying Message.

Millie Bobby Brown couldn’t make it to the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards because of her injury, but sends a message as she accepts the Best Performance in a Show award for ‘Stranger Things 2.’
Get well, Miss Brown!

Other speculative fiction winners included The Losers Club from "IT" for Best On-Screen Team, "Wonder Woman" for Best Fight, and Chris Pratt, who is starring in "Jurassic World 2" this weekend, receiving the Generation Award.  Honorable mention goes to Madelaine Petsch from "Riverdale" winning Scene Stealer for being in a comic book television show, even if it doesn't involve superheroes.

In addition to today being Juneteenth, it's also National Martini Day.  Follow over the jump for a toast to all the speculative fiction winners at the MTV Movie& TV Awards.

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Oscars for the seventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News

Normally, I'd wait until Thursday to post this retrospective about the most read entries examining the Oscars that I promised in Bill Nye represents The Resistance for the seventh year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News, but this coming Thursday is World Giraffe Day and the Summer Solstice and Friday will be the day I post this year's drum corps shows with speculative fiction themes.  So, since those days are already spoken for and I didn't post a normal Sunday entertainment feature yesterday because of Father's Day, I'm posting it today.

Equal pay for equal work at the Oscars posted March 2, 2015 tied for 37th place overall with John Oliver on D.C. Statehood.  It earned 2304 page views during the last month of the seventh year of the blog, all of which were earned by sharing it at the Join the Coffee Party Movement Facebook page.  Those page views also made it the sixth most read entry during March 2018.  It ended the blogging year with 2613 total raw page views during the three years since it was originally posted.

The most read entry about this year's Oscars, at least according to raw page views, was 'Icarus' wins Best Documentary, making a political point at Putin's expense from March 7, 2018.  It earned 2142 raw page views between the time it was posted and March 20, 2018, enough to place it 42nd overall and 37th among entries actually posted during the seventh year of this blog.  It also placed ninth overall and third among entries posted during March 2018 with 2092 default and 2167 raw page views by the end of the month.  Nearly all of those page views came from being shared at the Join the Coffee Party Movement Facebook page.  It earned the most comments, five, for the month because of a brief flamewar between Nebris and Infidel 753.

Politics and diversity among Oscar nominated short subjects from March 10, 2018 earned 2107 raw page views in ten days, enough to land it in 44th overall and 39th among entries posted during the seventh year of this blog.  The entry also placed eighth overall and fourth among entries posted during March 2018 with 2094 default and 2125 raw page views.  Again, it earned most of its page views from being shared at the Join the Coffee Party Movement Facebook page.

The lowest ranked entry about this year's Oscars was also the first one I wrote and shared at the Join the Coffee Party Movement Facebook page, Diversity, representation, inclusion, and fantasy all winners at the 90th Academy Awards from March 6, 2018.  It ended the blogging year with 2086 raw page views, enough to place it 45th overall and 40th among entries posted between March 21, 2017 and March 20, 2018.  It was also the tenth most read overall and the fifth most read during March 2018, ending the month with 2053 default and 2099 raw page views.  Nearly all of those page views came from being shared at the Join the Coffee Party Movement Facebook page.  In addition, it was the most popular post on Twitter during March with two likes, one retweet, and one reply.

The final entry I'm listing in today's retrospective is 'Wonder Woman' is already winning awards — for its trailer from June 11, 2018.  It's not about the Oscars but about the best movie of 2017 not to be nominated for an Academy Award.  I'm mentioning it here because it was about a movie winning an award and because the post had the most comments of any entry posted last year with eleven.

I have two more retrospectives planned in this series, one about comments, likes, shares, and pins and another about the back catalog.  I plan on posting those next week.

Follow over the jump for the linkspam of previous entries about entertainment and in this series.