Friday, June 30, 2017

Summer Dubbin: What's New to Anime Strike

Hi, friends!

Today I have a new thing to share with you: Amazon Strike - a sweet channel for awesome people (like you!) who like anime. And now for some stuff I couldn't write better myself - because I didn't:

Melting Your Stream, Part 3: What's New to Amazon, July 2017

Hi, friends!

Since we did Netflix, I figured it's only fair to let you know what's coming to your Amazon box too. So here is a fancy graph! Wooooo!

Melting Your Stream, Part 2: What's New to Netflix, July 2017

Hi, friends!

I'm just in time to almost be late with this, but here is what you can stream on Netflix starting TOMORROW. Woooo!

Avail. 7/1/17

Albion: The Enchanted Stallion
Are We There Yet?
Are We Done Yet?
Best in Show
Boat Trip
Caramel
Capo “El amo del tunel”: Season 1
Code Name: The Cleaner
Dad
Deep Water: Season 1
Delicatessen
Disney's The Mighty Ducks (finally!)
El Barco: Season 1
Emma
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Will I finally watch this whole movie?)
Free Willy
Hostages (Israel): Season 2
Here Alone
Jackass: Number Two
Last Night
Liar's Dice
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Matchstick Men
Mixed Signals
Offspring: Season 6 (the band documentary?)
Out of Thin Air
Police Academy (nice!)
Proof of Life
Punch-Drunk Love
Spawn: The Movie (the security guard from Mondo Burger doin things!)
Spice Up: Season 1
The Truth Is in the Stars
Yours Fatefully: Season 1
The Ultimatum: Season 1
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Longest Yard
The Land Before Time (YES!)
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure (YES! YES!)
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving (YES! YES! YES!)
The Astronaut Farmer
Taking Lives
The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo)
The Originals: Season 4
Titanic
Unriddle II
Unriddle
Witnesses: Season 2
World at Your Feet: Season 1
Yes We Can!: Season 1
Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang

Avail. 7/2/17

El Chema: Season 1

Avail. 7/3/17

Diamond Cartel
Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story

Avail. 7/4/17

The Standups: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/thestandups

Avail. 7/5/17

iZombie: Season 3

Avail. 7/6/17

Butter
Speech & Debate
The Void

Avail. 7/7/17

1 Mile to You (Life At These Speeds)
Castlevania: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL (YYYEEEESSSS!)
Dawn of the Croods: Season 4--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 4--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Luna Petunia: Season 2--NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 7/8/17

Bad Santa 2 (lol nice)
Horse Dancer

Avail. 7/9/17

Lion

Avail. 7/11/17

Gabriel Iglesias Presents The Gentleman Jerry Rocha

Avail. 7/14/17

Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Chasing Coral--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Friends From College: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/friendsfromcollege
To the Bone--NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 7/15/17

Rake: Season 4
West Coast Customs: Season 4

Avail. 7/17/17

A Cowgirl's Story
Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness
Uncertain Glory

Avail. 7/18/17

Aditi Mittal: Things They Wouldn't Let Me Say--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ari Shaffir: Double Negative: Collection--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 3
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Yeah buddy!)

Avail. 7/20/17

Pretty Little Liars: New episodes

Avail. 7/21/17

Last Chance U: Season 2--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/lastchanceu
Ozark: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/ozark
The Worst Witch: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 7/22/17

Railroad Tigers

Avail. 7/24/17

Victor

Avail. 7/25/17

Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Munroe Island

Avail. 7/28/17

Daughters of Destiny: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Incredible Jessica James--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/theincrediblejessicajames
The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 5--NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 7/31/17

After The Reality
Checkpoint
Dark Night
Taking Earth
Being Mary Jane: The Series: Season 4 -- Date TBD
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So much stuff! Do the thing! Woooo!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Melting Your Stream, Part 1: What's Leaving Netflix, July 2017

Hi, friends!

I forgot to do this on the show this week, so here's me doing the thing. This month you get the express (aka lazy) version of what you need to watch on Netflix before it's gone FOREVER:

LEAVING NETFLIX 7/1

Leaving 7/1/17
9/11: Stories in Fragments
America's Secret D-Day Disaster
American Pie Presents: Band Camp
American Pie Presents: Beta House
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile
An Unmarried Woman
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Batman (How can you delete Batman?)
Black Wings
Blazing Saddles (if I didn't own this masterpiece, I'd be bummed)
Blondie's New York
Bombs, Bullets and Fraud
Day of the Kamikaze
Death Beach (this sounds awesome)
El Dorado
Flicka 2
Futurama: Seasons 1 - 6 (BOOOOO)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (nah, that ain't me)
Ghost Whisperer: Seasons 1 - 5 (I think Jennifer Love-Hewitt is in this)
Hello, Dolly!
Hip Hop: The Furious Force of Rhymes
History in HD: The Last Bomb
Hugo
Kate & Leopold (possible chick flick)
MacGyver: Seasons 1 - 7 (you'd think he could save this with a tic tac and a rubber band)
Mystery Files: Hitler
Mystery Files: Leonardo da Vinci
Nazi Temple of Doom
Samurai Headhunters
Secrets: A Viking Map?
Secrets: Richard III Revealed
Secrets: The Sphinx
Shuttle Discovery's Last Mission
The Hunt for Bin Laden
The Incredible Bionic Man
Titanic's Final Mystery
While You Were Sleeping (chick flick)
Working Girl

Leaving 7/3/17
The Last Samurai (we need MORE Tom Cruise to binge, not less)
Two Weeks Notice (also a chick flick)

Leaving 7/6/17
Los Heroes del Norte: Seasons 1 - 2

Leaving 7/11/17
Opposite Field

Leaving 7/12/17
Adventures of Pepper and Paula
In the Basement
Sleeping Beauty

Leaving 7/13/17
Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain (this was a funny special)

Leaving 7/15/17
All That Glitters (Is this a Smash Mouth documentary?)
Lessons for a Kiss
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So hurry up and get your vacation time approved so you don't miss stuff! Have fun!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Baseball Needs a Pitch Clock

There, I said it.

There has been a lot of talk recently about how to speed up baseball games. Some new rules have helped - a timer between innings, keeping guys in the box during at-bats - but they just don't seem to be enough.

Look, I love baseball. Longtime fans of mine certainly know that. I will defend it against casual fans who complain about it being "boring." Even if those people thought the 2017 NBA Playoffs were "exciting" - you can think what you want, but I don't think we watched the same games. But even I can admit that, sometimes, baseball takes longer than it should. And THE MAN (the union too, I guess) needs to make some moves on it.

Quick aside: I love that they no longer have to throw pitches for an intentional walk (though I think it should only be allowed at the beginning of the AB). Does it save a lot of time? No, but I always hated it. Okay, back to me.

Two "rituals" in baseball that greatly hinder this pace of play deal for me are: guys calling time in the box and pitchers stepping off the rubber. I'm not suggesting the moves be outlawed, as the acts themselves aren't my concern. But their overuse is part of what can make games really drag. And, as a bonus gripe, can we limit pickoff throws? The DH you just pitched around isn't going anywhere with a 5-run lead in the 8th. Calm yourself.

All of these issues can, I think, be solved by adding *dramatic music* a pitch clock. Some may argue that speeding up a player's routine will affect his play. I see the point, but do you know what he'll do up there? He'll do exactly what players have been doing for decades: adjust!

They've adjusted to the mound. They've adjusted with the shift. They've adjusted to caring - and now no longer caring - about winning the All-Star Game. Baseball is as much about routines as it is making adjustments to them. It might take a while, but I'm sure that professional players can get used to finishing their moves in a few minutes (hey now!).

And besides, it's not like players get paid by the hour. If this goes as anticipated and really does shorten games, they'll essentially make more money for less work. And that means more time to crap open cold ones. Everyone wins!

So come on, big wigs, let's do the thing!