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Too Much Streaming

I recently read an article from the Los Angeles Times about Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+. Believe me, it’s enticing, but do we really need another steaming service when we already have so many?

I’m not saying one should have a monopoly or people shouldn’t have choices, but does one person really need to have all the streaming services? At the end of the day, it’s another TV bill. Who wants that?

For now, streaming seems to be a cheaper alternative to cable or satellite. But the separate bills for the different services will add up quickly, if they aren’t already. Netflix and Hulu produce their own content – as will Disney+ – but how many people have time to sit around and watch every show or movie? Not many. It definitely wouldn’t be healthy. And it would probably be boring after awhile anyway.

It would be easy if all anybody had to choose from was a few general services like Netflix or Hulu. The name of the game is making more money, but having Disney shows available exclusively through Disney+ doesn’t seem fair. I mean, its content has been on the other services for so long. Why yank it away now? What if consumers don’t feel like paying another bill? It’s not like Disney is on the verge of bankruptcy and they desperately need the money or anything.

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Apple Podcasts archives

Some people call it Apple Podcasts. Some people call it iTunes. It’s all the same to me; nomenclature isn’t what I’m after here.

I love podcasts. I listen to a lot of them – maybe too many, they take up most of the storage on my phone at the moment. I’m interested in all of them though, and I try to listen to every episode. Except when I can’t.

“When I can’t” is the problem. I don’t know why, but sometimes the different podcasts randomly delete episodes from their feeds. Sometimes they delete downloaded episodes as well, instead of just removing the downloads from my phone to free up space.

It’s all good if I can access the episodes I haven’t listened to elsewhere. Sometimes, however, that’s impossible. I recently had to delete a podcast because I couldn’t find the older episodes.

Maybe I’m just too anal that I want to listen to all the episodes, no matter how old they are. But my question is this: why can’t all the podcast episodes be accessible from Apple? Is there a reason they randomly disappear? It’s not fair, if you ask me. If not Apple, they should at least be accessible in one other place.

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Lacking Consistency

I thought I’d come back from my blogging break, but it seems that I haven’t. I’m sorry about that. However, I just started a creative writing class on Wednesday, so I should be able to post some of those things here.

I think part of it is that I haven’t felt like I have anything new to talk about. I know I have ideas in my brain somewhere, they’re just not at the forefront where I can readily access them. It’s disappointing, honestly.

I have been working on some fan fiction though, which has been really fun. And unexpectedly cathartic. I’m processing feels that I thought I’d already processed, but the story is bringing them up again as if they’re fresh. Sometimes it gets so intense that I have to stop writing.

My biggest personal disappointment though is not being able to finish a novel. I’ve been bouncing from idea to idea for years. I’m able to start writing the stories, but they just seem to fizzle out after awhile for some reason. Hopefully having deadlines in my class will help me to stick to something.

I’ll try to get back to regular posting soon. Thanks for sticking with me!

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Google, please stop

At this point, it shouldn’t be a secret that I love – and admittedly have a crush on – Emily Blunt. My posts about Mary Poppins Returns are more than enough proof.

Unfortunately, Google has noticed this as well. The first thing I saw when I opened up Google on my phone the other day was an article about her Met Gala dress. That wasn’t what I was searching for at all.

It makes me feel like I’m unhealthily obsessed with her, even though I know I’m not; her work just so happens to mean a lot to me. I’m not one of those crazy people who is going to find out where she lives and stalk her. I know she’s (apparently) neighbors with Jimmy Kimmel, and that’s enough for me.

Nor do I want her to myself. I’m not a home wrecker. She and John Krasinski are pretty much relationship goals. If they ever get divorced for some reason I will be very, very sad.

So, Google, can you please not shove Mrs. Krasinski in my face so much? I’m not saying I never want to read about her (or John, for that matter), but I don’t need to be bombarded with articles. Okay, thanks, bye!

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I thought I was over it

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A while back, when I was doing some research for this post, I watched The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. It had been awhile since I’d read the books or seen the movies. Plus, I’d since come to the conclusion that while the story is good for what it is – romance – the writing wasn’t very good because the end of the series was very anticlimactic. And Bella and Edward never fight. How realistic is that? It’s not. At all.

However, as I watched the movie, all of the feelings I had while reading the books came back to me and hit me like a ton of bricks. It was weird; I wasn’t expecting anything of the sort. Maybe it’s because when I read the books, I was at my father’s house, and they kept me sane during that time. I didn’t quite know what to do with myself after I finished reading.

Even the question of “Why didn’t Bella choose Jacob?” popped in my head, even though I know perfectly well why she chose Edward. It’s because when you’re around people who make you feel good, you don’t give up on those relationships. Or when you’re doing something that makes you feel good about yourself, you don’t give up on it just because it gets hard.

I might not like the writing so much anymore, but I guess The Twilight Saga still means something to me.

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Music

Singers v. Songwriters

Singers and Songwriters. These days, they’re almost one and the same. But what about the people who don’t (or didn’t) write their own songs?

I don’t know how they do it. Maybe that’s just because I can’t imagine not writing my own stuff. If you’re just a songwriter, what do you do? Write songs and sit around until someone wants to buy them? That sounds like rough going.

And how does someone go about buying songs that they can sing? Do songwriters just throw songs out there for you to choose from? That sounds overwhelming. I know sometimes people write songs specifically for other people, but that seems rare.

How can someone take credit for what someone else wrote? That would usually fall under the category of plagiarism. But it doesn’t seem to be that way with songs.

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Movies

The Lion King (2019)

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After the death of his father, young Simba leaves Pride Rock to run away from his responsibilities, only to realize that running away doesn’t fix everything, and he must return to take his place as the rightful king.

The latest installment in Disney’s series of live-action remakes, The Lion King is good. It paid homage to the original, but it wasn’t the same. Some of the differences are to be expected, and even welcomed: Young Simba and Nala (JD McCrary and Shahadi Wright Joseph, respectively) were adorable. Wright Joseph is no stranger to playing Young Nala – she’s been doing it on Broadway for years.

Timon and Pumbaa (Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen, respectively) were hilarious. And, they can sing. Billy Eichner was just as good as Nathan Lane, and he got Nathan Lane’s blessing to play the character.

The one voice they didn’t replace – and it would be a tragedy if they had had to – was James Earl Jones as Mufasa. His voice is iconic. Although it does beg the question of why they didn’t bring more of the original voices back.

Donald Glover was excellent as well. Beyoncé, however, left something to be desired. Yes, she can sing, but “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” sounded strange. And her acting fell flat, even though she only had to use her voice. She makes a lot of money for a reason – ostensibly because she’s talented – but that doesn’t mean she can do everything. She’s good at making her own music; she should probably stick to that.

The animation was as realistic as it could be, which was really cool. And, the crew used virtual reality to help them visualize where they were. All in all, this movie is satisfying. Slimy, yet satisfying.