Monday Musings: SI’s 2018 Mock Draft

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Monday Musings is back, but things are a little different today. I only want to spotlight one article because Sports Illustrated already started some coverage for the NBA draft next year.

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2018 Mock Draft: First Round Predictions

The aim of our mocks is to project what the first round of the draft might look like if the season ended today, based on which players are trending. Our Big Board (coming next week) will serve as a more definitive, fluid prospect ranking based on our own evaluations. Given it’s November, take the projected order of teams with a grain of salt—we’re simply working off the standings. We won’t waste our time on team needs or best fit at this stage.

Sports Illustrated has some great insight into the college players who could be going in the first round. If you’re like me and can’t find the time to keep up with prospects, give this a read and see who your team could possibly draft next year.

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Monday Musings: Shonda Rhimes and Superheroes

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Monday Musings returns with some various superhero articles and with Shonda Rhimes answering 10 questions. Check it all out below.

10 Questions with Shonda

We recently decided to put the boss on the spot and ask her a few questions — because when it comes to Shonda, we’ll take whatever life wisdom we can get.

Head over to Shondaland to watch Shonda Rhimes answer 10 questions. It’s a fun, quick watch and you should just check out the site in general. There’s a lot of good stuff on there.

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ injects life into Marvel’s most stagnant Avenger

From a production standpoint, Ragnarok may be the truest and most gorgeous realization of comic creator Jack Kirby’s vision of cosmic scenery, complete with starkly contrasting colors, hard angles, and circular designs adorning everything. It lends the film a retrofuturistic aesthetic complemented by the synth-heavy soundtrack, bringing us to a time when comics were appreciated for the fanciful flights of speculative science fiction Marvel created at their twentieth century height.

Leigh Monson reviewed Thor: Ragnarok for Substream. I have yet to see the movie, but this review solidifies just how much I’d like to go see it. Disclaimer: Leigh is my film editor whenever I contribute to Substream. But this is still good regardless of that fact.

50 Best Superhero Movies of All Time

Half of the top 10 are superhero movies, and by year’s end, the recently released Thor: Ragnarok and the soon-to-be-released Justice League will almost certainly make their way in there. Next year, you can safely bet that Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Venom, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and Aquaman will crack 2018’s top 10, or at least get pretty close.

The Ringer ranked 50 superhero movies and now feels like a great time to do something like this. Justice League is on it’s way this week and Thor: Ragnarok is still being talked about.


Monday Musings: iPhone 8 or iPhone X?

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Monday Musings is back (a bit later than usual) to bring you some iPhone reviews. The main dilemma is do you want the 8 or the X? Check out what some tech folks have to say about them.

iPhone X Review (TechCrunch)

When Face ID did fail for me, it was almost always a function of one of two things: I wasn’t looking at the phone when it made the attempt (I have attention detection toggled on) or it was at too steep an angle and couldn’t see my whole face. If it was pointed at me and I was looking, it opened. There were definitely a couple of failed tries, but no more than I’ve seen with a Touch ID finger placement not being good enough. A second swipe/try typically opened it.

Matthew Panzarino took the iPhone X to Disneyland to test it out during his one-week review period. It’s a fantastic way to test a phone. You’re out and about, you can see just how well the battery works during a day trip, and well, it’s Disneyland so you can take plenty of pictures to check out the camera’s performance.

I Tried The iPhone X — And The Killer Feature Is Its Size (Buzzfeed)

The home button, the iPhone’s longtime escape key, has been replaced with a slew of different swipes and volume control/power button combos. Swipe up to get back to the homescreen. Swipe down from the top right for the Control Center. Swipe up from the bottom and hold to go to the app switcher. Press and hold the side button to activate Siri. Press and hold the side button and volume button to turn the device off…and so on and so forth.

Nicole Nguyen at Buzzfeed was able to test the iPhone X for a week, too. This one is a great, thorough review of what all the phone is capable of.

Review: Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (Wired)

If you do buy an 8, it’ll be for one of two very important, very noticeable upgrades. The first is wireless charging, a decade-old tech that’s finally made its way into the iPhone. Apple doesn’t make a wireless charger yet—the AirPower mat comes next year—but the iPhone 8 works with any pad using the popular Qi standard. The phone charges quite a bit slower on the pad than plugged into the wall, but it’s worth it for the freedom. Wireless charging makes the iPhone feel less like a Tamagotchi needing constant feeding, and more like a digital sidekick that’s always ready to go.

The iPhone 8 is more of an update than a whole new phone like the X. David Pierce has a good review of what’s new on it.

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Monday Musings: Stranger Things and the NFL

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Monday Musings returns with some music from Stranger Things 2 and some NFL articles for you. Give it all a look below.

Stranger Things 2 returned this weekend and brought with it another excellent soundtrack. If you’re a Stephen King fan, try listening to this while reading one of his books. You just might get the same eerie feeling that I did.

Song Exploder – Stranger Things

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein went on Song Exploder to break down the title theme for Stranger Things. It’s a great inside look into what the process was like to get the song just right.

NFL’s unsolved mysteries

Given that the Patriots game was really Watson’s first breakout performance, maybe the Texans weren’t ready to place the game in their rookie quarterback’s hands. Given that Watson’s offense had averaged 36 points per game over the three ensuing weeks and sliced up the Seahawks for 507 yards and 38 points heading into a critical third-and-short, it seemed unlikely that O’Brien would make another mistake.

Bill Barnwell breaks down 8 NFL mysteries in his latest column. It’s a fun read that’s worth checking out.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Is Here to Make Football Fun

Smith-Schuster, the youngest player in the league, finished Sunday’s 20-15 victory over the Detroit Lions with seven catches on 10 targets for 193 yards and a touchdown. He started the game doing rookie grunt work, serving as the bench in Le’Veon Bell’s touchdown celebration.

As a big USC fan, it’s great to see JuJu have a performance like this. Just watch the video of his 97-yard TD. The Steelers should be using him to their advantage whenever they can. He’s young so he still has a long way to go in his football career.

Monday Musings: Celebration Rock, Weller, and Sorority Noise

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Monday Musings returns with a heavy focus on music. Julien Baker, Weller, and Sorority Noise all deserve your attention this week.

Julien Baker on Celebration Rock

This is a great episode with Steven Hyden and Julien Baker. Her new album is out soon and I highly recommend giving this a listen before that comes out.

Weller – Weller

Weller released their self-titled album on October 20th. The Philly music scene constantly produces great music and this is another band you can add to that list.

Sorority Noise – Alone

Sorority Noise dropped two surprise songs on Friday the 13th. Be sure to give them a listen and throw a couple bucks the band’s way if you enjoy them.

Monday Musings: Constantine, Runaways, and Castle Rock Trailers

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Monday Musings returns with a few trailers I’ve recently enjoyed. They were posted on our social accounts, but I wanted to get some thoughts down on them, too. Check them all out below.

Constantine’s live-action show didn’t last long, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. Matt Ryan is a great fir for the character and he’s returning to voice him for an animated show on CW Seed. You can bet that I’ll be watching this show and I may even have a few things to say about it over on Hidden Remote.

Marvel might have their Netflix shows, but that isn’t stopping them from putting out Runaways on Hulu. The comic by Brian K. Vaughan was an absolute joy to read and this trailer has me convinced that this show is worth checking out.

Hulu is on a roll with trailers lately. Castle Rock isn’t coming until 2018, but I’m already excited about it. Sissy Spacek returns to the Stephen King universe and there are quite a few Easter eggs from his other properties. Marc Bernardin did some work on the show and that’s how I initially found out about it. His involvement adds to my excitement level because he does some great writing.


Monday Musings: Music, Music, Music

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Monday Musings returns with some music for you to check out. We have new stuff from Heavy Sleeper, Frank Iero and the Patience, and Sammi Lanzetta.

Heavy Sleeper recently released a video for “Night Swim.” The band will be releasing Alive & Well on October 17th and you can pre-order a copy here.

Frank Iero and the Patience recently released Keep The Coffins Coming. You can stream the EP in full above. You can definitely expect a lot of noise on this release and it’s a fun listen.

Sammi Lanzetta has a new EP coming out on Friday. You can listen to “Circles” in the meantime, but be sure to give the whole thing a listen once it’s streaming.


Monday Musings: Packers and Stephen King

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Monday Musings returns with some Packers and Stephen King articles and videos. There’s a ton of Stephen King content lately, and this is just a small look at it.

Aaron Rodgers Finally Got the Chance to Show Off His Jedi Powers in Overtime

Green Bay’s 27-24 overtime win against the Bengals on Sunday is just the latest chapter in our alternate timeline where Luke Skywalker grew up on Earth and played professional football in Wisconsin.

That sentence alone made this piece worth reading for me. I love it when two things I enjoy cross paths like this.

1922 Trailer

Another Stephen King movie is coming to Netflix in October. I’ll definitely be checking this out.

Stephen King at 70

Entertainment Weekly did a week long tribute to Stephen King last week as he celebrated his 70th birthday. I’ve linked to the first piece, which has Richard Chizmar talking about the author.

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Monday Musings: Sports and Technology

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Monday Musings returns with a little bit of sports and technology for you. I picked a few articles that I found entertaining or interesting. Check them out below.

Kevin Durant’s Fake Twitter Conspiracy Might Just Be the Tip of the Iceberg

Somebody else probably has access to Durant’s Twitter account, as is the case with most celebrities. That person could have conceivably scrolled through Durant’s mentions on his phone or Tweetdeck and decided to respond to a message. But before replying, that person could have forgotten to switch away from Durant’s account.

This sounds like a fairly good reason to not let other people have access to your account. Either way, this is an interesting read on KD and Twitter.

Shure introduces first-ever Bluetooth earphones for prices starting at $100

Shure just announced two new models of Bluetooth wireless earphones. The $150 SE215 and $100 SE112 each deliver deep bass and sound isolation, and they’re the first Bluetooth earbuds that Shure has ever made.

I’ve heard good things about Shure and their headphones. These may be something to consider when looking for Bluetooth earbuds.

A Guide to Pretending to Do Things After Scoring a Touchdown

An even better celebration, though, was the one that Kareem Hunt, who’s taken all of two weeks to become one of the most exciting players in football, did during the Chiefs-Eagles game. After scoring his second touchdown in the game, Hunt got up from the muck of bodies he’d pulverized, then set the ball on the turf as he kneeled next to it and then used it like a pillow as he pretended to take a nap.

Shea Serrano is always a joy to read. This take on touchdown celebrations is a fun one. Having Kareem Hunt on my fantasy football team is fun, too.

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Monday Musings: Recent Reads

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Monday Musings returns with some things that I have recently read. There’s something in here for the history buff, music lover, and comic book reader. Check the books out below.

Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History is the full name of this book. I’m usually not a big person who is into history in the typical sense. However, what Kurt Andersen accomplishes here is an interesting read that focuses on a specific theme in history. It’s a bit of a long read, but well worth your time.

Personal Stereo by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

The music nerd in me was thrilled to read a book that heavily discusses the Walkman. While I never had one, it’s a good look into the history of the device and the format in general. It’s definitely a good read.

Back To Brooklyn by Garth Ennis

Garth Ennis and Jimmy Palmiotti teamed up for a gruesome comic about the mob life in Brooklyn. Jimmy grew up there and the trade has some personal notes from him in the introduction and at the end of the book. If you aren’t up for a super graphic comic, pass on this, but if it won’t bother you, this is worth checking out.

Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

This was a fantastic read. Kim Gordon has done so many things that aren’t strictly music related but are still great to read about. She gives a very personal look at everything that happened throughout her career with Sonic Youth, even when the band broke up and later reunited for some shows. There’s also some great points that she brings up about women in the music scene. I highly recommend this one.

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