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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Monday Musings: Labor Day Sales

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Monday Musings is back in  short form for Labor Day. We wanted to promote a few sales in case anyone is interested in picking some awesome stuff up before the day ends. Check them out below.

Take This To Heart Records

T3H is having a 30% off sale on everything in their store except for pre-orders. There are some great bands on this label, so be sure to grab something for a good deal.

Star Wars sale at ThinkGeek

Up to 80% off on select Star Wars items. Force Friday just passed, but you can still find some good deals.

Bridge Nine

Use the code LABORDAY20 for 20% off on the Bridge Nine store.

Marvel Digital Comics 

Head over to Amazon to grab 50% off on select Marvel digital comics.

Happy Labor Day!

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Monday Musings: App Recommendations

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Monday Musings is back and we’ll be doing things a bit different for this one and all future ones. With my newsletter, Pop Culture Hustle, being similar to what this initially was, I wanted to switch things up. So these will now have themes each Monday and focus on one topic. This week, I have some app recommendations to share.

Instapaper

This recommendation can be used on the web or on mobile devices. My device of choice to use the app on is my iPad. It’s perfect for reading some articles. At this very moment, I have over 100 articles saved to Instapaper. Basically, I have a lot of catching up to do. It’s hands down my favorite read it later service.

Overcast

My podcast app of choice. It’s only available on iOS, so my apologies to any non-Apple users. I support the app and developer, Marco Arment, by paying $1 per month for the app. It’s a small price to pay for an app that I use on a daily basis and usually for quite a few hours. I listen to a ton of podcasts and can’t imagine using any other app to do so at this point.

Spark

This is my email app of choice right now. I’ve tried so many of them including Airmail and Polymail. While the others have features I like, this one has been the most consistent for me. It’s a nice, clean look and I can easily sort through all of my emails.

Monday Musings: Recode Decode, Dead Leaves, and the NBA

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Monday Musings returns with a great episode of Recode Decode, new music from Dead Leaves, and some NBA reading.

Recode Decode -The future of tech jobs in coal country

This episode has a great discussion with Kara Swisher, Interapt CEO Ankur Gopal, Code Louisville founder Rider Rodriguez, TechHire Eastern Kentucky student Crystal Adkins and Tech Jobs Tour CEO Leanne Pittsford. It’s well worth a listen.

Dead Leaves – Vultures

Check out the full album from Dead Leaves. It’s a good album and a good way to spend part of your Monday.

Magic Johnson at center of NBA probe into Paul George tampering

The Indiana Pacers filed tampering charges with the NBA against the Lakers, and the league issued a statement Sunday saying that an investigation is underway.

If this truly did happen, why wait until after you trade away Paul George to file these charges? We’ll just have to wait and see how this all plays out.

The NBA Positional Census: Shooting Guard

The more meaningful distinction in today’s game is between primary and secondary ball handlers, and it’s hard for guys who play off the ball to have as much of an impact on offense. The 2 spot has become a dumping ground for defensive specialists and players without the all-around game to run point.

Over at The Ringer, Jonathan Tjarks discusses Zach LaVine, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Caris LeVert and what their role will be in this evolving league. Tjarks always has some insightful things to say about the NBA and this article is no exception.

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Monday Musings: Netflix, Apple, and More

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Monday Musings returns with some news from Netflix, Apple’s new Instagram account, an episode of The Talk Show, and an interview that CBR did with Tom King. Check it all out below.

Netflix Acquires Millarworld

The acquisition, the first ever by Netflix, is a natural progression in the company’s effort to work directly with prolific and skilled creators and to acquire intellectual property and ownership of stories featuring compelling characters and timeless, interwoven fictional worlds. Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed.

Millarworld is the comic book publisher founded by Mark Millar. He created Kick-Ass, Old Man Wolverine, and more. His work is well-known and I’m interested to see how this all plays out. Will we see an uptick in Millar’s work making their way to the small screen? Seems like the chances are pretty good on that now.

Apple creates an Instagram account

Apple’s Instagram account won’t focus on their products, but instead will focus on images taken by iPhone users. They’ve launched with several images already.

The Talk Show – Nancy Reagan Was Right with Glenn Fleishman

Special guest Glenn Fleishman returns to the show. Topics include China forcing Apple to remove VPN apps from the Chinese App Store, Wi-Fi vs. LTE networking, the open workspaces in Apple Park, Glenn’s new letterpress project, the HomePod OS leak and iPhone D22, and more.

It’s always a pleasure to listen to John Gruber talk with his guests about Apple. This episode is a long one, as most of his are, but it’s well worth listening to. The talk on Apple and China is insightful and there’s some fun talk about Wi-Fi. It’s an intelligent conversation as always and if you haven’t checked out this podcast before, you might as well dive in with the latest episode.

Interview: Tom King Tackles New Gods Mythology in Mister Miracle

I’m sure there are going to be some readers here who are meeting Scott Free for the first time in this series. It’s been a while since he’s had a starring role, and he certainly hasn’t had one in Rebirth, so what are you hoping readers take away from your take on this character?

This is the most ambitious thing I’ve ever done. Mitch Gerads and I were literally like — we looked at things like Watchmen, stories that are as good as that, that sort of reflect our time. They’re great comics but they’re deeper than that, they sort of get into the veins. So we were like, “Can we do that?” And the answer is. “No.” You can’t be Alan Moore, but you can try, right? You can be ambitious! What the hell, right?

Here’s a quick snippet from Tom King’s interview about Mister Miracle. The new comic hits shelves on August 9. As someone who doesn’t know much about Mister Miracle, this limited series sounds like a good place to start. I’m a fan of Tom King’s work on BatmanVision, and Sherrif of Babylon so I’ll give anything he does a shot.

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Monday Musings: Recode Decode, The Killer, and More

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Monday Musings returns with a podcast from Recode Decode, a new song from The Killers, and a couple of news pieces. Check them all out below.

Recode Decode – What tech gets wrong about harassment

Recode Decode is the wonderful podcast from Kara Swisher. In this episode, she talks to Sarah Kunst and Erica Baker about their experiences with harassment in the tech industry. It’s an excellent listen, as well as an important one.

The Killers – “Run For Cover”

New song from The Killers. Need I say more?

Katie Couric is leaving Yahoo

The one-time Today host and CBS Nightly News anchor has ended her interview show for Yahoo, which became part of Oath — a new company with 50-plus media and technology brands including AOL.com, HuffPost, Yahoo Sports and Yahoo Mail — when Verizon closed its acquisition of the media company last month. Couric is expected to work with Oath on individual projects, according to Oath.

Katie Couric is leaving Yahoo and also left CAA for WME. If you want to keep up with her in the meantime, you can check out her podcast over at her website. It’ll be interesting to see what she works on next.

Grant Gustin Says A Goal On The Flash Is To Get To Crisis On Infinite Earths

“We don’t really talk about on a yearly basis but it was mentioned early on and that’s a goal. Obviously we’d have to go I think ten years to reach that,” Gustin said. “So there’s a possibility for sure. It’ll be fun to get there.”

Comicbook interviewed Grant Gustin and San Diego Comic Con and they talked briefly about covering Crisis On Infinite Earths in the show. I hope The Flash does something to improve this coming season because none have quite compared to that first season.

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Monday Musings: Star Wars, Celebration Rock, and More

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Monday Musings is back with some more Star Wars for you, Celebration Rock, and some articles to check out.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Behind The Scenes

At D23, Star Wars: The Last Jedi released some BTS footage. I was already looking forward to the movie, but now I’m looking forward to it even more. Is it December yet? Be sure to watch the video. It doesn’t give anything away, so don’t worry about spoilers. It’s just a fun look at all of the things we don’t get to see with the finished product.

Celebration Rock – Season 2 Episode 16: Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra Was A Teenaged Rock Star

Celebration Rock is the podcast from music journalist Steven Hyden. Manchester Orchestra are releasing a new album later this month and today he has Andy Hull on the podcast. If you’re a fan of Andy or the band, give this a listen.

The Best Christopher Nolan Movie Is…

To celebrate the release of Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan’s latest film, on Friday, we’ll be paying our respects to the director and his unique ability to produce grand cinematic experiences that are simultaneously very popular. Welcome to Christopher Nolan Week. Now, what better way to kick off the five-day event than to throw all of Nolan’s movies into a ring and debate which one is better than the rest? (Note: No one volunteered to argue for Following, Insomnia, or The Dark Knight Rises, which tells you where they stand in the hierarchy of Nolan’s films.)

The Ringer staff members debate which Christopher Nolan movie is the best and why. The site has had some fun reads on film lately, and this is just another one.

Box Office Milestone: ‘Wonder Woman’ Passes Final ‘Harry Potter’ Pic

The female-led tentpole has become a winning case study for why Hollywood studio executives should entrust female directors with their marquee properties. And if all goes as planned, Warners and DC will announce a release date for a Wonder Woman sequel at Comic-Con late this week, with Jenkins once again directing.

The Hollywood Reporter has an update on how Wonder Woman is doing at the box office. Plus, looks like there is some exciting news to look forward to at San Diego Comic Con later this week/weekend. I enjoyed the  movie a lot (and did a podcast on it), so I’d be thrilled to see Patty Jenkins on the sequel.

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Monday Musings: Off Panel, GOTG Vol. 3, and Paul George

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Monday Musings returns with an episode of Off Panel, a teasing tweet from James Gunn, and some insight on the Paul George trade. Check it all out below.

Off Panel #106: Hawkeye Vision with Kelly Thompson

On this week’s episode of Off Panel, writer Kelly Thompson joins the show to talk her work on Hawkeye at Marvel Comics. Thompson discusses her path to comics, the impact of studying art at SCAD has on her writing, how Jem and the Holograms changed her career, the pressure of working on a licensed book, co-writing at Marvel, the genesis of Hawkeye, the difficulty of following the Fraction/Aja/Wu run, how her scripting has evolved while working with Leonardo Romero and Jordie Bellaire, managing fill-in artists, Julian Totino Tedesco’s covers, working on the upcoming Captain Phasma book, before closing with five questions about Thompson.

I’ve mentioned this podcast on the site before, and here’s another great episode from it. Kelly Thompson does some great work in comics and it’s nice to listen to her talk about her career. I’m looking forward to her work on the upcoming Star Wars: Captain Phasma comic that is out in September.

James Gunn teases Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 soundtrack

James Gunn apparently has the GOTG Vol. 3 soundtrack narrowed down to 181 songs. Maybe.

How The Paul George Trade Crippled The East

To understand we got here, the George trade itself is telling. The Pacers could not have handled that situation worse over the past five months. They fumbled it first by refusing to acknowledge George’s discontent in February, then by apparently panicking and grabbing an underwhelming OKC offer. In the end they came away looking hamfisted and clueless, and it would have been baffling if it weren’t a note-for-note sequel to what the Bulls did with Jimmy Butler a week earlier.

Andrew Sharp, writing for Sports Illustrated, discussed the Paul George trade, bringing another star to the Western Conference. It’s a good read and shows just how unbalanced the NBA is right now.