Look, this hasn’t been a normal summer. Even the fun times have had a bit of a shadow over them as we stress about the pandemic. It’s not even like there’s good fall television to brighten up the end of summer because most productions have been suspended. But one bright spot that you might not have noticed yet: Ted Lasso on Apple TV.
Pop Culture & Current Events
Beyoncé’s Black Is King is debuting on Disney+ today. It’s a visual album in which Beyoncé “reimagines the lessons of “The Lion King for today’s young kings and queen’s in search of their own crown. The voyages of Black families throughout time are honored in a tale about a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love, and self-identity.”
At Gear Diary, we like our readers. We think you’re awesome people, and not just because, for some strange reason, you put up with our eclectic ramblings. So we’d like to please, please, please remind you to keep safe this summer and continue to take COVID-19 seriously.
Recently we have taken Apple to task for their lackluster take on racial justice and for making a tone-deaf product launch just as the pandemic was spiraling out of control in the US (and honestly since they were already leading with financial commitments, had they just said ‘we’re launching these products and are dedicating X% of every sale to COVID-19 relief efforts’ it would have made a big difference in perception).
I think it’s safe to say that all of us have watched the news over the last eleven days with broken hearts. The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless other people of color are a national tragedy. People everywhere are rightfully using their first amendment rights to seek change; corporations are jumping on the bandwagon, sometimes with mixed results.
This was a big weekend for the United States space programs! NASA and Space X successfully launched a shuttle to the International Space Station on Saturday, and on Sunday the shuttle docked!
Star Wars fans feeling saddened that the Clone Wars series finale arrives on May 4th are getting an early surprise: Disney+ will be launching The Rise of Skywalker that very same day!
Are you bored in lockdown? Of course you are! We’re all getting sick of staring at our four walls. Some of us are using quarantine a bit more productively than others, though. Just look at the amazing art reproductions being done on Instagram by performer and pinup model, Miss Anne Mary!
Last week the final entry in the Skywalker Saga – Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker – arrived on BluRay in stores (it has been out for digital purchase for a few weeks), and I thought it might be worthwhile to look back at the Sequel Trilogy and compare it to the original Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU) that was ‘purged from canon’ when Disney took over the franchise.
These are some strange and trying times that we all find ourselves in, and the last thing we should be worrying about right now is paying for signs that might help make things clearer for others who show up at our homes or essential businesses. Plum Grove is making all of its coronavirus COVID-19 poster art files free to download for print and distribution.
We are in a pandemic. I’ve spent the last week moving my synagogue into a virtual space and checking in on my seniors. Judie is working from home while babysitting grandkids so her daughter and son-in-law can continue to do their jobs. Carly is handling her day job remotely while building a home school program for her child. And what has Apple done? They’ve released a new, overpriced iPad. Really Apple? Are you that clueless?
Most of us don’t think about what our digital footprint means. Think about the dossier Facebook, Instagram or Twitter have on you. Not to mention Amazon’s knowledge of your shopping and Google’s of, well, everything. HBO gave us a glimpse into what that could mean with a Westworld tie-in dinner this week that left us all a little bit unsettled.
If you’re a comics fan, you’re probably reasonably aware that ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ is coming to The CW this Sunday at 8 pm. But when Crisis ends, the best show on television returns … praise Beebo!
Our long national nightmare is finally over — Sonic the Hedgehog has been redesigned. We no longer need to fear the uncanny valley of human teeth, sneakers, and no pants; see for yourself!
A few years ago, “Let it go” tortured every parent with a child under 13. And with Frozen 2 on the horizon, something even worse is no doubt lurking in the soundtrack. But don’t stress about that, because someone more brilliant than any of us has translated “Let it go” into Klingon and sings it in that beautifully angry way only Klingons can do.
Zazzle makes a variety of products from mousepads to cases, mugs, and more. You can design your own, or you can look to one of their licensed product lines. We had the chance to check out some of their Star Wars merchandise, and if you’ve got some Force fanatics on your holiday list, you definitely need to head to Zazzle!
Over the last few days, I’ve been in Santa Monica preparing to be wowed by LG’S latest innovation, the Ultra Short Throw 4K projector.
I’ve been a fan (and user) of Vivid Seats for a few years now. They manage to have some of the most affordable tickets on the market, and North America’s leading independent ticket marketplace is introducing a rewards program that’s aim is to save you money not just for that once in a blue moon concert, but on all of the live events you plan on attending.
Pride Month has become more and more of a commercial endeavor as much as it is a time to remember the fight for LGBTQ rights. Admittedly, I’ve been a bit curmudgeonly about this in the past, but the Wall Street Journal had a video on commercials that made me shift a bit of my thinking.
June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, where we celebrate the anniversary of the modern gay rights movement. It comes from the Stonewall Riots that started on June 28th, 1969. It’s a piece of history that’s easier to understand as adults, but I struggled with how to explain it in an age-appropriate way to my son.
In the interest of the mental health of our readers, this post begins with a warning: this video is pure, unadulterated nightmare fuel. But if you can’t help but think “how bad could a live-action Sonic the Hedgehog be?”, watch the video below. But remember, we warned you!