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Every Movie & Show on Disney+

Disney’s new consumer-direct streaming subscription service, Disney+ costs $6.99 a month or $70 if you pay for a full year at once. Beyond just streaming, subscribers can download content to watch when they’re off-line. Disney+ is packed with library titles from the Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel brands, plus National Geographic and even The Sound of Music, Malcolm in the Middle and The Simpsons, which Disney picked up in the $68 billion acquisition of Fox Studios. (If you want to read my taken the business model, you can read my analysis on Disney+.)

Following is the full list of all the Disney+ content planned for it’s first two years, many of which is available at launch this November 12. Continue reading

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What’s Up with Disney+

Disney just announced their streaming service Disney+. Here’s my perspective:

Wow That’s Cheap!

At $6.99 (or $69.99 annually), pricing is so low, they’ll get plenty of people just by leveraging their house file lists and winning customers over from positive publicity. My family already has all the movies in the subscription service that we’d want to watch, which we paid $20+ for on blu-Ray, & probably 75% of them we also paid another $20+ on DVD or laserdisc or &/or VHS. I’m not mad at Disney for that, I’m mad at me.

But even for folks who spent money on all those, the price is low enough that Continue reading

Cookouts & Fireworks, Provided by Stars & Stripes

Surely this weekend you will find yourself cooking out and enjoying fireworks. Hopefully amongst your friends and family will also be a proudly flown American flag. In the middle of all the mayhem, take a moment to gaze at the Stars and Stripes, considering what they mean.

The Continental Congress approved the first flag on June 14, 1777, stating in the first Flag Act, “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” 

The number 13 had to do with the 13 colonies that initially comprised the United States of America. Five more states joined the Union in 1818, so Congress passed legislation requiring Continue reading

#GraduationAdviceIn3Words

The hashtag #GraduationAdviceIn3Words was trending on Twitter this morning and was full of sarcastic jokes. I love a good joke (and am known to be sarcastic at times) but I felt compelled to offer some actual useful advice and it just kept rolling out. Someone suggested to put them all in one place, so here they are, in no particular order: 

Lead Like Crazy Don’t complain, offer solutions—The world needs strong servant leaders & you can be one of them

Offer Wise Counsel Knowledge & wisdom are Continue reading

How to Filter Only UNREAD Emails on Your iPhone 

Okay, I’m about to make your day-to-day life just a wee bit easier and more efficient. Hope this helps the grind. 

If you’re like me, sometimes you waste time trying to get at that specific unread email from a few days back and you find yourself flicking down through all those emails you’ve already read then every few flicks you see that blue dot (unread email) fly by so you slam on the brakes and back up only to discover that’s not the email you’re looking for. (That’s Continue reading

What’s So Special About Today?

IMG_1766My wedding date is easy to remember…2/22/92. So, today marks 24 superb years with the completely amazing Dana Brown. If you were at my wedding, you might recall two cakes, because we got married on my Mom’s 50th birthday. Yes, we had both a wedding cake and a birthday cake. That makes for a fun factoid, sure, but the date gets more special.

Any sceptic could observe that people are obviously in control of selecting things like their wedding dates and IMG_1745we could have easily aligned our wedding to an existing birthday. To the skeptics: What bride would want to split the focus of their big day with their mother-in-law-to-be? Mine! If you know her, you have likely experienced her selflessness and grace.

Here’s why those dates aligned… Continue reading

7 Things Done Well in Star Wars VII 

The Force Awakens is pitch perfect. It successfully balances the treasures of the franchise’s history with very cool new characters, gadgets and locations. Here are seven nice touches I really appreciate: 

  1. Restores Your Faith Right From The Opening. Although I miss the 20th Century Fox fanfare, I appreciate the studio executives’ restraint of not putting the Disney title card in front of the Lucasfilm title card. Right from the start, we get right into the Star Wars brand promise and what we all love about the franchise. Nothing impedes the story. But yet Continue reading