Three Reasons Why Tyler Gallant Will Make an Excellent Crow

In my previous post I talked about a personal friend of mine Tyler Gallant. I thought it best to give a short list of why I think he’ll be up to the task of filling the shoes of Eric Draven.

  1. The most obvious reason that Tyler Gallant looks like he came straight out of James O’Barr’s comic. He even has the hair so there is no need for a wig!
  2. Like any great actor, Tyler understands the motivations of his character. Tyler does research, works with his acting coach to get the most out of the character, and he finds out what makes his character tick. I got to see this first hand on the set of Wonder Woman: Molded from Clay. Even between takes he stayed in character. He would play with a line where he knew he had room to play with it and he watched as we all reacted. He saw what worked and what didn’t and at the end of it all he had us full of laughter and awe.
  3. Gallant is athletic. I don’t know if you could tell from the photo, but the dude is ripped. He was once a pro hockey player in the minor leagues with the Utah Grizzlies, Amarillo Gorillas, Arizona Sundogs, Odessa Jackalopes, Queen City Storm and Knoxville Ice Bears. He’s been trained in boxing, hockey fighting, and has worked with a professional MMA athlete.

You should also check out his acting reel and his biography.

If you would like to book Tyler for work please contact Jason Hough of Callisto Management at Jason Hough Email.

Scooby Doo + Batman + Weird Al Yankovic

My sister was telling me the other day that her 4 year old was watching an episode of Scooby Doo with Batman and Weird Al Yankovic. As it turns out, it was actually a special episode of Batman the Brave and the Bold. Three of my favorite things are in this cartoon! There are actually 3 cartoons stitched together in this episode, so I just fast forwarded to the last one with Scooby Doo. Check it out on Netflix!

Gender and Race Swapping Part 2

In a previous post I talked about how gender and race swapping for characters sometimes bothers me. Upon further observation, I think it’s more of an OCD type of flaw in me. After seeing the new Fantastic Four trailer, I feel like all is right with the world. It’s awesomeness has trumped my OCD. And my OCD has subsided, I think it’s good that we are changing things up a bit. We can’t continue to have the same exact story brought to the screen with new reboots and reinterpretations.

But now the Ghostbusters will be women! For shame! I hope you detected the sarcasm there. From the sounds of it the Ghostbuster’s reboot will be similar only in name. Yes there will be four leads that are going to have comedic roles, but it sounds like the filmmakers are also going to try to be genuinely scary as well. I see no problems with this new version of Ghostbusters, I only wish I could have a true continuation of the original story. The best I have is a video game, which I must admit was pretty fantastic.

Now enjoy the Fantastic Four Teaser trailer.

Wearables

For years I thought it’d be very convenient to be able to look down at my wrist when I’m getting a phone call or a message to see who was calling me or the message being sent. I think that’s a great idea. But you know what’s not convenient? If you guessed charging another device daily, you read my mind.

Apple is releasing it’s first smart watch as a response to Android Wear (Google’s watch platform for third party watch makers). Apple, as always, has created both the hardware and software for the watch (as opposed to Google’s approach of just creating the software). Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, is saying that Apple’s watch battery will last all day before needing to be recharged. But according to 9To5Mac, the battery could die after 2.5 hours of heavy usage.

The other reason I’m interesting in a wearable device is that I am a runner. I have been since high school. And though I’ve been slacking a little in the past few years, I hope to get back to the prime directive of boldly burning those calories. Fitness tracking is an import feature for me.  Many of my friends have the Jawbone Up wrist band to track fitness data. Jawbone is advertising that their new Jawbone UP3 (release date still unknown) will track the following things:

  • Steps
  • Calories Burned
  • Distance Traveled
  • Sleep (REM, deep, light)
  • Resting Heart Rate (I’ve read active heart rate may come later)
  • Skin temperature
  • Ambient temperature
  • Hydration level (coming soon)

Additionally, in their phone application you can manually log weight, caloric intake and mood. It can also connect to your phone with apps like run keeper to log GPS information. It also sports a smart alarm that can wake you at an optimal moment in your sleep cycle.

While the Jawbone UP3 seems like it will be a great device, it doesn’t have the kind of notifications that a smart watch has. Additionally, if active heart rate is added, I’m guessing it can only be viewed via their phone application (due to the device’s lack of display). But the device should have a week of battery life.

The Apple Watch can track the number of steps you’ve taken, whether you’ve been standing or sitting, and the number of calories you’ve burned. It uses its very own accelerometer, heart rate sensor, and your iPhone’s GPS to track this data. It can also sets goals based on the data it collects. It does a decent subset of the things the UP3 will do, but you can’t do sleep tracking because you’ll be charging the device every night.

There is another big player when it comes to fitness devices and that is Fitbit. Their Fitbit Surge watch can track the following things.

  • Steps
  • Calories Burned
  • DistanceTraveled
  • Sleep
  • GPS position (with no phone)
  • Heart rate (active or resting)

Additionally the Fitbit Surge also has a silent alarm and has a companion app that ties the whole experience together and gives additional value with the ability to manually track weight and caloric intake. But there’s more. This device is a watch that gives notifications on phone call and text messages. It also lets you control your music.  Oh, and without GPS turned on, you can get up to a week of battery.

There’s one more device that I’d like to talk about quickly here. It’s the Pebble Time. As you can see it looks very similar to the sport edition of the Apple Watch. It has no fitness tracking capabilities, but it should be great at giving notifications. It sports a color e-ink display that is gorgeous. And because of that display type, the screen is always on and the battery life is a week. It has a great interface that is solely based on time. One of the cool features is that you can make voice replies via a built in microphone. If I only cared about getting notifications, this would be the device for me. Check out their Kickstarter Page. apple-watch-vs-pebble-time-comparison-2

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I have not included Android Wear devices in this blog post because I no longer have an Android based phone. But to me, they have been a bit underwhelming. But here is a link for completeness.

Out of the devices that I researched, my favorite was the Fitbit Surge. It has an awesome battery life with the features I care the most about. But I’m definitely going to wait until after the Apple Watch is released before I make a decision on a wearable. I may even wait until the second generation Apple Watch is released to make a decision.

Or I may wait for the Nike Band that will tell you why you’re running.

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