Posted in 2020

Wuhan Flu and the Media

Many organizations will sensationalize a forefronting fear of impending doom.  Yes, in the short term it’s easy to grab attention and create an immediate awareness, but this actually contributes to a severe fear to the masses.  It’s easy to forget that humanity has weathered many great threats and impending doom (i.e. Y2k virus, our reliance on virtual networks, etc).  There are people that are beyond our paygrade that are paid to be worrying about such things.

The big thing to remember about any impending flu is to be percautious but don’t loosen your grip on your sanity, life is too short to be losing your hair over stress.

As seen on inverse.com

But there are “growing indications” that the virus is spreading from person to person, too, the CDC says. But as for how quickly it spreads and how it spreads, experts aren’t sure. The CDC advises taking these precautions to protect yourself:

  • Wear a mask if you are infected or close to an infected person.
  • Clean surfaces with germ-killing disinfectant.
  • Cover up your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap.

This means that this flu shouldn’t be taken lightly, but while taking those preventive measures, unless you are immediately affected I wouldn’t worry more than you have to.

Posted in Galaxy's Edge, Star Wars

R2 2Roam Galaxy’s Edge – Could More Follow?

Earlier, Alex briefly covered the news of droids roaming Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I recall personally seeing R2-D2 at the droid workshop, but it was a much smaller audience. Perhaps he was getting a scope of the land and people. I don’t know much about the Star Wars franchise, but I do enjoy the droids when I see them on merchandise and in the films. Fans love BB-8 and can meet him, but he is confined to a room at the moment. It’d be fun to see him roll around and meet others. D-0 is a scene stealer from Rise of Skywalker, but I would worry about him since he’s much smaller than BB-8 and R2. And what of droids like C-3PO or K-2SO? Could they take the streets of Batuu and interact with guests? Perhaps if R2 gets enough of a crowd, there will be an entire droid parade someday.

Posted in Kim's Thoughts

Our Neighbor Always – Thinking of Fred Rogers

It’s easy to look at the world we live in and wish for someone like Fred Rogers to be in it. He always knew what to say to make children feel loved and accepted. We sure could use more kindness like that lately. But I think we already have that through what our favorite neighbor produced with his program. Mister Rogers told us everything we need to know and we all have access to it.

Fred Rogers knew television’s potential to reach out to people and used that to make Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for children. It was public access, his voice was calm, and he shared the many ways to spread kindness to others and feel unique ourselves. Clips of over thirty years of his work are available on DVD and online. The entire series can be found on PBS’s website for free. I’m sure this is what he would have wanted and why we shouldn’t linger on losing him.

It’s nice to think about what Mister Rogers would tell us today. But I believe his work is still relevant, even from the first season. We seem to forget that Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood started in the 1960s, one of the greatest cultural shifts in history. Segregation was prominent and good people took a stance against it. The United States was at war in Vietnam and we could see it on television. People were losing trust in the government for these actions. Our current political climate is a result of the changes in the 1960s.

Because of all that was going on then, Mister Rogers found ways to promote kindness and explain scary things to children. Daniel Tiger asked was assassination was because everyone was talking about it happening to John F. Kennedy. The answer he got was honest and well intended so he wouldn’t feel too scared. Mister Rogers allowed a black man to cool off in a small pool with him, knowing how others felt about race. He didn’t see why skin color should change how we treat others.

Some things have improved since the 1960s, but we face new challenges with our times. Fred Rogers kept his program simple so his lessons can be applied to anything. What to do with your feelings, how special you are, what you can do when life gets scary. He’d be thrilled to see how many children who grew up with him are sharing his work with their own children. He’d be happy to see a new generation of children and young adults come to the neighborhood. His program immortalized him, so he will always be with us. And he will always like you just the way you are.

Posted in 2020

Welcoming in the 2020 Year!

Dear fellow readers,

I’m about to get one year older along with the new 2020 year.  It’s an exciting road ahead of us and I can’t wait to share what we have in store.  If you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to:  Life just gets a little busy,  but not to worry, I’m not going anywhere.

Here’s to many more fun things to share with you and many more fun ways to get informed.

 

-Alex

Posted in 2020, Universal Orlando Resort

Health and fitness find a bunch of characters on it’s way to the finish line.

If one of your new 2020 resolutions are to be fit and run and you happen to be in love with Universal Orlando Resort Characters, why not join one of their races next month?

Register now for the inaugural Epic Character Race 5K and 10K weekend, presented by Running Universal. Race through the heart of Universal Orlando Resort, meet your favorite characters from Illumination’s Minions, Jurassic World, DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek, Transformers and more. Plus take home brag-worthy medals and awesome commemorative swag.

5K and 10K Standard Registration includes:

  • Epic Character Race participation
  • Brag-worthy themed medal
  • Themed dri-fit shirt
  • Race bib with timing tag
  • Drawstring bag
  • On-course and post-race refreshments
  • Downloadable finisher certificate
  • Complimentary parking

Play all weekend. Purchase a specialty priced weekend package or a 2-Park 2-Day Park-to-Park Ticket bundle.

This race is Universal’s first real foray into the themed running for this year.  If things go unexpectedly well, there will be another contender for running/race events in the Theme Park landscape.

If you’re interested here’s the link.

 

I’m seriously considering the 5k, 10k would seem out of character for me.

Posted in 2020, Galaxy's Edge, Star Wars

Free roaming robots (Droids) coming to Galaxy’s Edge?

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the One Day at Disney on Disney+’s streaming service, some of you have noticed a particular cast member working on an R2D2 talking about her work on a day to day basis having the droid roaming roaming and interacting with guests in Galaxy’s Edge.  With that knowledge in mind, we know that there have been light testing with these robots taking stage along with guests in the new Star Wars land.  It has also come to light that more and more implementation with the robots to populate the land.

Are we getting closer to a stasis where the robots are more intuitive and placed where they won’t be so encumbered with the numerous amounts of guests that populate the land?  What droids could potentially be implemented?  Is this only going to be a controlled show format, or shall we see what was originally envisioned when the land was first communicated as: free roaming droids.