Why People are Choosing to Rent – The New American Dream

The following “shareslide” discusses why renting is more popular than buying, at the moment. The statistics and “facts” based on these statistics seem to have a lot of  assumptions built into it that will be addressed in a future article.  However, it is still an interesting glance/read-through to flip through when you have the time. It is also wise to know what the propaganda says of denial of income disparity and inequality that this article propogates. (See D.C.’s plan to end homeless crisis prompts a different struggle and Where, Oh, Where Can Minimum Wage Earners Afford to Rent a One-Bedroom Apartment?)

As more people choose to rent apartments over buying homes, North American Properties – Atlanta (NAP) has released “The New American Dream” SlideShare that looks at who the new renter is, what factors are contributing to this trend and what it means for the future of multi-housing. NAP first became interested in studying this phenomenon after receiving a flood of inquiries for its luxury rental property, Haven, at Avalon, a $600 million mixed-use development opening Oct. 30 in Alpharetta, Georgia.

The Last of Us: One Night Live Video

The Playstation 3’s “The Last of Us” has to be one of my top favorite games of all time. I played the heck out of this game from its launch up until September when my PS3 broke beyond repair. This game was a hard game, not just in the actual play through content (Arrrr Bloaters!), but also the story line that the writers built into the game. It left you with the questions of “Was that the right decision? Was any decision the right decision? What is going to happen next?” The graphics in this game were absolutely amazing and you really felt a part of this post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Playstation/Sony released a very long video/recording of an event they held called “The Last of Us: One Night Live.” This is incredibly long and I suggest skipping ahead to 30 minutes in as that will bring you to the content. This is an odd video where it’s a run through of the game with live performances and musical numbers….it’s like… “Last of Us” on Broadway…minus singing..and add in some awesome.

Beware: This video does contain spoilers. If for some unforseen and unfathomable reason you have not played the game or watched the playthroughs online, don’t watch this video.

Streamed live on Jul 28, 2014

To celebrate the launch of the PS4 version of The Last of Us, Naughty Dog brings last year’s Game of the Year to life in front of hundreds of fans in Santa Monica. This special one night only event will celebrate the artistry behind the game with a performance of the score, plus a “live read” of key scenes featuring the principal actors, as directed by Neil Druckmann. The creative team will also participate in a live audience Q&A.

Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer revealed

Beware: If you don’t want to spoiler what happens to the gang after the whole “being stuck in a rail car waiting to be turned into food” part, don’t watch the above as it ventures beyond the train car. This season looks like it will be action packed and full of interesting twists. Don’t click off the video after Rick turns to the camera looking bad-ass as there is another clip after the pause.


TV Shows: The Last Ship Post-Apocalyptic Series

TBS: The Last Ship

Fantastic Logo image from TBS. Good job logo maker! 

“The Last Ship” is a new tv series on TBS about a plague that is wiping out humanity and a ship that is researching the cure. It shows on your local TBS station. The official description of the show from TBS states “Their mission is simple: Find a cure. Stop the virus. Save the world. When a global pandemic wipes out eighty percent of the planet’s population, the crew of a lone naval destroyer must find a way to pull humanity from the brink of extinction. Executive Producer Michael Bay presents The Last Ship, starring Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra and Adam Baldwin.”

I’m not sure I understand the full concept of this show yet as the theory behind this show seems like a great subject for a mini-series..not a TV show. I’ve watched Episode 2 and 3 from Verizon Fios On Demand. The Pilot episode is not available, which I think is absolutely flabbergasting since it isn’t even that far into the show’s run (episode 5). Any show that wants to get a following and is only a few episodes into it, needs to have their pilot episode available for new viewers in this day and age. I almost didn’t bother watching it due to the pilot not being available. 

My initial impressions of the show, without knowing what happened in the first episode  is that it has a decent cast and the story line is interesting enough so far. The actor (Eric Dane) portraying the  Captain is doing a fair enough job portraying the role and the supporting cast isn’t annoying. Bad casting can be a huge blemish on a tv show that is trying to gain an audience. You don’t want to have the errors made in the show “Revolutions,” for example, which made the show unbearable to watch with it’s overacting and bug-eyed/dreary/annoying casting. 

I’m not exactly sure how they plan on pulling off more than one season of this as the logistics of just sailing around for five or more years researching a cure only could get boring….fast.  I suppose they can do what they did in these last two episodes of having the ship go landside periodically..have some run-ins with the locals and then sail off to safety or run into random ships at sea. Again, this could get really annoying after one season of it. 

I have some hopes that this show will do well and I plan on watching the next few episodes when I get the opportunity. I don’t feel the overwhelming urge to watch it immediately, which I had with The Walking Dead, but maybe this is a show that needs to grow on you. I do get a strange “Star Trek” vibe off the show, which may bode well for it.  Here’s to hoping that TBS can finally get an “apocalyptic” tv show that will take off and become a well-known show. 

the last ship