Jeff Jam: Britney Spears – Oops!…I Did It Again

I wanted this week’s Jeff Jam to be ‘If I’m Dancing’ from Britney’s new album, Glory. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find video for the song anywhere on the internet. So here’s a classic Britney, and one of my all time favs.

Britney Spears – Oops!…I Did It Again

Enjoy,


 

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National Parks Free This Weekend

NPFNPF-P60197_14X48_v5.inddTechnically, the last day of summer for 2016 is September 21. That’s the day before the first day of autumn (September 22). However, here in the USA, Labor Day is the traditional end of summer, and the day is quickly approaching. What better way to celebrate the penultimate weekend of summer than visiting one of our nation’s National Parks? To sweeten the deal, this weekend (August 26 to 28, 2016) all the National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone!

WHY FREE?
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2016 marks the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service. In fact, the actual birthday for the Park Service is August 25.  To celebrate this centennial, the Parks Service is hosting 16 free admission days throughout the year, and August 25 to 28 is the latest batch. These free admission days provide a great opportunity to visit a new park, or check in on an old favorite.

 

MORE ABOUT THE PARKS & ADMISSION.

National parks are commonly referred to as  “America’s Best Idea”, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

There are currently  124 national parks that usually charge an entrance fee. The others are always free. While these free days are great, National Parks are always an economical trip, with entrance fees that range from $3 to $30 (you probably can’t even but a single lunch at a theme park for less than $30). Fourth grade students can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes.

FIND A PARK
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The National Park Service makes it easy to find a park in your area, or on your vacation route. The park service’s website, nps.gov, has a Find A Park page, where you can use a drop down menu of every park listed alphabetically, or select a state on the map for more info on the parks in that state.

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Mario & Sonic at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games Review

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 10.41.10 AMDo you already miss the Summer 2016 Rio Olympic games as much as I do? Jonesing for some more multi-sports, entertainment? Then check out Mario & Sonic at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games from Nintendo.

Game Overview

The game is is a collection of over 15 Summer Olympics inspired games and events, with a Nintendo twist, that takes players to Rio. Games include the Track & Field events of Javelin throwing and the 100 meter dash. There is also a Rhythmic Gymnastics game where players hit the button on their Wii U controller at the same time an object on the TV screen hits a bar. There are multiple races including the 4×100 meter Relay, and 100 meter Freestyle Swimming. An Equestrian event has players trotting through an obstacle course on horse back. There are also team sports, including Soccer and Beach Volleyball.

Game Selection Screen
Game Selection Screen

Full Video Review:

I reviewed the game for TTPM, and here it is (with game-play):

More Info:

Click Here to see my full written review for TTPM.

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Road Trip – Nantucket Island, MA

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Nantucket Island, MA

Occasionally… ok, rarely, I leave my TV, movies, and house to hit the road for some travel.  My latest trip was to Nantucket Island, which is off the coast of, but part of, Massachusetts.

Getting There:

From my area in Upstate NY, it’s about a 3.5 hour drive to Hyannis, MA, where you can catch a ferry. There’s the traditional ferry, which is a large boat with multiple decks, a cafeteria, and plenty of comfy seating. That boat takes a little over two hours, and is my preferred way to go. If you are in a rush, and want something a little faster, check out the fast ferry, which leaves from the same port. This is a smaller boat, and generally more crowded, but cuts the travel time down to one hour.

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The traditional ferry at the Hyannis port

Both ferries take the same route, which brings you past the Nantucket lighthouse, and into the harbor.

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Nantucket Harbor lighthouse

On The Island:

Once on shore, you will be in the island’s historic town, which is like traveling back in time, but with modern shops, art galleries, restaurants, and bars. There are also walking tours of the historic town, and a night time ghost tour. The small town also has a movie theater, a museum, and a beautiful library in the historic Atheneum building, which are always nice for a rainy day.

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Nantucket’s Main Street

 

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The Nantucket Atheneum library

You can spend plenty of time, and money, shopping in town, but the real drawl of the island are the beaches that surround it. Pick up a free map on the ferry, which shows the locations of beaches, and bike trails to reach them. Each beach is a little different. The closer to town the beach is, the more crowded it might get. If you head out to Madaket, end your day with a sunset viewing drink at Millies. In Siasconset, look for The Summer House Bistro below the cliff.

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Here are a few helpful tips for your visit.

1. You don’t need a car on Nantucket, in fact, bike’s are a much better way to get around, and see the island. You’ll find bike rentals on the island, on the road leading from the ferry, into town. There is plenty of parking in Hyannis, and the ferry provides free shuttle service to/from the outlying lots.

2. The traditional ferry is $37.00 for an adult round trip ticket. No reservations required, unless you want to bring your car to the island.

The fast ferry is $69.00 for one adult round trip. Reservations are recommended.

For more information or to book a fast ferry reservation, visit The Steamship Authority site, by clicking here.

3. Plan to spend at least a weekend, which is still not enough time. There are B&Bs, and hotels on the island, plus a large offering of vacation rental homes. Rentals tend to rent on a weekly basis (Saturday to Saturday).

4. Nantucket is expensive, so save up before you set sail.

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*All photographs taken by Jeff McKinney

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Box Office, Squad and Sausage Stay Put

suicide-squad-movie-2016-posterWeekend Recap:

Despite three new movies opening over the weekend, Suicide Squad held onto the #1 spot for a third weekend in a row. That brings the movie’s domestic haul to $262.28 million, which makes it the fifth highest grossing DC Comics movies ever.

Sausage Party also held onto it’s #2 position from it’s debut the previous weekend. The R-rated, animated comedy has now earned $65.3 million. The three new movies – War Dogs, Kubo and the Two Strings, Ben-Hur – rounded out the Top 5.

Following is The Top 10 for the weekend of August 19 – 21, 2016:

(Movie – Studio Weekend Gross)

  1. Suicide Squad – WB $20,710,000
  2. Sausage Party – Sony $15,325,000
  3. War Dogs  – WB $14,300,000
  4. Kubo and the Two Strings  – Focus $12,610,000
  5. Ben-Hur (2016)  – Par. $11,350,000
  6. Pete’s Dragon  – BV $11,331,000
  7. Bad Moms  – STX $8,068,000
  8. Jason Bourne  – Uni. $7,980,000
  9. The Secret Life of Pets  – Uni. $5,770,000
  10. Florence Foster Jenkins  – Par. $4,300,000

New Movies in bold.

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Jeff Jam: Groove Armada – At The River

This week’s Jeff Jam is inspired by my drive through Cape Cod yesterday. It’s an oldie, originally released as a single in 1997.

Here’s At The River by Groove Armada.

 

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Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission

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Earlier this summer, EA revealed that they would publish a Star Wars Virtual Reality game. Today, we receive a follow up announcement on the game, which looks like it’s titled, Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission. 

EA is preparing to jump into the future of gaming this holiday with a new way to explore theStar Wars universe in a spectacular X-wing VR gaming experience. Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-wing VR Mission is an extension of the base game, and will be available for free to all owners of Star Wars Battlefront and a PlayStation VR headset on PlayStation 4.

For more info on the game, and its development, check out the EA blog here.

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Arrival Trailer #1 (2016)

When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Here’s the trailer:

Looks good to me. Arrival, arrives in theaters on November 11, 2016.

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