‘Justice League’ Film Review

A “Beautiful Mess of a Fraken-movie” – WIRED.com

By Matt Lewis
Publisher & Editor

Editor’s note: I am a casual fan of the films from the Marvel and D.C. comic universes. I also didn’t really read the comics as a kid. I did, however, watch the cartoons / live-action movies and T.V. shows of Batman and Superman. I didn’t know much about the Flash or Aquaman going in to this movie. 
As a child, Batman and Superman were my favorite superheroes. As I grew up I started searching for “real-life” heroes and found actual people to root for, like a non-profit founder who gives back to his community in a big way; or my father, who was named Intel’s Hero of the Year in 2015.
Also: Yes, I acknowledge that most people get their movie reviews from friends or Rotten Tomatoes these days; so, you may ask why you should read this one – the short answer: my unique perspective.


ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA™ IN CHANDLER, ARIZ. — The film opens in Gotham City. Batman is first introduced to a henchman of the main villain.

Yes, Superman is still actually dead for much of the rise of the action in this storyline. After his demise in ‘Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice,’ the world is still reeling from losing an iconic (and controversial) alien hero.

When Clark Kent (a.k.a. Superman) is brought back from the dead, we realize not all the League’s problems are solved – at least not yet.

Bruce Wayne, billionaire, and secret superhero (a.k.a. Batman), hopes to get the band of heroes back together. He first starts by contacting Wonder Woman (a.k.a. Diana Prince). He then tracks down others with superpowers including the Flash (a.k.a. Barry Allen), the Cyborg (a.k.a. Victor Stone) and Aquaman (a.k.a. Arthur Curry).

Some, like Allen, are eager to join the Justice League to uphold truth and justice – oh and save the world from alien invaders. Others like Cyborg are still coming to terms with their powers.

While others still, like Aquaman do just fine alone – remind you of anyone? (Bruce Wayne/Batman, perhaps.)

Once the team is assembled and the mission is clear, the climax and resolution of the film get moving faster than a speeding bullet.

First, a fair warning, the Man of Steel’s resurrection story is a bit drawn out, I suppose for dramatic effect.

The world mourns, while those who aim to save it from another impending doom despair as they are lacking a key piece of the puzzle (Superman).

Who are the “bad guys” you ask? Simple, his name is Steppenwolf, and he’s an alien warlord. And yes, I’m sure you get the musical homage, if you’re of a certain age or a fan of the music group that bears the same name.

Steppenwolf is in search of something called “Mother Boxes;” which, when united, will give him and his alien army ultimate power to destroy Earth. Our Earth was the only world he had been unable to conquer before.

Now that’s a brief synopsis of the movie (without giving too much away).

As for my review: Well I thought it was a good addition to the D.C. Universe. I was skeptical originally when Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in ‘Batman vs. Superman’ and he didn’t do much to win me over in that film.

Another character I was hesitant about was the new actor playing Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred (who also serves as Batman’s superhero support). Jeremy Irons, however, did a fine job taking over the mantle from the iconic Michael Caine, who reprised the role in many of the Batman movies prior to ‘Batman vs. Superman.’

Before seeing this flick, I read some other reviews and noted that the Flash struck some reviews as comic relief for what would have otherwise been a dramatic superhero film. The Flash’s comedic timing and youthful naïveté brought something refreshing to the story arc.

I found the reluctance from Aquaman to join the Justice League rather amusing, since it was Batman who used to prefer working alone.

Alas, even superheroes have to grow up and learn this world functions better in leagues.

One aspect I found particularly surprising (given this was meant for those age 13 + / MPAA Rating: PG-13) was all the up-angle “butt-shots” the camera got of Gal Gadot or Wonder Woman. It is possible the director was going for the shameless sex-appeal.

The action sequences were great; and while the storyline struggled a bit, bouncing around from character to character, the movie eventually found it’s stride.

I suppose the director (and writers – to some extent) worked to make this film accessible for even the most superhero illiterate of audiences.

For the casual fan, such as myself, it was nice to get a quick synopsis of the origin stories of some of the less well-known heroes.

*** The URL web addresses (blue underlined text) connects to Internet Movie Database – IMDB’s information about the movie. ***

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#AZHarvestFest17 in Chandler, Ariz.


CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Arizona Harvest Fest took place over the weekend at A.J. Chandler Park near the downtown library. More than 100 people attended the event, which included booths, live music and food trucks.

A single ticket for $5 would get patrons an alcoholic beverage. The live band that played towards the closing of the event mostly did cover songs of a variety of music styles.

People who attended the event represented a large sampling of the socio-economic make-up of the city.

Below are a sampling of photographs taken by Editor & Multimedia Photojournalist Matt Lewis.



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Wondering What Movie to Watch?

‘Only the Brave’ Film Review

Only brave souls dare see this movie

By Matt Lewis
Publisher & Editor

Editor’s note: This film was based on the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, 19 of whom perished in the Yarnell Hill fire, southwest of Prescott, Ariz. The fire made national news as the largest loss of life for firefighters since Sept. 11, 2001.
Also: Yes, I acknowledge that most people get their movie reviews from friends or Rotten Tomatoes these days; so, you may ask why you should read this one – the short answer: my unique perspective.

As a child, I used to want to be a fireman when I grew up. I even went to fire camp at the Phoenix Fire Museum one summer. I also dated a young lady whose father was a high-ranking member of a major metropolitan fire department. Plus, being a native Arizonan, who has been to Prescott (and the surrounding areas), I have a personal connection to my state’s infamous fire. And finally, as a freelance journalist, I followed news of the Yarnell Hill fire and Granite Mountain Hotshots saga.


REVIEW – Either I never fully understood how beautiful the state of Arizona is, or I forgot. The movie ‘Only the Brave’* helped me see the grand mountain vistas northern Arizonans see daily.

As a native Arizonan, I battle heat several months out of the year; but it is nothing compared with the awe-inspiring danger the Hotshot firefighters face when they take on some of the country’s largest blazes.

The film has a great rhythm, and starts by setting the scene with a grizzly bear engulfed in flames; which serves as a motif through out and foreshadows a forgone conclusion.

As the reviewer for the Arizona Republic/azcentral Billy Goodykoontz put it in his take on the movie – what makes the movie work so well is the director and screenwriters did not produce another hero-flick, based on a true story; but depicted these men as they were: cowboys and renegades, heroes with very human flaws.

I could connect with these men in a surprising way, given the only fire I have ever fought was when I burnt something in the oven.

After seeing the movie, one woman exclaimed she was going to tell others she had red eyes and runny mascara after leaving the theater; adding: “What a great movie.” My rating is similar.

Although this is a fictional account, I got a bit misty-eyed. The characters felt real. The tragedy was refreshed and painful again, despite a laock of any personal connection with those involved.

What struck me about the movie was the rustic beauty of a smaller town I once fell in love with on a visit. The location scouts did a wonderful job, even prominently displaying a staple of Prescott’s famed Whiskey Row, Matt’s Saloon.

I was also in awe of the fearsome, yet majestic scenes of swirling embers and raging flames. And while the film did not include narration, the notion of magical realism ** seemed to ring as an apt description for the potrayal of this historical event. The ability of the cast and crew to retell this story was impressive. Ample research and interviews were undoubtedly conducted to ensure a more authentic final product.

* The URL web address (blue underlined text) connects to Internet Movie Database – IMDB’s information about the movie.

** The literary concept of magical realism is: “characterized by the matter-of-fact inclusion of fantastic or mythical elements into seemingly realistic fiction,” according to the online encyclopedia Britannica.


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PRESS RELEASE: ‘Wild West Days in Cave Creek, Ariz. slated for Nov. 4

Western fest will feature gunslingers, parade and more

(Recieved via Gmail) — The Wild West comes to life on Saturday, November 4, 2017 during Wild West Days in Cave Creek, Ariz., with loads of fun western activities for children and adults alike. The excitement begins at 9:00 AM with a western parade throughout the Town of Cave Creek then continues with a number of special events and activities:
Gunfighters Show How the West Was Won
Gunfighters and beautiful towns ladies, part of Six Gun Entertainment, will roam and perform impromptu shows and engage with the public in Frontier Town from 9:00 AM-8: 30 PM. Six Gun Entertainment is an award-winning, western acting and stunt entertainment company that performs in Arizona and beyond.
While gunfighters entertain the crowds, Frontier Town will host a number of family-friendly activities. The Cave Creek Museum will provide gold panning; Prince Charming will have a photo booth onsite; children will be able to build a stick horse all day long; a half-pie eating contest will take place at 11:30 AM; and a gold nugget hunt will get underway at 2:30 PM.
Triple R Horse Rescue will hold a winter round-up fund-raiser at Frontier Town from 4:00-9:00 PM with all proceeds earmarked to feed and care for the herd at the rescue’s site. The round-up, which costs $45 for adults in advance and $50 at the door, includes a brisket dinner and one cocktail. For kids under 18, the cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door and includes a brisket diner or a kids’ hot dog dinner for $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under five are admitted free. The event within the event will feature music by Pick O’ the Litter and bar service presented by Dirty Tequila. Tickets for advanced sales can be found at triplerhorserescueaz.com through October 28. Other fun includes games for kids, a silent auction, dancing, a tack sale, a dessert dash and a 50/50 raffle. Triple R will add to the action with stick horse races at
5:00 PM.
American Legion Post 34 Food & Fun
During the parade, the American Legion Post 34 will hold a breakfast from 6:00-9:00 AM. Hearty western breakfast favorites will include biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage and potatoes, all sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion (SAL). The American Legion Post 34, which is located at 6272 E. Cave Creek Road, roars to life from 12:00–4:00 PM with a popular BBQ featuring brats, hot dogs and hamburgers with all the popular sides, presented by the American Legion Riders. All of the Legion’s activities that day are open to the general public. In addition, the Post 34 will have music from 12:00-3:30 PM performed by the Cave Creek Legends Band. The action continues when the Patriotic Guards conduct a fund-raiser for two causes beginning at noon. The Guards are raising monies for Snowball Express, which provides transportation and housing for the widows and their families of veterans killed in action; the second fund-raiser will benefit the Arizona Patriotic Guard Scholarship Fund. The organization selects outstanding students of veterans and provides them with tuition monies. Along with the fund-raisers, the Arizona Patriotic Guard will host two bands from 3:00-10:00 PM.
Cowboy Fast Draw
The Association of Arizona Gunslingers, members of the Cowboy Fast Draw Association, will demonstrate shooting skills and assist event visitors interested in learning to shoot during Wild West Days at The Horny Toad.
The fast draw experts, who will be onsite on Saturday, November 4 and November 5, will host a Town Alley event known as Come Try Cowboy Fast Draw, beginning at 9:00 AM both days. Town Alley is a safe, organized event for the public to try their hand at Cowboy Fast Draw. Visitors can test their skills for only $5 for 10 shots.
Cowboy Fast Draw is one of the fastest growing shooting sports and the closest thing to a real gunfight. The Arizona Gunslingers use real single action .45 caliber six shooters but will use wax bullets propelled by a primer. The shooting pros wait for a light, draw, aim, fire and hit a 24-inch round target 21 feet away before the opponent does. In addition to the fast draw fun, local artist Randy Hume will create caricatures for guests and visitors and The Horny Toad will feature flat iron steak with cowboy beans, baked potato and garlic bread for only $14.95. The Horny Toad, Cave Creek’s oldest and most popular restaurant, is located at 6738 E. Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek, Ariz.
For more information about these events, contact Fran Booth, ABC at 602.317.8282.

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Old News Made New Again

A Pop-Up Carnival in a Parking Lot

Brown’s Amusements holds annual fair at Chandler Commons strip-mall

Editor’s Note: This story was originally submitted to the San Tan Sun News (a local Chandler, Ariz. newspaper and website). They declined to publish the story, so we are able to publish the article and photo slideshow. This story is no longer timely, but the event happens yearly at around the same time. And the oddity of it, surprised Executive Editor Matt Lewis. He has lived in Chandler his whole life and had not heard about or seen this carnival – which is held annually about a mile from his house.

By Matt Lewis

A pop-up carnival took place in a parking lot near the border between Chandler and Gilbert. This mini-fair was held from Thursday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 19 and ran prior to Presidents Day.

The site of the family-friendly fun was near the intersection of Ray and Cooper roads at the Chandler Commons strip-mall. A Ferris Wheel, Tilt ‘a Whirl and Carousel lit up the parking lot, even late into Sunday night.

In addition to rides, there were also a few of the standard carnival games – complete with prizes including large stuffed animals.

Young adults, and a few families, were still enjoying themselves late in to Sunday night. Many seemed surprised there was a carnival in their neighborhood.

Brown’s Amusements, a Chandler-based company puts on the carnival annually, said they’ve been hosting the event for years. The company has been operating in Arizona for more than two decades and hosts carnivals around the state.

“We do a lot of county fairs – our main source of income is county fairs – folks like bringing their kids; and these days, compared to everything else, it’s relatively in-expensive,” Danny Brown, owner of Brown’s Amusements said. “We’ve played the same location for years.”

The holiday on Monday left some of the Brown’s crew wondering why they were packing up a day early; but according to Brown the decision was a logistical one.

Timing was why they had to pack up early. Brown’s Amusements had booked another carnival in the Lost Dutchman area of Apache Junction starting on Monday.

The company went on to add that the weather hurt their revenue. Brown added that the rain might have been a factor in lower attendance.

The three day (or long holiday weekend) provided ample opportunity for attracting patrons, however. The carnival was supposed to be a good source of income for the carnival company, Brown confirmed.

For more information about future stops or other information about Brown’s Amusement, please visit:


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About the Reporter:

Matt Lewis is a freelance journalist based in Chandler, Ariz. and is the Executive Editor & Publisher of The Gilbert Gumption.

Contact the reporter on Twitter: @themattmonitor or via email at: matt20hew@gmail.com


‘Logan’ Film Departure of X-Men Series

Film is violent at times, but has lots of heart and unique themes throughout

By Matt Lewis, Entertainment Editor
March 14, 2017 @ 9:00 A.M.

The movie opens with a tone indicative of the film’s grittier, darker attitude. The audience is introduced to a much older Logan (Wolverine) and Professor Charles Xavier (Professor X). The professor has a degenerative brain disease and with a mind as powerful as his – it could spell disastrous results.

Spoilers may lie ahead:

As for Logan, he’s doing the best he can in El Paso as a limo driver, trying to save up for a boat that he and the professor can live on. They seem to be on the run, but from who is unclear.

The time in which this film is set is after the great purge of mutants. These two characters (along with a minor character named Caliban) feel like the only mutants left.

We soon find this isn’t the case. A young girl, named Laura, comes into Logan’s orbit and changes his path completely.

Instead of a boat and a lifetime of traveling the high-seas, Logan begins a road trip journey up north – to North Dakota of all places.

The reason? He is trying to take the spawn of his DNA to freedom – a place called Eden; essentially a safe-haven for mutants.

Do they make it? You’ll have to watch the film to find out; but yes spoilers on-line abound that both Logan and Professor X die at the end. Personally, I find those deaths less tragic and more a commentary on the fictionalization and Disney-fication of most movies these days – in that even when things end in total disaster everyone is still alive. In this case, the movie, although about mutant humanoids, feels like a more realistic take on the fictionalized super hero genre.

In one scene, Logan – driving a limo mind you – tries to ram through a barbed-wire fence to escape the pursuit of a henchmen of the man who created mutant children in a lab. What unfolds in the scene is pure genius. The comic timing and the realness of it all feels like something we haven’t seen in a picture in a while. The car halts abruptly as it slams into the fence. His multiple attempts to ram through fail. He ultimately puts the car in reverse and escapes another way. The car also appears to have an engine that gives them the speed and acceleration to evade their pursuers, but the limo does fish-tail as he’s driving through the desert – which once again, feels a bit more realistic.

Overall, I’d rate this movie four (4) out of five (5) stars. The interpersonal relationships between the characters is what makes the film a stand-out hit in my opinion. The scenes, the dialogue – all of it is pretty standard; but for an X-men movie this is something different than I’ve ever seen and it quickly became my favorite of the franchise for that reason.

There are a few different ‘Logan’ 2017 movie posters, most of which indicate the movies gritty darkness. This image was found on Google images.

Here is the hyperlink address for the #RedBandTrailer of the movie:

So, when you are weighing whether or not to see this film, here’s a few things to consider:

  1. Do you mind scenes of violence? In particular, can you handle gruesome sounds and sights? This film has a few parts that make even the most stalwart X-men fan cringe in pain or awe.
  2. Do you like the X-men franchise, but don’t mind another installment that takes a departure from the tried and true?
  3. Is Wolverine your favorite X-man? Is it because he’s a brooding bad @$$? …

Personally, our Executive Editor & Publisher of The Gumption, Matt Lewis, says he enjoyed the film; calling

it: “A refreshing departure from the X-men franchise, with just enough violence to appease rowdy male fans and just enough story to be a date movie.”

The film was released in the Spring of 2017 (March 3rd to be specific) and has seen it’s debut earn nearly $250 million worldwide, according to The Hollywood Reporter‘s story (‘Logan’s’ Box Office Climb Even Higher to Huge $88.3M U.S. Debut, $247.3 Globally).

Here’s what IMDB wrote about the film: “In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.”


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Open Letter to Our Visitors

Dear Loyal & First-Time Visitors:

I, Matthew Lewis, executive editor and publisher of The Gilbert Gumption, write to you today to inform you that The Gumption is back in business – once again. We are looking for stories to report that you might like.

We are interested in doing any kind of project – reporting (including writing/blogging), social media, video and photo projects and possibly even some podcasts in the future.

If you have any good story ideas, please email them to: gilbertgumption@gmail.com and we will look into creating a project you’ll love.

Finally, for those of you who have been loyal fans and missed our unique insights into news, entertainment and other topics, we invite you to check back on our homepage and other pages periodically – as new content will be coming soon.



Matthew Aaron Lewis
Executive Editor & Publisher
The Gilbert Gumption

Unpopular Healthcare Proposal Ailing

(WASHINGTON) — Pivotal industry and consumer groups mounted intensifying opposition to the Republican health care bill as GOP leaders labored Wednesday to rally a divided party behind their high-stakes overhaul drive. Lawmakers cast Congress’ initial votes on the legislation as House Speaker Paul Ryan praised the proposal as “what good, conservative health care reform looks…

via Health Care Providers and Consumer Groups Are Lining Up Against the GOP Health Plan — U.S. – TIME

Harsh laws remain in Arab nations

A South African man and his Ukrainian fiancee have been detained in the United Arab Emirates for having sex outside of marriage. Emlyn Culverwell‚ 29, and Iryna Nohai, 27, were arrested in an Abu Dhabi hospital in late January after a doctor discovered that Nohai, who had been suffering from stomach cramps, was pregnant, the…

via Two Foreigners in the UAE Face Long Jail Terms For Having Sex Even Though they Were Engaged — TIME

#Breaking #Oscars #LaLaLosers

The Internet had a field day after the 2017 Oscars ended in a shocking twist—Moonlight won Best Picture, but only after the award was mistakenly given to La La Land. La La Land was expected to win the award, so the accidental announcement that it had won disappointed but did not shock those viewers who…

via The Internet Lost It Over the Oscars Best Picture Mix-Up — Entertainment – TIME

Clayton, N.Y. is Worth 1,000 Words

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor, Publisher & Multimedia Reporter

CLAYTON, N.Y. – ‘Show me how you’ll do‘ was my attitude going in to the Thousand Island port town of Clayton.

*Reporter’s Note: ‘Show me how you’ll do’ is a verse from the ‘Wild Ones‘ song, in which Sia collaborates with Flo Rida. This particular verse is sung by Sia.*

It was some time during the afternoon that our ship, the Pearl Mist, pulled into port and docked. We were back in America, so that meant there was going to be a hullabaloo in regards to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement division, because you know, a bunch of rich, White, old American citizens were trying to sneak illegal immigrants and other contraband into the good ol’ U.S. of A.

But enough of my anti-American non-sense, I was glad to be back in the U.S. It meant I could finally find a copy of my beloved New York Times newspaper. And enough of this French-speaking, Southern-aggressor-hating Canadian crap.

Of course, me being a young guy, full of vim and vigor, I was desperate to get off the boat and go to a few local shops, a decent local restaurant (for a change in dining options, as we had been eating a lot of the “same” meals on the ship), and also to check out the bar scene after the my family went to sleep and I could feel free to be more “wild.”

I swear, I was just about the only person on the ship to be harassed about my American status and what I was doing going in and out of the country so frequently as of late.

*Reporter’s Note: The last time I had even left the country was January 2010. I had been stopped then by Border Patrol and asked to delete photographs I had taken of the U.S.-Mexico border from the Nogales, Ariz. side. I was told it was a matter of national security and that I was not allowed to capture, retain or distribute those images. I found out later, what the agent had told me was false.

Also, as for my acts of ingress and egress, I had left the U.S. about a week or so earlier, I was re-entering the U.S. and was only planning on being back in America for about a day and then leaving for international waters and  Canada for about another day or two before returning back to the U.S.*

So, as far as the port town of Clayton, I don’t have much good or bad to say about it. It was a small port town like many on the Northeastern seaboard near the U.S.-Canada border. I would classify it as an upper-middle class town with fishing and tourism as their primary drivers of economic stability and growth – respectively. I would say the people there are about as nice as anywhere – despite the reputation New Yorkers may get. (Besides that idea that New Yorkers are supposed to be rude, I think, only applies to those who live in New York City.)

The two things that did stick out were a pub, that was tucked about as close to our dock as could be and the library. The pub, O’Briens Restaurant & Bar (226 Webb St.) was a great place for the crew of the Mist to hang out during break. My brother and I, that night went back to O’Briens after I had already been there earlier in the day for a Coke and to use their wi-fi. We saw the staff celebrating one of their birthdays with beer and wings. We asked if we could sit with them and they obliged. They made us feel welcome, not like we were intruding on their private affair. The staff genuinely got along with the guests they were serving, and it was apparent.

As for the library, the Hawn Memorial Library, was another great place in town to get free wi-fi; but beyond that, it was an opportunity to learn about the book culture of the town. From what I could gather, it seemed like only women and families frequented the library – or at least that’s what all the magazines were geared towards at the front entrance. In the back room, where I posted up for several hours, I found a nice haven for peace. I also got a blast from the past as old portraits of the town’s former dignitaries gazed upon this newcomer’s face. I could hear the conversation between a local committee planning some event while also sharing a bit of gossip. I could also see the town’s newspapers yellowing in the racks as they went unread.

For me, Clayton was a town I loved visiting. My final comment of the area might best be summed up by a thought I had while walking through a farmer’s market/festival the town was having: “This wouldn’t be a bad place to be stuck. It’s like a white-collar prison. Even the dirtiest parts of town are ‘clean.'”

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Montréal, Québec, Canada – Just Another Big City? (Read on to Find Out)

But really, it’s French influences and unique subway system still had me enthralled!

By Matt Lewis Executive Editor & Multimedia Reporter We took the high-roads; not literally, but metaphorically today. There were some steep hills my grandparents had to contend with and two very specific locations that piqued our entire Family’s interest:

  1. Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal

    1. Notre-Dame Basilica is a basilica in the historic district of Old Montreal, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The church is located at 110 Notre-Dame Street West, at the corner of Saint Sulpice Street. Wikipedia
    2. Architectural style: Gothic Revival architecture
    3. Official Website: www.basiliquenotredame.ca/
  2. Bibliothèques Montréal – Pour aller plus loin

The Montréal leg of our journey actually began the night before when we got the briefing on the ship. Sam of course gave guests the low-down on what places to visit, as well as providing interesting History and culture anecdotes that got us excited for another port – even if it was just another big city. During the pre-briefing as I’m going to be known to call it from now on, I came up with a nickname for Sam: Sam “Be a Good Lad” Ladley, in a somewhat concerted effort to remember his last name.

     “Some of the prettiest parts are within walking distance from (our boat),” Mr. Ladley said during the pre-briefing.

He told us again about how these areas in general have lots of aluminum plants. Mr. Ladley then went on to describe the “Silver” spires; which are actually made of aluminum. All churches in the region seem to have a component of aluminum, local wood, stained glass and/or stone-work. Mr. Ladley said something about Montréal being – somehow – related to head of navigation; but I was only half paying attention and couldn’t take notes fast enough. Our journey, he told us, was going to take us to the part of the river where the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers meet; or an archipelago of islands as it was described to the ship’s passengers. Both rivers have rapids, Mr. Ladley said. So, after he said this, my mind began to wander again. I started thinking about the white-water rapids of Colorado and how much fun I had rafting down them. “Lachine” is the nickname for the rivers, bestowed by Jacques Cartier, and the nickname stuck, apparently – and is even the name of an area of Québec.

     “It is very much like Long Island,” Mr. Ladley said.

Montréal, he told us, literally translates to Mount Royal in English. Once I heard this, all I could think is: I need to find a casino on the mountain that was hopefully called Casino Royale (and even if only in my own Private Idaho) maybe, for a moment, I’d feel like James Bond.

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Four @SunDevils Awarded @Pac12 Postgraduate Scholarships

Complete Release –> http://www.thesundevils.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30300&ATCLID=210189424

@Twitter –> https://twitter.com/ASUWrestling/status/619256504726777857

Pac-12 Release –> http://pac-12.com/article/2015/07/09/2014-15-pac-12-postgraduate-scholarship-winners-announced?utm_source=HootSuite&utm_medium=OwnedSocial&utm_campaign=Pac12Social

By Kathryn Roberts
ASU Athletics Assistant Media Relations Director-Volleyball, Sand Volleyball, T&F/XC, Wrestling

SAN FRANCISCO—Four Arizona State University student-athletes were named recipients of the Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships, Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott announced on Thursday.

The 2014-15 scholarship recipients are wrestling’s Chace Eskam, men’s swimming’s Zac Dalby, women’s basketball’s Isidora Purkovic, and softball’s Haley Steele.

Each scholarship of $3,000 go to student-athletes with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who have also demonstrated a commitment to continuing education, campus and community involvement and leadership. Since the program began in 1999, the Pac-12 has awarded more than $1.5 million for postgraduate study.

Eskam, the 2015 Pac-12 Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year, majored in psychology with a minor in sociology. During the 2014-15 season, Eskam was ASU’s starter at heavyweight, finishing the year with a 17-14 record with a 4-1 mark in Pac-12 dual bouts. A two-time Pac-12 All-Academic first-teamer, Eskam finished as the conference runner-up in his weight class.

Dalby, who hails from Alice Springs, Australia, was a two-time Pac-12 finalist in the 200 IM (2013 & 2014), and swam a personal best in that event, 1:47.49, at the 2015 Pac-12 Championships this past March in Federal Way, Wash.

Purkovic, who earned her undergraduate degree in accounting, played in 49 career games for the Sun Devils and connected on 42 percent of her 3-pointers over her three-year career. She was a member of Sun Devil squads that qualified for NCAA Tournament each of the last two seasons (second round in 2014 and third round in 2015). The 2015 team won 29 games, which represented the second-highest, single-season win total in school history.

Steele earned her first Pac-12 First-Team nod this season on the heels of one of the most prolific RBI campaigns in ASU history. The senior crushed her previous single season best (51) with 69 this season, good third in ASU single season history and five shy of the school record.  She finished with a .330 average on the year with 13 round-trippers and 13 doubles. Steele finished her career at ASU third in total RBI (209), fifth in homers (48), tied for 10th in hits (234) and fourth in doubles (49). Additionally, Steele earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention accolades for the third consecutive season.  She finished her career as a three-time All-Pac-12 selection and a two-time NFCA All-Region choice.

To be selected for a Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarship, a student-athlete must:

  • Have an overall undergraduate minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 (based on a 4.00 scale) or its equivalent.
  • Be in his/her final season of intercollegiate athletics eligibility in all sports OR be in his/her final year of undergraduate studies, having exhausted athletics eligibility in all sports. The student-athlete will be evaluated on the basis of all academic work completed at time of selection.
  • Have performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team. The degree of the student-athlete’s athletic achievement will be weighed at least equally with the degree of academic performance.
  • Intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time student in a graduate or professional program at an accredited institution, or in a postgraduate program for which an undergraduate degree is required for admission.
  • Have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics.

Kathryn Roberts

Assistant Media Relations Director-Volleyball, Sand Volleyball, T&F/XC, Wrestling

O: (480) 965-1237

C: (310) 210-4485


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Travel Blog

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor & Multimedia Reporter

Une belle femme m’a aidé à en savoir plus sur une fête de la bière locale | La Cour arrière

QUÉBEC CITY – A thought occurred to me when I was enjoying a très magnifique day. In a sprint, I made my way back to the cruise liner to throw my pack down and return to shore in my swimming gear.

I knew that if my parents saw me swimming in the local pool (which was open to the public – by the way) they would ask all kinds of questions, make some snarky remarks and take the obligatory family photographs of me splashing and frolicking around in the water. I’m sure my Father would make some kind of stupid joke that being from Arizona, his son (me), had never seen water and embarrass me publicly.

Earlier in the day, Family pressures were strong in this young Jedi traveler. First, I sat at breakfast much longer than I had planned; determined not to be the first to leave the table – as that is usually seen (at least in our proper family manners – and through my distorted lens) as rude. So, my brother lost the game of chicken to be the first to leave the table – I must admit, he didn’t even know he was playing. Ha-Ha! Makes me think of the last Port of Call we were at and how some of the local waterways there were named for that (which I guess has an actual ironic French and water traveler meaning, but I forget and digress).

When I made my way back ashore after these and other adventures around, Québec City, I wanted to relax; so that is exactly what I did. I kicked off my sandals, set my badge and room key down (next to my brother, of course) and then asked for permission to splash and play in the pool of water that was much cooler and far more refreshing than the humid, warm air of the city.

After the notion of water was firmly supplanted in my head, I began craving more and more drinking water. So that led me to meet the beautiful server, Catherine. She was friendly and full of information about the little drink stand – next to where I had just made a fool of myself – was located.

Catherine told me that coming up in August (around the 13th, 14th, or 15th – she wasn’t sure exactly what day), there would be a festival. I believe the Festibière will take place in the Old Port area of town; but she said visitors should also check out their little Pub St-Philippe (which can be found on Facebook, she was sure to add). If you’re looking for it, try:

You can find St.-Philippe Pub's Facebook Page at:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pub-St-Philippe/103462033058284 Screenshot taken by Matt Lewis on July 14, 2015.

You can find St.-Philippe Pub’s Facebook Page at:
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Screenshot taken by Matt Lewis on July 14, 2015.

Today, is one of those days that – even on vacation – I think about the mistakes I’ve made around the World along the way and what things (good and bad) led me to this spot at this specific time.

Here’s my very own, original, Matt Lewis made-up quote: “I may be small, but me, I have a place in the World. I belong. You belong. We may bump heads, but don’t be afraid of me; I’m trying not to be afraid of you.”

For those looking for more information on the Festibière de Québec 2015 need look no further than:


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‘La Fabulese: Histoire d’un Royaume’ C’est Très Magnifiqu

Ville de Sanguenay, QUÉBEC – The Pearl Mist pulled into the dock smoothly and quietly on Monday, July 13 at around 8 EST and breakfast was enjoyed by the guests; many of whom were eager to go ashore and see the ‘La Fabulese’ show.

Most passengers were extremely impressed with the show after final curtain around noon. The all-volunteer cast and crew got a standing ovation for their work.

The piece had an air of self-promotion, but mostly it was about highlighting the History of the ville. Sanguenay residents are very proud of their heritage and it shows.

In many ways, the tourism bureau’s job is done without anyone lifting a finger. The views, the smells, even the French-Canadians – it is hard to find very much offensive in the town.

The tour bus that took guests to the Théâtre du Palais Municipal, was led by a woman named Bivian (although I am unsure on the spelling; she told us it was like the name Vivian, but with a ‘B’ at the start).

The tour guide told visitors that millions (over the years, of course) had visited the show. Their audience primarily made up of Europeans and Americans.

There were about 150 volunteer actors and actress and a few theater crew members working to ensure a show the visitors would not only not forget, but one they’d go home and share with their friends and family.

One of The Gilbert Gumption‘s favorite quotes from the play’s narrator was:

“While they were small in number, they had gumption.”

Bivian told passengers that our bus driver was part of a family that was well-known in Sanguenay: Tremblay.

Here is their Family Crest:

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Bivian said that the Tremblays were about seven percent of the local population. The total population of the town is about 150,000 people.

About 98 percent of the residents speak French and are Roman-Catholic.

Visitors then learned that the pavilion they had exited to get to the tour buses were built in 2009 and made using local pine wood and aluminum ore.

A bit of a surprise, was the factoid shared by the tour guide, that the wharf is as long as the Eiffel Tower is tall.

The morning proved a great exit from the boat. There were local residents singing, dancing and wearing formal, period garb. They would allow passengers of the cruise liner to get a hands-on experience, as well.

Visitors could saw a log of wood and get a free Aspen sliver as a souvenir. There was also free blueberry pie and Maple-Molasse type of gooey treat to indulge in (even though breakfast had concluded merely minutes before).

The main art piece near the newly built visitors’ center was a Saguenay sign that was split between “SAG,” a heart symbol and “UE,” and on the bottom “NAY.”

Of course many of the passengers took the obligatory #selfie there. In many ways it was reminiscent of the Philadelphia “LOVE” art piece and the “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign.

Bivian told visitors the port of call has been given three different awards since it opened.

     There is a saying in Sanguenay: “You are always two steps away from nature.”

For those who are looking for adventure, during the Fall and Winter, Sanguenay (or Lubbock, an nearby ski town) has a Skiing Center: Mont-Fortin: Accueil.

As the bus drove around the town, a number of trains were visible from the passenger (right) side of the bus. They are used to transport copper and aluminum ore – quite possibly to the nearby port, where Alcoa Ltée-Aluminerie de Baie-Comeau has an aluminum processing plant.

One question that came up was about the flag. The Le St. Jean flag represents a small community within Sanguenay that has an explination for every color and symbol found in their flag.

One of the local gas/petrol stations elicited a laugh (or two) from the less sophisticated of guests because the name (at least in American English) could be used as an insulting nickname: Couche-tard.

NOW, HERE’S A MULTIMEDIA GALLERY OF THE GUMPTION‘S REPORTAGE (more, different images and videos coming soon!):

A tour of Ville de Sanguenay and a sampling from "La Fabuleuse: Histoire d'un Royaume." © Matt Lewis, 2015.

A tour of Ville de Sanguenay and a sampling from “La Fabuleuse: Histoire d’un Royaume.” © Matt Lewis, 2015.

A tour of Ville de Sanguenay and a sampling from "La Fabuleuse: Histoire d'un Royaume." © Matt Lewis, 2015.

A tour of Ville de Sanguenay and a sampling from “La Fabuleuse: Histoire d’un Royaume.” © Matt Lewis, 2015.

A tour of Ville de Sanguenay and a sampling from "La Fabuleuse: Histoire d'un Royaume." © Matt Lewis, 2015.

A tour of Ville de Sanguenay and a sampling from “La Fabuleuse: Histoire d’un Royaume.” © Matt Lewis, 2015.

A tour of Ville de Sanguenay and a sampling from "La Fabuleuse: Histoire d'un Royaume." © Matt Lewis, 2015.

A tour of Ville de Sanguenay and a sampling from “La Fabuleuse: Histoire d’un Royaume.” © Matt Lewis, 2015.


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Québec’s Baie Comeau an Unexpected Surprise!

B.C., Q.C., .ca – Am I learning #Francias through osmosis?

By Matt Lewis
Multimedia Reporter, Editor & Publisher 

After asking the Woman who was at the Lumberjack camp tour where the best place to find an American Newspaper in Baie Comeau, Québec is, I got this response: ‘Tabagie Place – Lasalle.”

She told me it was on the main street going in the opposite direction of the Sea.

Since she spoke so quickly, and my French is not ‘tre manifique,’ I knew that she meant a local shop in downtown. I had my heart set on buying a Sunday edition of the print New York Times paper.

The town used to be famous for it’s connections with the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune. Robert Rutherford McCormick came to Baie Comeau and discovered the abundance of trees.

Mr. McCormick had the paper shipped from the paper mill in Canada down to America; and the rest – as they say – is History.

Okay, so back to my ‘Tin-Tin’-esq adventure in British Columbia, Canada: I took the Lumberjack tour and found another surprise; I like the culture of the Canadian loggers.

When I first got off the tour bus (which was actually a school bus used for tourists during the times when school is not in session) I noticed bugs swarming everywhere.

Our tour guide told me that there were fewer mosquitoes in the log cabin, so I followed him in and found it to be true.

I later found out from my New York friend that these bugs were actually known as “black flies” in the Adirondacks.

In the 1950’s snowmobiles were brought to the Lumberjack camp to haul the bundles of wood.

Most of the logging was done during the Fall and Winter seasons when there was snow and ice on the ground. Apparently it was easier and safer to cut and move a lot of logs during that part of the year, because they could use Horses and sleds (until mechanization came in and changed everything completely).

Snowmobiles also doubled as transportation during emergencies and to shuttle students long-distances.

After taking a photograph of a black snowmobile, I learned that it has a Chrysler motor in it; and the only reason I took note of that is because my best friend is a fan of not only engines, but also American motors – and I wanted to share this with him.

The yellow snowmobile next to the other one was made out of Iron.

A typical Lumberjack was a Farmer from the banks of the Southern parts of the St. Lawrence River area.

Our tour guide told us that the leaves don’t begin to reappear on the trees until mid-May and that the flowers don’t begin to bloom until June.

In one of the log cabins, I snapped a photographed of a stuffed and mounted Red Fox. The reason I took this photo is because the cleverness and cunning of a Fox makes it one of my favorite Animals.

The tour guide then held up a wooden-carving of a Moose; but because the antlers had been broken off, it was now a Female Moose, he said. He then was excited to share with us that his Father was the one who had carved the figure.

As I sat on the bus during our commutes between destinations, I spoke to a Hamburg, N.Y. man and was fascinated to learn how much he knew about HDMI, Blu-Ray and other modern media technology.

I think we became fast friends because he and I had similar interests. The most amusing part was that he shared with me how I could find him on Facebook.

The name of the paper mill in Baie Comeau, for your information, is called Resolut Paper, which now has a connection to the United States of America. It is the blue building in town that is hard to miss. There are two out of four smoke stacks billowing and pluming white smoke, almost as if to signal a new Catholic Pope has been elected.

The town, as I later came to find out, has at least two Catholic Churches. The Church we visited had a very beautiful granite exterior. Our guide told us that the stones had come from the North Bay.

At the tour of the local hotel, I heard an anecdote from our tour guide that there was a film the town was proud of because the director was a local Woman named Manon Briand; who had directed ‘Turbulence Desfluides.’

The population of Baie Comeau is about 22,500 people; however, the population has been declining due to young people leaving for the larger surrounding cities, and also to attend university.

Our guide was sad to report that many young people couldn’t find work locally, or they fell in love with something in the Québec City area and never came back.

Finally, as we pull back into the wharf where the Pearl Mist (our cruise liner) is docked, more questions emerge about the Aluminum ingots lying next to our ship. They are called “T-ingots” and weigh about 1,500 lbs. The nearby Alcoa Smelter was used to process the aluminum and make them into bricks ready for transport. The company used to be called Reynolds.

Sam noted that BSAF and Auswego are some local Copper companies. They produce Copper wire by using electrolysis. The ore used to come from a local mine, but now outside sources supply the Copper.

We found out that these aluminum bars were likely headed to Detroit to be used for the frames of the new Ford F-150’s.

Sam told us that this area has the largest grain silos in Canada. All the grain comes from the Midwest and is temporarily stored here for Cargill.

My Family noticed that there was lots of fog this morning.

The paper mill employs about 300 people and is no longer one of the top employers in Baie Comeau.

As I edit this post with my Father, we see what we think is a German tanker, pulling into the dock, preparing

to load the ingots.

“It blocked out our Sun when it passed by our tiny boat,” my Father said in jest.

A tale about the Îles de la Madeleine, Québec, Canada (and the Escale tour center)

By Matt Lewis
Multimedia Reporter, Editor & Publisher

“A great little town with a very big heart!” – Me (Matt Lewis)

A Travel Memory Worth Preserving Just for Yourself

     As I sit in the visitor center of the Îles de la Madeleine, Québec, Canada (also known as the Escale tour center), I listen to ‘The Lion the Beast the Beat’ and think about how I can live up to the nickname my Father gave me — “Lion Lewis.”

     As a freelance journalist, you have to have a fire in your belly and a beat in your head, sort of like Grace Potter & The Nocturnals talk about in their song that I mentioned earlier.

     So, let’s get back to this wonderful little “whaling” village in Southeastern Canada. At around 7 a.m. my eyes sprung wide open in anticipation of a chance to use (and learn a few more) French phrases.

     A professor of mine at University had taught me that speaking other languages helps you e an international freelancer. He was formerly an employee of The New York Times Company / International Herald Tribune and the Associated Press — as a bureau chief in Africa, Southeast Asia, Argentina, and France.

     I always sought his guidance, as his career (and life) were similar to what I wanted to pursue.

Here is a short list of what you should look at if you want to go to this town specifically:

  1. Google : ” isle de madeleine ”
    1. Or type in: ” http://bit.ly/1MkLl96 ” and hit “Go” or “Enter” on your electronic device.
  2. Visit the Magdalen IslandsTourisme Îles de la Madeleine ):
    1. Or type in: ” http://bit.ly/1D5Qfl8 ” and hit “Go” or “Enter” on your electronic device.
  3. Google : “quebec canada
    1. Or type in: ” http://bit.ly/1HktcXL ” and hit “Go” or “Enter” on your electronic device.
  4. Québec, Canada – Lonely Planet : http://bit.ly/1GwnCBg
  5. Canadian Immigration Information – Quebec : http://bit.ly/1NZ0zlv
  6. Quebec – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia : http://bit.ly/1LWv7F6
  7. Quebec City and Area: Official Web Site – Québec City Tourism : http://www.quebecregion.com/en/

Finally, here ( http://bit.ly/1Cv6ld5 ) was an Opinion pieced, penned in the Montreal Gazette that I found amusing while doing research on the Magdalen Islands.

The article was entitled: ‘Opinion: In dealing with Quebec separatism, Ottawa should adopt the Seinfeld doctrine‘ by Ralph Mastromonaco, a special reporter for the Montreal Gazette on July 9.

Here is the original hyperlink/URL address for the Opinion story:


Hiding in Plain Sight

Staff Reports

So, today was just another day, like any other. We tried to venture into a Gentleman’s club, only to feel rejected – again. UGH! *sighs* Well, I believe M also started his very own non-profit. This group focuses mostly on media, entertainment and friends and is known as this very site, The Gilbert Gumption.

This news website was started by a rag-tag group of journalists, also known as Mad-Men, by some – but now the site rejects that connection because of the connotations associated with the TV program.

Look even Matt has a hard time keeping track of what day it is, what country he’s visiting and where he wants to go next!

These days some on staff look forward to writing their own versions of the great American novel, like the ones by F. Scott Fitzgerald, or those who rejected labels and bucked the system (you know who I’m talking about, the Hunter S. Thomspon’s of the world; who freelanced for many publications and never worried about what others thought of him – heck, we hear Johnny Depp paid for his “funeral” service which incorporated a cannon of some kind.

What’s next for the GG blog? Well, some say it has been valued at $1 Billion, but we all know that’s bull-shit! So, how do you combine a work-life balance that is appropriate? First, I suppose you accept the fact that there is no such thing as “perfect.” Then you go from there. You develop positions of “power,” but we’ve found that a collective, one that hides in plain site usually lands in the safest waters.

Happy travels to all and to all a good night! – #007

Spread the Word

An advice and life column that starts today and may continue in this very spot

By Matt Lewis

Today, I am holding my head high, even though I’m slightly confused. This morning i woke up and thought about work and play all morning long!

What was on the agenda? Well, I was trying to sell at least one newspaper subscription to my Dad, and well, so far, I’ve been doing the long-sale and broken him down to the point where he said a newspaper he stopped subscribing to years ago was one he’d be willing to rejoin (for a fee, but with a Family discount of course).

Some time the other night I got invited to blog for an off-shoot of ESPN. It was a U of A blog for wierdos specifically! I was intrigued and did a little research. It still seems like something I’m going to want to check into. How’d I find it? Facebook. I can’t seem to find the link this morning. Ugh!

Please check in with us and see how our progress here @: The Gilbert Gumption is coming along. On iTunes soon.

Blod Ideas

1) World does not always = going to H-E-Double Hockey sticks

2) Travel tips a) How to get home … safe & sound

3) Dealing with the police

4) The DENTIST … duhn, duhn, duhn

5) Applying 4 jobs/internships; in-person vs. over-the-phone

6) The BIBLE (what it is secretly not telling you)

7) SPORTS (irrelevant) 8) “New” “news” vs. “traditional media”

8 a) What will the new medium(s) be?

How to become a “real-life” #Hero

By Matt Lewis
Editor & Publisher

It takes work, that’s for sure. But the truth is, we can never become like the ‘Superheroes’ we see in the movies. I know many young people dream of it. Sure, I did too. We didn’t know that ideal wasn’t real.

For those with a ‘Summer-time’ sadness, just remember it will get better. Featured Image -- 3360
Here is what a “real-life” #Hero looks like.

This was found by Matt Lewis.

This was found by Matt Lewis.

Here’s what the comics portray.

‘Wish I Was Here’ Movie Review

By Matt Lewis

The movie stars Zach Braff, Zoey King, Pierce Gagnon, Kate Hudson and a slew of other great actors, mostly whom are there for cameo purposes. Photo Courtesy of:  http://bit.ly/1rsAU95

The movie stars Zach Braff, Zoey King, Pierce Gagnon, Kate Hudson and a slew of other great actors, mostly whom are there for cameo purposes.                                                                                                      Photo Courtesy of:

Visit http://bit.ly/1vwOrjy for the trailer of this movie and visit http://bit.ly/1mT5XXz for one of the movie’s best scenes.

Here is what Jackie Bensley, of Phoenix said about it:

“My favorite scene is when they are on the camping trip. It is there that the father begins to actually connect with his children. He shares some part of himself with them and they feel that connection and in turn begin to open up to him. They all have a better appreciation of we each other. Also the scene where Sarah is talking to Gabe in his hospital bed… As she explains to him what she thinks his sons need from him. A very powerful moment. My favorite character would have to be the family unit as a whole. They were so perfectly imperfect. They were each trying so hard to do what was right. The only problem they each had a different idea of what is right for them. As most normal families do especially in today’s world when everyone is in their own little world. But then they come together when it really matters. Family. I liked the film because it was so thoughtful. While watching you really had a connection to it. I always know whrn I come out of a film if b I had a connection with it… If it made me feel something good… And this one did jist that. The casting was great. I don’t think I have ever seen Kate Hudson in an indie film before. I was a little curious about this when I first saw the trailer. But she pulled it off with flying colors. Impressive. If you mean effects by the interspersed kind of flashbacks with the father being in some video game they played as kids, I understand what he was trying to do, but I think it was unnecessary and kind of detracted from the film. The film would have been just as good if not better without them. We really didn’t need to know that both brothers escaped their childhood through video games. And were still escaping reality through acting and role playing at comi-con conventions. We didn’t really need that. And as for the music. I don’t really think it added to the film… Or took away from it, it was just there as if it needed to be there because that is what you have in a film. It was a minor character in the scheme of things.”

How to ‘Train’ Your Summer Concert Palette

By Matt Lewis
Editor & Publisher

     I can’t seem to get enough of Train‘s new album, “Bulletproof Picasso.” What’s my favorite song, you ask? I haven’t even listened to the whole thing yet; but seeing their “Picasso At The Wheel Summer Tour 2015” in-person was pretty darn amazing!

Personally, I “fell in-love” with Train‘s music when I bought their album “California 37” back in 2012. I happened to be visiting the Golden State” with an girlfriend. It was the perfect California road-trip soundtrack, and while we never drove on California State Route 37, it didn’t matter. We were about 400 miles (or six hours by car) South in Los Angeles.

The concert, was a pretty standard concert, except for one thing each band seemed to be debuting at least one song for us that night. Who was there? The comical music stylings of Matt Nathanson, The Fray, and of course Train was the headliner.

The Gilbert Gumption‘s  Editor & Publisher, Matthew Aaron Lewis (@matt20hew) talked to Holly Hensley of Gilbert, Ariz. She attended the concert with her roommate and friend, Karissa Shipp. In full disclosure, Mr. Lewis attended Basha High School with both Women. He knew of them, but did not run around in the same circles.

Train Interview


Holly Hensley, 27, Gilbert

The ‘Train’ “Picasso at the Wheel” concert tickets were a birthday present to Ms. Hensley from her Mother. Her birthday was two days before the concert.

She got two tickets; and took Karissa Kay Shipp, who is also her roommate and friend from school.

Her reason for going: (Paraphrase) I’m really into ‘The Fray;’ or at least more so than ‘Train.’

Ms. Hensley said her favorite ‘Train’ songs are “Marry Me” or “Drops of Jupiter” with “Drops of Jupiter possibly having a slight edge.

During the concert, however, Ms. Hensley said her favorite performances by ‘Train’ were either their song “Free” or “Marry Me.” She said she was really hoping that ‘Train’ was going to play “Marry Me,” and she wasn’t disappointed. ‘Train’ did however wait until the later part of their set to play the song. They started with a few new songs then went back to their older works. They played a mix of Radio hits and some of the lesser known songs from their albums.

As for ‘The Fray’ she said it is too hard to choose. She said if she had to choose, her favorite song from them would probably be “Heartbeat.”

She said she was originally introduced to ‘The Fray’s’ music by a T.V. show; some doctor drama, she recalls – either “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Scrubs.” The song – “How to Save a Life.”

She said ‘Train’s’ new albums – and specifically the lyrics – have evolved into “weirdness.”

Her seats were on the lawn at Ak-Chin Pavillion; and she was just fine with that, in fact, she preferred to sit in the grass.

“I didn’t need to know every song (to have a good time),” Ms. Hensley said. “They’re (‘Train’) just awesome to listen to.”

After attending the concert, Ms. Hensley’s interest in ‘Train’s’ latest album “Bulletproof Picasso” was piqued and she says she’s been seeking out their new stuff on Pandora and other streaming music sites such as YouTube. She says she may even buy a few songs from iTunes.

She had heard some songs of “Bulletproof Picasso” on Pandora before the concert and said she wasn’t really paying attention to the lyrics, but really listened to what was being sung about during the concert and got hooked.

When Mrs. Kay Shipp and Ms. Hensley arrived at Ak-Chin Pavillion’s parking lot, they could already hear Matt Nathanson performing.

They rushed in and got their seats. They were a little bummed to find that the only available seats were directly behind a view-obstructing pillar.

During an intermission, thought, they moved and got a better view of the stage.

Ms. Hensley described the lawn seats as a “sweat spot,” that wasn’t too close, or too far away from the stage.

Ms. Hensley said that Mrs. Kay Shipp was also a big fan of ‘The Fray,’ and like her, wasn’t as big a fan of ‘Train.’

She said neither of them were really all that aware of Matt Nathanson’s music.

When asked to sum up the concert in a word or phrase, Ms. Hensley said, “Best. Concert. EVER!” She made sure that I record the proper punctuation and capitalization.

TRANSCRIPT of Interview: ” Coming soon. …”

Below is some multimedia from the concert. Please enjoy!

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Here are my final musings on the concert, written during the concert: “This concert was ‘my’ concert. It was ‘their’ concert. They enjoyed playing for us. We had a good time. Let the Endless Summer* of 2015 begin in the Phoenix-metro area.”

Maggi Pizzas Have Pig Harmful Chemicals Deadly Side Effects

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Now Maggi is in the News for its ingredients contain Lead and other chemicals harmful to Health.
It has been taken off the shelf from UP,Delhi, Kerala and tamil Nadu is about to ban it.
Maggi noodles.jpg Maggi noodles We had earlier the issue of Johnson and Johnson for similar offences. Oreo cookies,which was banned in the US as early as in the Thirties! I have been writing on this issue , Coke,Maggi,Pepsi and other Health Drinks. No body sees to bother . Excepion is my Five year Grandson who refuses all these saying that his Boss Thatha(that's me!) told him they are harmful) I am providing soe information received from my friend below and right after it information from a reliable sites. As they say in Tamil, I have blown the Whisle(Saangu, Conch) Upto You. Life bouy is neither bath soap nor toilet soap ! But it's a Cabolic soap used…

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On National Nude Day, it’s bare if you dare (from AZCentral.com)

By Ryan Van Velzer
The Republic | azcentral.com 10:14 p.m. MST July 13, 2014
national nude day
Donn Holmes (left), 63, and Ken Runo, 65, soak up some sun Friday at Shangri La Ranch, a
clothing-optional community in New River. Today is National Nude Day, a holiday celebrated
by nudists around the country.
(Photo: Cheryl Evans/The Republic)

Ken Runo sat beside the pool in a deck chair, his skin tanned, his leg precariously crossed, concealing his more intimate parts.

“Every day is National Nudist Day to me,” he said.

Runo said he always knew he was a nudist. As a kid, he ran through the forests near his home in Cleveland naked as a jaybird. At 65, he still prefers the feel of the breeze on his skin to the constriction of clothes. On some days, he hikes through the dry washes surrounding the 50 acres of Shangri La Ranch, a “clothing optional” resort in New River. And, no, he’s not concerned about cactuses.

Monday is National Nude Day, a celebration of the birthday suit.

For most nudists, it’s just another day without clothes.

National Nude Day comes on the heels of Nude Recreation Week, a similar celebration that begins the week after the Fourth of July. Across the U.S., more than 32,000 members of the American Association for Nude Recreation, organized into more than 250 recreational clubs, are celebrating in pretty much the same way they always do. They don’t need to get dressed up for the event.

“This is something we take pride in,” said Ashley Beahan, public-relations manager for the association. “It brings awareness to nude recreation. This is a lifestyle; people grow and learn from this lifestyle.”

Friday afternoon at Shangri La Ranch was a relatively calm start to the weekend compared with the Fourth of July weekend, when all 160 of the available RVs and homes were full. Permanent residents mingled, played billiards in the recreation room and idly swam in the pool.

One visitor recalled the first time he visited a nude resort. It was Mira Vista, a “premier clothing-optional resort” outside of Tucson, according to its website.

He said he sat perched on the edge of his bed, nervously sipping beer with his wife. The couple peered out the windows until they had the courage to join the others. Eventually, liberated from their clothes, they joined, and within minutes, they forgot they were naked.

“Once the clothes are off, you’re just people,” he said.

Shangri La Ranch and Mira Vista are Arizona’s most popular nudist resorts, but daring nudists also visit the public “clothes optional” hot springs in Camp Verde and Tonopah.

According to Arizona law, a person commits indecent exposure if he or she recklessly exposes his or her genitals or nipples in the presence of another person who would be offended or alarmed (breastfeeding is exempt). Arizona “naturists” interpret the law to mean that it’s OK to be naked on public land if no one sees you and is offended.

Those interested in joining a nudist community or visiting a resort need only remember a few tips. It’s important to be respectful and not stare, said Shangri La Ranch manager Patty Faber. Use common courtesy, wear lots of sunscreen and, if you’re sitting down, always make sure there’s something between you and what you are sitting on, for hygiene purposes, she said.

Immigration Stories

By Matt Lewis

If you are a reader, viewer or listener of the news you’ve probably heard about the protesters near San Diego complaining of the immigrants being bussed there.

If you’re an Arizonan, you’re probably sick of the immigration debate.

One editor said he was tired of political e-mails that were spewing immigration rhetoric and misusing fewer vs. lesser.

Dylan Smith, editor of the Tucson Sentinel, said he will start disregarding those e-mails which mistakenly use fewer vs. lesser.

I personally applaud this decision.

He said on #Facebook that if they couldn’t have a proper command of the English language then he probably couldn’t provide intelligent discourse on the matter.

This version was updated Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 8:20 p.m.



National Dance Day

By Matt Lewis

According to SpryLiving.com Saturday, July 26 is National Dance Day.

If you aren’t already fed up by the fact that just about everything has it’s own holiday now, you may want to celebrate this one.

The Spry Living article’s slug says: No rhythm? No excuse. Anyone can celebrate National Dance Day on July 26 with their expert tips.

Famed choreographer Debbie Allen certainly gained notoriety for her work in Fame. She now inspires “dancers through FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, no in its 11th season,” the article said.

She has also taken on a more personal project. Her father is battling diabetes so Allen “has partnered with Jansen Pharmaceuticals on The T2 Dance Crew (www.T2DanceCrew.com) to encourage Type 2 diabetics to try to dancing as a way to stay active and manage their condition,” the article said.

“I tried to get Daddy to exercise, but he was not having it,” she says. “When he died, we lost a great light in our lives, and it didn’t have to go that way,” she was quoted as saying in the article.

Allen says she believes anyone can dance and enjoy it. In honor of National Dance Day, Spry Living asked for her best beginner tips on how to “get grooving.”

Build confidence by yourself. If you’re nervous before venturing out to a class or club, call up some YouTube instructional videos and practice in your own space.

Choose an international or unusual style. Chances are, most of the students in your African dance class are new to the moves, too! You might feel less intimidated than at, say, a line-dancing class in the South.

Make an outing of it. Get a group of girlfriends (or guy friends) together for drinks and dancing at a salsa club. “Once you get started, you can dance salsa all night long!” Debbie says.”

The article in Spry Living was written by Katie Neal. 

Third Obit Not A Charm

By Matt Lewis

This will be the third obituary I will have to write in my life (okay well technically fourth, but one I don’t count). The first was for someone who wasn’t even going to die anytime soon. The second was a professor at the University of Arizona. The third was my mother’s (I was only 22). The fourth will be my fraternal grandmother’s.

I don’t know why sadness must consume me when I’m writing these obituaries (even for the guy who wasn’t going to die anytime soon) but it does. I also find it very disconcerting writing a document that will be the final document honoring a person – it’s a lot of pressure.

I never know the right words for eulogies, but at least with obituaries they are straightforward.

Here’s the obituary I wrote for my mother:

Screen shot 2014-07-05 at 12.55.14 PM When things get tough, the tough get going as the saying goes, but for me it is not that simple. You have to have an extra thick skin to write obituaries – I believe – especially if that person is close to you.

There is also a lot of questions that have to be answered when writing an obituary and the more questions you have about a family member the less you feel like you knew about their life, which can make you even more sad.

One of my father’s friends told me it is an honor to be chosen to write the obituary. I told him it was only because I was the resident journalist in the family. He shrugged it off and said it was still an honor.

Facebook Hack

By Matt Lewis According to reports from a man who’s Facebook name is listed as Howard Moses, some of his Facebook friends’ accounts were hacked. Their accounts said that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was giving out a reward.

“Three (friends I’ve blocked so far). (The reason was a claim of) prize from a Facebook lottery,” Moses wrote on Facebook. “(I’ve gotten) messages from hacking scammers who can’t spell.”

This phishing scam asked users for their name and e-mail and told them they were among a group of 50 lucky winners who won $300,000. For more on this story read more at: http://bit.ly/1vK690c

You block whatever come. Contact later. This really sucks. — Howard Moses

No attempts have been made as of yet to verify if this is indeed a hoax. image Facebook screenshot

#HappyBirthday #Prescott, #Ariz. & #AZAthletics Final Event

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

CHANDLER, ARIZ. – After venturing through the city of Prescott, Ariz. my friend, Mark and I decided it was a great day to celebrate the birthday of Arizona’s Territorial Capitol. Prescott celebrated 150 years or a sesquicentennial this week.

From a video of the historical museum of the city I learned that the town was named after William Hickland Prescott. I also learned that at the infamous Whiskey Row cowboys and miners would have a drink at each bar along the row. I also learned that early on in the history of the city there were several fires due to oil lamps.

The University of Arizona Athletic Department wrapped up their four-stop tour of the state in Prescott as well. Mark and I – both alumni of the university – were going mostly to check out the event, but ended up enjoying our time in the city of Prescott as well.

The Mayor of Prescott decreed the city to be “Wildcat Country.” Then the coaches of the Men’s Basketball program (Sean Miller), the Football program (Rich Rodriguez) and the Women’s Basketball program (Niya Butts) – and Athletic Director Greg Byrne – spoke about the future of their respective athletic programs and answered questions from alumni, like Mark.

Coach Miller was particularly excited about one recruit  from California. He said he was an incoming freshman who won four consecutive years in high school at the highest division. He said that has maybe only ever been done once before. He also talked about the renovations to the basketball arena, McKale Center.

Coach Rodriguez talked about the new locker room facilities for players and mentioned how in the past the facilities used to be a bit of an embarrassment, but now they stand as some of the tops in the Pacific Coast 12 Conference.

Athletic Director Byrne answered questions about television packages, especially pertaining to the Prescott area.

All speakers/coaches drew applause and some laughs when they spoke to a packed conference room at the Hassayampa Inn near downtown.

We got there in the early afternoon and toured the historical museum and the Governor’s Mansion. The tour lent itself to a myriad of great photographs! The weather was also a nice escape from the heat of the Valley of the Sun.


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Movie Review: ‘Divergent’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

The film Divergent took a look at what Shailene Woodley would be like as a chick who is tough as nails.

Divergent opens in a futuristic Chicago landscape, post what appears to be an epic war that took place. Many of Chicago’s landmark buildings are badly damaged from the war. There is an eerie sense of dystopia when we see this world. We fear it. We know it could be very real if World Leaders (or even a single radical) play fast and lose with the rules of human decency and let another war of Worldly proportions.

Ms. Woodley stars along side Theo James, Kate Winslet and others who make up a great cast in this film. The characters have irony and drama written all over their faces.

We find out early on the plot and eventual outcome of this movie, but that does not detract from the greatness of this movie.

There are different sectors that the community has divided itself into to live. There are the truth-tellers, the helpers of man, the army and police, the homeless and I may be forgetting one or two sectors.

What is divergent? Divergent is when someone who is young takes a test to determine their best sector and isn’t given a clear result.

Where does the drama in this movie come from? It comes from Ms.  Winslet’s character wanting to hunt and destroy all Divergent people.

We are rooting for Ms. Woodley when she goes to take her test to have a clear result, but alas she is given a Divergent path with multiple results. She then chooses to work and train with the army sector — convenient since she’ll need those skills later to thwart the plan to destroy her kind.

I personally really enjoyed this film and will once again let this movie speak for itself, so below is some information from the movie Website IMDb.

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Divergent (2014)

 139 min  – Genres: Adventure | Romance | Sci-Fi  – 21 March 2014 (USA)
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Ratings: 7.5/10 from 54,324 users   Metascore: 48/100 
Reviews: 295 user | 258 critic | 38 from Metacritic.com

In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she’s Divergent and won’t fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it’s too late.


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Release Date:

21 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$54,607,747 (USA) (21 March 2014)


$143,008,971 (USA) (6 May 2014)

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Technical Specs


139 min

Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1

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Movie Review: ‘Rio 2’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

‘Rio 2’ is a great children’s cartoon! It has music, colors and a happy-ending story line (sorry, should have said spoiler alert). This film makes you happy from the opening credits until the conclusion.

There is the obvious rise and fall of the action to fit a standard children’s tale, but there are some adult themes to keep the grown-ups interested too.

From the beginning we are given big musical numbers and great visual effects to give our eyes a treat. The movie opens in Rio de Janeiro and takes the audience and the birds and a cast of other characters to the Amazon.

The movie stars the voices of Jesse EisenbergAnne HathawayJemaine Clement as well as George Lopez and Bruno Mars, among others.

What the movie didn’t lack was a sense of appeal for both parents and children. There were themes that could appeal to all.

Blu’s character, played by Eisenberg, was a loveable neat-freak who was overly concerned with all the dangers of the jungle. He took paranoia to a new extreme and it was funny.

Hathaway voiced Blu’s wife Jewel. Jewel, a wild bird, had no problem fitting in to the Amazon as it was her home.

We meet Jewel’s family and ex-macaw beau who poses a bit of a threat to Blu’s manliness — again funny.

The movie has sweet moments and fun moments for the kids too. There’s a soccer match that is sure to capture the hearts of young boys the world over.

There’s not enough good things to say about this film, but mostly I’ll let the film speak for itself like a parrot, so go see it.

Items from IMDb:

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The movie’s protagonist character Blu is a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota. He met the fiercely independent Jewel and takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams in the first movie.


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Carlinhos Brown
Audition Bird (voice)
Kristin Chenoweth
Gabi (voice)
Jemaine Clement
Nigel (voice)
Jim Conroy
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Rachel Crow
Carla (voice)
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Release Date:

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Box Office


$103,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$39,327,869 (USA) (11 April 2014)


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Movie Review: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

Delightfully quirky is the best way to describe this Wes Anderson picture. If a picture paints a thousand words and a thousand pictures are in this film then how many words does that mean this review has to be?

The plot thickens quickly in this strange comedy that takes place in a town that is – I believe – a metaphor for the Swiss Alps. Ralph FiennesF. Murray AbrahamMathieu Amalric all play starring roles in this film – so not huge names, but do we ever expect the cast to overshadow the story with a movie from Mr. Anderson?! 

This film comes in at exactly 100 minutes and doesn’t let you miss a step. If you must go to the rest room go before or after the film otherwise you may be a bit confused. Every scene is drenched with ironic comedy and dark humor.

Here is the synopsis from IMDb: “The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.”

Here’s a more full description: “GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.” Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

The picture is rated R for language, some sexual content and violence. | What makes this film interesting is it never lets us, the audience, miss a beat. It’s like if a friend was telling you a story that you were hooked in on and if you missed a single word you wouldn’t understand what was happening next.

So far, according to IMDb, during opening weekend the film made $811,166 (USA) (7 March 2014) and in gross cash the movie has made $51,909,825 (USA) (6 May 2014).

A bit of trivia from IMDb is that Jeff Goldblum plays Vilmos Kovacs, a tribute to cinematographers László Kovács andVilmos Zsigmond.

A goof from the film is when Serge X. is serving the guests at the reading of Madame D.’s will, he is standing still in one shot, serving ice in the next and then again standing still as he was prior to serving the ice, according to IMDb.

Here’s a memorable quote from the movie courtesy of IMDb: “Mr. Moustafa: To be frank, I think his world had vanished long before he ever entered it – but, I will say: he certainly sustained the illusion with a marvelous grace!”

STAY FOR THE CREDITS: Near the end of the credits, an animated figure does a Russian dance, according to IMDb – I wouldn’t know because I left after the credits began rolling, so stay and check it out for yourself – I hope it is worth your while.

Movie Review: ‘Draft Day’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

Draft Day‘ with Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman and Jennifer Garner was about football — in a word. The film was excellent in another word. It was fun and funny. It had a few heavy moments mixed in like a great bag of nuts.

The cast was spot on for their parts and I couldn’t have asked for a better performance from Denis Leary, but his character wasn’t nearly as dead-pan funny as I would’ve hoped.

What brought this film together nicely was the sense of urgency, the drama. It was a guy sports movie, but it had a baby-element and a love interest for a date night movie too.

It was a good flick and I would highly recommend the film. What you couldn’t say about the movie though is that it was perfect. It fumbled a few times. It dragged on in parts where they could have shortened it a bit. We got that there was wheeling-and-dealing going on by Mr. Costner’s character.

Ms. Garner’s character brought a sense of reason and order to an otherwise chaotic football exec (Costner’s character). She was also with the Cleveland Brown’s franchise and wanted to help make his life and his job easier; but there were times where those two crazy kids didn’t seem like they’d make it.

The clock is a metaphor for the movie. As the time in the game clock to lock in their draft picks goes down so too does the clock on this short, 109 minute picture. The attention span of sports fans is short – I presume – so I also presume that’s why the length of the film is shorter.

Mr. Leary’s Head Coach character decides to break the mold and challenge Mr. Costner’s character at every turn. What you don’t know is that they really and metaphorically are on the same team.

SPOILER ALERT: This is a Disney-esq movie and everything works out happy in the end. No surprises here. Even from the beginning we are fully aware that this will be the outcome.

If there is anything else you want to know about this movie just email me @ gilbertgumption@gmail.com … thanks for reading.

Movie Review: ‘Transcendence’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

The movie ‘Transcendence’ takes the audience on a cerebral journey through the ethics and perils of artificial intelligence or A.I. The film runs about 120 minutes and has mixed reviews.

I personally am still making up my mind on whether or not I like the movie. It was a fascinating look at how everything would play out in a future scenario where technology ruled the world. I am not pro or con when it comes to A.I., but I am a fan of technology in moderation – not ruling the world.

What shall humans do if we ever lose control of our planet to the machine inside ourselves the movie posits. Johnny Depp explores this character very well as Dr. Will Caster.

The movie makes sense and is fairly linear in it’s plot line, but I’m not sure I like the ending — it leaves a little to be desired in the way of a conclusion, but hey maybe that was the director’s intent.

What doesn’t make sense in this movie is how they could have tailored this any more perfectly to me. It began in Berkley, Calif. one of my favorite places (even though I’ve never been) and had Sunflowers, one of my favorite flowers (because they remind me of my grandparents’ farm in Kansas).

‘Transcendence’ certainly takes the audience on a journey worth seeing, but I’m not sure you’ll leave the theatre fully satisfied.

I like movies that make you think as much as the next college graduate, but I am also not one for heavy dramas which this film was.

What can we do if technology comes for us, well the movie and I both agree — we fight back, no questions asked. This Earth was here for organic life first and should remain that way.

We can do a lot of amazing things with technology – take this blog for example, but we must heed the warning signs.

Movie Review: ‘The Other Woman’

By Matt Lewis
Executive Editor

I saw ‘The Other Woman’ the other day and it was a fantastic rom-com. It had a great appeal for the masses. Kate Upton brought in the younger crowd, Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz brought in a slightly older crowd. And the attractive male lead and secondary were for the ladies viewing pleasure.

The guilty pleasure for men was the obvious slow-mo running scene of Ms. Upton. The lack of subtlety did not distract too much from the movie-going experience.

Everyone could enjoy this film because there were high and low-brow jokes. There was also a deep connection developed between audience and the characters – they were relatable in other words.

Ms. Mann played the same washed up, whinny role she played in ‘This is 40’ but hey who am I to say change a good thing once you’ve got it. As far as Ms. Diaz brought the heat. She was fierce with a capital ‘F’.

The movie was more than funny or one with great little nuggets of wisdom. It explored a wide array of human emotion and took a cerebral look in to the human mind and how it deals with infidelity.

I personally have considered going with friends to re-watch the movie; it was that good.

What makes this film endearing is Ms. Mann’s character, the wife of the slime-ball who cheats wherever he goes. The man in the movie is despicable, but he’s not a total villain, which is a great change of pace.

I won’t give away anything in the movie, but I will say it is worth checking out for yourself.

Welcome to the open source renaissance


In the span of just a few years, open source has produced businesses that are incredibly attractive to the investment community. In 2012, open source venture investment jumped 80 percent over the prior year with $553 million invested, compared to $307 million in 2011. VCs have flocked to darlings like MongoDB, Open Stack, Cloudera, Puppet Labs and Hortonworks because these companies are solving incredibly difficult challenges in the cloud and big data arena faster than any proprietary software vendor could.

So why the big increase in interest now? Open source software has been around for years, in many cases implemented on the fringes by developers who prefer the freedom and flexibility of contributing to the evolution of the platforms with which they choose to work. There were even early glimmers of promise; for example, Linux proved to be a fast, effective server platform for many businesses before it grew…

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The Nkuringo Mountain Gorilla babies

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Here are a few more shots of mountain gorillas from the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda.  There are two youngsters in the troop of 14 that are under the age of 2.






See the rest of the photos here or check out the video of the gorillas.

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Meet the hardware, software and science projects bound for the International Space Station this month


After problems forced a delay from a scheduled launch this weekend, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off later this month carrying nearly 5,000 pounds of precious cargo headed to the International Space Station, including the equipment for more than 150 experiments. Here’s a look at five of the more interesting projects that will be on board.


OPALS at a NASA test facility last year. Photo courtesy of Jim Grossmann/NASA. OPALS at a NASA test facility last year. Photo courtesy of Jim Grossmann/NASA.

The Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science will use a laser to communicate with a NASA station on Earth. Laser beams can send data at a much higher rate than traditional radio frequency transmissions. Sending more data at faster rates will be essential as our exploration of the universe moves farther and farther away from Earth.

NASA’s main challenge will be accurately positioning the laser to point at its target. The agency will test OPALS by sending…

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Missing jet: Not a hijacking but ‘deliberate’ action, PM says


(CNN) — The Malaysian Prime Minister stopped short of calling the disappearance of Flight 370 a hijacking, but he said Saturday that the jet veered off course, likely due to deliberate action taken by someone aboard.

With that revelation on Day 8, the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane refocused on the crew and passengers and widened to a larger swath of geography.

The passenger jetliner disappeared March 8, en route from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China.

“Evidence is consistent with someone acting deliberately from inside the plane,” Prime Minister Najib Razak said, officially confirming the plane’s disappearance was not caused by an accident.

“Despite media reports that the plane was hijacked, we are investigating all major possibilities on what caused MH370 to deviate,” he said.

Military radar showed the jetliner flew in a westerly direction back over the peninsula before turning northwest toward the Bay…

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Mega Millions jackpot swells to $400 million


CHICAGO (AP) _ The Mega Millions jackpot has grown to an estimated $400 million.

No one matched all six numbers in Friday night’s drawing. The numbers were 7-20-40-54-69, with a Mega Ball of 12. Friday’s $353 million prize would have been the fifth-largest jackpot in the multistate lottery game’s history.

The next drawing is Tuesday.

The jackpot has been rolling since January 3. The biggest lottery prize in the U.S. was a $656 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot in 2012.

Mega Millions changed its rules in October to help increase jackpots by lowering the odds of winning the top prize. That means the chances of winning the jackpot are now about 1 in 259 million. It used to be about 1 in 176 million.

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Daily Prompt: Pour Some Sugar Over Me

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What is your favorite sweet thing to eat? Bread pudding? Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies? A smooth and creamy piece of cheesecake? Tell us all about the anticipation and delight of eating your favorite dessert. Not into sweets? Tell us all about your weakness for that certain salty snack.

Waffles with apples and cream

I have lots of favourites but am a little choosy. I like to know what it contains and I like the ingredients to be the best, so my taste in sweet might be a little expensive. This wonderwork of desert in the photo was really made by me. My monthly cooking magazine had developed a new kind of mould for making waffles complete with book on “How to make”. They were manufactured from silicon, a sort of rubbery new development in backing forms, so I decided to try it out. With some stewed apples (from my tree of course) and whipped cream…

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FBI offers $20,000 for return of missing toddler Myra Lewis

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MADISON COUNTY, Mississippi — More than a week ago, a 2-year-old girl with a wide grin and butterfly barrettes in her hair vanished in Mississippi.

Authorities hope she’s still alive, and are offering a $20,000 reward for her return.

Myra Lewis was reported missing by her family on March 1 after playing with her sister outside their home in Camden, the FBI said.

She was last seen about 11 a.m. the same day wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater adorned with a bear, and pink tennis shoes. Myra is 37 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.

“Since her disappearance was reported, multiple state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies have participated in a massive, collaborative search effort,” the FBI Office in Jackson said.

“Significant resources have been dedicated to this investigation, including extensive ground and air searches, and utilization of specially trained search teams.”

Despite the effort, the toddler…

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Unclaimed money held by national treasurers may belong to you

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It may sound too good to be true, but you could have some cash waiting for you, with no strings attached.

The latest numbers from the National Association of State Treasurers show states are holding billions of dollars of unclaimed cash.

The money comes from old bank accounts, utility deposits and un-redeemed money orders, among other things.

Click here to find out if any of that unclaimed money belongs to you.

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Angry outbursts can harm your heart


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(KTVI) – Do you get angry? Do you get angry often? Those outbursts may help you let off steam and perhaps make you feel better, but they may be doing more harm than good.

Dr. Michael Lim, a cardiologist with Saint Louis University Hospital, talked about how anger outbursts harm your heart.

For more information: www.heart.sluhospital.com

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Canon City police investigating triple homicide

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CANON CITY, Colo. — Police in Canon City are looking into a triple homicide after three bodies were found in a home Sunday night.

The Canon City Police Department said in a release it responded to a report of sexual assault by a teenage girl in the 1100 block of Phay Avenue.

The release adds “investigating officers found in the home the bodies of three persons.”

One person of interest was found at the home and was detained.

A news conference will be held later Monday morning.

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Fatal motorcycle crash in Cedar Hill


imperial_00001 (KTVI) – Investigators are on the scene of what appears to be a fatal accident in Jefferson County.

The accident is on State Route B at Ridge Road just after 5 a.m.   Authorities believe a man riding a motorcyclist was hit.

Unconfirmed reports indicate the motorcyclist was hit by a dump truck that left the scene. We will bring you more details as they become available.

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Illinois State Police to conduct night patrols in March


LITCHFIELD, IL. (KTVI) – The Illinois State Police is going to conduct night enforcement patrols  in March, looking for drivers operating cars unsafely, driving on  suspended or revoked licenses, driving with open alcoholic beverages, driving under the influence and not wearing seat belts

Alcohol and drug use is suspected in nearly 40 percent of all fatal crashes in Illinois.

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New leads explored in hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The mysteries surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and the true identities of some of its passengers, are as deep as the southeast Asian waters where multinational search teams are searching for the jet.

Navies from two of Malaysia’s neighbors were pursuing new leads as Sunday turned into Monday in southeast Asia.

Vietnam’s navy has spotted a floating object about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Vietnam’s Tho Chu Island, which is located off the country’s southwest coast in the Gulf of Thailand, Vietnam National Search and Rescue Committee Spokesman Hung Nguyen told CNN. The object was spotted by a Vietnamese navy rescue aircraft at about 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday (6:30 p.m. local time). Due to the dark, the navy aircraft could not get close enough to identify the floating object, and was recalled to base. Three search and rescue boats have since been…

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White House invites the crowd to fight patent trolls, but it won’t solve the problem


Patent trolls are a gaping wound on the innovation economy. Despite growing evidence about the trolls’ economic damage, the U.S. government is still grasping for ways to stop them, and to fix the country’s dysfunctional patent system.

On Thursday, the White House plunged forward with a new series of measures intended to curtail the troll plague that is siphoning money from productive companies while producing nothing of value. The plan is clever, relying on crowdsourcing tactics to expose trolls and bad patents. Unfortunately, it won’t kill the trolls.

Here’s an overview of the new troll-fighting tactics and what they will — and won’t — do to fix the patent problem.

Trolls and transparency

The details, set out in a fact sheet, includes an “online toolkit aimed at empowering consumers .. [that] will include information and links to services and websites.”

That toolkit will be powered in part by websites like Lex…

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Top jobs of the week in tech: Zappos.com, Threadless and more


While your next job probably won’t pay in Bitcoins, it just got one step closer to reality with the planned rollout of Bitcoin ATMs. In other news, the readers of Gigaom chose their favorite new startups for the Structure Data Awards. And until building cool things with Legos starts paying the bills, check out the weekly jobs review here:

We also have other listings from companies like Target, Microsoft, Shell Oil and more. Click here to see what else is on our job board.

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