Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Go Out And Vote!


Election Day is only a week away. Many states have important midterm elections that will determine their governors, congressmen, senators, local political offices, school boards, and even constitutional amendments. This election may not be presidential, but nevertheless, it is an important one.

If you weren’t planning to vote this year, by all means, do so anyway. Many states even have early voting, so you can cast your votes early without having to deal with long waits. Consider early voting the FastPass of American democracy.

So go perform your civil duty and vote, and if you can, vote early! This is an important election, and every vote counts. I, by no means, will tell you who to vote for, but by all means, vote for whoever you believe best represents you and your values.

If you’re still uncertain about how to vote or who to vote for, consider the following resources:

Register to Vote – The official government website for elections. Learn if you’re eligible to vote, register to vote, check your voter status, or make changes to your party affiliation.

On The Issues – Learn where the political canidates within your state stand on the most important political issues.

Ballotpedia – Preview the sample ballot for your state and district, and learn more about the political canidates and amendments on your ballot.

VoteSmart – Learn more about the political canidates, where they stand on the issues, and who’s providing their campaign donations.

VoteEasy – A simple quiz that allows you to determine which candidate to vote for based on how well they align with you on the important issues.

Educate yourself and go vote! If you’ve already voted, leave a comment below and let everyone know you did your patriotic duty. (Just keep the politics to a minimum, please. We want discussions here to remain civil.)

Monday, October 15, 2018

I’m Not Dead. I’m Still Here.

Unless you’ve been stuck inside Monstro the Whale, you’ve probably noticed that it’s been more than one month since I’ve posted something on this blog. Don’t worry. I’m not dead. I’m still living—though barely!

If you’re curious as to where I’ve been and why I haven’t posted anything in such a long time, I’ve been attending to other things, mostly work and family matters. As this blog is a hobby of mine, it unfortunately has to take a back seat as a priority when it comes to real life. And real life has been hitting me hard!

I’ve been up to my neck in work, I’ve become emotionally drained by the news and political madness occurring in my country and throughout the world, and to top it all off, I’ve recently had to deal with a death in the family. So needless to say, I’ve been too stressed and busy to write anything on this blog.

As I’ve already mentioned, this blog is a hobby, not a job. This blog doesn’t pay the bills for me. I have a real job for that. As such, when faced with the choice of either writing for a living or writing for fun, obviously, writing for a living takes a higher priority. Hence why I’ve been focusing more on my real life job and less on my blog here.

So does this mean I’m finished with this blog? Is this the end of the Magic Ears Dudebro? Probably not. But at the moment, I’m not going to be writing as consistently as I previously did. I’m probably going to focus on writing when I have a chance and not once a week every week as was previously the case.

My advice for you all is to keep checking in on this blog now and then to see if I have anything new posted. And as always, feel free to follow me on Twitter and Facebook for my most recent thoughts. Until then, stay magical.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Rescue Rangers To The Rescue!

The Disney Afternoon originally aired nearly 30 years ago on September 10, 1990. So to celebrate this milestone, I'm dedicating the next few Fan Art Fridays to artwork based on the DA shows.

This week, I'm showcasing art based on those two gumshoes for whom no case is too big and no feat is too small, so when you need help, you just call C-C-Chip and Dale, Rescue Rangers!

For this week's Fan Art Friday, click READ MORE:

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Nostalgia Critic Reviews Disney Afternoon


More that 30 years ago, The Disney Afternoon first aired on television on September 10, 1990. This was the first time that Disney offered an entire programming block of original animated shows. Not only did they air on the then still new Disney Channel, but also on syndicated television, allowing all children the opportunity to watch these quality animated shows.

Even though we all remember watching these shows (at least for those of us raised during the 90s), the Nostalgia Critic still manages to remember them so we don't have to, and he did so four years ago with his special hour-long review of the block during its seven year run.

Feel free to remember the magic as NC and friends remember as well with his classic review down below. Just make sure you don't remind him of the show Doug or of the DT theme song. (He doesn't take to kindly to either, as Malcom learned the hard way.

To have the NC bring you a Disney Afternoon, click READ MORE:

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Keep Stupid Politics Out Of Media: 6 Ways Popular Media Bungled Their Political Messages

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Recently, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski created controversy when he said his company's comics "can’t get too deep into politics." His statement reinvigorated the on-line debate about whether comics, movies, and video games should be "political", or whether they should "keep politics out."

On the one hand, many people insist that no piece of media is truly "apolitical." "Everything is political", they argue, explaining that all media is created within a political system and thus either reflects or refutes the values of that system.

As Bob "Moviebob" Chipman explained in his video on the subject, "Just about anything that has value or draws interest has a political dimension simply by virtue of existing within a culture, and even if you don't want to dwell on [their politics], you can't very well pretend they aren't there either."

On the other hand, while art can certainly send a powerful political message if done well, if done poorly, it can either send a bad message (intentionally or unintentionally) or undermine a good message.

As Lily Orchard explained in one of her videos, you can fill your writing desks with people with bad political motivations and they won't mess up as badly as one person with good political intentions who can't create a good story.

So perhaps instead of arguing that we should keep politics out of popular media, we should be arguing that we need to keep STUPID politics out of them. As a demonstration, allow me to present six examples of popular media that tried to convey a serious political message but messed up either because that message was bad or it was expressed badly.

To learn more about how media can spread stupid politics, click READ MORE:

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Premier Cruise Lines

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Disney Cruises are quite popular nowadays. But did you know that before Disney were sailing their own ships, that they were hosting cruises with a company known for their red boats?

Before the first Disney Cruise ever set sail, Disney had previously partnered with a cruise company that no longer exists now, but was instrumental in not only popularizing the idea of a Disney cruise, but also in changing the entire cruise industry for the better.

To learn more about the original official cruise line of Disney World, click READ MORE:

Friday, August 24, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Life Is Like A Hurricane (Part 3)

With the first season finale having come and gone, we're all curious as to what the next season has in store. They might solve a mystery. Or rewrite history! We'll just have to wait and see. Until then, here's some Ducktales fan art.

For this week's fan art showcase, click READ MORE:

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Vegetable Soup


For this week's Throwback Thursday, I'd like to focus on something that isn't made by Disney. Instead, I'd like to share something a little more relevant. In fact, you could argue that it's much more relevant today than when it first premiered.

Pop Arena is a YouTube channel currently working on an ongoing series, Nick Knacks, a retrospective on Nickelodeon. His series is covering every show that ever aired on the kids network ever since its debut in 1979--and when I say "every" show, I mean every show, including those not originally created by the network.

One of his most recent videos within the retrospective focuses on a children's program that originally aired on PBS in the 1970s. But even though that show is more than 40 years old, its lessons are relevant now more than ever.

To learn more about this old yet relevant children's series, click READ MORE:

Friday, August 17, 2018

Fan Art Friday: Life Is Like A Hurricane (Part Deux)

The Ducktales Reboot will be rewriting history by solving its mystery with the big season finale tomorrow. What better way to celebrate this celebration of a classic than with a fan art showcase?

For this week's Fan Art Friday, click READ MORE.