Oct·16·2017

Movies Anywhere Now Goes Beyond Disney | Six Colors

Dan Moren on Six Colors:

Movies Anywhere promises a pretty sizable library, though there are still holdouts—Paramount being the largest, along with other significant players like Lionsgate. But the service is sweetening the pot by offering users a handful of free movies when you link an account.

… Dare I say, this seems like an indication that Hollywood is finally “getting it” where digital film purchases are concerned.

I love seeing stuff like this. I buy most of my movies on iTunes, but a service like this is the pathway to being platform-agnostic which I always think is a better bet. I love the movie experience Apple has created, but being able to buy in other places, then watching wherever I want is the way I want technology to work.

I’m really happy to see movie studios buy into this idea. I sincerely believe people want to buy movies, however when studios restrict where or how they view them, people are pushed into piracy.

I hope more studios jump onto this bandwagon.

Oct·11·2017

U.S. Out of Excuses After Defeat in Trinidad Leaves It Out of World Cup | ESPN FC

Jeff Carlisle on ESPN FC:

Bruce Arena called it “disappointing.” Michael Bradley referred to it as “a perfect storm.” Omar Gonzalez said: “It’s the worst day of my career.”

No doubt, everyone associated with the U.S. national team is hurting in their own way, but Gonzalez’s comment seemed to crystallize the pain that was a byproduct of the 2-1 defeat to Trinidad & Tobago – a result that, when combined with scores from elsewhere, resulted in the U.S. being eliminated from World Cup qualifying for the first time since the 1986 cycle.

It’s a result that is difficult to process on many levels. But let’s be clear: It’s the most embarrassing defeat in U.S. soccer history and one that will be impossible for this group of players and coaches to live down.

The U.S. Men’s Soccer team is officially out of the World Cup. Now, I’m not going to pretend to know how this whole qualifying stuff works, but every four years this team manages to qualify just to make no impact whatsoever. But they at least qualify.

Interestingly the article calls this particular team “the most talented team in U.S. history,” which ironically serves as an indictment of U.S. Men’s Soccer. The U.S is in the CONCACAF region which is “a massively forgiving region from which to qualify,” and yet here we are. The worst part is it all points to a lack of effort. Qualifying for the World Cup was on the line, and the team couldn’t be bothered to put in work. Even worse, one of the Trinidad and Tobago goals came from a U.S player.

I have an idea: disband the Men’s Team, rename the Women’s Team to just U.S Soccer, and send them. That’s an actual talented team that can handle the big leagues.

Oct·09·2017

Trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

The day is finally here! The Last Jedi trailer just dropped and is two minutes and thirty-five seconds long. I have tickets for opening night and second viewing purchased.

My Thoughts On the New Trailer

  • We get updated versions of the AT-AT!
  • Luke accepts the lightsaber!
  • It seems we’ll get an explanation of how Rey is so powerful and what happened with Kylo Ren’s training.
  • Luke isn’t the naive kid from the original trilogy anymore. He’s “seen” stuff, ya know?
  • It insinuates that Kylo Ren kills Leia too. I doubt this will be the case since that would put his character beyond redemption.1
  • The way they continue to add to this universe with new aliens and creatures is so cool.
  • BB-8 is back! I mean, that was never in question, but still.
  • Finn vs. Phasma!!!
  • Phasma’s costume is just so cool. Really looking forward to seeing her more in this film.
  • Leia’s costumes look great.
  • First look at Snoke, and he’s just as ugly as we thought.
  • That last part of the trailer has got to be clever editing.
  • Kylo Ren’s scar gets smaller as the movie progresses. Smart move by Rian Johnson.
  • Just like The Empire Strikes Back this film looks like it’s going to get dark.

I usually only watch the first trailer of movies I’m really looking forward to, so this’ll have to hold me until December. I’m so excited!

  1. Kylo already killed Han, which already makes him irredeemble to many of us 

Kuzma Showing Lakers Have Another Rookie to Watch | ESPN

Ohm Youngmisuk:

The 6-foot-9 forward has looked like a potential steal in the draft for the Lakers, who picked him 27th overall with the first-rounder they acquired from the Brooklyn Nets in the D’Angelo Russell-Brook Lopez deal.

While Ball garnered all the attention and won MVP honors at Las Vegas Summer League, Kuzma was a major surprise, as he averaged 21.9 points. 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.1 steals and shot 48 percent from 3-point range.

Since Summer League, Kuzma keeps putting up great numbers. At this point, I’m honestly more excited about Kyle Kuzma than I am about Lonzo. That’s not a dig on Lonzo, it’s more about me loving to root for underdogs like this. Here’s a kid that not many had heard about, and now he’s the most talked about player on the Lakers roster. This could be his fifteen seconds of fame, or could be the start of a great career much like another Laker legend who wasn’t picked in the top 5.

Letter from the Wirecutter Team | Wirecutter

The Wirecutter Team:

Today we are relaunching our website to make it easier for our readers to find and buy the things they need. The new site is the result of months of research, design, coding, and—critically—dozens of conversations with readers to make sure we focused on what really matters.

Collectively (and with our own money) Wirecutter staffers have bought thousands of the same products we recommend to you, and we rely on them daily in our own lives and homes.

The new branding and design of Wirecutter has been executed very well. I loved the content of their previous site, but this is a beautiful marriage of form and function. Articles are now responsive, the type is great on the eyes, and finding a category you’re looking for is easier than before. I think they’ve made the site easier for discovery of new things as well.

All in all, hats off to the team. 👏🏽

Oct·06·2017

Traded Stars CP3, Melo, George Make Debuts | ESPN

Tim MacMahon and Royce Young writing for ESPN:

A fresh era officially started for three of the NBA’s stars on Tuesday night at Tulsa’s BOK Center, as Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Chris Paul made their preseason debuts for their new teams following offseason trades.

Those three were the headliners in the Houston Rockets’ 104-97 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Rockets were dropping threes like they were going out of style. They’re going to be a difficult matchup for a lot of teams.1 One thing was for sure, Chris Paul and James Harden looked a lot more acquainted with each other than Paul George and Melo did. It’s obvious the Thunder need more time to build chemistry.

  1. Although it sometimes feels like everyone shoots from the three in the NBA nowadays. 

Redbox and No Chill | Brand New

Armin Vit on Brand New:

The old logo was an expected, acceptable, and decent evolution of the original Redbox logo. It sill wasn’t a great logo but it was properly executed and it shed the start-up-y vibe of the first logo. All Redbox had to do was stay the course and slowly implement the 2016 redesign unto the thousands of kiosks all around the U.S.. Instead, only a year after the redesign, they have changed to what is possibly the worst logo of the year.

What. Were. They. Thinking?!

Armin continues:

The way the letters touch is horrible, the slabs are clumsy, the “e” is wonky, and they have made the cardinal sin of the “db” pair, which is spacing them so tightly that they look like a penis.

🤦🏽‍♂️

Oct·04·2017

A New Beginning

Fresh coat of paint and a new name

For a while now, I’ve been feeling like the name The Bold Report was too official for what I’d been writing. I’d always meant it ironically1, but I never felt like it come off that way. The logo was pretty bad too, with the word “Bold” in bold… real subtle Tim.

So I started thinking of a new name. I started writing down words that sounded like “me”. I even asked a few friends what words they thought of when thinking of me. I got some interesting responses.

Then, suddenly, like a opossum in the night, it came to me: Brightly Colored. If you know me in person, you’ll know that I’m constantly wearing bright colors. It’s a staple of my fashion sense. You’ll see me wear yellow shorts, bright-patterned socks, and shoes of all colors.

This name speaks to so much more than just what I wear, but I don’t want to bore you with the details. Just like The Bold Report, you’ll find my musings on a whole range of different things. I’ve brought over all of the archives, and I (hopefully) redirected all the RSS feeds. If you’re subscribed to the email newsletter, you don’t need to change anything either.

I’d love to hear what you think of the new site and name! As always, you can find me on Twitter or send me an email. Thank you for all your support.

  1. Much like The Colbert Report was. 

Sep·27·2017

Jeremy Keith on Designing Websites for iPhone X

Jeremy Keith:

This could be a one-word article: don’t.

More specifically, don’t design websites for any specific device. That way lies pain (and it is not the way of the web).

Emphasis mine. I don’t plan on doing anything special for the iPhone X, just like I haven’t designed specifically for any device within the past five or six years.

And my goodness… that freaking notch. Hate it.

Sep·26·2017

New York Knicks Trade Carmelo Anthony to Oklahoma City Thunder in Three-Player Deal | NBA.com

From NBA.com:

The New York Knickerbockers announced today that the team has acquired center Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and Chicago’s 2018 second-round draft pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for forward Carmelo Anthony.

“This is a deal we feel works for both this franchise and Carmelo. We thank him for his seven seasons in a Knicks uniform and all that he accomplished off the court for the City of New York by using his platform to address social issues,” President Steve Mills said. “We will continue to focus on this team looking forward towards the immediate and long-term future. As we have said recently, this is a new beginning for the New York Knicks.”

I thought for sure Carmelo Anthony was going to be stuck playing another sucky season for the Knicks, but boy am I glad that’s not the case. Carmelo Anthony is a highly underrated player. Phil Jackson took care of that.

Anthony’s play on Team USA tells me he can win with the right people around him though. I believe that’s the Thunder. I’d love to see the Thunder beat Golden State and for Carmelo to finally get his moment.