Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Clue: A Movie Mystery Adventure DVD Review

The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

 Six very different teenagers – Dimitri, Liz, Lucas, Agnes, Seamus and Whitney – are all enjoying their everyday lives when they witness a dramatic incident. Unfairly accused of creating a hoax, they team up to find out the truth.  On July 15th, 2014, Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will unleash the family mystery adventure Clue: A Movie Mystery Adventureon DVD.  Join the young sleuths as they work together discovering and deciphering a succession of clues.

Clue: A Movie Mystery Adventure features the beloved characters inspired by the world’s most famous crime-solving board game, ClueFollow six very different young sleuths as they embark on a mysterious adventure beyond their imaginations. As they work as a team to discover hidden treasures, decipher cryptic knowledge, and uncover a secret society, they learn they have more in common than they thought.

Written by Raven Metzner (ElektraDaybreakSix Degrees) and starring Sterling Beaumon (Lost), Sarah Desjardins (Endangered), Kendall Amyre Ferguson, Ana Golja (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Stephan James (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Zach Mills (Super 8), Clue: A Movie Mystery Adventure will have you on the edge of your seat until the final exciting reveal!


I don't think I have even seen any of the other Clue movies and I have never played the board game.
I watched this this yesterday and I really didn't expect to enjoy this since it is more for kids and tweens/teens but I was pleasantly surprised because I actually thought it was pretty good .I wouldn't watch it again in the near future but it did keep my interest but I know if I were younger I would most likely watch this again and again.  I do think tweens/teens would really like it. It is very well written and the story line was pretty good.  

I highly recommend this to tweens.

I give this 3 1/2 out of 5

Live Happy Magazine Review

I am not one to read magazines really but I will read some once in a while but I am really picky when it comes to magazines but I very much enjoyed Live Happy.

I admit I had never heard of this magazine but I decided to give it a chance and boy am I glad I did because this is now one of the few magazines I actually enjoyed and read from cover to cover. 

July/August issue of Live Happy offers content and articles that reveal how our interaction with others is at the core of our overall happiness .

It is a American magazine but Canadians can subscribe and they do have Canadian subscribers. If this is the kind of magazine you usually read I think you will enjoy this one. Heck this isn't what I usually read and I liked it. 

I really liked the summer books suggestions pages that was in this magazine . 

All in all I very much enjoyed reading Live Happy and I am thinking I just might subscribe to it.  If this sounds like a magazine you know you will love go check it out and here is the link to subscribe.
Yearly subscription is 6 issues (1 year)  for $17.95 and 12 issues (2 years) for $29.95. 

I highly recommend 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Americans are Confused by Common Tech Words

Did you know that 17.3% of Americans consider UKIP to be more of a Urinary Tract Infection than a political party? Neither did the ecommerce business when they carried out a study to examine the average US consumer’s knowledge of telephone-related acronyms.
Daniel Stockhaus, from Ligo, who ordered the research, said that:
“We carried out the study to investigate the current climate of the American telecommunications market.   
We expected to find that further education needed to be carried out by our industry but were surprised by the difference in how well the average American understood some of the more commonly used telephone acronyms in comparison to their European counterparts.”
The study comprised of nearly 3,000 participants over the age of 18. The research involved presenting male and female volunteers with a list of both telephone industry related acronyms and non-related ones too. They were then offered three possible definitions and asked to select the one which best defined the acronym being shown.
Some of the most interesting findings related to the British political party, UKIP. According to 17.3% of the 2,999 people surveyed the party, headed by Nigel Farage, was a type of Urinary Tract Infection. The vast majority (52.5%) stated that UKIP is a British Internet provider and only 30.2% correctly labelled them as a political party.
Other key points included:
  • 15.2% believed that DECT (a digital communications standard) was an area of dense population in Eastern China.
  • 13.1% stated that VOIP (a phone service over the internet) was a virus that commonly affects puppies.
  • Perhaps understandably confusion between ISBN and ISDN meant that 34.7% thought the latter was a unique number used to identify books.
  • Probably most surprising was the fact 8% of the 2,999 participants felt that SMS was a form of internet slang used on Snapchat.
Almost 20% of participants failed to identify SMS was an acronym for Short Messaging Service which is more commonly known as text messaging by mobile phone users.
Mr Stockhaus who works for the company who provide telecommunications products to a number of European markets said that:
 “No matter what your opinions of UKIP are these results are clearly surprising. We (as a company) are totally committed to improving the collective global knowledge of the telephone industry.”
The findings from the study have encouraged Ligo to look into finding more studies in Europe and the US as there is clearly a disconnect between what the industry believes to be common knowledge and what the average Joe in the street understands.
With the rise in demands for all things ‘smart’ this study demonstrates there is a long way to go in the US market’s understanding of the industry. That being said as the world continues to become more open and connected these phrases will become much more popular, as will the adoption of new and advancing technologies.
For now we have to just accept that according to the Glasgow based Ligo - 11.8% of Americans believe SMS is shorthand for Sadomasochism!