As we’re nearing a return vacation to Las Vegas, our flight leaves later this morning, in fact, we’re checking out the Las Vegas scene.
Apparently the MGM casino and resort, the largest on the strip, has cut a curious marketing deal with a company.
Enter Fuelster. Cool name for an app. Apparently while you’re vehicle is in the parking garage, you can pay Fuelster an extra 50 cents a gallon to stop by and fill up your tank.
That’s where Fuelster, an application-based gas fill-up provider that offers on-site service, hopes to be of assistance.
Simply leave your gas tank door open in the parking garage, and one of the service’s technicians will drive by with a fuel truck and do the rest. Fuelster recently entered into a marketing agreement with MGM Resorts International to provide their service at the 10 MGM properties on the Strip.
Imagine while you are watching a movie at a theater having a service come and fill up your tank? Then again, we’ll probably be using electric or non-gas combustible engine cars in the not too distant future.
Guess we’ll we’ll just go the traditional method and visit one of the many, many Vegas area gas stations.
In 2020, we can’t ask Nostradamus when we’re going to die, but we can ask an app called My Longevity (https://mylongevity.org/calculator) how much sand is left in your hour glass.
The major reason life expectancy calculators spit out such different figures is because there are a wide range of factors influencing the results. Being married increases your life expectancy compared to being single, as does being happy. In addition to smoking, levels of fruit and vegetable intake influence life expectancy. Perhaps unsurprisingly, levels of alcohol consumption and exercise make a profound difference to life expectancy. These are concrete lifestyle changes people can make which can add years to their lives.
People are living longer, which is one nice thing to take away from this life expectancy calculator.
How many more movies left to watch?
Doing the math, calculating at least watching/rewatching one movie every day, means I’ll be able to watch at least …
35 years x 365 days = 12,775 movies
I’ll have to quicken the watching pace if I want to watch more than 15k or 20k more movies. Still, that’s a lot of movie watching mileage left in the tank. This doesn’t factor in TV shows either, so I’m sure the overall numbers will exceed 20,000 for both, assuming I do, in fact, survive 35+ more years.
Am somewhat concerned about external factors like gigantic asteroids hitting the earth, contracting some — cough — disease and being hit by a car (hey, it’s a realistic fear). I’ve got other fears, who doesn’t … snakes are one of them. Snakes freak me out.
Yes, the following snake dick scene from the HBO series Lovecraft Country freaked me out.
Lots of time left. I don’t smoke, drink very little alcohol, have a healthy height & weight, a relatively stree-free job which provides some very good physical exercise (no, not talking about activity at this website, my regular job is physical, lol) and no major health concerns (known, at least). Counting my blessings, not boasting, believe me.
Yeah, as the legendary poet Robert Frost would say, “and miles to go before I sleep.”
I hope all of you reading score well in the my longevity calculator and have tens of thousands of movies left to watch in your life as well. Feel free to share your score below in the comments, if you like.
For some time I’ve been looking for something to track TV watching like Letterboxd does for movies. After using TV Time for a couple months, this feels like one of the better options available at this time. If anybody reading wants to recommend another, perhaps better option, please let me know in the comments.
The price is right: free. The site isn’t invaded by ads. In fact, I didn’t see any ads anywhere. That’s my kind of clean user experience.
One complaint. I don’t see an easy or intuitive way in the app or on the website to link to my individual TV series reviews (share links are available inside the app, so that’s probably one way to create the link, but I don’t want to share a link to a social media service every time, just to get a link), nor is there any way (that I see) to export my activity on this site, which is problematic for me using as a permanent source for reviews. Therefore, I’m going to continue to post TV series reviews here and use it primarily for tracking what’s been watched. TV Time is, however, very good as a watchlist tracker.
“There’s an incredible amount of quality TV being made today — some of the budgets are insane — and because all these different platforms are doing it, it becomes more confusing for the consumer to find out where to watch, to remember where they left off, and to remember when the premiere is,” says TV Time COO Dan Brian. “It’s hard to wrangle it all.”
Some other things I’ve learned about TV Time. When you want to skip around and watch different episodes, click on the TV series title in the app and that will take you to the overall summary of the show. I don’t rewatch TV series episodes in order. Instead, I’ll rewatch my favorite episodes, jumping all around in between seasons. For example, when Star Trek: Picard was on recently, I went back into TNG and watched relevant episodes with Data and Bruce Maddox.
It is possible to track what you’ve watched this way in TV Time although the app by default displays the newest next episode, so if you watch something from season 5, it will show you the next episode following the season 5 episode you last watched. At first, this puzzled me, but it makes sense when you’re watching a series for the first time and you would want to see the next episode. Just keep in mind, you aren’t restricted to watch a TV series this way. Just click the title of the TV show and you’ll always return to the home which displays all seasons in the series. From there you can quickly find the episode you want.
As for movies, TV Time is just … OK. It isn’t nearly as useful either statistically or functionally as Letterboxd. I wasn’t looking for a Letterboxd replacement, anyway, especially when the name of the app has “TV” in it, but you can track, rate and review movies.
Following people on TV Time is not intuitive at all. You need to drill down on comments and look at the person and then click follow. It’s almost like following other people inside TV Time is an afterthought. What I’ve been doing is following those who leave great comments on TV shows I like a lot (Harley Quinn!).
Commenting in TV Time is a neat experience. You can leave memes and in some shows pick actual screenshots to include. Of course you can include your own screencaps from shows. I’ve found the phone apps Pic Stitch and Over useful for editing pictures (stitching multiple pictures together and adding formatted text).
Both apps are free and if you want to pay for additional features offer a pro version. I made the stitched picture above for Stargirl using both phone apps.
Speaking of Letterboxd, on 5/23/2020 I passed the four digit followers milestone.
Thank you to those following my movie reviews, it’s much appreciated. A friendly reminder to newer readers: all new and old movie reviews are posted to my Letterboxd account first. Maybe it won’t always be that way, but really dig using this site. It lets you export all of your activity any time you want, which is cool. If only it did TV shows too … alas, it’s only movies. TV Time scratches the TV itch, I guess. Not as well, but it comes close enough for now.
TV Time, again, as far as I can tell (corrections welcome in the comments), does not provide any sort of export function for your activity. If you’re looking at spending any amount of time creating content at another site, keep in mind that if the site/service goes away, you won’t have it any more without export functionality. Having your own blog at least provides a way to pull all content you’ve created together in one place.
I’m open to options that have both movie and TV review functionality as well as provide full export at any time (you should always own your own created content). I haven’t found any site or service which nails this for both … yet. Have you? Open to suggestions in the comments area, please. Will keep looking…
Since many moviegoers are out there watching movies, must pass this curious little app along.
Downloaded from the Google Play store and tested it. Before you can get started in the app you have to send your email address and get a verification code– I’m assuming this is so they can occasionally harangue you to purchase more “peecoins” — it takes peecoins to use to view the times that you can leave a movie and go to the bathroom. Once registering the app you get 2 free peecoins to test it out on your movie of choice. The time it recommended seemed to be good. They must have people watching these movies looking for good places where not much is happening.
Neat service, good idea!
Update 11/23/2019 @ 3:30pm
After making this post, a comment made by Dan (see below) wanted to clarify that the emails are never used to sell you peecoins. See a copy of the verification email I received when signing up through the app. This verification code is required as part of the process, so yes, email is being used to sell you peecoins, at the very least indirectly. I don’t see any problem with this practice, but let’s call it what it is: an advertisement in email.