Do you know your Caribbean archipelagos? As any seventh grade geography student will tell you, an archipelago is a chain of islands belonging to a singular group. Think of it as a big island with a lot of little bonus islands. Puerto Rico is an archipelago, and one of the more popular destinations in the Caribbean. Maybe it has to do with the fact that Puerto Rico is kinda, sorta part of the United States. Maybe it’s because of the old world charm you’ll find at this “rich port.” Or it could simply be popular because it’s the perfect place to bake in the sun and forget the rest of the world exists. In other words, it’s not a bad spot for a vacation. What can you do in Puerto Rico? Plenty.
At the beginning of the summer, we discussed in great detail the idea of the “staycation,“ in which your family vacation uses your home as the destination. With a little investigating, there is plenty to do no matter what neck of the woods you’re in. As fun as staycations can be, though, it’s hard to set aside images of white sand beaches, tropical sunsets, and frozen drinks with those tiny umbrellas. That’s why we’re headed to the Caribbean this week to poke around the islands. Naturally, you’ll have to pack your sunscreen, swimsuit, and your smartphone. You most certainly will want to continue taking iPoll Mobile Missions even when you’re traveling. Fortunately, iPoll goes where you go… even the car wash.
If you go by potential Google results, Batman is the king of superheroes (at least today). He beats out Superman, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Captain America, and Thor. Not bad for a senior citizen. Yes, Batman turns 75 this year, and his story is one of endurance, rebooting, and billions in merchandise rights. Just yesterday, the Internet blew up (sorta) with the Comic Con release of a stubble-chin Ben Affleck wearing the famous cowl for his appearance in the upcoming Superman vs. Batman big screen feature. Time to get to know a bit more about the caped crusader.
Last year at this time, your intrepid correspondent delved into that age-old Comic Con question: Which is better, Marvel or DC? Specifically, we were examining the reigning champs at the box office. As reported, Marvel took that first round, handily outpacing DC by about three billion in total sales over the course of all their movies. What has happened since last year? Plenty. Who wins the battle this year? Read on to find out.
Return of Superman
In all of comicdom, Superman still reigns supreme when it comes to iconic heroes. He was the first big superhero to drive sales of comic books and spawn radio, TV, movies, and merchandising. Last summer found us in eager anticipation for the Man of Steel. This film brought Superman into the modern world and added in the emotional complexity that Batman was dealing with in the Dark Knight trilogy. That’s just what the fans wanted and they showed their appreciation with over $291 million at the domestic box office, putting the son of Krypton in the top ten of all time comic book film adaptations.
Back in the early days of Hollywood, the studios had plenty of terrific source material. Most of what was used came from Shakespeare, Broadway, and best sellers. Then along came television, which really put a strain on the storytelling. Now instead of getting to know a bunch of characters for two hours, viewers have the course of a season covering 22 hours to learn about the characters. Multiple that by five seasons, and you’re looking at 100 hours of storytelling set in a specific world. That’s a lot of “once upon a times.” Fortunately, there is a plethora of new source material available and the networks are taking full advantage. This fall there will be no less than five new series based on comic books. That’s huge for the Comic Con crowd, and these shows all look like that could stick around for a while. Put down the comic book and pick up the remote to enjoy these new series:
Once a year, the uber geeks gather in San Diego for Comic Con. They don’t mind being called geeks. In fact, these days it is a badge of honor thanks in no small part to the hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory that made all things geeky cool. Comic Con started out as a weekend gathering of comic book fans. It was a place to trade, sell, and buy comics. It was also the perfect place to get into heated debates, like who would win in a Superman vs. Hulk fight, or who was the best Enterprise Captain.
Slowly but surely, movie studios and television networks began to take notice that Comic Con provided a strong fan base. They began reaching out by providing screenings, previews, and star appearances. Now, Comic Con is huge business attracting all the big players. Each year, the one-hundred thousand plus attendees fan out across the Internet to proclaim the hits and misses. It can be enough to change the trajectory of a film. If you’re heading down to Comic Con and don’t have a pass, you should probably turn around. The event has been sold out for months. You can still follow a lot of the action, however, as it plays out on Twitter and Instagram. For those lucky few who have passes, iPoll gives you a peek at what you can expect.
This week the big action is in San Diego. This is Comic Con week, and if you love comic books, superheroes, and getting dressed up as your favorite genre character then you’ll want to be in SD. It is a safe bet that everyone has entertained a superhero fantasy at some point. After seeing the latest installment of Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Wolverine, and the like, how can you not imagine donning cape and taking to the streets to fight crime? Although that sound like fun, it’s not all that practical in the real world. Still, you can be a superhero in a small way thanks to iPoll’s Mobile Missions. This is the kind of hero that pays!
As a young lad, I was brutally subjected to steaming piles of Brussels sprouts with the admonition, “If you don’t clean your plate, you can’t have any dessert.” I submit this is bad parenting on many levels. To think my mother would cancel out all the benefits of vegetables by loading me up with a brownie or three. Wait… maybe mom had it right. Maybe dessert is the ultimate reward. After all, chocolate does release dopamine to the brain. That’s the feel good compound that makes us feel good all over. Mom was making up for the Brussels sprouts by sending me off with a smile. Gee, thanks mom. A box of chocolates is coming your way. Now as a fully-fledged member of adult society, I can skip right over dinner and go straight to the dessert. Yes, I’ve done that and I’m okay. Now thanks to iPoll, I’ve got an addendum to my foodie bucket list and they’ve got “feel good” written all over them.
As with all of the iPoll ”best lists,” the burger list is completely subjective. We could do a whole round up of best burger fast food chains (note to self: add that to the topic list). However, for the sake of this post, I want to focus on the burgers that are off the beaten trail, so to speak. These are the kind of burgers that are meant to be eaten in a restaurant, pub, or bistro, as opposed to the front seat of your car. Tasting any one of these burgers could have you reevaluating your entire burger repertoire. Say good-bye to the “arches” and “king”; there are a bunch of new burgers just aching to be eaten.
Digging into the history books finds that the Italians didn’t necessarily invent the pizza, as many might expect. However, it was certainly perfected by them. In fact, it was Italian immigrants in New York that cooked up the first pizzas, and for that we are all eternally grateful. As with any other type of food, you can have your favorite pizza. Most of us depend on finding that pie within a geographically desirable location. In other words, if it can’t be delivered, it isn’t going to work. Sadly, that often leaves us with subpar pies. I submit that to find a truly great and memorable pizza, you might have to take your appetite on the road. And so, these are iPoll’s top places you need to visit for your next pizza.