Archive for the ‘Rewards’ Category
If your spin your vacation destination wheel and it lands on “The Virgin Islands,” you’re going to have to ask the wheel to be more specific. There are the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the Spanish Virgin Islands. Let’s stipulate for the record that any of the Virgin Islands would be a great place for a Caribbean getaway. However, for the purposes of this post we’ll focus our laser-like attention (SQUIRREL!) on the U.S. Virgin Islands that consist of St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas and Water Island. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, a little research reveals that there are 380 things to do on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Yeah, we’re not going to do all of those. We’re only going to pick the ones that involve the least amount of effort. This is a vacation, right?
Of all the treasures that await you in the Caribbean, you might be the most surprised by Aruba. As island vacation spots go, Aruba is on the small side, measuring in at around 20 miles long. It’s also on the southern tip of what is considered the Caribbean. In fact, on a clear day you could see South America from Aruba’s shores. It is also part of the Netherlands. That would make the official language as Dutch. They also speak Papiamento, which is a kind of Creole masala of a language. Another surprise is that for a tiny island, they have a lot of local newspapers. Seven to be exact in various languages. These are all the little factoids that you might pick up from the locals but it’s not the reason to go to Aruba. The real reason for going to Aruba is that it is Aruba. Consider the evidence:
Suppose you were to pick a vacation destination that had over 700 places to visit? Seems a bit overwhelming, right? Well, down in the Caribbean, the chain of islands, cays, and inlets known as the Bahamas is really a collection of over 700 landmasses. Should you visit all 700? Not necessarily, as there are some standout stops that will address all your vacation desires. Zero in on Nassau, Abaco, Cat Island, Freeport, and Andros as your vacation destinations and you can’t go wrong. From these places, it is just an island hop by boat or puddle jumper plane to explore a new environment. iPoll is happy to sort through the sand to help you pick the hot spots for your Caribbean dream vacation.
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!