“Homeland” wraps up controversial 3rd season


Spoiler Alert!! Don’t read on if you haven’t watched the “Homeland” Season 3 Finale!!

Season 3 of “Homeland” has wrapped up, and many critics and fans haven’t been kind to the show. That’s not suprising, as it was hard to imagine an end to the Carrie/Brody storyline that would make all fans happy. That said, the entire season was a bit of a letdown after the first two spectacular seasons. The writers in one sense should be applauded for coming up with a plot centered on Iran that mirrored some of the events we’re seeing unfold in real life. Still, the entire season seemed forced. It’s as if they faced the “what’s next?” dilemma at the end of season 2. They had to create an entirely new drama and story centered around Brody being on the run. They also tried to keep Dana Brody and the rest of his family as part of the story, but that seemed a bit forced as well.

“Homeland” may be one of those shows that needs to have a very limited run.

Sports Betting in the Movies infographic

Movie, sports and betting fans have one thing in common – they all enjoy a good sports gambling movie. Who can forget films like “Eight Men Out” which chronicled the 1919 Black Sox Scandal and starred John Cusack and rebel-rouser Charlie Sheen or fictional films like the Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey football thriller “Two For The Money”? Sports handicapping flicks make movie and casual sports fans wonder “can that actually happen?” while bettors believe “one day – that will be me”. The “sports betting in the movies” infographic below is for your entertainment – enjoy!

Sports Betting In The Movies

How to Design the Perfect ManCave

In the modern world, manhood has largely been relegated to the outdoors and a few sports arenas. However, in a house that has been man-built and maintained, there needs to be a space for unbridled masculinity. The following is how to build the perfect manly refuge amidst the nooks, the obsessive color coordination and the bay windows of modern life.

Step 1: Understand the Area

There’s a certain amount of space you can use, and that’s what you’ve got for the time being. Trying to get a space to be something it’s not is like lying about your heritage — it’s embarrassing and it won’t help you with anything. When you reconcile with the space you’ve got, clean it out and take a good look at what you have to work with. This is your new canvas, and you are its artist.

Step 2: Decide What Your Theme is Going to Be

The great thing about a space that’s all for you is that it can be whatever you want it to be. If you love cars, it can be your personal auto shop. If you’re big into woodworking, it’s all about the saws and sanders.

The number of possible themes is as limitless as are your potential interests. No matter what your hobbies may be, these will create and populate your cave’s theme. The better defined your theme is in your mind, the better you will be able to make it work in real life.

Step 3: Color the Place, but in a Manly Way

Color coordination isn’t solely a lady’s domain. As great as it is to kick back in a testosterone-infused paradise of relaxed social etiquette, the place doesn’t have to look like a sloppy mess. Your mancave can actually look very refined and visually powerful by keeping your color scheme tight and controlled.

This tightness and control can be a relaxing element that shows off your confidence. Naturally, your color scheme doesn’t have to come from the Martha Stewart catalog. Your colors can be road-cone orange, jet black and chrome, just so long as it suits you.

Step 4: Keep the Light Reasonable

The use of light can wash out a space or make it just bright enough to be useful for what you want to do therein. To start with, keep natural light controlled. You can use Roman blinds from the to stay in control of outdoor light interference, and from there you can choose how much artificial light you want to use. Using long fluorescent lights down the center and sides of the ceiling usually provides plenty of illumination for just about anything.

Step 5: Manage the Space

Once you have the space mapped out, properly lit and equipped with a theme, you need to make sure that everything you want to do in there is actually possible. Will a pool table, full woodshop, auto shop and Olympic gym fit into a 10-foot square space? Quite possibly not. Know your limits and make sure everything fits with room to move around.

Building your mancave is an exciting creative endeavor. Just make sure you don’t trip up on a tiny detail.

5 of the most frustratingly difficult puzzles in Nintendo games

To succeed in games which have a puzzle or brain teaser element, you need to be able to think logically and have a huge amount of patience.

However, there are some puzzles and brain teasers which can send even the most patient and practiced puzzler off the deep end, and many of these are found in Nintendo 3DS games. Let’s take a look at 5 of the most maddeningly difficult puzzles Nintendo has served up so far. And who knows what further challenges await us in the new Wii U games that have just made it to the market?

1. The ‘goat puzzle’ in Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars (Director’s Cut)

Ask anyone who has ever played this Broken Sword title about the ‘goat puzzle’ and they will shudder or at least flinch in recollection of its fiendish level of difficulty. It sounds easy enough – you have to trap a goat that’s trying to butt you. However, to get past the animal, you must play the game in a different way than in previous puzzles, and nothing in your inventory can help you.

2. The Beach Bowl Galaxy in Super Mario Galaxy

Once you’ve reached the waterfall planet in this Nintendo Wii game, you’ll soon encounter a world of watery problems. The waterfalls are far too high for Mario to reach, but it may be possible using an Ice Mario powerup located nearby. Sound easy? You’ll actually spend hours figuring Mario games like these out.

3. The Chocolate Code Puzzle in Professor Layton and the Curious Village

In this puzzle, you have a sheet of 30 chocolate squares, and you need to figure out the fewest number of times you’ll need to break the chocolate until all 30 squares are separated. This one is so difficult it will make your head hurt, but what else would you expect from the king of all puzzle games?

4. The Elusive World 4 in New Super Mario Bros

Somewhere within this adventure there is a way to unlock World 4, but it is possible to play the game time and time again without finding it. It’s maddening!

5. The Minecart Ride in Super Paper Mario

In this game, it’s all going swimmingly until Mario hops into a cart and begins to trundle along the track looking for the key. However, the key doesn’t seem to exist, and you’ll need to look at the problem in a whole new way in order to solve it.

Gil Anderson’s, Going Fore It in golf and in life

In reading Mr. Anderson’s book, two things stood out: he’s a decent writer and has a severe golf fetish.   Regarding his approach to the craft of writing, in “Going Fore It“  Anderson marries descriptiveness with a merciful conciseness that leads the reader very smoothly through the book.   As for content, Anderson calls upon a lifetime of golfing experiences to paint the picture of the mental relationships between golfer, golfing, the golf course and course design itself through a light transcendentalist prism.  He then blends these relationships by connecting the proper mental approach of the game of golf to achieving peak performance in life.  His skillful crafting of such a weighty subject of spirituality was kept light and entertaining, culminating in a smooth read.  However, themes of eastern philosophy and transcendentalism along with the clear influence of Deepak Chopra were a bit overwhelming.  At times I found myself reaching for the granola and wanting to light some incense to enhance the experience.  While reading the book, though I had no reason to question the author’s handling of the English language and the game of golf, I did find myself wondering why I was reading it.  Though Anderson and I are both avid golfers and share a love and appreciation for the game, there seemed to be a major divide regarding the role the game plays in our lives.

I agree with the author on the idea that a clear mind off the golf course leads to better scores on the golf course.  Having distractions carried onto the course doesn’t lend itself to proper concentration and scoring on it.  If you have ever played a round of golf when skipping out of a work meeting and feel guilty while draining a thirty foot put, you know exactly what I mean. Mr. Anderson has a great description of a interesting concept called “mindful mindlessness” that addresses this scenario wonderfully.   The author explains the concentration concepts that many apply on the course and then also applies them off the course.  He caddies your brain through connecting you to how you were able to focus to score well, then deconstructs it to apply that mindset to life in general.  It is at this point where the divide between the author’s view on golf and life and my own personal view of its place threatened to morph into canyon-like status.  Anderson steeps himself so deep in a worshipful trance focused on the game of golf and the courses it is played on, that it becomes borderline bizarre.  Correction. It is bizarre. It is reminiscent of the character Ty Web from the movie Caddy Shack, but only if we were forced to take him seriously.  Anderson’s reverence for the sport squarely places him in a unique sort of yogi zen master positioned within his own brand of new eastern golf theology. In short, golf is both his mantra and his idol and he is not shy about it in the least.  Or he may just be a skilled writer, excellent golf instructor and a misguided spiritual adviser who is actively seeking to proselytize.

In the end if you enjoy a smooth read, are golf obsessed, and are not attached to any western religious dogma then this book is for you.  It is well written, entertaining and should not take you too long to get through.

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