The Hunger Games – A Very Disappointed Review

March 30th, 2012 by Pete L

Warning: This post may contain spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie or read the book. 

Last night I went to see what is now the third largest opening movie in North American history, The Hunger Games. Based on the highly popular novel of the same name by author Suzanne Collins, the Hunger Games tells the story of a dystopian future in which each year children aged 12-18 are made “tributes” by being selected from their respective districts, and are forced to compete in a fight to the death against all the others until only one stands.

I went into the Hunger Games with a lot of hope. Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Suzanne Collin’s first book, I couldn’t wait to see Panem brought to life.

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August 10th Bike Ride with iMapMyRide

August 11th, 2011 by Pete L

iMapMyRide LogoI like biking. I have never been a runner. I hate how it makes my legs and in particular ankles and knees feel. Cycling on the other hand has always felt more fluid and I like the speed and feeling of being on a bike.

Trouble is I don’t go out nearly as much as I should. I’m aiming to fix that though, and went on what I hope to be the first of many rides happening every few days, if not more. The route I took was down the Greenway to the World Trade Center and back, roughly a 12 mile ride.

I had a headache so I decided to get some fresh air to see if that would help. Adding a ride to the mix, I figured, would get my blood flowing, so maybe that would also help. They did help for their part, but it later developed into a migraine which I have again today, but no biggie. The ride was really enjoyable. I suited myself up with my iPhone on an armstrap and booted up the iMapMyRide app (

This is an app I downloaded a long, long time ago and never really used until just recently. It’s actually pretty cool as it logs your entire ride (or run if you’re so inclined) on a Google map and keep stats like how long the ride took, how far and a bunch of other little stats in-between. When you’re done you can share your route with Twitter or Facebook and check it out in detail on your profile page on the site.

They offer multiple map options but one that I thought was really cool was a 3D flyover of the ride which I will post below. I’m always impressed by Google maps tech, but this was a fun way to relive the ride and see it from a different perspective. It’s not perfectly accurate, in part because I don’t think it understand’s there’s a bike path there and it’s trying to put me on the nearby roads instead. But it’s close enough.

(If you can’t view it, you may need to download the Google Earth plug-in. It should provide a link to do so.)

Anyway, I want to tackle more rides and maybe post more of them here in the future, but check out my route and my MapMyRide profile here:, and download the app if you’re into cycling. I will warn you it is a battery eater, so head out with a full charge. Enjoy!

Hello 2011. Nice to meet you.

August 1st, 2011 by Pete L

The Petecast site back in 2010Yea, so I’ve been consistently bad about keeping posts constantly going on this blog. But I was inspired by the continual level of traffic that I still receive on a weekly basis to update the site.

To the right you’ll see an image thumbnail (click for larger) of what the site used to look like. Now it’s updated to a nice new version with a lot of the same functionality plus some new.

I’d like to keep posting on here and honestly I have no shortage of things I could talk about. So perhaps I’ll make an effort to post occasionally. I don’t want to promise as I’ve broken too many in the past here. But maybe I can get some new material going sometime soon. Until then, let me know what you think of the new layout!

NYCC/NYAF 2010: Day 1

October 8th, 2010 by Pete L

Today was the first day of the New York Comic Con and New York Anime Festival 2010. The show is amazing! I did get some photography under my belt but had to cut my day short. Hopefully I’ll have some more before the weekend is out.

In the meantime I thought I’d share one highlight of the day 1. I actually found Waldo and Wenda!

I found Waldo and Wenda at NYCC/NYAF 2010!

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Pete’s Wednesday Comics Picks – 9/8/10 – 2 Months off

September 8th, 2010 by Pete L

Hello comic faithful. Clearly The Wednesday Comics picks has been shelved for a bit. Last post was 6/30 so we’ll just say that I took July and August off…

The reality is that I’ve been very busy getting my new business up and running. This means that both the hobby of blogging here and the hobby of reading the comics, have been pushed aside to allow for that work.

The good news is however, this post is here today and technically a day early since new comics come out Thursday this week due to Labor Day. And I am working on some ideas for some exciting new posts coming up. I am hoping to start interviewing some up-and-coming comic artists about their careers and ambitions. If that works out, maybe even some people already working in the comics world.

With that in mind, if you or someone you know is a promising comic artist or writer even, contact me about setting up an interview (you can find my contact info here). I’d like to showcase their art or a bit of their writing and discuss all things comics with them.

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