Wednesday, July 13, 2016

WE'RE BACK!!!

By: Eddie

THE MONKEY'S SPOON IS BACK!! 

AFTER A BREAK WE ARE FINALLY COMING BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER! 

HERE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE WILL BE DOING/COVERING ON THE MONKEY'S SPOON!!

  • WE WILL HAVE A UFC RECAP SHOW!
  • WE WILL BRING BACK THE POPULAR CULINARY WORD OF THE DAY
  • WE WILL BE DOING BOOK REVIEWS
  • WE WILL BE DOING A PRODUCT REVIEW. 
  • WE ARE ALSO WORKING ON A PODCAST ABOUT ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING!
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Monday, December 1, 2014

Immortality Stolen: Book Review

By: Brenda
12/01/2014


Ok I’m not going to lie, when I read the word zombie I almost quit. I gave it a chance though and was not disappointed. This time the story is set almost completely in Paris and we see less of a human lifestyle for Dylan. 
We continue with the latest mystery book one left us with. Who killed Henri and why? Dylan is the only one Oliver will talk to but his obsession with her has everyone on edge. As usual though Dylan is too curious to pass up this opportunity no matter how dangerous it is. Being in Paris alone with the very same vampire who stalked her, tried to kidnap her, and mark her for his own pet is the worst idea she can think of. Still, its the only way to find out what’s happening in Paris. 
Nico would do anything to keep Dylan with him. He’s afraid something might happen and he’ll be too far to help her. Even stronger is a jealousy that keeps building. He has become very possessive of her both as a master and husband. Now Oliver wants her to go to him alone in a city crawling with zombies. What could be worse? Oliver or the zombies? 
Just as I had hoped this book has much more excitement. Not in the form of action but in anticipation. I was glued to the pages and I’m not exaggerating when I say I read every chance I got no matter where I was. What I have really liked is how human Dylan’s character is. She struggles with typical human stuff  like sleeping and eating. She has to force herself to sleep during the day so she can keep up at night and eat every chance she gets because you’ll never know. I also really began to doubt the opinions I had about Nico's and Oliver’s characters. Nico now seems inconsiderate and controlling while Oliver is looking like the caring one who’s just looking to expand his knowledge of different vampires. Looks like we might be falling for the bad boy but there’s always more to a story. Once again you get small hints of bigger things to come. There’s the other blood lines to learn about and how this little love triangle with turn out. 


I’m very excited and, I’ll admit, impatient for the third book to come out. I can’t bring myself to read the teaser at the end of this book since I’ll probably bite down to my cuticles waiting for Spring. 


Till then……

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Mortal One: Book Review

By: Brenda
11/28/2014


Book by: Shannon Bell
Rating 4 stars out of 5



If you were to take every folk story, movie, or book on vampires and throw it in a blender you'd get The Mortal One. Now I mean this in the best possible way. This book took, what I thought, was the best theories on what a vampire is like and created a whole new story. It takes place during modern times and moves mostly between Florence and Paris.


Our heroine, Dylan, is looking for a good distraction after being dumped at the altar. Feeding her curiosity for vampires seems like a good way to go. With no fiancé to make her feel crazy for her obsession and holding her back she heads for Europe. It's only facing great disappointment and abandoning her search that everything changes.

 Nico was just supposed to take care of this woman getting too curious. He has his orders. He knows what has to be done and how to do it. There's something about her reaction that's fascinating to him. He knows he's supposed to kill her but maybe there's another way.
 What will Dylan do with her only two choices?

 This book is a very good introduction for the series. It builds slowly taking the time to set up the story. I loved Dylan's attitude. She has basic human fears and desires but also knows how to hold herself together when it's needed. Nico is the fantasy of every girl's dreams. He also has certain qualities that humanize him a little. It's frustrating how dangerous they allow things to become but that's what's addictive. The reading further and further to find out how it ends only to find out it's still not the end.  You can tell there will be more because the story keeps building. Even in the last pages major events haven't happened and questions remain unanswered. By the end I was more than ready for the next book.

I truly enjoyed this story and feel fortunate to be able to continue the journey. Thank you so much to Shannon Bell for sending The Monkey's Spoon an advanced copy of Immortality Stolen. The review for this book will be up shortly.  
                                   Till then.....

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Week 11 Pig Skin Pick'em Standings

By: Eddie
11/19/2014

For the 2nd week in a row we have Green Eyes 3678 in first place. Don't forget to make your picks!


1. Greeneyes3678 102pts
2. The Monkey's Spoon 101pts
3. Frank4734 100pts
4. Chiguy 99pts
5. Wishes_007 96pts
6. The Omen Kid 95pts
7. hug0ne 93pts
8. Wrigley Field Troughs 91pts

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Week 10 standings for #NFL Pig Skin Pick'em (New #1)

By: Eddie
11/11/2014


We have a new #1 Greeneyes took the #1 spot from The Omen Kid! After 6 straight weeks at the top The Omen Kid forgot to submit his picks and it put him down to #6!! So DON'T forget to submit your picks!!

1. greeneyes3678 94pts

2. The Monkey's Spoon 93pts

3. frank4734 92pts

4. chiguy 90pts

5. Wishes_007 89pts

6. The Omen Kid 1 88pts.

7. hug0neb0l0nch0 85pts

8. Wrigley Field Troughs 82pts

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Windy City Rollers Going to Champs!

By: Eddie
10/29/2014

Photo by Joe EJ Kaiser
2 DAYS AND COUNTING!

October 31st thru November 2nd will be an exciting and competitive weekend in Nashville, TN. The WFTDA Championship tournament takes place. Chicago's very own Windy City Rollers (ranked # 12 in the world) play their first game on Friday at 4pm vs Rocky Mountain Rollergirls (ranked #11 in the world). How did Windy City Rollers (WCR) make it to Champs? In the previous tournament  in Evansville, Indiana WCR beat Toronto Roller Derby 327-80. In game 2 they faces Texas Rollergirls in an epic bout that was won by WCR in the final seconds of the bout! They beat Texas 176-173. They went on to play London Rollergirls in the Championship bout. It was a tough loss for WCR. In the beginning London was kicking their ass! In the second half though WCR fought back but it was a little too late and London won 226-131 and Windy City placed 2nd in the tournament. So back to this weekend! The teams playing in the WFTDA International Championship are as follow...

By Ranks
1.Gotham Girls Roller Derby  (have been undefeated in the past 2+ years)
2. Rose City Rollers
3. B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls (get it BAD girls)
4. Victorian Roller Derby League
5. Texas Rollergirls
6. London Rollergirls
7. Minnesota Roller Girls
8. Denver Roller Girls
9. Angel City Derby Girls
10. Philly Roller Girls
11. Rocky Mountain Rollergirls
12. Windy City Rollers

So as you can see WCR have a huge task ahead of themselves, and you know they are going to go to Nashville ready to kick ass!! Just think about it when you have a combination of blockers like Bork Bork Bork, Sargentina, Moby Nipps and KWOW. Jammers like Varla Vendetta, The Jamburglar, and Sandrine Rangeon.And the rest of the amazing skaters, who I'm sure are eager and ready to get that Golden Skate! So lets go to Nashville and kick some ass and bring that Golden Skate to Chicago where it belongs!


Here are my 3 keys to Winning the Golden Skate

1. STAY AWAY FROM PENALTIES
2. SCORE EARLY AND QUICK
3. STAY AWAY FROM PENALTIES

LET'S GO WINDY CITY ROLLERS KICK ASS AND BRING IT HOME!! #WECOULDWEDID

 I'll be watching from home so make sure you follow us on Twitter @themonkeysspoon for updates on scores. Also, follow windy City on Twitter @windycityroller

There is also a viewing party at Cary's Lounge for all 3 days! 
2251 West Devon ave, Chicago, IL. 60659

Monday, October 20, 2014

Why go Straight when you can go Curved?! LG's OLED TV

By: Eddie
10/20/2014


It was a sunny day in Logansville and I was on   
my way to visit my grandpa. Grandpa always had great stories from his past and was an old fashion kind of guy. His house was built in 1867 and he had no intention of moving out any time soon. As i arrived he was watching the game with a few of his friends. All 4 of them were huddled around my grandpa’s 13 inch black and white box tv. So I asked…"hey grandpa why don’t you just buy a big flat screen HD tv? You’d have a much better experience and you guys wouldn’t have to be all huddled up around the tv." Without hesitation my grandpa responded. “Whats the point it’s all the same thing. There is nothing better then a good old fashion tv. Plus it hurts my eyes evertime i see them at the store, and to top it off if you’re not in the center of the screen you don’t have a good view at all.” After I went home I turned on my 50 inch flat screen tv and started to think about what grandpa had mentioned and I came to realize that he was absolutly right! I had never noticed because I always sit in the same spot while I watch tv. So then I started thinking. What would be the perfect TV for my grandpa and myself? I started  to brain storming and this is what I came up with…

To start of it would have to be at least 55 inches, it would be as thin as 4 credit cards put together, has to be a smart tv; It would have to have at least 4 HDMI ports as well as 3 USB ports. I'd make the picture quality 4K Ultra HD so that in the event that I'm watching one of my favorite snowboarding shows I want to be able to make out a single snowflake. If I’m watching the cooking channel I want to be able to see the fuss on a bright red strawberry, or if I’m watching swimming I want to flinch every time the water splashes. But more important while I’m watching sports I want to feel like l’m sitting next to the dude that is painted from head to toes in the team colors. while yelling lets go Bears!! So instead of the traditional and just having the RGB (Yellow, Red, and White wires) I’d add a white light (to makes the whites stand out even more). Contrast is also a big key, I wouldn’t put a back light. No liquid crystal and 8 million pixels. To help my grandpa with his eyes, I would use less blue light. After all this it’s looking like a pretty cool tv but I'm still facing one problem… how can everyone enjoy this tv while not sitting in the center of the screen? Well, what if instead of a flat tv it would be curved instead..? Yes, I said curved. Think about it. If it was curved at the right angle no matter where you sat you'd get that “center” view everyone one always wants while watching tv at home. It’s also going to be great that if i get up to get a drink, I don’t want to worry about someone taking my great seat! Well I’ve got GREAT NEWS for you!! LG has made this happen! It’s called “LG OLED” It has everything mentioned above and then some! It has the best technology of any tv. It has voted 2014 King of HDTV by CES. It beat out top competitors as Samsung and Visio amongst others. 


Cartoons


Look at that detail
It's as thin as 4 of my credit cards!



LG CURVED OLED TV is a marvel of design and performance. The Full HD 1080p 
screen offers a vast contrast ratio for the deepest blacks and more lifelike colors, the 
TV itself is only as thick as a pencil at its thinnest point. Packed with webOS* features 
the EC9300 makes it easy to enjoy movies and more from a host of premium content 
providers like Netflix, YouTube and Hulu Plus



Specs:
Picture Quality
- Full HD 1080p Resolution
- Triple XD Engine
- Tru Color Generator
- Resolution Upscaler
webOS
- Magic Remote Control
- Premium Content
- LG Store (App Store)
- Search/Recommendations
- Web Browser
SMART SHARE
- Media Share
- Screen Share
LG CINEMA 3D
CONNECTIVITY
- Wi-Fi® Built-in
- 4 HDMI® Connections
- 3 USB Connections
- 1 Component In
- 1 Shared Composite in (AV)
AUDIO
- 2 Ch Speaker System
- 40W Output Power
- Sound Sync

Check out more details click the link below

Monday, September 15, 2014

Chicago Weekly Sports Recap

By: Eddie
09/15/2014


What a great week in Chicago sports! I want to start of by congratulating the Chicago Sky on an excellent season! You ladies fought hard and came up a little short but you made Chicago proud!! The Sky lost 3 straight to the Mercury but it was a huge improvement from last year. Last year the Sky were the #1 seed and were swept in the first round. This year they were the #4 seed and made it all the way to the WNBA Finals! It was an over all team effort. They also got past their nemesis in Indiana. So until next year! I can't wait. Thank You Chicago Sky! In other basketball news the USA won the FIBA World Cup Gold! Congrats to D-Rose. 46 more days till the Bulls regular season opens vs NY.

In Football news well... I really thought the Bears had NO shot at winning last night @ the 49er's! The first half was really making me believe my prediction... However after 3 Kaepernick INT and 3 Cutler TD (3 to Marshall) The Bears pull off a victory! BUT... I still don't think the Bears are doing that well. Here are some stats. The best part of the game was 0 interceptions by Cutler! Bears 28 49er's 20. Bears have another Prime Time game next week when they play the NY Jets on Monday night.

Passing
Jay Cutler 23/34 176yds 4 TD 0 INT

Rushing
Jay Cutler 25 yds
Matt Forte 21 yds

Receiving
Brandon Marshall 5rec 48yds 3TD  
Alshon Jeffery   3rec 47yds 0TD  
Martellus Bennett 7rec 37yds 1TD  
Santonio Holmes 2rec 20yds 0TD  
Matt Forte         5rec 15yds 0TD  
Dante Rosario         1rec 9yds  0TD  

In baseball news there is only 2 weeks left in Chicago Baseball!!! YES!! Cubs have a record of 65-84 and the White Sox have a record of 68-81. The Sox start the week playing 3 @ KC and finish the week playing 3 @ Rays. The Cubs start of the week playing 3 vs the Reds 4 vs the Dodgers. It's almost over ladies and gentlemen!!

24 more days till the BLACKHAWKS start the season!!

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