Amusement, Anticipation & Authority

Lot’s to catch up on today.


First, Michael and I took his son to his first amusement park last week. Where we live is about two hours from Hershey Park in Hershey, PA, and with Michael’s son being just 6 years old we figured this would be a good beginner’s amusement park for him.

We were initially a little concerned because the forecast for Tuesday was supposed to be rain, but by Monday it seemed like the rain had been a false alarm. It ended up being about 85º throughout much of the day, not super humid, mostly sunny, and generally a really nice day.

Michael’s son — I’ll call him S — wanted to ride the Wild Mouse before anything else. He’d never been on a rollercoaster, though, so he wasn’t expecting it to scare him quite as much as it did. If you’re not familiar, Wild Mouse is one of those little-ish coasters that’s reminiscent of that game Mouse Trap many of us played as kids. It goes pretty high up, but the track and cars are really skinny, so it tends to whip you around on the turns and the drops all seem really abrupt. It definitely took S by surprise (and me, too), but he was a trooper about it. After Wild Mouse, he still rode more rides.

Next was Laff Track, which is a newer indoor rollercoaster that’s funhouse-themed and has blacklights throughout, making all these different carnival-themed graffiti designs glow. This was probably my favorite ride of the day because it was just really neat. Also, the cart kind of spins. It was like spinning out of control the whole time, though. On a couple of the turns, some sort of mechanism would turn the car — which had the front two seats facing forward and the back two seats facing backward — 180º so that everybody was facing opposite the direction they had been. It was really fun!

We also road Lightning Racer — which, admittedly, was probably a bit much for S, but I didn’t remember it being that big — and the Super Duper Looper, which ended up being his favorite one. Michael took him on the Kissing Tower; in case you’re not aware, it’s basically this tall tower that spins slowly so you can get a good view of the park in all directions.

Overall, it was a really good day. Instead of driving all the way back home after leaving the park, we got a hotel room for the night in Harrisburg. S had a blast, and that was the point of it all.


As many of you are surely aware, next week marks the release of Suicide Squad at long last. I feel like I’ve been counting down for this movie for ages, but thankfully it’s finally upon us. Based on all the footage that’s been released in “sneak peaks” and additional trailers — hopefully they’ve not given away the entire movie — it looks like it’s going to be an amazing movie. If it’s half as good as it looks, I feel like people might be willing to forgive Man of Steel and Batman v Superman.

But last week was San Diego Comic Con 2016, so as you can imagine there were a lot of awesome trailers to come out and news stories. As much as I hate to admit it, I feel like Warner Bros. won Comic Con this year with the awesome trailers they brought, particularly for Wonder Woman and Justice League. After being so disappointed by the bland, confusing Batman v Superman, I was really skeptical about Justice League, but it seems like Warner Bros. and DC have really considered some of the feedback they’ve gotten and are lightening up the DCEU (DC Extended Universe) considerably. According to the Justice League trailer, it seems like there’s going to be actual humor in the movie. I know, I was surprised, too!

The trailer for Wonder Woman is what really impressed me as far as Warner Bros. is concerned. They also released trailers for the new King Arthur movie directed by Guy Richie and a longer Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trailer, but Wonder Woman completely eclipsed them. It looks absolutely amazing; instead of being experimental with this beloved comics property simply for the sake of being austere, Patti Jenkins (Wonder Woman director) is being very true to the character and the comic book movie genre. The film looks vibrant and colorful, the cinematography looks great, the story looks faithful without being campy (if you go read about Wonder Woman’s origin you’ll realize that’s a tall order), and it really marks a departure from the doom-and-gloom DCEU we’ve seen thus far. If Wonder Woman is any indication, it seems that they’ve made a major course correction and could be giving us the DC film adaptations we both want and deserve.


Last but certainly not least, I have some pretty exciting news. I didn’t want to mention anything until I knew for sure one way or the other, but as of four days ago I can say that I’m the newest features writer at Android Authority! Exciting, right?

When I decided to pursue a career as a writing, being a tech writer and journalist was always going to be the end game. What better way to make a living than by combining two of my greatest passions/interests: writing and technology. I wasn’t sure when I’d ever be able to break into the tech journalism industry, but it seems like I’ve finally made it onto the ground floor. From here, there only way to go is up!

At the moment, it seems I’ll only be writing a handful of articles per month, and mostly on evergreen topics, but I’m hoping that over time maybe I can move up to being an actual tech reviewer. From what I’ve been told, tech reviewer positions at Android Authority are the “holy grail” and tend to be reserved for those with seniority, so if I make my way to tech reviews I don’t think it’ll be anytime soon. But at least it’s a start!

Here’s what I’ve written for Android Authority so far:

Tomorrow I believe I’ll be getting my next assignment, so I’m excited to see what it’ll be.

That’s about all I have to share for the moment. Stay tuned for more goodies coming soon, in particular some tech reviews.

About the author

My name is Dane. I'm a writer at Android Authority as well as a tech journalist in general. As well, I'm a marketing guru, designer, and a budding web developer. My passions include portmanteaus, artisanal coffees, jackets, and the smell of fresh technology in the morning.