Category Archives: Website Reviews
Tactical Catholic’s Review of Internet Movie Database
You already know about imdb? Well of course you do. The internet movie database has been around for a while. What you may not have noticed is how IMDB has rolled with the times to adapt and improve its offerings. In fact, I would say this is one of the most fluid sites out there.
IMDB has a great responsive design that hugs whatever screen you choose to use. This morning, I loaded it on my lumia and it looks great. On my Surface it looks fantastic, and it even looks good on my old CRT Dell.
On IMDB you can find info on pretty much every legitimate movie ever made. Actors, directors, etc are cross referenced so you can see what other movies are out there or what other actors have done. Loads of photos, a plot summary, trailers, and reviews. My favorite feature, however, is the Parental Guide.
Parental Guide is a non-religious breakdown of a film’s contents. From here parents can check the levels of violence, language, sexual content, etc. Witbout spoiling the plot, I can usually determine if this film is worth my time or of it is chock full of bad stuff. You can also use this to check out a movie, show, or even VIDEO GAMES before your kid sees or hears something you don’t want them to see or hear.
Yes, I like the box office stats, and finding showtimes is handy, but I am telling you that the Parent Guide and reviews is my favorite.
Use IMDB and enjoy the movies again.
Tactical Catholic’s Review of TouringPlans.com
I have actually been using the information from TouringPlans.com to help me plan Disney trips since about 2003, so this is a site I’m quite familiar with. However, it wasn’t nearly as powerful as it is now. This website has exploded with information and tools in the last five years and you’re gonna love it.
If you like Walt Disney World and you’d like to visit Orlando within the next 12 months, you need to use TouringPlans. The geniuses there have compiled all the best information from their own research as well as other helpful web resources so that you have the absolute best Disney World data at your fingertips. What’s more, they put out a book with even more detailed information on the parks and Orlando (including Universal parks). The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World is an annual purchase in my house so that I’m aware, even if we aren’t travelling to Florida that year, of all the new things and any modifications to the parks. Yes, I am a nerd, but even non-nerds will benefit from the helpful information contained in the book.
However, this is a web review, not a book review. Here are a few of the helpful tools available to you through TouringPlans.com.
Multiple Destination Information
At TouringPlans you can find information about Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Lines, Universal Orlando, and Disneyland. Detailed data for each park is provided.
- Find best times to visit with detailed park attendance predictions. It’s based on years of collected data and its amazingly accurate.
- Dining menus, restaurant reviews, and calculators to help you find the best meal options for your trip
- Touring plans for each park to help you maximize your fun time and reduce the time spent waiting in lines.
- Ticket information and ways you can find the absolute best prices on park admission
Lines Mobile App
The Lines app (available for Android, iOS, or as a web application) is a great tool to use in the parks with live information for ride wait times, customizable touring plans, menus and prices for all restaurants and snack vendors, and fun ways to interact with other Disneyphiles while you play. If you’re a subscriber to the touringplan service, you can do even more. Even the free features of the app are fun and helpful.
This is a cool feature that I’ve always loved, and now it’s better. Not only does the research team at TouringPlans provide reviews and ratings of every hotel, motel, and resort around Orlando, they also provide helpful details such as
- room dimensions
- noise levels
- ease of access
- considerations for persons with special needs
- customer service
- pillows (no joke)
My favorite feature for the Disney World Resort hotels is the ability to not only see what the inside of a room looks like, but what the view FROM the room looks like. EVERY ROOM IN THE PARK!
In a nutshell, if you’re planning a Disney trip you need to use TouringPlans.com. On a personal note, if you’re planning a trip in the next 12 months, start as early as you can in order to get the best deals. If you need advice about making a plan or when to go, or ages for kids, contact me because I love to talk about Disney parks. I also recommend you buy the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. It’s like $20 but it is full of cool stuff.
I have followed Dale and Lisa at Survivalist Prepper for some time now. In fact, I am pretty sure I found their podcast before I found their website. They’ve been at this for a while and have a large following both for their site and for their podcast. Dale recently launched a live video show SPTV as part of the Apoco-List community on Google Plus that is worth checking out.
Survivalist Prepper is all about practical ways you and I can prepare for emergencies BEFORE they happen. Every week, Dale and Lisa share from their own experiences as well as persons in their network of friends. They are NOT the sort of crackpots you typically see labeled as survivalists. In fact, I like to think that in most ways they are a lot like me. No need to panic or dive into conspiracy theories. Just take time to prepare yourself and your loved ones in the event of a disaster, be it a small thing like an accident injury or a large event like a flash flood. Dale and Lisa write from a balanced perspective with a healthy dose of humor.
As I’ve been following this site for some time I can tell you that they cover pretty much any topic. Nothing is off limits. So, you should have no problem searching their site for helpful tips and tricks you can use. The search feature is prominently displayed at the top of any page so you can quickly look for what you want.
The layout of the page has continued to improve. Using a responsive design, Survivalist Prepper shows up good on a PC, a tablet, or a mobile device. The nav menu is a cinch to use, and all of their social networks are plainly displayed as icons at the top of the page. Navigation and information finding is super easy, and I’ve already told you how much I like the content.
Another thing I like about Survivalist Prepper is that they do a lot of legwork for me. By that I mean that their network of friends and their research enables them to post summaries and links to articles from all over the web that I might find interesting. While not an aggregate site, I know that as I read through the pages, I’ll find links to other good content elsewhere without having to do a lot of searching on my own. Heck, they have their own gear store where you can buy the equipment they review! I can say this too because I feel like I know them. They are not going to sell you something unless they would use it themselves.
In conclusion, you should check this site out. Guys, Dale is the kind of guy you’d benefit from knowing. Lisa is also a genius when it comes to medicine and first aid. The content is superb and the site is clean and efficient. Bookmark Survivalist Prepper and visit often. Consider subscribing to the podcast like me and we can talk about the show sometime.
In case you didn’t notice, I’ve added some new links to the fold. The link lists are about to blow up because I’m in the process of adding a new segment to this blog and the show. That’s right, true believers, we’re going to start reviewing websites.
Before I go hog wild with this I want you to understand Tactical Catholic’s Rules for Web Site Reviews:
- I will review any website I want.
- Reviews will cover content as well as structure and design.
- Just because I review a site doesn’t mean I endorse it.
- Just because I endorse a site doesn’t mean I will bias my review.
- I will accept suggestions for sites to review (use my contact form).
Look for more on this in the future.
Did I mention that I love this new rig! Man, it’s so much easier to work with an actual keyboard than a touchpad!!!