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iPoll Presents the Hidden Gems of Fantasy Films & TV

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Don’t you just hate missing out on things? I’m not talking about the great birthday cake from the last office party, but rather those cool movies and television shows that everybody can’t stop talking about. Exhibit A: Game of Thrones. Before this show landed on HBO, there was already a devoted following of readers who lapped up every word inscribed by George R.R. Martin. They knew what was coming, and couldn’t wait to see how the show depicted memorable events. However, there were far more viewers of GOT who hadn’t read the books (present company included) and had no idea what to expect. What we got was fantasy storytelling at its finest. As movie and television shows go, fantasy and sci-fi are often lumped together. There are elements of sweeping narrative and far off worlds/realms that apply to both. For the sake of this discussion, we’ll distinguish fantasy as anything without robots or spaceships. If your love of Game of Thrones has you yearning for other fantasy gems, consider these fantasy films and television shows you may never have heard of.

 

Troll Under a Bridge

This is the exact type of troll that needs to be hunted. Image Source: Flickr user Antonio Campoy

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Written by Rick B.

April 3rd, 2014 at 11:24 pm

iPoll Takes You to Make-Believe Kingdoms: The Best Fantasy RPG Games

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Do you know your MMORPG from your straight up RPG? A massively multiplayer online role-playing game lets you plug into a fantasy and go on a quest with players from around the world. A role-playing game lets you have the same kind of fun, but it’s just you and the fantasy realm. Either way, fantasy-themed games have been a big player in video game development. Of course, all fantasy video games owe a debt of acknowledgement and gratitude to the game that started it all: Dungeons & Dragons.

Long before there were home gaming consoles, there was D&D. The original version of this game was sold in 1974. The game is as simple as it is complex. Each player takes on the role of a character in the vast Dungeons & Dragons universe. A Dungeon Master is the referee/storyteller who, along with a roll of the dice, decides the fate of the characters. You need to bring your wits and imagination, as opposed to hand-to-eye coordination, to win at D&D. Although still popular, D&D is out-shined by the sophisticated content available for today’s gamer. Here are some of the best fantasy video games ever brought to market:

WOW Action Figures

Play the game. Own the figures. Image Source: Flickr user: Charlie Schneider

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Written by Rick B.

April 2nd, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Return to Westeros: iPoll Looks at What’s Ahead for Game of Thrones

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Back when the Game Of Thrones series was first published, author George R.R. Martin was approached by Hollywood producer types to turn the books into a movie franchise. Mr. Martin politely declined their offer, knowing that his stories we’re too big to be crammed into a 2-hour feature. Boy, was he spot on with that decision! So far, we have 30 hours of GOT for our viewing pleasure, and there is no end in sight for the palace intrigue, backstabbing, surprises, dragons, and white walkers. The wait for the next ten hours is over, with Game Of Thrones returning to HBO this Sunday for season four. To get you ready, here’s what you can expect from the clans of Westeros. (WARNING: There be spoilers ahead. If you haven’t binge watched season three yet, then bookmark this post until later. That’s an order!)

 

Game of Thrones Transport

One way ticket to Westeros. Image Source: Flickr user Pop Culture Geek

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Written by Rick B.

April 1st, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women CEOs to Watch

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There is a cliché image of Fortune 500 company boardrooms being populated by old men smoking cigars. Many movies portray these corporate types as the quintessential villain (Old Man Potter, anyone?). Don’t become disillusioned by these stereotypes. Today, you’ll find many thriving and successful companies that have women at the helm. Does this mean they’ve broken through the proverbial “glass ceiling?” Perhaps, but it could simply mean these women were the most qualified for the job.

Mary Barra: GM

For the first time in auto manufacturing history, a woman is running the show at GM. This was definitely a well-deserved promotion from within. Ms. Barra has spent most of her professional career within GM working on supply chain logistics, engineering, design, and program management. If you’re going to hire a CEO, it should be someone who knows the company inside and out.

Big Auto

This great auto empire is now overseen by a female. Image Source: Flickr user Andrea

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Game-Changing Inventions: iPoll’s Patent Review of Amazing Female Inventors

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Have you ever had a “light bulb moment“ ? That’s when you get such a brilliant idea that a figurative light goes on in your mind. Imagine, the struggling inventors who were dreaming up things before the light bulb. Did they have a “candle moment”? A “torch moment”? Almost every single thing we use was invented by somebody else. If that person was smart enough, they got a patent to protect their work from infringement. When you typically ask for examples of famous inventors, the big three usually are named: Edison, Bell, and Ford. They were three powerhouse inventors to be sure, but we’d be prudent to add some women to that list. It might just surprise you want these industrious inventors came up with.

The Windshield Wiper

Most inventions are born out of necessity, and the windshield wiper is no different. It was during a road trip from Alabama to NYC that Mary Anderson came up with the idea. She watched countless motorists pull over to wipe snow off their windshields and she decided there must be a better way to tackle this problem. Mary was given her windshield wiper patent in 1905. Next time it rains and you flip on those wipers, remember to say, “Thanks, Mary.”

Rainy Drive

Simple invention that everyone uses sooner or later. Image Source: Flickr user Basheer Tome

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Written by Rick B.

March 27th, 2014 at 11:16 pm

iPoll at the Library: Influential Women Writers

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How many books on your “must read list” were written by women? Although it is true that men have dominated the literary world in terms of output, that’s not to say that women writers haven’t changed the course of literature. They certainly have made an impact, and in some pretty amazing ways. Instead of pontificating in general terms (as I am wont to do), let’s get right to the literary powerhouse list. These are the women we should all be reading.

J.K. Rowling

It’s a safe bet to assume J.K. Rowling will go down as the most successful woman’s writer of all time. Her Harry Potter books have sold over 450 million copies worldwide. To many parents, she is credited with opening the world of reading for their children. After all, once you have a taste for reading, you’re never going to stop. Rowling’s career is all the more impressive when you consider her humble beginnings as a single mom who wrote her first Harry Potter novel during breaks at a coffee shop, with a baby in a pram by her side.

Waiting For Harry Potter

Kids in a bookstore. Priceless. Image Source: Shad Bolling

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Written by Rick B.

March 26th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

iPoll Presents: Women Who Made a Difference in History

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March is officially Women’s History Month. This focus on women’s contribution to our world started out as a “week” back in 1982. Clearly, there is too much to celebrate in just a single week. That’s why, since 1995, the entire month of March has been dedicated to women, as it should. The official dedication goes like this: “The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.” So, let’s take a moment to consider how our world was shaped by some of these notable women:

Lady With The Lamp

A lasting tribute to the world's most famous nurse. Image Source: Flickr user Eamon Curry

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Written by Rick B.

March 25th, 2014 at 5:00 am

Mobile Army Monday: Changing How You Earn Extra Money

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For most of us, our first “paycheck” came from Mom and Dad in the form of a weekly allowance. Usually, these funds were tied to the completion of household chores. Among popular “to-do” items are taking out the trash, cleaning up your bedroom, and not dunking your head in the fish aquarium (maybe that last was only in my house.) Further experience with money perhaps had to do with shilling candy, cookies, or gift-wrap for a notable organization. The only problem was not seeing a dime for all that hard work. For the more ambitious among us, early teen-dom brought the opportunity for newspaper delivery routes (remember newspapers?), baby-sitting, or lawn mowing. These jobs meant we were really working hard for the money.

Lawn Mowing

If you're going to mow a lawn, mow a big lawn. Image Source: flickr user: Tjeerd Wiersma

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Written by Rick B.

March 24th, 2014 at 11:04 pm

iPoll’s Tips to Help You Find Your Dream Home

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Whenever the Powerball Lottery prize reaches astronomical numbers, my thoughts drift to buying a dream home. Clearly, with millions of dollars burning a hole in my pocket, I can have my pick of dream homes. Heck, I might even pick up a dozen dream homes and scatter them around the planet. Then reality comes crashing down, and I have to face the fact that my odds of winning the Lottery are very, very slim. That doesn’t mean I’ve given up on the dream home concept, though. It just means I’ll have to achieve it the old-fashioned way. If you’re at that place in life when you’re considering buying a home, then congratulations! You’ve got a few hurdles to jump over, but they aren’t insurmountable. You can make your dream home a reality by following these helpful how to tips.

Sale Pending

Finding the right home can be both a fun and stressful task. Image Source: Flickr user Dan Moyle

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Written by Rick B.

March 21st, 2014 at 10:46 pm

Noteworthy Nuptials: iPoll Helps You Throw an Awesome Wedding on a Budget

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Most people who get married want to make that day memorable. What constitutes “memorable” is really up to the bride and groom. There have been plenty of over-the-top expensive weddings that fall into “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” variety. There are countless more that would best be described as a “quickie.” Perhaps your big day will fall somewhere in between. The first thing you’ll want to do when planning your big day is sit down with your soul-mate-to-be and determine your priorities. If it is important that you exchange your vows while bungee jumping, then so be it. On the other hand, if saving for the deposit on a home is top of your list, then you really don’t want to sink several thousand dollars into a single party. When you get right down to it, what is often considered most important is sharing this day with your friends, capture photos to remember it by, and having a special way to celebrate the occasion. Everything else is just icing on the cake. Oh, yeah… you’ll want a cake, too. Here are iPoll’s tips on how to have an awesome wedding on a budget:

 

Wedding Day

Just waiting for the bride and groom. Image Source: Flickr user Katsu Nojiri

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Written by Rick B.

March 20th, 2014 at 12:11 am