The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

Busy Parent Creates ‘My Kid’s Adventures’

Michael Stelzner, founder of  My Kids'
Adventure and Social Media Examiner.
My Kids’ Adventures is an online magazine designed to make it easy for busy parents to create adventures with their children anywhere. The site was founded by Michael Stelzner, is a busy dad of three girls. Why is he so busy? Well, Stelzner is also the founder of Social Media Examiner, authored the books Launch and Writing White Papers and is the man behind large events such as Social Media Marketing World. He also hosts the Social Media Marketing podcast.

The free website offers ideas for new adventures for their own children with simple step-by-step instructions. These do-it-yourself adventures can be done in the home, the backyard, on the hill behind the house or in the great outdoors.

“Our mission is to help you overcome the ‘I’m bored, I don’t know what to do’ complaint you hear from your kids,” says Stelzner. As a father of three girls under the age of 12, Stelzner understands the parent predicament. As a busy professional, he found himself with little “creative juice” leftover for kids after a productive workday. He began looking for ideas and thought that what he found, other parents could use as well.

Ideas that have been shared so far on the site include indoor camping, glow in the dark bowling in your home, how to make a Star Wars movie with your kids, how to have a backyard water Olympics and so on.  Each family has their own unique fun thing that they like to do, why not share it with others?

Stelzner’s day job is running the world’s largest online social media magazine, Social Media Examiner which helps businesses discover how to best use social media, blogs and podcasts to help other professionals how to navigate through the constantly changing “social media jungle.”  Technorati ranks Social Media Examiner as one of the world’s Top 5 business blogs.


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