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Monthly Archives: December 2013

2013 in review


We had a fantastic year in 2013.  WordPress compiles an annual report.  For anyone who is interested, here are the stats for 2013 – Le Blog’s biggest year ever.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 1,400,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 60 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Busch Gardens Tampa: Wildlife and Wild Rides


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Le Blog readers had the opportunity to follow me to my trips to the wonderful Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia this past summer. I grew up attending that park, but had never been to its sister park in Tampa, Florida. Never, that is, until this holiday season during my trip to Florida to see my brother’s family.

The two parks have a lot in common, but also have some key differences.
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The Lebeau Family Christmas Tree 2013


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Christmas is a time of traditions.  And one such tradition around here is the annual Christmas tree post.  It started back in 2011 when I bought myself a new camera as a present.  I bought it with a future Disney World trip in mind.  Our pictures from 2010 didn’t quite come out.  I wanted a camera that would take good close-up pictures so I could get really detailed pictures of everything.  This particular camera was a Black Friday deal I bought knowing absolutely nothing about it.  My thinking was that I would return it if I didn’t like it.

As Christmas approached that year, I started researching the camera I had bought.  The reviews were extremely mixed.  Half the readers claimed it took blurry pictures and the other half said it was a great buy.  So I set about testing it out myself.  Turns out, my pictures were awful.  I thought about taking the camera back.  Then I read a helpful review that explained how the camera was supposed to work.  Turns out you have to raise the flash manually.  After that, my pictures improved.  The experiment resulted in my first-ever Christmas Tree post.

Well, that resulted in a bit of holiday cheer with some of the regular readers.  So I did it again in 2012.  That’s how traditions get started.  So now, for the third year in a row, here’s a tour of our family Christmas tree.

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Wonder Woman Cast!


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I have been a vocal critic of this year’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel from Zach Snyder and David Goyer.  Their involvement in the sequel has me less than excited about the project.  The announcement that Ben Affleck would co-star as Batman had me even less excited – both because I didn’t care for the casting and because I didn’t really want to see Batman crowding Superman out of his own movie.  I had suggested that if WB wanted to team Superman up with another hero, it made more sense to have Wonder Woman co-star.

Well, apparently I will get my wish.  Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in the untitled sequel.

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The Walking Dead: Too Far Gone


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Here we are at the end of another mid-season finale of The Walking Dead.  I stopped doing my weekly recaps of the show early in this (the show’s fourth) season.  But I figured the mid-season finale was a good place to check back in and take stock of where things stand with The Walking Dead‘s TV incarnation.

Lots of spoilers follow.  I’m going to talk about the show as well as the comic book it is based on.  So, be warned.

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