Viggle Sucks Under New Management

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Do you guys remember this lame post I made back in 2013?

I gave a brief overview of a great app that allowed you to earn points and redeem rewards just by watching TV and listening to music.  (The music feature was added after the 2013 post.)  It was amazing!  I spent a lot of time “checking in” to songs and shows, and watching all the extra ads it would let me in order to gain those important extra points.  I’d redeemed several gift cards, a Viggle T-shirt (because I was more than happy to spread the word about this amazing opportunity), and had plans for possibly redeeming the biggest prize of a cruise for two (which cost several million points)!

Credit: get.viggle.com
Credit: get.viggle.com

I’m normally not one who likes to largely announce to the world how horrible something is, but this situation it too awful.  It was slightly over nine months ago that Viggle was sold to Perk.  I’ve used the Perk Browser in the past and it… wasn’t terrible.

The following is the review I finally left for the app in the App Store.  Some is repeat of what I already said in this post, but I give the details of the horrible result of the buy-out.

Rating: ★✰✰✰✰

I used to love Viggle.  Not only did I use it all the time, but I proudly wore the merch I bought with my Viggle points.

Now, the app has to be constantly open the entire time you’re watching the program you checked into.  Take a phone call during ads?  Miss out on points.  Do ANYTHING with your phone during the show?  Miss out on points.

Also, apparently points expire now.  It’s been a couple months since I last opened the app, and I opened it today only to discover I have only 6 points.  I had at LEAST 6,000.
Nope.  Don’t like that.

I’m keeping the app for as long as it takes to exchange my Viggle points for Perk points and redeem them.  Only 60,000 Viggle points are allowed to be exchanged per month, which translates into 3,000 Perk points.  I still have over 200,000 Viggle points, so it’ll take a while, but I’ll be so glad to be done with this Perk takeover nightmare.

Credit: hahasforhoohas.com
Credit: hahasforhoohas.com

I would be more understanding if Viggle was sold because it was losing money, but it wasn’t.  I was just sold.  (News articles linked at bottom.)

I’m fully convinced that all of the 5-star ratings it currently has are either from people who never knew Viggle when it was good, AND/or people desperately trying to get points took advantage of Viggle’s offer of bonus points for giving such a rating.  Nope.  Bribery is not my thing, either.  I’d rather give or read an honest review than a fake 5-star just for points.

I will give Perk a bit of a break in my rant with the best change they have made to Viggle.  They’ve finally added the ability to check in with shows and movies you’re streaming.  Don’t have regular TV or cable?  That’s not a problem anymore.  Watching on Netflix, Hulu, etc., will also get you points.

All in all, I don’t think Perk is an evil, selfish company, but they really should have thought more about what kept Viggle users coming back in the first place.  Instead, they changed everything, making it harder to earn points, and making rewards 5x as expensive to redeem.  Just remember: the most important thing in any business is the consumer.  If the consumer doesn’t like what you’re selling (or how much you’re selling it for), you lose money.


Articles about the sale:

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20151214005688/en/Viggle-Sell-Assets-Perk.com-All-Stock-Transaction

http://www.mobilemarketer.com/cms/news/strategy/21876.html?utm_referrer=direct%2Fnot%20provided&utm_referrer=direct%2Fnot%20provided

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“True Stories — We Made Up” (Book Review)

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Once in a lifetime a book comes along that will change the course of your life, and shoot you soaring into the atmosphere with your dreams. This is not that book.
(Excerpt from the book’s back cover.)

We’ve all been there.  Something ordinary happens in our life as a child, but our sheer excitement and pure emotions exaggerate it in our innocent minds.  You’re granted a minor confidence boost that gives you bonafide super powers.  Channeling Michael Jordan as you slam dunk into your Little Tikes basketball hoop.  Your favourite toy breaks, and it is the literal END OF THE WORLD.

THAT is what this book is.  True stories from childhood hilariously exaggerated as a child would see them.  My relationship with books is complicated, but this is one book I simply could not put down.

–SPOILERS–
I still can’t get over the part about a seemingly impossible victory in a backyard baseball game where the 11-year-old protagonist bumped chests with his brother, “instantly forming a rippling six pack.”1  I couldn’t finish the story for at least another day (but realistically, five minutes), because the laughing brought me to my knees.
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If you want a book to read that will not only hold your attention, but make you laugh and reminisce at the same time, THIS IS THAT BOOK!

 

True Stories - We Made UpTrue Stories – We Made Up by Michael Johnson, David Beebe II, Chris Johnson
★★★★half star 4.62

“True Stories – We Made Up” is a collection of short stories based on the lives of three authors: Michael Johnson, David Brett Beebe II, and Chris Johnson. There are mention of bears, the mark of the beast, superheroes, and maybe even a few miracles. (read more)


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 24

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Day 24: A Movie That Inspires/Encourages Your Dreams

 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

 

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My choice for this category fits in both the sense of life goals, and that of daydreaming!  As an introvert who loves to live in her inner world, but also enjoys a good real life adventure, I couldn’t resist choosing this movie.

Walter Mitty is a man who spends enough time fantasising that it often disrupts his mundane real life.  Eventually, though, when his livelihood is at stake, he goes on a grand adventure to save it.

It makes for a good reminder not only to dream, but to live.

 

What movie inspires or encourages your dreams (however you want to take it)?

 


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 16

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Day 16: Favourite Chick Flick

 

Made of Honor

 

 

A man and a woman have been best friends since college.  Enough said.  That’s the best kind of set up for romance <3.

ARGH!  I don’t know what to say without giving away any spoilers.

Well, anyway, I love it.  It’s probably the only chick flick I could watch on repeat.  The story’s great, and the casting is perfect.  Not to mention New York City AND Scotland!

 

What’s your favourite chick flick?

 


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30 Day Movie Challenge 2 – Day 5

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Day 5: A Movie That Makes You Happy

 

The Impostors

 

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I don’t even really know why I love this movie so much.  It’s definitely a love-it-or-hate-it movie.  Normally when I watch a movie with this type of absurdly ridiculous humour, I get angry that someone’s brain spewed such nonsense and called it funny.  But here, there’s something about this movie that changes it from an absolute no-no to I’m-just-going-to-dance-around-the-room-and-smile-until-it’s-over.  (Unless my least favourite scene is on — then I am angry at the absurdity, haha.)

Maybe it’s the comedic pairing of Oliver Platt and Stanley Tucci.  Perhaps it’s Steve Buscemi’s suicidal character whose name is ironically “Happy.”  Maybe it’s how all the stories get tied together by the end of the movie.  Maybe I just happened to rediscover it at the tail-end of the time in my life when I might consider this sort of stupid humour as actually being funny.

While it’s a mix of a bunch of reasons, I’m convinced it’s mostly the last point.  It also wouldn’t have been possible without the first.  I love Platt and Tucci as actors, and their characters in this movie are absolutely adorable with their child-like innocence.

 

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What movie makes you happy?

 


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Book Love and What To Read Next?

I love it when a good book inspires.  It might inspire one to write, to make a change in the world (whether big or small), to pursue their dream, or just inspire more reading.

This has been a good year thus far in my reading adventures.  Some ended up being just reading for the sake of reading.  (This was at no fault to the books themselves, but simply my lack of held attention.  Though, one was just boring.)  Some were amazing.  Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was absolutely brilliant.  It captured my attention and never let go.  The story was fantastic.  There were several parts consisting of a lot of details, which I normally would have found too drawn-out to be fascinating, but they only inspired nostalgia, even when I’ve never experienced or heard of something he was describing (seeing certain movies, playing certain games, et cetera.)

The cover on the copy of the book that I own, obtained from LootCrate.
The cover on the copy of the book that I own, obtained from LootCrate.

I just finished reading One More Thing by B.J. Novak.  I’m honestly not sure how to describe this book without a long explanation.  It’s a collection of short stories and musing/amusing thoughts.  About twenty percent in, I was convinced my rating would be three stars:

Did it hold my attention?  Definitely!  ★★★★★
Did the stories have a point?  Nope.     ★✰✰✰✰

By the end, my whole thought process on the book changed.  Some of the stories didn’t have a point, or at least not an obvious one, but they were well-written for what they were.  Further into the book, though, the stories just got better and better.  Some even inspired me!  The story “Rome,” for instance…  This man and his wife retired to a city near Rome.  The thing he seems to love most about it is that this grand city, famous for so much throughout history, and a place people save up their whole lives to visit, is just a place he goes to run errands!  And someday soon that’ll be me in Japan!

I usually take a short break between finishing a book and starting a new one (though I always have several books I’m reading at a time), but I’m inspired to go read immediately!  I really want to read something I will enjoy as much as I’ve enjoyed these two books mentioned, but I don’t know what I’d enjoy unless I’ve already read it.  It’s been a couple of years since I read The Three Musketeers, but I still think about it a lot.  I love that book.  I still jokingly refer to Porthos as my “book boyfriend,” even though I know that if I knew him in real life there’s no way we’d be anything more than just friends, haha.

I’ve also been thinking about The Great Gatsby for about a year now.  I read it in high school, and had a love-hate relationship with it.  Despite knowing its very dramatic content, I kind of want to re-read it.

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As for books I haven’t yet read, I really want to read The Odyssey, but Hubby insists I’d have to read The Iliad first.  I also really want to read The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien.  I watched a four-and-a-half-minute video giving a brief summary of the book, and The Hobbit was one of my favourite reads of 2013.  On the other hand, I’d planned on my next “classic” book to be A Study in Scarlet, the first Sherlock Holmes novel.  (And no, I don’t want to read a book that has all of the Holmes stories; I want to read them separately.)

What do you think?  What book should I read next?  I’m gladly taking suggestions of amazing books, classic or new.


Books mentioned:

  • The Three Musketeers (re-read)
  • The Great Gatsby (re-read)
  • The Iliad
  • The Odyssey
  • The Simarillion
  • A Study in Scarlet