Monday, October 27, 2014

47.

What can one write after reading and hearing all of the news in the world but, "crap." Between a good portion of the world's population panicking about Ebola, and then all of the wars and violence in the Middle East, followed by the oppression of Russia, China, North Korea, a good many Arabic states, and countless other countries, not to mention the economic outlook isn't quite so optimistic, I guess "crap" is all there is to say (although I am certain one could arrive with much more colorful metaphors to describe reality). There are 2 big days coming in the first week of November, First up is Mid Term voting for the United States (please go out and vote for the individual who has brains and uses the ones in the head, not the ones in the lower parts of the body), the second big day is of course one of my favorite holidays "Guy Fawkes Day" the 5th of November. For the next 7 weeks I shall endeavor to work hard to complete my last 2 courses of 2014 for my graduate program, and then I shall only have 3 terms left before I graduate! What a relief that will be, and then hopefully I will be returning to San Diego, my home. In the past few days I've watching a few films I have never seen, and thought I'd share a brief opinion on some of them. John Carter had a lot of potential, but sucked; poor writing, poor design, poor music, poor everything really except for special effects possibly. 2012 was equally full of potential, but ultimately I believe it fell short. A flat, predictable story line focusing too much on mega special effects and not the type of character intimacy that the film should have possessed. Oliver Platt was awesome, and so was Woody Harrelson. Other than that, I was mostly annoyed with most of the major characters. This evening I watched 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves. I thought I was in for an epic, magical adventure set in Feudal Japan, but it turned out to be a dramatic spin on a non-fiction even that apparently happened in actual Japanese history in regards to a group of Samurai. The action was decent, the writing sucked, and Keanu Reeves played his flat self of course. The film however was shot beautifully. And I was a big fan of the morphing witch; that was a good character. I could see myself watching that film again, but if you don't ever see it, don't worry about missing anything great or fantastic. Well, have a good night and a happy Halloween everyone. Oh, side note on that event; you should really look up the history for that day as it is very fascinating what it is all about.

47 Ronin trailer

The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer


Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Price and Risk for Freedom.

What a weekend this turned out to be. Between all of the glitches that I had with technology I thought that I might have had a mental breakdown. Homework problems galore that took up hours of time of frustration, and then I had a phone malfunction on my work cell which created a whole set of problems. In a way it was a relaxing weekend, but not at the same time. I really should get all of my homework done during the week so that I can enjoy the weekends, although that would mean killing myself during the week which would not be fun. Well, for one of my grad school assignments the professor had us fiddling with html code which was a little daunting at first, but then I got the hang of it, although I still can't seem to embed a video from Youtube or create a proper hyperlink that works; it was rather frustrating. I have to say that it is difficult learning to write a new language, but it was rather nice to see the finished project. I would probably fiddle with it more for my own stuff if I had the time and energy for it. I cannot believe that there are essentially only 3 months of 2014 left. I was chatting with a client of mine and mentioned what I was doing in 2004, and he stated that he was an infant at the time; that made me feel quite aged. Always think that it will happen to adults and people older than you, but never yourself; it's kind of a weird feeling when it does happen. So I watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier this evening as a reward for completing most of my homework, and I have to say that I still enjoy it as much as I did in the theater, although I would prefer the I-MAX experience opposed to my television experience. Even though it is a film, it remains art, and something that the character of Steven Rogers stated that made me think, that freedom (not peace) has a risky price tag attached to it. I believe he is correct, and based on what globally is occurring in many countries I would also state that several people would agree with me as well. Something to consider, and these aren't really complex or even basic freedoms, they're the small ones, the ones people often take for granted. Government bureaucracy (red tape) restricts freedom, as do laws, rules, and regulations; another thing to consider when you go to the polls and vote for your government (state, local, and federal). Sometimes in a democracy freedom slips away so subtly that no one even notices. Kind of makes you wander if there is a type of "Hydra" like organization in governments across the world (not conspiracy like of course) but more so like the underlying philosophy; a small group of people or a singular individual believes that they know what's right for everyone, and will impose that will on everyone for their own good since they don't know any better. If you think about it there is historical precedence for it.

Inside Out trailer (the new Pixar film, and it looks quite promising)

Sebastian Stan on the "Winter Soldier"