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Friday, September 26, 2014

Beyond Help

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Have you ever seen someone struggling or in pain and had no idea how you were supposed to help them?

It's not a "just make it through the day and you'll come out fine" type of thing. We're talking serious issues that can't be resolved with a hug and a vacation. Things like abuse, thoughts of suicide, and more.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Album Review:Lindsey Stirling

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Artist:Lindsey Stirling

Songwriters:Lindsey Stirling

Genres:Classical, dub-step

General thoughts:I'm not unfamiliar with musicians who are kind of out there in their style (Owl City anyone?). And not too long ago, another artist has joined that list.

Her music makes you want to tap your foot, or dance. It has violin, technical blips, and stuff that makes you want to move to the music. What I can tell you is that you have never heard anything else quite like it.

Overall, I liked it and would say give it a listen. And I would recommend buying the Target exclusive version because it comes with the deluxe edition tracks and a cover of "My Immortal".

Age 18 Vs. Age 21

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Someone I know is about to hit legal drinking age, and his mom said they need to think of something special to celebrate this because it's a big deal. But I have to ask, why is turning 21 a bigger deal than turning 18?

Let's take a look at what can legally happen in America once you hit these ages.

At 18, you can
  • vote.
  • have sex with people 18 or older.
  • buy someone under 18 an R-rated movie or M-rated game.
  • smoke tobacco.
  • get married (I realize you can married before that in some cases, but not every state allows minors to marry).
  • get kicked out of the house because your parents aren't legally responsible for you anymore.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia:Frozen

Image credit:Hidanbasher's DeviantArt

Yeah, I know I posted the review months ago. But I had some good ideas for this.



  • I think Anna must have read a lot of fairytales as a kid. It would certainly explain why she thinks love happens overnight.

  • Have you noticed how half the songs in the movie either reference "Let It Go" or make it sound like Elsa's singing a deleted line from that song?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Movie Review:Avatar


Premise:In the future, scientists and soldiers explore a dangerous but beautiful planet populated by Native American-like aliens.

Cast:
Sam Worthington as Jake Sully, Zoe Saldana as Neytiri, Stephen Lang as Colonel Miles Quaritch, Joel David Moore as Dr. Norm Spellman, Sigourney Weaver as Dr. Grace Augustine, Michelle Rodriguez as Trudy Chacón, Giovanni Ribisi as Parker Selfridge, Wes Studi as Eytukan, C.C.H. as Mo'at

Director:
James Cameron

MPAA Rating:
PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language, and some smoking

Genres:
Action/adventure, sci-fi/fantasy

Notes:
Poster taken from IMP Awards.

Pros:
Gorgeous visuals.

Cons:
The characters. It's not at all subtle. The one-dimensional villains. The plot.


Imagine being sent on a mission to replace your dead twin brother. Imagine that for the first time in years, you could use your legs. Imagine being on a gorgeous planet where everything tries to kill you.

One thing that was highly praised are the visuals. And they live up to the hype. The aliens, the animals, the jungle, it's all stunning. Unfortunately, as great as they are, they don't make up for the film's flaws.

Studies

I haven't gotten anything good for you today, so here's a journal entry of sorts I finished at the last minute.

I've found a Bible study. It's run by the same organization as the one I was going to the last few years. But the way they go about things isn't quite the same.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Album Review:Between The Fence And The Universe EP

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Artist:Kevin Max

Songwriters:Kevin Max, Erick Cole, Jason Gamer, Cary Barlowe, Leonard Cohen

Genres:Christian rock, pop

General thoughts:Admittedly, I haven't listened to a whole lot of Kevin Max's music. I've heard some dc Talk, but that isn't even close to the type of music he has to offer here. That's mostly hip-hop/rap. This is more pop/rock.

But you're no doubt wondering, is it any good? I would say, yeah. There's aggressive rock, hopeful tracks about living in a messed-up world, and sad pop songs about broken relationships.

Overall, if you find it for a good price, I would pick it up. Or just buy the first few songs.

Crying At Movies

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I don't really cry at movies. I don't cry much in general to be honest, unless I'm really mad or someone I know died. Nothing against those who do cry at movies. But don't take this to mean I don't care what happens to the characters at all. The fact that I'm not tearing up doesn't mean it isn't sad. And please don't say stuff like "If you didn't cry at this part, you have no soul." It's insulting.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Religion Vs. Relationship

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I need a personal relationship with God.

It's something Christians say a lot. But it's one of those things that you know in your mind, but sometimes you need a little extra time to process it in your heart.

Album Review:Two Lefts Don't Make A Right...But Three Do

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Artist:Relient K

Songwriters:Matt Thiessen

Genres:Christian rock, punk

General thoughts:Still in their early stages, the band offers lots of silly and some seriousness. Each album up to and including Forget And Not Slow Down seems to be an improvement on the last.

This will probably appeal to teens and twenty-somethings the most, with the only semi-serious nature of many songs and the references to college and other problems faced by the above group.

Overall, definitely get it if you like Relient K.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Movie Review:Batman Begins

Premise:A vigilante fights against criminals and his former allies destroying his city.

Cast:Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes, Liam Neeson as Henri Ducard, Michael Caine as Alfred, Cillian Murphy as Dr. Jonathan Crane, Gary Oldman as James Gordon, Tom Wilkinson as Carmine Falcone, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Linus Roache as Thomas Wayne, Sara Stewart as Martha Wayne, Richard Brake as Joe Chill

Director:Christopher Nolan

MPAA Rating:PG-13 for intense action violence, disturbing images, and some thematic elements

Genres:Action, sci-fi

Notes:The first movies in the Dark Knight trilogy. Pictures taken from IMP Awards and Rotten Tomatoes belongs to Warner Brothers.

Pros:The villains are awesome. Avoids falling into cheesiness.

Cons:Some plot holes.


What do you do when a messed-up rich kid decides to disappear? More importantly, how do you handle it when he suddenly comes back - after 7 years?

Friday, September 05, 2014

Album Review:The Anatomy Of The Tongue In Cheek

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Artist:Relient K

Songwriters:Matthew Thiessen, Matthew Hoopes

Genres:Christian rock, punk

General thoughts:With their last album being mostly silly with a little bit of seriousness, this one has a better balance between the two. Both kinds of songs vary in quality. Lyrically, it's clear the band is still growing up, making this feel aimed mainly at teens and preteens.

The short tracks aren't much to speak of and can be skipped with little consequence.

Overall, if you like Relient K, check it out.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Album Review:Beauty From Pain

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Artist:Superchick

Songwriters:
Melissa Brock, Tricia Brock, Matt Dally, Brandon Estelle, Dave Ghazarian, Max Hsu, Toby McKeehan

Genres:
Pop, Christian rock

General thoughts:I've noticed most of the Christian artists I listen to are male. Nothing against them or guys; I just think it would be nice if I could find some Christian ladies who are also good musicians. There are a few gender-specific songs, but luckily most of it can be applied to both guys and girls. Nothing against songs like that; it's just that I don't want a band (particularly one that's female-fronted) to sing only those kind of songs.

So what do they sing about? A mix of encouragement, pain, and hope. Some is aggressive in its style, other bits are calmer, some are a mix of the two.

Overall, while it's not perfect, I did enjoy it and would recommend it.

IWSG:Planning Ahead



Ladies and gentleman, it is once again time to discuss my neurotic fears related to my writing. One of my problems is not knowing what in the world to write next and organizing the stuff I have written.

What complaint have I been having? What movie review does my site need? What fan couple should I post about this week? And so forth. Even if I've got stuff planned well in advance, my brain hates if I'm not working on the next thing. And if I haven't made a back-up for everything that's coming up this week.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Thoughts, Theories, & Triva:Portal 2

Image credit:André Karwath at Wikimedia Commons

And here's the review.

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties due to circumstances of potentially apocalyptic significance beyond our control.
-Who can control the apocalypse?



  • This game contains only two references to cake. Apparently, the makers got tired of cake jokes.


Can you see the portal gun? Also, are you alive?
-Thank you, Wheatley.


  • Chell doesn't talk to Wheatley possibly because she has no way of knowing he's not working for GLaDOS. Or maybe she's so used to not talking by then.


They're the pale, round things that are full of bullets. Oh, wait. That's you in five seconds.
-Oh, how fun.


  • One achievement tells you to not solve the first test in Chapter 8. Actually, it's not the first one you need to refuse to solve; it's the second one. Just avoid solving it for a minute or so.

Game Review:Portal 2

Premise:Chell is forced to once again solve puzzles to satisfy an evil A.I.

Cast:Ellen McLain as GLaDOS, the working turrets and Caroline, Stephen Merchant as Wheatley, J.K. Simmons as Cave Johnson, Dee Bradley Baker as robots

Available on:PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3

ESRB Rating:E10+ for fantasy violence and mild language

Genres:Puzzle, first-person shooter

Notes:Box art taken from Portal Wiki and belongs to Valve.

Pros:Enjoyable gameplay. Adds more sci-fi stuff to play with. Dialogue is still funny. The multiplayer.

Cons:Un-necessary language.



After escaping Aperture last time only to get dragged back in, you wake up to do some exercises. And then you go back to sleep and wake up again. This time, the room is a mess and you're informed you've been there a while. And soon, it's right back to testing.