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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

To My Anti-Muslim Friends

I am tired of listening to you say Muslims are terrorists and violent.

I don't know much about Muslim theology or the Koran, but I do know enough about Christian history to say we're treading hypocritical ground when we take pieces of it to "prove" Islam is inherently violent. (See here for more perspective.)

Lots of people calling themselves Christian have exploited that image and the issues surrounding it for political and personal gain (such as a large number of American politicians and rich preachers making money off donations) or as an excuse for violence and other discrimination against women and minorities.

You're probably thinking "But those aren't true Christians." First, we still have a responsibility to do something about them. Secondly, why do we get to brush our extremists off as not our problem but Muslims don't? Especially when, as a direct result of the fear and hatred of Muslims, they are being harassed, assaulted, and killed.

It's cliché to quote the Bible verses about the branch in one's eye, but it's still appropriate.

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
-Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV)

So Christians, please show us you are better than this.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Monday Madness:Just Checking In

Hello everyone. Hope you had a good December.

While the family was not feeling particularly festive, we still had a nice holiday, as well as a steak dinner. And I continued my tradition of being sick on Christmas. The good news is I'm feeling better today and I could be over it by New Year's.

Current blog plans are to do a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule at minimum, maybe more often if I feel up to it. Also got a new type of review I want to try out so I can express some strong opinions about the free TV episodes I get off Google Play.

In the mean time, enjoy what remains of 2015.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Thanksgiving

It being Thanksgiving in the U.S., I'm posting this a day early.

First, I'm grateful for this very blog-hop and Lexa Cain for maintaining it. You guys have been encouraging, especially during the weeks when I haven't been doing well.

Second, I love the internet. I can talk to people from around the world on everything from theology to movies to racism to writing or I can find resources on subjects I never would have known about otherwise. It is just plain amazing.

Now for the stuff that's specific to this week.

  • My brother has recently realized he's asexual. So far, our other family members have been ok with it.
  • I've been following the #4thPrecinctShutdown protest in Minneapolis, and so far, no one has been killed despite being shot at.
  • For the first time in a while, I went to my local library and used bookstore. I was looking for craft books, and I found plenty.

Have a good weekend and a happy Thanksgiving.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

IWSG:Another Bad Half-Month

Back for another round of sharing our problems.

The end of October was much like the end of August for me, in that a lot of negative things happened. A death in the family, being stuck hours away from home and not getting back until nearly midnight (which happened two weekends in a row), sudden feelings of depression and wanting to be alone, and freaking cramps have been making things difficult. In short, I've been too busy, sick, or depressed to write, plus I've been avoiding most social media for days.

So the next few days (or maybe weeks) will be spent trying to catch up on writing and visiting people. And watching TV, because it makes me feel better and the Hulu episodes are going to expire soon.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Monday, October 26, 2015

A List Of Lists (The Listing Fest entry)

Well, I couldn't pick any one list to post, so instead, here are some that I've got stashed away that are waiting to be added to.

  1. Reasons I wonder why the world as we know it hasn't ended
  2. Things I care about more than I want to
  3. Songs I would sing/write if I ever formed a band
  4. Story ideas based on particular songs and albums
  5. Bible verses as fiction-writing prompts
  6. Names that would work for superheroes or villains

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

My September Trip

Well, it's been a month, but I finally finished writing about the trip I took back in September.

A trio that consisted of me, my mom, and one other relative went to stay with our cousin for a few days. The drive took six hours. Mom was behind the wheel the whole time while I was in the back seat handling snacks.

Day one was hanging around the house getting used to things. I met the dogs, claimed the bed the computer room, and found out the bathroom sink was designed for someone shorter than me, because I had to bend over or squat to reach the faucet.

I also got to sleep with the one-year old dog April jumping in and out of the bed all night (more on her in a bit).

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Movie Review:Despicable Me 2

Premise:A crime fighting organization finds the retired villain and gets him to search for another villain threatening the world.

Cast:Steve Carrell as Gru, Kristen Wiig as Lucy Wilde, Miranda Cosgrove as Margo, Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario, Benjamin Bratt as Eduardo Pérez, Moises Arias as Antonio, Ken Jeong as Floyd Eagle-san, Dana Gaier as Edith, Elsie Fisher as Agnes, Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom, Nasim Pedrad as Jillian

Directors:Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud

MPAA Rating:PG for rude humor and mild action

Genres:Animation, action comedy

Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards. Updated 12/29/2016 to add some additional points.

Pros:Gru. Good slapstick. Decent antagonist.

Cons:Annoying love interest. Too many innuendos.

Gru may have retired from the villain business a while back, but he still has insight that most would not. So, when someone steals a serum that makes users practically invincible and looking like a Sesame Street monster, the Anti-Villain League wants his expertise.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

IWSG:Stress & Mess


I'm kind of glad August is over, because the last couple weeks have been a little rough. One of the dogs died, we're moving furniture around which means misplaced crap all over until we get something figured out, I got trapped in a car with a friend who seems to like talking about subjects like the coming apocalypse, blah blah blah excuses blah blah blah life blah blah blah. I write so fricking slow. But for the most part, it's going fine in that area.

I just hope nothing too big or exasperating happens in for at least a couple of weeks.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Monday, August 31, 2015

That Annoying Rug

Well, I'm feeling generally stressed and I haven't done a good rant in a while. Let's vent a little frustration.

So we've been doing some redecorating in the living room, moving stuff around and buying new decor.

And then this rug came in yesterday.

Well, maybe not a rug per se. It's made out of a straw-like material, and would be perfectly fine for the patio (where most of us would be wearing shoes while walking on it). However, it is not out on the patio, it is in the middle of the living room floor. Being hard and rough, it's uncomfortable to walk on barefoot. And when the weather gets cold, I doubt it will be kind to my socks.

I'm sure they will be more discussion about this later on, but given what was said today, I fear I may have been outvoted.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Fall's On The Way

I'm glad this week has been calm for the most part.

  • After months of waiting and shots, the vet has finally cleared Rocket to go out. He's still adjusting to being out and about (as well as being around people and other dogs), but we'll get there in time.
  • Nice hot showers.
  • That the weekend is just around the corner.
  • Finally saw Man Of Steel and liked more than I expected to.

How are things on your end?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Movie Review For Paul Blart:Mall Cop

Premise:A socially awkward security guard at a mall is the only one left inside to save hostages from a gang of crooks.

Cast:Kevin James as Paul Blart, Jayma Mays as Amy, Raini Rodriguez as Maya Blart, Keir O'Donnell as Veck Sims, Bobby Cannavale as Commander James Kent, Shirley Knight as Paul's mom, Stephen Rannazzisi as Stuart, full cast can be found here.

Director:Steve Carr

MPAA Rating:PG for some violence, mild crude and suggestive humor, and language


Notes:Poster taken from IMDB. Updated 12/29/2016 to add more notes about the content problems.

Pros:Decent protagonist. Some funny moments. The soundtrack.

Cons:Bad acting. Glorifies stalking. One obnoxious character. Clunky exposition. Small things that don't make sense.

Paul Blart is not doing so well. He failed to become a cop like he wanted, people love to mock him, and he has yet to find a girlfriend (though that new saleswoman is pretty cute).

Friday, August 21, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:All Things Considered...

I'm still feeling a little off-balance after our dog died earlier this week. But there have still been things about this week

  • got some pictures of her a few months prior.
  • Rocket, our surviving pet. He has made it a little easier to deal with, and helps the food and treats still left not to go to waste.
  • And I'm happy for the people who have taken the time to leave constructive comments here this week.
  • Mass Effect 2  for improving after the first part of the story. I wasn't exactly into it at first, but it had gotten much more interesting.
  • That the fall TV season is almost here.
  • Autumn itself not being too far away. But we still have a while before Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Finally, we've been rearranging furniture in the living room. In the process, we've cleared out a lot of dust and some movies we no longer want.

How are things on your end?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sad News

Earlier today, our dog Poochie died.

I don't think I'll have much to say for the rest of the week.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

On Target, Toys, & Gender

This post has more links than usual, so it might take a while to get through them all.

So in (the unlikely) case you haven't heard, there has been a storm of debate over gender and whether or not society is about to collapse because of godless heathens. This reached a new point sometime after a mom tweeted about her disappointment with Target's "building sets" versus "girls' building sets". And now, the powers that be at Target have decided that they will no longer label toys according to gender. Many Christians are outraged over this decision to the point that they have declared Target has lost a customer.

And if you ask me, how upset people are over this is just plain ridiculous. It's not like we've suddenly been commanded to ignore gender altogether. We've just seen strict, arbitrary definitions of what it means grow less powerful.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Things I've Learned Because Of Blogging

Today, this blog turns two years old. And ever since I started it, I've been learning.

Copyright law

The nuances of fair use took a while to figure out, but thanks to Creative Commons and websites of public domain pictures, things have gone well.

Being a writer
Not only have I done a lot more writing both on and offline in the past couple years, I've also connected with a lot of authors. Thank you for giving me a clue about what I can expect.

Social media
There are at least four different social platforms I've joined specifically to help with my posts. And most of them have become fun for me even outside of blogging.

So if you're a blogger, what have you learned because of it?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:So It's August Now

I finally remembered to post for this hop! That's a start.

  • Music. And one album turning out better than I thought it would.
  • Getting a good score in a video game that I've been trying to get for a while.
  • I uploaded a bunch of files to Google Drive because I got paranoid about not backing things up. And I'm still way under the free storage limit.
  • Blessed alone time.
  • We had peach pie for dessert last night. I should see if there's any left.

How are things on your end?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

IWSG:Feeling Fine, Actually

Good news:I'm not feeling insecure about my writing at the moment. I've actually been more productive in the last month, with my main focus on developing a medieval world (and I found a cool site about castles in the process.) So I'm going to be working on that some more, and enjoying the weird things my brain comes up with.

So for the most part, I'm doing all right, and I'm happy about that.
Credit:Krabat der Zauberlehrling at Wikimedia Commons

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Thank God It's Friday

I'm happy it's Friday.

  • I finally deleted my Facebook account.
  • The dogs are starting to get along better. They're hardly best of friends, but we can put them in the same room without it turning into a biting/barking match.
  • Once again, Plants Vs. Zombies. I have been this game an awful lot recently. Minesweeper too.
  • Adventure Time's fifth season is on DVD.
  • Good food, specifically shrimp quesadillas and cotton candy ice cream.

How are things on your end?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Friday Comes Fast

Wow, that week didn't last long.

  • I finally started to delete parts of my Facebook account and announce to my friends that I'm leaving it site soon. I should finish that either today or over the weekend.
  • The house is slightly cleaner (and less dusty) than it was, and I utilized extra storage space in my bedroom. Still more work to do, but we're off to a good start.
  • Got a handful of old pictures scanned and put on the computer.
  • Free TV episodes on Google Play. Not everything has been good, but I found one series that I liked.
  • Read some good blogs and articles, in part thanks to Patheos.
  • I'm finally doing better about visiting other blogs during these hops.

How are things on your end?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Movie Review:All Creatures Big And Small

Premise:Two young animals separated from Noah's ark try to survive as the flood encroaches on the land.

Cast:Callum Maloney as Finny, Ava Connolly as Leah, Dermot Magennis as Dave and Mr. Griffin, Amy Grant as Hazel, Martin Sheen as the lion, Paul Tylak as Obesey, Chris Evans (not that one) as Stayput, Aileen Mythen as Mrs. Griffin

Directors:Toby Genkel and Sean McCormack

MPAA Rating:G


Notes:May also be titled God's Little Creatures. Poster taken from AMC Theatres.

Pros:Good animation. Different spin on the story of Noah's ark.

Cons:Some bad characters and acting. Story has been done before. A forced lesson with no bearing on the plot.

What if an animal supposed to be onboard Noah's ark got left behind? This is the dilemma of Finny the nestrian (a colorful, fur-covered creature that's constantly migrating) and Leah the grymp (a grouchy mammal resembling a combination between a cat and a small dog). Meanwhile, Finny's panicking father and Leah's angry mother are trying to get past the unhelpful crew to find their lost kids.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:July

Here is a reminder that you survived the week.

  • First, I love movies.
  • Despite some idiots in our neighborhood, the 4th of July wasn't too bad.
  • Junk food (specifically the sugary kind). Even though it's bad for me.
  • I'm back to getting enough sleep after keeping an eye on the cute-but-obnoxious dog (who likes to get up much earlier than I do).
  • Comfy clothes too.
  • And making this list much longer than I was expecting.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Notes From My Roomates

The people I live with are a strange bunch indeed, as evidenced by a couple of messages left in the past week.

On the microwave

"Do Not Use
making scary noises w/lights + stuff"

On the computer when I woke up

"Went shoppping. Be back later. Poochie is in charge."

Poochie being our 14-year-old mutt.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Time For July

We have made it another week.

  • Making it this far.
  • One of my cousin's kids had a birthday party over the weekend (and there was a waterslide). I didn't stay long, but it was fairly good.
  • Caffeine. Not that good for me, but it keeps me going.
  • A few nights off of krav maga. I like it, but a break is nice.
  • PopCap Games for making Peggle and Plants Vs. Zombies.

How's it going on your end?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Movie Review For Terminator:Salvation

Premise:In the war between humanity and a robot army, a convicted criminal plays a crucial role in humanity's future.

Cast:Sam Worthington as Marcus Wright, Christian Bale as John Connor, Moon Bloodgood as Blair Williams Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese, Bryce Dallas Howard as Kate Connor, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Serena Kogan, Jadagrace as Star, Common as Barnes, Michael Ironside as General Ashdown


MPAA Rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and language

Genres:Action, sci-fi, war

Notes:The fourth film in the Terminator franchise. Poster taken from IMP Awards.

Pros:A couple of awesome moments.

Cons:It's just plain boring. Bad acting. Uninteresting characters. A plot hole.

Judgement Day has happened, and what are we to do with what's left? (Note to movie makers:Do not spoil the most interesting part of your movie in the trailer.)

The descriptions I gave may sound dull. The movie really isn't any better. The action scenes felt ripped off from the film's own predecessors or Transformers. More problematically, I felt almost no connection to the characters. Kyle Reese was okay, but how did Skynet know about him? Where would there have been records of him? The famed John Connor (getting an over-dramatic performance from Christian Bale) was far better when he didn't appear onscreen. Newcomer Marcus Wright might have had a shot at salvaging things if they had made him the main character instead of splitting the focus between him and John. As is, I barely care about him or can make sense of how he thinks and acts. And finally, there's the general guy whose only purpose is to make cold decisions for our heroes to defy.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

IWSG:July 1st

Honestly, I don't know what to say this month. A lot of the stress I've been dealing with recently is related more to jobs, pets, and sleep than to writing.
I need to go to bed earlier.

At this point, I'm not certain how the future will go. Where I'll be in a few months, how my time will be divided, whether I'll have gotten any better at managing it (ha).

On the bright side, the rest of this week looks as though it should be pretty mellow, so that'll give me some time to get a few things sorted out.

How are things going on your end?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:June's Almost Over

Another week, and more small celebrations.

  • We took our chihuahua Rocket to the vet on Tuesday, and he turned out to be mostly healthy. He still has some minor problems, but nothing life-threatening. Oh, and he's still young enough to qualify for a puppy plan (which is a package for vaccinations and similar stuff that costs less than all the pieces would separately).
  • One of my friends has a job for two weeks. It might not be much, but it's still great he's getting work.

How are things going on your end?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Movie Review For Terminator 3:Rise Of The Machines

Premise:Yet another robotic killer is sent to kill people who are destined to fight machines in the future.

Cast:Nick Stahl as John Connor, Claire Danes as Kate Brewster, Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800, Kristanna Loken as the T-X, David Andrews as Robert Brewster

Director:Jonathan Mostow

MPAA Rating:R for strong sci-fi violence and action, and for language and brief nudity

Genres:Action, sci-fi/fantasy

Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards.

Pros:Schwarzenegger's character. Decent ending.

Cons:Bland acting and characters. Rehashes the plot of the first two movies. Mediocre villain. Contradicts what was set up in the last movie.

You know the drill:In the future, the machines take over while John Connor and his human army fight back. So Skynet, the big computer program in charge, sends a specialized assassin to the past to kill someone who will be important to the resistance. We've been through this before.

As you can see, the plot doesn't cover much new ground. If you've seen the first two movies, you've already got a basic idea of how most of it will turn out.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Post A To Z Road Trip/Why I Hate Touchscreen

I've been pretty bad about visiting and commenting on other blogs lately, but I'm hoping to improve that starting this week.

And now for the two main reasons I hate using touchscreen devices.

Half the time, I accidentally click something I didn't want to.
Then it's a bunch of hitting the back button.

It takes a lot longer to type anything.
I don't mind making quick notes or edits on blog posts, but for serious writing? No.

So how has the A to Z Road Trip been for you? And what's you opinion of touchscreen?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Movie Review For Terminator 2:Judgement Day

Premise:A new cyber assassin is sent to the past to eliminate (currently 13-year-old) future leader of the resistance.

Cast:Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, Edward Furlong as John Connor, Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, Robert Patrick as the T-1000, Earl Boen as Dr. Silberman, Joe Morton as Miles Dyson

Director:James Cameron

MPAA Rating:R for strong sci-fi action and violence, and for language


Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards.

Pros:Good villain. Decent early plot twist. Some good action scenes.

Cons:Unlikable protagonists. Starts the franchise's time travel inconsistency. Had me asking questions about the Terminators' actions.

The first attempt to eliminate John Connor may have failed, but Skynet's not about to stop trying to end its worst enemy.

So given my love of the first movie and the popularity of this sequel, you might think this is going to be a positive review. Good guess, but no.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:June 19, 2015

Is it just me, or do Fridays seem to be arriving faster?

Not much is new for me. But over the week, I found some interesting links that I want to share.
Visitors answer questions on whatever topic they choose (the default is English vocabulary), and the advertising revenue is used to buy rice for hungry people.

Oh Baby! Names
Not only does it tell you the meaning, popularity, and origin of the names, but it also gives you trivia about well-known people or characters who have that name.

Word Counter
Should come in handy.

Break Movies
Part of a larger website, this offers free movies to watch online. I haven't gotten a chance to watch any yet, but since it doesn't seem to make a fuss about mobile devices, it should make a good alternative to Hulu for me.

Also found a set of pretty cool social media icons for authors for 27 different sites.

So how is your week going?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Why I'm Worried About Marvel's Civil War Movie

I've thought about Civil War and the whole superhero registration issue, and I realized that this movie may not come out well.

First, they're setting up an event large enough to create a major split among teammates whom we've seen stick together through alien invasions, genocidal relatives, and evil robot armies. So unless they decide to have this affect future films, there's a good chance it'll come off as rushed.

And according to an article on Marvel's website, they also plan to include "a new and nefarious villain" that the heroes must defeat. That same article contains a rather long list of characters that includes most of the current Avengers, as well as Bucky Barnes, Ant-Man, Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, Sharon Carter, Black Panther, Thaddeus Ross, and more. Several of these characters have arcs that still haven't played out yet, meaning the movie will be packed full (remember what happened with Age Of Ultron?). Forget two hours, I'd give it three to handle all of them. (Also, if it's about most of the Avengers team and superheroes in general, why isn't it called Avengers:Civil War?)

So how do think Civil War will turn out?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Wait, It's Friday?

Last weekend, I got my first blogging award. (Thanks, Eva.) Other than that, most of what I'm thinking of this week is basic stuff.

First, let us celebrate fans and air conditioning, for summer is upon us.

Monday, June 08, 2015

I Have Received The Encouraging Thunder Reward

Eva Solar over at My Miracle Life was kind enough to give me the Encouraging Thunder Award.

This is what the award's creator had to say.

What you can do with Encouraging Thunder award?
Post it on your blog.
Grant other bloggers with the award.

What you can’t do with Encouraging Thunder award?
Abuse or misuse the logo.
Claim that it’s your own handmade logo.

What you should do after receiving Encouraging Thunder award:
Enjoy the award.
At least gives thanks via comments and likes and or mentioning the blog who give the award.
Mention your purpose in blogging.

Most of the people I would think to nominate were already mentioned in Eva's post. My one nominee for this award is Storm Lantern at Clothed With Thunder. So far, he's my only blogging friend I also know face-to-face. He posts mainly about My Little Pony:Friendship Is Magic  and music he likes.

And since it said to mention my purpose, I'm out here to do two things:Vent my emotions, and talk about what's on my mind (whether it's a rant about obnoxious people or thoughts on a movie). And if you're reading, thank you for listening and chatting with me.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:June Has Arrived

First, I managed to get a higher quality version of the icon.

Last week, we found a chihuahua we suspect was abandoned, since  we haven't seen any sign that there's someone looking for him (no lost posters or notices, and none of the neighbors down the street recognized him).

We've started calling him Rocket (and considering how fast he moves when he sees someone he likes come nearby, it suits him). And so far, he has adapted to his new home rather well.

The biggest thing we have left to do is get him and Poochie to play nice.

Well, that's it for me. Hope you get a good weekend.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

IWSG:June 2015

Another month has managed to go by.

I worry I'm not cut out for writing or very good at it, put it off without any good reason, and can't seem to stay focused on one project for very long. But I want to keep writing. Even if I never make money from it or if it's just for me, I want to keep doing it.

What motivates you to write?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:End Of May

I can't believe it's already Friday again. Anyway.

Yesterday evening, a couple of my roommates came across a lost dog and brought him inside.

We have yet to find his owner, but at least he's better off that he would have been spending all night on the street. We'll keep looking for a few days or until we find who he belongs to. In the meantime, he's adorable.

And for the small things I'm happy about:

  • New music. Always cool.
  • Been re-reading a comic I like.
  • I get peace and quiet for a couple of days. *internally throws a party*

What are you celebrating this week?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Perking Up A Bit

I am feeling somewhat more optimistic this week than I did last week.

  • My cold or sinus infection or whatever it was is long gone.
  • A family member I don't see much stopped by to visit.
  • Chocolate. That is all.

What has be going well for you recently?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Movie I Might Watch This Summer

I'll have to read some of the reviews first, but I'll pay special attention to these.

Not quite sure about this one, but I'll likely give it a shot.

The trailer was entertaining, so we'll see.

What can I say? I love superheros.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Because I Am Afraid

Why do I hide
At the first sign of difficultly?

Why do I want
To stay far away from it all?

Why do I shut out
All that I don't want to hear?

Because I am afraid
Of being hurt, losing hope
Of being torn apart

What can one do
To feel bolder?
To be happy?

I wish I could tell you
I wish I was stronger
Lord help me be strong

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Movie Review:The Terminator

Alien was my other choice.

Premise:A cyborg assassin is sent back in time to kill the mother of the man destined to lead the resistance.

Cast:Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, Michael Bien as Kyle Reese, Bess Motta as Ginger Ventura, Paul Winfield as Lieutenant Ed Traxlar, Lance Henriksen as Hal Vukovich

Director:James Cameron

MPAA Rating:R

Genres:Action, sci-fi/fantasy

Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards.

Pros:Good villain. Frightening concept.

Cons:A plot hole. The guardian.

It has been a hard week. Obnoxious customers, no luck with your love life, and there's an assassin from the future is hunting you. What are you going to do?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Album Review:The Blessed Unrest

Artist:Sara Bareilles

Songwriters and composers:Mike Anderson, Jack Antonoff, Sara Bareilles, Pete Harper, Jason Blynn, Matt Hales


Notes:Album art taken from the official site.

General thoughts:Yes, her again.

There's plenty of variety in sound. Some songs are exactly what you'd hear on a pop radio station, some are a little too slow for that, and some fall in between. Several songs can be called inspirational, encouraging listeners to be brave and live their lives more fully.

There's also a lot of relationship talk from happiness to break-ups. You can also get exclusive tracks if you buy it on iTunes or get the Target deluxe.

Overall, it was good and worth a listen.

Meet Poochie

Took these a couple weeks ago.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Movie Review:Ice Age

Premise:A gruff mammoth, a clumsy sloth, and a scheming tiger travel to return a human baby to his family.

Cast:Ray Romano as Manfred/Manny, John Leguizamo as Sid, Denis Leary as Diego, Chris Wedge as Scrat, Goran Visnjic as Soto, full cast can be found here.

Directors:Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha

MPAA Rating:PG for mild peril

Genres:Animation, dramedy

Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards and screenshots from Rotten Tomatoes. Updated 12/29/2016 to censor ableist language.

Pros:Good protagonists. Funny moments.

Cons:Gross jokes. Small things that don't make sense or feel random.

This movie is half the weird stuff that happens on the journey and half scheming tigers.

Thoughts, Theories, & Trivia For Avengers:Age Of Ultron

Source:IMP Awards

My review is here.

  • Whatever method the Red Room used to sterilize its assassins likely would have also put an end to their menstrual cycles. Given the inconvenience and physical discomfort involved, that is not something you'd want your super spies/assassins dealing with.

  • What was up with the lullaby thing? Was Natasha hitting pressure points to calm Hulk down?

Spoilers follow