Monthly Archives: November 2010

Firebreather

Firebreather (film)

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Firebreather is a Cartoon Network Original Film, released this week.

It’s the typical teenage life-struggle story of a High School boy named Duncan. There’s bullying, girls, fitting in… and the fact that he’s half Kaiju, a sort of dragon-like beast. This makes for an action-packed movie – filled with typical school life, soul-searching, and plenty of epic Kaiju battle sequences. If you’re the Godzilla-type, this is for you!

The movie’s plot was not one of vast complexities… rather it contained the usual character development, and quick plot resolutions characteristic of a 67-minute, Cartoon Network-premiere film. Not to say it’s a bad thing – it all depends on what your cup of tea is.

Despicable Me

Despicable Me

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Despicable Me is a new animated film produced by Universal Studios. It’s about a super villain named Gru who, due to being denied money from the Bank of Evil, must come up with a dastardly plan of mass-proportions… and he certainly has. With his heart set on stealing the moon and proving himself as the greatest evil villain of all time, will Gru achieve his goal? Or will three little orphan girls get in his way?

Despicable Me is certainly a movie for the whole family – filled with heart-warming moments, a dash of Shrek-level toilet humor, and loads of laughs. For those seeking a moralistic film, this movie has a little bit of that too. Teaching the importance of family, friendship, and achieving your dreams. It’s an imaginative adventure that will not fail to please.

The plot is simple, and follows the example of many of the family-films produced by Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, and other such companies. It doesn’t have any deep psychological meaning, complex  characters, or intense action sequences. It’s made for kids and kids-at-heart.

If you liked this movie, be sure to check out…

Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom [May 27, 2011]

Kung-Fu Panda [Available on DVD]

Megamind [In Theaters as of 11/27/2010]

How to Train Your Dragon [Available on DVD]

Toy Story 3 [In Theaters {as of 11/27} & on DVD]

WALL-E [Available on DVD]

Ratatouille [Available on DVD]

Up [Available on DVD]

Tangled [In Theaters as of 11/27/2010]

From Wikipedia: Movie Release Dates.

 

 

To Lincoln, Nebraska…!

Apparently one of the cleanest cities in the United States – who knew?

This entry of Adventure Writer features some of the photo’s I took, while there, at the Nebraska State Capitol Building.

N.S.C.B.

The Capitol Building Itself! You can almost spot the hawk... or maybe that's on the other side.

A Look From Above

A vast view of the area outside this famous building...

Stars in a Black Sky

What are these? I really have no idea.

The gallery of the justice building... of sorts.

Just look at that fine blur! That poor alignment... that jolly old flash! Capital!

Coming up next…

For the second post after this (the first will be a graphic), I’ll be posting another movie review. This one will either be for Mega Mind or Despicable Me.

Be sure to check it out!

God’s Smuggler

Cover of "God's Smuggler"

Cover of God's Smuggler

God’s Smuggler

Over 10 million copies sold, and countless distributed in 3rd World Countries,God’s Smuggler is a missionary biography that speaks for itself. It is the true life-story of Brother Andrew, who at an early age, was called out of the slums of a purposeless life into a fulfilling, walk-by-faith journey with God – leading him to become a daring missionary to places that others would never imagine going. It is truly a story that appeals to a vast range of audiences, no matter the age, around the globe. As well as being an easy read, it also has the page-by-page suspense-feel that many New York Times Bestselling thrillers are famous for.

The reader may journey into the era of communism as Andrew smuggles Bibles beyond some of the most strictly totalitarian countries’ borders – from Eastern European countries under the shroud of the Iron Curtain, to Communist China. His ministry spread wherever God took him, and his cause grew as anorganism of close-knit believers, working together for the advancement of the gospel. Andrew’s journey was one led by faith alone – in finances, family matters, even the smallest aspects of life were entrusted to God. It is amazing what can happen when you fall into the arms of your Heavenly Father, without the anxiety and distrust that the people of our world so often hold.

Picture is taken of Anne van der Bijl during a...

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Brother Andrew covers a vast plethora of religious subjects and life-matters within God’s Smuggler. He reveals a philosophy of emphasizing the positive, and never being anti-religious, or anti-philosophy toward other beliefs, but rather being pro-Christ. Enabling a person to spread the Good News without the boundaries that are often created by prejudice.

Although it’s a fairly old novel, it’s still available at book outlets on BarnesandNoble.comParable.com and Amazon.com. Great prices, and no trouble finding it brand-new. Can’t beat that.

Iron Man II

Iron Man 2

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One of the most action-packed movies of the season, Iron Man 2 is one of those Blockbuster movies that come in short quantities. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, & Mickey Rourke.

Join Tony Stark on his latest escapade – after admitting to the public his identity of Iron Man and changing the focus of his company from war to peace (allowing Hammer Industries to rise up as the main weapons developer in Iron Man 2), Stark’s life has changed … little more than what we’d seen before. Stark is still the self-absorbed womanizer that everyone knows him by, and still claims the world stage [and world peace]. Yet dark days are soon to come – Stark’s palladium cores have gone from the life-saving power source we knew them as in the first movie, to a slowly developing poison which would eventually prove fatal – making an antidote of the highest priority. But that’s not all! With new exposure to the public eye, Stark has also brought the attention of a new adversary, Ivan Vanko, who comes to be known as the son of the alleged creator of the palladium core. With time running out, and the mass-production of Iron Man suits [in the hands of his enemy] becoming a horror-filled reality, Tony Stark must find a quick solution to a complex problem.

Cover of "Iron Man (Two-Disc Special Coll...

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If you liked this movie, be sure to check out [in order of release]:

The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader [Dec. 10th, 2010]

Thor [May 6th, 2011]

Transformers III: The Dark of the Moon [July 1st, 2011]

Sherlock Holmes II [December 16th, 2011]

Iron Man Anime (G4) [2011]

The Avengers [May 4th, 2012]

Batman Begins Threequel [July 20th, 2012]

Iron Man III [May 3, 2013]

From Wikipedia: Movie Release Dates.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

Another peak at our Journal de Photo!

This time with the famous Arc de Triomphe’s near-twin (and older sibling) – the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. Built to commemorate the one and only Napoleon Bonaparte.

The Bridge of Triumph 

The Arc de Triomphe’s Older Sibling!

Bridge of Triumph - Front Shot

A frontal shot of the famous monument!




The X-Structure

The nucleus of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51). The...

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I found out about the X-Structure, located at the center of the Whirlpool Galaxy, from Louie Giglio’s sermon: Indescribable and How Great Is Our God.

Inspired by the message, I continued to use the NASA image for a variety of purposes – include my forum avatar. Then I went into graphic design with it, messing around with Paint.net, I came up with this: (using NASA’s public domain image of the X-Structure as my basis and structure)

The X-Structure

The X-Structure, artistically altered with Paint.net. Glory be to God!

Artificial Graphics aka Electronic Designs

I will now begin the posting of… artificial graphics.  Which sound quite cold and foreboding if you think about it. So we will not think about it! Instead, we will simply change the genre of these tasteful pictures into… “Electronic Designs.”

My first design (lowermost) was created with Paint.net and GIMP (and in the case of the first graphic [uppermost], Microsoft Office Picture Manager as well) . And unlike many artists, I do not use graphics from Google, and prefer to typically make them “from scratch,” or alternatively, only settling for public domain graphics if I wish  to use the colors inside the photo’s.

The Sequel to Scientific Inversion A Graphic of Dramatic Proportions! 

~The Original~

Much calmer than it's sequel... made with GIMP and Paint.net

Our last picture…

…of gigantic proportions! In other words, I’ll be posting many more pictures, but I’ll be reducing their size so they won’t take up so much space. Enjoy our last 4000 x 4000 photograph (Update: now frugally reduced to 3000 x 4000) of a bouquet of roses. (unless there’s a picture which is so amazing that it must be viewed in it’s entirety)

A Beauty

A rose by any other name... is still a rose.