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Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver's Travels (2010 film)

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Gulliver’s Travels is a movie that defies all logic – and has you laughing at its sheer stupidity all the way through. For those unfamiliar with Pop Culture (as the movie is abounding with references to Star Wars, Titanic, ACDC – even Jack Black singing War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!), or with a very serious disposition in watching movies… this is certainly not the film for you. Gulliver’s Travels is a comedy all the way through, avoiding anything serious or emotionally stirring.

The film is about a man named Gulliver who works in the mail room of his business. His position is the lowest of the low, and even when he gains a subordinate, they soon pass him by in position. Regardless of this fact, Gulliver seems quite happy with his life, and even finds time for a crush – the travel editor who goes by Darcy. One thing leads to another and Gulliver finds himself in a jam. He’s told Darcy he can write, but really just plagiarizes professional travel guides to impress her. Darcy falls for it, as only a comedy movie can develop, and assigns Gulliver with a writing job regarding the Bermuda Triangle. Unable to refuse, Gulliver takes the job and heads wholeheartedly out into the cruel waters of the Atlantic – find himself sucked into a dramatically over-sized vortex.

Is this the end for our hero? Hardly, this is a comedy isn’t it? Gulliver wakes up unharmed (though we can’t say the same for his boat) and bound in mini-rope, surrounded by mini-people (the lilliputians).  At first, the people of Lilliput look upon Gulliver as a beast – but when he defends their land from the rival nation of Blefuscu, and rescues their princess, their attitude soon changes – even to the point of constructing a modern beach house to his exact specifications. Yet the good life, especially the good life based upon a lie, can only last so long, and Gulliver is soon defeated by a giant mech (built from the instructions in a magazine he was carrying) and forced to reveal he is not President of his country, there is no Vice President Yoda, nor Millennium Falcon. Even worse, Darcy has come (after a variety of additional plot details are fulfilled) only to be captured as Gulliver had. Will Gulliver ever have a chance of redeeming himself? Or is this simply a Comedy film that is bound to end happy – in some odd, unreal way? Let’s go with that.

Gulliver’s Travels is certainly not an obscene or vulgar film (unlike many modern comedies), there’s a few inappropriate references, but hardly enough to gain it a rating greater than PG.

It’s a, literally, movie of epic proportions. For entertainment and comedic purposes only.

Gmail: “Call Phone” Feature

Ever notice how Google is rapidly expanding?They’re continuously developing more and more features, competing in the market like never before.

Now they have the “Call Phone” feature.

It’s a feature that has been around awhile, though news on it has been updating, such as this December 20th post on The Official Gmail Blog,

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“When we launched calling in Gmail back in August, we wanted it to be easy and affordable, so we made calls to the U.S. and Canada free for the rest of 2010. In the spirit of holiday giving and to help people keep in touch in the new year, we’re extending free calling for all of 2011.

In case you haven’t tried it yet, dialing a phone number works just like a regular phone. Look for “Call phone” at the top of your Gmail chat list and dial a number or enter a contact’s name.”

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It’s certainly a useful feature – free calling on your computer (until they instate the charges) with an additional ten cents credit free if you want to call outside the States or Canada.

Now to get to the point – what’s so special about the Call Phone feature that will attract suitable market interest?

With all it’s upsides, there’s also some con’s to consider. No matter where you call from, any outgoing calls are identified as coming from  Escondido, California, without any unique phone number. This proves to be fairly ineffective, and may confuse the caller’s contacts. Incoming calls are also impossible.

I’m interest in seeing how this develops.

In other news, look forward to those upcoming reviews – with a literary focus this week (along with some video game related talk, and perhaps music reviews fit in somewhere), in exception to the upcoming Gulliver’s Travels review.

Birch Beer: Soft Drink Review

Boylan's Creamy Red Birch Beer

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Upon a trip to Pennsylvania I discovered an old fashioned drink called Birch Beer, created from the bark of the birch tree, which may be found all over wooded areas of the state. It’s non-alcoholic and somewhat  resembles root-beer in taste, with exception to the typical crimson-red tinge. There are vast varieties of Birch Beer, found all over the United States, and ranging in taste.

Next up on Adventure Writer: More reviews! Hopefully I’ll have Gulliver’s Travels up soon – and after it, another barrage of posts to keep up on the Post-A-Day 2011 challenge.

Thanks for reading!