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Round and Round the Rugged Roads…

…the tired biker bikes.

Today I spent a few hours biking, which is about the only chance I’ve had for a while since the weather has either been extremely hot or extremely cold. Gotta love pleasant weather when it finally comes around!

Tomorrow I hope to post my review on Soul Surfer, or alternatively those classical novel reviews I mentioned back in May.

Bon soir!

Possible Prompts

Below is a list of prompts I’ve come up with in response to today’s DailyPost topic. I’m certain many have been used before, ideas are hardly new nowadays, though these are what came off the top of my head.

Current Events Questions:
i. If you were given the chance, how would you have “solved” the dilemma of raising the debt ceiling? Would you have utilized existing legislation, or developed your own? If you developed your own, what would this legislation entail?
ii. What do you think of the Presidential Office? How has it fared over the years? Explain.
iii. Should Americans, or any member of a particular country for that matter, be required to know basic knowledge about their country and perhaps the world? For example, the basic workings of their gov’t, their type of government, how the country is organized (provincial, states, etc.). Explain.
iv. According to an industry report, 95% of online music downloads are illegal. What do you think of this figure? Should additional action be taken to protect intellectual property on the internet, or should the music industry provide music for free? Explain. Consider the artists that create the music.
[http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/jan/16/online-music-illegal-downloads] [http://hothardware.com/News/95-of-Music-Downloads-are-Illegal-IFPI/]

Other Questions:
I. What type of pages do you usually bookmark, “like,” tweet, or favorite?
II. What are the characteristics of love? Can true love really hurt?
III. What is your favorite poem? Explain.
IV. If you could be the leader of every country in the world, simultaneously, for one day, able to pass any and all legislation you desire without question, what would you do?
V. If you had the resources to make the next blockbuster film, what would it be about?
VI. If you could tame any animal and have it as a pet, what would you choose? Explain.
VII. What sort of games did you used to play as a kid? Write about the one that first comes to mind.
VIII. (Multiple Questions) How do you define an idea as original? Are any ideas really original, or simply derivatives from another’s inspiration? Why do we have intellectual property laws? Explain.

Cowboys & Aliens: Movie Review

Cowboys & Aliens

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I woke up in the desert, like I’d been dropped out of the sky

Jake Lonergan [Movie Trailer]

Jake Lonergan (Daniel Craig) is the man with stolen alien technology, and a criminal track record to boot, as well as having the original dilemma of Jason Bourne. He’s forgotten everything – his name, his past, his home… and whatever his fancy wristband is. So when a group of outlaws decide to surround him and attempt to take him in for a possible bounty, he does the logical thing (again, like Jason Bourne) and knocks a few out cold, shooting the rest dead. He proceeds to strip a man of his clothing and horse then ride into town, breaking into a preacher’s house to use his sink to wash off, only to be held at gunpoint (you don’t mess with pastors in these parts) by the owner. After a brief explanation of, “I don’t know who I am,” the preacher, Mr. Meacham, decides to take kindly to him. Only moments after this quaint acquaintance, a barrage of stray bullets tear through the house and we’re taken back to the primary, action-oriented layout of the film. A few more character introductions, gun shots, and bar fights later, the movie starts to unfold… into what the audience likely expected from the trailers.

Where’d you get that weapon?

Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford)

I don’t know.

Jake Lonergan [Movie Trailer]

You’re coming with us.

Colonel Woodrow Dolarhyde

Colonel Dolarhyde is a ruthless rogue of a man on the outside, with a caring human heart for the inside. When his son, Sheriff, and other townspeople are taken, he forms a group of men and an accompanying Ella Swenson (Olivia Wilde), to hunt after the aliens that took them.

Critical Perspective

Cowboys & Aliens could have gone wrong in so many ways… yet it only erred in a few respects. The film is another terrific blockbuster to be added to the belt of director Jon Favreau, and likely to make a [somewhat] lasting impression on the box office (although it has been a bit short of its goal [1]). The plot was in the fashion of a typical action movie.

Entrez-vous antagonist, followed by viable love interest/s, and the monter d’un cran, or call to action. Considering it’s a Western, somebody will end up riding off into the sunset, and a few poor ole’ chaps will bite the dust before the film is through… one of which ends up being (spoiler follows) Jake’s primary love interests. His original love (who was never developed much, other than identified as a prostitute) and his second love, Ella Swanson.

The film left many unanswered questions – which, depending on your perspective, may have proved quite a faux pas.

Christian & Family Analysis

Quite a few issues here…

  • The original love interest is identified as a prostitute.
  • Ella appears naked from the back, enough to indicate nudity, without revealing anything which could be deemed drastically inappropriate. The scene itself, however, although fairly void of innuendo, is still highly suggestive.
  • Christianity, as voiced by many of the film’s characters, is not properly conveyed. Mistruths are scattered hither and thither. Christian values are often contradictory with the characters behavior.
  • Plenty of violence, quite a few deaths and up-close examinations of injuries. A tad bit gory at times, however, without the extensive borderline R-rated content of war films and other more violent presentations.
  • The aliens are quite repugnant, and may prove to be quite scary to younger children. Especially when they have tentacles coming out of their chests, attempting to devour human flesh. Not kid friendly.
  • Common Sense recommends Age 13+, I’d say 14-15+ due to all the factors listed.
  • Check out PluggedIn.com for more Christian outlook resources.
If you liked this film, you may be interested in:

10 Things to Do This Summer

Wheat in the Hulah valley, 2007

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In response to today’s Daily Post topic, here’s some things I plan to do this summer (in no particular order).

1. Read: Lots and lots of books

2. Finish writing my book

3. Exhaustively revise my book

4. Attain a copyright registration for my book

5. Locate an agent

6. Strike a deal and publish my book

7. Review upcoming films

8. Spend time with friends and family

9. Review up and coming novels

10. Make it through summer with the WP Post-A-Day 2011 Challenge!

What Film Have You Seen More than Any Other?

Opening logo to the Star Wars films

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As sad as it may sound, Star Wars (which film in particular, I do not know) would have to be the answer for me. My father first introduced me to the classic trilogy when I was younger, and from there I was a fan. I went to see Ep. 1, Ep. 2, and Ep. 3 in theaters, and received the DVD set for my birthday. Now, however, I am not as avid a fan of Star Wars as I used to be. Though I may watch a movie occasionally on a simple whim. The Star Wars series is quite imaginative, and historically innovative – responsible for introducing some of the major special effects we have today. If you haven’t seen Star Wars, don’t make the easy assumption that it’s for “Sci-Fi geeks,” plenty of supposed “cool” or “normal” people have seen it as well, whether or not they want to admit it.

Boredom under the Sun: How to Stay Entertained

Sequel to Boredom by Snow, find tips from last time and some new one’s (skip past #13 for new tips)

How do you stay entertained when you are bored on a summer’s day?

(AW Top 17)

Inspired by The Daily Post

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1. Blog About It

Have a photography related blog? Post some pics! See any good movies? Do you like snow, or entirely detest it? There’s plenty of possibilities!

2. Go Literary

Grab a good book, plop down on the couch (chair, pillows-shaped-like-a-chair and whatnot), and get reading! That’s how the bookworms do it.

3. Get Creative

Write a story, create an artistic masterpiece, design something – whether it’s computer graphics or your dream house, get creative!

4. Be a Couch Potato

2009 ESPN Zone Chicago Ultimate Couch Potato C...

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Can’t take the boredom, and nothing above will suffice? Then you can always be a couch potato. Not exactly the healthiest choice, but it beats being bored right? Watch episodes of whatever series  you’ve missed.

5. Think Big – Think Sun

Imaaaagine! Hook up a solar panel, check your thermometer, wish it were cooler outside -unless that’s not your thing (same here)… then just… keep reading.

6. Jam out the Boredom

Music always helps pass the time. Jam out while pondering life, jam out while thinking big, jam out while being a coach potato – and so much more!

Couch Potato Pizza

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7. Start Cooking

Commencer la cuisson! Make a homemade pizza, bake a cake, fire up that barby, do something amazing – culinary style. 

8. Discover

Whether it’s the Lost Money of the Couch Caverns, or researching something you don’t know about, you could be the next Indy Jones! (okay, maybe not…) If you live on the site of some ancient ruin buried underground, take advantage of your property rights and dig it up and send it to a museum!

9. Organize

If you’re isolated in an air condition home – clean up that room, arrange that bookshelf or Blu-Ray/DVD collection, make something out of your time.

10. Get in Contact

Kodak EasyShare DX6490.

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Call someone, strengthen those relationships!

11. Make it a Kodak Moment!

Have a larger-than-life snowstorm? Beautifully, glistening lake? Unless you live in Arctic conditions – probably not! Take some photos of what’s around you, get outside and walk around! Maybe you have a larger-than-life tree in your backyard that has been around since your country was settled – snap a pic and share it with the world!

Painting The Writing Master by Thomas Eakins

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12. Be Active!

Work out, run laps around the living room, don’t be a couch potato – stretch those muscles!

13. Study

Most likely a quite unpopular sentiment, but when all else fails, study! College, High School, Middle School? Maybe something at work? Sharpen the mind!

14. Get Some Exercise

If it’s warm outside, stop wasting daylight and get out there! Take a jog around your neighborhood and maybe do a few one-armed push-ups on your newly polished deck. Get fit and lose some calories while you’re at it!

Books about survey research and survey design.

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15. Take a Survey

Stroll through town and collect answers for a survey of your choosing! For Christians, it might be something like… “What do you think happens after death? (then you have a witnessing opportunity!)” Or, what is the capital of Nebraska? (most people probably won’t even know it exists…) Alternatively, you can literally take a survey, such as those with Gallup – pick up that phone (possibly go celular and  get in some exercise at the same time!

16. Build a Fort

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One tourist amidst a city of Parisians.

Have kids? Build them a tree fort! Or get crazy with your wood-working skills and create something worthwhile.

17. Feed Your Hunger!

Visit a local vendor or check in to your favorite restaurant and chow down!

17. Travel

My personal favorite… buy a plane ticket and go somewhere new! Paris, France – Barcelona, Spain – Florence, Italy – Sao Paolo, Brazil – Beijing, China – wherever! Then blog about it.

Lego Universe Series: Introduction

LEGO Universe Make a Maelstrom infected Monste...

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To kick off my MMORPG reviews, I’ve developed an organized system with which to categorize them… by making categories as usual. To view any of my Lego Universe posts, simply click on the Lego Universe Series category (among the other categories) on the right sidebar of my blog.

Lego Universe has certainly proved to be a surprising experience. Each aspect of gameplay is a mystery in itself, proving sometimes to be more fun than the task at hand. It is however, quite concentrated on Lego fans. If you hold a sentiment of distaste toward Lego PC games on a typical basis, then LU certainly won’t be much different in your sight. However, if you indeed meddle in such games as Lego Star Wars, and find yourself impressed by the childlike magic and wonder of the worlds within, then I would certainly recommend this medium as a much more “daring” alternative.

AW MMORPG Reviews

Lego Universe

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From Club Penguin to Lego Universe – what’s the big deal about these virtual worlds, and are they even worth considering?

These questions and more will be discussed in upcoming Adventure Writer MMORPG reviews – be sure to check them out!

Forum Design

Example forum view, from PhpBB.

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One thing I’ve never really touched on at the Adventure Writer Blog, yet I have been working with for quite a few years, is forum management and design.

Running a forum can be beneficial in understanding how various things work on the internet, how traffic flows, how to keep people’s attention, and maintain a constant rate of mass discussions.

I currently co-operate a forum which has around 132 registered users, and a total of a total of 12625 messages.

The statistics are far from satisfying:

# of Registered Users:
Feb 2010 2 10%
Mar 2010 5 25%
Apr 2010 1 5%
May 2010 1 5%
Jun 2010 0 0%
Jul 2010 0 0%
Aug 2010 0 0%
Sep 2010 1 5%
Oct 2010 6 30%
Nov 2010 2 10%
Dec 2010 2 10%
Jan 2011 0 0%

And this may be the typical result with a new forum (as ours is, as we’ve changed our focus), or stale conversation.

A forum must have a fairly universal subject, or one that will hold the interest of it’s members for a lengthy period of time. In other words, be able to maintain a fan-base and keep activity flowing.

We will continue to explore forum-making at a later date – for now, back to all-things-reviews and a literary focus!

Boredom by Snow: How to Stay Entertained

How do you stay entertained when you are snowed in?

(AW Top 12)

Inspired by The Daily Post

WordPress.com

Image via Wikipedia

1. Blog About It

Have a photography related blog? Post some pics! See any good movies? Do you like snow, or entirely detest it? There’s plenty of possibilities!

2. Go Literary

Grab a good book, plop down on the couch (chair, pillows-shaped-like-a-chair and whatnot), and get reading! That’s how the bookworms do it.

3. Get Creative

Write a story, create an artistic masterpiece, design something – whether it’s computer graphics or your dream house, get creative!

4. Be a Couch Potato

2009 ESPN Zone Chicago Ultimate Couch Potato C...

Image via Wikipedia

Can’t take the boredom, and nothing above will suffice? Then you can always be a couch potato. Not exactly the healthiest choice, but it beats being bored right? Watch episodes of whatever series  you’ve missed.

5. Think Big – Think Snow

Imaaaagine! Snow forts, snow balls, and snow men galore. Unless that’s not your thing… then just… keep reading.

6. Jam out the Boredom

Music always helps pass the time. Jam out while pondering life, jam out while thinking big, jam out while being a coach potato – and so much more!

Couch Potato Pizza

Image via Wikipedia

7. Start Cooking

Commencer la cuisson! Make a homemade pizza, bake a cake, do something amazing – culinary style.

8. Discover

Whether it’s the Lost Money of the Couch Caverns, or researching something you don’t know about, you could be the next Indy Jones! (okay, maybe not…)

9. Organize

Clean up that room, arrange that bookshelf or Blu-Ray/DVD collection, make something out of your time.

10. Get in Contact

Kodak EasyShare DX6490.

Image via Wikipedia

Call someone, strengthen those relationships!

11. Make it a Kodak Moment!

Have a larger-than-life snowstorm? Beautifully, glistening lake? Take some photos!

Painting The Writing Master by Thomas Eakins

Image via Wikipedia

12. Be Active!

Work out, run laps around the living room, don’t be a couch potato – stretch those muscles!

13. Study

Most likely a quite unpopular sentiment, but when all else fails, study! College, High School, Middle School? Maybe something at work? Sharpen the mind!

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