Monsters University

Hey, guys.

Just going to make this real quick because it’s already late.

(Yeah, picture is not mine… sorry, guys)

Basic Data

Year: 2013

Director: Dan Scanlon (Cars)

Screenplay: Robert L. Baird, Daniel Gerson, Dan Scanlon, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton

Music: Randy Newman

Cast: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina.

Mike Wazowski is a small, young pretty misunderstood monster among his classmates when on a visit to the factory cries discovers his true vocation is to be scary, scare a professional who knows how to frighten them into their rooms to get energy from the cries of children. To do this it takes many years of higher education and their efforts will not cease until he is admitted to the Monsters University, the most prestigious university in these teachings. It is in this way that we follow in his freshman year in which he meets James Sullivan, a monster from a renowned family of frightening having the approval and admiration of other teachers and students for this. The ease with which Sullivan will make friends and get into the exclusive caste system and college fraternities will collide with the difficulty of Mike to join and be recognized in these hierarchies, and the effort made each to study and to pass exams will inversely proportional to these factors. These facts make their initial relationship strained, and the pride of both collide day midterms, where a misunderstanding cause the expulsion of both of their studies by the dean of the university strict. This cold water and disappointment for Mike will be joined with the most disadvantaged and marginalized campus fraternity in a desperate attempt to be readmitted to the race and will force you to get along with Sullivan to get the best of both and try to prove both are capable of being the best frightening that the university has ever known. On the way a friendship that will last throughout the years forge.

Rating: Good

Best: Retake these funny little characters. Some tape gags that are authentic punctures.

Worst: Their little ability to take risks.

See it again?: Yes.

Recommend it?: Yes.

Well, that’s all. Sorry it had to be so short, but I will try to make it up over break.

Have a wonderful day!

-WorldWanderer out~

Indulging on Vacation

Hey amigos!

Today I’m going to talk about indulging during vacation-time. AND NO don’t get too ahead of yourselves here, I don’t mean indulging like you can just forget all your rules completely and just eat crap all the time because it’s vacation.

We all know how you don’t want to burden your friends by asking for specific stuff that you want to eat because you’re just so pampered. It obviously really annoys your friends and it also probably makes you feel slightly guilty to have such specific and special requirements for sustenance.

So, how do you balance what you know is good for you to eat with what is more convenient and reasonable for you friends to give you? Well I’m here to tell you that.

So my philosophy is that you can give in and indulge a LITTLE bit, but NOT TOO MUCH. Remember that you have values and you can’t just eat some beef jerky when you’re a vegan who hates processed food. But, you can allow yourself to eat some fries (DEFINITELY not any from Mickey D’s though, those are just plain bad). You see what I mean? Sure, you’ll have to suffer some repercussions (like maybe your beautiful face will bloat a little but honey, who cares?), but it’s better than refusing to eat until your friend drives 3 hours to your special little vegan cafe.

I know that some people don’t agree with this, but you can take it as it is. And if you do not agree, then you don’t have to do this. But, I’m just trying to help you and tell you what I would do 🙂

HAVE A LOVELY DAY AND HOPE IT SNOWS!

lots of genuine love,

The Olympic Games

Brazil was chosen to be the host for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, but it remains to be seen that the city of Rio is up to the challenge. But it is not the only country to have trouble with the Games.

In order to host the Games, the International Olympic Committee must judge weather a city has the capacity to do so. This means room for athletes, tourists, and stadiums and venues. The city must also be clean, since it will be the center of lots of international attention.

However, meeting these standards and preparing for the games can have some downsides. Making the necessary additions, like stadiums, can run high costs for the host.  But the real problem is that once the Games are over, the stadiums, built for high capacity, are pretty useless in their host cities.  In Vancouver, the Olympic village became housing to help pay for the costs, while 21 of the 22 venues built in Athens for the 2004 games are abandoned. Greece’s total cost for the privilege of host? $14.4 billion.

Sometimes to make room for everything, people have to be moved out the way. Almost every host city has this happen, but nothing tops the preparation for the 2008 Beijing Summer Games, when the Chinese government evicted 1.5 million people to make room for the stadiums.

The main complaint the people of Rio have is that the government will not listen to their complaints, but will bend over backwards to try and make the city ready for international visitors. This recently manifested when Brazil hosted the World Cup. Months before hand, the police and army worked together to clean up favelas, or slums, of crime, again in anticipation of international attention.

Most recently, scientists examined the water in Rio’s bay and found a ‘super bacteria’, a bacteria invulnerable to most forms of treatment. This has lead many to speculate that potential athlete would not try to qualify for the Olympic teams to avoid exposure to the polluted waters.

The Olympic Games aren’t until 2016, but developments should be announced as progress continues.

InterPol out.

Russia’s Ruble Problem

The ruble, Russia’s currency, has dropped in value dramatically over the last few days.  The combination of Western sanctions and a drop in the price of oil are the main contributing factors in the recent economic stress.

The price of oil has nearly halved this year, from $100 a barrel to $60 per barrel. Russia’s main export is oil, around 39%, according to the Observatory of Economic Complexity. One theory is that rich oil exporting countries like Saudi Arabia are behind the change in oil prices.

The main reason countries like Saudi Arabia are rich from trading oil is that their oil reserves are cheap and easy to access. But new methods, fracking for example, can reach oil from harder to reach places. These alternative methods could increase the amount of oil that countries could produce domestically, namely the US and Canada. Thus, less oil would have to be imported from outside. This threatens the economic stability of oil-exporting countries. The less oil they sell, the less money they make.

So, the supposed action taken would be to deliberately lower the cost of oil. This would flood the make with cheap oil, and make the cost of fracking and other methods unnecessary. Saudi Arabia would be losing money, but is rich enough to keep oil cheap for a while. This slows down the development of alternative methods, but not forever. It would also play havoc with countries that heavily depend on oil exports.

While Russia likely was not the main target of the oil price drop, it is definitely affected. Russia’s oil is now too cheap for profit to be made. Without that income, the Russian government needs to hold out until the price of oil can rise again, or an alternative source of income.

We’ll see how the Russians handle this turn of events. Until then, InterPol Out.

Music News: ‘The Voice’ Finale Airs With Appearances from Bruno Mars, Meghan Trainor

As one of the most adored music competition shows on network television,  NBC’s The Voice finished with a bang last night, boasting performances from A-list artists such as Bruno Mars, Josier, Fall Out Boy, Jennifer Hudson, and Meghan Trainor, as well as several performances from this season’s new winner of The Voice, Craig Wayne.

The last four finalists–Chris Jamison, Matt McAndrew, Craig Wayne Boyd and Damien–faced off with a few last desperate performances in a last-ditch attempt to win the votes of their audience. For some, it fell a little more on the desperate side (Matt McAndrew’s performances were good, but quite obviously stressed), while others like Damien shouldered on with as much soul as they could muster.

To my own personal surprise, it was not the financially-broke-but-gifted college student, or the tattooed up kindergarten teacher that won the hearts of America–rather, it was country singer Craig Wayne Boyd. Boyd was every bit of the country singer stereotype; from the chains hanging from his jean pocket, to the dad-trying-to-be-cool shoulder-length haircut (that the rest of his family also seemed to sport), to his country-twang performance of “Sweet Home Alabama” with none other than Lynyrd Skynyrd, he seemed to eat, sleep, and breathe country.

Corny-ness aside, Boyd is a solid singer and had solid performances not only through the entire show, but through the whole season. So while his win is surprising, it is not undeserved.

The night was also sprinkled with start-studded performances from Jessie J, Meghan Trainor and Bruno Mars, all of which brought the show to the table like the world was ending tomorrow. And despite Mars’ eccentric rockn’roller look and Trainor’s flashy and glamorous stag set up, they didn’t distract from the real stars of the night. Instead, they highlighted and supported the competitors through duets and collaborations on stage.

You can catch The Voice next season on NBC, or find footage online on their website here.

Hot Chocolate

Hi Guys!
Time has passed by quick!
I can still imagine myself in the park with my dog during summer break. It might be because Im in my senior year and I’m hoping that it wont be Febuary. As I am applying for college in Febuary. It will be quite ironic if time goes by VERY slowly after I am done with my college applications.
On the other note, there is only a couple of days before it is first winter break. I can not wait until I am released free from the chains of school.
Although, I will still be busy with other stuff I need to prepare for college.
ANYWAYS

The weather has been very freezing and I’ve decided to post a hot chocolate  mix recipe.

This recipe is absolutely very fast to make. It only takes five minutes to whip up!

This mix recipe will generously serve three people
Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup nonfat dry milk powder
5 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
Directions:

1. Process all of the ingredients in a food processor until ground to a powder, 30 to 60 seconds. Transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 2 months.

To Make Hot Chocolate: Heat 1 cup of milk (whole, 2% or 1%) in a small saucepan over medium heat until it starts to steam and bubbles appear around the edge of the saucepan. Add ¼ cup of the hot chocolate mix and continue to heat, whisking constantly, until simmering, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Pour into a mug and serve.

ENJOY and I will see you next time!!!

 

LUCY

Hey there, guys.

Today we are going to talk about the movie Lucy, by Luc Besson.

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(Just a quick draft made by me, it should be done soon…)

Basic Data

Year: 2014

Director: Luc Besson (Nikita, The Fifth Element, Arthur and the Invisibles)

Writer: Luc Besson

Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik.

Is usual that most of my reviews have a high score. This is due to the bias of cinema beforehand choosing the films I most attention, along with reviews of films that I liked at the time and I think worth remembering.Is usual that most of my reviews have a high score. This is due to the bias of cinema beforehand choosing the films I most attention, along with reviews of films that I liked at the time and I think worth remembering. Therefore, it is unusual that a film that attracted me from the trailer ends up disappointing me this way, and that is what has happened with Lucy.

Luc Besson has never struck me though Nikita or “The Professional” are good examples of tapes with women as protagonists take up arms, which is always appreciated. And this time it has received an overstimulated Scarlett Johansson, who himself dares to dramatic roles ordinary girl (she was fabulous in “Lost in Translation”) or showing that no complexes with the action genre (“The Avengers” “Captain America”). But seeing the mess he drifts “Lucy” from the first moments suggests that Besson is best given their role as writer in his forays into the genre (Taxi, Transporter, Revenge) than director.

Lucy is a young Western student in Taiwan to which a mafia organization required to carry a new drug into her stomach. But the bag is opened by accident and her body begins to absorb the substance. The surprising effect that causes this situation is that her brain undergoes a transformation and Lucy begins to develop above 10% which humanity is accustomed to use it normally. Exponential learning, sharpening the senses and control of matter are some of the new capabilities that will acquire Lucy. Professor Samuel Norman has spent years researching the theory of what would happen if humans learn to use their brains above the normal level of 10%, and when Lucy contact with him to explain what happened, have the opportunity to study the practical effects of something that until now only the formulation of a theory. At trial effect is not known what will happen when Lucy reaches 100% of their brain capacity, binds the fact that the criminal organization that placed the substance inside the protagonist seek to recover their goods no matter what happens to Lucy.

Under the pretext that science takes years suggesting the possibility that the capacity of the human brain is being underutilized, Luc Besson proposes a incursion into the action thriller and science fiction that promised us a superhero as absolute protagonist, and Scarlett Johansson as an excellent choice. Shooting, persecutions and challenges to the laws of physics seemed the letters for the film. However, even the actress is able to trace a tape which is disappointing from the start, with cheap tricks narrative that presents Besson. This technique of inserting images of science and nature documentaries while the protagonist is about to fall into the trap of Taiwanese gangsters, or while Morgan Freeman delivers his lectures on human brainpower me seemed contrived and false. As if it considers that the viewer uses a very low level of mental capacity, and thus reinforces his narrative with accessory and unnecessary images. And the references to the first hominids evolved human race and the scientists called as the protagonist of the film are so many rude as the rest of the plot; something that would have worked as a subtle metaphor about human evolution that proposes the tape, but it is tiresome to see him spin again and again on the same detail.

A kind of approach to the surprising and inexplicable end of “2001: A Space Odyssey” but that is an insult both tapes are trying to match. If the immortal film Kubrick already established itself as the definitive work on levels of human evolution, why Besson got down to plagiarism in an action movie?

Rating: Bad.

Best” Scarlet will always be Scarlet. She really deserves more protagonist roles.

Worst: Almost everything, but I’ll irritating accessory pictures to reinforce certain times of the narrative, and the habit of explaining the origin of the name of the protagonist.

Would I watch it again?: No

Would I recommend it?: No

Well, that’s all, I hope you liked it.

-WorldWanderer out~

This week in golf…

What’s up everyone?

I’m PuttProtege, and this is what is going on in golf!

Roru Mcilroy has been having a rough year right? He has not been playing very much, and he has been having legal trouble with one of his recent sponsors. But somehow the man was able to pull in some hardware. He has been named European Tour Golfer of the Year.

In other Rory news he was snubbed for BBC sports personality of the year award. It was taKen by Lewis Hamilton. I have watched Lewis Hamilton race F1 a few times, and not only is he funny, but he is a fantasic racer. It seems that even the man himself was surprised when his name was called, bease he got up on stage and said that he was surprised since Mcilroy was having such a good year. Congrats to Hamilton.

Tiger Woods officially opened his first course as a course architect. He even hit the first tee shot.

Woods is also designing Bluejack National near Houston. Ithe will open next fall and be his first course in the US.   

The “Golf Fix’s” Michael Breed will be an instructor at trump golf links. Breed is ranked number one in New York top teachers. And 13  in golf digests top 50. If you have ever watched his show, you know he is a great teacher, and that he knows what he is talking about. He will do great things at the links.

Have a good night golfers. Go out and Play.

PuttProtege

Magic Season Ice Arena

A fun place to go during the holiday season is the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena. Every year after thanksgiving an outdoor ice skating rink gets put in at Bellevue and people of all ages come every day to skate. On top of the skating there is music and concessions at the arena.

The arena stays open all the way through January 11th. Admission for the rink is $12 for adults and $9 for young children. On Monday’s there is actually a free skate if you have a Bank of America debit or credit card or an Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card you can get two free skate admissions.

Beginning on the 20th the arena changes to their holiday hours and it opens at 10 a.m. and does not close until 11 p.m. Also, the arena is open on Christmas day and New Year’s for anyone that is looking for something fun to do on the actual holidays. You can also book parties and events at the skating rink, such as birthday parties or private holiday parties.

The Magic Season Ice Arena is a family friendly place where anyone can go and have a good time. It does not matter how much skating experience you have because it’s all about having fun with people you care about. It is also a great place to go because even though it is outdoors there is a cover for when the weather is not so great. So grab a couple friends, some warm clothes and head on out to the Bellevue Ice skating rink to make great holiday memories.

 

-SeattleGirl

Newly Proposed Bill Would Require Women to Get A Man’s Permission Before Seeking an Abortion

A newly introduced bill by a Republican state lawmaker from Missouri, Rick Brattin, would mandate that any all women seeking an abortion would have to have consent from the biological father. Brattin begged the question:  “What does that have to do with the child’s life? Just because it was an abusive relationship, does that mean the child should die?”

Well Brattin, besides the fact that getting or not getting an abortion should be no one’s decision but the mother’s alone (because even though it seems to be a hard decision for Republicans to wrap their head around, a woman’s body is entirely her own and no one else’s), bringing a child into a unstable environment where the mother cannot support it fiscally or provide it with a supportive, loving environment is a horrible idea that sets the baby up for a hard life. Typically these factors accompany an abusive relationship, and the baby would likely grow up in an abusive, unstable home.

But my favorite part of this atrocious bill is the reference Brattin made to former Republican Congressman from Missouri Todd Akin, who said in a 2012 Senate bid for a bill similar to this, that women who have been “legitimately raped” have “mechanisms in their bodies that prevent them from getting pregnant.” Besides the obvious scientific fallacy of this claim, it proves the truly horrifying point that lawmakers have seemingly no idea what rape is and that it too does in fact often result in unwanted pregnancy.

Very rarely is an abortion case an instance of a woman  getting an abortion just to get an abortion, but it usually is the result of rape or insufficiently protected sex that results in a woman being pregnant and her feeling unprepared to bring a baby into the world. That is a decision a woman should absolutely be able to make solely on her own. If the father’s permission was required, there would be a multitude more of neglected children and suffering mothers.

 

Presentations :D

 

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Who doesn’t love giving presentations for a school project, right? The classic PowerPoint presentation has become a staple of my academic years. Over the course of about two or three days, every student, usually working in groups of two to four, gets up and gives a smashing dissertation about something really fascinating, like global climate change, or tsunamis, or polar bears, or the thirteen colonies, or asparagus. Sometimes the class is forced to take notes on the presentation, but in my experience very few students are even remotely interested in what the other groups have to present. You can generally tell how much effort a group put into a presentation based on some universal PowerPoint Pitfalls, such as using a suddenly elevated and eloquent (albeit mispronounced) diction in certain bullet points or skipping through the citations slide so the teacher doesn’t see that your first sources is Wikipedia.

Even so I think they’re actually kind of important. Most presentations are a group effort sort of deal, and anytime you can exercise collaboration is a plus because you eventually have to deal with coworkers. Plus the general things like public speaking and persuasive element of it all are great things to have under your belt. Admittedly, the content of whatever you present probably won’t stick with you; I couldn’t tell you which end of an asparagus is up or down. But the memories made, for better or for worse, and any kind of experience you can gain probably make the whole thing worth it.

BREAKING (potentially bad) NEWS!!

So this may come as a huge surprise to some of you…well actually it’s probably just a huge surprise to everyone, but I am…

 

NO LONGER VEGETARIAN!

 

And I know some of you are probably going to get really upset, and maybe some of you really don’t care, and maybe the rest of you are happy? Who knows?

So I don’t think it’s fair for me to tell you such big news without a story! So here we go.

On Sunday, we got some really delicious Thai takeout and my dad brought some chicken sauté on a stick (I’m not sure what exactly it’s called so I apologize to the Thai community). As some of you may already know from one of my previous blog posts, I used to be a huge fan of chicken. And I know I said I didn’t really want it anymore after not having it for so long, but I started to really crave it. Especially just staring at those delicious looking pieces of chicken made my mouth water 🙁 And of course, I fell victim to my family’s peer pressuring me to stop freaking out and just eat the chicken. So I did. I ate the chicken, and yes, I enjoyed it.

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And then I started thinking, do I want to stay vegetarian? I just broke something I’ve been doing for two years. What happens now? Is this just a one-time thing? WHAT IS HAPPENING?!?!

I don’t know if I should feel guilty for not having had some sort of moral crisis, but I can’t say that I regret doing what I did. I mean I guess that’s pretty obvious, given that I’m deciding to not be vegetarian anymore.

I guess some people call it the “2-year-itch” and others just call it lack of self-control, but whatever you call it, I ate chicken so that’s that.

Now, maybe you’re wondering how I’m going to maintain a vegan blog when I’m not only not vegan but I’m also not even vegetarian anymore. I’m still going to try to avoid meat as much as I can because I did not lie about not liking it that much, and I’m most definitely still going to try to keep processed foods out of my diet. I can definitely still help you guys out with ideas and stuff because even if I’m eating meat, I’m still looking for ways to stay healthy and unprocessed 🙂

Like I said in some blog post before at some point, the most important thing you have to consider when you’re eating meat is the QUALITY of the meat. A lot of people who hate meat say it’s because it’s so bad for you and it’s filled with fats and cholesterols and all kinds of other nasty stuff, but really, it depends on the quality of the meat! For example, buying grass-fed, USDA organic, not fed animal byproducts, cage-free, unprocessed, non-mechanically separated meat is GOOD! But really hard to find, obviously. If you’re getting your meat from eating those nasty McDonald’s chicken nuggets, though (although I will admit that I used to absolutely love them), you’re filling your body up with gross things that you probably don’t want in there. Like pink slime?

So yeah, I guess this is a pretty huge lifestyle change, and yeah it’s kind of weird not always having to make sure everything is completely meat-free anymore, but it’s not TOO different. Yeah, I know, maybe it sounds super hypocritical and weird to you guys, but I guess, as my mom said when I told her I was going vegetarian, I’m “once a meat-lover, always a meat lover. It’s difficult to make such a huge change.” And given that I’m restricting the KINDS of meat that I intake, it’s not like I’m going all crazy eating hot dogs off the street or anything.

Ironically, actually, I guess that my blogger name really goes well with this since I eat meat like velociraptors but I’m “very vegan” given that I’m technically like a vegan when it comes to unprocessed food and having a vegan blog. So I guess you could say that maybe it was meant to be?

So anyway I hope this wasn’t all too crazy for you guys and I hope you’ll still love me and I hope I didn’t let you down! I just really needed to share this with you because it’s kind of an important change I’m going through (pertaining to this blog I mean) and I think it’s only fair that you guys know about that kind of thing.

I hope you have a lovely day and enjoy yourselves! Love you!

<3 

Great Wolf Lodge

Although the Great Wolf Lodge is not specific to Washington and not the most impressive on the bucket list it is still something to try out. It is preferable to attend in the cold winter months is a great place for teens or kids to visit. It is a huge indoor water park, because hey, who doesn’t want to pretend like its summer time in the middle of snow season?

Depending on the exact time of year it can be very crowded around the holidays when everyone is visiting family and taking a vacation. The water park itself is pretty awesome and includes a few water slides, a wave pool, and small children’s shallow pool. One of the water slides, I believe the very highest one is super cool because it is very steep and drops off and is quite scary.

Additionally the resort provides activities for children like wands you can buy and when they wave it towards certain walls and items in the hotel it makes sounds giving the illusion that it is a real magical wand. There is also a restaurant with a buffet option that was quite yummy. The resort is decorated in wood and winter designs giving a homely vibe.

The rooms available are also quite interesting and have TV’s and lots of room to have fun. It is always fun to have a reminder that the summer is right around the corner in the middle of winter. Personally my spirits gets down during the cold short days and being in a water park is so fun. Whether it is for a birthday or weekend getaway the great wolf lodge is a really fun place to visit.

Maisie Williams Doesn’t Agree With Emma Watson’s Feminism Speech

Earlier this year, Emma Watson delivered a speech about what feminism means and how it is applicable to everyone’s lives. She has received a plethora of backlash from the public, but now the 17-year-old Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams criticized Watson’s speech for being an example of “first-world feminism” and only applying to people living in first world countries in Europe and other nations like the U.S. Williams’s exact quote was: “A lot of what Emma Watson spoke about, I just think, ‘That doesn’t bother me,’ I know things aren’t perfect for women in the U.K. and America, but there are women in the rest of the world who have it far worse.”

Does she have a valid point?

The short answer is no. Yes, it is true that women in second and third world countries face much more obvious, explicit examples of oppression. There is a larger amount of sexual violence and gender inequalities that are implemented through law, but that does not detract from the fact that in essentially every country around the world women are discriminated against.

Europe is infamous for its sex-slave trade, and every one in three women in the U.S. is a victim of sexual violence, and while that statistic is not as high as it is in a country like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but it is still an example of how violence and oppression are very legitimate things in first-world countries.

Part of ending the war on women and blatant favoritism towards men that dominates so many cultures is spreading the idea of what feminism is and how it actually does impact all of us, and more importantly how we can all put an end to gender inequality together, no matter the country or social class we come from.

Maisie Williams, left, and Emma Watson, right