Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Other End of the Scope

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've been really busy with work and stuff. Here's another story. I hope you all enjoy it.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Deja Vu

So, I was thinking earlier today and I came up with this idea of how deja vu works. Every night, you dream three or four times throughout your sleep cycle. Scientists explain dreams as your mind trying to make sense of random neural firings. What I think is that since you dream about things and places you are familiar with or have thought a lot about recently, dreams might be your mind simulating different possible scenarios. Occasionally, your mind will guess correctly, and that is deja vu.

At least when I have had deja vu, it seems to be about rather inconsequential things or common situations. It seems perfectly likely that given the sheer number of dreams people have that a few of these experiences might actually happen in real life.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Friday, June 3, 2011

X-Men: First Class Review

I thought I'd post this review while it was still relevant, as in before 90% of the internet has already seen it. Once again, I will try to keep this mostly spoiler free. The film is centered around Magneto and Professor X's origin stories, and then the role they played in averting the Cuban Missile Crisis (sorry if I spoiled it for anyone who didn't already know that the United States and the Soviet Union never engaged in a full scale nuclear war). Standing in their was is Sebastian Shaw, a powerful mutant who can absorb energy.

Apparently, watching too much Kevin Bacon will not only turn you into Kevin Bacon, but will also give you superpowers.
I went in to see this film expecting a lot, as both a big fan of the series, and because I had seen commercials all day that hailed it as the best super hero film since The Dark Knight. While this film does not come close to surpassing the caped crusader's last outing, I would still say that it's the best super hero movie I have seen in a long time. The acting is top notch. The action and effects are great. I especially like how the film was angled to make the audience rather sympathetic to Magneto and his cause, as I have always felt that his origin story gave him reason  to question humanity. All in all, I definitely think that X-Men: First Class is a movie worth seeing.

Rating: 9 out of 10

Thursday, June 2, 2011

100 Followers and Longer Story Ideas

First of all, this blog reached a big milestone today and I'd like to take the time to thank everyone who has made it such a big success. I'd also like to use this as an opportunity to introduce some ideas for a longer multipart story and ask for some input as to which one to pick. I will also put up a poll with the different options.

Option A
It is the year 2152. Fifteen years have passed since the human race sacrificed the Earth in order to avoid being enslaved by a highly advanced alien empire and scattered throughout the solar system. Enraged by this embarrassment, the empire will stop at nothing to eliminate the remnants of the people of Earth. Little do the struggling Earthlings know that they have allies elsewhere in the universe.

Option B
A young Paladin comes across a conspiracy and must attempt to save his kingdom. Along the way, he will question his oath and be forced to discover the difference between what is law and what is right.

Option C
A vagabond and former child soldier will become the unlikely hero of a repressed people. Aided by a mysterious young girl with magical powers, he will lead a revolution.

Option D
The United States has suffered a devastating terrorist attack, and will stop at nothing to get the man. A bounty of $50 million has been placed, and will be awarded to anyone who brings him to justice, dead or alive. Several parties with different motivations take part in this hunt. Which hunter, and which ideology, will emerge victorious?

Sorry if these descriptions are vague. I was trying not to give too much away. Also, just because a story is not picked now does not mean that I will not write it in the future.

The Hangover Part II Review

This is the first of possibly many summer movie reviews. I'll try to keep it as spoiler free as possible.

The whole gang is up to their old antics (almost exactly) once again.
I'd be lying if I said that there was anything too original or groundbreaking about this film, as the plot is the same as the first one for the most part. With that aside, the movie is still hilarious and there are still many memorable scenes and one-liners (Though not as many as the first film). It's definitely worth seeing for anyone who's a big fan of The Hangover or just looking for a good R-Rated comedy.

Rating: 8/10

Also, is this song stuck in anyone else's head?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Some More Lucid Dreaming Stuff

Sorry everyone, but I haven't been able to post in a few days since I was away for the weekend. A lot of you expressed a lot of interest in lucid dreaming, so here's a good link I found:

Also, I thought I'd share a crazy dream I had the other night with all of you. The United States had been invaded by some odd combination of/cross between aliens and Chinese communists. They had destroyed New York City, but managed to use alien technology to transport some of its most important buildings to Chicago. This dream Chicago was probably the most magnificent city I had ever seen. One of the most prominent buildings in this skyline was an enormous tower with a 70 story mural of Mao Zedong on one of its faces. I was traveling high above the city in a helicopter with the enemy's leader. The sides of the helicopter were open and I remember being so scared that I could fall from the helicopter at any moment. Eventually the helicopter landed and I got out, and I woke up soon after that. I just remember thinking that I should've tried to assassinate the dictator when I was with him.

If anybody else has had any crazy or interesting dreams lately that they'd like to share, I'd really like to hear about them.