…I do not have a “real” blog post today.

My most sincere apologies for this inconvenience. Things are just getting quite busy ’round here, what with final projects and final exams and such. But fear not! I have only two more weeks of the semester left, and then I’ll be free for a whole month!

So anyway, for the time being, just have an interesting tidbit or two:

  • Did you know that whales and dolphins are actually mammals, not fish? I know! It’s crazy!
  • Wait, you already knew that?
  • Well, dang. So much for my first tidbit.
  • Maybe my second will be better. Spoons can’t pick up steaks!
  • …Or can they?

Food for thought. (Haha. “Food” for thought. I was just talking about steaks. Haha. Anyway…)

See you all next week with a better post!

Which Comes First, the Book or the Movie?

I’ve been wondering lately . . . I usually read the book before I see the movie. But should I change that habit?

I mean, when I read a book, everything is formed in my imagination, and so when I see the movie and things don’t match up, I get upset. Irrational, perhaps, but it happens to a lot of us. However, because I love movies as well as books, I really would like to be able to appreciate both a book and its movie adaptation, even if it isn’t a particularly good adaptation.

How might I do this?

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Well, I’m starting to think that maybe I ought to start watching film adaptations of books first. That way, I won’t find anything to nitpick about the movie (at least in terms of adaptation) when I watch it for the first time. Then, when I read the book, I can get the whole story and recreate it in my head, while still being able to appreciate the movie because I saw it first.

I have done this a couple of times already. To pick one example, I watched the Lord of the Rings trilogy many times before I finally read the books, and I now appreciate both versions of the story. Maybe it’ll work again.

What do you guys think? Yay or nay?

A (Somewhat) Lame Attempt at Poetry

Poems are so hard.
Rhyming ones are, anyhow.
Haikus are easy.

I fear, however
That my haikus are pointless.
Guess I’ll never know.

For the time being,
I’ll try to write some good ones
For your enjoyment.

“Winter cometh soon,
Bringing snow and icy roads.
Just don’t freeze to death.”

“NaNoWriMo’s fun,
‘Tis now past halfway over.
So let’s do this thing!”

“Four weeks left of school
‘Til Christmas break comes along.
I simply can’t wait!”

There, that’s good for now.
Hope these haikus weren’t too bad.
Until next week, friends!

“Toy Story 4” — My Thoughts

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Well, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few days, you’re already aware of the big announcement: John Lasseter (director the first two Toy Story films) has confirmed that a fourth film is in the works, and he will be returning to direct it.

My first reaction, admittedly, was something like this:

Are you kidding me?

Are you kidding me?

I mean, come on! Toy Story 3 was pretty much universally lauded as a wonderful — perfect, many would say — ending to the series! Why make another one? Money grab, perhaps? John, do you really think that money is worth trampling on the legacy left by these films? Three is enough, and the three films that we have are great films. Why risk making people angry if you don’t live up to expectations?

Those were my initial thoughts. Then I read the article I’ve linked above, especially what John Lasseter had to say.

Lasseter states: “. . . for a long time, we never even talked about doing another Toy Story movie. But when Andrew [Stanton], Pete [Docter], Lee [Unkrich] and I came up with this new idea, I just could not stop thinking about it. It was so exciting to me, I knew we had to make this movie — and I wanted to direct it myself.”

He also says: “We don’t want to do anything with them [the characters] unless it lives up to or surpasses what’s gone before.”

Well, that does give me some comfort. But let’s not forget that this is the guy who brought us Cars 2. While certainly not a bad movie, it is (in my opinion, at least) the weakest of all the Pixar films. Nothing really special about it, I thought, and it certainly didn’t surpass or even live up to the first Cars (which I did like, although it wasn’t fantastic).

Regardless, the fourth film isn’t going to come out until 2017, so it’s going to be a while before we see the outcome of all of this. So, in summary, here are my thoughts:

  • The current Toy Story trilogy we have stands excellently the way it is.
  • That being said, I definitely am looking forward to seeing the characters in a full-length film again.
  • But only if it’s a good film that lives up to the other three.
  • And the fact that Lasseter is directing does make me a little nervous, because of Cars 2. However, he did also direct the second Toy Story, which was excellent.
  • So there is hope. Definitely.
  • So that’s all the thoughts/hopes I have for it right now.

What do you think? Excited? Nervous? Upset? Sound off in the comments if you like!

Until next week!

 

 

The Busy Paradox

Have you ever noticed how the more time you have, the less things you get done? And the less time you have, the more things you get done?

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Yeah, I know, it sounds bizarre. Think about it for a minute, though. If you’re even remotely like me, you’ve probably experienced this phenomenon in some way. I’m especially discovering how true it is now that I’m a freshman in college.

Take, for example, last weekend. I didn’t have anything on my schedule, so I thought: Wow, this is great! I’ll have all that time to get a head start on some assignments!

But did my brilliant plan work out? Nope. Not at all. I did get some work done, but not nearly as much as I had been hoping. My constant excuse over the weekend was: Oh, I’ve got plenty of time. Just one more break.

*sigh* That always backfires. Yet no matter how many times it does, I still fall into the same trap. Over and over again.

Now for the other side of the spectrum. Again, if you’re anything at all like me, when you’re crunched for time, you can do just about anything. NaNoWriMo is a perfect example of this. You’ve got a deadline, and deadlines are what get things done. You don’t sit around, or keep obsessively checking Facebook. You rush like the wind, your mind completely and utterly focused on whatever it is you need to finish, until you get it done and shout in triumph.

Okay, well, maybe you don’t shout, but still. It’s interesting, isn’t it?

Just a little food for thought. I need to go take care of something else.

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