Monday, October 28, 2013

No Practice

Tanworth, Arden, UK

There's no hurry, you're alive. There is only the moment in which
you begin to understand that there is no practice: time is now: only prayer left. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Newsies | Review

Director: Kenny Ortega
Rating: PG
Time: 2 hours 2 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

Awesome: Great music, good acting, historical plot. The dancing in Newsies is cool. The one thing I would have liked to have been different is there didn't need to be any romance, or at least the girl could have been different.

I've seen this movie over and over, no clue how many times, but I love it.The basic plot is that a big newspaper man raises the price of papers and the newsies (the boys who sell the papers, first buying them themselves) go on strike, they simply can't afford to pay more for the papers. The strike leader and main character, Jack, is arrested and brought before the newspaper owner Pulitzer who asks him to sell newspapers for him again, promising he'll pay Jack well and let him go wherever he wants after the strike ends, and threatening him and his friends should he not agree. I'm not going to say more, it'd spoil the movie for you.


Pulitzer had issued an order that no paper was to carry the story of the strike. He explained to Jack that with the power of the press he shaped the future: he had the power to give information to thousands of people every day, he told men what to think. If knowledge is power than a power of perhaps equal importance is the giving and teaching of that knowledge. News informs, it pulls people together and joins them in a tight bond of common knowledge; but what about when those with the power to give information lie, or tell half-truths? We've all hear the saying “power corrupts”.  Lies are so easy to believe. When you're tired or worn out believing a lie can be like settling down and letting sleep take you. And that's what it is. But it's a choice. It’s easy to close your eyes and turn your head away and when you're tired it's all the easier. But history's a straight line from the past heading straight to the future, and though many things change human nature doesn't. People communicate, understand one another, through stories. Freedom of the press is a big deal, as is freedom of speech. But I'd like to point out that can doesn't make do. Stories don't tell themselves, and it's an infinite choice to speak.

Jack was tempted to believe the lie that “we (the newsies) was beat when we was born”. Near the end of the movie he and his friend David go to a journalist who had been helping them and covering the story of their strike to try to talk him into helping them once more. Jack says something to Denton, the journalist, about how Pulitzer has the power of the press, so what can the newsies do? And their man Denton answers, “Sometimes all it takes is a voice”. I won't say more. The first few lines of the song “You're the Voice” (not from Newsies), are these: “We have the choice the turn the tables over, with the power to be powerful | you're the voice try and understand it, make a noise and make it clear.” 

There are so many awesome songs in Newsies. I think my favorite is Sante Fe, but The World Will Know and Seize the Day are awesome as well, not to mention I'm the King of New York and Carrying the Banner. 

my rating: 4/5

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hehe: I came back, and isn't Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fun?

Hello. I haven't been posting on here very much lately (school and Spanish and math and stuff and things that seem to come along as part of being me happened) and I've missed it. It's weird: when I sit down to write I don't write the way I feel or am thinking: I edit before I ever start, and it makes all my writing (especially on this blog, because that's the way it is) well, I don't know the word. ...Maybe you do; if you do could you please tell me? My brain has gone blank and I can't think: all help would be appreciated.

So...Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (wow, that takes a long time to write out, not as long to say though, that is, not as long when you're saying all that S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for) happened. AWESOMENESS AND HAPPINESS AND FUN. I kind of like it; just a little bit. Are you watching it? How do you like it so far? I'm a wee bit behind, having seen up to episode three don't tell me any spoilers, please! But - shucks - aren't they cool?! I mean, really, what a nice team the son of Coul got together. And isn't Lola precious?
Humm...episodes one, two, and three...the pilot was very good. The acting is great, the scrip seems to be awesome in general so far - and leaving plenty of things to be followed out in new episodes - and it's just funny [Gramsie?]. The characters are all so different and interesting, and together they're quite the team; but, gosh! they are cool. I do want to learn Krav Maga, I wonder what kind of fighting S.H.I.E.L.D. agent's are taught?

It's late and I've been getting up at 5:30 am for some reason the last few weeks [mesa sleepy]...good night.

Saturday, October 19, 2013



"What makes a man a king?"
"In whose eyes?"
"The world's."
"A crown."

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Candle in the Wind

Merlin and Arthur and the Knights of Camelot

“ idea of those knights was a sort of candle, like these ones here. I have carried it for many years with a hand to shield it from the wind. It has flickered often. I am giving you the candle now-you won’t let it out?”

“It will burn.”

- The Once and Future King, T. H. White

Friday, October 11, 2013

When I let the Squirrels Drive

There are certain things about me that drive me nuts. I over-think things; I over-rationalize; I like showing off; I'm judgmental; I think myself into a little corner of selfyness and stick there for a length of time until I finally realize where I am and go, "that's why I was so unhappy/weird!" Yeah, I do that: drives me nuts.
I don't know what this post is meant to be about but I just feel like expounding on things that drive m-- I've already said that phrase too many times.
When I'm arguing I rarely raise my voice (btw, this is all coming from me, a very prejudiced opinion. If you want good solid facts you can take to the bank ask an observer, not me) it just gets kinda lower and slower, and I start over-rationalizing, over-this-ing, and over-that-ing. Drives me nuts, and siblings too.
Oh, and then there's this other thing I do that drives me nuts: whenever I'm - okay, this one is a littler harder to explain - when I really get something, when there's something really quite sad, when the time has come to be serious, when I'm frustrated; trying to explain myself; plain old potato annoyed: I start laughing. It's bad. Really bad. Funerals? Stories of loved one's deaths? Understanding...anything deeply and I'm off my seat laughing. Laughing till the tears come and my face is contorted and red and I've no breath left. Can I just say one thing more? IT DRIVES ME NUTS. It's not 'cause I'm heartless or whatever it's 'cause that's just the way I handle...stuff, and it just happens to be that I "handle stuff" in a very self-irritating way. Very. But it can be handy too. I keep imagining myself confronted by a bunch of bad-guys and seriously scared and, therefore, laughing my face off till they think I'm psycho....
There're a lot more, but I'm done. Aren't you glad?! :) Thanks for listening.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

In September

I read (to completion):
†Chief of the Cossacks, Harold Lamb

How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
This is a superb book (I underlined a ridiculous amount of it - and don't worry the copy I read was paper-back, I'd never dream of underlining a hard-back); I think just about everyone would benefit from reading it.

*Lyrico: The Only Horse of It's Kind, Elizabeth Vincent Foster
This is wonderful. Horses, the west, a girl and her pony, flying pony; it's all just exactly right.

†The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler, William L. Shirer
Very interesting book telling of the life of Adolf Hitler from beginning to end. His birth in Austria, life as a tramp in the streets of Vienna, political career, to his suicide in Berlin. I learned a new word reading that book: megalomania, it describes Hitler very well.

†The F.B.I., Quentin Reynolds
I started reading this book just 'cause. It was fascinating. J. Edgar Hoover was appointed to create a new detective sort of highly trained force because criminals were beginning to use science and not just force and  police simply did not have the training to track down the criminals. Learning about the detailed records the F.B.I. keeps makes you think. During W.W.2 Nazi submarines landed on beaches in Florida and dropped off spies (I think there were about eight, I can't remember) to sabotage important cities, bridges, and what not, but the F.B.I. tracked down and arrested all of them in a week before they could sabotage anything.

†The Battle of Britain, Quentin Reynolds 
I very much enjoyed reading this book, and also learning a little about the Eagle Squadrons. Here's a quote from the book that made me smile:
"Then I looked up at the bridge where the captain stood. He knew that German planes were on their way to bomb this convoy. Yet he didn't seem a bit nervous as he leaned over the rail of the bridge, smoking his pipe calmly. The English are like that. The more dangerous things become, the calmer they get." -The Battle of Britain, Quentin Reynolds 
Dwight D. Eisenhower: The Story of the General from Abilene, Malcolm Moos

I watched:
The Great Mouse Detective
*You've Got Mail

*Books/movies I've read/watched before.
† Landmark Book

Did you read/watch anything last month you liked especially? I'd love to hear about it!  :)