Sunday, May 31, 2015

In May

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Ultimate Collection, by Ed Brubaker - Loved this comic.
some short stories by Flannery O'Conner - Didn't like them.
 Mary Queen of Scots, by Emily Hahn

Night at the Museum (1, 2 & 3) - I love the third movie.
To Kill a Mockingbird - I was so close to being very happy with it as a retelling of the book, but I didn't feel like it portrayed certain key scenes properly.
*The Princess and the Frog
*The Swan Princess
*Captain America: The Winter Soldier ♥
Avengers: Age of Ultron (x2)
Agents of SHIELD (season two) - Sadly there's not much left of it that I love anymore.
Daredevil (season one) ♥

† Landmark Book
* seen before

Went on a hike today with my family and spent the whole time running/walking up the mountain with my dad all the while narrating to him the entire plot of Daredevil and trying to explain to him why it's exactly awesome. That was fun. Then I explained the entire plot of Guardians of the Galaxy piece by piece to my mom. I'm so happy my family is into Marvel. 

What books and film did you enjoy especially in May? I hope you all have a good June. xx

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Tomorrowland | Review

(this review is spoiler-free)

Time: 130 min
Soundtrack by Michael Giacchino
Rating: 48% (RT); 6.8/10 (IMDb)

I liked Tomorrowland very much. As a story it wasn't ultimately satisfying to me, but as two hours spent in the movie theater to share an adventure and have fun I liked it very much. It carries you into its world and the two hour ride it takes you on is simply very enjoyable. The only thing I didn't like was the ending, it felt like an abrupt end to a ride that had just really begun. The movie was impressively not at all spoiled by the trailers which barely give away any information. 

George Clooney plays a very likable character who was fun to get to know. The lead actors went together and were cast well. All of them were particularly good in their roles, especially  and Thomas Robinson.

Tomorrowland poses some interesting questions, and its strong themes and messages were both applicable and encouragingThe idea of people accepting a horrible fate instead of trying to fight and change it, because accepting that fate doesn't require them to do anything today, while fighting for a better one does, was clearly put and made positively motivating by the rest of the story and its ideas. The message that ideas, creativity, and art are part of that better future is a personal message, calling out to everyone. Overall, Tomorrowland, if not completely satisfying, is a positive, motivating, and fun story.

Content: rated PG by the MPAA for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language. (spoilers) Androids which look like humans are beat up and killed. (end of spoiler)

my rating: 3.5/5
favorite line: "There are two wolves who are always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. The question is, which wolf wins?" "The one you feed."

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

This Summer // To Do

The trip I mentioned earlier ended yesterday. It's strange how unfamiliar the house looked after not seeing it for six weeks. Last summer was my first experience having a real job and it was stressful, but also fun. My favorite times last summer were bike rides with music and cool hours spent in the movie theater with popcorn watching Marvel movies. I’m looking forward to doing that all again. This summer‘ll be different though, the number of people in the house has halved and it’ll be my second summer working, so – theoretically – I won’t be as awkward. Whatever this summer turns out to be I’m looking forward to it. I like change and it’ll probably be full of it.

I work best with a grade and due date ahead of me, it's hard to get anything done otherwise. Now that school has mostly ended and I have more time to do my own stuff, and since there are no deadlines - just expiration dates - for the things I want to do, I've made this list to help me focus on spending my time well. It’s a list of the things left after prioritizing how I want to spend my time this summer. These aren’t in any order.

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Get learner's permit – I’ve been putting this off with good excuses (school and such) for a while, but I need to get my license and now’s a good time. “A good time” as in now is the time I can do it. (Encouragement would be appreciated.)

Research colleges and learn about potential jobs – Ever since I can remember I’ve said I wanted to make movies when I grow up. That hasn’t changed, but what exactly “making movies” means I don’t know. Right now the things I’m most interested in are computer science, camerawork, editing (both words and film) and writing. I also like organizing things and people and that sort of thing. My dream job would be working for Marvel Studios, doing what exactly I don't know. Basically I want to learn as much as I can this summer about what I want to do and how to do it.

Plan trip to England – I’m working on a full post about this, but for now I'll just say my Dad has said he’ll take me if I plan the whole thing. I’ve never planned anything like this so it’ll be a challenge, but I’ve wanted to go to England for as long as I can remember so I’m determined to try.

Get in shape – The main obstacle for this is that it’s going to take time and energy away from doing other things. I want to get into the habit of running in the morning. Because I'll have to be off the place where I'll be running by seven in the morning I'll have to go early. (If any of you have tips for a beginning runner I’d appreciate them.)

Take a break from reading – I’ve realized that I should put reading further down on the list than it is usually so I can spend more time on other stuff. I’ll still be reading some though, it's just not as high in my priorities right now. 

Make an eBay shop – For now, I just want to try out running one and see if it’s worth the time and how much I can make with it.

Improve my word per minute average (that is, typing speed) to 85 WPM – I found this website a couple weeks ago, my beginning average was 40, and is now 64. It’s a fun site to use if you’re interested and works well; it also shows you your typing averages, graphs of your problem areas on the keyboard and learning speed, etc. My fastest typing speed so far is 108 words per minute. I’m going for an average of 85 WPM by the end of the summer, focusing on accuracy especially instead of speed.

Continue to research how computers work – This isn't a very measurable goal, but lately I've become fascinated with how computers and everything that have to do with them work. Firstly I want to learn how assembly languages translate more complex languages like C+ and Java into binary. Hopefully, in the process of learning that I'll learn to read and write a little of those languages. I also want to learn how the internet and hacking works (don't worry, I'm just interested in the technology of it), and how to write programs.  

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What are you planning/hoping to do this summer? Also, if you have any advice or anything about any of the things I mentioned up there, I like advice. xx

Friday, May 15, 2015

list no. i

Good for studying and concentrating in general (about an hour long):

The Night at the Museum movies -- I just really enjoy them, my favorite is definitely the third, then the first, it's sorta the classic. 

Mr. Robot (tv series) --  Airs June 24th. I don't know what it's rated but I'm really hoping I can watch it because it looks like it could be very cool + interesting. (teaser, review)

I saw the teaser for Mr Robot and it got me interested in computers so I started looking up about them, how they actually work, and now I'm hooked on understanding them. They're so cool. Here are two videos I found and like a lot explaining some basic functions.

And then there's one of the tv promos from the third Night at the Museum movie, they're so funny:

Lend me your hand and we'll conquer them all
But lend me your heart and I'll just let you fall
Lend me your eyes I can change what you see
But your soul you must keep, totally free 
Awake My Soul, by Mumford & Sons

Websites + Articles:
CS101 -- Free online course with worksheets and all.
Great detailed explanation that starts at base level: How do computers work?
Because being able to type fast is cool: Learn typing at the speed of thought
And then these 'tests'/quizzes because they're fun (if you do any of 'em, what are your results?): 
Kuku Kube (color perception test - slightly addictive)

What have you been into lately?