Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Random Photo: Blue's Clues

I remember Blue's Clues when it came out when I was eight. My brain power was a bit above it at the time but limited cable as a kid often left me watching stuff I'd never watch otherwise. Now my niece Little K apparently has this as one of her new favorite shows. Ol' Steve in the show left a few years into it because he was going bald., kind of sad to be honest. 

Ender's Game (2013 Film) Review

Back in 2013 I largely ignored Ender's Game. While I generally like sci-fi, the whole genre can kind of feel...well generic. It didn't seem that interesting even with Harrison Ford obviously displayed as a major character. Ender's Game is actually based on a book of the same name from 1985. The movie itself didn't do well in theaters, and critics raved about other stuff that year. I later learned that the movie was "boycotted" by those who opposed the book's author Orson Scott Card's extreme right-wing political views. Being very liberal myself, I do think it's rather stupid when conservatives bash liberal entertainers, so I'd be a hypocrite if I did the same. After-all I really like Clint Eastwood's movies and Walker Texas Ranger (Chuck Norris) despite being the opposite side of the political spectrum from those two. Ender's Games should truly be judged on if it's a good movie or not.

Fact of the Day: David Rizzio

David Rizzio was the personal secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots. Queen Mary's second husband Lord Darnley (Henry Stuart) was quite jealous of him. Mary and Rizzio had a close friendship and there was rumors that he got Mary pregnant. Lord Darnley along with supporters asked for Rizzio to be handed over during a dinner while Queen Mary was heavily pregnant. The Queen refused but the men eventually got a hold of Rizzio soon after and stabbed him 56 times with Queen Mary as a witness. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Random Photo: Library Box

While they are not new to our libraries, I do love these return boxes they have at our local ones. It's got a belt that returns them but it also lets the system know you returned them as well at that same instant. Out of all the time they've had them, the system hasn't made a mistake once with me. 

Star Trek Beyond (2016 Film) Review

 Since I was not even remotely close to being born in 1966, I was not old enough to enjoy the original Star Trek TV show nor even the first sequel TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. In 2009 they decided to reboot the series as a string of movies introducing an alternate timeline (that makes a lot of sense) so people can know the characters if they didn't watch a lot of episodes of the old TV series. I had known very well of Star Trek and its impact on pop culture, but I decided the 2009 Star Trek film would be how I knew the series. I really liked it and I loved the sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness even more so. This is the first Star Trek film of the new sub-series to not be directed by J.J. Abrams so while I was looking forward to Star Trek Beyond I had my doubts.