Sunday, July 28, 2013

When not blogging, you can also find me...

...on Youtube!

Dunno if I've mentioned this before, I have a YT channel!

I had one previously that I closed due to being too much of a distraction during school, but now I'm using it solely for music and reuploads of old fanvideos I've made, and not networking or as a social function :P

Wanna check it out? Here's a video or two (or three) to lure you in...

Of course, if Youtube's not your thing, go your way in peace :P But I'm definitely working on more videos than posts these days. And who knows, maybe one day I'll finally make all those scripts I've written into shorts and I'll publish them there.

Direct link to the channel is here --->

Yes this was a shameless promo because hey I have nothing better to post about these days.

Friday, July 26, 2013

One must first be a launchie...

...yes, Ender terminology has made it's way onto my blog.

Well, today has been a fairly big day for me. Three months ago I posted about community college, and today I redid my placement test and I'm happy with it. I reread all the comments on the original post last night, and seriously, you guys are the best friends and followers ever, and I'm so blessed by all of you.

The title of this post comes from something Pathfinder said to me earlier today,

"Remember, one must be a launchie before they can become a fleet commander."

Needless to say, besides making my day and being great encouragement, it also took my brain on a long, possibly useful thought tangent.

Unfortunately, I can't even remember what my profound(?) thoughts were. So much has transpired today...math, driving, book buying, snack eating, college worrying...

Oh wait.

I remember now.

[If you aren't familiar with Ender's Game this might lose you. Apologies.]

Fleet Commander is the goal. While heading out to the community college I was thinking about EG, and how being the best in the school battles seemed like the end goal. And yet, they were just a means to a greater thing. But it seemed so big, and so important.

I just thought it was funny, reading EG and Ender's Shadow, the people that couldn't see past the games, and couldn't understand that the bigger picture was being a part of the International Fleet, and fighting enemies instead of each other. (The nature of those 'enemies' isn't the point, so we'll just let that be.)
Why didn't they set their sights higher? Why were they so wrapped up in the battles that they missed the point of them entirely?

Whatever your goals are in life, abstract or concrete, vast or small, as you adhere to God's will, be sure to not settle for being best in the battle school rankings. God has so much planned for you, and it won't look anything like you thought it should. But it will be amazing. And it will have eternal impact. Don't get lost in the little stuff.

No one on earth could have possibly cared who was at the top of the standings any given day. It didn't serve any purpose but to train. The battles, in and of themselves, didn't change anything. They were merely a stepping stone.

Sure, serving in the fleet was different than being in battle school, or command school. But the fleet was the reason for battle school.

I'm honestly not sure where I'm going with this. I just want to encourage you not to get too wrapped up in the here and now. Or to set your sights too low. Be open to what the Lord has for you. See everything as training ground for something even greater.

Because the fleet did something. When you command fleets, you do wonders. You fight the true enemy. You win battles. You're pushed harder than every before, but what you're doing will change the universe permanently.

But remember, all fleet commanders started out as launchies. Don't let that discourage you.

Friday, July 12, 2013

How To Train Your Dragon 2 - a calm analysis written by a not very calm person

Yeah, I may be 16 1/2. I may be (almost officially) a junior in high school. Yeah, I may be one who enjoys deep and mature films and pondering the mysterious things in life.


This is How To Train Your Dragon 2, people!!!


And forget what I said about this being a calm analysis.

Ok, ok, just watch this teaser and then we'll start the "what's this movie about?" guessing game.


Ok, so first of all we need to address the fact that this sequel is- visually- going to look even more incredible than the first one, simply because of the advances in technology. I love the fact that they're keeping the same style- it just looks a little more sophisticated.

It's incredibly exciting to notice that they're bringing in more creatures from the books and extended ideas from the first film. Maybe the Berserkers or even Kamikaze's clan will be introduced in this installment.

Get a load of this armor! Obviously, some of this stuff is flight gear, but the helmet and the shoulder pads and even the emblem says that the vikings are going to war- or have gone to war- with someone or something. It shall be interesting to find out who or what. 

Pardon my love of detail.
Also please excuse the fact that I got these caps off of the trailer on Youtube.
Also pardon the fact that the armor is reminding me of Ender's Game.

 This is probably one of my favorite things- the face that Hiccup (or someone) has developed a way to fly semi-independently. If there is any serious combat in this film, a stunt like that is going to look awesome.

It's like fighting in Null G what did I say about those Ender references

I'm actually very curious to see if Stoic will be in this one-- it's obvious that this is at least five years after the first movie, as Hiccup is older. It won't be surprising if time has aged Stoic as well. Will he be an old man? Dead? Or maybe pretty much the same. 
Also I'm expecting Berk to look different, as well. The people have clearly changed.
Alright. Who's excited??? And what are your guesses on the film?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Man Of Steel (a stellar review condensed into a burst of fangirl love)

Flawless casting was flawless.

Flawless cinematography was flawless.

Flawless editing was flawless.

Flawless music was flawless.

Flawless costumes were flawless.

Flawless fight scenes were flawless.

Flawless poignant scenes were flawless.

Flawless lens flares were flawless.


It was compassionate. It was brave. It was grim. It was beautiful.

I came in with no previous Superman-related film (or comics or cartoons) before this film. I came in fairly unprejudiced, but with the foreknowledge of very mixed reviews from Superman buffs.

Anyway, I sat down in that packed theater tonight, not expecting anything in particular, but prepared to love it and ready for it to prove it's worth to me.

It didn't fail. Not an ounce.

Maybe I will be more critical the second time around. I mean, I am definitely sick of New York being torn to tiny shreds, and explosions, but I guess fights between non-humans would do that to any city... and there was more personal, hand-to-hand combat than explosions (I think. Not that I counted or anything.) which made it more acceptable as well.

I loved how Kent's story was portrayed. I loved the amount of emotion that was brought to the table. I loved the fact that I saw biblical parallels, and not just concerning Kent, every five minutes. I loved the fact that as the credits rolled and came to end, there were still little groups of people in the rows, talking animatedly and geeking out- about the new, the old, the future sequels. I just closed my eyes and basked in the moment of all these other fans in love with this fictional creation.

Basically, please go do yourself a favor and go see Man Of Steel. Whatever your final opinion of it will be, I'm pretty sure it will be worth it.

Edit 7/3/2013: I have just finished watching the 1978 Superman film starring Christopher Reeve. I loved it. It was glorious. But now, I can honestly say, comparing Man of Steel to that film (and sequels, I imagine) is like comparing a cucumber and a peach. There's just no doing it. If Zack Snyder and crew had tried to imitate the feel-good (and possibly campy) mood of the original film, they would have taken severe hits for not being the exact same film. That Superman film is something completely it's own and impossible to replicate, particularly because we're not in the 70s anymore. 
I'm really glad with the direction Man of Steel has taken. It's completely different to Superman, and while the themes are very common with most sci-fi and action today, I think it was still a good choice, and I hope the sequel does very well. 
If you're looking for the cheer and the gusto of the old film, you're not gonna find it in Man of Steel. But you will still find a pretty darn good superman story.