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30 Day Challenge: Day 12

Day Twelve: Five Guys Whom I Find Attractive.

Sorry folks, but I am Heterosexual, therefore my realm of attraction lies in those with a genetic sprouting from a X chromosome. So here are Five Girls Whom I Find Attractive.

  1. Zooey Deschanel – Every time I see her in a movie I have to strategically turn myself a few degrees from whoever is in the room.
  2. Scarlett Johansson – The Avengers. Need I say more?
  3. Lily Collins – Standing ovation to Phill.
  4. Emma Stone – You knew there was a 99% chance she would be on this list
  5. Some Girl I Fail to Remember at the Moment– And I won’t try to guess…
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30 Day Challenge: Day 9

For Day nine I must give my output on How Important I Think Education Is.

Education is a outdated process. Face it, the world is changing, people are changing any we need a new way to teach our next generations. A way in which they will be able to retain information when most needed either in real life problems (Algebra is in this list of the unneeded…) or in the chosen career field that is most favorable to an individual. Perhaps some program presented early in childhood to help discover the talents and level of intelligence then giving a completely customized educational training to fulfill that chosen path.
I don’t know if I have the proper ground to stand on since I never paid attention in school (Note that I was mostly a trouble maker too.), I always felt like I didn’t belong and what I was learning was far from what I was interested in. Math fried my brain and english restricted my creative expressiveness in writing (However for humanity’s sake proper grammar is always a necessity). I wanted more science, more particle and astrological physics, but I would have to wait for college for those subjects to even surface.

My point: Education is very important, but change is needed to teach effectively and certain ways are not helping retain the most important information to progress further in this life and in our careers.

30 Day Challenge: Day 6

Day six: My Views on Mainstream Music.

Deadmau5, Bruno Mars, Adele, One Direction; we all know these bands in one way or another and a lot of the songs that we hear today are mostly by these people (unless you manually change the channel/station, or you’re deaf, etc.) I must say, the talent of a lot of todays artists are extremely talented and with such a fine taste of music that’s saying quite a bit.

Deadmau5 is a great example along with the likes of Skrillex, it may be electronically synthesised beats and rhythms, but it creates an amazing composition that no average person can pull off. Maroon 5 has been at the top of the charts for as long as I can remember, and they deserve it. Their songs are catchy and you can’t help to sing-along to every one. I have a few other bands on my mind that I love to listen to, but when it comes to hip-hop or rap, that’s when my views of mainstream go…downstream. Overall, todays music is evolving rapidly and tomorrow’s will only get better and better.

30 Day Challenge: Day 3

Day three calls for A Book I Love.

A hard one for me, since I love many books, but one that I seem to adore more than most is…

This book has to be one of the best books that I have ever read page by page. In fact it may be the best book of the entire 17th Century as a landmark of true gothic literature.
The story starts off with Robert Walton, the captain of a ship who’s voyage is to reach the North Pole, writes in letters to his sister that during his travels he found a Victor Frankenstein who was in pursuit of another man of much larger stature seen by the crew earlier during the day. After rescuing the partially frozen doctor, he begins to tell Robert his life story which has led him to this point.

Being involved in the studies of natural sciences during his adolescence he quickly develops the obsession of wanting to  imbue inanimate bodies with life, entering the University of Ingolstadt to further investigate the secret technique. He imagines his creation of reanimated body parts to be beautiful and a gift to science, but instead it turns out hideous in his eyes and becomes repulsed in its awakening. The monster flees, leaving Victor to travel back to his home where he finds his brother William killed by the rogue creation’s hands. From that point Victor must find the monster and not only stop it from killing again, but to erase it from the existence he granted unto it.

Horror, Science Fiction, Suspense, and even Romance are stitched (pun unintended) together to create a compelling and magnificent novel. The favorite thing about this book is the true demeanor of the “monster” which is described as a sensitive, emotional creature who only seeks to share his life with another being like himself. The story portrays him as intelligent and literate after observing people and reading books in the reclusive time of his escape from humanity. In many ways the creation was seen as more human than Dr. Frankenstein himself and those who feared and judged him for his appearance. In his attempt to rescue a small girl from a river he is shot down by a witness, becoming enraged with grief and despair to the point he vows revenge for being brought into the world.

I must give this a 5-star; a 10-out-of-10 rating for such a work of literary genius.

Halo 4: The Awakening of a Hero

When the news first exclaimed of Halo 4, the entire world watched in awe. The continuation of Master Chief and the vast universe set centuries ahead of our time, but also hundreds of thousands of years before captivated our intrigue and skepticism. (Explained here.)
The information concerning plot, gameplay, features, perks, and audio between its reveal and now has overwhelmed the gaming world and Halo fanatics such as myself.

The story we know so far of the Reclaimer Trilogy is Master Chief awakening from Cryo-Sleep to find the floating half of Forward Unto Dawn being pulled into a titanic metal sphere with Forerunner glyphs strown across the surface. Later on the shield world is revealed to be inhabited by Prometheans, a forerunner species led by none other by The Didact (in which I believe is inhabiting that metal, glowing sphere we see in the campaign trailer).
Cortana, who is steadily becoming rampant due to her diminishing life-span, has a greater role in this trilogy than the last and from leaked (and speculated causes) may become the very thing that makes or breaks Master Chief.

The story concerning his armor change is also vaguely explained as Cortana crafting it while the spartan was sleeping due to reasons beyond our temporary comprehension. So far it looks good, but aesthetics are not enough in such a story-driven atmosphere.

Master Chief: Ready for Action

Master Chief: Ready for Action

Additional info for supporting characters will come in the form of a live-action miniseries called Forward Unto Dawn, that will explain Thomas Lasky’s story that will tie directly to Halo 4’s plot. From the official website:

“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” tells an exciting story of heroism and sacrifice on a scale never before seen in the “Halo” universe, taking fans back to the beginning of the human and Covenant war and leading into the events of “Halo 4.” Set against the backdrop of a United Nations Space Command (UNSC) military academy, a group of highborn cadets are training to be the next generation of soldiers in the UNSC’s ongoing war with insurrectionists in the outer colonial planets. Among these cadets, Thomas Lasky struggles with his doubts about this war, and with the burden of expectations he may not be able to carry. As Lasky comes to terms with his potential as a military leader, the terrifying alien alliance known as the Covenant arrives and turns his world upside down. Inspired by the Master Chief, he must decide what it means to be a hero.”

 The story so far is only scratching the surface of what we’ll see on November 6th. A lot of people are speculating that the Forerunner planet Requiem is actually Onyx, the planet composed entirely of inactive Sentinels. The only reason in that conclusion is the fact Dr. Cathrine Halsey has a part in the investigation of Requiem. As stated in The Thursday War, Requiem was the final resting place of The Didact they claim as a living God and “must not be awoken”, surrounding himself in ancient weapons known as Promethians.
(Promethians as we know were advanced AI, but according to Kiki Wolfkill, they are nothing less than living organic matter.) It also reveals a weapon catche on Onyx that turns the tide of the war between the Humans and Sangheili, further proving Dr. Halsey’s role in the new trilogy.

Now not to say much about the ending, multiple reports have released that the climatic battle between the UNSC and the Didact fail to shed light on a tie into Halo 5. 343i has quite the plate to devour (bad analogy alert) when it comes to surprizing us with the next installment; the gracious donations of new features leaves it looking rather…dry.

343 Industries has surprized us with a lot, perhaps they will do the same again 3 years from now.

The World of Wizardry

Hogwarts Coat of Arms *Wikipedia

I remember as clear as day (if lacking fog, clouds…you get the picture) being 5 years old when I took a trip to the mall with my parents. My mother who read occasionally walked into Borders with me by her side, skimming through the seemingly endless selection of books, comics, and graphic novels. Then something caught my eye; and endcap with the cardboard cutout of a small boy with glasses and a scar on his forehead, pointing a finely crafted stick toward the ceiling. It read Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone above the shelf which held only two copies. I had never heard about it untill then and my intrigue at such a young age persisted my parents to buy the $11 brick of glued-together pieces of paper.

I was never so excited walking out of a mall in my life. I flipped to the first page and read probably the most captivating story of my era. You couldn’t measure how much it sparked the imagination in me, and even to this day I still have the same feeling as I did almost 15 years ago. The Harry Potter series was a special thing, written by someone who was struggling to make it to the next day when the character popped into her head out of nowhere.

It took the world by storm and kids (such as myself) wanted to be the next Harry Potter, dressing up in memorabilia and changing our prescription glasses to a thicker, more round frame.  The magic died unfortunately only to be survived by a number of devoted fans. Now people flock to stores for Twilight, a book about a disco ball falling in love with a melodramatic girl who has the hots for an oversized dog.
(Now don’t take that in the wrong way Stephenie Meyer, I have respect for you in being an author and I enjoyed The Host.)

This is what happens every time someone says that Twilight is better than Harry Potter.

Harry Potter was filled with adventure, mystery, humor, thrills, and sometimes romance. It was a story of a boy coming of age to face a fate that was set for him before he was born. The characters felt real and relatable and if they were killed you felt like you lost a very good friend of yours. The books were nothing less than amazing and the chance that a new series that will captivate the world as much as Harry did, is against the odds.

Zombies? Or Undisputed Idiocy?

We all know the events that happened last Saturday; a man who has served faithfully in his church with a family suddenly turned rampant on the streets of Miami and snacked on one of his fellow kin’s flesh.
When taken into retrospect it sounds like something that flew straight from Resident Evil: Degeneration or even The Walking dead, but we all know of its fictional nature.

But lately we have found truth stranger than fiction.

Zombie

They might not look like this, but they’ll still be terrible at making friends.

The signs of a possible “Zombie Apocalypse” dawns nearer, but authorities proclaim the Bath Salts sold legally online are the cause of the situations…the situations that have been publicly released in a week. When it comes to probability, a number of people taking bath salts and then becoming cannibals at around the same time it seems ludicrous, but don’t start thinking that I am preparing for the worst by purchasing ammo and ballistic machinery by the bulk.
By nature I am a skeptic, one who doesn’t stick to one side untill the right info has come to surface before taking action. These stories are all the hype more so because of our modern infatuation with Zombies. (I am guilty, I like Zombies and if I didn’t, my MTG deck would be composed of werewolves and vampires {Which would be most unfavorable}.) People are now choosing friends based on the tactics that would serve better in a flesh-eating catastrophe and many of them want it to happen.

I am not one of those people, which is why I disagree with any kind of forthcoming apocalypse; I would much rather stay home, awaiting the release of Halo 4 by practicing my skills with a DMR instead of worrying about people and the possibility that they may have an appetite for my grey matter. …and then we go to the evidence.

  • Hazmat crews were called into Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport to investigate the source of an “unknown chemical”, sending a number of people to the hospital.
  • 41-year-old Dr. Zachary Bird, was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol near Orlando, charged with battery charges for spitting blood in a officer’s face. They say he was “extremely agitated and enraged” then proceeded to repeatedly bang his head on the patrol car until he bled.
  • A strange rash was reported at a school around the same district as Fort Lauderdale. A Hazmat team was once again called in to investigate, and left without any explanation of the rashes origin.
  • A disoriented Canadian man was arrested aboard an American Airlines plane after he attempted to rush the cockpit. The plane had just landed in Miami shortly before.
  • In Hackensack, New Jersey, a man was rushed to the hospital after he cut out his own intestines and threw them at police officers.

Whatever is happening in Florida and the surrounding area seems to be spreading, not fast, but fast enough for the University of Illinois to tweet the following warning to its students one night: “Hazardous materials released at Institute for Genomic Biology. Escape area if safe to do so. Otherwise seek shelter.”
I don’t know about you but this info seems concrete enough to at least explain some of the incidents, however the possibility of a humanity-threating event is too farfetched for what “experts” say could happen–very reassuring for someone who read World War Z. It could very well be a relation to drugs such as LSD and an overdose in cocane…or the bath salts; people simply being stupid enough to take them.

So what do you think?

I’m sure that this will come to pass and the strange events will become part of a history that will certainly be printed in every Biological Studies workbook.  Let’s cross our fingers and knock on some wood. Mahogany for added measure.