Monday, May 21, 2012

I love good, reputable companies.

This is a random post, but I had a tire going flat, and I went to Discount Tire Company to get it fixed. I love going to them whenever I have problems with my tires, the guys there are very friendly. They take care of my car quickly, and always do an excellent job. They don't try to rip me off either, like other places have tried in the past. If something is covered by my warranty, I don't pay much either. If you're in the Jacksonville area and need new tires or anything like that, I definitely recommend the Discount Tire Company at Cassatt and Lenox. They are definitely a great company.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Vanity Fair

I came across the movie Vanity Fair last night on Netflix, and as a diehard Pride and Prejudice fan, I was instantly sold on the premise of a 1820's English love story. Now, when I watch movies, I get very... involved. I'm kinda like the typical jackass who can't hold back my thoughts and opinions in the theater, and I can get very emotional while watching movies. So I watched this movie, and subsequently went on an emotional roller coaster. It was an excellent movie, but it was so angering and thought provoking.

Vanity Fair movie poster
Spoiler Warning!
The basic premise of the movie is as followed: Rebecca Sharp is a poor girl who schemes of climbing the social ladder of English society. Strategic alliances, heartbreak, pain, and betrayal are all obviously involved. Initially, Rebecca's wit and charm wins you over, but as the movie progressed, her scheming ended up causing the death of the man she truly loved, losing her son, and causing all sorts of heartache and hell to those around her. But in the end, she gets her happy ending.  Although she is the main character, I had a great distaste for her by the end of the movie. I respect that Rebecca won't let anything get in the way of getting what she wants, but at what extent does it no longer become worth it? After her husband leaves, her son is taken, and her husband dies, you would think she would maybe reconsider her thoughts or methodology. (George Osborne, who dies in the movie, also has this type of personality.)  But she doesn't. Much like Catherine in The Vampire Diaries (a show I adore), she only looks out for herself, without regard to the toll it takes on others.
End of Spoilers.

Unfortunately, I think this ideology is too prevalent in society now, as well, and if people started focusing on the needs of others as well, rather than just taking a solely self-centered approach, there would be much less grief, drama, and trouble in the world. It's simply just respecting other people. I know you can't always spare the happiness of others, but characters like these just take impeding on others to a whole new level.

Phew! How's that for opinionated? Maybe I should watch less movies....

My Summer Playlist!

Songs that remind me of this lovely season. Not all are about summer, but they remind me of it for their own reasons. Click for links to videos of each song!

Summer time. <3

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Avengers & Five Points

So, this past week, I went and saw the long anticipated film, The Avengers. I went twice, once with one of my friends, once with my brother, at Sun Ray Cinema at Five Points.

Now, if you haven't been to this quaint theater, I definitely recommend it. It's not like mall theaters, and it's really cool. When you walk in, the walls are all painted, and they have old-school arcade games, such as Galaga and Ms. PacMan. You can also buy alcohol at this theater, unlike most local theaters. Before the movie, they had a preshow with old Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor cartoons, and during the film, they even had a five minute intermission. 

The movie itself was INCREDIBLE. I was really worried that they would not be able to equally focus on each superhero, and they wouldn't be able to develop it well without making it a four-hour type of movie, but they did an excellent job giving each superhero adequate screen time. It was your typical good vs. evil plot; Loki sought to rule Earth, and The Avengers assembled after some time to kick ass and protect the Earth. My favorite scene was when the Hulk slammed Loki in the ground repeatedly after Loki's declaring humans and everyone beneath him since he's a "god". I was also really impressed by Scarlett Johansson's portrayal of Black Widow. If there has ever been a badass female spy, it's her. 

We also got some pretty cool pics while we were in the area.

Friday, May 4, 2012

A very happy birthday to a lovely friend!

I would like to wish a happy birthday to a very dear friend of mine, Kellie! Kellie runs the blog On the Brink of Something Beautiful, and was the one who introduced me to blogger. I've known Kellie for a few years, and she is very kind-hearted, sweet, and genuine. She's been there for me during some trying times in my life and has always been there for me. I always have a blast when I'm with her, and I am very fortunate to call somewhere like her my friend. Happy birthday Kellie!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Planes flying out of their skins?

About a week ago, I read this amazing article about DARPA's Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2). The plane flew so fast, (approximately 13,000 mph), that its skin peeled off! How crazy is that? DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, does really awesome and crazy projects, and it amazes me as an aspiring engineer. The HTV-2 is rocket launched, and its ultimate goal is to be able to fly anywhere in the world in less than an hour. This is the kind of stuff I would love to do as an engineer. 
For more information, you can read: 
Super Secret Hypersonic Aircraft Flew Out of Its Skin