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Between Phone Calls
Dear Mom, If I’d only had the capacity to understand then, 25 years ago, what I know now we would have been closer. After my sister was born I felt obsolete. Whether that was fair or not really wasn't relevant. I was eleven and an only child until she arrived. From my young point of view she took all of your time away from me. I was lonely.
Two Women, Side By Side
The photo on the left was taken in January 2019 by my daughter. I remember that day clearly. It was 12pm and I had just woken up.
The Life of Starlog Magazine
In the days before the internet and social media, one of the means for fans to stay informed was to subscribe to print media. While commercial TV and radio produced some news coverage for fans, the amount of time was limited. Therefore fans could get more in-depth coverage by reading a print story on their favorite movie or show. There were many different fan-oriented magazines back in the day, but one does stand out as being very popular during the 70s and 80s. That was Starlog Magazine.
It was just another ordinary day. Just another ordinary day until... it wasn't. The raindrops raced each other down the foggy window, like tears caressing the glass. Theo watched them hypnotically, letting all other thoughts empty from his head, quietening as they did so.
My Picks From Bloomingdale's
Late night “window shopping/ what’s in my cart” from Bloomingdales. Every time I visit LA I go to Bloomingdale’s. I always see celebs when I am in there. It’s great for shopping and people watching, that I don’t get in Houston. Since it’s one of my favorite places to shop in person and I haven’t been in a while I thought I’d take a look and see what’s new. They have some great brands like Aqua, Sandro, Sept a Cinq and so many more. Here’s my current wishlist plus some things I have in my cart.
Life is a silent illusion
Life is a silent illusion. When I wake up, in the gap of time, I think of those past events that seem far away again. Perhaps everyone has a city in their heart, where the undead are buried. There are their own stories, their own scenery, far or near, happy or sad, and then choose to forget or bury.
Not Lamb Brain Fritters
Hello Mum, As May is the month of Mother’s Day, Vocal has a new challenge for writers to conquer. It asks that we write you an open letter and confess to something we never planned to tell you and that got me thinking.
From Outcast To Clown - The Tragedy Of Jar Jar Binks
More than two decades after the debut of Jar Jar Binks in The Phantom Menace, the Gungan remains a divisive character in the community. However, whether you believe Jar Jar is a Sith Lord or just an annoying addition to the story, the Gungan has an interesting history from his conception by George Lucas until his character arc was closed in Aftermath: Empire’s End in 2017. Here we explain the history behind Jar Jar’s character archetype and the meaning of his complete story arc to date.
Friday the 13th: Impact of a Legend.
On May 9th, 1980, Friday the 13th made it's theatrical debut across the country. Written by Victor Miller and directed by Sean S. Cunningham, critics labelled it the most definitive slasher film in horror. Though Friday the 13th was not the first slasher film ever made, having been preceded by Psycho (1960), The Last House on the Left (1972), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), and Halloween (1978), Friday the 13th was the first of it's horror kind to have the moniker of "slasher" tied to its identity due to its exploitative nature displayed by a slasher-killer. Friday the 13th would not only become one of the most beloved horror classics of all time, but would influence many other slashers in the genre it pioneered down the line. In addition to it's status as horror royalty, the Friday the 13th film series would also become a staple on the identity of American pop culture.
Zoo Animals and the Effects of Captivity
Zoos are places where people maintain animals for their entertainment. People adore animals because they are attractive, which is why zoos were developed so they could admire them from a safe distance. Nonetheless, the poor caged animals suffer greatly and have mental disorders as a result of this.
The Kind of Man I Waited For
Growing up I was always told the same few things about marriage. “Wait for the man who brings home flowers to you!” “Wait for the man who always holds the door open for you.”
Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles: The Time Vampire Review
Before 2012, and Tom Baker's return to the part of the Fourth Doctor, the Companion Chronicles were the only way to enjoy new stories with one of the most-beloved Doctors in the show's history. One of the most highly-acclaimed releases during this time was "The Catalyst", the first story in the range to feature Louise Jameson as Leela. This was followed by sequel story "Empathy Games" and then, in 2010, the trilogy was completed with "The Time Vampire". Stepping up a level from the previous two stories, this one reunited Louise with John Leeson as the voice of K9 in a time-twisting narrative that really demands the listener pay attention. It's an incredibly complex story, and I'm not entirely sure I agree with everything it does regarding Leela. However, I do admire this release's ambition, and I think it ties together a number of plot points from the previous two releases really interestingly and satisfactorily.
Top Gun: The Lost Pilot
Who doesn’t want to be Maverick? In Tony Scott’s Top Gun Pete Mitchell was the epitome of the glorious warrior, as skilled as he was wild. Who doesn’t want to question authority, live beyond the rules, fly too close to the Sun? That’s the catch of course: Maverick is also Icarus, Maverick is Achilles, the hero felled by his own flaw — though it’s his best friend, Goose, who falls from the sky. Cruise, it’s worth noting, has wondered whether a contemporary studio would tolerate Goose’s death, if the movie were made today. “Can you imagine? Today, you’d have a hard time killing Goose,” he has said. “There would be a lot of discussion about killing Goose. You’d go to test screenings, and they would tell us, ‘They hate it when Goose dies! He’s such a likeable character! You’ve got to cut that out of the movie.’”
Unexpected Villain of the Piece
When I was younger, I always felt I would be the good guy, the hero in my life story. I think most people do? No one really wakes up one day and thinks “I am going to be the villain”. Even Mega Mind decided to be bad because he tried so hard to fit in and then felt everyone was against him because he was a blue kid with a big head and who seemed to be quite clumsy.
I didn't think The Hobbit needed defending but here we are
It was recently brought to my attention that a friend of mine, Made in DNA - an otherwise sane(ish), competent individual - doesn’t like The Hobbit.
How to Lean Into Rejection (& Even Enjoy It)
"The wound is the place where the Light enters you" - Rumi Rejection can take many forms and be because of many reasons.
What is the best way to make a free NFT?
In this article, I’ll show you how to make a free NFT. It’s easier than you may think to make, or’mint,' an NFT, and so’s just as easy to do it for free. I’ll be concentrating on generating a single NFT artwork in this tutorial rather than minting generative NFTs or an NFT collection.So, what exactly are NFTs? These non-fungible tokens have swept the globe, but they're not quite as complicated as they appear. NFTs are a method of registering a digital file on a cryptocurrency blockchain to ensure that it is a one-of-a-kind object and to demonstrate ownership. We have a complete guide on how to produce and sell an NFT, but I'll teach you how to make one for free right now.
Top 5 BFF's in Movie History*
Welcome to a listicle celebrating the magic, and the movie magic, of ~friendship~. I'm presenting 5 of some of the best examples of comradery, affection, and all around excellence to platonically grace the silver screen. Of course there are even more great duos, trios, and so on that showcase the best friendships ever, but, I didn't want to make this too long. Now, let's get to it . . .
Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar | Album Review
It's been years now since the drop of award winning album, DAMN. We've gotten a taste here and there with teasing singles and features with Baby Keem, but a new album is finally here - Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, a double album filled with x and y, topping off what has been one of the most incredible discographies of the modern era. The intimacy of family is front and center, with glimpses of religion, gun violence, and struggle hiding within plain sight - a Compton paramount. Kendrick, a modern rap king, has solidified his place atop the throne with this release.
Solo Travel, Not So Solo Anymore…Everyone is doing it.
Solo travel has never been more popular. You see it all over social media. People on their own traveling the globe. Did you know 1 in 4 millennials is planning to travel solo? 84% of these are women.