I have several favourites, but the only reason this was easy was because I was able to pair my other favourite Disney movies with other topics on this 30 Day Movie Challenge.
As usual, I like each and every character for different reasons, but honestly, I want a Baymax. My very own Baymax. When I’m sick, he’ll know exactly what’s wrong and how to fix it. He’d be my cuddle buddy — like a walking, talking teddy bear. Et cetera.
I’ve admitted it before, but I’m glad that Disney bought Marvel. We’ll cover that in another post.
It’s always been a dream of mine to go to space camp. The one time I was presented the information on the actual program (the last year I would have been able to as a teenager), I wasn’t able to go. I didn’t know that scholarships existed for anything other than university tuition.
Especially because I was never able to go, I want to give others the opportunity to do so. You can help by buying a T-shirt or sweater through 18 October, 2015, and/or donating directly to The Mars Generation. More details in the video; full details via the links below.
The Mars Generation is a non-profit organisation geared toward exciting youth about space and STEM, and spreading the word about the importance of space exploration.
This entry will replace my usual Friday post for this week. I’ll push that one ahead for next Friday.
I watched earlier today as Microsoft unveiled their third-generation Xbox — Xbox One. While the name for the new console sounds cleaner, I think it seems too much like a reset. I’m sure the name will grow on me, especially with how amazing this piece of technology is.
The shape — again, not quite fond of it. While the upgraded Xbox 360 was further curved and made sleek and shiny, the Xbox One is very boxy — the overall shape reminds me of the NES. However, I am a fan of how clean it looks. There are no buttons on the front; all you see is the nicely decorated slit for the disc drive and a black-and-white Xbox logo. It also has sort of a checkerboard look with half-matte and half-gloss.
The new Kinect is brilliant. There are so many upgrades to this puppy! It can now sense every movement: facial expressions, wrist twists, even your heartbeat! Trouble with having enough lighting, or is there a lamp right in your face? That’s no longer a problem. The room can be bright or in total darkness and it’ll still see you perfectly!
Gaming with or without the Kinect will become a completely new experience with Xbox One. The graphics are intense, the Kinect will bring new meaning to sports gaming, and with a constant internet connection you never have to wait for game updates to download before you play. It’s always annoyed me that when I go to play a game I first have to download an update that takes forever. Not anymore. Live updates!
This isn’t just a gaming console upgrade; it’s a complete replacement of all of the boxes taking up space in your living room, minus the stereo system. You can have your television service connected directly through Xbox One — it even has its own guide!
The voice commands and even movement options are fantastic. There’s no longer a need for remotes, not even to turn it on. “Xbox, on.” Oh, hello, my Xbox is on and I’m already signed in. No loading time! “Xbox, movie.” Star Trek resumes. “Xbox, music.” Maybe two seconds later, Deadmau5 comes through the speakers. “Xbox, TV.” Suddenly, you’re watching TV.
No. Loading. Time.
Snapping makes multitasking simple with Xbox One. “Snap Internet Explorer.” Watching sports? Now you can see a live update of your fantasy team on your TV as you watch the game! You can also Skype at the same time as watching television. Movie night with your long-distance friends? No problem! Watching sports with fellow fantasy sports friends? Again, not a problem!
It seems so far that this console will not be backwards compatible (able to play Xbox and Xbox 360 games), but no official news from Microsoft yet.
The price has yet to be announced, and the release date is labeled “later this year.” I fully expect to see Xbox One available for sale in the USA by, if not before, Black Friday.
More details about Xbox One will be released when E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) happens in three weeks.
I started writing a blog about this with a back story, but it got to be too long and I hadn’t even arrived at my point for writing it in the first place! So, I’m starting over here, without the back story.
I’ve always loved books, but that love hasn’t always shown itself by me actually, well, reading them. Sometimes I blamed my disinterest in reading on being forced to read in school. Other times I blamed it on my dislike for sitting still for very long or my waning attention span, thanks to technology and our ever increasing fast-paced world. I’d even found a comic on the wall of a book store with a “customer” saying to a clerk, “No, thank you. I don’t actually read books. I just like to be in their presence once in a while.” It described me perfectly.
One day in the library, when I was about 15, I happened across an audio book copy of Wringer. I’d noticed a few other students reading that book throughout the year, so I figured it must be good. I checked it out and retired to bed early that night to get in some “reading” before I went to sleep. I loved the book. If I remember correctly, I finished the whole thing that night and stayed up even later because I was inspired to write a story (which I finished in one sitting).
That was the first time I’d received a 100% on a book test at that school. I was so happy that I’d found a way to read that got me excited about reading again. To this day, I still remember the first line of the book: “He did not want to be a wringer. That was one of the first things he learned about himself.” I can still hear it in the narrator’s voice.
It really wasn’t an amazing story, at least not when measured by my tastes. It was the fact that it was an audio book. “Reading” was no longer tedious.
After that, with all the assigned reading and what not, I’d forgotten about audio books. More than ten years later, after taking a CD course on WWI from my library, I came across an audio book copy of The Hobbit. Being new to the world of LOTR, and completely in love with the new movie, I was excited to check it out. I also checked out a paperback copy to follow along whenever I wasn’t listening in the car. I loved it! I was so happy to have rediscovered audio books.
Less than a week after finishing The Hobbit, I wandered through the library where I was on holiday and came across The Fault in Our Stars by John Green; the audio book with a signed hardback copy next to it. Being a nerdfighter and fan of vlogbrothers, I’d wanted to read a John Green book for a long time. I finished it in two days.
In the almost two months since I rediscovered audio books I’ve finished reading five (four with audio, one without) and I’m currently working on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. Before that, I’d read maybe 2-4 per year! (Not including required reading or group reading; that’s also only novel-length books because most fan fiction and Garfield comic books don’t count.) So, thanks to audio books I’m reading as much as or more than I’ve wanted. Yay!