Shock and Awww

The following article was really well put together and highlighted what is and/or what isn’t shocking these days. It really puts forward some really good points.

I always try to think the best of people but a lot of what happens never really truly shocks me, especially since what happened at 9/11. But as I have grown up, I’ve seen and heard of many things that perhaps at the time may surprise you but as you become worldly, they tend to stop surprising you. I’m not sure if that is sad or just the way of the world. Perhaps it’s just over exposure to the world.

Check out this great article. I hope you enjoy.

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“Somewhere,
something
incredible
is waiting
to be known.”
~Carl Sagan

People use the word ‘shock’ a lot. The news keeps telling us how shocked we should be. Politicians are always shocked. Most things they use the word shock for, are not, in fact, shocking.

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Shockingly, we’re still cavepeople. We just happen to be living in a modern world. The modern trend is toward being positive, but there is a reason humans tend to be negative. It kept us alive. It was important to caution your family, friends, even strangers about: the wolves in the forest, the cliff behind the bush, the saber tooth tiger about to jump on their head, the rabid bats in the cave, the poison berries, and so on. We spoke of, then later, wrote about negative things not always to dwell on them, but to often to help others, protect others. And sometimes, other times, it’s…

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New Year: Blogging thoughts

I really think these words are of great value for anyone starting off blogging. I myself have only a small number of readers but I am happy any time I can connect with them. I’d personally have a small but interested blog follower group than just ones who like everything without reading. It’s not that I mind the likes, it’s just not my reason for blogging if that makes sense. But anyway, definitely read through this post. It’s immense!

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I suspect that many people will be thinking of starting a blog as a new year project. There may also be many who might be considering giving up on blogging too. In the summer of this year, I will have been blogging for five years. My blog is just an average thing, something I do for my own pleasure and amusement. It does not attract daily views of 1,000+, and cannot boast a following approaching 500,000, like so many of the busy blogs out there. However, it is enough for me, and I have some thoughts and tips for anyone embarking on a blog in 2017.

Don’t blog just to make money. It rarely happens.

Don’t be attracted by SEO bloggers, or Spam bloggers promising to increase traffic on your site.

Write about things you are interested in, not what you think others will like.

Keep it personal, and only…

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I don’t think my crush sees me that way

Hmm. Today was an interesting day. I have had a few good days with my crush but today she seems to have backed off a bit. I’m thinking she must have realised it was her I was speaking of and so she politely backed off. Frustrating!

I can’t say I’m too surprised but I’m still disappointed. Then again, she doesn’t even know what I look like so there is that I suppose. I hope we’ll be friends at least. I probably should be careful. 

Oh well. Other than that my day is as swell. Oh, and I tried to sign up a Twitter account today. Apparently Twitter are doing everything they can however to prevent me from having one. I can’t overstate how annoying this is. I had a big plan to announce my account on here tonight too. Talk about buzzkill. 

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Whenever I start writing something here, I am always writing off the top of my head. More often than not, very little planning goes into it. I find it funny reading stuff back because I think it gives quite an interesting insight into how ideas form in my head. I know when I’m writing, I want to sound smart so I add all these pointless words in here and there when really it would probably make better reading by just being straightforward. It’s definitely not very “authory” of me. I should plan!

I think one of the big problems of constructing sentences when you are basically writing what you think is that you are often not sure how the sentence is going to end when you are putting it down in front of you. Obviously, if you proof it as you go along, you can change it but damn it, when I write, I write like I’m a German speaking English more than an Oxforf Professor. And I’m not even German!

How do you write your blogs? Do you plan out stories and posts? Do you write them in word before you post them? Let me know how you roll!

Movie Review: Shark in Venice

STARRING: Stephen Baldwin, Vanessa Johansson and Giacomo Gonella

Hey guys and thanks for reading. Today’s review is on the 2008 horror movie Shark in Venice.


 The movie was pitched as being like Indiana Jones meets Jaws so obviously I was intrigued to see what this movie had to offer, especially since I am a big fan of creature features, Jaws and generally anything that has sharks in. 

Without spoiling the story, the plot goes something along the lines of: Stephen Baldwin is David Franks, an archeologist who heads off to Venice to search for his father who mysteriously went missing in Venice, while diving in the city. When he arrives, David uncovers a cryptic trail that may unveil the lost fortunes of the Medici. The mafia are aware of this lost fortune and are keeping an eye on Franks’s every move as he attempts to hunt this treasure and by the way, they’re not the only ones that could stand in his way. Because you see…there are sharks. 


Even though this film reeks (of promise), surprisingly it doesn’t quite deliver. This is even with Stephen Baldwin’s best acting efforts (see above). 

Seriously though, the film is an absolute mess. I don’t know how my Dad even found this movie but he did and since we had it, we had to watch it. I actually started laughing at this movie within the first thirty seconds of hitting play. This was mainly do the ridiculous looking mafia boss played by Giacomo Gonella (see below). 


The storyline was laughable, although maybe not on par with Mega Shark versus Giant Octopus, while the acting and script were disastrous. Stephen Baldwin is a bad actor. He’s so bad. If you must see one scene in this movie, it’s the scene where he is having a nightmare. He also looks like he is in a constant state of jet lag. That being said, I don’t want to give him too much credit as the rest of the cast were equally awful. 

Movies like this need a sense of humour. For example, while Sharktopus was an incredibly bad movie, it’s one saving grace was that you could tell that nobody was taking themselves seriously. You unfortunately can’t say the same for this. This film was just bad and it was not intentionally bad. That’s what makes it so much more tragic. It also makes you wonder how Stephen Baldwin ever managed to get roles like the Usual Suspects. 

Verdict: if you are a glutton for punishment or you really want to punish someone with a movie, then this movie is for you. It’s also a good guide on how not to make a good movie. If you are one of these people, who like me, loves to see silly movies and laugh and/or have a bit of a giggle, you may also get some value out of this but I would recommend you have some alcohol on standby.  Otherwise, stay clear!

Grade: E