Hey guys, as the titles says, I got a lot of reviews to cover today. I expected my book review, but not 2 movie reviews. :) So after I do my usual reports, I'll be posting a review of The Time Trap 4th Edition by Alec Mackenzie and Pat Nickerson. Then I'll be posting a review of Michael Moore's Capitalism A Love Story and Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo.
So first things first, my report of yesterday. Unfortunately since I got distract for hours, first fighting with my parents, then cleaning the bathroom, then watching Middle-End of Michael Moore's Capitalism A Love Story and then Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo. Of course after I had dinner, I had to go upstairs and watch Capitalism A Love Story from beginning to end.
So with all those distractions, I think I did fairly well, although I didn't get to bed until 3am.
What got done: Hiragana/Katakana/Vocabulary, Gaia Guild, Violin For Dummies, Reading book, Library Book, Pagan Book, Japanese Study, Comp Lit Homework, Public Speaking Homework, History Homework, New Year Resolutions, What is Goth?
What didn't get done: Writing, Webcomic Writing, Anime Music Video Third Draft, World of Warcraft Emblems, Japanese Homework, TV Production Homework, Viking Project, Ask The Bones, Sewing.
So it appears that either the things that got done out number the things that didn't, or it's relatively equal. Which is the very minimum I want done per day. So yesterday I finished The Time Trap because of me doing library book reading. Sometimes though, I feel like I am doing too much reading in any given day.
Time for the reviews.
Overall I would rate this an alright book that's somewhat helpful. It's around 300 pages of advice, stories, and humor. There's one notable one that a manager covers his door with police do not cross tape signs to signify his closed door time and his employee crawls underneath saying it's just me.It's well written, though at times a bit dry. The main thing I've taken from this book is numerical prioritizing with my own spin on it. Another thing is that with some features of outlook it lists, I now want to learn outlook for the extra features it has. Again, I wouldn't highly recommend this book, but I would recommend reading it and writing down it's little hints and tid bits you want.
Michael Moore dose it again. A compelling and humorous argument in the form of a persuasive speech made into a movie. Unlike what everyone thinks, this is not a heavy argument for socialism, although he likes socialism over capitalism. His argument is simply there's a lot of flaws in capitalism, particularly when the government is bought out and dismantles their regulations, which we already know happened. That people need to either revolt, protest, or swarm by the numbers with voting and sway on the government that way because of our immense numbers. Especially since the government will fear a revolt. More importantly, the companies fear a revolt. We've had 2 major histories with industry revolt or stratification, the time when our unions were just being born and workers were saying they've had enough (I can't remember what time period that particularly is) and the Victorian era where you were pretty much either well to do, or you were struggling to get by. Sound familiar? We're basically the Victorian era without being polished and mannered and the lovely fashion. (That's not in the movie, that's just my own observation) I highly recommend this funny persuasive speech.
Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo is definitely another movie where you look at it and automatically see a Miyazaki classic. A visually stunning masterpiece with heavy relations with the supernatural or spiritual world. With a good heroine, and lovable and endearing characters. If there's any problems with this masterpiece, it's that a little boy plays a little girl (Noah Cirus as Ponyo) and that it's horribly confusing in feeling. Ponyo is inspired by the classic fairytale The Little Mermaid and if you saw it, you can definitely see the similarities. He even mentions the original ending where the mermaid becomes the sea mist. What's the most confusing about it is that it seems like this 5 year-old-boy just promised to have Ponyo as his wife. o_0 If you can get past that, well, that and the people in Miyazaki's films never seem to even be disturbed by a major spiritual force (in japan it's basically down to superstition), it's a wonderful movie. :) I recommend it to everyone.
Well, I think that's it. I tried to finish this blog before I went to the pub and Irish Rovers, but I didn't make it. I was finishing up Capitalism A Love Story before I left. Reviews coming tomorrow. So off to my list.
List for today:
Gaia Guild Updates
Violin For Dummies
Anime Music Video Third Draft
World of Warcraft Emblems
Viking Project Book/Website
TV Production Homework
Computer Literacy Homework
Public Speaking Homework
Ask the Bones Project
Clean Out Purse
What is Goth? Reading
Wish me luck. :)