Saturday, March 31, 2012

GoT Countdown - 1 day!!

It's almost here!  I'm glad that a lot of you enjoyed my Game of Thrones poster series.  In case you missed it, here are links to them all, as well as a compilation of all the houses, perfect for a Facebook cover photo/header :)

Will you be watching Game of Thrones Season 2 tomorrow?!  Let me know in the comments :)  But now, I'm off to start reading A Storm of Swords...

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Friday, March 30, 2012

5 Positives 3/30/12

Link up with Lydia if you have 5 positives to share!


GoT Countdown - 2 days

Here are my final two poster designs available for download.  Tomorrow I'll be doing a round up of them all so you can see the collection in its entirety. All posters are sized to be printable on normal 8.5x11 paper.

(click on the image to embiggen, right click to download/save to your computer, then print!)

House Tully


Braavosi Saying

Thursday, March 29, 2012

GoT Countdown - 3 days

Here are another 2 of my poster designs available for download.  You can view other designs hereherehere and here. All posters are sized to be printable on normal 8.5x11 paper.


(click on the image to embiggen, right click to download/save to your computer, then print!)

House Lannister


House Martell

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

GoT Countdown - 4 days

Here are another 2 of my poster designs available for download.  You can view other designs herehere and here. All posters are sized to be printable on normal 8.5x11 paper.



(click on the image to embiggen, right click to download/save to your computer, then print!)




House Greyjoy


The Night's Watch Oath

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

GoT Countdown - 5 days

Here are another 2 of my poster designs available for download.  You can view other designs here and here.  All posters are sized to be printable on normal 8.5x11 paper.



(click on the image to embiggen, right click to download/save to your computer, then print!)




House Baratheon

House Tyrell

Monday, March 26, 2012

GoT Countdown - 6 Days

Here are another 2 of my poster designs available for download.  You can view yesterday's designs here.  All posters are sized to be printable on normal 8.5x11 paper.


(click on the image to embiggen, right click to download/save to your computer, then print!)

House Targaryen

Dothraki 
"Moon of my life...My sun and stars"

Sunday, March 25, 2012

GoT Countdown - 7 days

The Game of Thrones season 2 premiere is a week away!!  YAY! I have a couple chapters left to read in A Clash of Kings,  so my goal of finishing it before the season premiere will be completed.  

In honor of the upcoming season, I was inspired to make my own minimalist poster designs (though not as amazing as this or this) and make them available for download!  I will release 2 of my designs every day this week, leading up to next Sunday :)

(click on the image to embiggen, right click to download/save to your computer, then print!)

House Stark

House Arryn

Friday, March 23, 2012

5 Positives!


What was positive about your week?! Link up with Lydia and feel free to share your 5 positives!


May the odds be ever in your favor

*Edit: Haha, I first published this post with the title "May the GODS be ever in your favor"...lol.  That's what happens when you try to type up a movie review while simultaneously watching Game of Thrones.*

We joined the mass of college kids and tweeny-boppers and hit up the midnight showing of The Hunger Games.  Being a fan of the books, I was excited about this film, but also very very skeptical.  I'm also a huge fan of the art of filmmaking (I admit to this hipster trait of mine), and there are so many factors that can make or break a movie for me.  So I went into the movie theater as a skeptic.

I give the film a 3.5/5.  Generally, I thought it was a good adaptation...of a GREAT book.  Books are always better, but I'm looking at this from a film perspective.  It was just a good movie, not "amazing", not "great", just good.

I'm just going to list a few things I liked and a few things I didn't like.  I'll try to stay spoiler-free, but if you haven't read the books at all, read at your own risk:

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-Firstly, I am NOT a fan of Jennifer Lawrence.  I don't understand why critics rave about her "emotional transparency"...the girl has the SAME facial expression.  Matt even said to me, "watch during the whole movie, her eyebrows never move" hahhaha.  She's always staring lifelessly into the distance.  I know Katniss is troubled and guarded, and we can't fully grasp her character without the 1st person narrative on film, but Jennifer Lawrence's flat acting makes it even harder.

-The opening of the film was great, I loved the documentary-film style camera work as we were introduced to District 12. However, the "shaky-cam" style didn't come across as well in the Capitol or in the Arena...it seemed forced and gimmicky.

-I was concerned from the trailers of the Capitol being too "clean", as I imagine even though they are well off, there is still a grittiness to the city.  But in the film, it looked great.

-Haymitch was not nearly drunk and disorderly enough.  I think Woody Harrelson is a great actor, and he did an awesome job...I just think he didn't get enough screen time to develop the character.  He's drunk on the train and Katniss mistrusts him, but after that, they have an amiable relationship for the rest of the movie. I feel like he should've felt more like a "wild card" character.

-Stanley Tucci was AMAZING.  Perfect Ceasar.

-I feel like they really downplayed the relationship between Katniss and Cinna.  She trusts NO ONE except him. Why?  I didn't get that in the movie.  Maybe because Lenny Kravitz is not an actor...

-The fire outfits were AWFUL.  Horrible CGI.  I was looking forward to seeing how they did it, and it looked horribly fake (I know it's "synthetic fire" but still...) and the whole scene was not as powerful and awe-inspiring as it should have been.

-Rue was PERFECT.  I love when child actors are more than just cute kids, they actually make you FEEL something (Yes, I am currently watching Game of Thrones w/commentary as I write this...I'm looking at you Maisie Williams and Issac Hempstead-Wright)

-Continuing that thought, that scene with Rue is the ONLY time Jennifer Lawrence had a commendable performance.

-I thought Josh Hutcherson would fail...I mean, the dude is in Journey 2, hahaha.  But he was great!  Maybe I'm just biased because I'm Team Peeta :)

-They did a good job of keeping the bloody fighting pretty "real".  Which is what I wanted to see.  I didn't want them to water it down for the PG-13 rating.  These are kids BATTLING to the death.  It's gruesome.  It's frightening.  To not portray it as such takes away from the gravity of what the Games are and how corrupted the political system.

-The mutts looked awesomely frightening...maybe they spent all their CGI efforts on them instead of on the fire dress?  But I was disappointed they didn't reveal what the mutts really are...

I know there were other things I wanted to comment on, but I can't remember right now.  I feel like I'd need to watch it a second time as well as re-read the first book so I can analyze it better. But overall, slight changes from book to movie were just fine, as I said - a good adaptation.  Did the movie live up to all the hype?  In my opinion, no.  But I am a movie snob.  It was entertaining, but definitely not gonna win a "best blockbuster of the year" award.  (And can I just add here that the trailers for Spider-Man and Prometheus were major win!)

Have you seen The Hunger Games yet?  What did you think?!










Saturday, March 17, 2012

Science Saturday: Women Scientists Edition Part II


Since March is Women's History Month, I decided that the next SciSat posts would feature a few historical women scientists who made an impact on the scientific community in their fields.  There are many more that won't get featured here, but it is inspiring to hear the stories of these brilliant women.


Read Part I Here.


Marie Curie (1867-1934)


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One of the more famous women scientists, this Polish physicist/chemist coined the term 'radioactivity' through her research with isolating radioactive isotopes and the discovery of polonium and radium.  She was awarded TWO Nobel prizes, one in physics and one in chemistry for her achievements.


Elizabeth Blackburn (1948-  )


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Elizabeth Blackburn is a molecular biologist who's research focuses on telomeres, the structural "caps" found at the ends of chromosomes.  Specifically, she discovered telomerase, an enzyme that functions to replenish the DNA found in the telomere when it is damaged/degraded.  Currently, this research has many implications for cancer therapy.  She was awarded the 2009 Nobel prize in medicine for her research.





5 Positives w/JoJo!

Heyo!  Here are my 5 positives for the week.  If you'd like to share yours, remember to link up with Lydia on her blog :)




...and a BONUS video of JoJo doing the "Bichon Blitz" :)








Saturday, March 10, 2012

Science Saturday: Women Scientists Edition Part I


Since March is Women's History Month (and this past March 8th was International Women's Day), I decided that the next couple of SciSat posts would feature a few historical women scientists who made an impact on the scientific community in their fields.  There are many more that won't get featured here, but it is inspiring to hear the stories of these brilliant women.

Caroline Herschel (1750-1848)


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The sister of William Herschel (discoverer of Uranus), this German-British astronomer discovered several comets using a 27-inch focal length Newtonian telescope.  She also assisted her brother in indexing a star catalogue, as well as a catalogue of nebulae, for which she was awarded a gold medal from the Astronomical Society of London.

Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958)


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Rosalind Franklin was a biophysicist who worked with X-ray crystallography, a method of determining atomical arrangement of a crystal structure (including salts and minerals, as well as biological molecules).  It was her x-ray diffraction images of DNA that helped Watson and Crick determine the double helical structure of DNA.  They went on to win the Nobel Prize, though Rosalind remained unrecognized.  She also contributed to work with the plant toboacco mosaic virus as well as polio virus.




5 Weekly Positives




Link up with Lydia if you have 5 positives you want to share :)

Listen to the piece I talked about HERE.






Saturday, March 3, 2012

Science Saturday 2.6: Giant Fleas, Neutrino Update & More


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Fossils of giant fleas have been discovered to be 165 million years old.  These fleas ranged from 8 to 20 millimeters long, about twice the size of modern day flea species.  These large bugs were equipped with saw-like mouth projections, most likely allowing them to saw through the tough hide and feed on the blood of dinosaurs.

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My very first SciSat feature covered the possible discovery of faster than light neutrinos by physicists in Switzerland and Italy. Now, about 6 months later, evidence suggests that the speedy results were in fact a result of human error.  Physicists are still conducting research to confirm or deny this claim, so for now Einstein's Theory of Relativity remains unmatched.

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Star Trek was on TV today, so I'd like to introduce the red shirt gene in fruit flies.  Named for the unfortunate minor characters who often died, the red shirt gene is involved in regulation of the immune response.  When a mutation of red shirt is present, fruit flies are more sensitive to bacterial infections and suffer a death rate of 90%.  Live long and prosper...

Lastly, check out this amazing website demonstrating the scale of the universe...simply mind-boggling.





Friday, March 2, 2012

It's Friday, Friday, 5 positives on Friday...(you know the rest)

...and I AM looking forward to the weekend, weekend. :)

I decided to do my 5 positives as a vlog again, I like doing it in this format and might do it every week.  It's been a good one!!  What were your positives?!




(*blah...I know it's JOHANNES Brahms, don't hate.)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

By His Wounds You Are Healed






My friend Dianne is hosting an interactive online bible study for women focusing on the book of Ephesians...my FAVORITE book of the Bible. We will be using the book "By His Wounds You Are Healed" by Wendy Horger Alsup.
I usually grimace at the thought of woman centered bible studies, because oftentimes they are overly "touchy feely" and many times the author uses her life experiences as an example...and I usually don't relate to their emotional journey. I was really intrigued by this book guide, because it is more focused on Scripture (not emotional/personal life experiences) and analyzing the Word and applying it to womanhood. Exactly my cup of tea.
I invite you to join us if you are a woman looking to grow more in the Word and learn more about yourself and God's mystery and plan for your life as a Christian woman! You can visit Dianne's blog, Sparrownest, for information how to join in!
Let me know if you have questions or would like to join us. I'd love to study God's Word with you!