Oscar Wilde

Calenders mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event.

I’ve always thought that the idea that every day someone somewhere is celebrating a milestone or just rejoicing at being alive was one of the most meaningful realizations I’ve ever had.

It makes it easier to interact with others more empathetically if you always keep that in the back of your mind.

It’s not always about the triumphs but if you’re having a bad day, kind words or a simple smile can brighten it right up.

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Some thoughts on Jurrasic World.

I saw Jurassic World today. I found it rather amazing that there was such uproar over sexism, racism and shoes. I am beginning to despise these review sites and the narrative that they’re trying to spin. I can determine for myself whether something is sexist or racist on my own. After seeing the show I can safely say that none of those claims held water.

That woman was the most annoying female I’ve seen in a movie for a while. She only pulls the stick out of her ass after she totally fails to contain the problem the loose dino posed. She also had no trouble running to the man she spends the first few minutes of the movie talking down to as soon as she has a use for him. Meanwhile his criticisms of her are quite valid and since she does fuck up quite a bit in the first half of the movie I don’t feel its necessary to go into spoiler territory.

As for the shoes they were inappropriate considering the job she had and the terrain she would no doubt be covering. The shoes didn’t bother me, it just added to my initial distaste for her character.

I loved this movie. I loved the dinosaurs and the raptors are my favorite characters. I loved that Chris’ character could be their alpha. To me its just like seeing Jurassic Park the first time. I spent so much time acting like a kid and bouncing around with glee

The kids this time weren’t that bad, the little one’s enthusiasm was infectious.

Some thoughts on the Blade Trilogy.

Last night I decided to rewatch the Blade movies. After seeing the first two I can safely say that the movies aged well for what they were. The only effect that took me out of it was that swell up and explode sequence. The vampires are rather pathetic though. No night vision, no predatory instincts at all. I didn’t realize that before I guess I was more into the action porn aspect.

The third movie was a little disappointing. They tossed everything about him out, made him careless. Out went the stealth and his method of hunting all for the sake of introducing new characters to serve as his sidekicks. Granted these were more useful than the vampire squad that was training to hunt him in the last movie.

Involving the humans in the war just made it boring. We all know that humans won’t survive something like this as much fun as it is to fantasise otherwise. A bunch of unnecessary drama and posturing reminiscent of the bullshit we get in our daily lives. Hardly the escape I’d come to expect from this series.

The vampires in the third movie were also underwhelming with the exception of Dracula. A lot of those weird and unnecessary serpentine body movements for the females.

As usual, the weapons and action sequences were awesome. Reynolds’ quips were entertaining and the scenes with him and the vampire siblings were hilarious. And my god, Jessica’s muscle tone was mesmerising. I also liked the design of Dracula’s true form, really fits in with that blood god mythology they set up.

Black bean bruschetta

As I’m forcing myself to overcome my chronic fatigue, today was the first day in months that I’ve been able to cook something. I’ve never made bruschetta before but it was delicious and quite easy to make.

Recipe: Yields one serving

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 5 oz. canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread, toasted
  • 1 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely ¬†chopped

Preparation

  1. Heat the oil in a small pan and cook the onion and garlic for 2 minutes to soften slightly
  2. Add the diced tomato, beans, and red wine vinegar and cook for a couple of minutes to heat through.
  3. In the meantime toast the bread .
  4. Before serving, rub the bread with a slice of garlic. Stir the parsley into the bean mixture and serve.

Nutrition facts: 334 calories, 68 carbs, 2 fat, 17 protein, 771 sodium, 18 sugar

This recipe had an interesting flavour, I suspect that using a different type of bean might be more delicious but this was what I had on hand. I’m glad it turned out well.