Monthly Archives: August 2012

Pottermore: Game Review

In this game, Pottermore, you go through each chapter, buying your books, finding galleons, being sorted into your House, and dueling, potion-making, and even searching the castle, while following in Harry’s footsteps. When you go through the chapters of each book, you can find potion ingredients, which give your house points. Galleons are stored in your Gringotts vault, which can be accessed from Diagon Alley, at any time. Dueling is a lot harder. You have to type the letters, but only when the smoke reaches it, when the circle is its biggest. If the spell is cast correctly, it has a certain potency, judging by how well it was cast. The more potency, the stronger the spell/ charm/ curse/ hex/ jinx. When you’re going to duel, you should practice first, other wise you may incorrectly cast the spell. When you go to Ollivander’s to get your wand, you answer questions to help the wand choose you. The same goes with the sorting hat. When you get chosen for your house, the whole screen is filled with the sorting hat’s brim, as if you really were having the sorting hat on your head…

http://youtu.be/sEu6fNbjbO

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Blake Griffin Recovers From Surgery

After surgery, Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers says he’s ready to go. He is also ready for the start of his training camp. The date was moved from October 1st to this week. He underwent arthroscopic surgery last month. Because of the surgery he missed the olympics. “The surgery wasn’t one of those things that took a long time (to recover from)” Griffin said.

While recovered, players Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups are still recovering from injuries. Chris Paul underwent surgery a week ago to repair a ligament in his thumb. Chauncey Billups was still recovering from a surgery in February to repair a torn left Achilles tendon that put him out for the rest of the season. During the offseason Griffin said he was working on his free throws and his mid-range game. The Los Angeles Clippers are getting six new players (not said).

Griffin has signed a five year extension with the Clippers. My opinion is that Blake Griffin is a really good player. He is one of the top players in the NBA. Blake Griffin will be a good addition to the team and will make a great comeback in my opinion.

source: espn.com

Spongebob Squarepants

The first thought of Spongebob was in 1993.  The producer of Spongbob, Stephen Hillenburg started working on it when Rocko’s Modern life was canceled in 1996. Then in 1998 Hillenburg got a crew of people including Tom Kenny who is the voice behind Spongebob and others which include writer Tim Hill and voice Doug Lawrence. The first episode aired on May, 1 1999 and then its rise  to stardom kicked off.

In late 2000 it had over 2 million views in just one year. The episodes though weren’t enough in 2004 and The Spongbob Squarepants Movie aired on Nickelodeon, but after the movie new episodes did not air until September of 2006 where Spongebob made a comeback.Sadly instead of the regular thirty minutes it was cut to fifteen. This outraged fans everywhere, but in 2009 the thirty minutes came back and it has been like that since and still is today, and remember SPONGEBOB IS BEAST!

Movie Review- Batman The Dark Knight Rises

Movie Review- Batman The Dark Knight Rises

The Movie Batman The Dark Night Rises is the last movie in the Batman Dark Knight trilogy and probably the best DC comics movie I have seen. Featuring actors like Christian Bale( Batman), Anne Hathaway( Catwoman), Tom Hardy( John Blake), and Morgan Freeman( Luscious Fox). It is about Batman who returns to Gotham after he has gone missing after being accused of Harvey Dent a.k.a Two Face and how he goes against Bane-a super villain with the power of superhuman strength, with the help of Catwoman, John Blake, Commissioner Gordon, Luscious Fox, and, of course, Alfred. Batman also has to overcome his emotional problems.
In this movie the directors, writers, and producers went all out with wonderful music that sets the mood just right, perfectly acted out scenes, and of course all of the twists and turns that happened in the movie just at the right time. Like my previous post on the play I was nervous going to see this movie because of the shooting, but I think a lot of people are moving on from the incident, but if not you can just get it when it come out on DVD- just make sure to pre-order because it probably will be very hard to find!!! This movie was just marvelous and I would recommend it to anybody that likes comics and action movies. I think that DC  made a right choice choosing Bane for the villain.
Ever since I was a child I hoped there would be a movie involving Bane. My biggest DC dream, besides fighting alongside Batman and Robin, would be to befriend Bane. I also think Christian Bale like always played Batman perfectly.  I would recommend you see this movie in an IMAX theater. I don’t believe that this is the best that DC can offer and I cannot wait till DC releases Man of Steel. I give The Dark Knight Rises 5 stars.  Directed by Christopher Nolan.
Visit thedarknightrises.com for more info.

Why Is It So Hard to Land On Mars? *NEW*

Mars known as the unfriendly planet. Mars is not a very “friendly” place. Its climate is freezing, windy, barren, and quiet if you don’t count the howling dust storms that are very threatening. So it’s mostly like your regular New York winter weather, if you like that sort of thing. Mars seems like a jerky planet that doesn’t want it’s secrets to be revealed. So when humans send out rovers and things like that out to explore, the Martian Dust Devil shows up and thwarts all their plans.

The Martian Dust Devil: Massive dust storms, similar to this serpent-like dust devil, Plague the landers and rovers that humans have tried to send to mars over the decades. Humans also sent The Viking that was doing missions which contained experiments to study Mars’ weather, and photograph panoramic sites of landscape, and viking was to look for microbes too. The results from viking are actually still being debated. Humans were very proud of how successful their landing was.

Humans didn’t send anything else to mars for another decade or so after The Viking. The USSR sent Phobos 1 and 2 in 1988 to land on one of Mars’ moons, but those probes didn’t make it. The only reason humans are doing this is because they want to find another home for the human race. If it wasn’t for NASA we wouldn’t even know what we know now about mars or any other planets. Thanks for reading 😀

Team Fortress 2 Review

In this blog entry I will be reviewing Team Fortress 2. Team Fortress 2 is the sequel to Team Fortress Classic which was a fan-made modification of the Quake engine. Team Fortress 2 was also made by the original creators. However, this time Valve, the creators of the Quake engine, had hired them to make a sequel which increased their funds tremendously. This game was released on October, 9th 2007 for the PC and now Mac.

Team Fortress 2 is game is based on working as a team to take down the opposing team. There are two teams in this game one of them is called Red and the other Blu. This game has no real plot, but the developers make comics on the Team Fortress 2 official site that make an excuse for a plot. This game has 8 game types: Capture the Flag, King of the Hill, Payload, Team Death-match, Control Point, Payload Race, Special Delivery and Mann vs Machine. There are also 9 classes. They are called the Scout, Soldier, Pyro, Demo man, Heavy, Engineer, Medic, Sniper, and Spy. All nine classes have unique gameplay styles and it will keep you entertained for hours.

I give this game a 9.1 out of 10. In my 10 hours of playing, I have enjoyed every second of it. If you are a gamer it is a “must play”. I’m sure many other people would agree with me and there are many other people still playing this wonderful game. I really hope you were convinced to play this game and if you’re still not convinced, it is a free-to-play game.

Robert Benfer *NEW*

Robert Leon Benfer Jr. was born on December 18, 1987 in Hinesville, Georgia. He is a known voice actor, editor, writer, producer, director, musician, animator, and internet-based clay maker. Robert Benfer Sr. was a Soldier, author, and detective. In 1988 Robert’s sister was born in Germany, her name was Nikki Benfer and later on Robert Benfer’s parents got divorced when he was 2. After that they moved to Kerrville, Texas because of an incident that happened with his dad. Then Robert Benfer’s mother got married to Curtis Shoelzel and moved to Schertz, Texas in 1994 and that’s where Robert Benfer was raised.
Afterwards Robert Benfer’s mom gave birth to Jakki Schoelzel and Jill Schoelzel. Robert Benfer has this condition that can give him cancer and because of that he’s been hospitalized many times. Later on he started on his career. From the age 7 to 12 Robert Benfer started filming with his parents video camera and that was when he got interested in filming because he started doing short films with his sister Nikki Benfer. Most of Benfer’s films were mostly of clay characters.  In 2003 Robert Benfer started posting 45 videos online. After that he titled the clay “Klay World: Off the Table”. So that’s Robert Benfer for you.

The Possession: The Movie

The Possession is rated PG-13 and is a horror and thriller film. This movie is about a girl that stayed with her dad for the weekend. They bought pizza and ate dinner. The next day they went around and found a garage sale, she dresses like a lady then shows her dad who is on the phone. After that happened she found a box and asked her dad if she could keep it, then he said yes. They buy the box and go home and try to open it, but they can’t because they couldn’t find a way to open the box. When they went to sleep, the girl woke up and found the way to open the box. After she opened it, she brewed herself prescriptions.

The next day she ate pancakes for breakfast, she was eating quickly, but her father wanted her to slow down and she didn’t listen and he told her again, and she didn’t listen, then her father said it again slamming his hand on the table, then the girl took her fork and stabbed his hand. Then the father goes to a church to ask the minister about the box. The minister tells him that the girl brew prescriptions, then he says that the box says “dipic”, it’s the hebrew word for demon. The father asks what it wants with her daughter. The minister tells him that the spirit is the taker of children. Watch the movie to find out what happens next.

Source from:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0431021/

Rick’s Minecart Tales *NEW*

–[PANTHER PRESS] Written By Luis Melara–

From the popular animated youtube series “Rick’s Minecraft Tales” comes his new flash video game entitled:

“RICK’S MINECART TALES”

If you are a fan of Minecraft and Mr. Rick Murray, you would love this great video game! In this series, Rick tells the story of the random events that take place in the multi-player Minecraft video game. In Minecraft, you can pretty much do whatever you want. Each world is randomly generated and filled with anything you can use to survive or make art. Rick Murray has created an animated video compilation of his frustrations with the Minecraft universe.

In Rick’s Minecart tales, you must ride the longest minecart ride of your life! The player must play as Rick Himself as he leaps over obstacles, rides tracks of cobblestone, and tries not to crash into redstone spikes! So far my record is 17.6 seconds without dying (horrible record). That’s how hard the game is! Try it for yourself below!

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/597395

Why Swedish IKEA Is So Popular in China (It’s Not The Furniture)

Have you ever heard of IKEA? Well if you haven’t heard of IKEA it is a swedish retail superstore. In America your only allowed to look at the furniture and TV screens, but they must have misunderstood that in China. In China the employees of IKEA actually let the customers, and employees from other shops SLEEP ON THE FURNITURE!?!?! The customers just come inside find a cozy bed and sleep on it.

Workers who are on their lunch breaks take their lunch to IKEA and actually eat and sleep there on their breaks. Can you imagine just coming to a store and while your walking and inspecting furniture, you see someone sleeping on the furniture. If you ever did that in an American IKEA the workers could have you arrested and they could even press charges on you. Some people even leave their babies in the beds sleeping while the parents shop.

So that’s what happens in IKEA in china.

 Source By Meera Dolasia

http://www.dogonews.com/2012/8/13/why-swedish-retailer-ikea-is-so-popular-in-china-its-not-the-furniture