Movie Night: Train to Busan

Train2BusanIMBd Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5700672/

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Genre:  Drama/Horror/Thriller

Synopsis:  Sok-woo, a father with not much time for his daughter, Soo-ahn, are boarding the KTX, a fast train that shall bring them from Seoul to Busan. But during their journey, the apocalypse begins, and most of the earth’s population become flesh craving zombies. While the KTX is shooting towards Busan, the passenger’s fight for their families and lives against the zombies – and each other. Written by Anonymus

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Review:

I first saw the trailer for this movie over a year ago. It looked awesome despite the fact the whole thing is in Korean, but I don’t mind reading my movies.

This movie starts off the way most of them do; a deadly virus is unleased upon an unsuspecting population so fast they don’t have time to evacuate properly. As the train speeds toward its first stop, the world around them falls apart in a horrifying blood bath of zombies. Unlike most of the movies in this genre, there were some very noticeable differences. Mostly creative, but one in particular – the fact NO ONE HAD A GUN, must be cultural. The zombies themselves were different. Not so much in the way they looked, but how they reacted, and the actors they got to be zombies, must have been contortionists the way they bent their bodies.

There was something else different about this movie; it was a survival movie, not a monster movie.  The difference is, with a monster movie, the hero generally prevails. In a survival movie, just about all the cast are killed or (like in Tom Cruise’s remake of The War of the Worlds), the cast are just trying to survive against impossible odds. I can also say this is the first zombie movie that made me cry. Over all, this was a good movie that I think should be viewed in the original Korean.

 

5 out of 5

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Of Writers and Prose: I am the Muse and the Muse is me.

Quill-And-Ink-Line-Art-300pxYou hear a lot from writers about the Muse; that wonderfully invisible entity that bestows upon us lowly creatures the plots and creative inspiration so we can write our novels, but many tend to use them as an excuse to not write.

“My Muse isn’t talking to me today,”

or

“I wait until my Muse whispers in my ear before I write.”

Sound familiar? While that may sound like divine intervention the reality is, we are the muse. I read this article on how our mind use its synapse to co-ordinate activity across a several parts of the brain, and delves into a hypothesis of a ‘mental workshop’; a cognitive function if you will, where the brain engages several key areas to manipulate images and possibly ideas.

How Imagination Works

Our brain is a complex organ and we’ve only just begun studies on it. T act that it can take a familiar idea and rearrange them into a new concept to me is incredible.

Creative Thinking

I believe our imagination is a muscle skill. As we learn how to create new ideas, the stronger the skill becomes. I learned this first hand when I upgraded my math. At the beginning of the course, I could barely work on fractions but come the end, I could calculate an equation like Charles’ Law  in my sleep. Like those who are more skilled at singing or math, I believe that some people are more ‘hard-wired’ to be creative than others. Does that mean those who creativity doesn’t come ‘naturally’ are any less creative? No, but it may take a little longer for them to achieve the level of creatively they desire. You can’t sing opera after one lesion; so is it with writing.

Even with all this new information, I still think the notion of an invisible entity whispering in our ears is romanticised, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s only when we use this this idealized fascination as an excuse for not doing something that it becomes a problem.

Remember, the Muse waits for no one.

50 Shades of Red Nail Polish #18

RapidRed(SH)Name: Rapid Red – Sally Hanson

Description:

I decided to break away this time from the more ‘upscale’ polish brands and try out a drugstore brand. I like Sally Hanson, used their Hard As Nails polish in the nineties and never had a problem. One reason I decided to try this was because I felt like I was becoming a nail polish ‘snob’ and only using expensive polishes.

This is a crisp, red colour that stayed the same shade inside and out. It has a wide brush with a tapered end, to make application easy as according to Sally Hanson promo – just brush and go (after 60 seconds).

 

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Application Process:

Because of the wider brush, it took me a couple fingers before I felt comfortable using it and I did have some over-flow, but it cleaned up no problem. The colour I found was very opaque. I could get away with just one coat, but habit made me put on two. As for the fast drying, they were right. It dried so quickly that a few times it would clump up before I got to the end of my nail, but even then I still gave it a good 30 minutes between coats.

 

Wear and Tear:

With a base and topcoat, it lasted a full seven days. The problem came when I went to take it off. The red soaked through the pad and transferred to my other hand. It got under my nail and I ended up used close to a dozen cotton pads and Q-tips to get it all off. It was a mess. The only reason I may keep this polish is for stamping. Will have to see.

#50ShadesofRedNailPolish

September 3, 2017: Dark Matter fandom unleashed!

This is an incredible show. From the first episode I was hooked.

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Whoa!  I’ve already written about how blown away I was at the response we received following the news of the cancellation, but Dark Matter fandom continues to amaze.  Witness, for instance, this –

https://t.co/5bqcMXdpSI

A petition in support of the show has amassed over 15k signatures in 48 hours.  I had a cast member point this out to me today and they were overwhelmed by the love.  Thank you.

Also, thanks to all of you who continue to sound off on the various social media platforms.  I’m all over reddit and Facebook, but much of the activity is on twitter where I’m, quite honestly, having a hard time keeping up with the deluge.  I want to try to  acknowledge all of your posts (I’m unemployed now.  I’ve got all the time in the word!) but it would help to have a single hashtag Dark Matter fandom could unite under so…

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From the Recipe Box: 3 Cheese Spinach Dip.

I’ve never been a fan of spinach. It’s one of those plants that made me cringe as a child. Even as an adult I still can’t eat it, and no matter how many times people say it’s good for me or I should try it again—sorry, that’s just a nope, but I’m an adult so every now and then I give spinach another try, and sometimes I’m surprised. This was the case when we had dinner at Montana’s with my aunt a few weeks back. My son ordered an appetizer – spinach dip. He said he’d had it before and it was AMAZING, and he was right! Of course it’s mixed with cheese, but that didn’t mean you couldn’t taste it the spinach, but it’s not as overpowering as by itself.

There are numerous recipes online for this dip. You can even find the recipe for Montana’s dip too, so I’m not going to put it here, but I will link to several pages where I found recipes.

This is a quick and easy dip to make. You can go old school and create with all ingredients, or just use a few and a pre-made dip.

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Montana’s 3 Cheese Spinach Dip

http://www.food.com/recipe/4-cheese-spinach-dip-259584

Cheese Spinach Dip on All Recipes:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/228778/creamy-cheesy-spinach-dip/

Cheese and Bacon Spinach Dip:

http://damndelicious.net/2014/12/29/cheesy-bacon-spinach-dip/

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

http://juliasalbum.com/2015/04/easy-spinach-artichoke-dip/

Is there a food that you can only eat a certain way? I’m the same with asparagus too and broccoli too. Me and dark green food just don’t see eye to eye.

Nail Art: Add Some Glamour with Striping Tape.

Nail art can be as complex or as intricate as you want. Sometimes it’s as easy as putting a few dots on your polish (like I did for my Ladybug design) or if you want to go with something a little more glamourous, you can use striping tape. It comes in a mind-boggling array of colours and can add a touch of class to your mani.

I call this look Blue Steel.

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Having said that, be warned, using striping tape is not for the weak. I watched hours of YouTube videos on striping tape, but I wasn’t truly prepared for the frustration that would ensue. I decided to do my right hand first (as I’m right-handed and always photo my left hand) and glad I did. What a mess. This is definitely something you need to play with a few times before you get the hang of it. My left hand went on in half the time, so I’ll assume that my frustration was in part, due to my using my non-dom hand.

BlueSteelTools

Tools

  • OPI’s Yoga-Ta Get This Blue
  • Striping tape
  • Tweezers
  • Nail cutters
  • Clear top/base coat

 Application:

-base coat

-two coats of polish

-cut a length of tape wide enough to cover the nail horizontally. NOTE: cut the tape a little longer than your nail width. You can trim the sides later.

-with tweezers, carefully pick up the striping tape on one side. Try not to touch the sticky (un-shiny) side of the tape as the oil from your fingers will dull the sticky.

– (here’s the tricky part) place the tape on the nail in the position you wish. It may take a few tries, be patience. Once in place, press down on the tape with your fingers. I also used a dotting tool to press it to the nail.

– once the tape is in place, trim up the edges. It’s okay if you trim a little short. As a matter of fact I recommend it. I found the tape would lift at the ends even with a topcoat. I think a shorter strip seals better.

-brush on your topcoat. Make sure you cover the ends and don’t be cheap when applying. A good amount of top coat (especially on the corners) will keep the tape from curing.

The Other Realms: The World of the Fae.

OtherRealmsAs someone who believes in other realms, it’s not hard for me to comprehend the existence of fairies. They are the embodiment of whimsical fantasy; of a time when things were simpler and more magical. Legends of Fae have been around for centuries, and like many other mythical creatures, there  must be something to these stories otherwise they would not continue. As  a matter of fact, some of the oldest civilizations and beliefs have mention of the Fae, but we are mostly aware of the legends and stories of Western European countries, especially Great Britain. While there are many stories as to what they are, the history of fairies is long with some believing they were once Gods and Goddess of a pre-Christian world.

The Origin of Fairies

A mythical creature, it’s said there are many different kinds of fairies and that they can be either ‘dark’ or ‘light’.  Some folklore describes them as various “natural but hidden species, as spirits of the dead, or as descendants of either fallen angels or demons.” http://www.mythicalcreaturesguide.com/page/Fae

It’s also thought that with the rise of Christianity, the Fae were demonized and belief in them was banished into the realms of lore. In either case, Fae do not show themselves to just anyone, and like any other mythical creature, gaining their trust can be a long path.

While most associate Fae with European culture, creatures similar to them can be found in the folklore of most aboriginal tribes on all continents. In Mayan culture the Alux are said to be creatures “only about knee-high, and in appearance resembling miniature traditionally dressed Maya people.”, while in Hawaiian culture the Menehune were another race of small beings said to be superb craftsmen.

I cannot help but find it fascinating that legends of small beings are found from one end of this planet to the other. It leads me to think that there has to be some kind of truth to these legends, and while I’m sure all fairies don’t resemble Tinkerbell, their character and attributes, as well as knowledge and skills could very well be staked in a history we are only now remembering.

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