I didn’t even know what the Harlem Shake was…and now the Heat are doing it.

Top 5 March Video Game Releases

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Need a little reward after a grueling midterms week? Lucky for students, the month of March is filled with new and exciting game releases week after week. Everything from a brand new reboot of the Tomb Raider classic to the next installment of the ever popular first-person shooter BioShock Infinite. The only hard decision is…which one to play first.
Tomb Raider


The first on the list is Square Enix’s Tomb Raider, which is set to be released on March 5th. Unlike the previous Tomb Raider games, Square Enix has revamped the story to make this the first of a series of games to follow. The reboot was used to overhaul the beginnings of the ever popular character Lara Croft. Her transformation from an unsure young woman to an ass-kicking superstar is tracked through this new story, made for both the newer generation of gamers as well as the long time followers. It is also the first Tomb Raider game to be given both an “M” (Mature) and a “18+” warning on the label. The art style also greatly resembles that of the Final Fantasy series.
A perfect fit for the island of Hawaii, the story takes place on an unknown island where a young Lara Croft has become shipwrecked with her crew, while on her way to make something of herself. And it is up to her to survive and help her shipmates while fighting off deadly inhabitants turned mercenaries that are out for blood.

This action-adventure platform game will be available for the XBOX360, PS3 and PC. There are two versions up for sale, the Tomb Raider: Final Hours Edition will be the usual $59.99 + tax, while the Tomb Raider Survival/Collector’s Edition is $99.99 + tax. The Collector’s Edition comes with: 1) a copy of the game, 2) Play Arts Kai Lara Croft Figurine, 3) Endurance Survival Kit Packaging, 4) a Lithographic Print, 5) Experience Shields, 6) CD Soundtrack, and 7) Downloadable content.

God of War: Ascension


The next must have for this gaming season is God of War: Ascension, which is set to be released March 12th. This will be the seventh installment in the God of War series and it will be a prequel to the entire series.
God of War: Ascension takes place about 10 years before the original God of War series and is mostly centered around the theme of vengeance. Gamers will be playing as Kratos, but what will be different about this game is that Kratos is much more human. After being tricked by Ares into killing his wife and son, he is on a quest for redemption which also leads to his attempt to break bonds with Ares.
This third person action-adventure game will be released exclusively for the PS3. What’s more is that this will be the first game in the God of War series to have a multiplayer feature, as well as extra downloadable content. God of War fans won’t want to miss out! The regular edition is set to retail for $59.99 + tax, while the God of War: Ascension Collector’s Edition is set at a price of $79.99. The Collector’s Edition will include: 1) a copy of the game, 2) Exclusive 6″ Kratos Statue, 3) Premium Steelbook case, 4) a digital copy of the Official Soundtrack, 5) PS3 Dynamic Theme, 6) PSN Avatar Pack, 7) Multiplayer XP Boost Unlock, and 8) a pass for future downloadable content.
Gears of War: Judgment


And with every PS3 exclusive game there comes an XBOX360 exclusive game. Gears of War: Judgment is set to release March 19th. This game will be the fourth in the Gears of War series.
Like most of the games being released this month, Gears of War: Judgment is a prequel to the other three in the series with the chronology of events in this game predating the rest. The protagonists in this game being Damon Baird and Augustus Cole. Gamers get to follow the Kilo Squad battle their way to try and save the city of Halvo Bay in the subsequent aftermath of Emergence Day.
Made for the XBOX360, this epic third-person shooter is priced at $59.99 + tax for the regular copy and $78.00 + tax for the Gears of War Judgment EB Games Special Edition. The special edition, which is only available at EB Games, comes with a Steelbook and multiplayer skins. The game will also feature two new multiplayer modes for gamers to try out.
BioShock Infinite


Third in the BioShock series, BioShock Infinite is set to be released on March 26th.
Set in 1912, BioShock Infinite does not follow the same storyline as the first two in the series. This new game is instead set in the floating air-city of Columbia where gamers get to play as Booker DeWitt, a former Pinkerton agent, who has been sent to rescue the long time captive Elizabeth. Although Booker is successful in saving the 12-year detainee Elizabeth, it is up to them both to fight off the different factions of the city of Columbia. But not to stray too far from the original series, gamers will still get to use the same style combination of weapons, gear and psychokinetic powers. A plus that gamers can look forward to in this new game is the expansion of available combat challenges due to the open-air nature of the setting.
This first person shooter will be available on the XBOX360, PS3 and PC. The regular edition is set to retail at $59.99, while the premium edition is set at $79.99. There is also a rare Ultimate Songbird Collection that has been seen priced at around $300 to $550.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

And the ever popular StarCraft series is finally releasing the long awaited expansion pack for StarCraft: Wings of Liberty. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is also part two of the StarCraft II trilogy. The expansion pack will include additional units as well as changes to the multiplayer mode. Also featured is a continuation campaign of the main story that focuses on the Zerg race.

Set to take place two years after the events of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the main focus of this game will be on the Zerg race and on Sarah Kerrigan, who will be the protagonist as well as the anti-hero. Having regained her human form, Sarah is on a crusade to gain back leadership of her swarm, that has now been divided into many factions, while exacting vengeance on Arcturus Mengsk, Emperor of the Terran Dominion.

This military science fiction real-time strategy game developed by Blizzard is set to be released March 12th on PC and OS X. The regular edition will be priced as an expansion pack and will cost $39.99, where the collector’s edition is set at $79.99. In the collector’s edition gamers get: 1) a copy of the game, 2) exclusive behind the scenes dvd & blu-Ray 2-disc set, 3) soundtrack and art book, 4) Zero Rush mouse pad, and 5) exclusive in-game content.

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Must see musicals before you die Top 100

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Since we’re learning about Hollywood Musicals in our film class I thought I’d go over the IMDB Top 100 list and see how many I can cross off the list!

These are in no particular order so no debate wars on which musical is better than the other!

Total seen: 31/100 (not bad…)

List of Hollywood Movie Musicals

1. The Wizard of Oz 1939 
2. Mary Poppins 1964 
3. Singin’ in the Rain 1952
4. All That Jazz 1979
5. Fiddler on the Roof 1971
6. West Side Story 1961
7. Gypsy 1962
8. The Sound of Music 1965 
9. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory 1971 
10. Annie 1982 
11. Cabaret 1972
12. Bye Bye Birdie 1963 
13. The Music Man 1962 
14. The King and I 1956
15. My Fair Lady 1964 
16. Oliver! 1968
18. Little Shop of Horrors 1986
19. The Fantasticks 1995
20. The Pirates of Penzance 1983
21. Meet Me in St. Louis 1944 
22. A Star Is Born 1954
23. Chicago 2002 
24. The Producers 2005 
25. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 1967
26. Victor Victoria 1982
27. A Little Night Music 1977
28. Funny Girl 1968 
29. Damn Yankees! 1958
30. Guys and Dolls 1955 
31. Annie Get Your Gun 1950
32. Hello, Dolly! 1969
33. Thoroughly Modern Millie 1967
34. The Harvey Girls 1946
35. Porgy and Bess 1959
36. Anything Goes 1956
37. Babes in Toyland 1961
38. Brigadoon 1954
39. Paint Your Wagon 1969
40. Sweet Charity 1969
41. Mame 1974 
42. Camelot 1967
43. A Chorus Line 1985
44. Fame 1980
45. Dreamgirls 2006
46. Finian’s Rainbow 1968
47. 42nd Street 1933 
48. Gigi 1958
49. Hairspray 2007
50. Kiss Me Kate 1953
51. Li’l Abner 1959
52. Hair 1979
53. Cinderella 1997 TV Movie
54. Nine 2009
55. Grease 1978 
56. The Mikado 1939
57. Peter Pan 1960 TV Movie
58. The Phantom of the Opera 2004 
59. Pippin: His Life and Times 1981 TV Movie
60. Beauty and the Beast 1991
61. Aladdin 1992
62. The Lion King 1994
63. The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996
64. Gypsy 1993 TV Movie
65. Annie 1999 TV Movie
66. The Music Man 2003 TV Movie
67. Girl Crazy 1943
68. South Pacific 1958
69. Rent 2005
70. Across the Universe 2007
71. The Nightmare Before Christmas 1993
72. Fame 2009
73. Moulin Rouge! 2001
74. On the Town 1949
75. Oklahoma! 1955
76. South Pacific 2001 TV Movie
77. Tommy 1975
78. The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975
79. Jesus Christ Superstar 1973
80. Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew 1973
81. 1776 1972
82. Show Boat 1951
83. Evita 1996
84. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 1966
85. Bells Are Ringing 1960
86. The Happiest Millionaire 1967
87. Jailhouse Rock 1957
88. The Band Wagon 1953
89. Easter Parade 1948
90. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953
91. Silk Stockings 1957
92. Mamma Mia! 2008
93. Yentl 1983
94. La vie en rose 2007
95. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 1954
96. Bye Bye Birdie 1995
97. Carousel 1956
98. Mack the Knife 1989
99. White Christmas 1954 
100. Night and Day

Top 100 Stage Musicals

Total seen: 12/100

Although I’ve seen some multiple times. Thank God Cats wasn’t on this list…

I put a number next to how many times I’ve seen it live!

  1. Gypsy
  2. My Fair Lady (x1)
    (I did it for my elementary school play).
  3. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  4. Guys and Dolls (x1)
  5. Fiddler on the Roof
  6. Oklahoma! (x1)
  7. Cabaret
  8. West Side Story (x1)
  9. The Music Man (x1)
    (Also put on by our elementary school).
  10. A Chorus Line
  11. Chicago (x1)
  12. The Fantasticks
  13. Show Boat
  14. Carousel
  15. Company
  16. Sunday in the Park With George
  17. The King and I
  18. Little Shop of Horrors
  19. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (x1)
    (We’re supposed to go see it this Saturday!)
  20. Nine
  21. She Loves Me
  22. Falsettos
  23. Ragtime
  24. Kiss Me, Kate
  25. A Little Night Music
  26. 1776
  27. Into the Woods
  28. A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  29. Urinetown (x1)
  30. Evita
  31. Dreamgirls
  32. 110 in the Shade
  33. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  34. Hair
  35. Hello, Dolly!
  36. Follies
  37. La Cage aux Folles
  38. The Producers (x3)
  39. Lady in the Dark
  40. City of Angels
  41. Avenue Q (x1)
  42. The Book of Mormon
  43. Grey Gardens
  44. 42nd Street
  45. Brigadoon
  46. The Cradle Will Rock
  47. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
  48. Jesus Christ Superstar
  49. Once on This Island
  50. Adding Machine
  51. Wicked
  52. Les Miserables (x1)
  53. Bat Boy
  54. Caroline, or Change
  55. South Pacific
  56. The Pajama Game
  57. The Sound of Music
  58. Hairspray
  59. The Phantom of the Opera (x2)
    (Once in English and once in Japanese).
  60. Damn Yankees
  61. Rent
  62. Assassins
  63. Mame
  64. Man of La Mancha
  65. A Man of No Importance
  66. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  67. Sweet Charity
  68. Camelot
  69. Anything Goes
  70. Wonderful Town
  71. The Light in the Piazza
  72. The Drowsy Chaperone
  73. The Full Monty
  74. Romance/Romance
  75. Godspell
  76. Of Thee I Sing
  77. On the Town
  78. The Secret Garden
  79. Pippin
  80. Kiss of the Spider Woman
  81. Finian’s Rainbow
  82. Pal Joey
  83. Annie Get Your Gun
  84. Pacific Overtures
  85. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  86. On Your Toes
  87. Candide
  88. Annie
  89. Beauty and the Beast
  90. Ain’t Misbehavin’
  91. Bye Bye Birdie
  92. Jelly’s Last Jam
  93. A New Brain
  94. Floyd Collins
  95. Grand Hotel
  96. Violet
  97. A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine
  98. Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk
  99. The Scottsboro Boys
  100. Next to Normal
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I usually don’t reblog stuff but seriously, you guys have to watch this! It seriously made my day!

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Oh Boris, you’re such an easy target with that bright red Hawaiian shirt. At least it looks nice, covered in paintballs! Of course, I’m talking about GoldenEye 64, the FPS that started it all for consoles. Yes, that delicious race for the Proximity Mines has been recreated by the great folks at The Dangerous Brew,and it’s spot on. Check it out below and reminisce about the good old days when you didn’t have to aim up or down.

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Plato’s Closet Mega Thrift Find!

I’ve been getting a little tired of wearing the same clothes everyday so I thought I’d stop by Plato’s Closet after school today to see what I could find and I hit the jackpot!

I would have a lot more clothes to wear but most of my wardrobe consists of little black dresses that don’t work out so well here in Hawaii.  It’s too bad but what can you do right?

I ended up getting 5 things for only $17.28! 4 out of the 5 things that I got were half off! So I ended up saving $11.50 in discounts!

And I apologize ahead of time, my phone, however smart it may be, does not take the best photos.

First I got a cat shirt!

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Brand: H&M
Size: S
Price: $5.00

I just HAD to have it! I mean, come on, IT HAS CATS ON IT!

I might just wear it as is or I might bedazzle and stud the shit out of it but I haven’t decided yet…

Second I got a tubetop! It’s hard to find one’s that fit when you’re flat chested…it’s sad but true.

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Brand: Volcom
Size: S
Price: $6.00 $3.00

Cute summery top perfect for the beach or school. Looks absolutely adorable with a pair of shorts.

Next I got another white tube top. It was my lucky day, believe me.

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Brand: Faisca
Size: S
Price: $6.00 $3.00

I haven’t heard of this brand till just now but I found the website and it looks pretty cute!

http://faiscafashion.com/

But apparently it’s only open to Wholesale buyers only. Oh well.

Next is a cute picnic style top.

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Brand: Old Navy
Size: XS
Price: $3.00 $1.50

These REALLY match my cowboy boots! I love it! Makes me feel all country~

And last but not least is a flower pattern tube top dress! I found 3 tube top articles of clothing on one shopping trip! It’s a miracle!

The second picture is the true color of the fabric, the first picture does it no justice.

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Brand: Forever 21
Size: S
Price: $8.00 $4.00

It’s adorable and fits perfectly! Summer time here I come!

I got some great finds and I am so excited! Yay for dressing well on a budget!

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A New Dawn has risen

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No I have not been paid by Dawn to write this blog entry.

I just had to share my thoughts on my new dishwashing liquid…

and what might that be?

THAT IT IS AMAZING!

Literally, for those of you who do a ton of dishes everyday, THIS IS FOR YOU!

It works just as well as the old dawn, it’s a little thinner but boy does it smell like heaven.

It’s the new Dawn Ultra New Zealand Spring Scent and you have to get it!

This stuff MAKES ME WANT TO WASH MORE DISHES.

Seriously, no joke.

You can even just go to the supermarket and go to the household cleaning isle and just take a whiff of it!

I promise, you will not be disappointed!

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The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 11 – “I Ain’t A Judas” Analysis *Spoiler Alert*

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This is a review and analysis of this week’s episode of the Walking Dead  Season 3, Episode 11 – “I Ain’t A Judas”.

If you have not seen the show or do not want spoilers, stop reading here.

*SPOILER ALERT*

This week’s episode of The Walking Dead starts off with young Carl confronting Rick about his ability to maintain and lead the group. As we’ve seen in episodes leading up to this one, Rick has just about come off his rocker hallucinating and imagining receiving phone calls. But it seems as though, for this week at least, that he has regained a piece of his sanity in order to create a plan for the group’s future. The Governor’s attack on the prison has awakened Rick to the real dangers that Woodbury poses on their survival and well being. And of course the return of Merle, who had been cooperating with the Governor up until this point, has everyone on their toes since they don’t really know whose side he is on. It’s a risk that the group has to take if they want to keep Daryl around and since he is such a strong player in their overall survival and defenses, they can’t afford to let Daryl go once again.


How the Governor survives to see another week, is beyond me. Last week, he was literally shooting the prison from out in the open and no one managed to shoot him even though they are able to clear out a whole prison and are pros at headshots. But, of course, the main villain can’t die too easily otherwise it wouldn’t be much of a story. For now, the Governor is still sort of a flat character. All we really know about him is that he tried to reform his zombie daughter, before Michonne plunged a Japanese samurai sword through her head, and that he likes to keep a fish tank full of zombie and human heads. Oh and that his real name is Phillip. For those of you who didn’t catch that the first time, Andrea refers to the Governor as Phillip, which in turn shows her true feelings for the man. Michonne was right when she said that Andrea suffered from a Messiah complex. It’s funny she mentions this because the title of the episode is, “I Ain’t A Judas” which can be taken to mean that Andrea will not “betray” the “Messiah” which would be the Governor.


Another biblical reference during this episode would be when Hershel goes to Merle with the Bible so that he may talk to him. The original passage is from Matthew 5:29-30 and says, “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell”. Hershel starts with the passage but Merle is able to recite the last of it because he too knows the Bible. This may be the turning point for Merle but this passage can also be seen as a reference to the Governor himself. Hershel has lost his leg, but not to any real evil that he has caused. Merle has cut his own hand and thrown it away but the Governor has lost his eye but the difference is that he has not gouged it himself. Not being a religious man, this passage could possibly foretell the very downfall of the Governor himself. We’ll have to see as the season goes on, but it’s definitely something to think about.


On a different note, it’s funny too that Andrea copies what Michonne has done with the zombies to make them safe to use as a distraction. Andrea goes back to the prison but for what? It seems as though she just went to pity them and to try and recruit them to join Woodbury, where in reality she should know well enough that that isn’t possible. Everyone at the prison tries to reason with Andrea so that she knows what has really been going on with the Governor but by this point, she is too blinded by the lies and the charm to see the difference. These people that she has lived with, protected and gone through hell and back with now mean so little to her. They trust her enough to give her a car to take back and even tools to finish the job, but she is no Judas to her Messiah.


Who else is disgusted by Tyrese’s group ratting out Rick’s prison group? In the comic, Tyrese is part of Rick’s group and maybe it’ll turn out like that in the long run but it’s hard to see good people get mixed up with the Governor. The other man and his son have nothing but bad intentions and can do what they want but I’m hoping that Tyrese will come join the group again.


The episode ends with Beth, Maggie’s sister, singing Tom Wait’s “Hold On” which is important because the refrain in the song is, “Oh you got to / Hold on, hold on / You got to hold on / Take my hand, I’m standing right here, you got to /just hold on”. Rick’s group has to hold on if they want to survive.

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HonoluluOpoly! Collectible’s Find!

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So Mark and I went to the 23rd Annual Hawaii Collectors Expo down the street at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. 

We got in for free with our military IDs today! Yay!

There were some cool and interesting things, but I need to cut down on the spending so we mostly browsed through the stalls.

But guess what I found?!

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Apparently it’s a Nationalopoly game and they do it to raise money for the needy people in the areas the game is produced for, which is pretty neat.

I looked it up and it was made in 1989! 24 years ago! Can you believe it?

Everything inside was still there too, give one small movable token, but that’s okay.

They have auto dealerships, the Dole plantation, hotels and even Ruth’s Chris on the board! Hahaha! Yes!

Paid $4 as you can see and I love it!

Don’t know if I want to play it or not…I might end up sending it to my cousins as a little gift. Hopefully they’ll take good care of it.

It’s nice to own a little bit of history, don’t you think?

Happy Sunday!

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Microwave Oven Cashew Brittle

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I wanted to try and make something besides cookies and brownies so I decided to make some Brittle!

And since I already had Cashews at home, I thought Hey, why not?

And this recipe is easy enough for you to make it with your kids, or if you’re bored!

No need for a candy thermometer or the hassle!

Just as an FYI though, I would pam/butter anything you use to mix the ingredients or stir or spread out. Otherwise it’ll stick on there super fast!

Ingredients:

1 cup cashews (you can use up to 1 1/2 cups if you want)

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 tablespoon butter

1 pinch salt

1 teaspoon vanilla-extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

1. You can grease the cookie sheet but I found it much easier to use parchment/wax paper instead. It cleans up a lot easier as well. So line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a glass bowl, combine the sugar, corn syrup and salt. You can mix it around a little so the corn syrup mixes in with the sugar. Microwave for 5 minutes.

3. Crush up some Cashews and mix them into the bowl after the initial 5 minutes in the microwave.

4. While waiting for it to microwave, combine the softened butter, vanilla and baking soda into a separate bowl. You can use a tiny bit more baking soda if you want to make it less hard and easier for children and elderly people to eat.

5. Get a wooden spoon or a metal spatula and cover it with butter or pam.

6. After the sugar mix is done microwaving, remove it carefully and quickly mix in the butter mixture. The whole thing will be foamy.

7. If you want an easier cleanup, you can also pam the side of the bowl from which you are going to pour the brittle from. Pour the mixture immediately onto the parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

8. Let cool for 15 minutes, or until set.

9. Break into pieces, store in an airtight container and enjoy!

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I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that

We were supposed to watch 2001: A Space Odyssey so we could discuss it in class today and I really enjoyed the movie.

I know it came out in 1968 and is listed as one of those MUST SEE movies but I had never gotten around to it till yesterday.

A shame, I know.

But I’m glad I was finally able to watch it.

It’s just funny to think that I’ve seen so many parodies and spoofs of the HAL 9000 without even knowing what it was referencing back to.

And of course I had to share the classic scene where HAL is being deactivated which represents not only his regression back to a state of childhood or otherwise primitive state but also the “murder” that Dave is committing which reflects the “Dawn of Man” scene where one ape is seen murdering another in order to gain control of the watering hole. When HAL begins to sing Daisy it shows a different side to him, one that isn’t completely emotionless when speaking, he is taken back to a simple entity.

But I couldn’t end this without posting some of my favorite parodies of HAL.

When Bender falls in love with the ship:

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I can’t find the Ultrahouse 3000 Simpsons clip on Youtube so I guess a picture of it will have to do.

But before I go, one more thing.

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So my teacher stopped the film at this point and asked everyone what they thought that this exact moment with the monolith meant.

Of course there are a million different explanations that people will explore but the most common would be that this not only signifies the “dawn” of man because of the sun seeming to appear from one side of the monolith, but also the path that the apes will take to become human and then eventually travel to the next frontier which is the moon. Where, of course, there will be yet another monolith to guide the next step of the journey of man.

But all this aside, this old lady that we have in our class always tends to give answers that are either: a) irrelevant, b) far from the point, or c) blatantly obvious, and today was no different.

When the teacher stopped the film at this point she says that only someone with the same immense knowledge of religion would be able to decipher that this exact moment is not only the 3rd day in Genesis but also connected to the ideas of the Cold War.

Needless to say, we all couldn’t help but burst out laughing. At least she didn’t cry in class today. That’s some sort of a win right?

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