Oh Yeah?!

A thread posing the question: How many 5 year-olds could you take on at once? There ARE rules, such as:

  • You are in an enclosed area, roughly the size of a basketball court. There are no foreign objects.
  • You are not allowed to touch a wall.
  • There is no protective padding for any combatant other than the standard-issue cup.
  • The kids are motivated enough to not get scared, regardless of the bloodshed. Even the very last one will give it his/her best to take you down.

For me: 2.

A Review Of “Dora the Explorer Journey to the Purple Planet”

Dora the Explorer Journey to the Purple Planet for PS2Dora the Explorer Journey to the Purple Planet for Playstation2 (PS2)
Rating: Rating: 7 out of 10 stars (7/10)

My 5 year old daughter received this for Christmas, finishing it within two days; it’s a short game, but she enjoyed it and is still playing it. The game has all the elements from the TV series: Boots tags along with Dora, Map provides the directions, Backpack provides the tools you need when the time comes, and all the familiar songs are there. The goal is to help some aliens find their way back home; that is, the Purple Planet. To get there you have to follow set paths on different planets, solving simple puzzles along the way, such as matching shapes or colours.

This was the first Playstation 2 game my four year old daughter has played and the controller was too big for her hands; she placed the controller on her lap, clutching the left joystick from the top, using her right forefinger to press the Action button. She asked for my help once, when a path wasn’t obvious; otherwise, she spent six to eight hours playing it, finishing it in that time.

I was disappointed that the game didn’t take long to complete, but my daughter doesn’t mind and that’s all that matters.

A Review Of “King Kong”

King KongKing Kong (2005), directed by Peter Jackson.
Rating: Rating: 7 out of 10 stars (7/10)

This is a good movie. The first hour is spent setting the tone and developing the characters; it takes place during the 1930s, when The Depression was in full swing: alcohol was banned, poverty was rampant, and jobs were scarce. Once the King Kong shows up though, that first hour seems almost irrelevant; you forget about the setting, clutching your chair-arm due to the excitement of the action sequences: battling dinosaurs, giant cockroaches, bats as big as airplanes… relief comes once they get off the island, but then they get sappy, with a stupid scene taking place on a frozen pond after the ape escapes from his shackles; however, some of the island scenes may give you nightmares.

I didn’t see the original 1924 King Kong, and I was around 10 when I saw the 1978 version. I had little expectations about it except knowing that Peter Jackson made it, so I expected a visual feast; and it delivers. There’s a lot of silly stuff in the film and some scenes are too long, but I enjoyed it. See it in a theater if you can, for the realistic special effects and sound.

News That Matters

Project Censored: The News That Didn’t Make The News:

…[this organization] compiles an annual list of 25 news stories of social significance that have been overlooked, under-reported or self-censored by the country’s major national news media.

They list the Top 25 Censored Stories. The top five of 2006:

  1. Bush Administration Moves to Eliminate Open Government
  2. Media Coverage Fails on Iraq: Fallujah and the Civilian Death
  3. Another Year of Distorted Election Coverage
  4. Surveillance Society Quietly Moves In
  5. U.S. Uses Tsunami to Military Advantage in Southeast Asia

(via CBC radio’s The Current)