As I stated before, Starry-Eyed-Potboiler is taking on different themes. Today’s post, The Weekly Rewind, is a bit of news, social commentary and thoughts. Each week I will go through the news, pick out a few that I think are very worthwhile, hilarious, completely off the wall or just so obscure maybe you missed them. So, please, keep checking back each week!
1. Virgin Spacecraft Crash – Oi! If it wasn’t bad enough that people like to use any form of failure, natural disaster or problem to point out why we should remain in our caves, hiding from the sun and dreading that the sky might be falling, now the fate of commercial space flight is being called into question because a “civilian” spacecraft crashed in the Mojave Desert. So, if you’ve been hiding in your cave, here is the bare bones – Yesterday a passenger spacecraft being tested crashed in the desert north of Los Angeles. One pilot was killed and the other was injured. I have a terrible feeling that we will begin to hear newscaster, political activists, pundits and politicians demanding to slow down or even stop the commercial space industry because of this. Here’s what you need to know. The craft was created by Scaled Composites, a subsidiary of Northrup Grumman, the same company that builds aircraft for the military. This crash has nothing to do with differences between civilian and military, it has more to do with a technical issue in the design, which, I for one, am sure that they will get worked out. Did NASA stop all of it’s work when the Challenger shuttle exploded? No. Richard Branson and his team will discover what lay behind the crash, they will address it and move on.
2. Marvel Universe – If you haven’t been paying attention the trailer for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron was released one week prior to Marvel’s plan. In an attempt to counter this slip, the company, which had planned to release the trailer during this past week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., gave fans and viewers another treat: a teaser scene featuring the entire Avengers gang assembled in Avengers’ Tower, having a good time, until they are rudely interrupted by the movie’s villain – Ultron, voiced by James Spader. The majority of the scene, (which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGwuoYKhqx8) details a light-hearted attempt by different Avengers in lifting Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir. Tony Stark even quips, “If I lift it, do I get to rule Asgard?” The part to notice happens at 0:29, when Steve Rogers, AKA Captain America, wraps his hands around the famous hammer’s handle. As the team looks on, you can make out an almost imperceptible movement. Which draws a frightened look from the God of Thunder. Why is this interesting? Just as Marvel has done in all of it’s movies, it likes to throw little nods to the comics, sometimes things that only avid readers will understand. Throughout the Marvel Universe, there have only been five people who can lift Mjolnir, Odin & Thor are part of those five, the last? Captain America. Here we see Joss Whedon and the rest of the crew tipping their hats to that knowledge.
3. Kidnapped or Converts? – A lot of the time we don’t pay attention to all of the news that is out there. With the ever growing reach of the internet we are flooded daily with news reports from all over the globe, and it can be difficult to keep up with everything that is going on. One story that snagged my attention is out of Nigeria. In April, Nigeria’s Islamist Extremist Group, led by Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 young girls. Now he is claiming that every single one of them has converted to Islam and has been married. Are you fucking kidding me? I really hope that those of you out there reading this don’t believe a word of it. Oh, I bet they converted to Islam. You take an eight year old girl, shove a rifle in her face she’ll convert to anything you want: My Little Pony Haters, The Anti-Glitter Brigade or even extreme Islam. Sure, it might be easy to sit back and wonder “OMGZZ!!! Does Kim Kardashian really have a baby sister she never knew abouts??? Squee!” Wise up! I’m pretty sure that the Kardashian’s family matters are important to them, but the rest of us, out here in reality, these 200 young girls should be on our minds. Imagine if that was your daughter, your sister or grandchild? Call/Write your congressman demand that they do something. Sure Ebola’s a terrible disease, but we don’t need to send troops to *fight* it, we need to make examples of extremists who think they can force young girls to do whatever they want.
4. Speaking of Ebola – A research facility in Montana has theorized, from data garnered in a study of mice, that there might be people who exist with a natural immunity to the dreaded disease. Really? You mean nature finds a way to balance itself? -slowclap- Thanks for catching up. Like any disease, there are people and animals, especially those who have been exposed to it before that will develop a natural immunity. Personal example: I spent the majority of my life raised by my mother and grandmother who worked at a medical care facility for the elderly. I get sick maybe once every 5 or 6 years, for about 24 hours and then I am back to my normal healthy. The theory is that they brought home so many weak, sickly germs that I developed an immune system to rival any out there. Yes, Ebola is something to be concerned about, but it’s not something that we need to immediately close our country’s borders and become recluses. Get a grip people. Wash your hands, cough into your elbow and don’t go to work sick!
5. NaNoWriMo – Gazuntite! No, I didn’t sneeze. I don’t have Ebola. -sniffles- well, maybe… anywho. If you’ve been living under a rock and not paying attention to the Twitterverse or the Unholy Duo of Facebook/Instagram, then you don’t know that today marks the beginning of the National Novel Writing Month. People from all over the world will sit down to write the Great American (or Australian, French, Russian, whatever) novel. 50,000 words in just 30 days. It may seem daunting, but these brave souls have the strength, fortitude and will to make their dreams come true. Of note, they don’t expect to have a publishable novel in 30 days, that would be ludicrous! However, they will have something that can be rewritten, edited and polished prior to sending off to Agents, Editors and Publishing Houses in the coming year. One thing to note, as I sat waiting last night to begin slinging my ink for the event, one young woman from Adelaide, Australia (one of the countries who gets to start the event first) completed 75,000 words in just one day. If you’re interested, here is her twitter handle: https://twitter.com/roriori
So, that’s it! This weeks rewind. I hope you found something to entertain you, make you smile, but above all think! Cheers!