Monthly Archives: January 2013

Grinds my gears

You know what really grinds my gears?
Hypothetical questions with no real answer.

For example, recently one if my cronies asked me which network had a better lineup: A&E, The History Channel, or The Discovery Channel.This inevitably evolved into a discussion as to who would win in a fight, the Duck Dynasty crew, the Pawn Stars crew, or Todd Hoffman’s “miners” on Gold Rush Alaska. Thirty minutes and many hyperbolic statements later, it was decided that the Pawn Stars boys would win. Right before the battle, Chumlee would call up the motorcycle gang from Count’s Kustoms and they would so severely outnumber the other axes of power that the fight would not even commence. The Duck
Dynasty team grabbed a close second, but it was determined that Si would switch teams after a sweet tea bribe and sell out his family members. He would also likely employ his Vietnam era war tactics, which didn’t even work back then.

A time for giving

The holiday season has now passed and a new year is upon us. But the ‘season of giving’ should not fade into the past with 2012. To see why this is the case, consider the following. According to Economist Jeffrey Sachs, a calculation carried out in 2001 revealed that it would have taken $124 billion a year to raise everyone on earth above the absolute poverty line of $1.25 per day per individual. This sounds like a lot of money. But consider that the combined gross annual income of developed nations (the twenty-two members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) in that year was $20 trillion (with a ‘t’).

Tom Brady injured; Patriots to start Tim Tebow

Last week marked a difficult game for the New England Patriots, even as they rolled over the Houston Texans in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. While the Texans did not stand a chance against the indomitable Patriots air attack, they did at least exhibit some type of balanced gameplay outside of a star quarterback. Late in the third quarter, Tom Brady was sacked by J.J. Watt, the explosive defensive end for the Texans. While being sacked, Brady attempted to break free from Watt, and in doing so fell on his coccyx, bruising it.

The Hobbit: An unexpected disaster

From a literary point of view, according to most Tolkien fans, “The Lord of the Rings” is not quite as good as the jovial story of “The Hobbit.” The original trilogy was overlaid with a serious demeanor whereas its prequel illustrated the positive and almost humorous life of Bilbo Baggins, the not-so-adventurous hobbit.

So when it was announced that the Hobbit would soon appear in theaters, fans were predictably enthusiastic. The plan was that after delivering the Lord of the Rings trilogy to the silver screen, Peter Jackson would leave to recreate King Kong and then return to work on “The Hobbit.” However, because of earnings disputes with New Line Cinema, “The Hobbit” was delayed multiple times.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, an Unexpected surprise

Finally, after nine years of waiting, movie audiences are rewarded with a return to the magical land of Middle-earth to experience the unexpected journey of Bilbo Baggins. Director Peter Jackson’s first installment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” has accomplished not only what he needed to, but much more. The story, always a children’s tale, is jovial compared to the somber-toned Lord of the Rings trilogy and is filled with bumbling trolls and singing dwarves, who can crack quite the bad joke.

Movie Review: Zero Dark Thirty

From Kathyrn Bigelow, director of the critically acclaimed film “The Hurt Locker,” comes “Zero Dark Thirty,” a film that documents the search and pursuit of Osama Bin Laden. The most important thing for this movie is to know what to expect, as the movie has far less action than “The Hurt Locker.” Although the previews for the movie depict a high intensity, action packed thriller, these sequences are saved for the end of the film.


Geek of the Week: Dani Hering, Senior, MME

Almost all of us at Mines have, at some point, run into that rare brand of geek who manages to simultaneously maintain both their nerd status and regular social interaction. However, this week’s geek is of an even rarer breed. Senior Metallurgical and Materials major Dani Hering is among the few who can actually convince fellow nerds to participate in various forms of social activities. Whether she’s inviting new people to a random game of dodgeball or cracking Scooby-Doo jokes with friends in a game of League of Legends (LoL), Hering certainly understands that geekiness is a dish best enjoyed with others.

Gear Review: iHome Headphones

Due to the improved sound quality of headphones like Beats by Dr. Dre, people have started to switch from earbuds to over-the-ear headphones. Anyone who enjoys and dislikes the pain caused by typical earbuds should consider switching to over-the-ear headphones. For those lacking the budget for top of the line headphones like Beats, a smart and affordable option is the iB45 Headphones from iHome.


Game Review: Far Cry 3

The immersive and beautiful world of Far Cry 3 is entertaining, as the intelligent storytelling and elaborate plot establish a foothold for video games as a new (and unexpected) medium of art. Many view video games as an avenue to mindless violence, but the deeper layers of the journey contained in Far Cry 3 are sure to conjure astounding emotional responses.

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