Summer Movies Update #1 and #2

In my first post I listed my top five most anticipated movies of Summer 2011.  Unfortunately so far, the two that have been released have been mediocre to say the least. 

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was the first to come out, and while I had high hopes for this movie to possibly be good, I can honestly admit that I could not have been more wrong.  While not necessarily horrible, I can’t remember a single line from the movie, and if you asked me to describe the plot to you I would say, “Jack Sparrow and Penelope Cruz argue a lot on a pirate ship.”  Thats all I can remember from the story.  What I do remember is how much a waste of ten dollars this movie was.  I would have rather seen Thor a third time. 

I actually never saw The Hangover: Part 2, but I have heard from enough people that have to understand that it is average at best.  Certainly not worthy of being in a top 5 list that has been given the Dan stamp of approval.  My apologies both of my readers. 

The good news is that my other three films on the list look to be promising.  Harry Potter will obviously be amazing if it is anywhere as good as Part I, and Marvel hasn’t made a bad movie in a long time so I still have my hopes up for Captain America.  Meanwhile, Cowboys and Aliens is too awesome of a premise not to be good.  Stay tuned for my updates on the other three movies.


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Top 5 Reasons to Live in a Hobbit Hole

Well after an extended break, I’m back!  Now that the MCAT is over I actually have time to have a life.  What’s that you say?  Writing nerdy things on a blog still doesn’t count as having a life? 

For those of you who do not know what a hobbit hole is, here is an explanation from J.R.R. Tolkien:

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle. The door opened on to a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel: a very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with panelled walls, and floors tiled and carpeted, provided with polished chairs, and lots of lots of pegs for hats and coats — the hobbit was fond of visitors. The tunnel wound on and on, going fairly but not quite straight into the side of the hill — The Hill, as all the people for many miles round called it — and many little round doors opened out of it, first on one side and then on another. No going upstairs for the hobbit: bedrooms, bathrooms, cellars, pantries (lots of these), wardrobes (he had whole rooms devoted to clothes), kitchens, diningrooms, all were on the same floor, and indeed on the same passage. The best rooms were all on the lefthand side (going in), for these were the only ones to have windows, deep-set round windows looking over his garden, and meadows beyond, sloping down to the river.”

– J. R. R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit”


Top 5 Reasons for Living in a Hobbit Hole

1.  Low maintenance

Since the lining of the house is made of extremely sturdy materials such as brick or concrete, the houses are built to last easily over 100 years.  Even better, there are very little external maintenance costs, and in addition there is no traditional roofing to worry about.

2.  Safety

Earth is quite the protector.  You no longer have to worry about whether or not you should head to the basement during a storm.  Odds are that lightning will never strike so low to the ground, and the soil and concrete makes them fireproof and pretected from strong winds.  These things could very well lead to lower insurance costs as well.

3.  Constant Temperature

Due to geothermal heating and the earth’s high density, the temperature remains a constant 60 degrees year-round.  That allows for drastic savings on heating and cooling, and its much better for the environment as well. 

4.  More Usable Land

Everybody wants more land to use.  Don’t have space for a garden? Put it on the roof! 

5.  It’s Just Really Cool

Whether they want to admit it or not, everyone has a secret desire deep down to live in middle earth and be a hobbit.  They a live a simple existence and only worry about growing things, having parties, and eating.  A lot of eating.  With all the money you’ll be saving on insurance, heating and cooling, and maintenance costs, you can afford to throw more parties which of course everyone will want to go to. Why? Because you live in a hobbit hole!

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Top 5 Summer Movies 2011

After just watching the incredible move Thor last weekend, it started to make me excited for the upcoming summer movie season.  Even though The Hobbit isn’t coming out until 2012, there are still a good amount to be excited about.  Here aremy top 5.  (Disclaimer: I am a huge nerd)

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II (July 15)

The decision to split the final installment in the Harry Potter series into two movies made some angry, but it ended up being one of the best decisions they have ever made.  Part I ended up being perhaps the greatest Potter movie to date, and from the looks of it Part II will be even better.  Both fans and non-fans of the books should be incredibly excited about this epic finale, and you can guarantee I will be dressed up on opening night. 

2. Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22)

2011 seems to be one of the better years for superhero films, with Thor, the Green Lantern, and a new X-Men movie, but none are as classic as the leader of the Avengers Captain America.  Is there anything better than a butt-kicking superhero who personally beats up Nazis?  I wouldn’t be surprised if he was the one who actually took down Bin Laden.  Thor was a great movie, and Captain America looks to be even better, leading up to the eventual Avengers movie which will knock our socks off.  The only problem is the fact that it comes out a week after Harry Potter, which means I will have seen it seven times before this movie comes out and I will be lacking funds to see it. 

3.  The Hangover: Part II (May 26)

Sure the plot is identical to the first movie, and they really have no right making a sequel.  Yet, Zach Galifianakis is in it, which is more than enough for me.  If it is half as good as the first movie I will be happy. 

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (May 20)

I absolutely loved Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl, as did so many others.  Yet I will be the first to admit that the following two movies Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End were a mess of convoluted story lines (albeit an entertaining one).  I still have a lot of hope for On Stranger Tides since we can finally get back to what we loved in the first place: Jack Sparrow being Jack Sparrow, without extra crazy story lines getting in the way. 

5. Cowboys and Aliens (July 29)

Cowboys + Aliens + Harrison Ford = Awesome….. enough said.

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My First Post

Well hello there.  I literally have no idea how to use this website, so the millions of you that will be reading this will just have to come to terms with my lack of know-how. 

The reason for making a blog is because the thoughts running out of my head cannot be contained in twitter.  While twitter may be nice for those short, snappy comments, often times I can’t fully express my feelings in a mere 140 characters.  Do not let that stop you from following me @DanielRAdam however. 

I promise I have more interesting things to come once I figure out this website, and the quality will greatly improve once I have taken the MCAT on May 21.

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