Happy Chinese New Year, everyone!
The year of the Dragon has arrived.
Dragons are, according to Wikipedia (and I hope you'll excuse me for using that as a source) "Honest, intelligent, straightforward, loyal, sense of justice and fair play, attractive, amicable, unpretentious, sociable, open-minded, idealistic, moralistic, practical, affectionate, sensitive, easy going. Can be cynical, lazy, cold, judgmental, pessimistic, worrier, stubborn, quarrelsome."
What's your Chinese zodiac animal?
(Me, I'm a Rat.)
Last week, I posted my thoughts on Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. Several of you said you wanted updates on what I thought of the movies, so here's another list of things I learned after I watched Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (and once again I shall endeavor to loose no spoilers, for readers who have not seen any Star Wars):
1. Yoda talks like Fozzie Bear--they're both done by Frank Oz, actually. I didn't know that before. My brain has trouble with this and I cannot picture that voice coming from Yoda after watching The Muppets. all I can picture is fuzzy and orange with a red and white scarf, not wise and green. This is what I was thinking while he was talking:
"Do or do not. There is no try. Wocka wocka!"
2. I don't really like Luke. He was interesting in Episode IV, but in V I just couldn't get very attached to him. Half of the time I thought he should be doing more, and during the other half I thought he should stop what he was doing.
But I suppose it is the hero's journey, after all; it's supposed to show the character struggle and make mistakes. I'm hoping I'll like him more by the end of the trilogy.
3. And on the other hand, I like Princess Leia more and more. She's my favorite character in the trilogy so far.
Only one more movie to go in the original trilogy, now--hopefully my hold will come in at the library and I'll be able to watch it next weekend.
That just leaves the question of whether I should see the prequel trilogy. I'm not quite sure--a lot of you did not seem to enjoy it, based on last week's comments, and I'd hate to let something taint my opinion of episodes IV-VI. I put up a poll in the sidebar, so if you think I should or shouldn't, feel free to vote!
Picnik is closing down. I'm very sad. Where else am I supposed to find a photo editing service that has a status bar that says "Buttering sandwiches", "Warming breezes", and "Applying sunscreen" to go with their outdoors theme? Or find all kinds of cool fonts/effects/stickers for images? Or have a blast playing around on the homepage? That site has a fun personality. Relatively few others do.
(But they are giving users access to all the Premium features--something you had to pay over twenty bucks for in the past. So that's a bonus . . . until they're gone on April 19th.)
Since I know many of you readers are fans of The Hunger Games, I thought I'd mention that the awesome Larissa over at Howling Turtle is hosting a Hunger Games Read-Along. There will be people posting on different chapters of the books and THG-themed giveaways from January 29-March 21. Hop on over and check it out!
So, what's your opinion of the hero's journey? Do you enjoy stories that follow that path, or do you think it's cliche/overused? What did you think of Luke Skywalker, if you've seen Star Wars?
And do you know of any good photo-editing sites?
-----The Golden Eagle