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Dove’s 2015 Recap

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This year has been so exciting and fun for me! There has been so many new opportunities and experiences I have been able to be a part of, and in many ways, I never really thought of doing. Even though it seems like the start of 2015 was only just about a month ago, it’s been an outstanding year! So, in celebration of the past year, here are some experiences I have had in 2015!

On April 11, this website was up and running with my very first post titled The Hobbit movies! After researching websites and blogging for a long while, I started this site to see how I would like blogging, and I enjoyed it so much, I kept going! With this blog, I’ve been able to delve into many topics I had never really thought much on, but it allowed me to research and come up with ideas. Shows and movies have been reviewed, advice and tips of writing and poetry have been blogged about, and my own personal beliefs and faith have been expressed here. Running a blog has been really fun!

IMG_1282 - CopyLater, around June, I began Tumblr, a very popular site where you can blog text posts, pictures, and lots of other stuff. I didn’t quite expect to start that site either, and I had no clue what I was getting into when I jumped on, but it’s been a fun site! Though liberal beliefs and just some weird stuff can be found on it, I have met some really awesome people and have sparked some friendships with them along with getting to know some people even better. The impure beliefs of the site really incense me at times (and almost caused me to get off.), but I have found that this site is also a great way to encourage and support, plus, there can be some really funny things on there. Yeah, I honestly didn’t expect as many memes and such on there, nor did I expect the insane amounts of hilarious videos and text posts, but if you can’t beat them, join them, and I think that’s probably what ended up happening with me!

July was an utter blast! The Fourth of July was definitely a highlight of mine! The fireworks shooting off all over outside, the sense of pride in the country, and the utter joy so many people had was super fun! Also, I got to participate in acting experiences I will never forget, and I came away from it with much learned and new people met!

IMG_0568The rest of the months seemed to sort of fly by. During those months, I  read some new books, studied constellations and where they were in the sky, discover the chemistry and make up of objects, and all-in-all, just quite a bit of learning about some of my favorite hobbies!

Quite frankly, I’ve learned quite a bit this year, but not just in science. I’ve found that especially this year, I have learned about reaching to others and the power of impacting them. I have met quite a few people, both online and offline, that have really made me realize that there are many ways to spread Christ to others, not just by mission fields, but by sitting at your home and just talking to someone online who may need support, encouragement, and love. There are many different ways of showing the power of Christ! I’ve found that so incredible!

That’s the main reason why I am online. Although I am on there to have fun, I am also there to shine Christ. Sometimes the Internet really makes me angry. People can hide behind anonymous asks and try to hurt others through their words, all the while trying to shove their beliefs into others’ faces. I have seen that happen to numerous Christians, where they are constantly getting messages that argue with them, calling them names and just being plain nasty, but there is one thing I have noticed about these Christians.

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That’s right! Even though others want to bring them down, they’re still there, shining Christ through their responses and posts! It’s awesome to see that these people don’t care about the mockers; they want to spread the love of God no matter what the cost!

That is the main lesson I have learned this year! So many exciting things have happened to me! I have met some really cool people, have gotten to have some incredible experiences, and have participated in many fun things! I couldn’t ask for better!

As 2016 approaches, I have many new goals, along with some I still want to continue! New years bring new events and adventures, and I am ready to begin more new experiences. Though I don’t really have a resolution for the New Year, my goal is to be able to show Christ to those around me and stay optimistic in times of trouble!

52add297eebf551a4cfa4a722ddfd178I want to give a load of thanks to the following:

To my parents, for encouraging me and supporting me as I do everything! Though sometimes things may be boring to me, or sometimes it seems extremely dull, they know how to make everything fun! I am truly blessed to have great parents.

To my brother, for giving me laughs. He always has some sort of trick up his sleeve to make someone smile. I appreciate him and everything he does!

To Angela, for the constant jokes we seem to crack at each other and for her encouragement and support she has given me! Her optimism is really inspirational, and I am very glad we’ve gotten to know one another better this year!

To my friends at church, for sticking up for me and letting me geek out at some things! I can’t tell how many times we’ve launched into a conversation about Twenty One Pilots or Harry Potter, but I appreciate them immensely!

For the people I’ve just gotten to meet online this year! I’ve been on Tumblr less than a year but have already gotten to know lots of cool people! Wow, they are cool. Did I mention they are cool?

Thanks to everyone for a year filled with exciting and thrilling adventures!

Onwards!

Why I Say, “Merry Christmas!”

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Only a few more days before Christmas! The lights have been strung around houses, Christmas parties are being hosted, stores are jammed with people shopping for gifts, and songs are being listened to and sung! Christmas is one of those times of year when you sometimes feel like you’re really a part of something special-something brilliantly wonderful!

And another thing constantly getting played over and over again are Christmas commercials. They are everywhere! Modern-day Christmas songs are being played in the background of car commercials, Santa is displayed reading over lists, and deals are going on! They always say the same thing, too; “happy holidays.”

Back when I remember the term ‘happy holidays”, it really referred to both Christmas and New Year, which I was good with! There’s nothing wrong with that, but these days, that’s not the main reason why it’s being said anymore. “Happy holidays” is now a term of saying “Merry Christmas” without actually saying it and offending someone, because mentioning the name of Christ to other religions is offensive and wrong.

tumblr_nya0xlEsM41uxlydeo1_1280This makes me go, “(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻.” Okay, seriously? You’re going to tell me that saying the word Christmas is offensive, and yet other things are okay?

Why is saying the word ‘Christmas’ offensive to people? Because of the name ‘Christ’ in it. Nonbelievers of Jesus are offended over the fact that this name is being used. In order to not get bashed for using this title, companies have avoided using it and are now saying ‘xmas’ and ‘happy holidays’ in order to please the public.

Christmas is an important word to me, though! The word has so much meaning, and it means so much to me. It’s not just a title or a word to me; it tells a story, and an important one at that, because long ago, a special child was born on a glorious night!

A young woman by the name of Mary was visited by an angel one day, and she was told she would bear a son, and they would name Him Jesus. Although Mary was a virgin, God had blessed her with this little baby, and a few months later, it was time for that special night to begin.

tumblr_nxey2qiUrk1soh8kao5_540Jesus was indeed born, and a brilliantly-shining star, placed by God, shone above the stable in which Jesus was born, announcing the arrival of Him to the world. Many people, such as wise men and shepherds, saw the star and followed it to the stable, where they saw with their own eyes the Messiah. The offered Him gifts and praised the Lord for this long-awaited Messiah. Throughout Jesus’ life, he would heal the sick and broken, teach to those He was around, and later in His life, die on the cross for the sins of the world. Whatever Jesus did, it was out of love for His creation.

People do not want to hear about this miracle, though. Instead, the become offended over it, and they want Jesus obscured from their view. They cover it up with worldly objects and stories and soon forget about the true meaning of Christmas.

Why do I say ‘Merry Christmas’ then? Because I want Christ to shine through everything said and done, and I want nothing obscured having to do with Him.  I want people to be able to hear about Christ so that they can come to know Him as their Savior and be with Him forever, where there will be no pain and no suffering.

So as we delve into another year of Christmas, remember that Christmas isn’t about gifts-it’s about the Gift, Jesus!

Have a very merry Christmas!!!!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) Rant and Review

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As most of you have probably seen on the side of my blog, I have been working on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shows, featured as a classic cartoon, a CGI film, a new, updated cartoon, and Nickelodeon animation. Although it’s been hard looking for websites to watch some of these off of, I have managed to actually get to season 2 of TMNT 1987, probably one of my favorite versions of the TMNT universe that I have seen.

Unlike most of the versions of TMNT, some of the characters’ personalities and the story line itself is quite different than what we have seen. The 1987 version follows the four ninja turtles as they come face-to-face time and time again with their master Splinter’s old enemy, the Shredder. Along the way, they meet up with a news reporter by the name of April O’Neil, who tries to convince the doubting public that the ninjas are heroes in the city where crime is imminent. Along the way in the plot, they make their way to the center of the evil, where the evil Kraang and his cronies are controlling the crime rates in New York.

I am rather surprised by the changes in today’s versions of TMNT. Although the animation of 1987’s version wasn’t that great (a lot of times, the turtles’ masks would change and their voices would not match up with the right character.) the characters themselves as well their lines were pretty funny. Pun after pun is stated, jokes are nonstop, and one-liners are hilarious. Seeing what the makers of the original TMNT wanted in the story is rather interesting, especially compared to the TMNT 2012 version currently ongoing. The characters have much different personalities than the original characters.

latestLeonardo doesn’t nearly have as much leadership roles as 2012’s Leo. He actually doesn’t do a whole lot of talking either. When Leonardo does have some lines, it’s more of pointing out the facts about a situation and telling the others which way to go when they are not sure. His voice is a ton more deeper than I would have expected.

1173382_1359216879778_fullRaphael has a ton more lines than all the others combined. Most of the TMNT versions make Raphael out as moody, arrogant, and very stubborn, but 1987’s version is more witty, sarcastic, and pretty confident, but there really is no sign of an angry attitude in his character. Raphael is the one to make as most puns as he can, which are sometimes super funny and other times something that make you go,”What?” I think 1987’s Raphael is my favorite, though. The consistent amounts of wit and funny lines really makes the show. Though I don’t mind 2012’s Raphael much, I still can’t figure out how a joking character can turn into an angry, pessimistic, and aggressive ninja within just a few years time and some seasons.

teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-fred-wolf-season-4-donatello-weird-roomDonatello, as usual, is the brains of the group. He’s always trying to fix things up or build inventions, and he’s the one responsible for many of the inventions he created, including a giant blimp. (They use the blimp to get around a ton in season 1, which I consider kind of funny because a blimp is totally secretive and noone will notice a giant blimp with ‘Turtles’ on the side of it.) Besides, Raphael, Donatello has quite a few lines as well. Although he doesn’t crack as many jokes as Raphael, he still has some of those crazy one-liners, but, you know, that’s the show! *Shrugs* Can’t be helped.

latestMichelangelo also makes quite a few puns. I think he’s more of the hippie kind of dude, similar to 2014’s Michelangelo. His personality and the other version of Raphael are sort of flipped, I think. Michelangelo is quite a go-getter character, and if there’s a fight, he’s in! However, despite the confident personality, he’s still Michelangelo the prankster!

1987_SplinterSplinter….ah, Splinter…..I’m not even sure what to say about him because this version of him sort of bugs me and makes me laugh. Really, all he does in 1987’s cartoon is sit in a certain room meditating or he’s getting trapped (very very easily. I mean, that guy hardly puts up a fight!) by Shredder. Half the time, the turtles are saving him! He says a ton of wise things to the turtles but when he’s faced with something he must battle, he just doesn’t fight well! If the ninja turtles are so well trained, why in the world is Splinter getting caught so easily? I just don’t understand!

latestThe 1987 April O’Neil is a totally different character from 2012 as well in certain aspects! Most of the time, when we get to see what April is doing, she’s working at the news station, either fighting with her boss or trying to find the turtles. She’s seems sort of a whiny character to me, though she isn’t exactly helpless either. Quite frankly, I think she’s a good addition to the show. Even though she doesn’t know ninjitsu like some of the other version of April, she uses her wits to carry her through some tough situations.

Aaaaaand the enemies. The leader of the Kraang and Shredder are featured as two of the main protagonists, and the iconic Bebop and Rocksteady are added in as well. I get rather bored with the shots of the enemies talking to one another, because they talk to one another for so long! The thing that is really funny about Shredder in this version is his slight stupidity and helplessness. 2012’s Shredder really seems like a fearsome character-the leader of the crime-but this version makes Shredder out as more of a wimpy character that the turtles are always defeating pretty quickly, and if he escapes, it’s merely out of pure luck.

Overall, I really enjoyed this version. I especially enjoyed the witty jokes said throughout every episodes, and even though the animation isn’t the best, I’d say it’s pretty good for that time! The theme song is pretty catchy as well! I sort of wish 2012 kept the classic theme, but I have to admit that 2012’s theme is really good, too!

Okay, the one thing that seriously has me wondering is where Casey Jones is! There is no sign of him anywhere! His friendship with Raphael in later versions was really cool to see, so it seems like something here is missing! And Karai! Does she not exist in 1987’s version! Where is she?!

Other than 2007’s TMNT (which I need to watch and therefore can’t officially declare as a favorite even though the characters and the story as well as the CGI looks amazing!), I think that this version is a total favorite!

Thanks for reading! I haven’t done a whole lot of rants like this before, but it was fun! Hopefully I’ll be able to do more of these kinds of rants on TMNT as well as more of my favorite TV shows and movies!

Also, if there is a topic you’d like me to consider writing on, feel free to comment below any of my posts! Suggestions are welcome, just please keep it clean!

Have a great weekend!

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This entry was posted on December 6, 2015, in TV. 5 Comments