Coffee-The Center of My Universe

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Coffee-The Center of My Universe

I love how you can walk into any coffee shop in my-fine-town and find a pure artist.

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Ode to the Normal

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

That was said by Martin Luther King Jr. This quote helps prove the point that normal people, such as street sweepers, are important too. While the famous people are known, the small, normal people in the background are the ones that are getting the famous to the point where they are. We need to recognize the normal people in our lives or else they may decide to rise up against us in a mob of totally angry-normal people. Here are some of my favorite normal people:

Riley Poole-National Treasure

Image He is just so darn normal. Riley is the side-kick character that nobody remembers. But where would Ben be without his Riley?

Darcy Lewis-Thor

ImageThe intern. I don’t think Darcy actually does anything in Thor except taser our main character, but she is quite the good comic uplift.

(Notice how the Normal people have to drive.)

Clint Barton (a.k.a. Hawkeye)

ImageNow you may be thinking “Dude, Hawkeye is an Avenger. There is nothing normal about that.” If you are thinking this, you are only partly right. While Agent Barton is an Avenger, you must keep in mind that Clint is totally human. No super strength, mechanical suits, or gamma ray radiation involved. Pure normal. He is also the guy that will be beaten up first because of his lack of powers. (I mean really, look at what Loki did to him in Clint’s very first Avenger’s scene!)

Janner Igiby- On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

ImageJanner is the extremely normal older brother of King Kalmar. He’s so normal and sensible that we don’t even have a picture of him. The poor boy. His brother got all of the exciting genes.

Dr. John Watson-Sherlock

ImageLook at him. He’s wearing a sweater, for crying out loud. Yet this normal-bordering-on-boring character managed to save Sherlock Holmes’ life on the very first day they met. Besides, only an extra-normal person could room with Sherlock, to even out the scales of normal.

Those were the Normal people that I could think of. (Of course, I probably forgot a few, considering that Normal people are so easy to forget.) If you can think of any other normal people in movies/shows/books, leave a comment!

Mwahahahahahaaha! (or) Evil Cackle

It takes a lot to make a good villain. The type of villain that will forever haunt you nights is the type of villain that every truly good story needs. In fact, if a story doesn’t have a good arch nemesis, the story is usually rubbish. You can have a not-so-good plot but you most definably cannot have a not-so-good villain. The evil guy is vital. That is why I am writing a post to recognize all villains in movies and books. It is about time the human race realizes that our literature and entertainment rides on the back of creepy and evil characters.

Villain #1~James Moriarty

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James Moriarty:He is just classic. He’s such a classic villain that we needed four pictures of him. He has been repeated in shows and movies for ages, and I think he just keeps getting better. Better, except for that girl Moriarty in Elementary.In fact, when I found out the the show Elementary had a female Watson and Moriarty, I almost threw myself off the roof of the hospital. I have not actually watched Elementary, (mostly because of the way it drove me to such desperate measures) so correct me if I’m mistaken about Moriarty being a girl. I heard rumors that Hugh Lauren was the actual Moriarty. In fact, I hope I’m mistaken. Tell me if I am. It may save my life and/or make my day.

Anyway, Moriarty. Sherlock Holmes described him as a consulting criminal. When the Mafia and gangs were out of their depth, which is almost always, JM would help them out in return for world domination. Moriarty is known for outwitting the outwit-able Sherlock Holmes. This in itself is an impressive feat. Moriarty was such a good villain because of how darn smart he was. The truth is, a stupid villain is a stupid villain. [Let me rephrase that.] An unintelligent villain is a weak character. And Moriarty was smart in many ways. Even on the subject of villains: “Every fairytale needs a good old fashion villain”. Man, I missed him.

Villain #2~Loki

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Unlike Moriarty, Loki is loved because he can make people feel sorry for him. He had daddy issues which he uses to justify his attempts at world domination. Loki is a wanna-be king and honey you should see him in a crown. He is skilled in the art of deception, as in he can talk his way out of anything as well as create life-like images of himself. His weapons are magic, glow sticks of destiny, and sacred ice cubes. Plus, he totally rocks scarves. Like Moriarty, Loki will succeed in giving you a heart attack even while he is “dead”. Loki is truly burdened with glorious purpose.

Villain #3~MegaMind

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MegaMind: Incredibly handsome criminal genius and master of all villainy. His giant blue head contains his giant [maybe] blue brain. Like Loki, you have to feel sorry for the guy. He grew up in prison and was picked on at shool. (no that is not a typo) MegaMind’s arch enemy is Metro Man, defender of Metro City. Besides having a bunch of flashing buttons, this anti-hero has a minion named Minion, brain bots in plenty, and a dehydration gun. MegaMind is notorious for his often-made mistakes, which usually result with him being arrested and/or beaten up. But you have to admit, this guy sure has good presentation.

Villain #4~Gru

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Gru is such a lovely villain. He is almost as unsuccessful as MegaMind, yet he still managed to steal (pause for affect) THE MOON! Gru’s freeze ray is the best device to have if one does not want to stand in line for one’s morning mocha. The way Gru is evil is like no other. Who else has a house full of endangered animals. Who else tips the barrista after stealing from her. Who else creates balloon animals, just so he can pop them. No one. (but maybe for good reasons…) Like Loki, he rocks the scarf. Like MagaMind, he doesn’t have any hair (but he does have lots and lots of Minions). Like Moriarty, Gru has a delightful accent. The only thing he’s missing is three little girls…

AND NOW WE INTERRUPT THIS POST TO SAY THAT WE WILL NOW BE MOVING QUICKLY THROUGH THE REST OF THE VILLAINS BECAUSE NO ONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND OR OTHERWISE SHOULD SPEND ALL MORNING GUSHING ABOUT SUPER VILLAINS

Villain #5~The Red Queen

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Come on people! Lets not be sexist! It is about time the Ladies sported a female villain. And this one will behead anyone she doesn’t like…

Villain #6~Darth Vader

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The dude is Luke’s FATHER! WHY didn’t anyone TELL me!! I must have cried all day when I found this out.

Villain #7~LOTR

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SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAM!!!! These guys still scare me no matter how many times I see them.

Villain #8~Voldemort

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Ehh…never mind.

Villain #9~Vizzini

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His evilness was short but sweet. Short and sweet.

Villain #10~Count Olaf

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Ah yes. Our dear Count Olaf and his creepy uni-brow. He’s an actor you know. Quite love-e-ly. You should really see him perform.

Villain?#11~My Old Enemy

And then, of course, there is my old enemy.

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…STAIRS.

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Respect the Villains.

Forget it, and they will be out to get you.