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“Of Two Minds, One Body”
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
The Host is based on the novel written by Stephenie Meyer, who also wrote the books that were the basis for the Twilight series of films, but this one doesn’t have any vampires or werewolves in it, just aliens.
When the movie opens, Earth has been invaded by an alien race that has inhabited almost every human body, and the humans who haven’t been invaded are on the run.
We learn that the aliens don’t change the worlds they invade, but they just occupy and improve them.
We see one young woman being chased by aliens and put up a fight, but she is captured.
An alien known as The Seeker looks down at the captured woman and says, “This one wants to live.”
The mind of the young woman, Melanie, played by Saoirse Ronan, stays active even though her body is taken over by an alien mind.
How do we know this? Because we hear the thoughts of both minds, but you can figure out the problem with this gimmick, can’t you?
Both minds are played by the same actress, therefore they sound exactly alike, and when one of the minds starts thinking, we don’t know if it is the human or the alien speaking.
Also, which mind is in control of the body?
Well, the alien mind says to call her Wanderer, and the human mind, Melanie, dreams, which we see and which fills in her back story, but then the Melanie body escapes when she is being interrogated so that the aliens can find other humans.
We can see the difference between aliens and humans, because the aliens all wear white clothes. The aliens also don’t lie, because they trust each other, and therefore it is easy enough for Melanie to borrow an alien’s car and take off in search of other humans.
However, Melanie and Wanderer get into an argument and one of them crashes the car.
Well, to make a long movie short, Melanie and Wanderer find some humans who are led by Melanie’s uncle, there is a three-way love story, but the movie’s pacing is so slow, what could have been a promising story just drags along.
Also, some famous actors in it are unrecognizable.
The Host is of two minds and one body, just like me about this movie.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
We check out the new Honda cars on the Denver Auto Show floor, the Honda Accord, Honda Fit and Honda Pilot.
2013 Honda Accord – The All new Ninth Generation Honda Accord offers a new direct inject Earth Dreams engine in standard, automatic and hybrid powertrains,. It’s less bulky in styling and has improved interior features like HondaLink for connecting on the road with your smart phone and favorite social media accounts. Generation after generation the Honda Accord has offered its buyers reliable transportation with the added lilt of fun-to-drive attributes missing from other midsize cars. This new-gen Accord evolves that theme with two fuel-efficient gasoline engines, both four-door and two-door body styles, plus innovative features like a side-view camera that supplements the passenger-side mirror.
Honda Fit – With our countless technological innovations and legendary, race-inspired engines, Honda has always roared ahead of the curve. The Honda Fit has always been known for its nimble handling and comes in 5 door or 100% EV electric models.
Honda Pilot – The 2013 Pilot has a stylish, upscale look, both inside and out. The interior layout is comfortable and easy to use, while the exterior design will complement any driveway. Innovative features inside make for plenty of good times. And the large interior, fold-flat seats and multiple storage bins provide exceptional utility for this powerful performer.
Event set for Saturday, March 2 @ 4:30pm
The Junior Service League of St. Augustine’s Lighthouse 5K & Fun Run, held in conjunction with the annual St. Augustine Lighthouse Festival will affect traffic in the Lighthouse and Davis Shores Neighborhoods. The event is set for Saturday, March 2 starting at 4:30pm.
The race starts at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum on Red Cox Dr. and then follows a route along Carver St. E., Lighthouse Ave., White St., Magnolia Dr., Ocean Way, Anastasia Blvd., Comares Ave./Inlet Dr., St. Augustine Blvd., Zoryada Ave., Flagler Blvd., Comares Ave., and returning to the starting point by the same route. A map is available online at the event’s web site at www.lighthouse5k.com.
Traffic will be detoured or momentarily interrupted during the race, so drivers in the affected areas are asked to use caution and expect brief inconveniences.
Bike plan open house scheduled for Wednesday, March 6
Residents in Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns Counties will have one final opportunity to provide input for the North Florida Regional Bicycle Pedestrian Master Plan Study being conducted by the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (North Florida TPO). A series of five open-house walk-through public meetings with multiple stations will allow attendees to review and comment on the plan’s draft elements.
The meeting for St. Johns County is on Wednesday, March 6, 4:00pm – 8:00pm in St. Augustine City Hall’s Alcazar Room, 75 King St. To view and print a handy flyer with all the meeting dates click here.
This week on The Break Room: CRA 101
With the recent series of public meetings and presentation before city boards egarding the proposed creation of a Lincolville CRA, or Community Redevelopment Area, Mark Knight, Director of Planning and Building stops by The Break Room this week to discuss and explain the process for creating a CRA.
Each week the friendly and informative style of The Break Room offers the community an opportunity to
know a little more about how their city works by getting to know those who do the work every day. The Break Room airs Wednesdays at 5:30pm and Saturdays at 8:00am, and each program is archived at www.breakroom.info as podcasts available for download anytime. To listen to this week’s program immediately, click here.
Super Community Collection Day set for Saturday, March 9
The St. Johns County Solid Waste Management Department will host a free Super Community Collection Day from 8:00am until noon on Saturday, March 9 at Murray Middle School, 150 N. Holmes Blvd, St. Augustine.
County residents are encouraged to bring household hazardous waste, electronics, and tires for disposal. Household hazardous waste items acceptable for collection include paint, motor oil, gasoline, pesticides and insecticides, aerosol cans, and solvents and thinners. Acceptable E-waste items include monitors, keyboards, computers, desktop and laptop computers, mobile phones, radios, and video cassette recorders. In addition, up to ten tires per household can be disposed of free of charge. Yard debris, garbage, construction waste and other items generated by commercial activity will not be accepted.
To view and print a flyer that includes the time, date and location of the collection as well as a list of acceptable items, click here. For more information or an inclement weather update contact St. Johns County Solid Waste Management at 904.827.6980.
Share your artistic impression as part of Ancient City Mosaic
Artists of all ages and ability levels are invited to share their artist impression of St. Augustine by participating in Ancient City Mosaic presented by Michaels Stores®, a project that will showcase the creative talent of the local and regional community.
The 450-piece exhibit, the number of pieces is representative of St. Augustine’s upcoming anniversary, will first be displayed throughout the St. Johns County community at all six St. Johns County Public Library System locations and the St. Augustine Art Association. The exhibit will then be brought together and featured as a grand 450-piece mosaic. The exhibit will first be on display at all six St. Johns County Public Library System locations and the St. Augustine Art Association from May 3 to June 1. The exhibit will then be displayed as a grand 450-piece mosaic from June 15 to Aug. 10.
Registration is available online at www.ancientcitymosaic.com and must be submitted betweeen February 25 and April 15.
Ancient City Mosaic is supported by the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration, Sertoma Club of St. Augustine, St. Johns County Education Foundation, St. Augustine Art Association, St. Johns County Public Library System and St. Johns Cultural Council.
For more information, call the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration at 904.825.1053.
Anderson Circle closed
For the next month Anderson Cir., between Charlotte St. and Cathedral Pl. will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. The closure is necessary for AT&T to install conduit via a directional bore under the Matanzas River. In order to accommodate traffic along Charlotte St. the loading zone and parking spaces will be used as the traffic travel lane and parking on Anderson St. will be inaccessible.
For more information, call the Public Works Department t 904.825.1040.
Opportunities to serve
The City Commission of the City of St. Augustine is accepting applications for two volunteer boards:
First is to fill a one (1) term vacancy on the St. Augustine Firefighters Retirement Pension Board of Trustees. Interested individuals who reside within the city limits should submit applications by Friday, March 1, 2013. Appointment is tentatively scheduled to be made by the Commission at its March 11 meeting.
The second is to fill two three (3) year term expirations on the Historic Architectural Review Board. Interested individuals who reside within the city limits should submit applications by March 15, 2013. Appointment is scheduled to be made by the Commission at its March 25, 2013 meeting.
For information about the boards themselves, click on the names of the boards above and for the application form, click here.
For information concerning qualifications and applications please contact the City Clerk’s office at 904.825.1007.
Meeting schedule and agendas
The Planing and Zoning Board meets on Tuesday, March 5. The agenda is here.
The City Commission meets on Monday, March 11. When available the agenda will be here.
The Code Enforcement, Adjustments and Appeals Board meets on Tuesday March 12. The agenda is available here.
The Historic Architectural Review Board meets on Thursday, March 21. When available the agenda will be here.
All agenda, minutes and GTV info
Agendas and minutes for all city meetings can be found at www.staugustinegovernment.com with a schedule of upcoming meetings listed under City Calendar. City Commission meetings are broadcast live via GTV (Comcast Channel 3 in St. Augustine) each second and fourth Monday at 5:00pm. Commission meetings are also recorded and rebroadcast as are Planning and Zoning Board and Historic Architectural Review Board meetings. For a current schedule of all programming on GTV, click here.
Source: City of St. Augustine
Motor racing has never been safe for the drivers or spectators. The fiery crashes have been horrendous over the last 100 years.
Improvements have been made to protect the drivers, but as was evidenced by today’s Daytona fiery crash into the grandstands, spectators are at serious risk at every race track in the world. The catch fence at Daytona Speedway did not work. It did not keep fiery hot debris from going 2 story’s into the second tier of seats. 28 people were injured today and it is a miracle that the entire car with a load of high octane fuel did not go into the stands and kill hundreds of people. It has happened before and it will happen again.In fact every year race cars crash into grand stands and kill spectators. It happens at short tracks all over America. It happens at the road courses in Europe . It happens at off road rallies. It happens at drag races, F1 races and Indy car races. It happens at boat races and motorcycle races, It happens a lot.
The racing industry tries to suppress news stories covering these disasters, but it spilled out all over CNN today. Travelling at over 200 miles per hour it is easy for an Indy car, Nascar or drag race car to be launched into the stands and kill people. It happens. The big lie is that it does not happen or that race promoters care about their fan base. They don’t.
All of these race tracks are not safe. Will it take a major catastrophe for the feds to step in and set safety regs ?? probably.
Nascar in particular sets races where there is the maximum danger to drivers and fans. They pack thousands of people close to the speedway where a car could fly into the stands and explode. They create races that at extremely high speeds with cars packed together which ensures that they will have multiple big wrecks.
The races are designed for big screen TVs with millions of home viewers. Crashes are the high point of every race. Auto racing has become enormously popular and is a blood and fire sport. It’s not about the racing. It is about the disaster that takes place on your TV every Sunday.
I call for a federal investigation into all motor sport events in America including the Indy 500, the NHRA, Nascar and SCCA. All of their race tracks and city road courses are flat out dangerous, unsafe and thoughtlessly constructed. It’s time.
Jann Scott’s Journal
Jann has driven and raced high speed race cars. He has seen spectators injured at races by flying debris.
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
Anna Karenina is based on Count Leo Tolstoy’s second great major novel, it is about a tragic love story, and of all the versions that have been filmed about it, this one is the most recent.
This one might also be the most daring of them all, considering how it portrays the action, and it undoubtedly will not be to everyone’s liking.
It stars Keira Knightly as Anna, Jude Law as her stodgy husband, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the dashing Count Vronsky.
The story begins in 1874 Imperial Russia, and you might wonder what the heck is going on with the action consisting of actors and actresses being on a stage in a theater?
Talk about suspension of disbelief! We have to pretend that we are watching a stage performance of this familiar story, and then we have to pretend that we didn’t see the actors walk through the back of the theater building and continue acting in a realistic setting like we are accustomed to seeing in most traditional films.
And then before we know it, the realistic scenes switch back and forth without warning with the surrealistic scenes inside a theater, including an unbelievable scene inside the theater about a horse race with real horses and riders dashing across the stage.
If that technique doesn’t throw off the audience enough, even if you are familiar with the story, you might be thrown off by the confusing Russian names, which make it difficult to keep all the characters straight, as well as by a subplot of another love story between two of the minor characters.
The main love story is about Anna, an aristocratic married woman with a child who falls in love with Count Vronsky and eventually has a child with him.
I won’t spoil the ending for those of you who are not familiar with the story, but for those of you who are, you might be disappointed in that a subplot coda is tacked on after the traditional ending, which in my mind ruined the story.
In addition, this film reminded me of opera, which is a stylistic rendition of a story consisting of vocal performances with orchestral accompaniment.
Anna Karenina is cinematic opera without the singing, but with music throughout, it ruins a perfectly good, classic love story, and I don’t like opera.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”