Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Above: Director Matt Reeves and cast tell us about the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Release Date/Year: May 23, 2014

New 2013 Archery Movies and TV Shows

Want more archery in your life?

#1. Arrow - Season Two.

Enter "Speedy" and "Black Canary"... Oh and that chick from the Terminator Chronicles!

#2. Reign - Season One.

Reign is a new teenage drama series set in France about Queen Mary of the Scots. The show is billed as "Game of Thrones meets Marie Antoinette". And yes, it has archery in it. See the photo below to see two of the young actors learning how to do archery for the first time at the Toronto Public Archery Range.

The Reign series is being produced by the CW, the same people bringing you "Arrow", which suggests they are really betting the farm on archery continuing to be such a big thing with teen audiences.

In the forefront below is Toby Regbo, the male lead, on his first day of doing archery.

#3. Catching Fire - Part Two of The Hunger Games Series.

Can't wait to see Katniss in action again? Watch the trailer below to see Katniss once more.

#4.The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug

Dwarves doing archery? Yes, but we also get to see the return of Legolas doing archery too!

And don't forget lots of other elves doing archery, and the human archer known as Bard from Laketown.

What this means is that The Desolation of Smaug promises to have A LOT OF ARCHERY IN IT. Just plain a lot. You may want to count the number of arrows that actually get shot during the film because it may break a lot of records compared to other films which had a lot of archery in them.

#5. The Walking Dead - Season Four.

Seriously. This is so happening.

Yes, okay, we know crossbows aren't really archery, but that doesn't stop us from liking Daryl right?

#6. Brave 2?

No sign of this happening any time soon. Sorry to get your hopes up but we may not see a trailer for this until Summer 2014 or later.

#7. War of the Titans.

Clash of the Titans (2010), Wrath of the Titans (2012) - they've both been done. The third film is due out in 2014 and best guesses are that it will be called "War of the Titans" and be about the Trojan War. According to my sources "Clash of the Titans 3" was already in development stages back in 2012. So we should be seeing a trailer for it sometime soon for a Summer 2014 release date.

#8. Avatar 2.

We know it is coming - Avatar (2009) is James Cameron's baby after all, the same guy who made the Terminator series. He stated way back in 2006 that he would make two sequels.

Here it is 2013 already and no trailer yet. However perhaps that is because in 2012 James Cameron changed his mind and now says there will be THREE sequels. Or more precisely, one prequel and two sequels.

The prequel will be about Dr. Grace Augustine and her early encounters with the Navi. James Cameron also states each film would have a clear conclusion as opposed to being cliffhanger to the next film. Production is set to begin in 2014.

Release dates for the films are set for December 2016, the second in December 2017 and the third in 2018.

#9. Other movies and TV shows we haven't heard of yet...

Do you know of any? Post them in the comments.

Geek is the new sexy - Nerd Fashion

I think I need to write more posts about Nerd Fashion. It seems to me like something that is sorely lacking.

Evidently the t-shirt is the choice of most nerds. But I could also talk about bow ties and suspenders, you know, just for fun.

Map of Starling City (from TVs Arrow / Comicbooks Green Arrow)

Where is Starling City from the TV show Arrow?

Well, admittedly there is no Starling City (or Star City if you read the Green Arrow comic books).

But the photography of the city is that of Vancouver, Canada.

However within the TV show you do sometimes glimpse a map of the city (which looks a bit like a map of Vancouver).

Like this subway map of Starling City, which shows the location of the Glades and gives you a decent idea of the layout of the city.

Turned sideways and then compared to a map of Vancouver it looks vaguely like the watery bit is Vancouver Harbour, and the red bridge going across is part of the Trans Canada Highway. But maybe they just based it loosely off of a map of Vancouver since the show is filmed there.

And then there is the Island of Lian Yu where Oliver Queen / Green Arrow was trapped for five years... Shown in the map below.

Map of the Walking Dead Locations

If you visit the following link it will take you to an interactive Google map which will provide you with a list of locations where events take place in The Walking Dead graphic novel series (which is basically the same as the TV show with minor differences and a few major differences):


I am not saying I'm Batman...

Magic, Hypnosis and Poetry

They even sell hypnosis DVDs as "magical",
when it is really more science.
According to Buddhist texts there was once a Buddhist monastery being attacked by bandits. One of the monks was cornered and alone, unarmed against a single bandit. Thinking he was about to die he wanted his last words to be poetry so he quoted a bit of poetry from an older text. The bandit hearing him ended up throwing down his weapon and running away. The monk managed to survive the massacre and told his story to others.

Hypnosis is achieved through words, the sound of a person's voice. Even today modern scientists don't know how hypnosis works - despite numerous studies trying to determine how it works this suggestive quality of voice and still eludes science. Maybe someday we will understand it.

And herein lies my point - Words have power. They're not magical but maybe we explain and understand how the conscious and unconscious mind works by first identifying how words and the tone of a person's voice effect the mind and human behaviour.

This could even explain things in the animal world as well, people who have an unusual talent with animals like horsewhisperers for example.

It isn't magic. It isn't even psychic powers. We know this because it doesn't work as easily on people who speak a different language. People can enter an hypnotic state from the soothing sound of a person's voice - but due to the language barrier cannot be instructed to perform silly things in front of an audience.
Thus we know language is an important aspect of this ability for poetry and hypnosis to effect the mind.

Simply saying gibberish to people would have little results.

And so before I end this post I ask that if you have heard similar stories of events where words had power please post a link in the comments to any website or book which documents the event.

Essentially the power of a Hypnotic Voice cannot be underestimated.

Update! Music can also effect the mind but its power is more limited.
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