Archive for March, 2013

What do Fairy Tale movies, Once Upon a Time and Andrew Loyld Webbers’ Bibical Plays (and also Phantom of the Opera play) have in common?

March 30, 2013

What do Fairy Tale movies (Disney and non-Disney), Once Upon a Time TV show and Andrew Loyd Webber’s ‘ Biblical PlaysPlays-Joesph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and Jesus Christ Superstar (and also his Phantom of the Opera play) have in common?

What they have in common is that all of them are doing what our ancestors being doing for decades. They are updating and retelling stories that been told for generations (some more then others). So why are people having a cow about OUAT (Once Upon a Time) criss-crossing stories (ie. Rumpelstiltskin being 1.Rumpelstiltskin, 2.The Beast and 3.Hook’s Crocodile).  There’s nothing to have a cow about!

Why are food or snacks so expensive in places like Bowling Alleys?

March 30, 2013

Today in The Toronto Star there was a “Letter to the Editor” or as I know it, the “opinion” section and one of these letters was from someone having a cow about the Toronto Zoo’s admission going up because of Toronto/Canada getting two Panda bears that the zoo is hoping to produce cubs to help with Pandas endanger species in China. They said that the admission was already so expensive and then complained about the price of snacks too. I have some business knowledge (4 years of business class in High School, and also two Accounting Classes). Here’s the author’s own words:

“Clearly the politicians and corporate directors of the zoo are totally out of touch with most people in Toronto as they contemplate raising prices for us to see a couple of cute panda bears.

At current admissions, it costs a family of four $72 to drive to the zoo for a visit without adding on the inevitable high-priced snack foods. Now they want to add another $12 to prices that are out of reach for half the families in the GTA.

It will cost $8 million for the panda exhibit and $3 million a year to care for them. This in a city that can’t afford to provide sufficient housing for the homeless and a zoo that has given away its elephants and has rapidly deteriorating pavilions.

The impact on environmental awareness will be minimal as most people will only see the cute animals and fail to make the connection.”

The part in blue makes me want to literally do a face-palm because I know why food is so high in places like zoos.

The reason food and snacks are so high in places like bowling alleys, movie theaters, zoos, and  amusement  parks  is because the food/snacks is a major profit of the company’s profit.   I mean if it wasn’t for snacks in movie theaters, we wouldn’t even have any movie theaters today because snacks (popcorn especially) literally saved the movie theaters during the 30s. Since doing that time period there had to be a lot of promotional events like “Free Ladies Night” which would have literately caused bankruptcy (and it did close some movie houses down before popcorn saved others).  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57570953/popcorn-the-snack-that-saved-the-movies/ and the promotional events is in one of the Uncle John’s Bathroom Readers..not sure which one.

So next time you’re at a zoo/movie theater/amusement park/bowling alley and buy food..don’t think of how expensive the food/snacks are but think about the fact those things (zoos/bowling alleys/amusument parks/movie theaters) might not even be around if it weren’t for the food or snacks you and other guests/tourists are buying.

JARISE9 YOU’RE A FOOL…MATTEL’S WHEECHAIR BARBIE NOT SELLING WELL HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH ‘DISABLITIES NOT SELLING WELL”

March 27, 2013

I know Jarise9 wouldn’t EVER read this but if she does. I’m still waiting for that proof of  the fact that the Barbie “Becky” wheelchair doll didn’t sell because of in Jarise9’s word’s “because disablties doesn’t sell”. From my umpteens researches I have found the oppoiste to be true. The only reason the doll didn’t sell well  was BECAUSE IT COULDN’T FIT INTO BARBIE’S HOME, THE HOME’S ELEVATOR  OR BARBIE’S VAN. Much like what you’re saying about having to re-do animations for SIMS to be disabled.  And if Disabilities  didn’t sell well How came there been three versions of Becky (not counting the original Becky who hair was too long):  The “Share a Smile Special Edition Doll” Becky doll in 1996.  The “Barbie Becky I’m the School Photographer” in 1998 and the “Barbie Becky Paralympic Champion” in 2000.

http://www.washington.edu/doit/Press/barbie.html

http://whereslulu.com/2010/08/18/wheelchair-becky-friend-of-barbie/

The new and improved first issue of the dolls flew off the shelves, selling out in two weeks.

also from above article:

According to one of Mattel’s original press releases, Share a Smile Becky is:
Barbie(R) doll’s hip and very cool disabled friend who is a photographer for her high school yearbook. She comes with a pretend camera so she can take “pictures” at all school events. Becky doll uses a red and silver realistically designed wheelchair and keeps in style wearing a trendy fashion ensemble accessorized with red stud earrings, red framed sunglasses, and a brown backpack that hangs on the back of her wheelchair.

Becky also appears in a new book entitled, Barbie, The New Counselor, published by Golden Books, where she works as a camp counselor with Barbie. This emphasizes the Becky doll’s leadership abilities and sends a powerful message to kids. In addition, Becky will appear in the Detective Barbie CD-ROM where she helps the Barbie doll solve mysteries using her incredible computer skills to uncover clues.

http://blog.amsvans.com/wheelchair-barbie-dolls-were-not-so-accessible/

Right now  in hospitals across Canada & the U.S.  there is a bald Barbie that comes with ‘hats, scarves and other fashion accessories’.  for girls  who either lost hair themselves due to cancer or cancer treatment and also girls who female relative (mother/sister/aunt/grandma)  who lost their hair due to cancer or cancer treatment. That’s the only downside to this Barbie is, its ONLY available in hospitals and not in stores despite the attempts of the Vatican last year.   I mean the people who created the viral campian-sp?  want to decrease the stigma of cancer , as well as wanting a Barbie doll that “look similar to either them or a relative”

Update to this post:

http://www.thestar.com/life/parent/2013/04/16/dolls_with_down_syndrome_prove_to_be_an_internet_hit.html

When a now 13 year old girl Hanna Freda who has Down Syndrome  was 9 years old she was trying to find a doll who looked like her but couldn’t. Now her mother Connie Freda is in business selling Down-Syndrome dolls. She has sold 1,000 dolls which were the first batch and she’s taking pre-orders for the next batch  and the pre-orders are also 1,000 and its barley been three years since she started.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/11/29/american-girl-dolls-embrace-differences-and-disabilities/

The{ American Girl’} Special Sparkle section in its  holiday catalog includes a miniature service dog in harness, a hearing aid and an allergy-free lunch kit.

. Now they can also be fitted with glasses, braces for the teeth, crutches or a wheel chair, and the company recently began to offer dolls without hair to represent those who have lost hair to cancer.

Doctor Ari Brown states in the article, That even if a girl isn’t disabled, playing with a doll that looks disabled is an enriching experience for everyone. It makes girls more accepting of those different from themselves.

 

The only downside to both of these article is the Down syndrome doll costs $75.   The American Girl dolls cost $105, the hearing aid is $9, wheelchair is $38 and the allergy-free lunch kit is $28

 

Once Upon a Time esposide 15 Queen is Dead (Spoilers!) Henry’s dad

March 4, 2013

For those who don’t know the TV show here’s a recap of it:

In a land of magic, princesses, fairies and witches, an Evil Queen places a spell that freezes time and transports all the inhabitants of the fairytale world into Storybrooke, a town in the modern day USA. They cannot remember anything of their past lives and the Evil Queen now known as Regina is running the town and its inhabitants as the Mayor. The only one who knows the truth is Regina’s adopted son Henry due to his book of fairytale stories. In order to make things right Henry manages to track down his birth mother Emma who is living in Boston and convinces her stay with him in Storybrooke. For Emma is in fact the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming and is the only one who can break the spell. Now as the fairytale stories begin to unfold in the real world and Emma slowly begins to believe Henry’s claims, tensions between Regina and Emma rise. This rivalry develops and Emma becomes determined to stop Regina as well as build on her budding relationship with her mother (who is now Henry’s good hearted school teacher) and the son she abandoned ten years ago.

Week before the Oscars OUAT fans discover that Henry’s (Emma’s son)  father and Mr.Gold’s son are one and the same person. Well due to tonight’s epsoide Hook is in NYC and we discovered that Neal has meet Hook before. Because something happens to Mr.Gold because of Hook. Emma, Neal, Henry, &Mr. Gold need to “borrow’ the Jolly Roger from Hook. When Emma thinks the only person who can ..steer the ship is Hook, Neal says “I can”. That makes me think 100% that Neal is Peter Pan. Since in BOTH the book and the Disney movie Peter Pan flys the Darling Children and the former Lost Boys to the Darling’s home via Hook’s ship. I can rule out Neal being a member of Hook’s crew since if that was the case wouldn’t he 1)seen his mom be murdered by his dad in the episode The Crocodile  2)In the same episode his mom would know that Mr.Gold (Rumple) was lying about Bae being dead and yet she doesn’t. 3)According to the book, time stops in Neverland when Peter’s away (like listening to the Darlings’ or whatever family he has a interest in stories).

Maybe Bae brought magic to Neverland accidently?