Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Having learned a little bit about what might be like to be a vampire, through my readings, and in a fictitious sense, finally I have had the chance to see what the movie ‘Interview with the vampire' was like. As I kept watching it, I found myself liking it more and more. It had a very intelligent story, a great cast and gory scenes where human blood was the main menu for our blood-thirsty characters. Vampires might be complex people, but in this movie they are also intriguing and fascinating creatures.

The undead are among us and livelier than ever, in this spellbinding screen adaptation of Anne Rice's best seller. Louis is lured by the charismatic vampire Lestat into the immortality of the damned, then tormented by an unalterable fact of vampire life: to survive, he must kill. Interview with the Vampire offers enough thrills, shocks and fiendish fun to last a lifetime... and beyond. What a sheer delight it was to watch this movie. Now you might find that comment a little bit hard to understand, considering the topic that the movie is covering, but I found myself really consumed by the story of the film. Based on Anne Rice's best selling novel, the story is brought extremely well to the screen by the screenwriter, director, cinematographer, and the actors. Director Neil Jordan did a fine job in creating an eerie kind of existence for the vampires in the movie and also does justice to an incredible story.

The screenplay was written by Anne Rice, and I am certain that she would have put all the vital aspects of her book within the screenplay. The part I love about the story the most, is the way the we get it told by one of the main characters, Louis Pointe du lac, as he is being interviewed by a reporter (Christian Slater). It is also interesting to see a vampire story that shows how important it is that these people really need a family to feel happy, not unlike us mortals, is it?

The cast of this film is also of the finest quality. Tom Cruise proves why he is such a great actor in his role of Lestat de Lioncourt. He is a really impressive vampire, with his character's subtle humour a real highlight. Lestat makes a vampire out of Louis Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt), who is as equally as good as Cruise. I really like how his character shows that he is extremely uncomfortable in the immortal phase of being a ‘vampire'. The way Pitt tells the story was really interesting. I am glad I have found roles that Cruise and Pitt were good in, as I have had mixed feelings towards both of them as actors in the past. Their performances in this film have in some way vindicated themselves to me.

Yet the actor that was the best from my prospective is the very young Claudia (Kirsten Dunst). She is a real revelation as the old vampire that never ages. I mean however young Dunst was when she played this role, she did a remarkable job in such a complex role. She reminds very much of what Haley Joel Osment was like in ‘The Sixth Sense'. Having had a mixed opinion about her career in the last 12 months or so, it is great to see that she got it off to a good start. I also liked the vampire Armand (Antonio Banderas), and although he had a small role, he was still very affective.

The people behind the scenes of ‘IWTV' also need to be commended. The make-up department, headed by Stan Winston (with Michelle Burke) did a remarkable job with the actors playing vampires in the film. Cruise, Pitt and Dunst all were enhanced by make-up, which made them look all so wicked and evil. The cinematographer, Philippe Rousselot and production designer, Dante Ferretti, both did amazing jobs in this film. The look of the story being retold was terrific, as it had the feel of something like ‘Sleepy Hollow'. This was due mainly to the way the camera looked at the many things, especially the way these vampires act in the world with normal humans, and how depressing it could be, to be a vampire.

I believe that Anne Rice's book ‘Interview with the vampire' would have to be a great read and I might try and get around to reading it. I especially like the conclusion to this movie, as it is not only satisfying, but surprising as well. It is well done to all involved with this film and it has become part of my growing movie collection.

Dirty Harry

"Dirty Harry" is an important film for several reasons, including the remaking of its star, Clint Eastwood, into a first-rank "modern-day" action star of American cinema; the development of a grittier-style cop drama for which DH remains the standard today; and as the first unmistakable sign, by virtue of its popularity, of a significant public turning against the counter-culture that was feeding much of the content from Hollywood by this time.

People may point to "Patton" the year before, but that film retained a certain disapproving detachment from its protagonist. "Dirty Harry" is presented as our hero, plain and simple, Miranda and Escovito be damned. So effectively did Eastwood play this character that he spent four sequels apologizing for him by putting Harry up against right-wing extremists and interracial gangs while partnering with a Rainbow Coalition of enlightening partners, including the actor who played the poor bank robber he torments with his "six shots or fives" line near the beginning of the film.

 It's probably the only way to have kept the franchise going, because the original Harry would have been tough sledding after a while, but there's no denying that power he had his first time out was something neither he nor any other movie cop ever had again. There's a couple of scenes that bring it home, one when he confronts the DA who refuses to prosecute Scorpio ("I'm all broken up about his rights," Harry says) and the other where Harry waits for Scorpio alone at the end, gun drawn, all business, while the rest of the law-enforcement community plays the game.

The film does try to show us that Harry's heart is in the right place, that while he doesn't mind being seen as a racist he really isn't one. After he blows away three bank robbers, all black, we get to see him being worked on by an African-American doctor who's an old friend. The scummy lead villain, and a great one as played by Andy Robinson, is a baby-faced white boy who doesn't like hippies any more than Harry (less, actually, since Harry isn't aiming a rifle at them).

There's one stupid scene, the one involving the jumper, which is sloppy-edited and lazily thought-out. Harry doesn't seem the guy for the job, know what I mean? Otherwise, Don Siegel is brilliant putting Harry through his paces, and the result is even better than "Bullitt" for my money. The subway scene goes on for a while, but it's shot very well, superbly interplaying shadow and sound as our eyes stretch across corners hunting for the killer. I think the music makes an important contribution as well, here and elsewhere.

Sleep Smart For A Healthy Life

Your most loved sleeping pose could be giving you back and and neck pain, tummy troubles, even premature wrinkles. Discover the best positions for your body, plus the one you may want to avoid.

Prevents neck and and back pain by maintaining a neutral position for head, neck and spine.
Reduces acid reflux by keeping your head elevated above your stomach.
Minimizes wrinkles as nothing pushes against your face.

Bad for: Snoring

Your perfect pillow: 1 puffy one. To keep your head and neck supported without propping your head up too much.

Reduces snoring by elongating your spine.
Reduces acid reflux by keeping your head elevated above your stomach.
Useful during pregnancy, sleeping on the left side is ideal for blood flow.

Bad for: Face and breasts. Constant mushing of face from one side, and sagging of breasts is promiment.

Your perfect pillow: 1 thick one. To fill the space above your shoulder so your head and neck are supported in a neutral position.

Increases arthritic pain, when knees are bent for along time during night, bad neck and spine posture.
Restricts diaphragmatic breathing.
Premature facial wrinkles and too much stress of the face and breasts.

Useful during pregnancy

Your perfect pillow: 1 thick one. To fill the space above your shoulder so your head and neck are supported in a neutral position.

Difficult to maintain a neutral spine position.
Puts pressure on joints and muscles which can irritate nerves and lead to pain, numbness, and tingling.
Constant incorrect head position may lead to aching. Keeping the face down keeps your upper always more open. So if you snore and arent suffering from neck or back pain, it's fine to try sleeping on your belly.

Your perfect pillow: Either a 1 thin one or none at all.

Weather Forecasting Has Never Been This Easy

Cloud cover on a winter night - expect warmer weather because clouds prevent heat radiation that would lower the temperature on a clear night.

Cumulus towers (cumulus castellanus) - possibility of showers later in the day.
Clouds going in different directions (e.g one layer going west, another layer going north) - bad weather coming, probably hail.

Cumulonimbus clouds early in the day and developing throughout the day -greater chances of severe weather.
Mammatus cloud (formed by sinking air) - thunderstorm is dissipating (not forming).
Cirrus clouds high in the sky like long streamers - bad weather within the next 36 hours.

Altocumulus clouds like mackerel scales - bad weather within the next 36 hours. The old sailor's saying for these types of clouds is "Mares tails and mackerel scales, tall ships carry short sails." Another is "Mackerel skies and mare's tails, sailors furl their sails." Mackerel skies and mares tails formations sometimes appear in the same sky. When that happens, rain is sure to follow the next day.

Most major storm fronts travel west to east, and a rainbow in the west means moisture, which can mean rain is on its way.
On the other hand, a rainbow in the east around sunset means that the rain is on its way out and you can look forward to sunny days.

Remember: Rainbow in the morning, need for a warning.

If it is reddish or pale, dust is in the air. But if the moon is bright and sharply focused, it's probably because low pressure has cleared out the dust, and low pressure means rain.

Also, a ring around the moon (caused by light shining through cirrostratus clouds associated with warm fronts and moisture) can indicate that rain will probably fall within the next three days. Remember: Circle around the moon, rain or snow soon.

Detect which direction the wind is blowing.

Easterly winds can indicate an approaching storm front, westerly winds the opposite.
Strong winds indicate high pressure differences, which can be a sign of advancing storm fronts.

Deciduous trees show the undersides of their leaves during unusual winds, supposedly, because they grow in a way that keeps them right-side up during typical prevalent winds.

If you see a red sky during sunset (when you're looking to the west), there is a high pressure system with dry air that is stirring dust particles in the air, causing the sky to look red. Since prevailing front movements and jet streams weather usually move from west to east, the dry air is heading towards you.

A red sky in the morning (in the East, where the sun rises) means that the dry air has already moved past you, and what follows behind it (on its way towards you) is a low pressure system that carries moisture.

Take a deep breath. Close your eyes and smell the air.

Plants release their waste in a low pressure atmosphere, generating a smell like compost and indicating an upcoming rain.

Swamps will release gasses just before a storm because of the lower pressure, which leads to unpleasant smells.

A proverb says "Flowers smell best just before a rain." Scents are stronger in moist air, associated with rainy weather.

Many people can feel humidity, especially in their hair (it curls up and gets frizzy).

You can also look at the leaves of oak or maple trees. These leaves tend to curl in high humidity, which tends to precede a heavy rain.

Pine cone scales remain closed if the humidity is high, but open in dry air.

Under humid conditions, wood swells (look out for those sticky doors) and salt clumps (is that shaker working well?)

If birds are flying high in the sky, there will probably be fair weather. (Falling air pressure caused by an imminent storm causes discomfort in birds' ears, so they fly low to alleviate it. Large numbers of birds roosting on power lines indicates swiftly falling air pressure.)
Seagulls tend to stop flying and take refuge at the coast if a storm is coming.
Animals, especially birds, get quiet immediately before it rains.

Cows will typically lie down before a thunderstorm. They also tend to stay close together if bad weather's on the way.
Ants build their hills with very steep sides just before a rain.
Cats tend to clean behind their ears before rain.
Turtles often search for higher ground when a large amount of rain is expected. you will often see them in the road during this period (1 to 2 days before the rain.

A very old wives tale says if birds feed in a storm it will rain for a long time, if they dont it will clear soon.

Observe animals! They are more likely to react to changes in air pressure than we are.

Make a campfire. The smoke should rise steadily. Smoke that swirls and descends is caused by low pressure (i.e rain on the way).

Check the grass for dew at sunrise.
If the grass is dry, this indicates clouds or strong breezes, which can mean rain. If there's dew, it probably won't rain that day.

Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai is widely considered one of, if not the greatest film of all time.. The film is 207 minutes and that may seem like a daunting "task" for some and I myself was worried that it would be overlong, packed with fluff and at times, boring. Man, was I ever wrong.

In foreign films it is often hard, at least in my opinion, to gauge how well an actor performs because we do not speak the language. So much of the performance is in the delivery of the lines that the effect is sometimes greatly lowered. Not here though, the performances are so great that it doesn't matter whether or not you understand what they are saying. Everyone is very good here, but the main praise has to go to our seven samurai. Everything they do, every emotion they give is 100% believable. You really grow to care about them through the movie, which is very important in any movie. The farmers are good as well. Some not as good as others but there isn't anyone that was bad or bogged the film down in any way.

The music is really great. Sometimes it seems like it doesn't go well with the scenes it can be a little funky at times but you will realize that is goes perfect with the scene. Later in the movie, the "funkiness" dissipates and the music is subtle at times and loud at others but it always is perfect. Fumio Hayasaka should be very proud of what he did well, if he were still alive that is. Sadly, he died just one year after this movie was released.

Now, normally black and white movies, as I've found, don't have very…interesting cinematography to say the least. It's normally point and shoot. Now, I'm sure that isn't the case with all black and white movies, but the ones I've seen are just plain. This however, is amazing. There is always something going on. Be it a stream flowing, horses moving, people walking, flags waving or water wheels moving, there is always something moving and it makes the movie that much more interesting. Everything is filmed in such a beautiful way and the black and white image just enhances it. I personally feel that it would be impossible for this movie to be as great as it is if it were to be in color.

What else is there to say about Seven Samurai that hasn't been said yet over the 58 years since its release. Three and a half hours may seem like a long time to be watching a movie, but the movie couldn't have gone on long enough. I was completely engrossed in this world and this is a movie experience I will never have again, at least not a first time. As I stated earlier, many people consider this to be the greatest film put to celluloid.

 It blends every genre to complete perfection. There are breathtaking action scenes, the rain fight at the end is utterly amazing, but don't think that this is an all out action movie, action doesn't really start until a while into the film but it doesn't matter, it keeps you captivated throughout, hilarious comedy bits that still hold up after all these years (hence the "hilarious" bit), suspense, drama and even a hint of romance not a ton though. While it is not my favorite film of all time it's sure as hell way up there though, it is quite simply the greatest film I have ever set my eyes upon.

Unorthodox Logical Fallacies To Avoid

An ad hominem argument is any that attempts to counter anothers claims or conclusions by attacking the person, rather than addressing the argument itself. True believers will often commit this fallacy by countering the arguments of skeptics by stating that skeptics are closed minded. Skeptics, on the other hand, may faill into the trap of dismissing the claims of UFO believers, for example, by stating that people who believe in UFO's are crazy or stupid.

The argument from ignorance basically states that a specific belief is true because we don't know that it isn't true. Defenders of extrasensory perception, for example, will often overemphasize how much we do not know about human brain. UFO proponents will often argue that an object sighted in the sky is unknown, and therefore it is an alien spacecraft.

Stating that a claim is true because a person or group of perceived authority says it is true. Often this argument is implied by emphasizing the many years of experience, or the formal degrees held by the individual making a specific claim. It is reasonable to give more credence to the claims of those with the proper background, education and credentials or to be suspicious of the claims of someone making authoritative statements in an area for which they cannot demonstrate expertise. But the truth of a claim should ultimately rest on logic and evidence, not the authority of the person promoting it.

Such arguments, also called teleological, are based on a reversal of cause and effect, because they argue that something is caused by the ultimate effect that it has, or purpose that serves. For example: God must exist, because otherwise life would have no meaning.

I cannot explain or understand this, therefore it cannot be true. Creationists are fond of arguing that they cannot imagine the complexity of life resulting from blind evolution, but that does not mean life did not evolve.

This is similar to the post-hoc fallacy in that it assumes cause and effect for two variables simply because they are correlated, although the relationshop here is not strictly that of one variable following the other in time. This fallacy is often used to give a statistical correlation a causal interpretation. For example, during the 1990's both religious attendance and illegal drug use have been on the rise. It would be a fallacy to conclude that therefore, religious attendance causes illegal drug use. It is also possible that drug use leads to an increase in religious attendance, or that both drug use and religious attendance are increased by a third variable, such as an increase in a societal unrest. It is also possible that both variables are independent of one another, and it is a mere coincidence that they are both increasing at the same time. A corollary to this is the invocation of this logical fallacy to argue that an association does not represent causation, rather it is more accurate to say that correlation does not necessarily mean causation, but it can. Also, multiple independent correlations can point reliably to a causation, and is a reasonable line of argument.

Because we do not currently have an adequate explanation for a phenomenon does not mean that it is forever unexplainable, or that it therefore defies the laws of nature or requires a paranormal explanation. An example of this is the "God of the Gaps" strategy of creationists that whatever we cannot currently explain is unexplainable and was therefore an act of god.

The idea that because there is no definitive demarcation line between two extremes, that the distinction between the extremes is not real or meaningful: There is a fuzzy line between cults and religion, therefore they are really the same thing.

Arbitrarily reducing a set of many possibilities to only two, For example, evolution is not possible, therefore we must have been created (assumes these are the only two possibilities). This fallacy can also be used to oversimplify a continuum of variation to two black and white choices. For example, science and pseudoscience are not two discrete entities, but rather the methods and claims of all those who attempt to explain reality to fall along a continuum from one extreme to the other.

Applying criteria or rules to one belief, claim, argument, or position but not to others. For example, some consumer advocates argue that we need stronger regulation of prescription drugs to ensure their saftey and effectiveness, but at the same time argue that medicinal herbs should be sold with no regulation for either safety or effectiveness.

In Latin this term translates to "doesn't follow". This refers to an argument in which the conclusion does not necessarily follow the premises. In other words, a logical connection is implied where none exists.

This fallacy follows the basic format of: A preceded B, therefore A caused B, and therefore assumes cause and effect for two events just because they are temporally related(the latin translates to "after this, therefore because of this").

In formal logic, the reductio ad absurdum is a legitimate argument. It follows the form that if the premises are assumed to be true it necessarily leads to an absurd (false) conclusion and therefore one or more premises must be false. The term is now often used to refer to the abuse of this style of argument, by stretching the logic in order to force an absurd conclusion. For example a UFO enthusiast once argued that if I am skeptical about the existence of alien visitors, I must also be skeptical of the existence of the Great Wall of China, since I have not personally seen either. This is a false reductio ad absurdum because he is ignoring evidence other than personal eyewitness evidence, and also logical inference. In short, being skeptical of UFO's does not require rejecting the existence of the Great Wall.

This logical fallacy is the argument that a position is not consistent or tenable because accepting the position means that the extreme of the position must also be accepted. But moderate positions do not necessarily lead down the slippery slope to the extreme.

This is a subtle fallacy which is often difficult to recognize. In essence, it is the arbitrary introduction of new elements into an argument in order to fix them so that they appear valid. A good example of this is the ad-hoc dismissal of negative test results. For example, one might point out that ESP has never been demonstrated under adequate test conditions, therefore ESP is not genuine phenomenon. Defenders of ESP have attempted to counter this argument by introducing the arbitrary premise the ESP does not work in the presence of skeptics. This fallacy is often taken to ridiculous extremes, and more and more bizarre ad hoc elements are added to explain experimental failures or logical inconsistencies.

Arguing against a position which you create specifically to be easy to argue against, rather than position actually held by those who oppose your point of view.

Tautology is an argument that utilizes circular reasoning, which means that the conclusion is also its own premise. The structure of such arguments is A=B therefore A=B, although the premise and conclusion might be formulated differently so it is not immediately apparent as such. For example, saying that therapeutic touch works because it manipulates the life force is a tautology because the definition of therapeutic touch is the alleged manipulation (without touching) of the life force.

A method of denial arbitrarily moving the criteria for "proof" or acceptance out of range of whatever evidence currently exists.

Literally, you too. This is an attempt to justify wrong action because someone else also does it. "My evidence maybe invalid, but so is yours."

This fallacy occurs when one makes an argument which assumes a premise which is not explicitly stated. For example, arguing that we should label food products with their cholesterol content because Americans have high cholesterol assumes that: 1) cholesterol in food causes high serum cholesterol; 2) labeling will reduce consumption of cholesterol; and 3) that having a high serum cholesterol in unhealthy. This fallacy is also sometimes called begging the question.


Deliverance is mixture of drama and horror. The film manages to show how a group of ordinary men who are just taking are short break can get wound up in such meaningless acts of terror. The first half hour of Deliverance is like watching a different film to the one that comes out latter. The first scenes show these normal men just having a good time and some beautiful imagery of the American land that surrounds them. The scenes after this are very different, the film all of a sudden turns out to be very dark and asks the viewer "What would would you do in this situation?" This is disturbing and shows just how when people are not around the cops become cruel and meaningless. This all leads up to showing how human nature can be so evil when left to it's bitter beginning.

The film is definitely not one of entertainment value and is a film a film to be studied and thought about long after the chilling and depressing closing credits. What makes the film so depressing is that the action that causes everything to kick off is meaningless and so immoral that it is heart wrenching. You also feel as though the film is teasing you with the purposely inappropriate banjo music as the soundtrack. Deliverance is very different to most films, it's not afraid to put the viewer through such tense and nail-biting situations. Not only is the film disturbing, it is also very sad. It shows how a group of innocent men's lives are changed from something so pointless and pitiless. The atmosphere creates a real feeling of menace and lurking evil.

Through all this the film is one amazingly harrowing experience and really does make you think about the ideas of how men can change when put through life and death situations. The men's stress makes them turn into something different to their normal self's, they have to become almost in-human to defeat the threatening evil that hangs over them like a shadow. Every single one of these men's lives are automatically altered through such a terrifying experience. You never know what's round the corner and in the end the men are fighting to survive.

The acting by the cast is tremendous and Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds show very intense attitudes and you really know the kind of people they are by the end of the movie. The film is a character study, it's a real life horror movie and a great image of isolation captured on lens. The direction techniques are very precise and capture the beautiful American landscape where this terrible journey occurs. The film also perfectly displays a culture that is in isolation, most often called "hillbillies". The film for sure makes you have a real fear and loathing for the kind portrayed in the film. Of course not all of them are crazed loonies, but the film does put that attitude across. The techniques of camera shots used show the stress, anger, destruction, terror and beauty wonderfully.

The scripting for the film is perfect and is filled with so many memorable scenes and imagery. The image of Burt Reybolds holding up the bow and focus on his dilated pupil, is a very cold image. Deliverance is certainly one of the best films ever made, it mixes so many techniques to create a masterpiece. Watch it now, but be prepared for something to make you think and that is very different.

The True Path To Becoming A Centenarian

The US already has over 90 000 centenarians, and numbers are steadily increasing, new research from Denmark has shown, it is likely that most babies born in high income countries after 2000 will see their 100th birthday, living on average 20 more years than those born before.

Those who drink 5+ cups of green tea a day had a significantly lower risk of dying from heart disease or a stroke.

People who are outgoing are 50% less likely to develop dementia due to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, a recent study by the karolinska institute in Sweden found.

Those who frequently ate nuts gained on average an additional 2 years life expectancy due to their numerous cardiovascular benefits, according to an archives of internal medicine publication.

Flossing regularly can add up to 6 years on to your life expectancy by removing bacteria that can cause inflammation, which in turn reduces the risk of strokes and heart disease.

Smoking for the majority of your lifetime can cut up to 10 years off of your lifespan. However if you quit by the age of 50, you can gain 6 of those years back.

Researchers from evercare state that using and keeping up with the newest technology trends helps to keep brain cells young and healthy and ensures we are socially engaged.

Falling pregnant naturally after age 40 is a great sign showing that you have genes that help you live longer according to lead a lead researcher at the university of utah. Findings show that those who have babies later in life are almost 15% less likely to die during any age after 50 than those who had babies before age 40.

According to cutting down on your leisure time can increase the risk of having heart disease eightfold, due to the lack of downtime away from the stress and strains of work.

Getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night is imperative to the healing process and longevity of cells, however most do not get this, which severely hinders daily cell processes.

Drinking a small glass of wine each day could help protect your heart by raising levels of good cholesterol. A million person study revealed that light drinkers had an 18% lower death rate than those that didn't drinkt over the course of the study.

How you respond to stress is a key factor in life expectancy. Research from the new england centenarian study revealed that those born with a sunny disposition deal better with stress, thereby increasing their chances of seeing their 100th birthday.

Which country has the highest percentage of centenarians?

France 1 in 3076

US      1 in  3300

Japan  1 in 3522

Similarities Between Humans And Animals

Humans vs. animals
Humans have long considered themselves truly unique. But it turns out that the better word from "unique" is "most advanced". Every year scientists prove that some purely human traits are found in animals.

Long term memory
Clark's nutcrackers remember for at least half a year, where they put seeds - and they use 5 thousand caches in a 15-mile area.

Counting and complex communication
Chimpanzees have similar basic arithmetic mental, non-verbal skills as humans.
Although chimpanzees can't really communicate verbally, they can do it through sign language.

Elephants feed and wait for crippled herd member, showing empathy.

Wild dolphins, which were recovering from an illness in adelaide dolphinarium, learned to tail-walk only from dolphins living in captivity, without human trainers.

Tool use and construction
Ravens use stones to crack eggs, sometimes immobilizing an egg with a bigger stone and hitting it with a smaller one.

Sense of humor
Apes in the wild have been recorded to taunt tiger cubs by pulling their ears, tails and patting them - and escaping later, only to return and do it again.

All great apes, dolphins, elephants and magpies recognize their reflection in the mirror, if they see anything unusual they try to rub it and remove it.

Human body is inferior to animals - except long-distance running.

Peregrine falcon while diving reaches 320 km/h
White-throated needletail is the fastest flying bird in level flight, reaching 170 km/h
Fastest running animal is cheetah 120 km/h
Fastest swimming fish - shortfin mako shark 50 km/h

Eagles boast vision 8 times sharper than humans.

Hearing and communication range
A whales sound will travel up to 1800 km.

Longest living animal is quahog clam, the record is 405-410 years. Some tortoises live up to 200 years.

Biggest animals are blue whales, heaviest weighted 190 tons

Long distance running
But no animal beats humans when it comes to long distance running. Yiannis Kouros, leading ultramarathon runner, did 160 km in 11h 46m

Increase Your Pain Threshold

Hook Breathing
The term is a nickname that fighter pilots have for the Valsalva Maneuver, a maneuver used to stay conscious in high G forces. A deep breath is taken and forcibly exhaled against a closed airway. You probably do it a dozen times a day without realizing it. You do it when you're taking a dump and baring down, trying to lift something heavy or performing a difficult physical feat, try and not do it when weightlifting, it's a bad form. If employed properly, it can seriously lessen the urge to flinch or jerk from a sudden pain. It works forcibly increasing the pressure in your chest cavity by inflating your lungs, holding your breath, and contracting the stomach muscles and diaphragm as if to forcibly exhale, without releasing the breath. This causes a dramatic rise in blood pressure to the outer extremities and head.

The best way to increase your pain tolerance is to get used to it. Practice by inflicting pain on yourself, while trying to keep a straight face. Do this whenever you're alone, it freaks people out. Don't cut yourself, while or prick yourself with needles, just stretch your legs. It serves two purposes, it makes you more flexible, and it inflicts a great deal of sharp pain for as long as you can bear it.

When the body is registering pain, and a second, more urgent injury is detected, it shuts off the pain receptors for the first injury to allow you to focus on more urgent injury, so if you have a broken leg, you splint it, but still need to walk, puncturing your skin with a sharp needle will lessen the pain of the leg. Many believe this is why acupuncture works as a means to manage chronic pain.

Emotional Distress
Your anger gives you focus, makes you stronger. It helps you endure great pain if you work yourself into a rage, by thinking about things that piss you off. Compose a montage in your head, set to heavy music, with scenes involving violent deaths of the people you despise. Hightened emotional states cause your brain to release adrenaline, making you capable of powering through physical distress.

Dead Man

There should be a periodical published on when critics are wrong. Dead Man is a film that was long overlooked upon its release. This was partly due to the fact that Miramax did a lousy job at distributing the film, but only a handful of critics like Jonathan Rosenbaum recognized this film as a masterpiece. I saw Dead Man on the first screening of its premiere.

 After my first viewing, I had various problems with the film. I thought the film seemed too heavy on poetry and symbolism and I also felt that things didn't seem real or authentic enough to be part of a historical period. Other times, I felt the film was confused about its mood. Sometimes it seemed deeply serious and other times it seemed silly and absurd. Not until repeated viewings did I discover how appropriate these observations were to the film.

The first line of dialog in the film comes after a long uneventful journey on the train. The train conductor comes in and says to William Blake: "Look out the window. Doesn't this remind you of when you are on the boat..and when you look up at the sky you ask yourself 'why is it that the landscape is moving but the boat is still?'" This line is a key element of the film because it questions the essence of reality. Dead Man is not a film that deals with reality in any conventional sort of way, at least not in the narrative sense and certainly not in our preconception of history.

 Dead Man is a film that deals with a man's journey through a series of death experiences. Blake's destiny was originally to be an accountant for Dickinson Metalworks in the town of Machine. After some unfortunate events, William Blake is suddenly caught laying in the woods with a bullet next to his heart. A Native American named "Nobody" becomes his new mentor for his ill-fated journey.

The film feels fragmented with fades between scenes and a loose narrative structure. At times we feel the clock ticking and other times, we feel unconscious of what just happened. This was my experience anyway, when I first saw the film I remember Nobody telling his life story about traveling East. Something about how a whole city of people could move so quickly and then the rest of the story slipped my mind because it seemed too overwhelming and absurd. The key line to this moment however, was the name given to Nobody:"He Who Speak Loud Say Nothing". Nobody's life story is a reflection of the Allegory of the Cave written by Plato. Someone has traveled to another dimension but once he returns home and talks about his experience, no one believes him. The story told by Nobody also reflects the rise of capitalism and America's shift toward a more homogenized society. Dead Man takes us on a psychedelic journey through Western and Native American culture.

 We've come to understand through previous Jarmusch films that cultural influence is an inevitable part of life. Dead Man expands on this fact by demonstrating what happens when cultures clash. There is a hierarchal conflict with reality. Part of this is due to politics but it is also due to religious consequences. I've read reviews by critics who seemed puzzled by the reference to the poet and artist William Blake. There is a reflection to the poet's Christian background and his influences with other mystical beliefs. There is a famous poem sited in the film: "some are born to sweet delight, some are born to endless night." As one culture dies, another is born.The film comes full circle when Blake ends on the boat looking up at the moving sky. This is a great film. I can still see this today after repeated viewings and always find something new.