Review: Dragon Wars

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Recently I watched Dragon Wars for about the 5th time. OK it was the 3rd time but I think I will watch it a few more times. I know that I will. It is that good. I would recommend it to anyone that loves high legend and classic good versus evil films.

The story is about 2 ancient serpents, Imoogi and Buraki, who both want to become celestial dragons. Imoogi is actually promised to be the one who will be the next celestial dragon but Buraki is out to stop that from happening. The interesting thing is that Imoogi doesn’t even join the fight until near the end, it is the humans that do most of the battling against the evil serpent under the guidance of 2 individuals that have been sent down by the celestial courts. It is their duty to make sure that the Imoogi and not Buraki to receive the Yeouijoo to become a celestial dragon. In ledgeond the Yeouijoo was a perl but fearing that evil would find and possess it the Heavens sent the Yeouijoo to earth in the form of a child. The Yeouijoo would not be complete until that child reached their 20th birthday.

Review: Ghosts Of Ascalon

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5198vto9s2LGhosts Of Ascalon is the link between Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2. The story starts with Dugal, a human thief / deserter / adventurer / romantic that is helping another group of adventurers raid the tomb of an Asuran golumancer under the city of Divinity Reach. This is taking place about 250 years after the searing of Ascalon by the Charr and about 230 years after the waking of the ancient dragons. The Charr are a warrior like race of feline looking bipedal creatures that just want all of their hunting ground back and will stop at nothing to get it.

Anyway, Dugal is a deserty from the last outpost of old Ascalon and one of the only people that have ventured into the ghost filled ruins of Ascalon where King Adelbern, father of the once famed Prince Rurik who lead the refugees of Ascalon into Kryta. Dugals post was at Ebonhawke and he deserted there with others to go in search of treasure in the ruins of Ascalon city.

The not-so-sweet culprits

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We all know it’s out there, and just about everything, in some manner. It’s HFCS, and it is a slow poison, but not so slow that it does not effect children as well as adults.
How do we avoid these supposedly “natural” ingredients that have nothing to do with nature? Cut down on the number one product that most people in North America take in that contains HFCS, commercial carbonated drinks. I know many will not want to give up on their favourite soft drinks, but once you read some labels, you might find some new flavours out there that will replace your old stand-bys and still give you that sweetness you crave. Some are even made by the cola giants themselves.
Look also for imports, because many countries have outlawed HFCS, and some still use the recipes put in place before 1976 when making their drinks.
Domestically, look for Jones Soda, any Pepsi product with the name “heritage” or “throwback” on the label. Sierra Mist Natural, regular and cranberry are great non-caffinated sodas, too. Look also for store brands, like Winn Dixie Chek Natural or Wynn and Lovett European-Style. From Mexico, and usually found in the Latin foods section of most markets, one can find Barrilitos, Jarritos, and pre-1986 style Coca-Cola. Jarritos comes in a great array of flavours, many people would not consider, like Guava, Red Grapefruit, and Mandarin Orange.
This is just the beginning of how to take your body back to the pre-HFCS days, and it might not undo all the damage right away, but it will stop what has already been started. How you chose to do this is in your own mind, but by looking for these simple labels, you will have a tasty time doing it.

A basic breakdown of HFCS

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Okay, it seems pretty simple, take a corn-based glucose, break it down modify it so it sweeter, then put it back together for a cheaper, altered version of the original, and sell it to every food manufacturer out there. It might be cheap, and effective, but the side effects are far greater than the process. Here is the description of HFCS according to Wikipedia:

High-fructose corn syrup
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High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) – also called isoglucose,[1] maize syrup, or glucose-fructose syrup[2][3] in the UK, and glucose/fructose[4] in Canada – comprises any of a group of corn syrups that has undergone enzymatic processing to convert its glucose into fructose and has then been mixed with pure corn syrup (100% glucose) to produce a desired sweetness. In the United States, consumer foods and products typically use high-fructose corn syrup as a sugar substitute. In the United States, it has become very common in processed foods and beverages, including breads, cereals, breakfast bars, lunch meats, yogurts, soups and condiments.[5]

Review: Yellow Submarine

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The Beatles The Yellow SubmarineJust got done watching The Yellow Submarine by the Beatles. It is one heck of a trip and actually quite well done when you consider that there was no computer graphics or animation when the movie was made. I remember watching the film when I was a child on a little black and white TV in the early 70’s or late 60’s (yes I am that old) and seeing it in color for the first time was a treat.

All the songs have been remastered with DTS and full surround sound and it was great, but don’t let the chair or sofa eat you. This film is trippy and you can definitely see where all the early children’s television got their ideas. If the room is warm and you don’t have enough water you will fall a sleep with all those swirling colors and mood music going on.

This is a definite must see for anyone that is a Beatles fan. Even the transvestite blue meanies were a treat.