Movies: Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (in 3-D)

July 13, 2009
Movie Poster for Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Movie Poster for Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

This past weekend, I saw Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs in 3-D.  Following in the chain of the successful animated series, Ice Age 3 brings back Manny, Sid, and Diego as they set forth on another exciting adventure in the snow and ice … or at least that is where the story begins.  It is not long before the woolly mammoth and his friends find themselves in a tropical jungle.

Sid accidentally finds three dinosaur eggs in an ice cage and decides to raise as his own.  Within a day the eggs hatch, and their biological mother comes looking for them.  The mother runs riot through the frozen environment, scarring the native animals before finding her lost children.  She takes them and Sid underground to a hidden tropical environment, with Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd following close behind.

Finding themselves in a foreign land, they are quickly befriended by Buck … an over-the-top adventurer in the rugged land.  He guides them through the dangers of the underworld to find Sid and bring him back safely.  Fighting unusual dangers and beasts, the groups successfully frees their friend and returns home.

The movie is as good as the second one of the series, but I personally feel that the first one was the best.  Dawn of the Dinosaurs is safe for all audiences, though there were a few more subtle jokes added into the script for older audiences.  The 3-D experience for Ice Age 3 was an added treat, but I do not think that you will miss much if you saw it in a non 3-D format, especially if you have an astigmatism or any other eye issue.

So round up your kids on a hot Summer afternoon, and cool off in the frozen world of Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs while it is still in the theaters!

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Learn to drive (take two)!

July 9, 2009

Obviously there are people out there who did not read my article last month about driving safely.  Within a 48 hour time-span on Monday and Tuesday, I watched three people blatantly run red lights on my way to and from work.  Now, by blatantly, I mean that the driver was facing a red light for well over 30 seconds, with cross-traffic passing by in front of them.  The first two red light runners made it safely, even though both were close calls.  However, the last one was not as lucky.

Sitting at a four-way intersection, I waited as the cross-traffic light finally turned red.  The on-coming traffic coming out of the shopping center has a dedicated green light which lasted about 30 to 40 seconds.  When their light finally turned red, it was my turn to make it into the intersection.  In front of me was a small sedan that was going straight across the intersection when I noticed that someone in the cross-traffic lanes start to accelerate.  In an instant, he hit the sedan broadside.

Fortunately, this accident was at a slow speed (for both cars), but it was hard enough to crush the driver-side corner of the car belonging to the red light runner, and crushed in the rear passenger side door.  I pulled in in front of both cars to check on the well being of all parties involved, and fortunately they were all ok (and surprisingly in decent moods).  The outcome could have been a lot worse.

Let this be a lesson to one and all.  You are driving a piece of machinery that can be deadly, both to you and whomever you hit.  If you have a red light, stay put.  Drivers are not expecting you to jump out in front of them.  The same holds true to all other traffic lights and signs.  They are placed there not only to control the flow of traffic but also to protect those that are on the road.  Obey the signs, and only pull forward when it is safe.