Posted on 15 November 2011 by Daniel
Hobo with a Shotgun is a hardcore splatter film directed by Jason Eisener. Rutger Hauer plays a homeless man who arrives in a small town with dreams of a fresh start. He instead finds himself trapped in the middle of an urban hellhole. “Hope Town” as it was called was ruled by “The Drake” along with his sadistic sons, Slick and Ivan. Seeing the that the place is filled with crooked cops, gun-totting robbers, and the citizens being treated like animals, the Hobo decided to bring justice with the only way he knows – legendary ass kicking using a 20-gauge shotgun.
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Posted on 14 November 2011 by Daniel
Its Twilight time!!!! SayWhatNews goes one on one with Sarah Clarke. The actress opened up about her thoughts on Bella and Renee’s relationship and more:
SayWhatNews: Sarah, you know I have to ask about “Twilight”. You play Renee Dwyer, Bella Swan’s mother. Had you read the books before you got the role? And how did you learn about the role of Bella’s mom?
Sarah: I read Twilight because Catherine Hardwicke asked me to. I loved the first book but have to admit that I was under-whelmed about the character of Renee. It was Catherine who convinced me that there was more to her. She grew on me as the movies went on, but I still find her lack of presence in Bella’s life very annoying.
SayWhatNews: Speaking of Renee’s lack of presence in Bella’s life…… Bella’s mom really has no major part in her life when she moves to Forks except for emails and a few phone calls. As a mother, what are your thoughts on Bella and Renee’s distant and some what hands off mother/daughter relationship?
Sarah: Yeah it’s weird…being a mother of two girls myself I found it very frustrating…I finally had to make peace with it and decided that Renee was a different mother than myself. I also have to remember that Bella was 17..and not 3..so by then there is a lot more independence.
SayWhatNews: In ‘Twilight Saga: Eclipse’, we finally get a look at the bond Bella and her mother have when the two share a very special moment on the patio when Renee gives Bella a gift during her visit. Do you feel this was a key moment for the two characters?
Sarah: Absolutely…I think the key to understanding their bond is that there is a mutual respect of personal and emotional space. Renee really does see Bella as an adult and an equal to her…that’s why she doesn’t crowd her. Read entire interview here
Posted on 03 November 2011 by Daniel
It’s true that when you go camping with your kids, you need to double your effort, time, and most of all, your patience in packing, planning, and preparing for the trip.
Yes, camping with kids seems a little more tiring and stressful than the usual camping trips when it was just you and your spouse. Aside from the thorough preparation, consideration of the kids’ needs take top priority, leaving little or no room for you and spouse’s.
Although the drawbacks may sound bad, as a parent you know that the rewards are priceless. The precious time that you are able to spend with your kids at the trip—playing, exploring nature, and doing camping activities are simply rewarding.
Because you love these little creatures so much, you don’t mind putting that extra effort to your camping trips because you know it won’t be memorable without them anyway.
But just to help you get by before they drive you crazy and you want to pull your hair out, here are some helpful tips for camping with kids:
1.Get the kids involved with the planning and preparation. Ask for their suggestions and ideas regarding camping activities and places to visit. For example, do they want to go hiking or fishing or both? Allow them to pack their own things while supervising them along the way.
All these things would make them see that you value their opinions and that you treat them as mature responsible adults. They are likely to act so because they would want to prove to you that they are.
1. Try backyard camping if it’s your kids’ first camping trip so they know what to expect and they won’t get homesick.
2. Elicit their help in setting up the campsite. Teach them how to pitch their own tents and ask them to help Mom with the cooking. No, they don’t need to chop and slice or boil water over the stove. They should only be involved with kid-friendly chores.
3. Teach them how to use camping equipment like compass and rain gear.
4. Do some campfire singing and story-telling.
5. Show them the wonders of nature by taking them into an environmental tour through a day hike. During the educational tour of acquainting them with the flora and fauna and the creatures that reside in the forest, be sure to incorporate valuable lessons on respect for nature.
6. Don’t forget to teach them how to keep themselves safe at the camp. No playing with fire and no swimming in the lake alone are just some of the many rules they have to be familiar about.
7. Create games out of camping chores to make them more fun and interesting. For example, engage them in a race for the fastest clean-up.
8. Do some bird watching.
9. Apply insect repellent and sunscreen on your kids.
10. Flashlights and glow sticks are nice companions during the night when your kids’ anxiety grows as night time falls.
11. Do some star-gazing.
12.Don’t forget to bring the very important first aid kit for small accidents or mishaps.
13. Have some night snacks. Not inside the tent of course. Before you go to sleep, a few chats and chips will surely be a great finale to a great day.
14. Bring toys that will make the camping even more fun. For instance, a kiddie magnifying glass will make exploring of insects even more interesting.
15.Make sure you capture these priceless moments by bringing a camera and ample film and batteries.
Family camping trips are a fun way to spend quality time with your children. Although it takes double the effort, just seeing the delight on their faces or hearing their squeals of laughter all make the trip worthwhile.
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Posted on 03 November 2011 by Daniel
You use a hookah pipe to smoke special tobacco (often called molasses or shisha). Every hookah has four main pieces:
- The glass vase: This holds the water, usually made of glass but sometimes it’s plastic.
- The hookah hose: Usually made from plastic or rubber, hoses come in a variety of modern or traditional stylings.
- The bowl: These are made of ceramic, clay or metal. The head holds the tobacco and typically come in Egyptian, Phunnel, or modern styles.
- The stem / pipe: This is the heart of the hookah and connects the bowl, vase and hose.
Some hookahs also have additional ports for either additional hoses or a “check valve.” The check valve lets you blow into the hose and exhaust the smoke in the vase. People do this when the tobacco gets hot or the smoke tastes burned.
Hookahs also usually come with a screen that covers the bowl and protects it from wind. It also protects the coal from falling off your pipe and getting all over everything. These are made of aluminum foil or reusable stainless steel. The final accessories that normally come with your pipe include tongs, for handling your coals and a poker for poking holes into the foil.
Hookahs have a deep, kind of ancient history. Initially created in India in the 1500s after the West introduced it to tobacco, they then spread to the Middle East via the Persian Empire. Immigrants from North Africa and Persia brought hookah to much of the West. This is especially true in diverse cities like London, Paris, and New York, but surprisingly it also holds for cities with dense Arab populations like Detroit and Los Angeles.
Hookah smoking is very popular today in Egypt, Turkey, and the Arabian Peninsula. There, the hookah has become a popular social activity along with tea and mezzies (small appetizers). Much like Westerners grab a beer after work, many people from these countries go grab a shisha. As a result, much of the shisha tobacco made today is still manufactured in Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula.
The West adapted the hookah to its own culture. Here, lounges with alcohol and various ethnic cuisines are growing popular. With the growth of shisha pipes in the West (especially the United States), the southern California region has become a huge center for many hookah related brands and businesses. New tobaccos like Starbuzz and Tangiers are considered the leaders and usually favored over tobaccos from the Mid East. There are also a lot of websites popping up where you can buy hookahs online.
Plus, the West has seen a rise in “non-traditional” designs of pipes, commonly called “Modern Hookah Pipes.” They take their cues from the usual pipe design, but then add modern or Western visual elements. In the US, the HoboHookah, high quality portable hookah was designed and embraced by young, mobile hookah smokers.