Posted on December 7, 2012
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Student Review Of The Runnur
The reflective zipper pouch just below the sunglasses case is the largest pocket on the Runnur. I kept a pair of the Bright Futura sunglasses (Shameless self promotion).
I would recommend not stuffing the back pockets with to many items unless you are going to be on your feet all day. When sitting down I noticed that items in the back pockets can make siting a bit uncomfortable. However, you can always take it off while your seated umm duh!
If you are going to be on your feet all day hiking or riding your bike, then by all means cram as much in the back pockets as you want.
The water bottle pouch on the lower back of the Runnur worked out great in my testing. It has elastic around the middle and a second strap of elastic at the top that holds your bottle in by the neck. I was able to reach behind with my left hand to pull out and to put back in a water bottle with little to no difficulty.
I personal like to keep my iphone in the zipper wallet pocket since the lower Velcro flap pockets wound not protect an iPhone from any of the elements you’ll face on the wild adventures I’m sure you embark on regularly.
Take notes: For all you outdoorsy folks, I’ve read that if you’re going to keep electronics in your Runnur while hiking, you should invest in some waterproof spray. This is because of the thin light weight nature of the Runnur your gadgets would be at risk in the rain.
The Runnur is a tad bit of a fashion statement so be ready for some odd looks. I personally like the design, as did others; but I’d be lying if I didn’t say one of my friends called me a dork.
Nevertheless be a trendsetter and screw what others think (To hell with you Jason!).
- Holds many your gadgets
- Built-in zipper wallet section
- Reflector on back for safety
- Holds standard 16oz. water bottle
- Quick access clear ID slot covered by Velcro flap
- Grommet hole at bottom can’t take much weight
- Not water-resistant
- Pocket for sunglasses best used to keep anything but sunglasses
Who Would Like it & Gift Ideas?
- Day hikers
- —-> Students on the go<—–
- Urban adventurers
- Daily commuters
- World travelers
The Runnur comes in the following colors: canvas, plum, black w/red stitching, silver, & black w/black stitching. It comes in sizes: small, medium, & large.
For more info on the Runner visit the following web link: GoRunnur.com
Overall Grade: A-
I was extremely satisfied with the overall performance of the Runnur even when completely packed full of as much stuff as possible. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to be able to bring a small collection of gadgets, snacks, & water wherever they venture.
Maximillian Garland| Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on July 11, 2012
Today we are going to answer a few questions: ‘Is The Amazing Spider-man worth my money and time?’ & ‘How can I watch this movie using as little of my money as possible?’. We will get down to the bone marrow of this movie and savings to watch it.
First lets begin by establishing a few important points. One, the stories found in yesterday’s and todays comics are far more interesting than what is on the screen. And two, only until recently did Hollywood start getting the comic book characters and their respective stories right (i.e. Batman, Avengers, Ironman, etc..). With that being said The Amazing Spider-man hits a couple of home runs in those departments.
This reboot of Spider-man is a more realistic version of Spider-man than we were force feed during the Toby McGuire campaign.
It is a somewhat return to ole Spidey’s roots and with a few upgrades. Everyone that supported those earlier Spider-man movies (myself included) did so sacrificing a few important facts about Spider-man. Spider-man started as a kid and grew into a man, not in 1 comic or 1 movie but over years of watching his wise cracking, sarcastic, almost dies because he picks fights out of his league, never quit adventures.
I did not support the earlier liberties they took with Spider-man but I did support them in hopes that they were popular. With great popularity comes great opportunity for a reboot, hence The Amazing Spider-man.
Is this worth the money?
A resounding ‘yes’! This movie is fun, more realistic and it gives you a sense of relation with Peter Parker, he is a kid with real kid problems. Is it action packed from start to finish? No, it actually has a story that doesn’t put you to sleep but keeps you strung along regarding the origin of Spider-man. This movie, in many ways, rights the wrongs of its predecessor and raises the bar as to how cleaver the movies need to be to earn our money.
Take notes: Please stay until after the credits for a teaser of a sequel.
The Amazing Spider-man gets 4 out of 5 wallets.
I would use stars but I have always gauged a movie and its worth by how much I am willing to spend to see it. I have always subscribed to the following gauge from best to worst: The IMAX/3D experience, Regular Admission, Matinee, Redbox, Netlix, and catch it if it happens to be on TV. So in this case it is very much worth the money. Although I did watch it with the IMAX experience, for sentimental reasons, it does just fine as a regular admission because the CGI is pretty….amazing.
How To See The Amazing Spider-Man For Cheap
So now that we established that Spider-man is worth the effort how do we make this as economical as possible? The best way to really put money back in your pocket is by asking students! NO, not asking them to spot you until you never pay them back but to ask other students of other schools if they have their own theaters. Some schools have cinemas that play current movies at a huge discount. The Johnson Center Cinema at GMU shows movies, free if you’re a GMU student, $3 if you’re not a student. $3 what?!?!?! Yes $3, but the only drawback is that they don’t show movies over the summer and its not the biggest theater on the planet.
I am sure that other local schools may have similar facilities with different restrictions so ask. Second best way to save when in dire need of a brain break, ask parents! NO, not asking them to pay for your movie (although if it works more power to you), it’s in asking all the parents you know that may have an account with Costco or BJ’s.
Costco has agreements with AMC and Regal cinema to sell ticket vouchers at a large discount.
2 regular tickets will cost about $15 at Costco. What!?!?!?! Yes $15, but you need to be a member of Costco to do so which is why I refer you to asking any parents you may know. BJ’s sells only AMC tickets and Sam’s Club does not sell any tickets at all (to my knowledge).
It’s worth the effort to coordinate all your resources especially if you seriously need healthy breaks from studying that does not cost you much money.
The next review will be for Batman: Dark Knight Rises and I will give you a few hints at other ways that can save you money as your journey to penny pinch a good study break continues. Enjoy the movie…
Mikolino| Guest Post
Posted on June 24, 2012
“(Tolkein’s) descriptions of things are really good. He makes you wanna be there.” -The Pin
Up and coming director and star duo Rian Johnson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt team up for the first time in this high school neo-noir, drug fueled, murder mystery.
Brendan (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a smart and determined high school loner, suspects that his ex-girlfriend had fallen in with the wrong crowd after their recent break-up.
In order to clear his conscious and potentially save her life, he infiltrates his school’s drug ring as he is forced to confront drug players from all different high school social standings.
Driven by Brendan’s quick wit and perseverance to get all of his questions answered, this smart yet violent thriller unfolds right in front of your eyes as you uncover the truth about a brick of heroin and foul play right alongside Brendan.
Brick is a great film. Jospeh Gordon-Levitt gives a strong performance in that you never mistake his quiet rage against the social structure of high school for some emo “I hate everyone” complex, or his ambitious intelligence for cockiness. He fits right in to the neo-noir environment director Rian Johnson has reimagined in the high school setting.
Johnson avoids the horribly cliched high school tropes that play out through different social groups in a school environment. Instead, he manipulates the social roles and crafts a magnificent detective story using every common aspect of high school life that all viewers will find relatable as well as entertaining. Just like how The Pin (Lukas Haas) describes the level of intimacy J.R.R. Tolkein provides in his level of details provided in such books as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Johnson makes you feel like you in the film and are just another student at Brendan’s high school.
The main criticisms don’t apply to the movie itself, but to the genre as a whole. In noir films, the exhibition of your protagonist unfolds along with the mystery as the audience learns more about how this particular detective is personally connected to the case in a way that you weren’t initially expecting. Inadvertently, you just jump right in to the beginning of the story without knowing too much about Brendan.
As well as diving right in, it may be difficult for some of the more casual viewers to enjoy the first thirty minutes or so of the film.
While there is plenty of action, the story revolves around fast and at times fairly complex dialogue, particularly between Brendan and The Brain (Matt O’Leary).
However, if you stick with it, you will develop an ear for the dialogue and the payoff is definitely worth it as the mystery continues to thicken before answers start crashing down upon you.
Brick is one hell of a movie. It won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 for originality of vision in a drama. That is one of the most prestigious awards given away at arguably the most important film festival in the movie industry. The film, which is anchored by Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s performance and Rian Johnson’s directorial vision, offers a clever return to form for any fans of solving a good mystery.
Brick is a Must Watch!
Details You Might Want To Know:
Length: 110 min
Release date: 2005
Who’s In It?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Brendan
Nora Zehetner – Laura
Lukas Haas – The Pin
Noah Fleiss – Tugger
Matt O’Leary – The Brain
Emilie de Ravin – Emily
Noah Segan – Dode
Alex Dodson | Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on June 24, 2012
Both the Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet, are essentially e-book readers with tons amazing features. Fortunately, these tablets are quite cheap compared to full-fledged tablets. But most of us would never buy both the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet so it is time for a student review.
For specs comparison, check out the table
Amazon Kindle Fire vs Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet
|Processor||Dual-Core 1GHz TI OMAP||Dual-Core 1GHz TI OMAP4|
|Operating System||Android 2.3 Gingerbread||Android 2.3 Gingerbread|
|Expandable Storage||None (Free Cloud Storage only)||up to 32GB via microSD + Free Cloud Storage|
|Display||7 inches||7 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1024 x 600 pixels||1024 x 600 pixels|
|Dimension||7.5 x 4.7 x .45||8.1 x 5 x .48|
|Weight||14.6 ounces||14.1 ounces|
|Browser||Amazon Silk Browser||Customized Android Browser|
|Battery Life||8 hrs reading7.5 hrs videoplayback||11.5 hrs reading9 hrs videoplayback|
Maximillian Garland| Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on June 20, 2012
“Nothing brings people together like a crappy summer job.”
The Director of Superbad trades salacious comedy for coming-of-age comedy Adventureland.
I personally love coming of age stories and Adventureland just so happens to be one soooo… in short I liked it. Adventureland is kinda that typical journey from young adulthood to the real world.
It follows the story of this character who really really wants to be played by Michael Cera. However, Michael Cera instead is played by his alter ego Jesse Eisenberg, the guy from The Social Network and Zombie Land. Jesse Eisenberg who plays James Brennan a recent college grad who is forced to takes a job in an amusement park because his Dad took a pay cut causing Brennan to have to post pone his life.
While this seems to be terrible luck for our protagonist, it ends up being an amazing tale full of
Weed, fear of the real world, coming of age, boners, nut shots, unsuspecting love, and bumper cars!
Oh yeah, It is also worth mentioning that Brendan is virgin, because well the story pretty much hinges on this fact. Everything pretty much rolls along as you’d expect but the simple humor and great cast make the movie pretty fun to watch.
Thoughts On Adventureland
Adventureland isn’t just the story of Brendan it also focuses on Em’s perspective played by Kristen Stewart (late of Twilight). Yes I know I’m sure you hate her acting style as much as I do but in this movie she seems more alive than she did opposite the vampire creepy guy with the tall forehead.
Biggest Grip With Adventureland
I thought that I would hate Kristen Stewart in this film because well …her acting style just bugs the shit out of me. But her acting ended up being pretty decent considering the character she plays. However if you really really hate Kristen Stewart, avoid this film. Because while it is worth while, it is indeed full of her character basically looking like she is suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Anyone ever noticed how you never see Jesse Eisenberg and Michael Cera at the same time? Just sayin’
Sue O’Malley: What are you majoring in?
Joel: Russian lit and Slovak languages.
Sue O’Malley: Oh wow, that’s pretty interesting. What career track is that?
Joel: Cabby, hot dog vendor, marijuana delivery guy. The world is my oyster.
Details You Might Want To Know:
Length: 107 min
Release date: 2007
Who’s In It?
Jesse Eisenberg (James Brennan)
Margarita Levieva (Lisa P)
Martin Starr (Joel)
Ryan Reynolds (Mike)
Soundtrack is Awesome
Adventureland was a really well-rounded story and fun to watch. I’d give it an B. What grade would you give Adventureland?
Maximillian Garland | Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on June 2, 2012
Why should teachers have all the fun? Grade The World lets you as the student fight back and grade the things around you. Everything from box of smashes to hot tech items and apps.
Maximillian Garland| Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on May 30, 2012
Songkick is the undisputed king of music events. Started in 2007 and on the rise, SongKick is a website that allows you to track your favorite bands the same way your parent’s track and monitor you the first time you left for college. By tracking your favorite bands you can never miss the next great concert.
With Songkick you can keep 100,000 concerts in your pants pocket, and never miss your favorite band.
Songkick takes advantage of every avenue of social media to keep you posted on the bands near you including:
Below is a brief Songkick review
What does Songkick Provide?
Essentially Songkick provides you with your own personalized database that keeps you updated on all shows you might be interested in.
And best of all by scanning your itunes library Songkick will help create a schedule of bands and artist coming to town.
3 Links You’ll probably like if you like Songkick
Umm.. yes. With SongKick app you can check on future concerts just as easy as you can send a
sext I mean… text.
And guess what its FREE!
ShamelessSelf Promotion: TOP 5 CONSEQUENCES OF SEXTING
Songkick provides two core services. It allows users to track bands and receive alerts when those bands play concerts near the user’s favorite locations. The site lists more than 100,000 upcoming concerts. It also provides more than 2,000,000″gigographies” which are listings of historical concerts with user contributed data including reviews, set lists, videos and photographs.- Wikipedia
4. Videos On SongKick
Songkick is definitely for the music lover in all of us. With it’s personalized databases and social media connections it’s impossible to miss out on your favorite band.
Oh Don’t Mind Me: Drinkify: Listen Responsibly
If you have one of these:
You’ll never miss one of these:
Have you used Songkick? What did you like or hate about it?
Leon Langford | Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on May 21, 2012
Given the crisis surrounding college debt, it is no surprise that people are starting to toy with the idea of doing Amway rather than going to/finishing college. However, before you decided one way or the other, pretty PLEASE (with sugar on top) read this post outlining almost everything you’ll need to know about the company.
For those of you who don’t know what Amway is, I encourage you to at least give it a once over.
How does Wikipedia define Amway?
Amway is a direct selling company that uses multi-level marketing to sell a variety of products, primarily in the health, beauty, and home care markets. Amway was founded in 1959 by Jay Van Andel and Richard DeVos.
If you haven’t already, you will at some point run into an Amway representative.
While it isn’t completely necessary to know everything about the company; It is wise to a least know what you’re up against.
It is especially smart to do a little research about the company before making any brash financial decisions. I use the word brash because it is really important to understand how you can both gain and lose from any potential opportunity.
Amway suggest that Amway is an opportunity to attain financial well-being and even complete financial independence by starting something they call a Independent Business, which in turn makes those a part of Amway Independent Business Owners (IBO).
The whole Amway concept is kinda corky and unconventional so rather than me outlining the whole concept, I’ll just show you a video because explaining things can be hard and I’m feeling lazy. (At least I’m being honest)
How does Amway work (According to Amway)
Related Video: Amway Video Gallery
If you are intelligent, you are probably asking yourself “what’s the catch”. Obviously, things that sound too sweet usually end up being a little sour. So rather than you spending hours deciding if Amway is for you, I’ll help by putting together basic answers to common questions. I’m not an expert on this subject, and everything I’ve gathered is just stuff you can always search for yourself. But time is money, and I personally would rather have all this information centralized in one place.Thus, I bring you to
Everything you need to know about joining Amway in and after college.
Amway appears to be an opportunity to make a lot of money without doing a lot work.Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, no? However, I think it is pretty clear that there are no free lunches. As I all ways say, nothing easy is worthwhile.
If everyone in your graduating class had a 4.0, employers in the area might think that something was off (I sure as hell would). Either the classes were to easy, people were cheating or some crazy toxic chemical leek led to a phenomena that caused super intelligent people to room your campus dressed as students.
Whenever someone is trying to get you do buy something or do something it is in your best interest to be skeptical. (think Rumpelstiltskin). Healthy skepticism is one of the most valuable characteristics a human being can possess. If you are currently questioning how this seemingly ‘get rich quick’ thing works, you are more intelligent than many of your peers. Congratulation! You aren’t a mindless robot (Confetti.) So let’s start asking questions. You be the good cop, all be the bad cop.
Below I am going to try and break down the top 9 most common questions regarding Amway. Please relax and take notes!
1. What Will Earn Me More Income, Amway or a Traditional Job?
There are many different career paths, so this is questions kinda silly but many people ask it, so I figured it should be answered. I will provided you with 3 different career paths and then compare it to the average Amway income. Just the numbers no bias, so you can then decided.
- Working as a Starbucks Assistant Store manager (low skill wage) earns you roughly $33,040/year before taxes.*
- Working as a Bank Teller for JPMorgan Chase Salaries (low skill wage) earns you roughly $20,390/year before taxes*
- Working as a Software Engineer III for Oracle (high skilled position) earns you roughly $101,844/year*
If you work at any of the above, you will make an income and be working ~40-50hrs/week. Please also note that you will also be receiving a health benefits package for you and your dependents from your employers.
- Average Amway income: In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires Amway to clearly state that more than half of the distributors do not make any money, with the average distributor grossing less than $100 per month. -Wikipedia
This equates to about a $1,000/year
It should be noted that there are massive amounts of Independent Business Owners (IBOs) who never achieve even the break even point. If you are above average in any of the mentioned fields, you will obviously earn more. Furthermore, it is worth noting that if you put time and effort into anything than you surely will reap benefits. The above are only statistics of average incomes.
According to The founder of Amway, Rich DeVos
You should never go full time with Amway unless you are making more money with Amway than you are in your full time.- Video Source
2. Amway vs College: Should I go to college or do Amway full time?
Maybe you’ve asked yourself, why bother paying tens of thousands of dollars for a formal education when I can join Amway and learn what I need for a fraction of a cost? It’s a good question. But before you go running off to the circus, I suggest you ask a couple questions.
While the yachts and mansions may seem super alluring, you have to at least ask yourself whether that level of success is even actually attainable.
I can’t tell you that making your way up the ranks of Amway is impossible, I can however tell you that a traditional education has been well documented. It is a well known fact that working hard in college, getting internships and good grades pays off. That being said, college isn’t the only way to be successful. Just ask Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Stephen Jobs (R.I.P).
Only you can decided whether you want to skip the whole college learning experience. I would encourage you to ask yourself a few basic questions before making the decision to drop out of college or avoid it all together.
- Can I support myself in the event that Amway doesn’t pan out?
- Can I afford the Amway business model?
- Can I afford to put off college?
- Is it impossible for me to do both?
The last question I believe is the most important. If you believe you can’t handle the work load of both college and a part-time opportunity than you probably aren’t capable of managing your time very effectively (no offense). That being said, without time management skills and an appreciation for hard work, you probably wont end up making much money from Amway in the first place (Just my opinion, I’m not a expert)
3. C.R.E.A.M: Do People Actually Make Any Money?
As I said previously, the average gross income for IBOs is $100 per month. But I have found testimonies on Youtube of individuals who personally have done Amway and I think that is more valuable than numbers and statistics.
Positive Personal Testimony After A Month (uploaded 2011)
The above video has not be validated by Bright Futura (as if it would matter). In fact, it was just randomly found on Youtube. There doesn’t appear to be any reason to believe that this young fellow is lying.
Related Video: The Best Investment Ever (uploaded 2011)
Negative Personal Testimony
4. What Flavor Punch Do They Serve? Is Amway a Cult?
First off, Amway actually does serve a drink. That being said, the drink isn’t a mind control substance and it is actually pretty tasty (Or perhaps they have already incepted my brain).
Many people will tell you Amway is a cult, so lets compare a definite of the word cult with Amway.
The word cult in current popular usage usually refers to a new religious movement or other group whose beliefs or practices are considered abnormal or bizarre. I would say Amway is offbeat but wouldn’t consider this working definition to match Amway.
NBC’s Dateline happens to for portray Amway and its “followers” very differently. The below journalism may or may not be biased.
Dateline On The Amway Scam: Part 1 (uploaded 2009)
Dateline On The Amway Scam: Part 2 (uploaded 2009)
Below are Youtube comments on Dateline’s inside look at Amway.
In 2004, Dateline NBC featured a critical report based on a yearlong undercover investigation of business practices within the Amway organization. The report noted that the average distributor makes only about $1,400 per year and that many of the “high level distributors singing the praises of Quixtar [Amway]” are actually “making most of their money by selling motivational books tapes and seminars; not Quixtar’s cosmetics, soaps, and electronics.”
5. Is it an Illegal Pyramid Scheme?
One of the most common questions surrounding Amway is “Is it an Illegal Pyramid?” The short answer is no. However, it is more complicated than that. According to the Federal Trade Commission it is not an illegal pyramid scheme. I would however encourage anyone interested in joining to look at the FTC investigation below.
FTC investigation of Amway:
In re Amway Corp. (93 F.T.C. 618; full name In the Matter of Amway Corporation, Inc., et al.)
In the United States, the Federal Trade Commission requires Amway to clearly state that more than half of the distributors do not make any money, with the average distributor grossing less than $100 per month. -wikipedia
I think it is important to note that most business models in any capitalistic society resemble a pyramid with most people at the bottom and a few at the top.
What Does The Better Business Bureau Say?
According to the BBB the Amway Global Independent Business Owner meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.
Factors that raised Amway Global Independent Business Owner’s rating include:
- Length of time business has been operating.
- No complaints filed with BBB.
- BBB has sufficient background information on this business.
Please remember just because something is legal does not mean it is right and/or ethical.
What does Forbes Have to Say?
On a list of Private American Companies in 2011, Amway was ranked higher in terms of revenue than hundreds of other well known companies; examples include, Bose, Hilton, Bloomberg, WaWa, Neiman Marcus, Sheets, Burger King, Mary Kay, Hostess, Forever 21, and Petco. The list of Forbes private American business’s can be found here
6. How Much Does It Cost To Join Amway?
Joining Amway isn’t free (duh). In fact, it can be rather costly. However, I will try my best to remain unbiased and neutral on this issue by only presenting the costs.
Registration to Amway: $50
100 PV = $300
KATE (voice mail) = $20
Website fees + $20
Standing Order (Audio Motivational CD subscription) $42
Motivation Business Books: $10/month
Attending Amway events & Major functions (averaged out) $125
This breaks down to about $7000 a year
7. Are There Any Valid Concerns About Joining Amway?
There are of course valid concerns expressed by people throughout the internet. Instead of gathering all of the 100′s them together, decided that I would simply let you hear what the co-founders personal concerns are. I ‘m sure there will also be plenty of people commenting with there opinions in the comment section.
Rich DeVos (co-founder) expressed concerns about Business Support Materials
In an audio recording Rich DeVos expressed concern about the level of income from the sale of Business Support Materials (BSM; tapes, CDs, books, and business conferences/functions) compared to the income the high level distributors were making from Amway products.
8. What should I expect?
Every persons experience will of course be different but you can universally expect it to be a lot more challenging than you initial think it will be. The way the Amway model is pushed makes it seem like easy money. Amway isn’t easy money at all. You have to work at it, just like anything else.
That being said, here is a internet meme of what to expect from Amway and links to videos about how many will perceive your efforts.
Related Video: Funny Videos Making Fun Of Amway Marketers?
In the event that you are interested in hearing about what goes on at an Amway gathering, I have provided an audio recording of an Amway meeting that took place in Northern Virginia (March, 2012)
Inspirational Audio From An Amway Speaker
9. Does Amway Have A Valid Web Presences?
Real businesses have real web presences and real ways of contacting them. Any company that doesn’t have a Facebook always make me a little skeptical. So I decided to do a little digging and found that Amway has both a Facebook and a Twitter account. This doesn’t mean they are honest in everything they say or don’t say but it helps (kinda).
Amway Showcases Their Achievers Online
Amway has an online blog/magazine where they post new successful independent business owners (IBOs). Link to the Amway Achieve magazine here.
According to Forbes Today, 3 million salespeople peddle Amway’s personal care and home products in more than 80 countries. DeVos retired in 1993; his son Doug is president.
Click here for a list of well known companies, organizations, and individuals who have explicitly or implicitly endorsed Amway, Quixtar, it’s Owners, or the business model or particular products.
Video On Many Of The Amway Products
It’s worth noting that all Amway products are backed with a 90 day money back guarantee. Not bad, not bad.
Also according to Amway
Amway products have been organic, biologically natural and they don’t pollute sewage systems and septic tanks. They break down easily. Their containers are recyclable. Their products for the body are of high quality and natural.
Rich DeVos, Co-Founder, Amway Corporation, greets President Bush
Figured it can’t hurt to note that these guys know each other. Apparently Former President George Bush was paid $100,000 to be a keynote speaker at a convention of Amway distributors in 1993 (NYTimes source)
Related: 50 facts about Amway
Maximillian Garland| Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on May 11, 2012
If you haven’t heard of sexting then you probably aren’t sexting. Not sexting may not be a bad thing though. While there are many perks to sexting with people you are interested in, it is important to consider the consequences of sexting.
Related: Top 5 Consequences of Sexting
Typically when sexting your biggest concern is that the person you sent the sext to may mistakenly or intentionally share it with his or her buddies. Luckily for you, you can now be as textually active as possible with protection.
A new mobile app called Snapchat aims to add a bit of security and a peace of mind to sharing personal photos.
Snapchat allows users to set a timer up to 10 seconds of when the message would self-destruct after being received. If the receiver tries to take a screenshot, then the sender will be instantly notified.
Maxmillian Garland | Bright Futura Columnist
Posted on May 6, 2012
(little to no spoilers)
“You’re going to lose. It’s in your nature.”
Halfway through The Avengers, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is pointing a giant gun at the villainous Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Coulson, the only ordinary man in this film filled with spies, assassins, demi-gods, super heroes and aliens, is also the only one who knows how this film is going to end. He states it very clearly to the antagonist, seemingly offering Loki a cop out before this movie drags out to its intended two and a half hour run time. As any conventional super hero movie would have it, Loki ignores the agent and continues in his attempts to take over the world.
This situation pops up in almost every good vs. evil movie ever made. However, the difference between those movies, and The Avengers is that The Avengers is entirely circumstantial. Here is an example in the same vein of the movie universe. Iron Man is an exceptionally well crafted super hero movie.
Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man perfected the balance of being a bad ass and a charismatic and likeable protagonist in an inexplicable fashion. The fight scenes were cool and there was enough humor to keep the tone fun without being too dark.
The Avengers was all of those things and more as the expanded team proved to be a fanboy’s dream come true. So why is Iron Man better?
The events that transpire in Iron Man actually matter in the real world, while The Avengers carries no relevance in our culture aside from its entertainment value.
Granted, most people gauge a film’s quality on how entertaining it is and pass the judgment on whether it is “good” or not. On the contrary, the quality of a film cannot be determined by how much fun you have while watching it. It comprises of a balance of many different aspects, one of which is entertainment value. However, one aspect that cannot be ignored is social and communal impact. Iron Man provided many social commentaries, cleverly mixed in to the film. As you were watching Tony Stark live a wealthy lifestyle and fight crime as Iron Man, you were also actively digesting strong opinions on terrorism, weapons trading, the mixing of man with technology, and the need for clean energy. Think of this film experience like taking your vitamins, but the cool flavored Flintstone kind that you used to take when you were little. They tasted good and were from your favorite cartoon, and yet they still provided you with all of the important nutritional values that growing boys and girls need. Iron Man delivers quality filmmaking in many aspects, blending relevance with entertainment.
But what does The Avengers mean to the viewers? What kind of impact will the film leave on the people leaving the theater when the last scene plays after the credits? Absolutely nothing.
As soon as you walk out of the theater, you may excitedly remember that one really funny line, or that cool fighting sequence. But eventually, as your memory of the film fades, so will the relevance of how cool it was when you were there.
I cannot deny that when you are in the theater, actively watching the film unfold before you on that giant screen, the movie seems perfect.
However, upon departure, it leaves you with a hollow feeling reminiscent of a dementor gliding past and sucking the fun out of your very soul.
Besides the fact that the film essentially stood for nothing, there was also no weight in the exciting or tense parts of the story.
When Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) was about to transform in to the Hulk and threaten everyone on board the ship, or when the aliens were storming New York City, I felt no sense of peril for our heroes. This sad fact is a result of my biggest apprehension on going in to this film: the inability to create one movie with so many super heroes and have it work as a believable narrative. I was never convinced that this was a real team, working together to save the human race. I felt concern for the individual hero when he was in an immediate sense of danger. But knowing that it is in the nature of the bad guys to lose, my fears were instantly alleviated.
This gathering of individuals, not group, spends most of the movie bickering between each other. When they do come together to fight as a team, at least in terms of vicinity, they end up separating to fight different battles of the same war. There is one brief shot (which is done to death in the trailer) that shows them all standing together waiting to fight.
Despite this attempt at visual unity, since interpersonal unity was never reached, they all end up having their backs to one another further proving that they are not one in many.
If the team can’t come together for the sake of the story, then what is the point of making a team film?
Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and even Edward Norton’s The Incredible Hulk were all better stand alone films than The Avengers. Some people complain that these types of origin stories get redundant and boring after a while, but at least they have a narrative purpose for their actions. In this way, The Avengers has become cinema’s high-end prostitute. You pay an outrageous amount of money for some entertainment that will only last you one night. Sure the prostitute is pretty to look at and you have one hell of a good time during. But after you pay, and the fun is done, what have you really gained?
Title: The Avengers
Director: Joss Whedon
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pine, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Samuel L. Jackson
Release Date: May 4th, 2012
Run Time: 142 mins.
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