Archive for July, 2008

Global Currency?

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , on July 28, 2008 by coryangennet

The world, whether we like it or not, revolves around money. Take a look at the underdeveloped countries and the developed ones. The major difference is usually living conditions, which inevitably circle back to money. So the question arises: “Why not have a single global unit of currency?” I’ve had the thought before but, as humorously as it seems, Stephen Colbert’s show from last Thursday caught my attention. He talked about the US joining the EU, which is quite a bit different than what I’m talking about now. However, it does pose an interesting debate. So that being said, and before I get into my details, I want you all to know that this has been brewing in my mind for only a few hours now. In other words, I’m not an economical or political or any kind of expert. This is just a simple citizen’s perspective and findings on the matter.

So let’s start with the Pros:
First of all, there are roughly 190 different currencies in the world. Simplifying that down to one create far less of a hassle.
There would be no real national currency crisis. Our (the US) economy is in the shitter. There’s no way around that anymore. A Global Currency that is mandated to keep inflation low would boost our economy as well as keep it somewhat stable in the future.

Now the Cons:
If, for some reason, there was an economic slump in one specific country, that country could not use their monetary system to adjust for it.
Also, I’m sure there would be significant protests from some American (any maybe other) citizens that wouldn’t want to trade the dollar, the dollar that they’ve used their entire life, for something new. Another problem would be how it would be governed. How would it work? What would effect these prices?

Obviously there would be some things that would need to be known internationally for this to work, but systems like this have been popping up all over the world in recent years. Most notably is the Euro. But there are other places doing this too. The Caribbean Community (most of the islands in the Caribbean along with some South American countries), the East African Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda), West African Monetary Zone (Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, possibly Liberia), and ASEAN +3 (Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, People’s Republic of China, Japan and South Korea) all have a proposed currency. There are even talks of Mexico, the US and Canada to share a similar currency. These would be a great way to get the world started on something that could be an eventual possibility.

So what are your thoughts? I’m sure you’ve thought about it before, and if not, well here you go. If you have any other knowledge on the matter, or just simply want to state your opinion on it, please comment.

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Sources:
Are you ready for a global currency? by David R. Francis (a bit outdated, but the basis for most of my info)
‘Currency’ Wikipedia article
‘United States dollar’ Wikipedia article
‘Euro’ Wikipedia article

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The Dark Knight

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags on July 18, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: The Dark Knight

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman

Genre: Action / Thriller

Status: In Theaters

Release Date: July 18, 2008

Plot Summary: When a new madman starts terrorizing Gotham City Batman, along with James Gordon and the new DA Harvey Dent, must join forces to stop him.

Review: This movie was awesome! It definitely lived up to all the hype that it’s been getting over the last few weeks/months/whatever. The movie has everything that a great action movie can. There’s less emphasis on Bruce Wayne’s social life than in Batman Begins, but they’ve replaced it with a shitload of more action. Every review I’ve read so far has acclaimed Heath Ledger’s performance as something Oscar-worthy and I must agree. He’s got the comedic part down, but in an insanely creepy way. I, like most fans I’ve noticed, was very happy with the replacement of Katie Holmes with Maggie Gyllenhaal. She may not be as attractive, but her acting was quite a bit better. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman add some great comic relief to this movie that isn’t entirely needed, but it makes it more enjoyable. There are only a few negative points to this the movie. The first thing is that in the Batman Begins Gotham City looked a lot dirtier and darker and there was no real way to tell what city they actually filmed in. In this one the city was a much brighter and clearer, which makes sense with the storyline, but it was also incredibly easy to tell that they filmed it in Chicago. The other aspect that I didn’t find so great was Bale’s performance. For some reason his voice seemed to be too forced in this one than Batman Begins. Even in that movie it was a little noticeable, but in this one it seemed even worse. I loved the movie, all 2 hours and 45 minutes of it. It doesn’t feel nearly that long because the entire movie is action-packed and awesome.

By far this is going to be one of the biggest movies of the summer, if not the year. It’s a more than worthy sequel to an already amazing movie. It’s everything a fan could ask for. It’s got the action, it’s dark and comedy. I saw today that, as long as Christopher Nolan stays on, Christian Bale would agree to another sequel and I would be pumped for that.

Rating: 4.75/5

Wanted

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags , , , on July 10, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: Wanted

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Thomas Kretschmann

Genre: Action / Adv

Status: In Theaters

Release Date: June 27, 2008

Plot Summary: Wesley (McAvoy) is a normal guy who leads a boring and repetitive life. That is until he’s recruited into a league of assassins.

Review: I think it’s safe to describe this movie in two words: BAD ASS! By far one of the more enjoyable movies out at the moment. I know it’s not for everyone because almost all of the action sequences are just so over the top and unrealistic, but that’s what makes this so awesome. While I love a simple action movie or even a good kung-fu flick, these movies are making their way up there in my book. There’s no way to can see this movie and be bored. Now, let’s mention the cast. James McAvoy does both parts of his life very well. He makes a great nobody whose annoyed with his job/life/everything, but he also turns into a real bad ass. Angelina Jolie is, well she’s Angelina Jolie… And Morgan Freeman is a mysterious assassin leader. How awesome is that? Now a movie isn’t a good movie without a story, but this one has that too. There are some genius twists throughout the movie and it’s not at all what I was expecting to happen.

All around, this is definitely in my top three movies of the summer (so far) and I’m definitely glad I got around to seeing it. If you’re a fan of action movies by any aspect, go see this movie. You will leave with that feeling like “Wow, I really want to be an assassin right now.” and you just want to start kicking peoples’ asses. It’s great.

Rating: 4.75/5

Hancock

Posted in Movie Reviews with tags , , , on July 5, 2008 by coryangennet

Title: Hancock

Starring Actor(s)/Actress(es): Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron

Genre: Action / Comedy

Status: In Theaters

Release Date: July 2, 2008

Plot Summary: A not so glamorous superhero, who is hated by the public, tries to redo his image and make the people of LA see how much they need him.

Review: Much unlike the last entry, this movie is one of the more creative ones as-of-late. It’s nice to see a “superhero” who isn’t a noble person. It gives it a little more of a reality. Plus Will Smith is hilarious. The whole movie has great comedy and it’s a really fun one to watch. The action scenes really aren’t anything too breathtaking. There are only a few full-on action sequences anyway, while the others are usually just quick little ones. The story is fairly well done. The backstory was quite interesting and I had an idea of who the “bad guy” would be going into it, but I was taken for a little bit of a loop in that department.

All in all, I think this was a very entertaining movie. It’s one that I’d been waiting for for a while and it didn’t do much to disappoint. The trailers seem to do a good job of skewing the look of the movie, though. From the trailers it seems like an action movie with comedy on the side. However, it’s kind of the opposite. Still enjoyable and, like I said, I’m a pretty big Will Smith fan so I enjoyed it. It’s not going to be a contender for the bigger summer blockbusters, but it’s a fun little movie for the summer.

Rating: 4/5