I remember movies with scores of people driving hover cars, wearing aluminum foil like it's the only material left to make clothing, and using an electronic voice activator for just about everything, from toothpaste to opening their front doors.
This world has been crafted and envisioned for decades by curious minds who wonder what the future might hold. Although we are not all wearing space boots, our technological advancements are much closer to our perception of "the future" than we care to realize.
Feeling the beads of sweat drip down a heroine's face, seeing a beautiful sunset out of a narrator's bedroom window or hearing the sobs of a star-crossed lover is to know the world of a good book. What takes you beyond the written word to the story behind it is the author's beautifully constructed vernacular and passion for the subject. From the tales of Shakespeare's love triangles to the anguish of George Orwell's "1984," books of literary merit resonate through history and continue to affect people.
Hollywood, since its inception, has captivated the hearts and imaginations of millions.
Almost everyone at some point has fantasized about his or her shining moment. Whether you're partial to Tom Hanks, Vin Diesel or Nicole Kidman, somewhere deep inside is a fantasy about being a star. As Hollywood has certainly taught us, we know that anything's possible in the land of movie magic.
Consequently, Hollywood moguls have to have some way of separating the haves from the have-nots.
It is about time someone accurately depicts the end of the world.
Today, the long anticipated movie "2012" hits theaters and will tell the story of how the world will come to an end in a little more than two years.
But how could that be fair at all? Society won't get to witness the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics. What will our next president accomplish? Freshmen, we won't even be able to graduate.
We are concluding the eighth week of classes for the Fall semester.
Fall break blessed us with a short three-day week, the football team has yet to do anything less than impress and the first round of tests are only memories. Whether it affects those with graduate school only a year away, those only months out of high school or anyone in between, the same schedule and inexorable pile of homework can leave many in a state of ennui.
Two of the most prestigious universities in the world - Harvard and Yale - are claimed to be home to some of the greatest minds, and some of the greatest pranksters, too.
Date: Nov. 20, 2004. Location: the Harvard-Yale football game at Harvard Stadium. Persons involved: the "Harvard Pep Squad" and fans. On game day, the avid pep squad arrived at the venue with placards in hand to pass out to a select group of Crimson aficionados who would then hold up the pieces in one big expression of school-spirited unity.
Cue in the catch.