Furious 7: A Fine Farwell to a Patriarch

The Fast and the Furious franchise has always been known for it’s fast cars, hot girls, and exciting action. The franchise had shifted over the past couple movies, going from it’s traditional car-centered atmosphere to a more hybrid car/war/knock-down drag-out thrill ride series.

The franchise has benefited severely from the changes, and has grown into one of the most popular franchises, though regarded by some to be just a thrill-ride, not a merit-able experience.

In 2013, the cast and crew were in the middle of filming the seventh installment when Paul Walker, a staple/patriarch of the franchise tragically passed away in a car crash. Walker, just 39 at the time, was one of the series biggest stars, and easily one of the most beloved characters.

How do you say goodbye to Brian O’Connor (Walker)? With a little help from Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth.

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The loss not only took a toll on his cast mates, it also left everyone involved with a serious dilemma: How do you finish the movie?

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SPOILERS AHEAD

A New Ending Created

Director James Wan sat in the toughest position, at the helm of a film over halfway finished, but now had to somehow pay respects to the late Walker.

Wan’s original plan for Furious 7 was to set the series up for later installments.

“The original ending of ‘Furious 7′ was setting up, you know, the bigger world of where the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise could go into. And that’s obviously very smart of them to think so,” Wan spoke about the tragedy.”

“But when the tragedy happened, all of that became irrelevant. So it did not matter anymore, all of that stuff. And to the studio’s credit, they did not push for that. They realized how important it was to make a movie that finishes and that just outright is a tribute to Paul Walker,” Wan recalled. “So I give them a lot of credit for being bigger than that and going along with this ending that is the right ending to go with.”

What Wan and the team created has to be acknowledged, and applauded. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Wan discussed how the ideas of the ending came about. In the end, the team decided on two ways to finish the film.

The last moments began with a montage of Walker’s greatest moments as a part of the franchise, from the first installment on. The second part shows Dom after he leaves the beach setting driving down the coast.

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As Dom stops, Paul Walker (Brilliantly portrayed by CGI and his two brothers) pulls up, and the tears begin to flow.

The last portion is just a voiceover of Torreto (Diesel’s character) talking about living live one quarter mile of a time, and as the two continue on the road, Walker splits off, and drives into the horizon.

Why True F&F Fans Shed Tears

What made the ending so sad was that visual. The visual presence of Paul Walker’s character driving up for one last ride, it gives chills. The franchise has fans who have been with the series from the beginning, like myself, and the gravity of the situation, that it’s not just a “character” dying, it hurts.

It’s hard to end a character on a series, or a movie franchise. It’s not an easy thing to do, and what they did kind of made it easier on everyone.

What they did right was not killing off O’Conner (Walker) in the film, because of the sheer fact that Walker died in a car crash. Killing him in a car crash would’ve felt all too real, and I think Wan knew that.

The scene on the beach, and the serene feeling of just watching O’Connor and his family, it’s beautiful.

The last scene, and the moment at which Walker and Diesel split, is magnified, as a last goodbye. Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth begin to sing “See You Again” and the weight of the world seems to land on your shoulders.

“It’s been a long day, without you my friend, but I’ll tell you all about it when I see youRIC3UwC (1) again.”

Walker and Diesel split, and the screen fades to white and you see “For Paul”. Wan and crew truly said goodbye in the best way possible.

Fans Rejoice, Break Records

Furious 7 blew up following it’s April 3rd release date, and to date has earned over 1.3 BILLION dollars, making it the fourth-highest grossing film of all time.

The film has destroyed expectations overseas as well, becoming the highest-grossing film in China ever.

Though a lot of that can be attributed to the tribute to Walker, the film stands as one of the best in the franchise.

The Fast and the Furious 8 is slated to hit theaters April 13th, 2017.

Internet Topics Article- Chapter 11

Remember the name Tom Wheeler. Wheeler, the current FCC chairman, created major discussion in May of 2014 when he released a plan that would allow Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and other providers to create so-called “Pay to Play” fast lanes.

Over the next several months people rallied, cried out, did everything they could to encourage Wheeler to reconsider, and it worked. (That’s the power of the Internet).

After the millions spoke out against Wheeler’s original proposal, the FCC chairman revised his plan, and announced on February 4th that the new proposal and rules for Net Neutrality would be based on Title II of the Communications act.

The FCC approved the chairman’s proposal on February 26th, 2015 and at last it felt like we had a truly open Internet.

What is Net Neutrality?

Everyone who uses the Internet has the basic requirement of an understanding of Net Neutrality. Save the Internet regards it as the “guiding principle” of the Internet. Save The Internet’s article goes on to describe in detail the surroundings of Net Neutrality. You can read their account here.

Basically, Net Neutralit4540678705_3817c0152b_oy is the idea that cable, phone, and other service providers should be asked to, and should treat online services and websites all the same.

When Wheeler proposed his original plan, it would give the service providers the ability to charge users based on their usage on sites such as Netflix, Hulu, and Youtube.

The Internet is such a critical part of everyday life now that it’s become a daily routine. We wake up, we check our phones. We need weather, we check our phones. We watch videos daily, and we network daily. Even the people who try to stay as far away from the Internet as possible, still are connected to some extent.

“Open Internet Order”

 

In 2010, the FCC crafted something called the Open Internet Order, and had all the intentions of making the internet open and free. The idea was that the Order would prevent Internet Service Providers from interfering with, or blocking web traffic.

The courts ruled on the subject in 2014, and stated that the FCC used a “questionable legal framework” to craft the Order, and didn’t have the authority to implement or enforce such a thing.

In lots of people’s minds, the courts ruling on the Order was a direct no towards Net Neutrality, but that’s just not the case. The court ruled that the FCC couldn’t enforce it with the legal ground they had built, which was shaky at best.

The decision didn’t inhibit the FCC from having “Open Internet” rules. All it did was encourage reclassification, and a better foundation for a newer piece of legislation.

Bright Line Rules

What are the “Bright Line Rules”? These are the specific rules related to blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization. The original proposal by Wheeler in 2014 would have given ISP’s the right to use all three to control all that most do on the internet.

The bullet points about blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization come straight from the FCC’s website.

  • No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
  • No Throttling: providers may not impair or degrade lawful internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.ISPs want
  • No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind—in other words, no “fast lanes.” This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates.

The image comes from a site directly discussing the open internet, and the photo is what ISP’s want, and what would have happened if Wheeler’s original proposal had been approved and implemented. Their graphics are perfect representations of what would’ve happened. You can check those out here.

 

 

What the New Open Internet Rules Do For You

You can sit where you are, and read this, and say that it doesn’t affect you either way. That’s just an untrue statement, and it’s something that was necessary to fight for. If the outcry to change Wheeler’s mind hadn’t occurred, the screenshot above would be our world in the future. ISP’s controlling what you do on a daily basis.

Oh that Netflix b16260629376_b4bec88f8e_oinge you went on last week watching both seasons of Orange is the New Black? Yeah they could’ve charged you extra for that. The idea of the original proposal would’ve let those providers deem what is “usage” related to content. Watching Youtube videos is no longer something you can do on the regular.

The new Open Internet Rules help us all, and is one of the first decisions in recent times to be really “for the people”.

The Internet is crucial in everyday life, and it’s pivotal that we keep that open and free for us as a nation, and altogether as the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topic Blogs Review-Chapter 7

Blog Name: TechCrunch

URL: http://techcrunch.com

Author: Writing by committee with 40 dedicated writers

Brief Description:

TechCrunch is a site that delivers news on the latest happenings of major companies around the country, ranging from Facebook to Shyp to Snapchat. They deliver quality pieces regarding speaking engagements, major announcements, and all other important info.

Why I Chose This Blog:

I love TechCrunch. I first heard about it through the HBO show Silicon Valley, and now peruse the site daily. The site gives great information, and everyone can find things that interest them. A lot of the things on the site are things you won’t just know about day-to-day, so it’s great to find something interesting you haven’t heard about.

Blog Name: In Goal Magazine

URL: http://ingoalmag.com

Author: Multiple Authors, Rob McGregor comes up most

Brief Description:

In goal magazine is a blog about hockey. It discusses goaltending of course, and the latest news around the league about goaltenders and has interviews, features, and techniques.

Why I Chose This Blog:

I chose this blog because hockey is my favorite sport, and though the blog is central to just goaltending they produce great information about the topic they cover. The blog ranges from discussing AHL topics, to previews of goaltending matchups, and it’s perfect for the hockey fan who likes differentiating opinions. For example: their playoff matchup previews for starting goaltenders, found here.

Blog Name: MacRumors

URL: http://www.macrumors.com

Author: Forum based, but most actual pieces by Juli Clover

Brief Description:

MacRumors is a blog dedicated to posting early news, leaks, release date info for upcoming Apple announcements, as well as going in-depth about what is coming from Apple in the future. Being forum based, one can easily get their questions answered on MacRumors.

Why I Chose This Blog:

I am not ashamed to admit I’m an Apple fan boy. I love Apple products whole-heartedly and won’t be the first to admit when something is wrong with them. I do look at other products, but usually Apple ones take precedence. I love MacRumors because I can stay up to date with the latest news, leaks, and read threads on the forum page.

Blue Raider Baseball by the Numbers (Assignment 6-1)

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Blue Raider Baseball by the Numbers

2015 Schedule to Date

The Blue Raiders began the season hoping to improve upon last season’s 31-27 record. By March 1st, the team sat at 7-2, and had used stellar offensive play, and solid defensive play to win their first three series of the season.

The season began for Middle with three series, two of which were on the road. The team started off strong taking the first two games in a series against Jacksonville before dropping game three. The Blue Raiders returned home and swept Western Illinois in three straight home stands, one of those a complete performance for Middle, winning 19-2 in the third game. Following that by taking 2-of-3 in New Orleans, the Blue Raider baseball team felt a strong sense of togetherness heading towards conference play.  MTSUBaseball_Masters10-938x535

The Blue Raiders now sit at 13-9, and have struggled in some aspects picking up key wins. The team has, however, started conference play strong, taking the first two series they’ve played. Where they struggle is away from Reese Smith Jr. Field, and in non-conference. The Blue Raiders lost a pair of games at Memphis by a margin of 14-1, and were shutout 11-0 in the second game.

Tuesday March 24th, the Blue Raiders hosted No. 2 in the nation Vanderbilt, the NCAA defending champions, and held their own for seven solid innings. The Blue Raiders led 7-5 heading into the eighth, and had chances to make that gap larger. In the eighth, the Commodores scored seven runs, and would take the win 12-7. The loss, not a bad one, would leave a bitter taste in the mouth of the team. Full recap available here.

Run Output

On March 1st, the Blue Raiders were proving that they had one of the most potent offenses in CUSA, game in game out MTSUBaseball_Masters1-938x535putting runs on the board. At that juncture in the season, Middle scored 76 runs in their first nine games, their highest output since 2010. Defense wise, the Blue Raiders also held teams to low outputs, only giving up 49 runs in that span. The offense stood out most in the Blue Raiders wins against Western Illinois (19-2) and against New Orleans (15-2).

Since then however, the offense seems to be stagnant. That being said, they put runs on the board and still have produced more runs than given up, so there’s a bright spot for the rest of Conference USA play. The Blue Raiders have produced 125 runs in their 22 games thus far, and opponents have scored just 114 in those games.  Full run statistics can be found here.

Batting Production

When it comes to batting for the Blue Raiders, the team is completely solid for most of its 9-man order. Seven different players, playing in all 22 games, have at least 20 hits on the season. Three of those players are batting above .300, including Ronnie Jebavy who leads the team with a .370 batting average. Jebavy also leads the team in hits (34), steals (13), triples (2), and total bases (49). Brad Jarreau is right behind Jebavy, hitting .345 on the season with 30 hits thus far.

Jared Allen leads all Blue Raiders with five homers on the season, including a bomb to left field Tuesday night against No. 2 Vanderbilt. Allen also leads all Blue Raiders with 22 RBI’s, and has 18 runs on the season. Allen is second in slugging percentage to Ronnie Jebavy, and sits at .468% so far.

Upcoming Schedule

At this point in the season, the Blue Raiders are in the heart of the CUSA schedule, and will be looking to find a rhythm over the next few weeks heading towards the conference tournament. The Blue Raiders host one of CUSA’s best teams this weekend, Old Dominion, and will need to find the pitching rhythm in order to take the series. A win for the Blue Raiders in conference play is taking the series, which requires winning 2-of-3 over the team, and shows resolve and grit to a selection committee.

Out of conference, the Blue Raiders will need to find a way to maintain leads, and to win on the road. Those two things will be crucial, as they face stiff tests in Lipscomb (March 25), Tennessee Tech (April 7), and against Tennessee (a team they led 4-0 in the first meeting before the rainout). The Raiders also have a rematch with No. 2 Vanderbilt on the schedule, this one on Commodore turf, on April 21st.

Keys Overall

Overall, the Blue Raiders are looking solid to finish the season on a high note. The team has produced time and time again thus far this year, and shows that they can hang with the big dogs, like Vanderbilt. The keys to a run in the conference tourney or at least proving to the committee that they deserve an at-large selection include:MTSUBaseball_Masters6-938x535

  • Winning on the road: Home is expected, that’s your turf, but on the road, you’ve got to find a way to silence the home fans, and earn a strong victory.
  • Continued run output: The team hasn’t blown anyone away like they did to start the season. If the team truly wants post-season baseball, they have to play team ball.
  • Pitching rotation: the rotation is decent at best, and is something that the coaching staff will have to figure out. With only three really trustworthy starters, the Blue Raiders have to find others who will step up, and relievers who can step in and get outs.
  • Taking series: You can’t win every game, we know that. It’s about taking the small series. Prove to the committee that you hung tough enough to take 2-of-3 against some of the best in CUSA

If Middle Tennessee can put it all together, and solve all their problems, and find their stride, this is a team to watch out for over the next few weeks. Look for the Blue Raiders to make a statement in Conference USA in April and May.

Blue Raider Baseball- Content Outline 3/4/15

Blue Raider Baseball: By the Numbers

A. 2015 Schedule to Date

  1. Currently 7-2 overall
  2. Wins in series over Jacksonville, Western Illinois, and New Orleans
  3. 3-0 at home, 4-2 on the road

B. Run Output

  1. Scored 76 runs in their first nine games
  2. Includes big wins such as 19-2 over Western Illinois, and 15-2 over New Orleans
  3. Given up just 49 runs in those nine games

C. Batting Production

  1. Seven batters with at least ten hits to date
  2. Five batters with a home run this season
  3. Nine batters with at least a double

D. Upcoming Schedule

  1. Homestands against: Iowa, UAB, Old Dominion, Louisiana Tech
  2. Road stretches: Memphis, Florida Atlantic, Rice, Charlotte
  3.  Big Non-conference games: Iowa, Memphis, Belmont, Vanderbilt, Lipscomb, and Tennessee Tech

E. Conclusion

  1. Summary of production thus far
  2. Games coming up
  3. Historically, how this Blue Raider team stacks up