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The Easiest Way to Enjoy the Basics of Time Travel

Time travel is a complicated concept in any genre and multimedia platform. The more details you bring to the table, the more confusion you’ll end up with if there are knots left untied in the story. I grew up with several movies and TV-shows that were about time travel, like Back to the Future, Doctor Who, 7 Days and Time Trax. It’s a theme that interests me, because you always expect to find a detail to be forgotten or a theory or two about major mysteries that happened in the past and how things might turn out in the future. That’s why I had fun last week when I got a tip to watch Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel. This movie brings up a few of the most basic theories about time travel in a very short, but humorous story.

The story begins with Ray, who joins his friends to the pub after losing his job. After he talks to a girl named Cassie, who tells him that she fixes issues with time for a living, Ray and his friends, Pete and Toby, end up travelling through the mess Cassie had come to fix.

For what appears to be a low-budget movie, this was very entertaining. They kept things very simple and only focused on the theories needed to make a functional manuscript, which is quite an accomplishment! Sadly, it is also the bad thing about this movie. There’s more to time travel than the very few things that happens to the characters and, if you’ve got a good eye for details, you’ll spot the few minor mistakes that has been bugging me for some time now. Still, the movie did bring up the subject of the title – the frequently asked questions about time travel. It just didn’t bring up everything due to the fact that they made the movie too short to display everything.

Short or not, I still recommend this movie on a cozy evening under a nice blanket, with some snacks and a beverage. If the idea of time travel interest you, this movie will most likely keep you entertained. From me, it gets a 3/5. Can’t go any higher without stepping on some pesky butterflies and end the world…

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Nintendo DS – The Best Travel Companion a Gamer Can Get!

My family spent this Christmas on a train to Stockholm this year. In exchange for using my laptop, my brother let me try out his Nintendo DS, which was an unusual experience. I grew up with Game Boy and am a proud owner of both a Game Boy Color and a Game Boy Advance, so this was definetely something else. I’ve tried Nintendo DS before (my classmates have them), so playing it wasn’t any news to me, but to use one on a trip was new to me, which gave me a traveller’s perspective of it. Now, the Game Boys can be pretty clumsy and take up a lot of space in the carry-on luggage. The Nintendo DS, however, takes up as much space as a pocket mirror, which is excellent when you bring a tiny purse or decide to stick with the inner-pocket of your jacket. Then we have the games. Forget the thumb-muscles, the pen’s the ruler now! With a pen as the control device, the gameplay’s a lot more different than on the Game Boys. The pen’s a lot more quiet than the buttons, so that’s something, but losing it during the trip is not an option you want to live with. Good thing I never lost my brother’s pen, because he’d never let me hear the end of it. Another problem with the Nintendo DS was the microphone. Sure, I don’t mind talking to a game console on the train, but there are bad things about it too. As I was playing The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, my brother told me about a screaming competition somewhere in the game. Screaming in commute vehicles is where I cross the line. The other passengers are going to be stuck with you for at least 30 minutes, so why bother them with noise you wouldn’t be able to stand yourself? Nintendo should’ve added room for a headset on the Nintendo DS, because you never know when you need one.

As for The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, it’s a fun game to play and will surely take you back to the past. Too bad they ruined the feeling of Zelda with the childish graphics. Even the characters looked like they came from a childish version of Grim Fandango. As a matter of fact, the ship repairman on the first island looks EXACTLY like Glottis (the yellow demon in Grim Fandango)! I hope my brother lends me his Nintendo DS again soon so I can finish the game to the end, because I’m certainly enjoying the fact that I have to litteraly blow out the candles in the game!