Hidden Figures

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The race to space is one that will live on in our American History. Our knowledge of space is constantly changing and the need to know more is always wanted. However, we need to remember the people who helped develop the Space program into what it is today.

Hidden Figures is about the women who helped get the first man into space. But it wasn’t just women, it was African-American women. These intelligent women were able to help solve the major problems NASA was facing trying to beat the Russians on getting a man on the Moon. They faced incredible odds in order to not only be included but to get the respect they deserve.

“I will have you know I was the first negro female student at West Virginia University graduate school. On any given day, I analyze the nominal levels or air displacement friction and velocity, and compute over ten thousand calculations by hand. So, yes, they let women do some things at NASA, Mr. Johnson, and it’s not because we wear skirts. It’s because we wear glasses.” – Katherine Johnson

Katherine Goble Johnson helped work out the math to not only get John Glenn into to orbit but to help safely return him home and where he would land. Dorothy Vaughan help set up and run the IBM computer system at NASA and was named Supervisor. Mary Jackson fought her way through the system in order to be become an Engineer for NASA. These three women helped get John into space. Mary worked with the engineers on the ship that would carry John. Katherine’s mathematical skills were the final testing results and answers in order to get John up into space. Dorothy saved the jobs of the computing women at NASA and helped NASA be able to solve more calculations.

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These women did more than probably this movie can even begin to describe. They worked hard each day with little acknowledgement for their work. Yet they kept working. Katherine knew that she couldn’t get her work and calculations correct if she didn’t have all the information. She found a way around what was retracted from the information in order to help solve some major problems NASA was facing with their space program.

This movie is worthy of all the award show buzz. There are some movies that get picked as top favorites for the award shows and I wonder how it’s possible. Hidden Figures is a movie worthy of the awards and more. It tells the incredible story of women who went against all odds to do something great and to help make a pivotal mark in American history. I give it 9 out of 10 stars. There are a couple of points in the movie where their personal lives start to overshadow their work at NASA but that’s a minor thing.

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Top row are the talented actresses and bottom row are the real life women.

 

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Patriots Day

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When it comes to an attack on on US soil, we as Americans are united by more then just our citizenship. It’s not just the people in the area that were attacked, it’s an attack on all of us. That’s one of the main components of Patriots Day. Yes, it tells the story of what happened at the Boston Marathon bombing but it also shows that those in Boston weren’t just Boston Strong, we are all Boston Strong.

Patriots Day starts off a few hours before the marathon starts. It takes you through characters and components of what is about to happen. You see the two terrorists at home, going through the last preparations for their terror attack. You see the Boston Police getting ready for the busy streets of Boston for the marathon.You see those who were injured in the bombings. It’s the innocence in the beginning that makes watching the explosions and seeing those injured that makes the movement of the story and the mood of the movie a pivotal point.

“Let’s get evidence started right over there. The clock is ticking, the world is watching.” – Richard DesLauriers

We start at the race. We see the explosions. We see those injured. Most importantly you see the reactions of the police and other personnel for the race move into to quick action to help those who were hurt. You see the paramedics move and take multiple people to the hospital. You see all of this. Nothing is coated, nothing is taken lightly. It’s powerful and it’s tough to watch but that’s the whole point.

The FBI comes in and takes over. It’s a terrorist attacked based off of quick evidence check near the point of the explosion. They gather everything, take it to a warehouse and reassemble all of it in the exact place it would have been on the street. And then they start digging. Thousands of videos are collected, along with photos and statements regarding what happened and what people saw. There is a small force brought in to go through all of this and to put the scene back together.

The FBI put together who they think did it. Video footage shows the two bombers and they are quietly sitting at home, watching the news to see if they’re going to get caught or not. The FBI now has a firm idea of a suspect but somehow something got leaked to the media about who they think did it and they are forced, before there timeline, to release the men they believe responsible for the attack. From there it’s a story of about a lot of what you saw on the news. The boys try to flee, taking the car of a young man and holding him hostage until he is able to escape. You see how the one bombers friends knew that it was him on the news immediately and found evidence in his dorm room and didn’t call the police.

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You move quickly through the entire city of Boston being shut down to find these two guys. You see the scene where one of the bomber is killed and allows the younger one to get away but only for a short time. You see the capture of the young bomber who is being held on Death Row. The re-life images verses how the film played through telling their story. Another pivotal point in the story of the Boston Marathon and the bombers.

Overall, this movie does a fantastic job of telling the story of what happened that day in April 2013. It moves through all components that led to the capture of Jahar and the death of his brother. It shows the strength of Boston and those who were injured in the attack. It shows the hard work and dedication of the researchers, analyst and police officers and victims in the capture of the terrorists. Is there some Hollywood editting? Of course, Mark Wahlberg’s character (Tommy Saunders) is a fictional character throughout the entire movie. This is clear when he’s in almost every scene. However, this is another one of the movies that tells the best history and story of what happened that day. It needs to be seen. I give it 10 out of 10 stars.

“What I saw today, good versus evil, love versus hate. There’s only one weapon you have to fight back with, it’s love. You wrap your arms around each other, I don’t think there’s a way they could ever win.” – Sgt. Tommy Saunders

I should mention too that I was one of those people when I first heard about the movie and saw the trailer that thought it was too soon for the movie. However, I can see that I’ve changed my opinion on that. Did I cry? Yes. Did I feel moved by it? Yes. Was I disappointed? Absolutely not.

I believe that everyone should have all the facts. If you would like to have more information regarding the Boston Marathon attack, please go to here.

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It’s about to begin

I just finished my list of things from the temp service I’m using to help me find a job. I have been unsuccessful for the past year on my own and I’m now at a point where I need some help. There’s a lot more that goes into it but at this point I’m not going to share that.

I have applied for several jobs and I’m hoping again that someone will give me a shot. There’s a couple that I would really like to have but I know that it’s also going to take some work to get where I need to do. This why I’m using a temp service. I’ve never used one before now but I need help at this point. These things I was sent to do should help. I’m hoping to see more information or development occur in those.

Right now I want to take a moment however to point out that the United States is about to go through a change. I can’t say it’ll be good. That’s my opinion though and you’re allowed yours. President Obama gave his farewell speech last night and while I was watching the Red Wings lose to the Black Hawks,  I was paying attention on my social media to his speech. What a moving speech and so eloquently delivered. I want people to remember him for his class and grace delivering speeches to the citizens of the United States but Trump is not going to do anything remotely close to that. If you don’t believe me, turn on any news network right now because Trump is speaking and it’s a mess. He’s talking about how bad his first year in office is going to be and it’s going to be “catastrophic” to the citizens of the US. Yes, the man some people voted for (not me) is talking down about his time in office. Not only that, instead of wanting to bring people together and unite this country through probably one of the worst elections cycles in US history, he’s willing to divide it even more.

It’s going to be a rough four years. It’s going to be probably scary for a lot of people. If you’re not worried, then you’re a fool. Things are going to change. But like I said, I can’t say it’s for the better. I want to think so and that the check and balances set up in our government will keep things in line but even then I have my doubts. I just hope those of you who voted for him, who supported him, who said he was “the best candidate” realize what you’ve done in the future. Maybe then you’ll understand why people are worried.

Set Goals instead of Resolutions

I’m not one for New Years Resolutions. I don’t think they’re really that affective. After about a month or two you go back to what you were before and forget all about it. We say and think otherwise but in the end, that’s usually how it goes.

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For me, I like to set goals, they’re easier to achieve and when you finish them you feel like you’ve accomplished something. Goals instead of resolutions. Always better. My goals for 2017 are simple: Be happier, be active, be in a better job, do more writing and be just better overall. They seem easy to achieve but really they’re going to require work. I’ve been working on the better job since I graduated in 2015. It sounds easy but I’ve been given so many rejections over the past few months it’s definitely not. I could wallpaper a few rooms in the house with the rejections I’ve been given. That’s the biggest goal of all right now.  The writing more is because I’ve been a bit behind on my reviews and getting to posting things. I’m going to do better at that in 2017. I also want to start doing more freelance work too.

I’ve already seen some of my friends break there new years resolutions already. I find this a bit entertaining to be honest. This is a prime reason why resolutions don’t work. Unless you’re going to achieve something, you can forget about it working out. Goals, goals are much easier.

My other goal for this year, one that I just set today actually, is to write each day. I may not publish it to my blog here but I am going to write down in a notebook. I used to do this all the time in high school and got away from it in college because I got busy for obvious reasons. Now however I want to get back into it, mostly because I think it’s going to help clear my mind and probably help me deal with thing betters. One of the other reasons I read so often, an escape.

I hope the first day of 2017 went well for you. I hope that you continue to see that as this year continues. Keep smiling and keep your head up, easier said then done I know but just do it. You deserve to be happy, you deserve to keep going and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.