Hey everyone! Here are some quick general tips about studying successfully that I’ve learned from experience! I’m currently a rising senior at my university and figured I could help out some incoming freshman :) I go to a very small university with the average class size of 25 so these might not all apply to larger schools. This is my very first study tips post, hope you like it!
1. Study Groups - Some of your classes will have TAs; use them - they’re there to a) grade your assignments and b) hold study groups. Get in contact with them ASAP and find out their plans for the semester so you can add the study sessions to your planner! For the classes that don’t have TAs: schedule your own study sessions! Pass around a sheet of paper with info @ the top (possible times/locations) and ask for names/emails/#s of anyone interested in weekly study groups. This shows initiative and is a great way to make friends who are focused on studying like you!
2. Library - I know it’s tempting to study on your bed, but DON’T!!! It makes it harder to sleep because your neurons are actually changing their connections and associating things other than bed=sleep which is BAD! I occasionally use the desk in my room for arts and crafts, but I prefer going to the library for studying for so so so many reasons:
My library has lots of windows and I find it easier to study with all the natural light
Looking around, everyone is there to work, which is motivating in and of itself
If you have a noisy roommate, the library is a literal life saver, trust me
Just don’t study in your dorm. Don’t do it. Dorm rooms are too small and full of distractions.
At the beginning of the school year we can sign up to keep a desk on the mezzanine where we can leave our study materials/anything we want; not only is this time saving, but it also saves desk space in my room. Find out if your library offers anything like this!
The staff are very friendly and always help if I need to find certain articles or books - they help me get the gears going for research projects :)
The library is usually the quietest place on campus and I love the atmosphere so much
3. Sleep and study time - When I was a freshman I was constantly saving all my homework until 10pm which resulted in me being tired, grumpy, and getting bad grades. If you have later classes (10am or later) I suggest setting aside an hour or two in the morning for studying. Last semester I had an 8am class on Mondays and Wednesdays, but I wanted to keep a consistent sleep schedule so I studied starting at 8am the other school days too. I plan each school day hour by hour, every day. I never stay up past midnight on a school night - always try and get 8+ hours of sleep!
4. Print the Syllabus - you want to have all your syllabuses on hand if possible - print them, write the dates in your planner, put sticky notes all over your wall for each class, whatever you need to do. There is no good excuse for turning in assignments late because you forgot the due date. Some professors will give ZEROS on late assignments. Don’t let that poor kid whose grade drops a letter just because of homework be you.
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Fantasyland, Disneyland [DLR] Pissing off Disney World veterans who assume superiority based on property size and an income tax-free address, Mr. Toad is still doing the Wild Thing in SoCal. Not as good as you remember, it’s dated and standard dark-ride fare that once populated every seaside amusement park and carnival. Still, much can be said for a ride in which riders are hit by a train and sent to hell, and when one emerges into genuine heat and is nipped in the ankles by a thousand rented strollers, one can be forgiven for wondering if Dante knew about August Sundays in Anaheim. B
me: i totally graduated second grade B) job interviewer: Well thats good enough. youre hired. me: sweet job interviewer: the first thing i desperately need you to do is color a picture of this cow me: I, uhh, i
I found out that Procreate is set up to save a video of the process of a picture by default, so I thought I’d export one to see what it was like. Just ignore that the drawing is flipped upside down at the end and that the canvas is way to big and that I can get hand smudges with an iPad…
Ah, another pilot episode, this time from a groundbreaking HBO show called OZ, the first drama to ever appear on HBO. And damn, is this one fucked up show. Of course, it’s an exaggerated portrayal of what prison actually is, but the exaggeration makes it that much more horrifying. Because instead of being introduced to the world of a prison, we’re really just introduced to hell.
The plot structure of this episode is really interesting in that we’re introduced to a main character who is subsequently removed from the show at the end of the episode. That establishment and subsequent destruction of the status quo echoes the structure of great movies like Psycho, and only later episodes will tell how effective that move was. But it certainly was a bold move. The main character of the episode is Dino Ortolani, sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Trapped inside forever, a fate worse than death. That brings us back to the idea of hell, a concept designed to be more horrific than death. Some of these characters are in hell, a place completely void of hope, and Dino is one of these people.
Dino is the character that had the most screen time, and I found it amazing that amidst such a huge ensemble cast he was still able to have a poignant and dramatic story, considering his story was condensed into maybe 20 minutes worth of scenes. Dino aligns with the Italians, one of the many racial gangs in Oz. He has a major difference as opposed to many of the other citizens of Oz. He can’t handle life in prison like they can. In Oz, there’s predators and prey, everybody adapting to play their part and be part of the status quo. But Dino can’t handle the idea of being part of that society for the rest of his life. He’s haunted by his family, by his fate, all of which breeds the anger that unravels him. Altercations with Keane’s homosexual brother and Ryan O’Reilly are just catalysts for his downfall. But what’s fantastic is that his anger isn’t what delivers his coup de grace. It’s his compassion. Those catalysts don’t just build his rage, they build Dino’s awareness that he’s not meant for Oz, that he can’t handle knowing that he has to conform to the status quo, to the routine. So when he has to work the AIDS ward and is confronted with an infected homosexual man who shares more likeness to him that he’d like to admit, his compassion compels him to end the man’s life. And that murder is what sets him up for Post to burn him alive. His story is beautifully told and I was riveted whenever he was on the screen. There are so many moments that subvert expectation (compassion undoing him instead of rage, his death). Definitely the shining facet of this episode.
I love how the status quo was defined through this episode with such detail, showing how new inmates are immediately labeled and driven towards their cultural groups, instantly integrated into the society of Oz’s Emerald City. Beecher is integrated in the same way; he’s not a part of any group, so he becomes the prey for the predators (Adebesi, Schillinger) to hunt down. Both Adebesi and Schillinger fight over Beecher like lions over scraps of meat. And once Schillinger wins, he asserts his victory and ownership by branding and raping his prize (he rapes Beecher, it’s just off-screen). So, while there isn’t much forward motion in the Schillinger/Beecher story that we’ll be hearing so much about in the future, it’s a great way for this episode to develop and detail how Oz’s society operates. Because what do we already know about this hellish exaggeration of prison, other than things we may have heard in other shows or our own research? Next to nothing.
Another major plot development of this episode that I’d like to quickly discuss is Kareem Said coming to prison, my second favorite plot element of the episode. He’s obviously unbelievably self-righteous, as many preachers are, but he’s among people that couldn’t care less for his Muslim ways. So he butts heads with Jefferson Keane, the leader of the Gangsters. And when confronted by Keane, Said displays just how far he’s willing to go to demonstrate his non-violent ways. It’s remarkable just how dead-set Said is on sticking to his beliefs when those around him are exactly the opposite and often times berate him for his inability to be part of the status quo. Because he’s not. He’s decided to create his own society, one that alters the larger society of Emerald City. And that disrupts the power structure that everybody else has meticulously created. The routine has, to an extent, been shattered. And as much as people hate the routine, there’s a part of them that enjoys it. Because without a routine, we don’t have anything telling us what to do. We’re lost.
A couple other characters to put on my “watch” list for interesting plot developments are McManus and Glynn. The last paragraph kind of leads into this one, Said illustrating how Glynn wearily and angrily works to keep order in his prison. Glynn’s perspective is juxtaposed with McManus’s, who is a die-hard advocate for reforming prisoners so that they come out rehabilitated and ready to integrate back into society. McManus’s story was probably my third-favorite of the episode, showing how useless reform can be in most cases. People are unwilling to change because they would have to shed their identity, what they’re comfortable with, for something that’s not truly them. He’s also the enemy of the inmates, the one caging them in their cells, so who is really willing to listen to him? Not Dino. McManus tried to reform Dino, who wanted nothing more than to destroy everybody around him. McManus’s heart bleeds to much to know that some people are simply lost, which hurts him that much more when Dino ends up burned alive. I liked it, but again, I was hoping for a little more three-dimensionality to both Glynn and McManus. Of course, we got a little more from McManus, as he punished Dino for undermining and insulting him instead of just being self-righteous the entire episode. I appreciated that McManus had a vindictive side and wasn’t just self-righteous. I’m just hoping we get a little more than just that.
There were quite a few things that bothered me about this episode and also about the structure of the show in general. The reliance on stereotypes was problematic, even if it did illustrate the conformity necessary to survive within prison, as well as how people see each other. Painting the homosexual as simply a perpetually horny man, horny enough to go after a straight man that hated him was absolutely ridiculous and borderline offensive. As for the rest of the races, I just wish that alongside the stereotypical personalities, we got some idea of the person underneath the racial gloss. Maybe that’ll change in future episodes, but as for right now…it’s frustrating. Also, some of dialogue was ridiculous to the point of being hokey, and for a show that prides itself on its gritty content, that’s not a good thing. Lines like “Bitcher, come on” and “Let me ask you something, McManus, and don’t take this the wrong way, but are you out of your fucking mind?” are simply poorly written and destroy any sense of suspense or immersion that the viewer may have (Bitcher was so moronic that I had to rewind and make sure I actually heard that). Also, this show has a thing for being blatantly obvious about what it’s trying to say. The use of Hill as a narrator and the rotating box (symbolic of the routine) are just one example of this. Others would be things like the rotating shot around Ortolani and the AIDS patient and the bug that McManus has trapped so he can release it (good, but still…). There’s such a fixation on one message, one element, that others are blocked out or overpowered by the one message.
So, while this may not be the finest episode of television I’ve seen, it’s certainly a good starting point for OZ. While there’s a great deal of room for improvement and a lot of potential that needs to be exploited, the show is doing quite a few things right. We’ll see how the rest of the season goes.
Also: I liked how Dino was first introduced by Augustus Hill as a number before his name. While he still has the heart and soul of Dino Ortolani, to the outside world he’s just a number, another walking dead man nobody gives two shits about. Nice touch.
Final Thoughts: A episode that illustrates how OZ is a show with a great deal of potential that needs to realize that potential in order to escape some of the hokey content that detracts from the whole. Otherwise a solid episode.
I apologize for the length of the review. There’s just SO MUCH being crammed into these hour-long episodes that there’s no way my OZ reviews will be short. I’ll do some more Breaking Bad soon (patience, Breaking Bad fans), as well as some movies like The Artist and Juno. The Campaign is on the way; I just don’t have the money to go to the movies right now. And as for video games, I started Uncharted today. Should be done relatively soon, considering it’s only a 7 hour game. Until tomorrow, loyal followers.
Ellen’s Energy Adventure, Future World, Epcot [WDW] Born of corporate apologetics on a grand scale, the lumbering Exxon propaganda spectacular Universe of Energy underwent intense heat and pressure to emerge as a different sort of corporate synergy altogether when Ellen DeGeneres, propped up as the Alphabet Net’s answer to Seinfeld in the mid-90s, took over the show. The moody dinosaur animatronics, once the carrot to keep patrons awake through dull documentary footage about shale (the rock that burns) are now brighter and contain a horrifying ur-Ellen fighting off a dinosaur. It’s all framed around Ellen’s Jeopardy dream, in which a pre-“pooping yogurt” Jamie Lee Curtis threatens to wipe the floor with Ellen and Albert Einstein, a device which has managed to remain funny and culturally relevant for a decade and a half. One of the best saves of a bad attraction in Disney history. B+
Progress photos of bespoke joinery work for the refurbishment project at Aspire Church Hall, a grade B listed building owned by Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust. ‘The Handy Folk’ volunteer group have also been hard at work recycling the existing excess structure to create a unique reception desk for the centre. The refurbishment project is due to complete in July to provide a new community hub for Rutherglen, including a fit for purpose broadcast studio for CamGlen Radio, cafe and multi purpose community space.
Movie Review- The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle
Note: Spoilers about blue ass fish, janitors, and Alex from LOST.
Movies often have a contention between two ideas, both that are necessities in films: style and substance. A movie has to be original and interesting, has to be innovative, has to be fresh. But a movie also has to have a fantastic story with brilliant and poignant characters, has to be economic in its storytelling, has to say something profound in a short period of time. So where does The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle lie on the spectrum of style vs. substance? Well, it’s fairly apparent that some substance is sacrificed for style. But it’s by no means a bad movie.
The opening scene was brilliant and honestly reminded me of some of the time-lapse scenes from Breaking Bad. Dory puts so much effort into picking up the bottle from the sea because he wants the world to give him something positive instead of the negativity that he never ceases to find. But, of course, the world shits all over him with a couple simple words: “Fuck you.” I liked that not only because it adequately used the sea as a metaphor for the world as a whole, but because it dug into the entitlement mindset that the new generation of teens/twenty-something have. We expect so much out of the world when we don’t put anything good into it. We have only negativity and anger and narcissism to offer. By the end of the movie, however, Dory apologizes by writing “I’m sorry” and casting that off to sea in a bottle. The companionship he found among those misfit janitors made him into a better, more hopeful person. The first and last scenes in the movie were among my favorite.
From the moment that Dory loses his job, the movie starts to meander a bit. The story moves along at a nice, steady pace, but the often-bland characters contributed to the slow-moving pace of the overall movie. Scenes with Dory and O.C. moved along well, but any scene with Methyl, Ethyl, or that transvestite lagged because those characters weren’t fleshed out at all. They were simply odd, quirky one-dimensional characters that made the movie a little bulkier, but also less lean. The movie could have probably benefited from taking some of the less-necessary sequences (the shower scene comes to mind) and replacing them with scenes that give us a little more insight into those characters. Dory was a decent character, but pretty bland for a main character. I liked a couple things about him. I liked how he kept switching religions in order to try to bring meaning and clarity into his life (I liked how that never worked). I liked how the bottle sequences brought clarity to his personal journey. I liked how he became more optimistic as the movie pressed on. But aside from that, his personality remained somewhat of a mystery. That could be a good thing if you interpret him as simply some kid being whisked through the world with little control over his life, but it was still bland and frustrating. O.C. was the best character in the entire movie simply because his quirky nature came off as endearing and fun rather than irritating or pretentious. His overall goofiness made a lot of the humor really pop. Also, his personality was brilliantly used as a foil for Dory’s. That being said, as the story came closer to its conclusion, it really became a treat to watch it come together and wrap up nicely.
The movie was unbelievably original and never seemed to become too flashy or ridiculously abstract. Yeah, there were a few scenes that seemed to deviate WAY off track, but those scenes were few and far between. Many of the montage sequences weren’t just interesting; they also felt like simply a fun way to transition between scenes. Why cut to black when you could transition between scenes by having Methyl and Ethyl furiously bang over a conference room table in a black-bar censored, time-lapse sequence? Why cut to black when you could use fireworks, Christmas songs, and some really cool cinematographic touches to illustrate the wonder of the immaculate conception? But…there were a number of psychedelic scenes that could have been omitted or compressed to make way for more substantial discussion. The themes in the movie were really interesting, but the style got in the way of discussing them.
That’s not to say that the movie doesn’t have substance. There were some really interesting thematic ideas that were discussed in a fairly interesting way. The interaction between Dory and the company was great in that it charted his growth from angsty kid to someone willing to give up control from his life. He could walk away at the end of the movie not bothered by his lack of control. And that journey came more into focus as the men gave birth to the blue ass fish. Despite it being fucked-up, they shared a singular terrifying experience and were able to develop a deeper relationship based on that. That relationship was great as the turning point of Dory’s frustration. Not only that, the gender reversal with regards to childbirth was really interesting, especially when they decided to name the fish and especially when Methyl became sad at the notion of the fish dying. Amidst all of the trippy craziness, there was some great stuff in this movie.
Also: The movie seemed to get some personal statements from the writer to the audience. When O.C. told Dory after his art gallery that “Just because you don’t get it doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea”, I couldn’t help feeling that he was trying to convince us that the trippier segments were good despite often being incoherent.
Also also: I can’t help thinking that I liked O.C. because he reminded me of Billy from Six Feet Under. Did anybody else see a resemblance to Jeremy Sisto?
Final Thoughts: An exercise in style over substance, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle is saved by a coherent plot, a couple fun characters, and a message that ties the movie neatly together.
I’ll be reviewing some other shit soon, probably tomorrow. I just finished Uncharted 2; I’m almost done with God of War: Chains of Olympus; I’m probably halfway through Borderlands, maybe a little farther. So yeah, I’m trying to get more video games into the rotation. Of course, I’m going to review more Breaking Bad and OZ, probably next week. And The Blade Itself is almost done. Of course, send me requests with more shit to review. I’m always interested in new things to check out. Until tomorrow, loyal followers.
Kali River Rapids, Asia, Disney’s Animal Kingdom [WDW] Somewhere between transforming a standard amusement park ride into a magical Disney experience (see Splash Mountain) and doing a slapdash overlay (see Primeval Whirl) lies Kali River Rapids, which is slightly more than a churning rapids ride in any regional Six Flags, but not too much more. Initially, the foliage is lush and fragrant, but then you slosh through a burned-down illegal logging camp complete with stuck-in-the-mud logging truck and buzzsaws on speakers. After maybe six seconds of contemplation about illegal logging (spoiler: it’s bad) the ride gushes on. It’s quick and wet and the scenery is as good as any rapids ride except perhaps Grizzly River Run in California, but there are no animatronics, no story to speak of, only a simple sensory experience. It is, however, a cooling godsend in the hottest theme park anywhere. B
Which I am happy about, it’s my target and I was working at a solid C sometimes getting an A or B. When I told my mum she was ultimately happy but then said I “shouldn’t have just settled for [my] target” and “should’ve aimed higher”. Excuse me? I worked my ass off to get that B and I am proud of myself! I didn’t just settle for my target, I did try get an A, I used the components we were told to use to get an A but obviously not enough or maybe it was because I didn’t write enough to include everything I needed to. B is still a good mark! I’m in top set, and my best friend is one of the best in English and he got a B too, for her to say that has really shocked me in a way because I don’t thing she understands how hard I worked for that.
Note: Spoilers about aliens and people being attacked by aliens.
Science fiction doesn’t just offer us a glimpse into some possible future. It offers commentary on what things are like today, and not only that, but also what we would like things to be or what we fear things will be. And in the case of Prometheus, it offers up the fear perspective, showing us that the unknown could be far more horrifying than it is exciting. Prometheus had a great deal of hype, being connected to Alien (which I said was the greatest sci-fi/horror movie of all time). Since we were told that it was a prequel of Alien/kind-of prequel of Alien/independent movie, there’s no way in hell it can add up to Alien or even come close. Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s bad. But is it any good?
When it comes to plot, Prometheus puts a lot on the table, mostly due to the intricate mythology that it tries to present. The movie transitions from Shaw’s discovery on Earth to her being on the Prometheus over the course of the film’s first 10 or so minutes. It felt quick and rushed, but honestly didn’t detract from the story at all. As for the pacing of the rest of the movie, it went very smoothly and I guess cutting 27 minutes from the movie (yes, you heard me…27 minutes) contributed to that smooth quality. The only part that didn’t feel incredibly smooth was the last 30 or so minutes, since it seemed to slow down a bit after the caesarean scene. Honestly, how could it not slow down after that scene? That was, by far, the most intense scene in the movie, even if it’s not quite as gross and graphic as people seem to believe it is. It was shocking, but far more fun than shocking. Probably my favorite segment of the entire film.
And you can thank Damon Lindelof (the co-creator of LOST) for the intricate mythology, and while it is very interesting and fun to watch unfold, it does become convoluted and hard to make sense of. But the creatures that you see are very intriguing and well designed, enough to keep you entertained so that its harder to form the underlying question: “Why are some of these things here?” But that question(s) is there. Why is the xenomorph engraved on the wall of the “ooze chamber”? Why does a human birth a squid baby? How does the squid baby grow up so quickly and implant a xenomorph in somebody? There’s just so many questions that, even if they point at some sort of answer, leave you with an answer so ambiguous that there’s no real way of knowing what is the most correct answer. I’m on the fence as to whether ambiguity is good in a science fiction movie, but when incoherence is so confusing as to frustrate the viewer, then we know something is wrong. I know that Damon loves to leave things ambiguous as to incite some discussion and intrigue from the audience, but there’s a point where people at least need to be told how some of these things are happening or the plot becomes a muddled mess.
That’s not to say that the mythology is awful. It’s actually a lot of fun and is very interesting. The art design on the creatures and the interior of the derelict ship, as well as the Prometheus, is fantastic. The dark, ribbed interior of the derelict ship revisited the organic horror of Alien, while the style of the interior of Prometheus did something different and reflected a more sterile environment. What made it all even more fantastic was how it looked back at the artistic style of Alien but also innovated it and tried new ideas as well. Not to mention the shots at the beginning of the movie of the landscape. Those were unbelievably beautiful. But the creatures are very interesting and beautifully crafted, sometimes revisiting the sexual imagery of Alien (the snake alien as a penis or vagina). I was always interested to see what kind of creature was going to appear next, as well as what it was going to look like and how it was going to act. However, that was also a problem. The lack of a central villain made the second half thrilling, but unable to produce horror even close to Alien. The different monsters attack at different points of the movie, but for example, the vicious infected version of Fifield only struck once over the course of the movie. There were no other infected people attacking the crew. The issue with this is that, in Prometheus, once we find out how horrifying and threatening the monster is, the threat is taken away from us completely, alleviating some of the tension within the movie. In a movie such as this, alleviating tension in the final half-hour is absolutely problematic, especially with such great tense body horror scenes as the caesarean scene.
There were some problems with the various characters in the movie, but there were also quite a few character facets I believe worked well. Firstly, I liked Shaw’s character well enough, showing that the human spirit pushes people through extreme conditions in order to uncover some ultimate truth. Same with David, played with a great performance by Michael Fassbender, who was eerie as the android with an agenda. His role in the real vs. artificial debate added a great deal of meat to the story. Many of the human characters care very much about some of these existential questions, even though the answer may be unpleasant or unclear. David doesn’t question his past at all because his origin is undeniable and absolute, while the nature of a human’s past (on a grand scale) is far too complex and unable to unravel into a neat answer. But what’s the point of finding these things out about our origins? How does knowing it benefit our futures in a concrete way? The real reason for a journey like Prometheus’s is finding the answer to the big question: “What is the meaning of life?” It’s much easier to be told what the meaning of our lives are than to have to find it ourselves, and religious zealots like Shaw need that answer in order to alleviate the pain that comes from feeling unable to derive meanings in her life. Bringing this back to characters, it was awesome to see the character David create this rich discussion of the purpose of knowing these existential answers.
But…most of the characters were dull and one-dimensional, often exhibiting odd actions fueled by unclear or unfounded motivations. There were three specific points in the movie where I uttered out loud: “What the fuck?” One of those moments was when Janek, the captain, told Shaw about the nature of the black ooze in the derelict ship. How the hell did he know ALL of that? Also, when the two guys who hang out in the cockpit all of the time (I don’t know their names, that’s how lackluster their characters were) decide to stay on the ship with Janek…I don’t know why people in their right minds would sacrifice themselves when it’s completely unnecessary. Their actions made no sense at all. And, finally, the scene when Holloway where he talks to the vicious-looking snake monster as if it’s a kitty. Who in their right mind would approach that thing with such little caution? It’s ridiculous. The characters are just underdeveloped and frustrating. Very frustrating.
So does this science fiction movie like up to its hype? No. But the commentary on human life and the nature of our origins brings us back to the golden age for science fiction movies, to the days when 2001 and Planet of the Apes graced our theaters. And as for horror? Aside from a few great vicious scenes, there’s not much to speak of.
Also: One more frustrating moment. They kept their helmets off in the “ooze room”. What if there was an airborne pathogen in the ooze? Stupid.
Final Thoughts: A very good and intense movie that suffers from some bad writing, some plot holes, and some simplistic characters with odd motivations. However, the art design and visuals are beautiful. Definitely worth a watch.
I’m working on other reviews on other requested movies. Other than that, we’ll see what I decide to do. Probably more Breaking Bad. Probably the Spider Man and Batman movies at some point. We’ll see. Until tomorrow, loyal followers.
Pink Chiffon is an extremely sugary sweet scent with a hint of floral. The first time I smelt it, it reminded me of Fruit Roll-Ups. All you need is one spritz of this, and you will smell the fragrance and not the alcohol. Although the scent is strong, it is not overpowering like others. Pink Chiffon is perfect for the younger generation since it is a sugary scent. The downside of this mist is the price. $14 for a bottle of mist is a little pricey for an average consumer.
Expedition Everest, Asia, Disney’s Animal Kingdom [WDW] Disneyland’s Matterhorn looks like the Matterhorn, scaled down of course. Animal Kingdom’s Everest does not look like Everest, just a mythical invented mountain, an odd choice for a ride that goes to a lot of queue trouble to invoke Tibetan verisimilitude. Then there’s the pacing. After the major lift hill the ride barely starts before it stops, presumably because something chewed up the tracks. So the train reverses down different tracks in the dark - OK, pretty cool- but then stops again while a cartoon Yeti shadow breaks up some tracks, from, I don’t know, behind us, I guess? So we go forwards again, because apparently there are a lot of track alternatives in the Himalayas. We enter the ride’s only real thrill, an outdoor helix. Finally we pass the infamous Yeti statue, which for the most part is animated only by strobe lighting. Don’t fall for the hype and wait too long for this one, as fastpass is available. If this ride were at Universal and tweaked to be about one of their films, Disneyphiles would rant about how Disney does better theming. B-