Scary Movies

Halloween is right around the corner! That means scary movie season is here! Personally I love scary movies and I think that there are so many good scary movies out there worth watching. What I qualify as a scary movie does not involve too much gore or any type of Slasher movie. I really like paranormal movies or even adventure horror movies. I have always been a fan of older horror movies such as some of Steven King’s films. What I qualify as a really good horror movie must include an interesting plot line (some horror movies tend to not have a plot) and realistic acting.

One movie in particular that scared me based on how the actors reacted was The Blair Witch Project. Throughout this entire movie you do not see anything bad happen. The way that the actors react and look makes the film much more terrifying. Another film that also had this effect on me is Steven Kings’ The Shining. Actress Shelley Duvall’s reactions to Jack Nicholson’s character really added to the overall essence of the movie. The other major factor that made The Shining so terrifying was the sound effects. The sound effects were spectacularly done in this film because they really suggest that ghosts are still haunting the hotel.

Horror movies provide the opportunity to entertain us in multiple settings. There are so many things we feel from these movies such as fear, thrills, sadness, shock, and even comedy.


President Obama to Arrive in Rhode Island

President Obama is scheduled to arrive in Providence Rhode Island on October 31 to give a speech at Rhode Island College. The President of the United States was planned to arrive on October 16 but was cancelled due to the recent Ebola crisis.  White House press secretary John Earnest stated on Friday that “Obama will be arriving October 31 which is the Friday before the November 4 election.”

President Obama will be delivering a speech on the economy and the importance of pursuing policies to help women succeed. Further details are to be announced on the day prior to the speech. This has been a busy week for Rhode Island College after this past weekend.  Friday October 24 Hillary Clinton made an appearance at the same venue at Rhode Island College. Clinton attended an event branded on “rebuilding the middle class,” which she claims has “eroded over the years”.

Both the President of United States and the former First Lady have made several trips to the Northeast with each intending to stop in Maine. Obama will arrive in Maine on Saturday and then Connecticut on Sunday November 2. There is more information available in the Providence Journal as well as NBC 10.

Sainsbury’s Internal PR Nightmare

A local British grocery story experienced a lack of internal communication from their corporate headquarters. Sainsbury’s, located in Britain posted a sign in their window that was supposed to be posted in the employee break room. The sign read in large bold letters, “Let’s encourage every customer to spend an additional 50p during each shopping trip between now and the year-end.” Customers were quick to respond on Twitter making the crisis viral.

One of the most common mistakes in managing a crisis depends on whether the right strategies were used for damage control. Depending on how the company handled the social media out lash determined whether the crisis would go away or become worse. Sainsbury’s should have also explained the cause for the miscommunication and apologized for the situation. A statement should have been issued regarding their respect for their customers and that the sign was only meant to boost employee morale. In the eyes of the public, this sign seems as though customers were not valued over the businesses profit. However the fact that the company was able to play off the crisis was strategic. They made a rather big situation seem as though it was a minor mistake.

Sailboat Racing

Sailboat Racing
Sailing is one of my favorite things to do during the summer months. It is a fun activity that can be seen as relaxing and calming. Sailboat racing however is not exactly the same. Navigating through a set course among other boats that share the same course is actually quite difficult. One of the main focuses of sailboat racing is strategy and tactics.

Although sailboats rely mostly on wind to keep them moving, predicting the wind patterns is very difficult. The wind allows sailboats move but the direction of the wind is what will determine which way the racing course will be set. Timing is also a key component of sailboat racing based on the fact that all of the boats need to be lined up at the start. There are many types of boats that race together. Boats of the same size and model are competing against one another to finish the course fastest.

The pictures above are from a sailboat race that my family took part in last summer. We used to race our C&C 34 sailboat named “Jasmine”. My job was on the front of the boat where I would help attach a pole to the sail. When sailing down wind, it is difficult for the front sail to hit the wind correctly. In order for the boat to keep moving, we connect a pole to the mast of the boat and to the sail so that the sail sticks out further for the wind to hit it more directly.

Growing up on a sailboat has allowed me to learn so much about sailing and sailboat racing. I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to learn so much about sailing and I have become fascinated by boats in general. I would encourage anyone with an opportunity to learn about sailing to try because the science behind sailing is guaranteed to surprise you.