Dragon Ball Z: the good and the bad

One TV show that everyone probably loved when they were a kid would probably have been Dragonball Z; the show staring the Saiyan warrior Goku and his friends who would always save the universe from evil villains like Cell, Freiza, Majin Buu and you’d know them all if you ever watched the show.

The entire show was basically to appeal to young viewer, preferably boys. In fact, not very many girls probably ever watched Dragonball Z or even really knew anything about it. The show was mostly an action show designed with lots of fighting and explosions, and all those cool things that young boys like.

It was a pretty awesome action show, with some pretty cool fight scenes. However, the entire storyline for the series was pretty crappy and it didn’t make sense at times. For one thing, the fact that there’s a separate planet that you go to when you die, and even if that happens, if your friends just bring together all seven dragonballs they can wish you back to life. That whole concept makes death completely meaningless. The entire human race gets wiped out and the Earth gets destroyed in the series, and they just bring it all back like it’s no big deal at all. Also, there are a lot of movies that were released to go along with the TV show. However, because the plot of the TV series was always ongoing, the movies could never fit in with the stories. Many of the movies just simply could have never happened because they wouldn’t have made sense.

Also, the battles against the more powerful villains, sometimes seemed to take forever. One wonders if it was really necessary to make fight scenes go on for as long as they sometimes could in Dragonball Z. The battle against Freiza lasted for a pretty long time when he fought with Goku, and as you watched it, while it probably seemed pretty cool at first, you probably started to wonder, “When is this battle ever going to end?” Also, the next major battle which was the battle with Cell, lasted for almost just as long, and if you’re not a patient person, you probably would have felt the same level of frustration as you did in the Freiza battle wondering when the fight would ever end.

Up until Cell, the plot was already pretty poorly written, but it became even more crappy after the Cell saga. The reason for that was because the person who had been writing the storyline for the show up until then, simply left when the Cell Saga was over. Then a new writer took over to continue writing the story, and he turned the entire storyline into crap. There were so many problems with the way he continued the story such as small children becoming super saiyans or being able to have a tournament, as well as a search for an evil wizards spaceship, then reviving an evil monster, fighting it, and having it wreaking havoc on the Earth, all in only one day.

DBZ, overall, is a pretty amazing TV show when it comes to battles, and it has some pretty bad ass fight scenes in it that young boys simply love watching. However, it really needs to have a better storyline behind it, because the story behind DBZ is absolutely shitty and there are too many things that just don’t make sense. There are other shows that were made to add to the storyline of Dragonball Z as well, such as Dragonball, which is the story of Goku when he was a child. Then there’s Dragonball GT, which is the story that continues pretty much where Dragonball Z left off. Both shows are like Dragonball Z in the sense that while they have some pretty cool action scenes, they could also use much better story lines.

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HD flip cameras

Earlier this year the introduction of the HD Flip Cam hit. This tiny micro-sized camcorder can easily fit into one’s pocket. The device has a built in USB connector, allowing a user to directly upload videos from the device to YouTube. No longer would one have to fumble about with a multitude of cable, trying to figure out which goes to what device.

This camcorder’s main selling point is its ability to produce high definition film from such a small package. The small size of the device allows it to be among the most purely portable video capture devices out there. It made a fairly decent splash as it hit the market.

The latest product from Flip Video, the people who brought the original flip camcorder, is called the Mino. It is a slimmer version of the original device. Two versions of it offer the same HD capabilities as the original device, tempting consumers to buy it with starting prices of $149.99 and $199.99. The pricier of the two devices sports a larger screen and a full two hours of video capture time, a vast difference to the one hour provided by the cheaper cam. Though like any other new device there is always going to be others who will imitate.

One of the would-be imitators was announced early September of this year. This camcorder is a sleek stylized form, moving away from the boxy shape that is found with the early flip camcorders. Though there is still not much known about this camcorder, from what was revealed in the announcement it is clear that the camera will have some sort of flip-out lens that is supposed to be at the optimal filming angle. The majority of the controls for the device will be touchscreen operated. Though it does not come with the direct connect ability of the HD Flip, it does come with some sort of docking station. Presumably the consumer would hook it up to his computer allowing him to transfer his videos with relative ease.

While the HD Flip Mino is the only current product on the market that offers a great deal, there are certain to be other device making their way onto the market as the holiday season approaches. These devices, while not must-have, are certainly nifty gadgets for anyone who likes to capture life’s moments on film. This will certainly be among the hottest new devices this holiday season and it is certain that there will be more companies that take pursuit in this field, working towards making smaller and smaller camcorders with more and more memory, allowing for greater video storage.

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NBA gets underway

The NBA season has officially begun and there are three major teams that come to mind when the time comes to pick who will be #1: The Cleveland Caveliers, the Boston Celtics, and the L.A. Lakers. The Celtics have a history of being the best team in the NBA, the Cavaliers were the Eastern Conference regular season champions last year, and the Lakers, who also have a history of being the best in the NBA, are the defending champions from. They also went to the NBA finals two years ago, where they fell 4-2 to the Celtics.

The Boston Celtics, who began their season this year with a 95-89 win over the Cavaliers in Cleveland, finished their season last year with a record of 62-20. They had the second best record in the Eastern Conference behind Cleveland. They won their first playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, 4-3, and then fell 4-3 to the Orlando Magic. The Celtics were the NBA champions two years ago when they finished with the best record in the NBA and eliminated the Lakers in game 6 of the NBA finals with a commanding 131-92 victory. Last year, the Celtics began their season strong, with a record of 27-2. Later in the year, Boston lost Kevin Garnett, and the remainder of their season was a struggle. With Garnett back this year, and having already defeated Cleveland on their home court, Boston is sure to be one of the best teams in the NBA.

When one thinks of Cleveland Caveliers, one person comes to mind: LeBron James. Well this year, he’s not the only player on Cleveland the Cavaliers’ opponents have to worry about. This year the Cavaliers have signed Shaquille O’Neal to their roster, a 37 year old star who’s still playing strong. Cleveland finished their regular season 66-16 last year, the best record in the NBA. They swept their first two playoff series, wiping out the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks, and defeated both teams each time by more than 10 points, which is something that is extremely rare for a team in the NBA to accomplish. The Cavaliers fell 4-2 to the Orlando Magic last year in the Eastern Conference finals, which was a shock to everyone. This year, they already have their first loss to the Celtics. That loss is also the first time in a long time that Cleveland and Boston played and the home team didn’t win. So the Cavaliers will undoubtedly turn out to be one of the best teams in the NBA this year, but in order to do so, they’ll need to shape up the next time they play an opponent like Boston.

When a person thinks L.A. Lakers, the hot player that comes to mind is Kobe Bryant. The only player who beat Bryant out for MVP last year was LeBron James. Bryant and the Lakers are this year’s defending NBA champs, and they’ve already opened their season with a 99-92 victory over the Clippers. Last year they finished their regular season 65-17, which was the second best record, behind the Cavaliers. The Lakers are a pretty good team. They always have been and no other teams in the Western Conference can really match up to them. They’ll most likely be the Western team to bet on when NBA playoff time comes around.

Boston, Cleveland and L.A. will each have their struggles this year, and there are other teams who could come on strong and turn out to be #1. You never know in the NBA. However, most likely when the playoffs roll around, you can expect to see all three of these teams in contention. When it comes time for the finals next June, one of these three teams will almost be a sure bet. So let the race for the #1 team in basketball begin. Remember now that the NBA season has started and it won’t be long before college picks up as well. The scent of basketball season is already starting to fill the air.

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Two wheels future of electric vehicles

The purchasing of electric vehicles is on the rise. There are quite a few advantages to electric over gasoline powered vehicles, but the main issues with electric motorcycles remains the battery life and range.

On top of cutting carbon emissions while driving, electric motorcycles have better acceleration than normal motorcycles. Because there

Boudoir style

This season is about personal style more than ever. Whether you decide to be a fashion chameleon or you tend to stick to one look, this fall season offers something for everyone. This fall is about personal style, and there are many trends appearing. Each week I am going to focus on a new trend springing up.

This week we are delving into the world of Boudoir style for all you sensual vamps out there. I am loving this seasons Parisian-inspired looks. Now this is a very tricky look to pull off, so let me go through the fabrics and accessories one-by-one.

The Parisian style features a mix of lace, leather and silk. This is mainly a look for nights out and can very easily go from sexy to skanky. As always if you

Facebook: the next step in gaming?

Facebook may very well be the next step in video gaming as it takes on more and more aspects that connect it with the gaming community. This is only an extension of the sites’ goal to connect people socially over the Internet. Online gaming has become a way of networking in and of itself, allowing you to interact with people who you would not normally be able to. This interaction extends beyond the game and ties can be made between people that have never met before. Though it may not be the normal way in which we connect to each other it is most certainly promotes community and interaction between users.

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It has become nearly impossible to log into Facebook without getting one notification or another alerting you of one game invite or another. In this way, Facebook has become nothing more than just anothergame portal providing games for people to play. These games for the most part are fun little flash games that allowi you to interact with friends and others. These games do have their fun moments, allowing people to see how their friends and family play, giving bragging rights to some extent. Such games like Farm Ville and Mobsters2 are examples of the games that can be found on Facebook. Every day there is a new game on Facebook. In that sense the gaming potential of Facebook becomes close to infinite, with its never ending pool of games to draw from.

Sometime in November, Xbox plans to release their Facebook app which allows its users to update their Facebook status from their consoles. It is expected that this will also update whenever you earn an achievement in a game or start playing a game. This is just another sign of how Facebook is becoming integral to gaming. Gaming is becoming progressively more about socializing than the actual game-play in and of itself. The very trend of multiplayer gaming encourages this ability to share and socialize, so it seems only natural that it would extend beyond the bounds of traditional gaming as the world constantly becomes even more interconnected thanks to the internet.

Even if Facebook is not the future of gaming, it is certain that many game portals on the Internet will adapt and borrow from Facebook, making use of the concepts which enabled Facebook to grow at such a rapid rate. In an attempt to borrow from this success, these sites will try and cater to the growing desire of the public to be able to share their results with their friends and family, letting them know what they are up to sharing these results with everyone.

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Halloween, is it most fun holiday of the year

It’s getting close to the end of October and Halloween season is on everyone’s mind. There are three phases that a person goes through when Halloween rolls around, and each one involves being dressed in a costume; whether it’s creepy, cute, or just plain hilarious. Halloween is the time of year when people get to show off, use their imaginations and just go out and have fun. It’s the time when a kid can eat all the candy he or she wants, and mom and dad won’t tell you not to (this is assumed of course). It’s a time when people may come up with clever ways to scare those who enter their front yards, and of course, there’s the pranks and the parties.

Phase 1:

The first phase of Halloween for everyone will probably bring back plenty of childhood memories: Trick-or-treating. Kids dress up in whatever costumes they want, go out into the neighborhood and collect as much candy as they can from the neighbors who will have a bucket, bowl or basket of goodies waiting. Halloween is always fun for children. It’s always nice to answer your door and see what the neighborhood kids came up with for their costumes this year. For some neighbors, it might be the only time that the neighborhood kids are happy to see you. All children need to know how to do for halloween is say two things, “trick-or-treat!” and of course, “thank you” (it’s good to be polite).

Phase 2:

This is the phase that not everybody goes through for Halloween, usually only kids who like to be daring. Obviously trick-or-treating becomes overrated eventually. Kids will stop wanting to do it because the older they get, the more it begins to feel a childish. So when kids become adolescents, what are they to do on Halloween night? There’s only one fun thing to do: go out and prank the neighbors houses. Pranks consist primarily of a house being bombarded by eggs, or covered in toilet paper. Pranksters usually come out late too, after all the children are done trick-or-treating. Getting caught in the act of performing these pranks by the cops is a guarenteed arrest, but that doesn’t make it any less fun.

Phase 3:

This is the final phase before a person becomes a parent handing out candy. Seeing as this is Radford, most people know this phase all too well. It gets to be later in the teenage years, coming out of high school and going into college. Trick-or-treating is overrated, and even pranking the neighbors’ houses seems kind of immature now, so what does that leave? There’s only one thing left to do, and here at Radford, it’s a year-round deal: partying! In college, that’s the only thing students think about when they think of Halloween, partying. It’s always fun to see what clever costumes people can come up with. Halloween is the one night that a college student can go out and be someone other than themselves.

After going through all three of these phases, usually the only thing left to do is get a house and start handing out candy to the kids as you watch them begin their Halloween adventures. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for pranksters, they won’t approach anyone’s house who’s watching them. Halloween is a great holiday. From all the staff of the Whim, we wish you a happy Halloween!

Ghosts Will Surely Haunt You

When I saw the preview for “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” I was really excited and could not wait to see it. I love Jennifer Garner as an actress and I can tolerate Matthew McConaughey with his slow, seducing, laid-back southern accent. But boy was I wrong, because from the minute I started the film to the very end I did not laugh once and was left stunned asking myself

Street Fighter 4, back to the basics

In the fourth installment of the Street Fighter franchise, all of your favorite characters are back in the new take on the arcade game. You battle through story mode, making your way to the final battle as you unlock characters and alternative colors. This game is a classic throughback to all those people who loved the earlier editions of this game.

Game Play

Game play can be downright intense. Even on the easiest setting you can feel overwhelmed as you battle your way through arcade mode, fighting the various opponents available. The game runs rather fluidly though there were times when I wished it ran smoother; but over-all it’s fine. The cut scenes prior to the fights can at times be extremely funny and some of them actually give the game a bit of a story, barely any real story at all. There is an new addition to this game where the EX moves allow you to absorb energy from special attacks and use it to recharge your health. This can be useful if you time it right, allowing you to gain back just enough energy to push through to your eventual victory. All of the specials are back, along with a few new ones. The configuration for combat follows the old rock, paper, scissors format. This means one move beats another and then another move beats the first type. The game in and of itself might be ideal for those who play fighting games, for the people who pick this up for the casual experience they will be disappointed. The controls are somewhat difficult and the easiest setting can been very difficult.

The Good

The game’s graphics are a big step up from the previous games, though they managed to keep that sort of old-school arcade look with the extremely disproportionate body figures. Not to mention the graphics feel 2-D at times even when they are 3-D. This is not a bad thing. In my opinion, it allows for a continued enjoyment of the game’s heritage. The backgrounds to the fights are also a big plus. A great deal of time and detail has clearly been put into these backgrounds, which range from a random parking lot to a stadium full of people falling into the arena you are fighting in. There are a bunch of unlockable characteristics, and while not adding much to the game itself. They do add a nice bit of customization to the characters.

The Bad

There are a bunch of bad things about this game, though the majority more or less have to do with your level of experience in fighting games. If you are new to fighting games then you will be in for a shock. The controls are difficult to master, coming out downright clunky and awkward. The voicing, while not a key component, could use some work. Also, arcade mode defaults you to play ranked matches while connected to the Internet. It takes some doing, but there is a way to turn this off. It’s just a pain to find and more than likely whoever is playing will become frustrated to the point that they will disconnect so they can make it through the game without receiving the overly annoying “New challenger” notification.

Whim Rating:3/5

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Male body image in society

With a desire to be more muscular, men have taken drastic measures for the sake of having a body that is unrealistic and most likely unachievable. Television and magazine advertisement messages have raised the bar of what the ideal man should look like, making men feel self-conscious and heading to a point where they damage their own bodies.

The Adonis Complex is an obsession with muscle size and body building. One article says that it is a

Shut up about homosexuality, already

I must say, for the past couple of years, I feel that America has become more obnoxious about its problem with homosexuality. Every year it seems like someone out there has to speak out against gay marriage or homosexual acts or some other thing relating to a same sex scenarios. After a while, I have to say it just gets old, and on top of that, slightly disturbing.

When it comes to me with homosexual issues, I have absolutely no problem with homosexuality at all. I support gay marriage and funding for AIDS research. AIDS is not a gay disease but does affect the gay community in America. I even support the right for gay couples to adopt and/or have kids through in-vitro fertilization. I obviously consider myself very politically liberal on the subject. So then why should I tell the American people to shut up about it?

Because I am tired of hearing about it, that

The end of the paper books?

The book lovers within all of us cry out as yet another electron reader is announced, signaling the beginning of the end. Imagine the concept of having thousands of books at your fingertips a simple tap away. That has become reality with the planned release of Barnes & Nobles “Nook” E-reader.

Electronic readers have been billed as the end of paper books, the end may be one step closer. Barnes & Noble recently announced that they are prepared to release an e-reader later this year. While at the hefty price of $259 it may not exactly be a book killer, but it is comparable similar devices on the marketcurrently. E-readers have been on the market for quite some time, providing electronic forms of paper back books. The fact that this is being pushed by Barnes & Noble puts a fair amount of weight behind the companies’ choice to provide this product.

The e-reader will be called the Nook. It will sport the most recent version of electronic paper. E-paper is a recent novelty and this version of it will be provided by E-inc. The Nook will also sport a wireless connection allowing it to connect to other Nooks along with a retailer’s Web site, enabling people to purchase books electronically. Purchases can be lent to friend’s Nooks for up to 14 days at a time. The Nook will also have a small touch screen for control and typing, making it among the most impressive e-readers to be released in the past few years.

The Nook will run on google’s micro-operating system known as Android. This OS is designed specificallyfor small mobile devices. The Nook will offer subscriptions to over 50 different news papers. With two gigabytes of internal memory, the Nook will be able to hold up to an impressive 1,500 books, and with the addition of a additional flash memory slot, it can hold a great deal more. It is hoped that eventually customers will be able to read e-books for free while inside of a Barnes & Noble store. Along with this option users will also be treated to special offers while inside the store that will pop up on the screen of the Nook.

While the Nook may not be a book-killer quite yet, but it is obviously a move in the right direction. As more and more of these e-reader devices flood the market, the prices will be certain to drop. It will not be long before people weigh the portability and ease of having a mass number of books at their fingertips with the price. It is entirely possible that paper books will eventually become a figment of the past.

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The battle of Fox News vs the White House

A free press is paramount to a thriving democracy; this much is true. Censorship in the media cannot and will not stand as long as people look beyond political posturing. However, just because a government does not outright outlaw contrary opinions, they can still move forward with comments that create a chilling effect. This seems to be the case in the onslaught of verbal warfare between the president