Supplemental Viewing – Hot Tub Time Machine

Hot Tub Time Machine

I honestly watched this movie by accident and I did not like it. The language was filthy, the material just didn’t appeal to me, and the science and paradox was barely addressed. It is a comedy and probably would appeal to some college students, though. And it has to do with time travel, so it is relevant to the class.

Summary

The movie begins by setting up the lives of three childhood friends who never see each other any more. Adam recently had a breakup and his girlfriend has just moved out. Nick gave up his dreams of becoming a singer so that he could be a good husband to his wife, and he is now a dog groomer, and completely unsatisfied with life. Lou is an alcoholic wild child who annoys even his own friends to the point that they never answer the phone when he calls. Jacob is Adam’s nephew and live is the basement of Adam’s house. He is a computer nerd and never leaves the basement.

After a night of drinking, Lou ends up in the hospital and his two friends Nick and Adam come to visit him because the doctor thinks that he tried to commit suicide because he is unhappy with his life, and he encourages these two friends to cheer him up. Nick and Adam try to cheer Lou up by planning a trip to the ski lodge that used to be THE PLACE to hang out when they were teenagers. Their idea of this place is that it is a party place where everyone gets laid. Jacob, Adam’s nephew tags along with the three friends. The place is now a dump, all their old hangouts are closed, and they are gravely disappointed. They settle for a night of drinking in the hot tub. They all get drunk and pass out.

When they wake up and go skiing for the day they notice everyone is wearing brightly colored spandex retro ski suits, bandanas, everyone has funky hair cuts, girls are wearing leg warmers, and young kids are everywhere. When they get to the ski lodge they see old tube TVs showing mostly black and white, old TV shows, and people are buying cigarettes from a cigarette box machine. A young man is listening to a walkman cassette player. When Nick asks a girl “What color is Michael Jackson?” and she responds, “Black,” They freak out and run back to their room. In their room they discover that even though they see fat middle aged bodies, when they look in the mirror, their teenage selves are looking back at them, and Jacob is flickering like a TV screen.

(-What color is Michael Jackson?

-Black.)

There is an eerie mechanic who appears from no where and tells them that he is fixing the hot tub and they are not to change anything or it could affect their futures.

The three friends remember that this is the night that Adam breaks up with Jenny and gets stabbed in the eye with a fork, Nick sings on the stage and then has sex with a girl named Tara, and Lou challenges the ski patrol to a fight and gets the crap beat out of him by six guys because his friends didn’t show up to have his back.

As they go about trying to reenact their past, all three of them have a hard time going through with it.

Adam thinks about his miserable life with his girlfriend who just dumped him and moved out, and he wonders why he broke up with Jenny. He can’t bring himself to break up with her, but he meets a journalist who he really likes but tells her that he can’t talk to her because “this didn’t happen before.” Jenny breaks up with Adam and he tells her she is going to get fat and she stabs him in the eye with a toothpick.

Nick doesn’t want to sleep with Tara because he feels like he would be cheating on his wife. His friends pressure him that he can’t cheat on someone he hasn’t met yet, and they pressure him into having sex with Tara. While she is on top of him, Nick is crying and repeating “I’m sorry Courtney!” Tara realizes he is crying and gets angry. Nick tells her something that he has never told anyone. That he found out that his wife cheated on him.

Lou doesn’t want to get beat up, but he challenges the ski patrol and tells his friends “You guys better show up this time.” He also tried to have sex with a girl that he didn’t have sex with in the past, but it didn’t work out.

Adam spends the evening with the journalist girl, Nick performs songs ‘from the future’ for his crowd that ends up loving it! And Lou wins a bunch of money in a bar by making bets on the football game that is on, since he already knows what will happen in the game.

The eerie mechanic guy tells them that the hot tub will only be a time machine again if they can get a Russian beverage that the ski patrol have in their possession. The three friends and Jacob have to break into the ski patrol’s house and steal the beverage. There is a party at the ski patrol house. Adam’s sister is there, and Lou has sex with her (That’s how Jacob is born). The friends and Jacob go back to the hot tub where they travel back forward in time, but Lou decides he wants to stay in the past and be a good parent for Jacob because he is miserable in the future.

When Jacob, Adam, and Nick travel back to present day there is a DVD waiting for them in their room. Lou is on a big Yacht and tells them that he used his knowledge of the future to make a lot of money. The Bellman gives them directions for them to go home. They all have different lives than they did before. Adam is now married to the journalist woman. Nick is the owner of a huge recording studio, and his wife never cheated on him, and Lou is married to Adam’s sister and taking care of their son, Jacob. “Google” has been renamed “Lougle,” and the band “The Motley Crew” is renamed “The Motley Lou.”

Themes

There is a theme of second chances in this film. These friends are given a second chance to relive their pasts in a better way than they did the first time. They make different choices since they still have the wisdom and foresight that they have now that they have come from the future. Their experience gives them a new perspective to use better judgment. Adam chooses to spend time with this amazing journalist who he knows would be really great for him instead of dating the girls that have all left him high and dry. Nick chooses to spice things up for his crowd and sing songs from the future to spark his singing career and to create a fan base for himself. Lou chooses to stay in the past and be a good father since he never really did anything with his life the first time around.

There is a theme of reaching out to friends as well. The three friends, prior to this weekend trip, have really drifted away from one another. All three of them have miserable lives, and now none of them even have friends. The second time around, Nick and Adam forgot to show up at the fight between Lou and the Ski patrol. They forgot for the second time to have their friend’s back. They find Lou drinking on the roof where he tells them that they are not his friends and that they have never been there for him. He knows that they never answer his calls. He tells them that he hates them. That’s when they all realize that they could be there for each other more often. They could stand by their friends more.

There is a theme of having closure, not letting guilt ruin your life. Adam shares with the journalist girl that his dad used to take him and his sister to a steak sandwich joint every Saturday for dinner. One time a new pizza place opened and he and his sister begged their dad to go to the pizza place. Close to 40 people died of eccoli. Adam still blames himself for his father’s death. The journalist tells him that he can’t let one bad pizza ruin his life. This is an important moment of release for Adam. He finally lets go of the guilt that he has been harboring for years and allows himself to live a happy life.

The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery

This is an interview with Johnathan Cahn, author of “The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery.”

I thought of this in class on Monday when Professor Butler mentioned the ‘flawed messiah’ and Billy Pilgrim from “Slaughterhouse Five.”This Rabbi is paralleling ancient texts of events in Ancient Israel with the events in the United States of American revolving around the events of 911.

I think it is really interesting! I’d be interested to find out what the reactions of our classmates are, though!

 

 

What does Equal mean?

To preface my post I have to make at least one disclaimer… maybe more. I want to begin by saying I am in absolutely no way racist!

 

One of the major focuses of Kindred was racism specifically having to do with African Americans.

 

In the novel Kindred, Dana went back in time and experienced a very different treatment than she would have received in the present time. This experience changed her very much and motivated her to try to raise people’s awareness about what happened.

 

Now…I had a thought one day in class…

 

And I am almost afraid to flesh it out, simply because I don’t want it to be misunderstood and unnecessarily offend anyone.

 

Dana went back in time and met her ancestors, and then when she came back to the present, she could not help but hold onto that identity (or a portion of it) that she found in the past. She was not NEARLY as detached from the slave identity as before she time traveled.

 

Now, Many of us have ancestors that have had terrible experiences. And many of us may not be aware of what they went through. One story that comes to mind is my father in law, Wolodymir Michalkow. Fabio’s dad is the son of Vasye Michalkin and Alexandra Michalkin. ….What? his name is different from his parents’ names? What’s up with that? That is exactly what I thought when I read his birth certificate. But Fabio explained to me that his father’s family is Jewish! They changed their names to escape through German during World War II!! Wolodymir lost 6 siblings and his father in the war. He sailed to Brazil with only his mother! He was 17 years old. Fabio has described some of the history to me. He said that Wolo and his mother had to stay hidden in wooden barrels for days without making a sound. I can’t imagine.

 

So what is my point?

Well, I’m not exactly sure but it’s something like this: We are all people… and we all have ancestors. Some of us have ancestors who have been through horrible things. Are we all supposed to bring that up and try to make everyone aware of it? Is the black slavery awareness business only so popular here because it happened here? I wonder if the Jews have a “Jewish-Holocaust Awareness Day” in Germany… or if there is a “Jewish history month” in Europe.

 

Is anyone appalled? Does anyone want to throw something at me yet?

I’m really not trying to create controversy. There is just something that bothers me about all this…

 

I feel like… if “black people” (I really hate using these words) want to use their ancestors history and hold onto their struggle and attach themselves to that…. Am I supposed to do the same? Am I supposed to attach myself to a white slave owner stigma? Am I suppose to carry guilt around with me simply for being born with white skin? Am I supposed to feel responsible for what happened…even though I didn’t do it myself?

 

I don’t know…

 

And I don’t want it to seem like I don’t have feelings over it. And I don’t want people to feel like they shouldn’t have the freedom to discuss it or write a book about it, or carry it around every day. That’s fine. But… In this new world – where we talk about equality and freedom… Can we enjoy and embrace our Equality and Freedom in a positive way?

 

Maybe I’m wrong…

 

 

(Really feeling scared to post this yaa’ll. I hope I don’t get punched in the face by anyone tomorrow…)

Surviving Slaughterhouse Five

I was watching a show about military Special Forces training with my husband last week called “Surviving the Cut,” and I was reminded of the horrors of the bombing of Dresden that were described by Vonnegut.

The clip shown above is the last part of the Marine Corp Recons training, and it was pure agony watching what those men have to go through just to be able to serve as an American soldier. Clearly the soldiers in Slaughterhouse Five did not complete this training. Vonnegut describes the American casualties not being able to sleep for days or having to attempt to sleep in very unusual circumstances. The men in these “Surviving the Cut” episodes are forced to stay awake for days completing missions and physical and mental training events. Often times they fall asleep standing up, or their minds and bodies begin to fail! The American Casualties in Slaughterhouse Five were also very malnourished, often eating only molasses from the factory where they were forced to work. In “Surviving the Cut,” soldiers are allowed to consume only enough calories to be able to function while they are under extremely physically demanding situations over an extended amount of time. Even when their muscles are failing, they are forced to go on and somehow find it within themselves to complete the mission. Most of the men who go through this training program complete tasks that they never imagined were possible. This becomes very important in situations such as the one in Slaughterhouse Five. Many of the men found themselves in situations that they were not physically or mentally prepared for.

Vonnegut comments a great deal in his book about how weak and skinny Billy Pilgrim and other soldiers fighting the war are. Many of them don’t even have boots or weapons! I asked myself many times throughout the reading of the book, “How did these little boys end up in combat with no boots and no weapon? They are completely unprepared!” It’s quite amazing that any of them survived!

After viewing some “Surviving the Cut” episodes I wondered how much different Vonnegut’s book and the character of Billy Pilgrim would change had he been through a specialized training like this one.

 

The men in every “Surviving the Cut” episode have to learn to work as a team. Often times they are picking their neighbor up and pushing them to go on and their neighbor will likely return the favor at some point. Nearly every book, movie, or novel I have read about war portrays that the men who go through training and combat together form a very deep and unique bond. In Slaughterhouse Five, Weary is constantly picking up Billy Pilgrim and, at times, literally carrying him on. Yet, according to Vonnegut, Billy Pilgrim is so pathetic and weak that he would never be able to help the gigantic Weary. Weary was trying to be a hero. He and Billy had no bond previous to their experience being captured by the Germans. Weary ended up resenting Billy Pilgrim! He probably asked the same question I wondered: “What the hell is this kid doing in combat without boots and a weapon?”

 

Why is this kid in the war? And why is he mocked and made fun of so much? Why does he wear a curtain and silver boots? Billy never seems to feel ashamed or embarrassed about being weak or pathetic… or different. He never seems to even notice that he looks different from other people! It is as though his head is in the clouds. I imagine that’s how it would be if one was “unstuck in time,” constantly switching between states of consciousness. Yet even when he is conscious… he never seems to be fully conscious.

…Maybe that is why! Because that is the way life is, and there is nothing good or bad about any moment, it just IS.

Age of the Earth with Kent Hovind

Kent Hovind, a Creation Evangelist who holds seminars and debates against the evolution theory, does a fantastic job of compiling evidence and making these evidences, that are typically hidden or not talked about, more accessible to the public. He does not copyright any of his seminars, books, movies, or anything. The reason why I am prefacing my post with this is because my information is coming from him, and a lot of my favorite examples and evidences of his are from varying books, DVDs, and other random places. I may not be able to post every source on this blog, and even if I did, I highly doubt anyone would want to sit through hours of seminar or read dozens of articles and/or books. It would be far too much. I do encourage anyone who is interested to Google or Youtube him and check it out.

Many of our classmates have brought up the first law of thermodynamics in class “Matter can not be created or destroyed,” however; I would like to talk more on the second law of thermodynamics. The second law of thermodynamics says “Everything tends towards disorder.”

…“Everything tends towards disorder.”

I kept thinking of this law and other arguments that Kent Hovind presents when discussing the age of the Earth while I was reading The Time Machine. This doesn’t so much apply to Primer or Rip Van Winkle, since those time travel experiences took place over much shorter time spans than The Time Machine. Going from even present day to 802,701 AD is a very large jump and according to our laws of nature, many things would be destroyed or perhapse not here any more! H.G. Wells describes the people of the future to be very weak, and about as intelligent as a five year old. He describes a hopelessly broken down society of pathetic almost-people.

The end of this video clip and the beginning of this video clip show Kent Hovind relaying a discussion he had about the big bang theory and evolution with a professor from Berkeley University. He uses the second law of thermodynamics to support his argument that while the evolution theory says that we are getting better over time, nature and physics say that everything grows more in the direction of ‘destroyed’ every day.

(If you watched the video clips, skip the next 3 paragraphs)

 Kent Hovind says, “Whenever there is an exchange of energy there is something lost. The second law of thermodynamics tells us that everything tends toward disorder. If you leave something alone for a while, it’s going to rot, rust, die, fall apart, or break down. Nothing gets better by itself.”

On the other hand, the evolution theory says we are getting better and that we evolved from bacteria and through many other species over a very long period of time. The man from Berkley said “Don’t you know you can add energy and overcome the second law of Thermodynamics?”

Kent Hovind provided more evidences to show the professor that adding energy without something to harness it is destructive rather than constructive. He, quite comically, talks about how the ‘Japanese added a bunch of energy to Pearl Harbor one day, and they didn’t organize much for us.’ He also brings up that the sun’s energy causes damage to houses, cars, upholstery, curtains, carpets, and virtually everything. Eveso with the sun’s energy, we live in a closed solar system.

Kent Hovind uses many types of evidence to support his theory about the age of the Earth.This link will give you a sneak preview of his discussions on the sun and moon in proximity to the earth, the salt content in the ocean, the population of the earth, supernova remnants, Jupiter cooling off, and more.

Starting at about 2 and a half minutes on this clip and continuing on into the next clip will give you examples and evidences from the Sahara Desert, pressure in oil wells, and ice layers. He also shows his research on petrified trees standing up between rock layers, sediment deposits at the gulf of Mexico, the world’s oldest organisms, the great barrier reef, Niagara falls, and more!

If it seems like I am getting off topic, let me relate it back to The Time Machine. All of these examples blow my mind, and they definitely add more and more elements that need to be considered when thinking about going to the future, or to the past for that matter! It is impossible for me to think of going to a year such as 802,701 AD. I could never think about all the factors that would change, get lost, or be destroyed! There are so many millions of elements, how could you predict that kind of a future and get it right?

I am well aware that time travel novels are fictional novels, but it is still difficult for me to take it seriously. These stories seem to me to be more like dreams or abstract art pieces. It is not something tangible or scientific, as much as people try to make it as scientifically kosher as they possibly can with limited knowledge about something that is mere speculation. Time travel is more a wish and dream that people have and talk about than science. In class we have discussed time traveling both to the future and also to the past! That’s what made me think of the age of the earth and Kent Hovind. Many people are under the misconception that the world is a lot older than it is.

…What if you time traveled backwards in time farther than the beginning?

These are the type of questions that come to mind and cause me to think that the idea of time travel, while a fantastic and mysterious one, is not physically possible.