Starring: Tom Cruise, Miranda Otto, Dakota Fanning
Director: Steven Spielberg
Fax: 2005, sci-fi (Review by David Germain, Associated Press)
Big concept. Big director. Big star. Big, big budget.
Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise's "War of the Worlds" comes off exactly the way it started: An assemblage of enormous talent on a frantic dash to meet a deadline. They made it, but the rush job they delivered shortchanges story, character, design and even execution on some of the colossal special-effects sequences.
The update of H.G. Wells' sci-fi classic of marauders from the skies went on the fast-track late last summer, when a narrow window opened in Spielberg and Cruise's schedules. Their haste shows.
"War of the Worlds" is so disjointed and episodic, it plays like 32 short films about alien invasions. As a divorced dad, Cruise alternates through a succession of explosive action scenes and uninspired exchanges with his two screeching and moaning kids.
Among disappointments of modern Hollywood, "War of the Worlds" ranks with "Pearl Harbor" and the "Planet of the Apes" remake, two other bloated spectacles conceived as blockbusters first, human dramas second.
This is Spielberg's "Attack of the Clones," a movie burdened with stiff dialogue and fatuous relationships, dolled up with the gloss of computer animation into a big-screen video game with puny humans as targets.
Millions are dying, yet unlike the wonderful blend of humanity and horror in George Pal's 1953 take on Wells' story, this "War of the Worlds" presents the masses as anonymous chaff.
The only three people who matter here are Cruise's Ray, an undependable father, his 10-year-old daughter, Rachel (Dakota Fanning), and his teenage son, Robbie (Justin Chatwin).
We're talking civilization on the ropes, about to go down, and Spielberg's spinning a tedious tale of a manchild who only learns to be a responsible father when space invaders land in his backyard.
In the opening minutes, the screenplay by Josh Friedman and David Koepp sets Ray up as a stereotype of the paternal ne'er-do-well, a guy who can't even manage to stock the fridge with food when his ex-wife (Miranda Otto) and her new hubby drop the kids off for the weekend.
After this superficial start, the fireworks begin. The skies turn blackish, bolts of blue lightning zap the earth, and towering machines bust out of the ground, wandering about on three legs and zapping people into dust and buildings into rubble.
Some visual effects, notably the alien tripods emerging, are remarkable and thrilling. Elsewhere, particularly in battle scenes involving the futile American military, Spielberg falls back on loud sound effects, colored lights beyond the horizon and close-ups of Ray and his terrified kids, as though time did not permit the filmmakers to finish the visuals on the drawing board.
Ray always seems to find himself at the heart of the storm, and though the screenwriters have told us he's a lunkhead, he manages to stay five steps ahead of the rest of the scurrying rabble and even pauses to point out a battle-strategy opportunity to oblivious soldiers. He's like an "X-Men" superhero whose mutant power is a mega-dose of street smarts.
Conveniently commandeering a minivan that's the only civilian vehicle still operating after the aliens' electromagnetic pulses fry our circuitry, Ray dashes away with his kids, a clear path somehow always appearing amid abandoned cars and mounds of debris.
Tim Robbins enters the movie with jarring abruptness as a semi-demented survivalist railing about payback against the aliens, and he departs just as suddenly.
NASA's Mars landings have scotched Wells' notion of invaders from the red planet, so Spielberg opts for aliens of unspecified origin. He retains some of Wells' other trappings, including the gnarly red weed that spreads across the landscape, and Morgan Freeman delivers opening and closing narration largely lifted from the novel.
Flying machines have been the norm in science fiction, so it's refreshing that Spielberg stuck to Wells' terrifying conception of mechanical monstrosities on stilts. Yet with their fluid motion, the alien tripods look like something grabbed off the reject pile from "The Matrix" movies and given a fresh shine.
Likewise, in the few glimpses we get of them, the aliens look like computer-generated concoctions begged, borrowed and stolen from any and every recent movie about space beasties. The creatures are more frightening when Spielberg only offers a peek; once we see them full on, they're nondescript and boring.
Given his sensational body of work, Spielberg's entitled to a clunker, but it's odd how generic "War of the Worlds" feels, lacking any real stamp of who's behind the camera.
This might as well be the hokey crowd-pleaser "Independence Day," another not-so-short film about alien invasions. And sadly and strangely, a better one.
©Associated Press 2005
Thursday, June 30, 2005
Starring: Tom Cruise, Miranda Otto, Dakota Fanning
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Canada To Join Belgium and Netherlands
Canada has become the third country in the world to officially sanction same-sex marriage.
(OTTAWA) (CTV News) In a 158 to 133 vote, the House of Commons gave approval of Bill C-38 on its third and final reading, with support from almost all New Democrat and Bloc Quebecois MPs.
An earlier Conservative motion to send the bill back to committee was voted down 158 to 127.
The decision marks the end of a long and divisive debate, although opponents are vowing to keep up the fight against the measure, which changes the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman to one that includes same-sex couples.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is promising that he won't let the issue rest; he says he'll revisit the new law if he becomes the next prime minister.
He also repeated Tuesday his claim that the law lacks legitimacy because it passed with the support of the separatist Bloc party.
"I don't think Canadians are going to accept as a final word a decision taken by only a minority of federalist MPs," he said.
But Harper didn't specify how he would address the issue if the Tories were to form the next government.
Liberal Justice Minister Irwin Cotler said Harper is "going to have to at least be honest with people," and acknowledge that he would have to invoke the Constitution's notwithstanding clause to override the new measure.
"They're going to have to acknowledge that they want to override the (Charter of Rights), override constitutional-law decisions in nine jurisdictions in this country; override a unanimous decision of the Supreme Court of Canada; override the rule of law in this country," Cotler said.
The clause, which has never been used, is available to provinces to override federal laws that intrude on provincial jurisdiction.
But almost every provincial and territorial government has already legalized same-sex marriage. And the new law will ensure that the four "hold-out" jurisdictions that yet haven't -- Alberta, Prince Edward Island, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories -- now must.
"It's an historic moment, it's about equality for gays and lesbian," said NDP MP Libby Davies.
Alberta premier Ralph Klein, who is "strongly opposed" to the bill on moral grounds, acknowledged Tuesday that little can be done to stop same-sex marriages in his province.
"Since this is federal legislation, to use the notwithstanding clause as contained in our own Marriage Act would be frivolous," Klein told reporters in Calgary. "It wouldn't stand up in any court of law. So there are some other options that we would have to consider."
Klein said although some members of his caucus are threatening to use every legal weapon at their disposal to get around the legislation, "there are no legal weapons; there's nothing left in the arsenal."
As expected, about Liberal MPs voted against the measure tonight. Martin declared it a free vote for backbench MPs, but cabinet ministers were under orders to vote in favour of the bill.
On Tuesday, a junior cabinet minister chose to resign and return to the backbenches rather than vote in favour of same sex marriage.
Joe Comuzzi, the minister of state for economic development in northern Ontario, informed the prime minister of his decision in the early morning.
"I promised faithfully to the people of Thunder Bay-Superior North that I would defend the traditional definition of marriage," he explained to reporters on Parliament Hill.
"Tonight, on the final vote of third reading, I intend to fulfill that obligation to the people that elected me."
This is a proud - and exciting - day to be a Canadian.
Just days before the Canada Day holiday, the House of Commons has voted for a fifth and final time to affirm equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in Canada, confirming once again our world-wide reputation as a country that is open, inclusive and welcoming.
**In-depth** - Same Sex Rights
Check www.equal-marriage.ca for regular updates on the latest developments.
¹ Art © by Steve Walker (Quest Art)
Possible messages include "someone sent me this document which is stolen from a secret government body ... about John Paul's death." Other messages try to entice recipients into opening the attached file by claiming Michael Jackson has died, Osama bin Laden has been captured by U.S. soldiers or the MyDoom e-mail worm author has been arrested by Microsoft Corp., Sophos said.
Using supposed "breaking news" to persuade users to open a message and click on an attachment is a long-favoured method among virus writers, according to Sophos Senior Technology Consultant Graham Cluley.
"This is a fairly common trick. It doesn't take Albert Einstein to think this one up," Cluley said.
Although the worm is currently slow-spreading Cluley flagged it as an example of the kinds of social-engineered threats that users should watch out for.
The worm spreads via e-mail or P-to-P (peer-to-peer) file sharing networks.
It appears to be targeted at both news hounds and geeks, with mentions of the MyDoom worm, Cluley said. Also, it spreads on P-to-P networks by copying itself to the directory for sharing information on the server, purporting to be source code for the Sasser worm.
Users are advised to update their antivirus software against the threat.
Pizza was invented in Italy.
Most food historians agree that pizza (flat bread, tomato sauce and cheese) originated in Naples. If not Naples, then Rome. The word pizza, meaning “pie,” appears in both regions as early as A.D. 1000. The essential pizza ingredient, mozzarella cheese, originated in Naples during the 15th century.
You may not know that many non-living things have a gender. For example:
1) Ziploc Bags -- They are Male, because they hold everything in, but you can see right through them.
2) Copiers -- They are Female, because once turned off, it takes a while to warm them up again. It's an effective reproductive device if the right buttons are pushed, but can wreak havoc if the wrong buttons are pushed.
3) Tire -- Male, because it goes bald and it's often over-inflated.
4) Hot Air Balloon -- Male, because, to get it to go anywhere, you have to light a fire under it and, of course, there's the hot air component.
5) Sponges -- Female, because they're soft, squeezable and retain water.
6) Web Page -- Female, because it's always getting hit on.
7) Subway -- Male, because it uses the same old lines to pick people up.
8) Hourglass -- Female, because over time, the weight can shift to the bottom.
9) Hammer -- Male, because it hasn't changed much over the last 5,000 years, but it's handy to have around.
10) Remote Control -- Female. Ha! You thought it'd be Male. But consider this -- it gives a man pleasure, he'd be lost without it, and while he doesn't always know the right buttons to push, he keeps trying.
A group of young children were siting in a circle with their teacher. She was going around in turn asking them all questions.
"Davy, what noise does a cow make?"
"It goes moo."
"Alice, what noise does a cat make?"
"It goes meow."
"Jamie, what sound does a lamb make?"
"It goes baaa."
"Jennifer, what sound does a mouse make?"
"Errr.., it goes.. click!"
How many of these do you remember? (No right or wrong answers, just a measure of how old you are and what you remember). Feel free to add items in the Comments below!
Blackjack and Beeman's gum
Powerhouse candy bars
Wax teeth, lips and mustaches
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
Soda pop machines that dispense bottles
Pull tabs that snapped off soda cans
Tableside jukeboxes in coffee shops
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
Movies preceded by cartoons and newsreels
Drive-ins with car hops
Winter rubber boots with metal latches
P.F. Flyers (Shoes and runners)
Hair dryers with plastic caps
Dart guns with rubber-tipped darts
Roll of cap-gun caps
Howdy Doody puppets
Beanie and Cecil dolls
Two-bladed ice skates that clip onto shoes
Roller skates that clip onto shoes
Roller skate keys
S & H green stamps and Plaid stamps
Winky Dink kits for drawing on the TV screen
Console hi-fi's with 78's
Hand-crank wringers on tub washing machines
Levered metal ice trays
Eight-track tape decks
8mm Home movie cameras
Dick and Jane readers
Canada will soon announce measures to restrict Internet pharmacies from selling prescription drugs to U.S. consumers, officials say. Such sales have become popular with Americans seeking cheaper medicine.
Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh did not specify what steps would be taken, but his spokesman said the measures being considered include preventing Canadian doctors from co-signing prescriptions without examining patients.
Other measures might be prohibiting prescriptions for foreigners who are not in Canada, barring a price reduction if the drugs are exported and banning bulk exports, spokesman Ken Polk said.
Dosanjh has been studying options to restrict the practice for at least six months.
"I am concerned and we're acting on it. There will be news soon," Dosanjh said.
President Bush's administration opposes the prescription drug imports, and federal regulators warn they cannot guarantee the safety of drugs from outside U.S. borders.
But Canada has dismissed concerns about the safety of drugs sold in Canada, saying Canada's regulatory regime was tougher than the U.S. one.
Drugs sold via the Internet often go for much less than in the United States.
As part of its socialized medical system, the Canadian government sets drug prices that are lower than those charged in the United States.
A proposal to Prime Minister Paul Martin's cabinet will likely be made next week.
Last November, Bush discussed the issue of drug imports with Martin. But the White House has denied accusations that Bush pressured Martin to make it harder for Americans to buy drugs from Canada.
New legislation, but not changes to existing regulations, would require support from opposition parties as well as Martin's minority government to pass. It was not clear if a ban on co-signing prescriptions could be accomplished by just changing regulations.
Under current practice, a prescription from a U.S. doctor is faxed to a Canadian doctor, who reviews the document along with the patient's health history. The Canadian doctor signs and sends the prescription to a so-called Internet pharmacy, which ships the drug to the patient.
Canadian officials say such sales endanger the Canadian drug supply, though they admit no shortages currently exist. The government also maintains it is unethical for doctors to sign prescriptions without examining patients.
Importing drugs into the United States is technically illegal, but the U.S. government generally does not stop small amounts purchased for personal use.
Various bills have been introduced into Congress to permit the importation of lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada and elsewhere. Last month, House Democrats outlined a health care agenda that would permit such importations and would give Medicare authority to negotiate lower prices with drug manufacturers in this country.
©Associated Press 2005
A local United Way office realized that it had never received a donation from the town's most successful lawyer. The person in charge of contributions called him to persuade him to contribute.
"Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least $500,000, you give not a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give back to the community in some way?"
The lawyer mulled this over for a moment and replied, "First, did your research also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?"
Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbled, "Um. . . no."
" - or that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?"
The stricken United Way rep began to stammer out an apology but was interrupted,
" - or that my sister's husband died in a traffic accident," the lawyer's voice rising in indignation, "leaving her penniless with three children?!"
The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, said simply, "I had no idea..."
On a roll, the lawyer cut him off once again: "So if I don't give any money to them, why should I give any to you?!?"
*Thanks, Daryn! :O)
Sister Mary Kay Katherine lived in the monastery for 5 years before the Priest said to her, "Sister Mary Kay Katherine, you have been here for 5 years. You may speak two words."
Sister Mary Kay Katherine said, "Hard bed."
"I'm sorry to hear that," the Priest said, "We will get you a better bed."
After another 5 years, Sister Mary Kay Katherine was called by the Priest. "You may say another two words, Sister Mary Kay Katherine.
"Cold food," said Sister Mary Kay Katherine, and the Priest assured her that the food would be better in the future.
On her 15th anniversary at the monastery, the Priest again called Sister Mary Kay Katherine into his office. "You may say two words today."
"I quit," said Sister Mary Kay Katherine.
"It's probably best", said the Priest, "You've done nothing but bitch since you got here."
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
The largest living tree is 42 feet in circumference.
It is 102.6 feet in circumference. The General Sherman Tree stands 275 feet tall and is the largest (in volume) living tree in the world. It is a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) located in Sequoia National Park in California. The tree’s mass is ten times greater than that of a blue whale.
Feet / Meters
Height above Base 274.9 / 83.8
Circumference at Ground 102.6 / 31.1
Maximum Diameter at Base 36.5 / 11.1
Diameter 60' (18.3 m) above base 17.5 / 5.3
Diameter 180' (54.9 m) above base 14.0 / 4.3
Diameter of Largest Branch 6.8 / 2.1
Height of First Large Branch above the Base 130.0 / 39.6
Average Crown Spread 106.5 / 32.5
You grind your coffee beans in your mouth.
You sleep with your eyes open.
You have to watch videos in fast-forward.
The only time you're standing still is during an earthquake.
You can take a picture of yourself from ten feet away without using the timer.
You've worn out your third pair of tennis shoes this week.
Your eyes stay open when you sneeze.
You chew on other people's fingernails.
The nurse needs a scientific calculator to take your pulse.
You're so jittery that people use your hands to blend their margaritas.
You can type sixty words per minute with your feet.
You can jump-start your car without cables.
You don't sweat, you percolate.
You walk twenty miles on your treadmill before you realize it's not plugged in.
You forget to unwrap candy bars before eating them.
You've built a miniature city out of little plastic stirrers.
People get dizzy just watching you.
Instant coffee takes too long.
You channel surf faster without a remote.
You have a picture of your coffee mug on your coffee mug.
You can outlast the Energizer bunny.
You short out motion detectors.
You don't even wait for the water to boil anymore.
Your nervous twitch registers on the Richter scale.
You help your dog chase its tail.
You soak your dentures in coffee overnight.
Your first-aid kit contains two pints of coffee with an I.V. hookup.
You ski uphill.
You get a speeding ticket even when you're parked.
You answer the door before people knock.
You haven't blinked since the last lunar eclipse.
(ARA) - "My favorite part of summer is when the whole neighborhood gets together to play a huge game of tag," exclaims 11-year-old Abigail Lafferty from Pennsylvania. "That and no school for three months!"
For kids - and their parents - who have waited months to get outside to play, warm and sunny days mean it's time for tee ball, skateboarding, swimming and tons of outdoor fun.
But for children who suffer from seasonal allergies, warmer weather can mean the onset of symptoms such as sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and itchy throat.
"More than 6 million children suffer from seasonal allergies that can be triggered during outdoor physical activity," says nationally renowned pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg, who is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
A mother of three and a clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, Dr. Trachtenberg recommends giving your child an allergy medication that is designed for children, like Children's Benadryl(R) Allergy Fastmelt(R) tablets, which can help relieve allergy symptoms and get them back outside. The easy-to-use, rapidly dissolving tablets offer an effective, painless solution for getting your child to take his medication.
Allergies are not the only thing that can curtail summer fun. Dehydration, skinned knees, stinging insects and sunburn can also prevent your child from enjoying outdoor activities.
"Before you send your kids out to play, be sure to take a few common-sense precautions," says Dr. Trachtenberg.
Here are some summer outdoor safety tips for parents based not only on her years of practicing medicine, but also her experience as a mom to two young boys and a little girl.
1. Don't get burned - Apply sunscreen to children generously and let it soak in for 15 to 30 minutes before they go outside. Cover all exposed skin, including ears, nose and neck and apply an SPF 15 lip screen as well. Make sure to reapply every two hours, or more often if kids are sweating or swimming.
2. Beware of poisonous weeds - Know how to identify poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak - all are plants that produce a sap that can cause a red, swollen rash or blisters. Poison ivy has bright green leaves consisting of three irregular leaflets. Small greenish flowers grow in bunches attached to the main stem. Poison oak also has three leaflets, but the lobes are much more deeply cut. Poison sumac has green flowers and loose clusters of white fruits.
3. Bee careful - Keep bees away by having kids avoid perfumed soaps, shampoos and deodorants and wearing light-colored clothes, which attract fewer bees than dark clothes. If a bee does land on your child, tell him to act like a statue - swatting at a bee can encourage it to sting. If your child gets stung, wash the area with soap and water and apply ice to reduce the swelling.
4. Stay hydrated - Make sure your kids drink adequate liquids before, during and after outdoor activities. Kids can get easily dehydrated when they spend a lot of time outdoors, so know the symptoms: thirst, weakness, headaches, dark-colored urine or a slight decrease in body weight.
5. Minor scrapes - When your child ends up with skinned knees or elbows, stop the bleeding with direct pressure, and remember to follow the 3C's: Clean the wound with a gentle soap and water; Coat with an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection and help reduce scarring; and Cover the wound with a sterile bandage to protect it from further injury.
Keeping these simple guidelines in mind will ensure that both kids and parents have a fun, relaxing summer.
For more information on seasonal allergy prevention or Children's Benadryl Allergy Fastmelt tablets, visit www.benadrylusa.com .
If you ever watch CTV's Alias, you're probably impressed with the cutting-edge technology that the world's most secret spy agency uses to stop the bad guys. Look a little closer and you may be surprised by how familiar some of that technology really is.
Those laptops in the briefings with the red spot on the back look suspiciously like Apple PowerBooks. Sydney Bristow (played by Jennifer Garner) is definitely chatting on a Motorola Razr this year, but did you notice that Jack Bristow seems to be talking into a Sony Ericsson T616? A few of the gadgets used on Alias have been put together.
Apple PowerBook G4 (17-inch, SuperDrive)
The good: Sublime Apple design; lighter than other comparably sized laptops; motion sensor protects hard drive; 512MB of RAM standard; scrolling trackpad; built-in wireless and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR; illuminated keyboard.
The bad: Expensive; features an older G4 processor, not a G5; only 90 days of toll-free telephone support.
The bottom line: The sexy Apple 17-inch PowerBook delivers the performance and features most users will need, but it's more expensive than a similarly outfitted Windows laptop.
The good: LCD screen shows caller ID; solid call quality; comfortable fit; vibrate mode.
The bad: Cumbersome pairing process.
The bottom line: With its cool BT800 model, Jabra takes Bluetooth headsets to
a whole new level of functionality.
Motorola Razr V3
The good: Striking design; e-mail support; beautiful display; Bluetooth; speakerphone; world phone.
The bad: Video playback only; volume a bit low.
The bottom line: More than just a pretty face, the Motorola Razr V3 backs up its radical design with solid features and excellent performance.
Sony Ericsson T616
The good: Sleek and slim; built-in camera; Bluetooth and IR ports; easy to customize; polyphonic ring tones.
The bad: Case smudges easily; calendar doesn't support all-day events.
The bottom line: Carving out a spot between the T68i and the P800, this Sony Ericsson model offers the perfect blend of size and features.
300,000 attend Gay Pride parade in Paris
Some 300,000 people attended the Gay Pride parade on Saturday afternoon in Paris, claiming adoption and marriage rights for homosexual couples.
"Couples and parents: equality now" is the theme of this year's Gay Pride. Alain Piriou, spokesman of the Inter-LGBT association, which is LGBT's main vehicle for speaking with the government for LGBT equal rights and which organizes the Gay
Pride parade, called the French government to change the law and to authorize marriage and adoption for homosexual couples.
Some dignitaries, including Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe and National secretary of the Green party Yann Wehrling, also called for legislation.
At 4:00 p.m. (local time), the parade stopped midway to keep three-minute silence dedicated to victims of AIDS.
A man and his wife were working in their garden one day. The man looked over at his wife and said, "Your butt is getting really big, I mean really big. I bet your butt is bigger than the barbecue grill."
With that he proceeded to get a measuring tape and measure the grill, then went over to where his wife was working and measured his wife's bottom.
"Yup, I was right -- your butt is two inches wider than the barbecue grill!"
The woman chose to ignore her husband. Later that night, in bed, the husband was feeling a little frisky. He made some advances toward his wife, who completely brushed him off.
"What's wrong?" he asked.
She answered, "Do you really think I'm going to fire up this big-ass grill for one little weenie?"
Monday, June 27, 2005
The original price tag on an Apple I computer was $666.66.
The computer was introduced in 1976. The Apple I was somewhat like a circuit board—it came without a keyboard, power supply, or monitor. It did allow purchasers to create their own computer programs once they hooked up needed devices to the contraption. At auction, the Apple I has been sold for $12,500.
June 27 - July 3
June 27, 1975 Tobey Maguire
June 28, 1926 Mel Brooks
June 29, 1944 Gary Busey
June 30, 1919 Susan Hayward
July 1, 1934 Jamie Farr
July 2, 1908 Thurgood Marshall
July 3, 1962 Tom Cruise
Everyone knows your force and altruism are a can-do combination, but sometimes, charity begins at home. Forget -- for now, anyway -- that new-worlds-to-conquer stuff. Sun/Saturn energy accents your home in a fateful way that indicates a need for change.
A cloudy picture clears. It starts with computer work. One mouse flick and faraway places are just around the corner. The scenario looks interesting. Very interesting. Some Tauruses will discover kinky Web sites. What follows is strictly private. Others will find playmates -- perhaps soul mates.
The sun and Saturn go head to head in your money house. It's moment-of-truth time as your life reality gets rolling. Remember, you're a year older but also lots wiser. Getting onto the same page with your higher self helps. Now a Jupiter connection enables you to pull a creative rabbit out of a hat.
Once again, tough-love-nanny Saturn sits at your birthday table. Consider the past three years. Think growth experience, building character, etc. Not all responsibilities are bad. Some are accepted eagerly, like expanded jobs, marriage or children. Now, just as you're saying, "OK, OK, enough already!" the dean of students gets ready to say "adieu."
Life has a back-to-the-future feel. Early baggage that's caused sleepless nights is under fire. A sun-Saturn merger enables you to bury that ghost once and for all and get back to what you're good at. Making love? Making money?
Think about it: Your goals are clear. Some of this has to do with who you know -- or think you know. Remember, as pressure mounts: Intuition comes naturally to Virgos. Use it. An ongoing plan comes to dazzling fruition within a month.
Saturn, the cosmic suit, remains in your fame house. Hardly the fairy godperson of your dreams -- his wand is more like a whip. Summer holds your date with destiny. The sun offers a clear view. You can see forever, or at least to the Emerald City. Play your cards right and your starter castle will be up by Christmas.
You want to go places and do things. Not just the around the neighborhood or the next office either. Big things! Enough of being a big fish in a dinky pool. You're ready for Olympic size. What you're seeking is an out-of-your-world adventure. Consider summer prep time and look forward to a fabulous fall.
Any similarity between your life and a Russian novel isn't coincidental. Let's hope you didn't do something drastic like throw yourself in front of a train. It is hoped that you've learned a thing or two about heavy-duty hormones and high finance, because the sun is shining a very bright light there. Soon, we'll be talking culmination.
For nearly three years, Saturn (that's discipline, responsibility, commitment) has made waves in your seventh house. Need an astrology lesson? Half of you Goats want to get married. The others are desperately seeking marriage counselors. Now here comes the incendiary sun to turn up the heat. Oh, where will it all end?
For some time, your success has been determined by your sixth "work" house, a place so practical that it demands that everything be done with the lights on. Nitty-gritty stuff like steaming your veggies, exercising and balancing your accounts. Call it, "Cinderella gets ready to have a ball." Here comes the sun to bring credit where it's due.
In the past three years Pisceans got serious about what used to be "just for fun." Some of you maybe even got serious about having babies. Now along comes the sun to reinforce the "get real" image. If you can't be good, be careful. Creative possibilities are there, but not without a price tag.